Herb Highlights: Kava

Introduction Kava is a traditional medicinal plant from the South Pacific. It originated either on the island of New Guinea or Vanuatu1, but no one knows for sure. Currently, it grows on many islands in Oceania. The scientific name for the kava most popularly used today is Piper methysticum. Actually, this cultivar is sterile, cultivated…

Supply Side West 2019

A couple of representatives from Yellow Emperor went to Supply Side West this year in Las Vegas. This year, our main purpose for attending was educational. Therefore, we went to workshops such as “Sustainable, Safe Packaging for CPG Brands” and “Co-packers: Helping Navigate the Food and Beverage Landscape.” Additionally, we walked the show floor to…

Herb Highlights: Echinacea spp.

Introduction There are ten species of Echinacea and all are native to the plains of central and eastern North America1.  Also known as coneflower, Echinacea is yet another herb that we know about thanks to its use by Native American tribes like Kiowa, Cheyenne, Pawnee, and Lakota. These tribes used it for various reasons from…

Herb Highlights: Goldenseal

Herbal Highlights: Goldenseal Still useful, after all these years Folks still use Goldenseal today as an eye wash and as a temporary treatment for a variety of digestive issues.4  In fact, a study from 2012 shows that goldenseal could be useful in the treatment and prevention of MRSA,1 an infection that resists many common antibiotics.5…

GMP Certification: 5 Years Strong!

All of us at Yellow Emperor are very proud to announce that we have successfully renewed our UL GMP certification for the 5th year in a row! I am proud of the Yellow Emperor team and our continued dedication to the highest levels of GMP compliance.                   …

Herb Case Study: Ginseng

The shortage of Ginseng illuminates the possible consequences of over-using and over-selling a certain kind of herb. With the popularity of dietary supplements and natural products growing around the world, it is even more imperative now to promote and support sustainable harvesting practices.

News: Proposed Tariff Increase

In July 2018, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) released a warning to dietary supplement manufacturers that the US Trade Representative (USTR) is proposing an increase in tariffs on many imported goods from China from 10%-25% to be put into place on January 1, 2019 totaling $200 billion worth of goods.