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 […]
Oral and injectable forms of antifungal medications can cause life-threatening side effects. Scientists from the University of Coimbra in Portugal have found that Lavender essential oil could be used to combat common fungal infections without the risk of side effects. The study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology found that the essential oil lavender […]
Post caesarean (CS) pain is a challenging problem for the obstetricians, because it may interfere with mother and baby’s well-being. Many approaches have been ever proposed to diminish this pain, each one with particular benefits and limitations.
Although the term ‘aromatherapy’ is a relatively new one (it was coined this in the 20th century), this practice has been around since ancient times. Essential oils, also referred to as volatile oils, are distilled from various parts of a plant and represent the ‘heart’ of the plant.
As in recent years the usage of the herbal materials has been increased, it seems necessary to study the antibacterial effects of them. The herb basil (Ocimum basilicum), which is easily cultured worldwide, may be a potentially good candidate to be used as a plant with antibacterial activity.
The essential oil from the bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume (cinnamon) was analyzed by GC-MS and bioassays were carried out. Nine constituents representing 99.24% of the oil were identified by GC-MS. The major compounds in the oil were (E)-cinnamaldehyde (68.95%), benzaldehyde (9.94%) and (E)-cinnamyl acetate (7.44%).
Research in 2002 helped to confirm the long held belief of aromatherapists that jasmine oil is a powerful relaxant that works as an effective aid to promoting restful sleep. The researcher, Dr Bryan Raudenbush, explained that the purpose of the study was specifically to investigate some of the beliefs behind aromatherapy. Raudenbush and his colleagues […]
Researchers at the University of Extremadura in Spain have found that the essential oils sage and rosemary could slow oxidative spoilage of meat better than synthetic antioxidants butylhydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylhydroxytoluene (BHT). “The results of my research support the idea that new food ingredients from plant kingdom are of interest for the meat industry,” lead […]