Anti-Allergy / Anti-histamine

April 3, 2018
Anti-allergy

Anti-allergy / Anti-histamine

Allergies can be topical, respiratory, or digestive, and result in an immune system overreaction to a substance.  This can release histamines, which cause wheezing, rashes, sneezing, vomiting, and even anaphylactic shock.  People can be allergic to specific foods, plants, animals, and chemicals.  Human studies are lacking, and more research is […]
April 19, 2018

Citronellol

Citronellol is an alcohol found in citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lemon, and rose. Alcohols are the most therapeutically beneficial type of component in an essential oil, and have a low toxicity for safer use with fragile populations (like the elderly).  Alcohols can be sensitizing when oxidized, so proper storage is important. Links to […]
April 20, 2018

Geraniol

Geraniol is a monoterpenol alcohol found in citronella, geranium, thyme, melissa, lemon balm, basil, palmarosa, coriander, and rose. Alcohols are the most therapeutically beneficial type of component in an essential oil, and have a low toxicity for safer use with fragile populations (like the elderly).  Alcohols can be sensitizing when oxidized, so […]
April 25, 2018
Easy Lavender Tea Recipe

Ursolic Acid

Ursolic Acid is a triterpenoid found in many herbs of the Lamiaceae family.  These include: rosemary, oregano, marjoram, basil, and more. Links to Plants Containing Ursolic Acid   RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description […]
May 2, 2018

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) Research

Latin Name: Astragalus membranaceus Family: Fabaceae Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herb used to reduce inflammation, respiratory infections, and help with issues of the kidneys.  It’s Chinese name: huang qi, means yellow leader. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with […]
May 4, 2018

Bayberry (Myrica cenifera) Research

Latin Name: Myrica cenifera Family: Myricaceae Bayberry, not to be confused with barberry, is a small aromatic evergreen tree that has been used in folk medicine for the common cold, congestion, and sore throat, fever and to treat wounds. RESEARCH GENERAL ACHS. (2017). Course Material: Herb502: Bayberry Monograph.  Retrieved from www.achs.edu. Natural […]
May 4, 2018
feverfew headache relief tea

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Research

Latin Name: Tanacetum parthenium Family: Asteraceae Feverfew is a daisy like flower, useful in reducing migraine headaches by easing smooth muscle spasms and the constriction of blood vessels in the brain.  The parthenolide constituent has shown in research to reduce muscle spasms and constrict blood vessels in the brain to […]
May 4, 2018

Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron) Research

Latin Names: Melaleuca leucadendron  var. cajuputi Other Latin Names: Melaleuca cajuputi  Powell, Melaleuca viridiflora, Melaleuca minor Family: Myrtaceae Cajeput is a paperbark tree similar to eucalyptus.  It has shown antimicrobial and insect repelling activity.  It has been used as a folk remedy to help with respiratory complaints. RESEARCH The listings of research […]
May 7, 2018
cinnamaldehyde

Cinnamon (Cinnamom zeylanicum) Research

Latin Name: Cinnamom zeylanicum Family: Lauracae Cinnamon is a common spice, coming from the bark or leaves of the tropical Coppiced tree.  It is one of the most potent antimicrobial essential oils, tested against hundreds of bacteria and fungi.  It has also shown the ability to help lower blood sugar and […]
May 7, 2018

Clove (Syzgium aromaticum) Research

Latin Name: Syzgium aromaticum Family: Myrtaceae Clove has been used in dentistry as an analgesic and antibacterial.  It also has insecticidal, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, and  anti-inflammatory activities.  Of all essential oils, clove shows one of the highest amounts of antibacterial activity against multiple microbe species. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a […]
May 13, 2018

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Research

Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgare Family: Apiaceae Fennel seeds can be made into a tea to reduce digestive upset and coughing.  The herb also has an estrogenic effect that may help with painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms.  Further, fennel has shown insecticidal, anti-parasite, and repelling potential.  In vitro research has found the […]
May 25, 2018

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Research

Melaleuca alternifolia Family: Myrtaceae Tea Tree oil has long been used as a topical remedy for issues such as athlete’s foot, dandruff, cuts, acne, and insect bites. It may also be helpful against lice, more research is warranted.  Studies have shown it to be active against other insects and microbes […]