Essential Oils and MRSA

Editor’s note: This study focused on the application of essential oils AND grapefruit seed extract for the eradication of three strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, including an MRSA strain. The study modeled both topical application and vapor exposure (as would occur with a diffuser, for example). Study: The effect of essential oils on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus […]

Tea Tree Essential Oil Research

Editor’s note: These are a sampling of the abstracts from published scientific studies regarding the anti-microbial efficacy of Tea Tree essential oil. It is pointed out that terpinen-4-ol is the primary anti-microbial component of the oil; the cineol does not have a significant anti-microbial effect. However, cineol is a well-regarded decongestant, a fact which implies […]

Essential Oil Anti-Anxiety Studies

These two studies demonstrate a couple of documented anti-anxiety effects of the simple aromatherapy technique of inhalation of essential oil aromas. The first discusses an anti-anxiety effect of lavender essential oil on gerbils, interestingly particularly the female gerbils! The second uses lemon essential oil, comparing its anti-stress effect to three known anxiolytic chemical agents. The […]

Essential Oils Studied for Effects on Cognition and Mood

Study: Positive modulation of mood and cognitive performance following administration of acute doses of Salvia lavandulaefolia essential oil to healthy young volunteers. Tildesley NT, Kennedy DO, Perry EK, Ballard CG, Wesnes KA, Scholey AB.Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, Division of Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK. Members of the Sage family, such as […]

Aromatherapy and Dementia: Lavender and Melissa Essential Oils

These two studies show the efficacy of lavender and melissa essential oils for soothing agitated behavior for patients with dimentia. Study: The effect of lavender aromatherapy on cognitive function, emotion, and aggressive behavior of elderly with dementia. Lee SY, Department of Nursing, Kongju National University, Korea. PURPOSE: This study was to develop an aromatherapy hand […]