All posts by Kathleen Hembree

Cat Flea & Tick Repellent Spray

Here is a testimonial I received:

Just to let you know, I’ve been using the (Cat Flea & Tick) spray on my cat this winter as her skin is drier (has a lot of flaking) than normal and it has really helped her.  She has actually came to me as I was shaking it up, so I know she likes it!!  I spray a little on her and then brush it through her hair.
Thank you!
Catherine

 

Do Essential Oils have Antimicrobial Properties

Here are links to some studies I found:

OREGANO — https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27568869  Sensitivity of Candida albicans to essential oils: are they an alternative to antifungal agents?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25952773    Composition, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antiproliferative activity of Origanum dictamnus (dittany) essential oil.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22413147   Effects of cinnamon leaf, oregano and sweet orange essential oils on fermentation and aerobic stability of barley silage.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20438322    In vitro antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antispasmodic activities and the composition of the essential oil of Origanum acutidens (Hand.-Mazz.) Ietswaart.

LEMONGRASS–https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12803563  Fungicidal and anti-aflatoxigenic effects of the essential oil of Cymbopogon citratus (DC.) Stapf. (lemongrass) against Aspergillus flavus Link. isolated from stored rice.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14615795  Anti-Candida albicans activity of essential oils including Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) oil and its component, citral.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24888440  Essential oils: extraction, bioactivities, and their uses for food preservation.

 

Chickweed and skin care.

Here are links to some articles on the benefits of chickweed.

Chickweed profile:  http://www.cshs.com/herbsOfMonth/chickweed.html

http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/nutrition-research/learning-center/plant-profiler/stellaria-media.html

http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/nutrition-research/learning-center/plant-profiler/stellaria-media.html

http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/nutrition-research/learning-center/plant-profiler/stellaria-media.html

Herbs for Men’s Health.

Here are studies on herbs that help with urinary tract issues and a man’s reproductive system:

Saw Palmetto Berry:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23432584    Serenoa Repens, lycopene and selenium: a triple therapeutic approach to manage benign prostatic hyperplasia.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25154739  Serenoa repens, lycopene and selenium versus tamsulosin for the treatment of LUTS/BPH. An Italian multicenter double-blinded randomized study between single or combination therapy (PROCOMB trial).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12137626   Serenoa repens for benign prostatic hyperplasia.   REVIEWER’S CONCLUSIONS:  The evidence suggests that Serenoa repens provides mild to moderate improvement in urinary symptoms and flow measures. Serenoa repens produced similar improvement in urinary symptoms and flow compared to finasteride and is associated with fewer adverse treatment events. The long term effectiveness, safety and ability to prevent BPH complications are not known. The results of this update are in agreement with our initial review.

NOTE: This is 3 of at least 64 studies on the NCBI PubMed site.

Mullein:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27980574  UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS and GC-MS Analyses on Phenolic, Fatty Acid and Essential Oil of Verbascum pinetorum with Antioxidant, Anticholinesterase, Antimicrobial and DNA Damage Protection Effects.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25048704  Verbascoside–a review of its occurrence, (bio)synthesis and pharmacological significance.

NOTE: This is 2 of at least 11 studies of Mullein.

Parsley:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24660617  Parsley: a review of ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry and biological activities.

NOTE: This is 1 of at least 17 studies of Parsley.

Decide for yourself if herbs can help a man’s health.