“Horchata” drink in Southern Ecuador: medicinal plants and people’s wellbeing

Background The “horchata” is a herbal mixture infusion consumed in Southern Ecuador. It remains unknown how vendors group the plant species to sell them at traditional markets. This research documented the following: 1) a list of medicinal plant species sold for the drink; 2) the culturally important medicinal plant species; 3) the agreement among vendors regarding the medicinal plants species and their therapeutic use; and 4) the groups of medicinal plants sold for the preparation of “horchata.” (more…)

Culture, History and Applications of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Japan

Aromatic and medicinal plants fill a significant role in human societies that have helped improve the lives of people since ancient times. Ancient people became aware of the value and attractiveness of aromatic and medicinal plants, and the significance of historical books is a guide for the use of the plant material. Initial books on use on medicinal and aromatic plants were sourced in various parts of the world, such as the Middle East, Greece, China, and India, indicating that these ancient civilizations used indigenous aromatic and medicinal plants to improve lives in their own separate ways before ideas were shared. Japan is no exception; names of some local aromatic and medicinal plants were recorded in the oldest Japanese history book “Kojiki” written in 712 A.D. Aromatic and medicinal plants, however, continue to influence human life, culture, and history. Currently, an estimated 70,000 plant species are used in traditional medicine. (more…)

Impact of climate change on Medicinal and aromatic plants: Review

There has been worldwide changes in seasonal patterns, weather events, temperature ranges, and other related phenomena and all have been analyzed in partial, reported and attributed to global climate change. The negative impacts of climate change will become much more intense and frequent in the future—particularly if environmentally destructive human activities continue unabated, warned categorically by a number of experts in a wide range of scientific disciplines and interests. (more…)

MAP EXPO 2017 video & photo impression

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Evaluation MAP EXPO 2017

In the first edition in 2017, MAP EXPO – The Global Marketplace for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants is considered to have been impressive and satisfying to both exhibitors and visitors. 49 exhibitors from 16 countries and B2B visitors, embassies from 31 countries have enabled MAP EXPO to be a proven international platform. Click for more figures

Coffee & Tea Russian Expo

Coffee & Tea Russian Expo will gather more than 5 000 professionals of the coffee and tea industry. From 15 to 17 March 2018, for the fifth time in Moscow under the updated name Coffee & Tea Russian Expo will be held a coffee and tea exhibition and a conference, which can rightfully be considered one of the largest events in the segment in Russia and other CIS countries. Coffee & Tea Russian Expo is the partner of MAP EXPO - The Global Marketplace for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (more…)

23 Medicinal Plants the Native Americans Used on a Daily Basis

Native Americans are renowned for their medicinal plant knowledge. It is rumored they first started using plants and herbs for healing after watching animals eat certain plants when they were sick. In order to protect these plants from over harvesting, the medicine men used to pick every third plant they found. Here are the most versatile plants the Native Americans used in their everyday lives. (more…)

Lavender in different countries

Lavender is one of the most beloved and oft-used plants in the history of human civilization, and its name has become synonymous with a light shade of purple. Nowadays, its delicate foliage and beautiful, distinctively scented flowers make it a garden favorite. (more…)

Scientists reveal 20 Kenyan plants that can cure cancer

Scientists have confirmed more than 20 local plant species are effective against many of the top killer cancers today. During a three-day annual scientific conference of Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), more than 30 researchers left no doubt that the country has immense capacity to deal with cancer from its plant resources. (more…)