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Clove and Red Thyme Most Potent Antifungals in Study

Antifungal activity of essential oils against filamentous fungi determined by broth microdilution and vapour contact methods. Tullio V, Nostro A, Mandras N, Dugo P, Banche G, Cannatelli MA, Cuffini AM, Alonzo V, Carlone NA Department of Public Health and Microbiology, University of Turin, Turin, Italy. AIMS: The in vitro activity of some essential oils (EO) […]

Inhaling Essential Oils Studied for Positive Effect on Blood Pressure

The effects of the inhalation method using essential oils on blood pressure and stress responses of clients with essential hypertension Hwang JH. Department of Nursing, Geochang Provincial College, Geochang-gun, Gyungnam, Korea. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of aromatherapy on blood pressure and stress responses of clients with essential hypertension. […]

Anti-Fungal Activity of Oregano Ranked Highest in Study of Several Essential Oils

The vapor activity of oregano, perilla, tea tree, lavender, clove, and geranium oils against a Trichophyton mentagrophytes in a closed box. Inouye S, Nishiyama Y, Uchida K, Hasumi Y, Yamaguchi H, Abe S. Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology, 256 Otsuka, Hachioji, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0395, Japan. The vapor activity (Ed. Note: ‘Vapor’ as from a […]

Components of Thyme and Oregano Essential Oils Have DNA Protective Effects

Comparative study of DNA-damaging and DNA-protective effects of selected components of essential plant oils in human leukemic cells K562. Horvathova E, Turcaniova V, Slamenova D. Eucalyptol, carvacrol and thymol represent components of plant essential oils characterized by a wide range of biological effects toward microorganisms, fungi, insects, etc. However, till now only a few investigations […]

Essential Oils of the Ginger Family Studied for Antibacterial Action

Antibacterial Effect of Five Zingiberaceae Essential Oils. Norajit K, Laohakunjit N, Kerdchoechuen O.School of Bioresources and Technology, King Mongkut?s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkhuntein, Bangkok, Thailand. Essential oil obtained by hydrodistillation and two different solvent extractions (petroleum ether and ethanol) from five Zingiberaceae species: ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe.), galanga (Alpinia galanga Sw.), turmeric (Curcuma longa […]

True Lavender Essential Oil Studied for Insommnia

A single-blinded, randomized pilot study evaluating the aroma of Lavandula augustifolia as a treatment for mild insomnia. Lewith GT, Godfrey AD, Prescott P.University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom BACKGROUND: Insomnia is the most common of all sleep complaints and is under-researched. The current treatments of choice are conventional hypnotics agents, but these have potential for […]

Anitbacterial Activity of Essential Oils

In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils. BACKGROUND: To evaluate the antibacterial activity of 21 plant essential oils against six bacterial species. METHODS: The selected essential oils were screened against four gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris) and two gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus at four different […]

Antioxidant Activity Study of a Few Essential Oils

Editor’s note: While this study does not describe practical application of the essential oils involved, it does make evident that a wide variety of essential oils do contain significant amounts of anti-oxidant activity. Clove oil is perhaps the most potent of all in terms of its anti-oxidant capacity, with an ORAC value of 10,786,875. Most […]

Children’s Essential Oil Preferences – A Pilot Study

The effect of gender and ethnicity on children’s attitudes and preferences for essential oils: a pilot study. Fitzgerald M, Culbert T, Finkelstein M, Green M, Johnson A, Chen S.Integrative Medicine Program, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA. CONTEXT: Aromatherapy is frequently recommended for children but children’s preferences for specific essential oils […]

Anti-Inflammatory Action of Geranium Essential Oil

Suppression of Carrageenan- and Collagen II-Induced Inflammation in Mice by Geranium Oil Authors: Naho Maruyama, Hiroko Ishibashi, Weimin Hu, Shinichiro Morofuji, Shigeharu Inouye, Hideyo Yamaguchi, and Shigeru Abe Abstract: To obtain experimental evidence on the therapeutic efficacy of essential oils in aromatherapy for inflammatory diseases, we examined the effects of geranium oil on carrageenan-induced and […]

Sandalwood Essential Oil Molecule Significantly Improves Sleep

This recent study showed markedly improved sleep patterns with Santalol, a molecule found primarily in Sandalwood essential oils. The study notes that it is not particularly the aroma of the oil component, but its physiological effects not associated with the olfactory system. This implies that Sandalwood oil, topically applied before bed, may support regular sleep […]