April 20, 2018

Allyl Methyl Disulfide

Allyl methyl disulfide is a sulfide found in garlic.  It is also called allyl methyl disulfide and there is also an allyl methyl trisulfide in garlic. Links to Plants Containing Allyl methyl disulfide   RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, […]
April 24, 2018

Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene

Pinene is a monoterpene found in balsam fir, cajuput, cumin, cypress, frankincense, juniper, angelica, nutmeg, pine, rosemary, and coriander. If oxidation occurs, pinenes can cause skin irritation.  Oxidation occurs when essential oils are exposed to oxygen due to poor storage and old age. Monoterpenes are odorless, highly volatile, prone to oxidation, […]
April 26, 2018

Natural Preservatives & Homemade Products

Using preservatives to extend the shelf life of homemade lotions, salves, infusions, and elixirs can be a double edged sword.  On one side, you want your recipes with natural ingredients to last longer.  But, on the other side, certain preservatives can be toxic chemicals.  So, what are your choices?  First, […]
May 1, 2018

Ajowan (Trachyspermum ammi) Research

Latin name: Trachyspermum ammi Family: Apiaceae Ajowan, also commonly called Bishop’s weed, is an Indian spice used for digestive issues.  Topically, it has been used to treat psoriasis and hypopigmentation, although it can be phototoxic topically due to its furocoumarin constituents. RESEARCH Safety and Quality High thymol and carvacrol content […]
May 2, 2018

Allspice (Pimenta dioica) Research

Latin name: Pimenta dioica Family: Myrtaceae Allspice is a culinary spice with a bouquet of flavors: clove, cinnamon, pepper, and nutmeg.  Its key constituent, eugenol, is used as an antimicrobial and local anesthetic. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a […]
May 2, 2018

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) Research

Latin name:  Angelica archangelica Family: Apiaceae Angelica root has been used in history for a variety of digestive, respiratory, and nervous system conditions.  It has also been revered for its antimicrobial actions against the plague, cold, and flu.  The roots are often an ingredient in the distillation of gin. RESEARCH The […]
May 2, 2018

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Research

Latin Name: Pimpinella anisum  Family: Apiaceae Anise seeds have commonly been used as a digestive aid, to help with coughing, reduce menopausal symptoms, and to repel insects.  The key anethole constituent comprises over 75% of the essential oil, with a possible estrogenic effect. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent […]
May 2, 2018

Apple Cider Vinegar (Malus sylvestris) Research

Latin Name: Malus sylvestris Family: Rosaceae People have used apple cider vinegar as a topical astringent to help with acne, insect bites, and infections.  Internally, it at has also been taken to help with detoxification, sore throats, hypertension, and high blood sugar. RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a […]
May 3, 2018

Basil (Ocimum Basillicum) Research

Latin Name: Ocimum basillicum Family: Lamiaceae Basil has many chemo-varieties.  It is used across the world as both an herb and spice.  Much research has been done on this aromatic herb.  As a folk remedy, basil species, known as Tulsi in India, have been used in Ayurvedic and Siddha medicine for centuries. […]
May 3, 2018

Bay (Laurus Nobilis) Research

Latin Name: Laurus nobilis Family: Lauracae Bay leaf, or laurel, has been used since ancient times as an analgesic, for stomach complaints, and to treat certain skin infections.  Its strong aroma can help as an insect repellent and to improve mental concentration. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of […]
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 Natural […]
May 4, 2018

Bergamot (Citrus aurantium var. bergamia) Research

Latin Name: Citrus aurantium var. bergamia (Risso) Family: Rutaceae Bergamot oil comes from the pressed peel and sometimes fruit of the bitter orange tree.  Its aroma is fresh, herbal, and citrus-like.  The aroma in research has been found to be calming, and the oil has shown to be antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-nociceptive and […]