Monthly Archives: February 2017

Efficacy and Safety of Tea Tree Oil in Treating Acne

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia, Myrtaceae) Oil Acne Acne, which affects mostly adolescents and young adults, is caused by a combination of factors, including excessive sebum production, inflammation, and the presence of the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes. Acne can cause physical discomfort, potential scarring, and emotional stress. Although some prescription medications are available, many acne sufferers self-treat with over-the-counter products, including tea

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Uses, Chemistry, and Pharmacology of Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae) Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae) is widely used in European traditional medicine and Iranian traditional medicine (ITM) for various diseases, as well as being consumed as a salad vegetable and food flavoring. The authors searched unpublished old texts and several databases of published literature to review the botanical characteristics, traditional uses, phytochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and

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Food as Medicine: Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica, Cactaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat The cactus genus Opuntia encompasses a large group of species characterized by flat, jointed or segmented pads known in botany as cladodes and in Spanish as nopales (singular: nopal).1 The cladodes are cylindrical or conical in shape, covered with clusters of spines, and are uniquely adapted to a dry desert climate due to

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Mediterranean Diet: Facts and Health Benefits

Traditionally, Western Europe has two broad nutritional approaches – the Northern European and Southern European. The Mediterranean Diet is Southern European, and more specifically focuses on the eating habits of the people of Crete, much of Greece, and southern Italy. Today, Spain, southern France, and Portugal are also included; even though Portugal does not have a Mediterranean coast. The Mediterranean

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Mediterranean Diet Enriched with Virgin Olive Oil May Protect the Heart

Forget chocolates and roses this Valentine’s day. Instead, cook up a Mediterranean-inspired meal with lashings of virgin olive oil to win and protect your lover’s, heart. New research reports that a Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may boost the cardioprotective effects of “good” cholesterol. Consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil may protect the heart. Montserrat

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Brazilian Pepper Tree Packs Power to Knock Out Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The red berries of the Brazilian Pepper tree – a weedy, invasive species common in Florida – contain an extract with the power to disarm dangerous antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, scientists at Emory University have discovered. The journal Scientific Reports is publishing the finding, made in the lab of Cassandra Quave, an assistant professor in Emory’s Center for the Study of

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