posted by Debbie Johnson

Melissa Essential Oil Eases Symptoms Of Dementia

Aromatherapy treatments using melissa essential oil (Melissa officinalis) may help soothe agitation in patients with dementia, without causing any of the common side effects of drugs, according to UK researchers. Dr. Clive G. Ballard and his colleagues at the Newcastle General Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, found that applying lotions containing melissa essential oil on […]

Origanum Essential Oil Research

Origanum herb (Origanum vulgare subsp. virens Hoffmanns. & Link, Bonnier & Layens) and its essential oil are widely used in the treatment of respiratory and cutaneous infections in traditional medicine. In order to establish a basis for its traditional employment, the antimicrobial activity of the essential oil of O. vulgare subsp. virens was evaluated against […]

The Essence of Provence

Provence begins in the southern French Alps, and in the département called Alpes de Haute Provence there is an enormous difference between the north and south. In a tormented, rocky landscape crossed by the Durance River, its life-giving backbone, the climate changes from mountain to Mediterranean. The diversity allows the region to grow a wide […]

The Most Powerful Dried Herb On Your Spice Rack?

The curative properties of clove and its essential oil are legendary. Not only does it have the highest antioxidant value of any spice, its multiple range of uses are exemplary. This unopened flower bud of a tropical tree, native of Indonesia, is also offered to local deities. When fresh, the clove is pink and turns […]

Healing Herbs In The News Again

More Americans are turning to herbs than ever before, demonstrating a greater interest in natural remedies and self health care. According to several sources including SPINS data, Nutrition Business Journal and Symphony IRL, 2010 sales of herbal remedies crept up 3.3 percent over sales in 2009. HerbalGram, the Journal of the American Botanical Council, reported […]

Frankincense May Ease Pain Of Arthritis

Cardiff scientists have been investigating the viability of an extract from frankincense (they used Boswellia frereana not B. carterii) for treating the pain of arthritis. From the report below it appears that they think it could produce good results. Of course this is not exactly news to aromatherapists who have been using frankincense essential oil […]

Aromatherapy Massage Calms Cancer Patients

Essential oils used in aromatherapy massage reduced anxiety among women with breast cancer, and increased type 1 and type 2 helper T cells in the blood, according to research in Japan. The study, “Anxiolytic Effect of Aromatherapy Massage in Patients with Breast Cancer,” involved 12 breast-cancer patients and took place throughout a period of about […]

Do Ginger And Feverfew Ease Migraines?

Migraine sufferers treated with a homeopathic preparation of ginger and the herb feverfew may find some pain relief, according to a preliminary study . . .

Fruit Compound Fights Aging, Cancer, And Diabetes

You know what they say about an apple a day, right? Well, emerging research about a compound found in apple peels might now help explain why that Red Delicious may indeed help keep you out of the doctor’s office.

The Benefits Of Aromatherapy In Childhood Cancer

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy to promote psychological and physical well-being as well as reducing the symptoms of a range of conditions. It is based on the use of concentrated essential plant oils. Essential oils are the pure essences which are found in herbs, flowers, grasses, roots, seeds, bark, berries and fruits. These are extracted […]