AHPA publishes good stewardship harvesting brochure for Boswellia
August 24, 2023
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) today published a new brochure covering good stewardship harvesting practices for Boswellia serrata Roxb., one of 28 species in the Boswellia genus, family Burseraceae. The gum-resin from B. serrata is medicinal and is used within Unani, Ayurvedic, and western medicinal traditions. Produced as part of AHPA's ongoing educational efforts for the herbal community, the brochure can be downloaded for free from the AHPA website.
“AHPA has developed this brochure to help wildcrafters and other stakeholders involved with collecting botanical materials from wild populations be good stewards of the land,” said AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D. “Following good stewardship practices helps support a sustainable future for medicinal plant species and continued consumer access to beneficial herbs for generations to come.”
AHPA Project Scientist Holly Chittum, M.S., managed the brochure development, collaborating with AHPA staff and a working group of botanical experts who generously contributed their time and expertise to the project: Dr. Anjanette DeCarlo (University of Vermont), Bhaumik Darji (Verdure Sciences), Ashish Kumar (Verdure Sciences), Dr. Arvind Saklani (Sami-Sabinsa Group), Paul Flowerman (PLT Health Solutions), Laura Monti (Indena), Dr. Lal Hingorani (Pharmanza Herbals, Verdure Sciences), Trish Flaster (Botanical Liaisons LLC) and Erin Smith (Banyan Botanicals).
AHPA has previously published good stewardship harvesting brochures for American ginseng, goldenseal, oshá, and saw palmetto.