Herbs in History: Artichoke & Lavender

May 23, 2024

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In an effort to preserve and share the fascinating histories of medicinal plants and herbs that have been used around the world for ages, the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) is honored to partner with Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., and Emanuela Appetiti of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions to launch the Herbs in History project in 2022.

The latest herbal history lessons explore artichoke and lavender. Preview the entries below and visit Herbs in History online to read more.

Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L.)

When genetics and history meet

Now a super food, Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L., C. cardunculus, var. scolymus (L.) Fiori) (Asteraceae) has been forgotten for a long time. Though often recounted, the history of artichoke usually focuses on the mythological tale of artichoke creation and ignores the most significant facts, which can be reconstructed in a much realistic way in a rare convergence across scientific disciplines, from genetics to history and conversely. | Read more...


Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Mill.)

Fragrance and falsification

Lavender is a synesthetic experience thanks to its delicate and inebriating scent, the unique violet-periwinkle colour of its flowers, especially in fields extending up to the horizon and beyond, almost melting in the sky, and the relaxing feeling that invades the whole body when taken as a warm infusion. | Read more...


About the Project

Herbs in History is made possible by funding from the AHPA-ERB Foundation, as part of the nonprofit foundation's mission promote education and research on medicinal, therapeutic, and health-promoting herbs. Tune in monthly for thoughtfully detailed historical accounts of herbs you know and love, and learn more about the origins of medicinal plants that have stood the test of time.




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