Essential Oils

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Essential and Carrier Oil-Bearing Plants: Conservation Consciousness

By Kelly Ablard, PhD, MSc, RA, EOT Figure 1. Evidence of illegal logging of Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora Ducke), Peru. © Kelly Ablard The planet is undergoing the “sixth extinction” whereby species are being lost at a rate that far outruns the origin of new species. According to the IUCN (2018), approximately 970 species/subspecies are extinct, and nearly 7000 land plant species are threatened (i.e. critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable). As an ethnobotanical and conservation research ...
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LEARNING TO DEFINE SUSTAINABILITY: LESSONS FOR ESSENTIAL OIL CONSUMERS

by Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG) The Elephant in the Room Distillation of Lemon Balm using an Alquitar copper still. Photo by Erika Galentin. Define sustainability. “Sustainability” is a not-so-new term floating around the shelves of our global economy, hot on the tongue of marketers and advertisers ready to sell us the next best thing to organic. Within the natural products industry, “sustainability” is a concept that appears in many dressed-up forms. For example, when ...
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WHEN THE MUSIC GOES SILENT

WHEN THE MUSIC GOES SILENT

by Susan Leopold, PhD (From the latest Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation) As of January 2017, all rosewoods (Dalbergia), bubinga (Guibourtia), and kosso (Pterocarpus erinaceus) were added to Appendix II of the CITES list of protected species.1 “Every species has a song”, is a quote from Kathleen Harrison, founder of Botanical Dimensions.2 Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) has a rare songful story that plant people should know because this species has played music for the masses ...
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Seeking the Silvestre Romero in Spain

by Susan Leopold I landed in Spain for the International Congress of Ethnobotany, and as serendipity would have it, the hotel I had booked was in a small square located in what was once the Jewish/Arabic part of Cordoba. Next to my hotel was the only remaining synagogue that was not destroyed when the Jews were forced to leave around 1200. This particular square was dedicated and named after Maimonides, a Sephardic Jewish philosopher, who ...
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Pirates for the Planet

by UpS Executive Director, Susan Leopold The “At-Risk” Tool made its published debut in 2014 culminating in years of work by many in the UpS community.1 The visionaries of the “At-Risk” tool are former UpS Board Member Kelly Kindscher of the University of Kansas and Lisa Castle, the 2014 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award recipient, of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The format of the assessment tool was in part patterned after the Blue Oceans Group’s Seafood ...
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