Our laboratory analyses rosmaric acid as an active ingredient using HPLC method!

Melissa (Melissa officinalis) is a medicinal, aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae... It is a perennial herbaceous plant, which has short rhizome and underground stolons. Its stem is upright, somewhat hairy and square. Leaves are light green, oval and opposite, and have toothed margins. It is used in traditional and modern medicine, particularly its leaves and essential oil. At the beginning of flowering period, top parts are collected – leaves and stems (not roots), they are dried and processed. Essential oil is sedative, carminative (relieves flatulence), and it can be applied externally to treat rheumatism and neuralgia. It is widely used in perfume industry, and it can also be applied to insect bites. In addition to these uses, it is used for the treatment of neurosis, gastrointestinal system, psychovegetative heart disorders, migraine. It was proven that Melissa has antimicrobial properties, especially against Herpes Simplex Virus.

Our laboratory analyses Hederacoside C in Hedera helix leaf as an active ingredient using HPLC method!

English ivy (Hedera helix) is an evergreen woody climbing plant in the family Araliaceae. It flowers from September to October.... Ivy has specialized adventitious roots, which are generally shallow. Stem is strong, tall, up to 20 cm in diameter, it clings to the host plant by means of aerial rootlets. Its bark is green in the beginning, and it later becomes brown. Sprouts are coarse-textured at first, but later their tiny hairs shrink, and the same happens to leaves. Buds are oval and they have pointed tips and scales. Leaves are lobed, with 3-5 lobes, and they are dark green variegated with white. Leaves are spirally arranged and are 6 to 10 cm long. Flowers are clustered in umbels, which are 2 to 4 cm in diameter. They are white and have pleasant scent. Fruit are purple-black berries, which ripen in winter. Each berry contains a few seeds.

Our laboratory analyses aescin in Aesculus hippocastanum seed as an active ingredient using UV method!

Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a deciduous tree in the family Sapindaceae. Even though the name can be deceiving, it is not related to sweet chestnut.... Horse-chestnut is a large tree, growing to 30 m tall, and 1 m wide, with a domed crown. It has spreading, dense canopy, which is upright-rounded. Bark of young plants and sprouts is grey-brown, and bark of older plants is black-grey and slightly cracked. Leaves are palmately compound with six to nine leaflets on a long petiole. Leaflets are long, ovate and with toothed margins, and the one in the middle is the biggest, while each leaf below it is smaller than the previous one. Flowers are produced in erect panicles. Fruit are round, spiky capsules, which are about 6 cm in diameter. Upon ripening, capsule breaks in three part, each part containing one to three large round seeds. Seed is glossy, nut-brown, and has bitter and unpleasant taste.

Our laboratory analyses polyphenols in peppermint leaves as an active ingredient suing UV method!

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a widely spread plant with pleasant scent. ... Stem is 50 cm long, channeled and square in cross section. Stem, leaf petioles and veins are blue or violet, especially in the spring when the plant sprouts. Leaves are ovate, pointed and with serrate margins, their upper surface is of a dark green colour, while lower surface is paler. Leaves are 3 to 9 cm long, and their petiole does not exceed 1 cm in length. Primary vein is prominent. Flowers are tiny, purple and they are produced in verticillasters around the stem. Peppermint has characteristic aromatic odor, especially its leaves, because they contain more essential oil than other parts of the plant. The presence of essential oil gives this useful plant an appealing scent and medicinal properties.

Our laboratory analyses glucofrangulin in alder buckthorn bark as an active ingredient using UV method!

Alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus) is a deciduous woody shrub. It is known for being a medicinal wild plant.... Alder buckthorn is a shrub or small tree growing up to 6 m tall. Root is branched, growing 6 m deep. Root mass grows in the surface layer of soil as it prefers soil with high level of underground water. Bark on young shoots is smooth and glossy, grey to almost black. Young branches are light brown, rarely hairy and covered in lenticels. Buds are naked, without bud scales. Leaves are obovate, with an entire margin, and they are up to 7 cm long and about 4 cm wide. They have dark green and shiny upper surface, and lighter lower surface. Leaves are arranged alternately on short petioles. Flowers are tiny, inconspicuous and green-white. They are arranged in clusters of two to ten in long leaf axils, and they flower in late spring and early summer. Fruit are fleshy berries which are 8 mm in diameter. In the beginning they are green, then red, and in September-October mature berries become violet-black. Fruit development seasons are variable, so fruit of different colours and degrees of ripeness can be found in late summer. Fruit contains two or three triangular pale brown seeds.

Our laboratory analyses total polyphenols in Echinacea as an active ingredient using UV method!

Echinacea is a plant in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The main characteristics of this plant are big flower heads and spiny seeds.... Echinacea is native to North America and it has many species, nine of which are indigenous to that area, and two of which are grown on plantations. Species, such as E. purpurea, E. pallida and E. angustifolia, are most commonly used. Both underground and aerial parts of the plant are used to make syrups, tea, tinctures, sprays, pills, juice and other products. Echinacea is mostly used to improve immunity and combat microorganism infections (infections caused by viruses and bacteria). By using Echinacea, we are boosting our immune systems and helping our organism to fight anything that could harm it. It is considered that Echinacea affects our organism by increasing the number of leucocytes (white blood cells), and it stimulates synthesis of interferon, a protein which is important for fighting viral infections. The best effects are achieved when you take Echinacea remedies as soon as you notice first symptoms of cold or flu, i.e. before the disease develops. By doing so, Echinacea helps organism to fight infections. Echinacea has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

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