When to Use a Nebulizing Diffuser

Nebulization by definition is the reduction of a medicinal solution to a fine spray. These fine sprays are often administered in clinical settings or in take-home devices for those with respiratory or asthma conditions. Another way of nebulization therapy is in diffusing essential oils. When using an essential oil, the nebulizing device (or diffuser) would then […]

Comparing Roman vs. German Chamomile: Deciding Which To Use

Chamomile is used around the world for a wide variety of health benefits. And while its popularity and reputation has grown throughout the years, what is less commonly known are the differences between its two main varieties. German (matricaria recutita) and Roman (anthemis nobilis) Chamomile are actually two different species and are distinguished by their […]

The Science Behind Citronella

Summertime vacations tend to be coupled with many nostalgic aromas: Salty air, barbeques, fresh fruit, bonfires, and tanning oils. At Ananda, Citronella has found its way into our hearts as one of those familiar “scents of summer”.  It’s welcoming scent perfectly captures the moments of warm summer nights and the essence of starlit memories. Read […]

Essential Oils Research

What is Aromatherapy? What, really, is Aromatherapy? In the United States, common use of the term ‘Aromatherapy’ is a bit misleading. The practice has been given a ‘touchy-feely’, ‘soft-science’ status in the mainstream media. In much of the rest of the world, however, the therapeutic use of aromatic essential oils has a more elevated, scientifically-backed […]

Essential Oils and Pregnancy

Essential oils can play a significant role in balancing the ups and downs of pregnancy. They offer assistance to what can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a woman’s life. The human body is complex and pregnancy introduces a need for a new level of love and care for a woman’s body. Although not […]

Essential Oils for Seasonal Affective Disorder – Improving Mood Disorders

Most of us, at one time or another, have been affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). S.A.D is a mood disorder and differs from those suffering from clinical depression by the seasonal component. Onset symptoms that typically occur during the change of seasons at the end of fall or beginning of winter. S.A.D. affects both […]

Scientific Research Shows Promising Results with Eucalyptus Oils

What is the first image that crosses your mind when you think of a Eucalyptus tree? Does your mind take a journey down under to the land of the koala where the bears sit amongst the branches snacking on their favorite leaves? Or maybe you’ve experienced a time when eucalyptus oil helped clear your sinuses […]

Essential Oils vs Cancer Part 3: Three Important Oils in Scientific Research

In this last of our three part series, we’ll look at three specific studies which exemplify the anti-cancer action of essential oils. These studies were, as is typical of the western medicine approach, all done using isolated constituents of essential oils, rather than whole oils themselves. At the same time, we’re learning some really good stuff: the […]

Essential Oils & Cancer Scientific Research Pt. 2: An-In Depth Review of the Research

Essential Oils Have the Potential Anti-Cancer Action Noted in MANY Scientific Studies, and the Significant Potential Benefits of Essential Oils Over the Western Medicine Approaches   In part one of this series here we discussed scientific research approaches ~ including the study of essential oils vs. cancer, and the great importance of combining Western and Eastern medicine systems to address this serious […]

Essential Oils vs. Cancer: Scientific Research Updates Pt. 1

This is part one of our review of all the latest peer-reviewed science publications regarding essential oils and their effect on cancerous cells. It’s REALLY QUITE EXCITING! So much has come to light in the last few years that we want everyone to understand, and incorporate into their aromatherapy practice as they are able. We […]

Abdominal Issues? Cumin, Curcumene, and Fennel Provide Relief

Those afflicted with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are plagued with frequent abdominal pain, inflammation, bloating, and altered bowel movements. Sadly, IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders that impedes quality of life. Despite the number of patients frequently diagnosed with IBS, effective treatments are scarce or associated with several adverse effects. Even more […]

The Power of Oxidation and Antioxidants

One of the more common questions involves the typical shelf life of an essential oil. Many essential oils vary in shelf life, and some actually smell better as they age. Oils are spoiled due to oxidation. Oxidation is a process of chemical reactions with free radicals that produce byproducts, eventually making the oil unsuitable, or […]