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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Essential Oils praised in Well Being Journal

The Wellbeing Journal, a premier monthly news and information source for natural medicine lists several essential oils, including Tea Tree Oil and Oregano Oil. A quote from the article:

In The Complete Aromatherapy Handbook (New York: Sterling Publishing, Inc., 1990), Susanne Fischer-Rizzi writes, “Oregano is one of the most effective antiseptic essential oils for all kinds of infections. This antiviral remedy helps stimulate the stomach and the appetite and helps treat hiccups and dyspepsia. Oregano also loosens phlegm, calms coughing spells and helps treat chronic bronchitis. Topically oregano has been used to help treat cellulite, eczema, psoriasis, and chronic skin problems. Using oregano in a sitz bath or as a massage oil may help relieve menstrual problems. Dosage: Take orally 1 to 2 drops, diluted, one to two times daily. Caution: Do not use during pregnancy. For external application, dilute oregano essential oil in a large quantity of carrier oil, such as 5 drops essential oil per teaspoon (15 drops per tablespoon, or 30 drops per fluid ounce) of olive oil. Caution: Stronger solutions can burn or irritate the skin.

From the Wellbeing Journal

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bach Essence Remedy Chooser Available Online

Bach International has made available on their website a downloadable version of the 'Remedy Chooser'. This easy-to-use html-format program assists in the personal selection of flower essences from the Bach line.

Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and Flower Essences are available here.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Flower Essences Can Assist Yoga Practice

Flower Essences are gaining recognition for there effective support in moving through emotional changes and growth. Many have found yoga also very effective in personal development - here's an article on the combination of the two...

From the online Journal of Vibrational and Flower Essences:

"One of the beautiful things about flower remedies is that they not only address difficulties with particular issues, but they can actually enhance and support positive growth. Our greatest weaknesses are our greatest strengths in reverse, and the remedies help us turn them around. For instance, I highly recommend the use of flower remedies for enhancement of yoga practice. People come to yoga for different reasons, and there are also different styles of yoga. There are essences for all the various possibilities. Teaching yoga full time for eight years now, using remedies myself, has taught me first hand how to apply remedies for different needs. Both yoga and flower essences work profoundly with the body/mind connection."

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Essential Oils Make Headlines at

The world's number one natural health site,, is recognizing the benefits of essential oils. Dr. Joseph Mercola distributes a fantastic newsletter, with email subscription available on his site. It is one of the few newsletters to be consistantly worthwhile.

Dr. Mercola has listed the 'top 5' essential oils for your health in this edition of the newsletter, along with the benefits of each oil.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

New Research on the Benefits of Myrrh Oil

Researchers have identified a compound in myrrh, one of the gifts presented to Jesus by the Three Wise Men, that they believe could be developed into a potent anticancer agent. The compound, which kills cancer cells in the laboratory, shows particular promise for the prevention and treatment of breast and prostate cancer, according to the researchers.

The finding is the first to identify an anticancer compound in myrrh, they say. It appears in the current (Nov. 26) print edition of the Journal of Natural Products, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. It was published in the Web version of the journal on Oct. 25.

“It’s a very exciting discovery, says Mohamed M. Rafi, Ph.D., one of the co-researchers in the study and an assistant professor in the department of food science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “I’m optimistic that this compound can be developed into an anticancer drug, he says. The researcher cautions that the compound has not yet been tested in animals or humans.

As part of a larger search for anticancer compounds from plants, the researchers obtained extracts from a particular species of myrrh plant (Commiphora myrrha) and tested it against a human breast tumor cell line (MCF-7) known to be resistant to anticancer drugs. Research data indicated that the extract killed all of the cancer cells in laboratory dishes.

Further investigations to isolate the active component of the extract found it to be a unique and previously unknown compound belonging to a class called sesquiterpenoids, which are typically found in natural products. Rafi indicated that an increasing number of compounds in this class have been identified as having cytotoxic properties against cancer cell lines, but none has reached the marketing stage.

The myrrh compound appears to kill cancer cells by inactivating a specific protein, called Bcl-2, which is overproduced by cancer cells, particularly in the breast and prostate, the researcher says. Overproduction of this protein is believed to promote the growth of cancer cells and make cells more resistant to chemotherapy. As cancer is influenced by many mechanisms, the investigators are now in the process of trying to determine whether the compound also has other mechanisms of inhibitory action against cancer cells.

On the basis of initial laboratory tests, the compound does not appear to be as strong as conventional chemotherapy drugs, such as paclitaxel (Taxol®), vinbalstine and vincristine, which are known to be potent cancer killers. These drugs are highly toxic to healthy cells, however, says Rafi.

The researcher estimates that the compound tested is 100 times less potent than paclitaxel. The compound appears to fall within the moderate strength range of other recently discovered phytochemicals (isolated from plants), including resveratrol (from grapes), genestein (from soy) lycopene (from tomatoes) and catechins (from tea). The good news is that these compounds all come from food and are unlikely to be toxic to healthy cells, which could mean fewer side effects as a chemotherapy agent, the researcher says.

Once the compound is better understood, it’s possible that its potency could eventually be increased, the researcher says, who envisions that it could be developed as an oral drug. Rafi predicts that there may be other compounds in myrrh that are more potent than the current anticancer candidate though yet to be isolated from the plant.

Developing any anticancer drug from myrrh may take five to ten years, says Rafi. Animal studies of the current compound are planned. The researchers are in the process of filing a patent on the anticancer compound.

Myrrh is the dried resin obtained from one of several trees of the genus Commiphora. The bitter-tasting, fragrant resin has been used for thousands of years as an ointment, perfume, incense and embalming fluid.

As a medicinal compound, it has been used to kill pain, heal wounds and neutralize bad breath. There is some documentation that some ancient civilizations may have even used the plant to combat cancer. If so, the current study represents the first scientific evidence of its effectiveness, the researchers say.

Today, myrrh can be found in health food stores as an ingredient in natural toothpaste and mouthwash, where it is used as an an alternative to fluoride to fight dental decay. It is also available in capsule form, as a tea, and as an extract.

### Funding for this study was provided by Rutger’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the New Jersey Commission for Science and Technology. Mohamed M. Rafi, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of food science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Chi-Tang Ho, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of food science at the university and lead investigator in the study.

Aromatherapy oils 'kill superbug'

Essential oils could kill the deadly MRSA hospital 'superbug', scientists have claimed.

University of Manchester researchers found three of the oils, usually used in aromatherapy, destroyed MRSA and E.coli bacteria in two minutes.

They suggest the oils could be blended into soaps and shampoos which could be used in hospitals to stop the spread of the superbug.

Hospital-acquired infections, such as MRSA, kill an estimated 5,000 a year.

The Manchester study was triggered when complementary medicine specialists at Christie Cancer Hospital asked university researchers to test essential oils.

Our research shows a very practical application which could be of enormous benefit to the NHS and its patients -Jacqui Stringer, Christie Hospital, Manchester

They wanted to ensure they could not harm the patients, whose immune systems are weakened by the treatments.

Dr Peter Warn, who carried out the research, said: "When I tested the oils in the lab, absolutely nothing grew. Rather than stimulating bacteria and fungi, the oils killed them off."

The team then tested 40 essential oils against 10 of the most infectious agents found in hospitals, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).

Two of the oils were found to kill MRSA and E.coli almost instantly, while a third was found to act over a longer period of time.

However, the researchers say they are unable to reveal which oils carry benefits because of commercial sensitivities.

MRSA is often carried in patients' nostrils, and is currently treated by putting disinfectant on the area to kill the bacterium - which many patients often find unpleasant.

Dr Warn says the essential oils could be used to create much more pleasant inhalation therapies - which he said were likely to have a much higher success rate than the current treatment, which is only effective in around 50% of cases."

Dr Warn said: "We believe that our discovery could revolutionise the fight to combat MRSA and other superbugs."

But he said the team now needed around £30,000 in order to continue its research.

Jacqui Stringer, clinical leader of complementary therapies at Christie Hospital in Manchester, instigated the oils research.

She said: "Our research shows a very practical application which could be of enormous benefit to the NHS and its patients.

"The reason essential oils are so effective is because they are made up of a complex mixture of chemical compounds which the MRSA and other superbug bacteria finds difficult to resist."

The Department of Health evaluates products which are claimed to prevent or
treat HAIs before it permits them to be used across the NHS.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2004/12/21 17:55:23 GMT


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