Ethnobotany

Ethnobotanicals are the range of plant (or plant derived) botanical compounds that have some form of altering effect on the human body. Ethnobotanicals have a deep rooted history across all human cultures and have been played an important role for thousands of years providing nutrition and treating a wide variety of medical aliments.

The quote, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” exemplifies an ethnobotanical philosophy of maintaining nutrition and healing through natural plant based based resources and by products.


- In ayurveda , spices and herbs are considered powerful plant medicines, and there are a variety available to address many underlying issues. The best herbs and spices are organic and obtained straight from a reliable source. Brewing teas is a great way to consume your daily dose of ayurvedic herbs and spices, and they can be healthier alternatives to caffeinated black tea or coffee . You can also toss these plant medicines into food. Here are nine herbs and spices that are highly prized in ayurveda and a little teaser on the benefits and applications of each: 1. Gymnema sylvestre Gymnema ... [Read More]


- Imagine any dish (so long as it’s savory), that you can't enhance with garlic . Impossible, right? Along with the incredible flavor value, many people report the vegetable has immune-supporting properties . As cold and flu season approaches, we need to know: Just how accurate are those health claims?  Health benefits of garlic.  "Garlic is a potent antibacterial and antiviral , as well as an anti-inflammatory," says Kristine Gedroic, M.D. , author of A Nation of Unwell and integrative medicine doctor. "Chronic inflammation can be a trigger for chronic disease—and takes its toll on the ... [Read More]


- The sweetening compound in black licorice can cause irregular heart rhythm. As people prepare to dig into their favorite Halloween candy, there's one treat with a new consumption warning for adults. Recently, a 54-year-old Massachusetts man died after eating a bag-and-a-half of black licorice every day for a few weeks, The Associated Press reported . According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, eating black licorice in excessive amounts can prompt low potassium levels and trigger a series of irregularities and health issues. "If you're 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a ... [Read More]


- It's difficult to discuss longevity without bringing up sirtuins. That’s because these little proteins delay the shortening of telomeres , aka the DNA "caps" at the ends of a chromosome. Since the natural process of aging is due to telomere shortening, it’s certainly a worthwhile conversation to have. (If you need a refresher on sirtuins, take a gander here ).  So how can you boost the sirtuins in your body? Well, you can up-regulate autophagy (which has been associated with a longer, healthier life span ), or you can eat sirtuin-activating foods, also known as “sirtfoods.”  ... [Read More]


- ‘I’m a Gastroenterologist, and This Is How To Make a Cup of Gut-Healthy Coffee’ Just in case you were having doubts about your morning coffee habit, rest assured that  coffee is, in fact, good for you . And chances are, your doctor is brewing a cup of gut-healthy coffee every morning, too. "Coffee itself isn’t the problem, but rather, it’s the garbage we add to it," says Will Bulsiewicz, MD , a gastroenterologist and the author of Fiber Fueled . While you might have heard that coffee is good for your brain and heart because it’s full of antioxidants , Dr. Bulsiewicz says it’s ... [Read More]


- Of all the things to worry about in the world right now, you’d be forgiven if dementia—aka the loss of cognitive function—failed to make the top of your list. However, dementia is on the rise in the U.S; its most prevalent form, Alzheimer’s disease, is now the sixth-leading cause of death . So while you shouldn’t add this to an increasingly ceaseless inventory of things-which-prevent-sleep, it can’t hurt to ever-so-slightly tweak your diet to be more brain health-centric. Simply put, this means eating more plants , and that includes spices and herbs for brain health. While ... [Read More]


- This Is the Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee (It’s Not When You Wake Up) A morning cuppa could be more effective if you have it at this specific time. If you are like so many caffeine lovers, you drink coffee every day , probably making a beeline for the coffee machine as soon as you wake up. In fact, 90 percent of adults in the U.S. consume caffeine almost daily, with  coffee being the most popular way to get that caffeine fix. Although you might be in the habit of getting that first blast of java right after you get out of bed, some research shows that’s not the ideal time to get the ... [Read More]


- 7 Great Foods to Lower High Blood Pressure Rich in potassium and fiber, these healthy foods help lower blood pressure. Blood pressure refers to the force of your blood as it moves through the blood vessel walls of the body. A normal blood pressure for most people is around 120/80 millimeters of mercury, or mm Hg. Systolic, or the measurement on top, refers to the force of the blood pumped out of the heart and into the arteries. Diastolic, the measurement on the bottom, refers to the pressure as the heart relaxes between beats. The American Academy of Cardiology and the American Heart ... [Read More]


- It's delicious -- that's the first thing you need to know. Boba tea (also called bubble tea, pearl milk teak, or simply boba) is a cold tea drink typically involving black or green tea, sugar or syrup, ice, and tapioca pearls. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you either love boba and want to learn more about it, or are curious what this new craze is. Well, it’s definitely not a new craze, and yes, there is a lot you don’t know about boba. Yet. Contents The Boba Boom The word ‘boba’ itself can refer to many different things. It can be a rather loosely defined category ... [Read More]


- With millions of people around the world still confined to their homes due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, many have reported over-indulging in home-baking, snacks and sugary treats, potentially leading to increases in body weight. But researchers at Massey University may have found a solution by investigating a plant compound that showed a statistically significant reduction in sugar cravings . Associate Professor Ajmol Ali of the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition was approached by Harley Pasternak, a celebrity personal trainer in the United States and co-founder of the company ... [Read More]