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When Friends Give Bad Advice

What should we do when we come across bad essential oil advice? And what if it involves our friends?  Check out this great blogpost from the English Aromatherapist.

Wondering how to find reliable essential oil information?

“As a beginner, how can you recognise good and bad practices from a jumble of internet sources, books, friends, aromatherapists? Which details should you pay attention to when discovering a new source of essential oil information, and which claims should set alarm bells ringing?” An extract from this fabulous blog post from Petra Ratajc PhD

Why you should not use coconut oil as a sunscreen

Not a research post as such, but this brilliant blog post from Formula Botanic sums up exactly the reasons why you should never try and make your own sunscreen. Read here.

Lavender Essential Oil is not Estrogenic

An interesting blog from Robert Tisserand about Lavender oil regarding the claim that lavender (and tea tree) is estrogenic.  Read here.

Using Indian Head Massage to aid recovery

Providing Indian head message to inpatients in an acute mental health unit had physical and psychological effects, and also improved the atmosphere on the ward.  Read the report from The Nursing Times here.

Effect of lavender scent inhalation on prevention of stress, anxiety and depression in the postpartum period.

This new study shows lavender oil helps prevent stress, anxiety and depression after childbirth. What other oils do you like to use post-partum? Full report here.

Chamomile and osteoarthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition that affects the joints, causing pain and stiffness. According to Arthritis Research UK, it is ‘by far the most common form of joint disease, affecting people all over the world and approximately 8 million people in the UK’. Read rest of report here

Rose essential oil and sleep

A study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice looked at the effects of rose essential oil on sleep quality in patients in two coronary care units in Iran. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 110, Autumn 2015.)  Full report here

Medical A-Z: dysmenorrhoea

An overview of the causes, symptoms, orthodox and complementary treatments in relation to dysmenorrhoea, the pain and discomfort experienced during, or just before, a menstrual period. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 100, April 2012.)  Full report here

Medical A-Z: back pain

An overview of the causes, symptoms and orthodox and complementary approaches to back pain. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 98, October 2011.)  See full report here

Massage, guided imagery and anxiety reduction

A pilot study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice indicated that massge, with or without guided imagery, helps to reduce self-reported anxiety prior to cardiac catheterisation. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 112, Spring 2015. Copyright FHT 2015.)  Full report here

Massage & Neck Pain

A study in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice indicates that massage may help to reduce neck arthritis pain and increase range of motion. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 112, Spring 2015. Copyright FHT 2015.)  See full report here

Lavender & Research: Systematic Review

A systematic review published by the European Journal of Integrative Medicine shows some positive results for the use of lavender aroma inhalation to improve sleep, but calls for more rigorous research.  See full report here


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Eucalyptus oil stimulates the immune system

“There is a lot of evidence that certain essential oils – not all – stimulate the immune system, though there are no human studies that I know of. The animal evidence suggests that lemon oil, spearmint oil, eucalyptus oil, dill weed oil and many others can stimulate both the production and activity of white blood cells, notably when the body is challenged by infection or cancer (though immune therapy is not sufficient on its own to treat most infections or cancers). Whether it works to take essential oils long-term just to maintain a strong immune response is unknown, but it probably is effective when you really need it. Here’s one study on eucalyptus oil.”


Essential oils instead of Antibiotics?