April 3, 2018

Asteraceae Anxiolytics

When you see daisies, does it make you smile?  Can sniffing a marigold calm you down?  Do you like to drink chamomile tea before bed to help you sleep?  Several plants of the Asteraceae family have shown research demonstrating the ability to improve mood and cognitive health. Their aromas have shown […]
April 3, 2018


Inflammation is our body’s response to infection and injury. Its purpose is to clear out foreign cells and dead cells from the local area.  Inflammation is characterized by increased redness, heat, pain, and swelling to an area.  Anti-inflammatory herbs reduce inflammation in various ways.  For example, spices like turmeric, ginger, […]
April 4, 2018

Esters Found in Essential Oils

The Amazing Esters Found in Essential Oils By Kathy Sadoswski MS, LMT, RYT This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Winter, 2017) and  it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2017-2018 statement. Esters are oxygenated compounds that occurs during the “esterification process” when an acid combines […]
April 9, 2018

Skin and Wound Health

Many herbs can help with various skin ailments from dry skin, itchy areas, burns, wrinkles, growths, and cuts. Skin conditions can include eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and more.  For acute situations, consult a Doctor. Wounds When a cut occurs, apply firm pressure with a clean cloth for 15 minutes and elevate […]
April 24, 2018


Nerol is an alcohol found in basil, helichrysum, rose, neroli, myrtle, lemon balm, and thyme. 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 […]
April 24, 2018

Neryl acetate

Neryl acetate is an acetate ester of nerol as found in citrus oils, fenugreek, Melissa, and helichrysum. Links to Plants Containing Neryl acetate   RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study.  This […]
April 25, 2018


Arzanol is a pyrone found in helichrysum. Links to Plants Containing Arzanol   RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study.  This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are […]
April 25, 2018


Acetophenone is a ketone.  It can be found in small amounts in helichrysum. Many ketones can be toxic internally and topically.  Some can be convulsant, toxic to the liver, or neurotoxic in high doses.  Do not overuse or use for prolonged periods of time. Links to Plants Containing Acetophenone   RESEARCH The […]
June 1, 2018

Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium) Research

Latin Name: Helichrysum angustifolium, H. italicum Family: Asteraceae Helichrysum, also called curry plant and immortal, has multiple species.  H. italicum has shown anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities in vitro and in vivo, but human studies are needed.  Widely used to improve skin quality, a few research studies have been found showing potential. RESEARCH […]
July 23, 2018

Using Essential Oils to Balance the 7 Chakras

Plants vibrate waves of Mother Earth’s energy that can help to balance our 7 chakras.  Just as our 7 chakras each have their own designated color and sound, so to can the aroma of a plant and its essential oil be assigned a chakra or set of chakras.  Thus, the […]
August 23, 2018