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About Kerry Hughes
Ethnobotanist, Herbalist and Author, Kerry Hughes - with a 20-year record-of-success in natural product development - works at the nexus of market opportunity identification, innovative product formulation, and global natural product ingredient development. She is driven by a tenacious fascination with the potential health enhancing role plants can play, and her purpose is Ethno-Botanical Discovery and strategically innovating and expanding the boundaries of new natural product development. Through this, Kerry has catalyzed significant phyto-product breakthroughs that have been applied to bring to market new, efficacious and profitable products that not only heal people but also protect our threatened global biodiversity.
Kerry’s love of natural products has compelled her to write and speak frequently on a variety of subjects. Her writing includes these in-depth text books: The Incense Bible, Taylor & Francis (2007), one of the first scientific reviews & examinations of incense, The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2006), a peer-reviewed guide to herbs and nutritional supplements, and Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Haworth Press (2002) an in-depth text-book on the medical aspects of many of our top supplements. Additionally, she has authored over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on various natural product topics.
Kerry is the Founder of EthnoPharm; a consulting business focused on Natural Product Discovery and Development. She is also on the Scientific & Medical Advisory Boards for Amare Global and Hilma, and is on the Advisory Board for Global Food Forums. Previously, Kerry has acted as a consultant to the United Nations through the International Trade Centre (ITC) for international development projects involving botanicals and authored essential oil and organic reports for the Market News Service (MNS). As the Director of the US office of The Institute for Market Ecology (IMO), an eco-product certifier, she helped to co-develop and establish the Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification in the US market, the highest-bar global Fair Trade certification standard. Today, she continues her work with standard development on the soon-to-be launched Certified Regenerative standard by A Greener World.
Kerry has a background in Ethnobotany and Biochemistry, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, and a Master of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Ethnobotany and Soil Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. She is also a certified Clinical Herbalist by the Berkeley Herbal Center, and has helped to establish the school and teach at the Herbal Academy of New England.
Kerry is dedicated to using her experience and passion for the discovery and use of natural products to promote health for people and sustainability for the planet. Kerry recently returned from a botanical discovery adventure where she traveled extensively through Madagascar, working with the development of endemic Malagasy plants, and is currently residing in Australia with an interest in bringing Australian botanicals to market. Kerry has conducted botanical discovery in her travels to locations in South America, Africa and Asia.
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The Incense Bible is a comprehensive guide to the spiritual meaning of real, raw, natural incense and how to use it in prayer, meditation, or simply in creating a home environment to reconnect with divinity and nature. This unique book examines the spiritual and ritual uses of pure incense (not sticks, cones, or synthetic mixtures), explores our attraction to it, and explains how we can use it at home to increase wellness. Filled with easy-to-use references and easy-to-understand technical information, the book also looks at the use of incense in health and medicine, a history of its use in a variety of countries and cultures, and various types of raw incense, including eucalyptus, sandalwood, sweet grass, agarwood, frankincense, and myrrh.
The Incense Bible examines aspects of spirituality and religion, health and medicine, botanical medicines, ethnobotany, and history of real incensenot the low-quality, processed, synthetic fragrances most people think of as incense. This enlightening and entertaining book, written in everyday language and filled with photgraphs, examines why incense appeals to our sense of smell, of adventure, and of spiritual and physical well-beingand has for centuries. The book looks at the use of incense for purifications and cleansings, creative inspiration, meditation, worship and prayer, for inducing dreams and sleep, to improve learning and problem solving, and as a perfume for clothes, hair, and body.
Topics examined in The Incense Bible include:
- types of raw incense, including balsam, cedar, mugwort and moxa, and white sage
- how the sense of smell works
- the link between taste and scent
- scent and memory
- allergies and sensitivities
- oils and flower essences for healing
- how to make incense
- incense materials and symbols
- the use of incense in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times, in Buddhism and Shamanism, in Israel, in the Catholic Church, in Native American sweat lodges, and in the African rainforest
- and much more!
This Edible Flowers book is the first in a series of books about Botanicals With Benefits. The edible flowers featured in this book are all common garden plants, and they all have more uses than just being edible flowers. There are so many ways in which garden plants work for us, or could be working for us, but until now, there have only been a few places to learn about this vital knowledge. More than ever, now is the important time to begin learning this knowledge, as our lives have been changed forever by a pandemic. Whereas globalism had centered the perspectives of our lives around a global economy, today it is important to start looking inward.. and Kerry would like to show you that there is no better place to start looking than in your own backyard.
This book series will show you that the plants around you can enrich your life with edible flowers, teas, foods, medicines, cut flowers, meaning, aromas that can be applied to the body or in the house, and much more. They are right there for the picking and there is no better way to start your journey than with just one plant…
This Revised & Expanded edition includes 5 more focus plants and larger font for easier reading.
Have you ever imagined how rich your life could be if money really did grow on trees? But perhaps even better than money, this book shows you that the plants around you can provide you with edible flowers, teas, foods, medicines, cut flowers, and aromas that can be applied to the body, used in the house, and much more. They are right there for the picking. Kerry would like you to start your learning with just one plant and see how the journey unfolds from there.
This Aromatic Plants book is more than just a book on aromatic plants, it is the second in a series of books about Botanicals With Benefits. The aromatic plants featured in this book are all common garden plants, and they all have more uses than just being aromatic plants. There are so many ways in which garden plants work for us or could be working for us, but until now, there have only been a few places to learn about this vital knowledge. More than ever, now is the important time to begin learning this knowledge, as our lives have been changed forever by a pandemic. Whereas globalism had centered the perspectives of our lives around a global economy, today it is important to start looking at change in our own communities, and Kerry would like to show you that there is no better place to start looking than in your backyard.
This informative book is a compendium of detailed scientific research on 34 of the most popular dietary supplements used in North America and Europe. Its coverage of pharmacological studies on the main medicinal plants used in clinical practice and sold in pharmacies in the Western world is more extensive than any other publication of monographic reviews available. The way Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Second Edition. is organized (standardized topic formats are used in each monograph) makes it easy for you to locate relevant information quickly and to compare corresponding sections between different entries.
This book is an invaluable tool for pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals who need detailed, scientifically accurate information on appropriate use, safety, dosages, and similar issues related to botanical dietary supplements.
Each entry in Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Second Edition. covers botanical data (classification and nomenclature, common names, geographic occurrence, and botanical characteristics), plus:
- history and traditional uses
- therapeutic applications
- pre-clinical studies
- clinical studies
- recommended dosages
- safety profiles (including toxicology)
- side effects and contraindications
- drug interactions and special precautions
- safety recommendations during pregnancy and lactation