posted by Sarah Shelley

Coconut Oil May Reverse Alzheimers Progression

Reliable conclusions about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease remain elusive, and effective drugs to treat the disease remain equally scarce. An actual pharmaceutical cure seems as close to becoming reality as a cure for cancer (i.e. nowhere in sight). Yet a Florida doctor was actually able to reverse her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease just by giving […]


Lavender Field Day

Tasmania is poised to take advantage of lavender woes in France. A lavender trial crop in the Central Highlands points to a bold new . . .

Worlds Worst Toxic Pollution Problems 2011

A new report released in November by New York-based Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland identifies the top ten toxic pollution problems and sources. The report also calculates, for the first time, the health impacts of toxic sites.

Preserving The East African Greenheart

Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) member Yvonne Otieno recently interviewed Dr. Alice Muchugi about Warburgia ugandensis, an important medicinal tree species. Warburgia ugandensis is commonly known as East African greenheart and is an important medicinal tree species found throughout East Africa used to treat numerous human and livestock diseases.

Argan Oil Cooperative Changes Women’s Lives

“My life has really changed. It used to be that I could never leave the house. Today, I am earning an income and can send my children to school.” These are the words of a woman who has been given a new lease on life, thanks to a cooperative run exclusively by women in Tamanar, […]

Lavandin Essential Oil Reduces Preoperative Anxiety

A study at United Hospital, St Paul, Minnesota, USA, has shown that the systematic use of lavandin essential oil (Lavandula x intermedia) can reduce preoperative anxiety in surgical patients.

Manuka Essential Oil As Effective Natural Herbicide

Weeds have a greater impact on crop yields than any other pests. Over the past several decades, farmers have continually turned to synthetic herbicides because they are the most effective deterrent against weeds. However, demand for organic food is rising, and public sentiment toward synthetic herbicides is increasingly negative. There is a need — and […]

Sandalwood Project Receives Grant

A collaborative team of West Australian and Sri Lankan scientists have been awarded a Sri Lanka National Research Council Grant to help continue their international study to protect and repopulate the highly threatened sandalwood tree Santalum album. Dhanushka says determining the quality of sandalwood is simple as standards have established for many years, but one […]

New Strain of MRSA Bacteria Identified

Researchers have identified a new strain of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a drug-resistant bacterial infection that until the last few years was seen primarily among patients in hospitals and nursing homes. The strain, dubbed New MRSA, has been found in the United Kingdom. While there are over 35 strains of MRSA, New Strain may have […]

Lemongrass Eases Muscle Cramps

Since the beginning of medicine, people have looked for a way to ease the pain and discomfort of a variety of ailments. Over time, some herbs have been found to be highly effective as natural remedies, and lemon grass is one that is known to alleviate the pain felt as a result of muscle cramps. […]