posted by Debbie Johnson

MRSA Variant Now Resistant To Last Antibiotic

A deadly strain of a hospital superbug has become resistant to a last-line antibiotic used to treat infections, scientists have warned. Although it has not spread so far, doctors said ‘the risk that Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) could eventually overwhelm even our last-line drugs is a very serious one’, branding it ‘a dangerous organism […]

Essential Oils And Plant Extracts Combat E. Coli

New research has discovered that olive extract and lemongrass essential oil reduced Escherichia coli  in hamburger to undetectable levels. The occurrence of Escherichia coli O157:H7, the prime E. coli pathogen in ground beef, is inactivated by high heat during cooking, which also leads to the formation of cancer-causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Building on previous research, […]

Chinese Essential Oils Market Hit By Recession

What is common with Chanel, Coty and Davidoff? Nothing, one would tend to say, as they have different fragrances and positioning. But very few know that some essential ingredients that make up most of the famous perfume brands come from Yunnan, in China. Though the province is still home to many aromatic treasures, it seems […]

Secrets Of Ancient Chinese Herbal Remedy Discovered

For roughly two thousand years, Chinese herbalists have treated Malaria using a root extract, commonly known as Chang Shan, from a type of hydrangea that grows in Tibet and Nepal. More recent studies suggest that halofuginone, a compound derived from this extract’s bioactive ingredient, could be used to treat many autoimmune disorders as well. Now, […]

New Plant Discovered In Fiji

A new flowering plant belonging to the Medinilla plant group has been discovered on the island of Kadavu in Fiji . . .

Lavender Oil Improves Sleep In Study

The findings of a study in Iran showed a significant difference between the mean scores of sleep quality in the two groups after an aromatherapy treatment with lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia). Aromatherapy treatments with lavender oil in the experiment group led to decrease of sleep disorders and resulted in improving the quality of sleep […]

Frankincense Tree Faces Uncertain Future

A species of frankincense tree faces an uncertain future, according to researchers. Ecologists have warned that the production of its fragrant resin could decline by half over the next 15 years . . .

Rosemary Essential Oil As A Natural Preservative

Although some people already use the popular herb rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) for seasoning their meat, this combination may become more common in the near future as food manufacturers respond to consumer demand for more natural products.

Study Shows Massage Can Help Depression

Aromatherapy massage therapy and other techniques used by massage therapists – reiki and acupressure among them – have all been indicated by research to relieve depression in clients. A new report shows depression is a global problem, affecting 121 million people worldwide. Depression can affect a person’s ability to work and form relationships, and can […]

Essential Oils To Beat Acne

Tea tree essential oil is known to have antifungal and antiseptic properties, and has been used for many years as an antimicrobial agent and to help clear skin of acne. A study with over 100 participants published in the Medical Journal of Australia, demonstrated that a 5% tea tree oil gel was just as effective […]