Essential Oils: Library of Information on Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy


Information Library on Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

This library on essential oils and Aromatherapy provides a growing resource of articles, news, access to high quality products as well as information on scientific research into essential oils and the effects and applications of Aromatherapy.

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Aromatherapy: The Dangers of Essential Oils - Essential oils also have therapeutic properties which can have a dramatic effect on the physiology of the body. Peppermint Oil for example has a refreshing and uplifting aroma, however, according to Robert Tisserand, it may also be used in the treatment of Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Nausea, Migraine, Gall stones, etc.

How To Use Essential Oils Part I: Which essential oils to use?
We hear and read much about the benefits of Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, however, rarely do we find out how and what essential oils can be used, or for which purpose. What are their properties? How can they be used and what forms/medium should they be used in?

How To Use Essential Oils Part II:
How to use essential oils in different media such as water, base-oils, air, etc. In this the second part of our series of articles on How to use Essential Oils, we look at the different media in which essential oils can be used.

Brows through a selection of books on Aromatherapy and essential oils by the world's most reputable authors such as Robert Tisserand, Dr Jean Valnet, René-Maurice Gattefossé and others. These books have been specially selected by our Medical Aromatherapist so you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that these contain quality information on essential oils and Aromatherapy.

Scientific Abstracts on Essential Oils

Biological effects of essential oils – A review
Abstract: Since the middle ages, essential oils have been widely used for bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, antiparasitical, insecticidal, medicinal and cosmetic applications, especially nowadays in pharmaceutical, sanitary, cosmetic, agricultural and food industries. Because of the mode of extraction, mostly by distillation from aromatic plants, they contain a variety of volatile molecules such as terpenes and terpenoids, phenol-derived aromatic components and aliphatic components. In vitro physicochemical assays characterise most of them as antioxidants. However, recent work shows that in eukaryotic cells, essential oils can act as prooxidants affecting inner cell membranes and organelles such as mitochondria. Depending on type and concentration, they exhibit cytotoxic effects on living cells but are usually non-genotoxic. In some cases, changes in intracellular redox potential and mitochondrial dysfunction induced by essential oils can be associated with their capacity to exert antigenotoxic effects. These findings suggest that, at least in part, the encountered beneficial effects of essential oils are due to prooxidant effects on the cellular level.

Myrrh: medical marvel or myth of the Magi?
Since antiquity, the genus Commiphora is composed of more than 200 species, and has been exploited as a natural drug to treat pain, skin infections, inflammatory conditions, diarrhea, and periodontal diseases. In more recent history, products derived from Commiphora myrrha and various other species of Commiphora are becoming recognized to possess significant antiseptic, anesthetic, and antitumor properties. Traditional practice and evidence-based research have supported that these properties are directly attributable to terpenoids (especially furanosesquiterpenes), the active compounds present in myrrh essential oil. More recently, current studies have focused on applying clinical trial methodologies to validate its use as an antineoplastic, an antiparasitic agent, and as an adjunct in healing wounds.


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