basil

April 3, 2018
Absorption Enhancement / Transdermal Delivery

Absorption Enhancement

Some drugs are administered as a patch or ointment thru the skin.  Certain plant substances have shown potential in aiding cutaneous absorption enhancement / transdermal delivery of medicines.  Essential oils with their fat soluble structure have been studied as a potential skin penetration enhancer. Absorption Enhancement Recipes   Blog Articles […]
April 3, 2018
acne

Acne

Acne results from blocked skin follicles, encouraging bacteria, and resulting in infection and pimples.  During puberty, hormonal changes result in increased sebum production that can cause the blocked pores.  Here are a few basic suggestions: Keep the face clean, but don’t over-wash. Don’t touch the face with unclean hands and spread […]
April 5, 2018
cardiac

Cardiac Health / High Blood Pressure

Eating right is an important part of healthy blood flow.  Herbs for cardiac health can include tonic and hypotensive herbs and oils such as ginkgo, garlic, oats, hawthorn and oregano.  These herbs show potential in reducing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of the arteries due to fatty […]
April 7, 2018
cinnamaldehyde

Hypolipidemic / Cholesterol

Hypolipidemic herbs and essential oils aid in reducing the lipids in the blood and cholesterol levels.  Consult with a Doctor on how herbs that can lower cholesterol may affect certain medications. Cholesterol Lowering Recipes Blog Articles RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on […]
April 7, 2018
immune stimulant

Immunity

Some herbs can act as an immune stimulant, boosting immunity to help reduce cold, flu, and other afflictions. Some Immunity Boosting Recipes to Try Blog Articles RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each […]
April 8, 2018
joint pain

Joint Pain / Arthritis

Joint pain includes bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, and sprains.  Joint conditions can worsen when a person is overweight. For inflammation from an injury, apply ice as soon as possible, and rest, compress, and elevate, and try taking turmeric or ginger root to reduce inflammation.  With mild injuries, gently massage anti-inflammatory topical creams. Consult […]
April 9, 2018

Oral Health

Botanical extracts have shown positive research in aiding oral health.  Oral bacteria and fungal infections have been reduced with the essential oils such as lavender, geranium, tea tree, and peppermint, as well as the constituent: thymol as found in thyme. Oral Health Recipes Blog Articles RESEARCH The listings of research […]
April 9, 2018
anxiety

Anxiety / Mood / Anti-depressive

Anxiety can be caused by many things.  Over time, these stressors can have a negative physical effect on the body.  Herbs and essential oils have demonstrated sedative and anxiolytic activities in many human studies. Recipes to Help with Anxiety Blog Articles Here’s a fun article about the how stimulating the […]
April 18, 2018
Borneol

Borneol, Delta Borneol, and Isoborneol

Borneol is an alcohol that easily oxidizes into the ketone: camphor.  It is found in Coridothymus capitatus (thyme), Artemisia herba alba (artemisia), Origanum vulgare (oregano), Ocimum canum (basil), lavender, lavandin, rosemary, sage, and feverfew. Alcohols are the most therapeutically beneficial type of component in an essential oil, and have a low toxicity for […]
April 19, 2018
caryophyllene

Caryophyllene / Carlophyllene / Beta Carlophyllene

Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found in basil, black pepper, clove, geranium, hops, lavender, star anise, sweet thyme, tobacco, cannabis, coriander, litsea, ginger, camphor, spearmint, pine, orange, sage, ginseng, catnip, and ylang ylang.  Alpha-Caryophyllene is found in hops, hemp, geranium, and rosemary.  Beta-Caryophyllene is found in black pepper, catnip, ylang-ylang, hemp, […]
April 20, 2018

Methyl chavicol / Estragole / p-allyanisole / Isoanethole

Methyl chavicol, also called estragole or isoanethole, is a phenol methyl ether found in basil, fennel, ravensera, star anise, anise, and tarragon. Methyl chavicol may be carcinogenic in high doses, and the IFRA has a limit on amounts permitted in products sold.  Certain chemotypes of basil, ravensara, and tarragon can […]
April 20, 2018

Eugenol

Eugenol is a phenol, as found in basil, bay, clove, cinnamon leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, pimento, rose, and ylang ylang.  Clove bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) can be over 75% eugenol. It is a strong antimicrobial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory, but could be toxic to the liver in excess. Safety concerns Clove oil and the […]