Many of us are becoming more conscientious consumers. We try to read labels and purchase things we can feel good about putting in our bodies and on our bodies. But when it comes to herbal supplements, there's still a lot of confusion. We know that "herbal supplement" doesn't mean partaking of a certain illegal "herb" nor does it mean swallowing a spoonful of dried oregano with our morning coffee. What we don't know is what herbal supplements can do for our health and which claims are just hype. Tonight's installment of Science Café should help clear things up. Dr. Wendy Applequist (pictured), assistant curator of economic botany at the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden, is an expert in all things herb, and she'll be discussing "Herbal Medicines and Botanical Supplements: Facts and Fiction" from 7 to 9 p.m. at Llywelyn's Pub (4747 McPherson Avenue). Admission to this event is free — food and drink are available for purchase — and you can learn more by checking with the Missouri Botanical Garden (www.mobot.org) or the Saint Louis Science Center (www.slsc.org), both of which are Science Café presenters.
Thu., May 21, 2009