Health Research

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.