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Friday, February 18, 2005

Essential Oils Proven Effective for Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is a scalp condition where one's own immune system attacks hair folicles, resulting in dramatic, patchy loss of hair. The following abstract is from the Archives of Dermatology, titled: 'Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment of Alopecia areata', performed by Hay I. C., Jamieson M. and Ormerod A. D.

Instructions in essential oil use and scalp massage were given to 84 patients with Alopecia areata, a disorder in which the hair falls out in patches producing areas of baldness. Randomly divided into two groups, the control group massaged a combination of jojoba and grapseed carrier oils into their scalps every night, occluding the area with a warm towel. The test group used the same technique but included Thymus vulgaris (88 mg), Lavandula angustifolia (108 mg), Rosmarinus officinalis (114 mg) and Cedrus atlantica (94 mg) essential oils within 23 ml of carrier oil. This procedure was followed for seven months and evaluated by various means, including photographic assessment by independent dermatologists and measurement of areas of alopecia by computerised image analysis. Although variable, the test group results showed a significant statistical advantage to the treatment regime with an improvement rate of 44%. This was comparable to conventional therapies. As it had no significant adverse effects, the essential oil treatment had a higher therapeutic ratio than some therapies. A relative lack of response in the control group indicated pharmacological activity of the essential oils as opposed to any effects arising from scalp massage alone.

Monday, February 14, 2005

From Mothering Magazine - Oils to Help Labor Pain

The following recipe is quoted from the online version of Mothering Magazine:

Labor Oils

These oil blends can be used to alleviate pain during labor.

Sweet Lavender Relief
2 ounces sweet almond, grapeseed, or pure vegetable oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops clary sage essential oil
4 drops geranium essential oil
2 drops jasmine essential oil
3 drops rose essential oil

Heaven and Earth
4 ounces sweet almond, grapeseed or pure vegetable oil
8 drops spikenard essential oil
7 drops jasmine essential oil
3 drops lemon verbena essential oil

Mix the oils together in a plastic bottle with a pouring spout. Massage into abdomen during pregnancy and labor.

See Mothering Magazine for more information.

Friday, February 11, 2005

A Fantastic Online Resource for Flower Essences

Though we'd like to say Ananda Apothecary is a fantastic online resource for flower essence information (it IS, but...) some folks have dedicated their lives to the subject. Available online is Vibration Magazine: The Journal of Vibrational and Flower Essences, a comprehensive publication about vibrational medicine. All articles since their inception in June 1998 are available at the website. The link above starts at the table of contents, with subjects such as 'Animals, Pets and Essences', Children and Essences and MANY more. We highly recommend a look...

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Reducing Stress in the Workplace with Aromatherapy

A stressful workplace makes for a difficult time maintaining your health. In fact, many practitioners believe stress is the number one contributor of disease. Aromatherapy has been shown useful in reducing stress, and can be used in the workplace to assist in creating a harmonious environment. Here's an article from Holistic Health News:

Friday, February 04, 2005

Alternative Therapies Gaining Momentum

According to the Washington-based Institute of Medicine, a non-profit advisory group for health and science issues, 1 in 5 Americans now use some form of 'alternative' therapy, up from 1 in 50 in 1990. With almost daily news of dangers of certain prescription drugs, along with increased awareness of Big Pharma having the interests of Big Business, turning 'true traditional medicine' is becoming commonplace.

Around the world, acceptance of natural therapies into mainstream medicine is happening faster than in the US. In Cuba, flower essence therapy pioneered by Dr. Nelson Bach in the 1930's has become a mainstay of national healthcare. Flower essence therapy has been shown effective in for improving a patient's emotional state, having a profound effect on their ability to heal.

In France, one cannot obtain certain 'essential oils' without seeing a licensed pharmacist. These potent plant extracts which are readily available in the US, are some of the most powerful antibiotics known to man. According to a recent study by the University of Manchester, England, essential oils could kill the deadly MRSA hospital 'superbug', an infectious bacteria resistant to most modern treatments. Say's Jaqui Stringer of the Christie Cancer Hospital, "Our research shows a very practical application which could be of enormous benefit to the NHS (National Health System) and its patients.

It is expected that interest in natural and alternative therapies will continue to grow. As these treatments are accepted by the conventional medical establishment, effective synergies between the two styles are likely to benefit patients not seen before.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Natural Medicine Getting More Attention from Mainstream

An article in the Miami Herald has noted that the use of natural and complementary medicine in the US is on the rise - well, we knew that, but it's always nice to see it in print.

From Dr. Martin Dayton:
``There are many things we can do with alternative and complementary medicine that may have advantages above that offered by staying strictly with conventional medicine.''

Particularly about Flower Essences, the article said:
One of the more popular alternative therapies today is flower essence. These homeopathic, nonmedicinal liquid preparations are made from the blossoms of flowers and, using each flower's particular DNA code, are said to help a person tap into their own natural healing ability. They're taken orally or applied topically.

At 78, New Yorker Florence Zinman, facing knee surgery, tried flower essences to seek relief from her pain. ''I didn't want to jump into surgery immediately,'' Zinman said.

Physical therapy helped a bit but the pain persisted. She went to flower essence therapist Linda Cohen in New York, who says she prescribed a mixture of Star of Bethlehem, for the release of shock and trauma, Self Heal to stimulate healing and awareness, arnica to release toxic energy trapped in a body part, echinacea for sudden jolts or accidents and dandelion for the release of muscular tension.

To totally refuse the benefits of modern medicine was cautioned, and for good reason. There are many conditions for which it can be effective - though even in these cases, there are often natural remedies that can be supportive.

Read the full article here.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Natural defense Against mosquito's Includes Citronella Essential Oil

Save this one for the summer: Dr. Joseph Mercola's popular natural health newsletter has made available methods of reducing mosquito bites. These include Citronella essential oil, which can be diluted to about 10% in a carrier oil such as Grapeseed for application to the skin. Lavender Oil has been indicated for this use as well, and some say it may be better for direct skin application, whereas Citronella may best be used in a diffuser to protect a room or house.

Dr. Mercola's article is here.

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