Purpurin 18: A natural anthraquinone with special pharmacological activities

Purpurin 18 is a derivative of chlorophyll, a natural pigment found in green plants and algae.It can be easily isolated from all kinds of green plants and, thus, it presents an economically feasible source. Selective destruction of cancer cells possible Purpurin 18 has been studied as a potential photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT),This therapy uses […]

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Azadirachtin – environmentally friendly biopesticide from the neem tree

Azadirachtin is a chemical compound belonging to the limonoid group. It is a secondary metabolite found in the seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica). It is a highly oxidized tetranortriterpenoid derived from naringenin. It boasts aplethora of oxygen-bearing functional groups, including an enol ether, acetal, hemiacetal, tetra-substituted epoxide and various carboxylic esters. The structure […]

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Marshmallow root – particularly effective for dry, irritating coughs

Even in ancient times, marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), also known as white mallow, was used for medicinal purposes. The ingredients have an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effect. In traditional medicine, the plant was used to soften skin and mucous membranes. The mucousifying effect makes the plant preparation ideal for treating inflammation of the respiratory tract, mouth and […]

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Biopesticides in the European Green Deal

Biopesticides are an important part of the European Green Deal. The Green Deal is a European Union policy initiative that aims to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050 and promote a sustainable economy.As part of the Green Deal, various measures are being taken to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and promote sustainable practices. Biopesticides […]

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Glycoalkaloids: Potatoes and tomatoes as potential drug suppliers against cancer

The solanine contained in potatoes is one of the glycoalkaloids (naturally occurring phytochemicals). Nightshade plants produce these substances to ward off pests and pathogens. The bioactive compounds can also be toxic to humans. However, researchers have now found that in therapeutic doses, they cause cancer cells to die and suppress the formation of metastases. According […]

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Schisandra – five flavours, versatile effects

It is small, red and one of the most important medicinal plants of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): the Schisandra berry. The so-called fruit of the five flavors (Chinese: Wu Wei Zi) tastes sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and salty at the same time. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each flavor has its own special healing power. The […]

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Medicinal plant of the month September: black cohosh

Even the indigenous peoples used the roots of the plant as a remedy and it is also used in modern phytotherapy: black cohosh. While it used to be used to treat snake bites, it is now considered a herbal alternative to hormone therapy in gynecology. Its effectiveness has been proven in several studies. Black cohosh: […]

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Medicinal plant of the month July: The hogweed

The poisonous hogweed is rampant again in Bavaria. It is mainly found in ditches, in forest areas and on the banks of streams. Wherever it grows, it also multiplies quite rapidly there, which is why it regularly puts conservation organizations on the alert. Hogweed: Absolutely avoid skin contact with the plant The plant species, brought […]

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Lupins: vegetable protein source

Lupine seeds, which are particularly high in protein, have long been considered an alternative to soy. Slowly but surely, lupine products are conquering the food market – and not without reason. Already in ancient Egypt, around 2000 BC, the lupine was considered one of the most important foods next to grain. Even then, people knew […]

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Plant of the Month June: Foxglove

The common foxglove, which belongs to the plantain family, is native to Central and Western Europe. Since it is also popular as a houseplant, it is also cultivated. As a biennial plant, it can grow to a remarkable height of up to two meters. The oval leaves of Digitalis purpurea are lance-shaped, the flowers are […]

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Cherry Blossom – May Plant of the Month

Medicinal Plant of the Month May: Cherry Blossom In May, many trees and shrubs delight every nature lover and gardener with their lush inflorescences. This also applies to the cherry tree, which shows its most beautiful blossoms in April and May. The cherry blossom not only looks breathtakingly beautiful, but also has a special meaning. […]

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The Tulip – April Plant of the Month

Tulips (Tulipa) are the largest genus of bulbs in the lily family. There are around 150 different wild species in Central and Southern Europe, the Near East to Central Asia and North Africa. The garden tulip has been cultivated from several wild species in the Middle East. The only wild tulip that can be found […]

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