skin and wound health

February 6, 2017

Explaining the Ingredients: Skin Moisturizing Herbal Lotion or Oil Recipe

As a massage therapist, in the Winter months, I see many clients come in with super dry skin, even to the point of being cracked and itchy.  Time to whip up some thick and soothing Skin Moisturizing Herbal Lotion! First, I created a tincture of burdock root, yellow dock, plantain, and calendula.  Then, […]
December 7, 2017

Avocado Oil for Very Dry Skin

Can avocado oil help with issues of very dry skin?  The fruit from an avocado tree, Persea americana Mill, belonging to the family Lauraceae, is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, D, and E.  These have the ability to help deeply moisturize the skin (Miller, 2014).    The […]
March 22, 2018

Litsea (Litsea cubeba) Research

Latin Name: Litsea cubeba Family: Lauracae RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of each article/study.  Research found is catalogued by therapeutic action.  This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there […]
March 22, 2018
aromadendrene

Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) Research

Latin Name: Leptospermum scoparium Family: Myrtaceae Manuka is in the same plant family as tea tree, but has a differing essential oil profile.  While there are many chemotypes of manuka, it is generally higher in sesquiterpenes than tea tree, and also contains the leptospermone constituent not typically found in tea […]
March 22, 2018

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) Research

Latin Name: Commiphora myrrha Family: Burseraceae Myrrh has long been used as a medicinal plant well documented in Chinese medicine, ancient Roman texts, and used in Biblical times.  It is an oleo gum resin RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, […]
March 22, 2018

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) Research

Latin Name: Petroselinum crispum Family: Apiaceae The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. Research found is catalogued by therapeutic action. This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are […]
April 1, 2018

Hops (Humulus lupulus) Research

Latin Name: Humulus lupulus Family: Cannabinaceae Hops have been used to brew beer for over 1,000 years.  Native Americans believed in the herb to help with insomnia and pain of the teeth, ears, and joints.  Further, the bitter taste of hops has been used to stimulate digestion.  Modern research has […]
April 3, 2018

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Research

Latin Name: Mentha piperita Family Name: Lamiaceae There is a significant amount of research on peppermint (Mentha piperita).  It has shown to be beneficial as a digestive aid, respiratory aid, and to relief inflammation and muscle spasm and tension.  It’s menthol constituent has shown analgesic activity.  It has also shown antimicrobial, […]
April 4, 2018
easy chamomile tea recipe

Chamomile German (Matricaria recutita) Research

Latin Name: Matricaria recutita or Chamomilla recutita Family: Asteraceae Chamomile has been used to calm the mind and soothe the skin.  People have used it as a folk remedy for wounds, to reduce itching, and to help with inflammation.  The dried herb is also commonly ingested as a tea to help with […]
April 5, 2018

Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) Research

Latin Name: Alchemilla vulgaris Family: Rosaceae RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of each article/study.  Research found is catalogued by therapeutic action.  This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there […]
April 5, 2018

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Research

Latin Name: Silybum marianum Family: Asteraceae RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of each article/study.  Research found is catalogued by therapeutic action.  This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are […]
April 6, 2018

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Research

Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum Family: Hypericaceae RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. Research found is catalogued by therapeutic action. This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there […]