Essential oils for the treatment of fungal diseases

Essential oils are known for their use in aromatherapy and massage therapy. When inhaled or applied topically, these natural products exert beneficial effects on mental health. Essential oils can also be used as remedies for common health problems, such as headache, constipation, sinus infections and skin infections. In fact, various essential oils are well-known for their antimicrobial properties. In … Continue reading Essential oils for the treatment of fungal diseases

Avoid insect bites this outdoor season without resorting to nerve gas sprays

The outdoor season is upon us, and the joys of getting outside are literally on our doorstep. What a wonderful time to bask in the glory that is mother nature, and revel in her relentless beauty and ability to nurture the body and mind. That is, until the insects show up, then the beauty of being outside … Continue reading Avoid insect bites this outdoor season without resorting to nerve gas sprays

Activity of Melaleuca, Cymbopogon, Cinnamomum and Thymus essential oils against pathogenic fungi

In this review, researchers at SNDT Women’s University in India discussed the potential of various essential oils as antifungal agents against known pathogens. The article was published in the Journal of Essential Oil Research. Mortality due to fungal infections, especially among immunocompromised individuals, has risen in recent years.Scientists are worried about the possibility of having no effective antifungal … Continue reading Activity of Melaleuca, Cymbopogon, Cinnamomum and Thymus essential oils against pathogenic fungi

Relieve sore muscles naturally with these 12 essential oils

Muscle soreness can happen for a range of reasons, from strenuous exercise to difficult menstruation. It can make the slightest motion painful and difficult, and it can stick around for longer periods if left untreated. One holistic approach to muscle soreness that has been around for millennia is the use of essential oils. Natural healers and aromatherapists had … Continue reading Relieve sore muscles naturally with these 12 essential oils

5 Ways to use tea tree oil for common skin conditions

Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil as it is sometimes called, is an essential oil obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree endemic to Australia. Aboriginal Australians have used tea tree oil for centuries. These native people crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, then inhale it to treat coughs and colds. It could … Continue reading 5 Ways to use tea tree oil for common skin conditions

Essential oils of Etlingera plants are rich in antimicrobial compounds

Plants in the genus Etlingera belong to the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family and are native to the Indo-Pacific region. They have long been used as traditional medicines by indigenous communities and are also known for their culinary applications. Studies suggest that Etlingera plants are rich in biologically active volatile components that contribute to their medicinal properties. Despite increasing scientific interest, data … Continue reading Essential oils of Etlingera plants are rich in antimicrobial compounds

Study shows turmeric essential oil can kill larval tapeworms

Turmeric is a popular superfood and medicinal herb with many beneficial properties and uses. As a spice, it adds flavor to foods and gives them a rich, yellow color. As a dietary supplement and natural remedy, turmeric helps treat a variety of conditions, such as respiratory infections, digestive disorders, arthritis, allergies, and many more. But turmeric, … Continue reading Study shows turmeric essential oil can kill larval tapeworms

Does rheumatoid arthritis cause hair loss?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of systemic autoimmune disease characterized by the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking the joints. This leads to joint pain, inflammation and reduced joint mobility. However, because RA is a systemic disease, it does not only affect the joints. If left untreated, it can also affect other systems in the … Continue reading Does rheumatoid arthritis cause hair loss?

Fennel oil found to have antifungal activity against Candida albicans

Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), or vaginal thrush, refers to vaginal and vulval symptoms caused by the yeast Candida albicans. These include vaginal discharge, a burning sensation in the affected parts and an itchy rash on the vulva and surrounding skin. VVC is said to affect 75 percent of women at least once in their lifetime. Many natural treatments are available … Continue reading Fennel oil found to have antifungal activity against Candida albicans

Investigating the anti-fungal effects of fennel oil

In this study, researchers from Fayoum University and Cairo University in Egypt screened the anti-microbial activities of some plant essential oils against isolates of Candida albicans, which causes vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), and investigated the anti-fungal effect of the most active essential oil against planktonic and sessile cells. Their findings were published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. To screen the biofilm production of C. … Continue reading Investigating the anti-fungal effects of fennel oil