How to Boost Your Immune System with Herbs

The coming cold and flu season is only one of the hundreds of reasons that immune function should always be at the top of your list of health priorities. The immune system doesn’t just keep sniffles away—it also is the body’s best defense against potentially deadly diseases, such as H1N1 flu, and well-known killers, such … Continue reading How to Boost Your Immune System with Herbs

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Aromatherapy with Peppermint Oil for Morning Sickness: Placebo Effect Only?

Nausea with or without vomiting in pregnancy (NVP, also called morning sickness) affects 50-90% of pregnant women. Its most severe form, hyperemesis gravidarum, with a prevalence of 1.1%, causes great distress and disrupts life activities. Women who have hyperemesis gravidarum have a higher risk of preterm labor and preeclampsia. NVP may be caused by psychological … Continue reading Aromatherapy with Peppermint Oil for Morning Sickness: Placebo Effect Only?

Aromatherapy Massage and Inhalation Improve Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults

Depression among older adults is associated with problems including functional decline or disability, low quality of life, demands on caregivers, increased use of mental health services, and mortality due to chronic illnesses or suicide. Prescription antidepressants can have limited efficacy and may cause adverse effects. Aromatherapy, which is easy to use, inexpensive, and associated with … Continue reading Aromatherapy Massage and Inhalation Improve Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults

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

Oregano Oil Uses & Benefits for Your Winter Health

Without a doubt, oregano oil is one of the best natural supplements you can get. It’s produced from the perennial herb oregano and loaded with free-radical-crushing antioxidants. A growing body of research has shown that oregano oil offers many positive health benefits and is one of the most potent natural remedies in existence. In particular, … Continue reading Oregano Oil Uses & Benefits for Your Winter Health

Biodiversity and Phytochemistry of Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae) is a plant native to the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia that has been used traditionally as a spice, tea, and medicine. Modern pharmacological studies have reported lemon balm to possess antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The purpose of this study was to investigate how essential oil composition, especially rosmarinic acid … Continue reading Biodiversity and Phytochemistry of Lemon Balm

A Review of the Physiological and Toxicological Effects of Peppermint Oil in Gastrointestinal Disorders

A centuries-old remedy for a variety of gastrointestinal complaints, data indicate that peppermint (Mentha × piperita, Lamiaceae) may be beneficial in clinical treatment.  Peppermint is a generally sterile hybrid between water mint (M. aquatica) and spearmint (M. spicata) thought to have occurred naturally. Peppermint essential oil (PEO), obtained by distillation from fresh leaves, has been used for … Continue reading A Review of the Physiological and Toxicological Effects of Peppermint Oil in Gastrointestinal Disorders

Our Pantry Profile: Rosemary

Rosemary {Rosmarinus officinalis} The name Rosmarinus loosely translates to "dew of the sea," given to rosemary because of its affinity for the wind-swept cliffs of the Mediterranean coast, where it originates. Beloved for centuries for its aroma and health benefits, this strongly aromatic member of the mint family is now cultivated worldwide. Greek scholars wore … Continue reading Our Pantry Profile: Rosemary

Our Pantry Profile: Thyme

Thyme {Thymus vulgaris} Common garden thyme has been used for protection, courage, food, and medicine since the beginning of recorded history. A low-growing, aromatic shrub native to the rocky hills of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, it's now a staple of herb gardens around the world. Roman soldiers bathed in thyme to maintain their courage … Continue reading Our Pantry Profile: Thyme

Activity of Lemon Balm and Moldavian Dragonhead Essential Oils against Foodborne Microorganisms

It has been postulated that plant essential oils can be used as natural preservatives to delay food spoilage, inhibit pathogen growth, and improve food quality. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae) aerial parts and Moldavian dragonhead (Dracocephalum moldavica, Lamiaceae) aerial parts have antibacterial and antifungal activity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the chemical … Continue reading Activity of Lemon Balm and Moldavian Dragonhead Essential Oils against Foodborne Microorganisms