London underground farm gets growing

London’s first subterranean farm, Growing Underground, opened for its first phase of full production in April. Following months of product development and fine-tuning, the farm now harvests on a daily basis and supplies via wholesalers, doorstep deliveries and markets. A range of 20 herb varieties are being cultivated in the former World War II bomb […]

May 11, 2016 Continue Reading

Researchers identify herbs that boost mood and memory

  New research by a team at Northumbria University shows how particular herbs – peppermint, chamomile, rosemary and lavender among them – impact on mood and memory, with significant benefits displayed for older people Researchers from the University’s Department of Psychology have found that drinking peppermint tea improves alertness, while chamomile tea has a calming […]

May 10, 2016 Continue Reading

Indigo Herbs: empowering the people

Based in Glastonbury, Indigo Herbs began as the brainchild of Steve McKewon in his garden office back in 2004. Mckewon spotted a gap in the market when he was searching for unusual natural health ingredients for himself and his family online. So he decided to source for himself some herbs, superfoods and wholefoods, and sell […]

April 26, 2016 Continue Reading

Soho Floridis poised to acquire Potters

Soho Flordis International (SFI), through its Swiss subsidiary company Ginsana SA, is poised to acquire Potters – the leading UK manufacturer and supplier of traditional herbal treatments – from Vifor Pharma, part of the Galenica Group. Wigan-based Potters has more than 200 years of history as a producer of herbal-based treatments and is the UK’s oldest […]

December 2, 2015 Continue Reading
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Indigo Herbs sponsors Veganuary

Herb and superfood specialist Indigo Herbs is teaming up with Veganuary.com to support and sponsor the New Year lifestyle programme, which aims to inspire people to go vegan for January. The Veganuary website explains that a plant-based diet needn’t be restrictive or unhealthy and provides support, lifestyle ideas, recipes and nutritional information. Indigo Herbs says […]

August 4, 2015 Continue Reading
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Pukka thanks independent retailers – industry’s “thought leaders”

Pukka Herbs hosted a day for its top performing independent retail customers on 15 May in Bristol. Held at the historic SS Great Britain, the day gave retailers the opportunity to find put more about how co-founder and herbalist Sebastian Pole creates the company’s teas and remedies, particularly its new Wholistics supplements – as well […]

May 20, 2015 Continue Reading

Irish regulator “out of order” on herbal supplements – ANH

A draft Guide from Ireland’s medicine regulator telling retailers which herbal products they should or shouldn’t sell would effectively ban food supplements containing many of the health trade’s best-selling herbs. That’s the warning from campaign group the Alliance for Natural Health, which accuses Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Agency (HPRA) of creating a “herbal divide” by […]

February 5, 2015 Continue Reading
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The Organic Herb Trading Company pioneers FairWild supply

The Organic Herb Trading Company (OHTC) has become UK’s first processor and distributor of FairWild herbs and spices. From the autumn of 2014 OHTC will hold stocks of FairWild nettle, limeflower and liquorice – all of which are additionally certified organic by the Soil Association. “We believe that FairWild products will play an increasingly important […]

September 1, 2014 Continue Reading
Higher Living Teapees

Experience Higher Living in teapees

A new range of teapee bags has been launched by Higher Living aiming to offer beautiful as well as bold blends. The new selection is made using organic herbs and an eclectic mix of new blends and the mesh pyramid bags release a steady flow of flavours and allow the herbs, colourful spices and chunks […]

June 9, 2014 Continue Reading

MHRA steps up herbal dangers message

The Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a new warning about the dangers of buying unregulated herbal medicines. Just days after the sell-through period for unlicensed herbal medicines ended (1 May) under the terms of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive, the Agency warned about the risks of buying “toxic” herbal products […]

May 9, 2014 Continue Reading
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Have you been dealing comfrey, sonny?

The natural food trade should take a lead in exposing the hypocritical regulation of herbal medicine, says Craig Sams A bust in Denver: “Okay, kid, put your hands up against the wall. Spread your legs while we pat you down.” Two cops search a young man’s clothing. “Nothing here but a couple of marijuana joints […]

April 16, 2014 Continue Reading

Combat that cold with Weleda

In the first in what will be a six-strong homeopathic range, Weleda has launched a Cold Relief Spray to combat cold and flu symptoms, containing 6x potencies of Allium cepa, Drosera, and Gelsemium. Allium cepa tincture is made from the fresh onion bulb grown biodynamically in Weleda’s Derbyshire herb gardens. It is effective in relieving […]

January 9, 2014 Continue Reading

Bio-Health celebrates addition of three new THRs

Bio-Health has achieved three more THRs bringing its total to 11. The new licenses are for a natural herbal laxative Cassilax  – a combination of ingredients for the treatment of constipation and bloating; Ekinaclear has just been granted the claim for skin conditions including spots, pimples and blemishes; while a low level nervine for stress […]

March 21, 2013 Continue Reading