Reasons why Borage plant is good for you

Borage is a plant that’s used for medicinal purposes. The flowers, leaves and oil from the seeds can be used to improve skin conditions like eczema, reduce fever, and relieve conditions like cough, rheumatoid arthritis and pain caused by inflammation. Borage oil contains high amounts of GLA, a type of omega-6 fatty acid that is helpful for treating a wide range of health issues, like PMS symptoms, ADHD, bone loss, hormone imbalances, respiratory conditions, heart disease and stroke. 7 Borage Oil Benefits for Skin, Arthritis and Inflammation According to Dr.…

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A tomato for everyone: ‘Sunviva’ for the good of all

Plant breeders at the University of Göttingen and Agrecol have launched a joint initiative to protect seeds as common property. Agrecol developed an “Open Source Seed Licence,” which legally protects seeds as commons (ie a natural resource accessible to all members of society) and thus protects them from patenting and similar issues such as “plant variety protection.” The results were published in the journal PLOS Biology. “It is with great concern that we have watched as worldwide access to breeding material is increasingly restricted by private-sector interests. Among other things,…

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Research Reveals the History of Corn Domestication

Smithsonian scientists and collaborators are revising the history of one of the world’s most important crops. Drawing on genetic and archaeological evidence, researchers have found that a predecessor of today’s corn plants still bearing many features of its wild ancestor was likely brought to South America from Mexico more than 6,500 years ago. Farmers in Mexico and the southwestern Amazon continued to improve the crop over thousands of years until it was fully domesticated in each region. The findings, reported Dec. 13 in the journal Science, come from a multidisciplinary,…

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Are you aware of the Health Benefits of Boldo?

Peumus boldus Mol., more commonly known as Boldo, is a Chilean tree that has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits. It’s an effective antioxidant that can be used to prevent diseases caused by free radical damage. Recently, Boldo is also known to relieve gastrointestinal issues, bladder infections, gallstones and liver disease. It also works as a diuretic, increasing urine flow and promoting detoxification. Boldo is also recognized as a herbal remedy in a number of pharmacopoeias, mainly for the treatment of liver ailments. Boldine in particular,…

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Reasons why Black Currant is good for your Health

There are so many health benefits that are associated with our natural God given herbs, roots and spice of which Black currant is not an exemption. Black currant (Ribes nigrum) is known as a small shrub which belongs to the gooseberry family of plants. The bush produces dark purple, nutrient-dense berries that are loaded with vitamin C. These berries are rich in anthocyanins, which possess many health-promoting properties, including the ability to prevent obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Eating black currant berries can also promote eye health, kill pathogens…

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