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Essential Oils as Antibiotics: Research Updates

French researchers at the Antibiology Laboratory, CHU Hospital Nord, Saint-Etienne, have just published data on the antibacterial action of several essential oils against a variety of microbe strains. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential of essential oils in treatment of nosocomial infections — those that tend to occurr in hospitals that […]

The Chemistry of Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum is one of our favorite essential oils, as it has such immediate, profound pain relieving and healing effects for most folks who use it. The particular species of Helichrysum italicum, also known as Everlasting or Immortelle, is the most broadly therapeutic of the 500 Helichrysum species — and the sub species (spp) of serotinum […]

What Are The Best Carrier Oils for Your Formulas?

We’re often asked which are the ‘best’ carrier oil. The answer of course completely depends on the application. There are a few very profoundly therapeutic carriers for healing the skin, and here we’ll have a look at the four most important, along with how to use them and what their therapeutic effects might be. ‘Carrier […]

Essential Oils Studied for Targeted Effects of Alzheimer’s

Many of the current memory enhancing/anti-dementia drugs for the┬átargeting of Alzheimer’s disease strengthen the actions of the acetylcholine system by inhibiting cholinesterase, the enzyme which breaks down acetylchoilne in the body. This improves the stores and availability of this neurotransmitter, resulting in improved mental cognition. Several essential oils thought to sharpen the min have shown […]

Debunking the Debunkers: The Therapeutic Validity of Aroma and Essential Oils

The Dubiousness of the Dubious Labels of Aromatherapy Searching for the term ‘Aromatherapy’ brings up several pages claiming aromatherapy is a fraud of some sort. That essential oil manufacturers and retailers are making ‘dubious’ claims of the efficacy of essential oils. These folks don’t seem to have done their homework or compared the validity of […]