posted by Debbie Johnson

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 […]

Natural Beauty – More Women Are Turning To Chemical-free Cosmetics

More women are turning away from chemically based cosmetics and towards narural skin care to avoid . . .

Is Your Diet Aging You?

Did you look in the mirror this morning and think, “Wow, I look great?” Or instead, did you glance in the glass and think, “When did I get so old?” If it was the latter . . .

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 (Boswellia frereana) 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 oil to treat this type of condition […]

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.

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