Research has always been at the heart of Nature's Laboratory's work. Over the years we've forged partnerships with universities, other businesses and research partners around the globe. Our intention has been to explore the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of natural health products.
As well as working on collaborative projects with external partners Herbal Apothecary has an in-house laboratory. Staffed by our talented R&D team we have various pieces of laboratory equipment normally only found in much larger organisations.
We can offer the following, alongside our product development and contract manufacturing services.
HPLC stands for High-Performance Liquid Chromotography. It can be used to detect the existence of a specific chemical or range of chemicals within a liquid. Within our work at Herbal Apothecary we've used HPLC analysis to determine levels of specific chemical compounds within herbal medicines, for example.
Specific Gravity, pH and Dissolved Solids Testing
Specific Gravity (sometimes called Relative Density) testing is used to determine the density of a substance in comparison to a given reference. pH testing determines how acidic or alkali a substance is, or whether it sits within safe tolerance. Dissolved Solids testing reveals how much material has been disolved into a liquid during an extraction process, this can be an indication of how efficient an extraction process is.
Trace levels of pesticides are increasingly common, as modern agricultural practices depend on chemical fertilisers. We can test organic materials for traces of pesticides and produce a report stating the safety or otherwise of the materials.
Microbial Testing determines whether a food item, or some other edible material, is safe for consumption. Microbial Testing is commonly used in food and health manufacturing.
Our team can produce reports or presentations, making scientific analysis easily digestible and undertstandable.