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Oregano Essential Oil Components of Carvacrol and Thymol Both Important

Editor’s note: This study evaluted the anti-microbial effects of the two primary constituents of oregano essential oil: Carvacrol and Thymol. While oregano is often marketed with the concentration of Carvacrol noted, it is important to recognize (and this is the case with almost ALL essential oils) that it is a synergy of the oil’s molecules, […]

Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oil Aromas Reduce Stress

Smelling lavender and rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva. Atsumi T, Tonosaki K.Department of Oral Physiology, Meikai University, School of Dentistry, 1-1, Keyaki-dai, Sakado-shi, Saitama 350-0283, Japan. Free radicals/reactive oxygen species are related to many biological phenomena such as inflammation, aging, and carcinogenesis. The body possesses various antioxidative systems […]

Marjoram Essential Oil – Two Studies Note Its Protective Effects

Protective effect of volatile oil, alcoholic and aqueous extracts of Origanum majorana (Sweet Marjoram) on lead acetate toxicity in mice. (Ed. Note: The ‘volatile oil’ is Marjoram Essential Oil)el-Ashmawy IM, el-Nahas AF, Salama OM.Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt. Natural dietary antioxidants are extensively studied for their ability to protect […]

Wormwood Essential Oil Inhibits Herpes Virus

Antiherpes activity of Artemisia arborescens (Wormwood) essential oil and inhibition of lateral diffusion in Vero cells.Saddi M, Sanna A, Cottiglia F, Chisu L, Casu L, Bonsignore L, De Logu A. BACKGROUND: New prophylactic and therapeutic tools are needed for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infections. Several essential oils have shown to possess antiviral activity […]

Essential Oils Are Like Fine Wines…

Editor’s Note: This is an essay written by a man who has much experience with fine wines, and is here comparing the blending of essential oils to the complexity of a really good wine. We often find an artfully created blend can surpass the aromatic wonder of many single oils. Blending sucessfully is challenging – […]

Anti-Microbial Action of Cinnamon Essential Oil Studied

The potent anti-bacterial action of Cinnamon essential oil is examined in these two studies. The first Chinese study notes the overall antibiotic activity, with cinnamaldehyde being found the primary active component. The second makes an important point that essential oils can reduce the amount of pharmaceutical antibiotic necessary to control a particular microbe AND the […]

Lavender Essential Oil Stops Mice From Fighting – Really!

Anticonflict effects of lavender oil and identification of its active constituents. Umezu T, Nagano K, Ito H, Kosakai K, Sakaniwa M, Morita M. Environmental Chemistry Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0053, Japan. The pharmacological effects of lavender oil were investigated using two conflict tests in ICR mice, and then the […]

Basil Essential Oil Shows DNA Protective Effects

Protective effect of basil (Basil c.t. Linalool Essential Oil) against oxidative DNA damage and mutagenesisBeri? T, Nikoli? B, Stanojevi? J, Vukovi?-Ga?i? B, Kne?evi?-Vuk?evi? J Faculty of Biology, Laboratory for Microbiology, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 16, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia. Mutagenic and antimutagenic properties of essential oil (EO) of basil and its major constituent Linalool (ed. […]

Blending Essential Oils: Aromatherapy for Aging Skin

Pure essential oils are found in many of the world’s finest beauty care preparations for mature skin, with very good reason. Known effects of essential oils include stimulation of cellular metabolism, tissue regeneration, antioxidant action, anti-inflammatory effects, and hormone-like activity. These benefits form the therapeutic foundation for topical support of the health and beauty of […]

Frankincense Essential Oil Studied for Anti-microbial Action

Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of some oleogum resin essential oils from Boswellia spp. (commonly known as Franincense essential oils) Dipartimento di Scienze di Sanit√† Pubblica, Universit√† di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 287, 41100, Modena, Italy The chemical composition of Boswellia carteri (Frankincense essential oil, Somalia), B. papyrifera (Ethiopia), B. serrata (India) and […]