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 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 6, 2018

Cedarwood Virginia (Juniperus virginiana) Research

Latin Name: Juniperus virginiana Family: Cupressaceae Virginia cedarwood has been used for cough, muscle pains, and as a bug repellent.  The tree’s essential oil has an earthy and calming aroma. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description […]
May 7, 2018

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) Research

Latin Name: Salvia sclarea Family Name: Lamiaceae Clary sage essential oil is used as a calming aroma, and it also has antimicrobial properties.  It has been used to help with menstrual cycle issues, and the whole leaf has mucilaginous properties. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of […]
June 3, 2018

The History of Aromatherapy

What is the history of aromatherapy? Since the beginning of mankind, plants have been used for medicinal healing.  How did aromatherapy come about? By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT Ancient Times Extracts of yarrow were found in a Neanderthal burial and the French caves of Lascaux show […]
June 3, 2018

What is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other aromatics for health and wellness, primarily via inhalation, but essential oils can also be used topically diluted, typically to a 1-5% dilution ration.  Expert aromatherapy organizations including NAHA and AIA  do not advise the internal use of essential oils without an […]
June 18, 2018

Lemon (Citrus limonum) Research

Latin Name: Citrus limonum Family: Rutaceae A few dozen research articles were found on lemon. It is most researched for its antimicrobial actions, including antibacterial and antifungal possibilities. This gives it an antiseptic action good for cleaning surfaces and skin. Antioxidant and radical scavaging actions of the flavonoids of lemon […]
June 19, 2018

Mood & Mind Boosting Lemon – Research & Recipes

What aroma is good for reducing depression and can also help with studying? Lemon essential oil (Citrus limonum) has shown in studies to reduce anxiety and depression in humans.  It may also be a useful tool for studying.  In a 2008 study, key constituents (taken internally) that reduced both physical […]