Monthly Archives: March 2019

Aromatherapy with Peppermint, Basil, and Helichrysum Essential Oils for Mental Exhaustion and Burnout Relief

Burnout is characterized by exhaustion related to chronic pressure at work or home. Aromatherapy may help alleviate symptoms of burnout. Lavender aromatherapy may reduce stress by inducing relaxation; however, this may not be optimal for burnout since it may exacerbate symptoms by increasing sedation and the inability to concentrate. Therefore, the authors decided to evaluate 2 stimulating essential oils to

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The Sleeping Giant of Mediterranean Herbal Medicine: Helichrysum italicum

Helichrysum italicum (Roth.) Don. (Asteraceae) is an iconic plant of the Mediterranean area (Figure 1), but the use of its essential oil in glamorous perfumes and personal care products has turned it into a veritable icon of luxury. However, just like the geographical distribution of Helichrysum species extends beyond the Mediterranean region, the properties of H. italicum are not limited to fragrance as they can benefit

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Cayenne Pepper Cataplasms May Be Safely Used to Treat Painful Areas of the Body

Musculoskeletal pain is often treated with physical medicine therapies. Herbal cataplasms, or poultices, containing rubefacient substances, which result in redness of the skin by causing capillary dilation and an increase in blood circulation, are used to treat painful areas of the body. A cataplasm containing cayenne pepper (CP, Capsicum annuum, Solanaceae) applied to the skin at a painful area provides beneficial

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Assessing Potential Efficacy of Rhodiola Extract for Cognitive Symptoms of Stress Using a Bioassay Model of Memory

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea, Crassulaceae) is a succulent perennial herb that grows wild throughout arctic Eurasia. The rose-scented root and rhizome have long been included in the pharmacopeias world-wide, including Dioscorides in classical Rome. It is used for symptoms arising from stress and especially valued for its stimulating effect on the mind. Extracts of Rhodiola are typically standardized to salidroside (1%) and

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