All posts by Kathleen Hembree

Do Essential Oils help with Lice Infestations?

Here are some studies:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15025863 Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase by Tea Tree oil.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25756296 Essential oils in the management of the donkey louse….Conclusion: These results demonstrate that the inclusion of essential oil suspensions during grooming can be used to manage louse populations successfully.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27905627

INTRODUCTION:  Pediculosis capitis is a public health problem with a high prevalence. The emergence of parasite resistance to conventional pediculicide is of great concern worldwide.

RESULTS: The results showed 100% effectiveness; short time of death, ovicidal action, activity on the adhesion of the egg, and low toxicity.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26462802  The potential application of plant essential oils to control Pediculus humanus capitis (Anoplura: Pediculidae).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22847279  Activity of tea tree oil…..on head lice

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22177577   Toxicity of essential and non-essential oils against the chewing louse, Bovicola (Werneckiella) ocellatus

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9439284 The potential effectiveness of essential oils as a treatment for headlice, Pediculus humanus capitis.

Do Essential Oils help with pain relief?

Here are some studies that look at Essential Oils and Pain Relief

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27872812

Anti-Inflammatory Effects of the Essential Oils of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) in Experimental Rheumatoid Arthritis.

https://www.rheumatoidarthritis.org/living-with-ra/diet/essential-oils/

Essential oils and Rheumatoid Arthritis

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033

Essential Oils used in Aromatherapy.  Conclusion: From above reports and study, we can conclude that aromatherapy is natural and noninvasive gift of nature for humans. It’s not only the disease symptoms which are eradicated but the whole body is rejuvenated by the use of aroma. Aromatherapy regulates the physiological, spiritual and psychological upliftment for the new phase of life. This therapy is not only preventive but also can be used in the acute and chronic stages of disease. Pharmaceutical industries are trying for environmental friendly, alternative and natural medicine for disease associated with pathogens and metabolism. There may be a possibility of enhancing the rate of reaction and bioavailability of drugs from the use of these essential oils.

https://aromaticstudies.com/essential-oil-therapy-for-shingles/

Essential Oil Therapy for Shingles

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27863613

Effect of aromatherapy massage with lavender essential oil on pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee: A randomized controlled clinical trial.  Conclusion: Aromatherapy massage with lavender essential oil was found effective in relieving pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis. However, further studies are needed to confirm findings of this study.

http://www.apmhealth.com/blog/bid/386942/3-Pain-Fighting-Powers-of-Essential-Oils

Essential oils are so effective because they by-pass the digestive system and become absorbed directly into the blood stream. With millenniums of successful use, they not only provide enticing, awakening and pleasant aromas, they help fight pain by reducing inflammation, anxiety and stress. Whether you are using essential oils for your health or your home, relieving pain is just one of the amazing powers packed into the little bottle.

Does Calendula help skin issues?

Calendula is another area the FDA has found fault with our wording. Here are some studies with Calendula:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841996/   A review on phytochemistry and ethnopharmacological aspects of genus Calendula.

Conclusion: A close scrutiny of literature on Calendula reveals that three species have been investigated pharmacologically. Pharmacological studies reveal that C. officinalis exhibits antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties; C. arvensis possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and hemolytic activities; and C. suffruticosa exhibits antimicrobial activity.

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/235.html 

Skin inflammation due to radiation therapy (radiation dermatitis). Early research suggests that applying calendula ointment on the skin might reduce radiation dermatitis in people receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Leg ulcers. Early research shows that applying a 7.5% calendula ointment to the skin speeds up the healing of leg ulcers caused by poor blood circulation.

Anal tears (anal fissures). Early research suggests that that applying calendula to the affected area may reduce pain in people with anal tears who do not respond to treatment with sitz baths and the medication nifedipine.

Diaper rash. Early research suggests that applying a 1.5% calendula ointment to the skin for 10 days improves diaper rash compared to aloe gel.

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/calendula

Burns, cuts and bruises: Calendula tinctures, ointments, and washes are often applied to the skin to help burns, bruises, and cuts heal faster, and to fight the minor infections they cause. Calendula cream is also used to treat hemorrhoids. Animal studies show that calendula helps wounds heal faster, maybe by increasing blood flow to the wounded area and by helping the body make new tissue. There are no scientific studies looking at whether calendula works in humans, but using it on your skin is considered safe.  Professional homeopaths often recommend using ointments with calendula to heal first-degree burns and sunburns.

Dermatitis: Early evidence suggests that calendula may help prevent dermatitis, skin inflammation, in people with breast cancer who are undergoing radiation therapy, however, other studies show no effect. Calendula is also a safe and effective remedy for diaper rash.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4827280/

Traditional Therapies for Skin Wound Healing.  Conclusion: Traditional therapies have a wide range of therapeutic properties and, consequently, found different clinical applications, but they cannot permanently substitute the use of high-effective drugs, advanced practices, and innovative cellular therapies. Thus, recent trends are moving to the development of specialized healthcare treatments that involve the combined use of traditional medicine and modern practices/products.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3600183/

The paper, by L. Parente et al., evaluated the wound healing and anti-inflammatory activity of Calendula officinalis in animal models. This experimental study revealed that C. officinalis possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activities as well as angiogenic and fibroblastic properties acting in a positive way on the inflammatory and proliferative phases of the healing process.

Are Essential Oils and Herbs drugs?

Per the FDA, if I make claims of a product helping someone, my product can be classified as a “drug”.

Almost since the beginning of the universe, there have been plants. Without plants there would be no morning caffeine, no “drugs”, no life itself! Plants were the precursors to almost all the pharmaceutical drugs on the market. Researchers saw the old studies. They pulled out the pieces that they thought did healing.

Of course, the only way the drug companies can make money is if they can synthesize it and patent it. Plant components are not patent-able. There is no big money in working with “real” ingredients.

Our ingredients come from the plants. Essential oils are distilled from plants and have been for hundreds of years. Herbs are the dried plants. If you are a Christian, you know that God gave us what we need to be healthy….if we will only learn from our excesses.

Thank you, Kathleen

 

Do Essential Oils have antiviral, antibacterial properties?

As many of you, my regular customers know, we have come under the scrutiny of the FDA for our wording and claims.

Here is a small  list of studies to help all understand why I use the essential oils I do in a formula.

  1. Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4054083/ Antimicrobial efficacy of five essential oils against oral pathogens: An in vitro study  Conclusion: Peppermint, tea tree and thyme oil can act as an effective intra-canal antiseptic solution against oral pathogens.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26991289  Antimicrobial activities of six essential oils commonly used as condiments in Brazil against Clostridium perfringens.

http://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6882-6-39 In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils. Out of 21 essential oils tested, 19 oils showed antibacterial activity against one or more strains. Cinnamon, clove, geranium, lemon, lime, orange and rosemary oils exhibited significant inhibitory effect. Cinnamon oil showed promising inhibitory activity even at low concentration, whereas aniseed, eucalyptus and camphor oils were least active against the tested bacteria.  Conclusion: Majority of the oils showed antibacterial activity against the tested strains. However Cinnamon, clove and lime oils were found to be inhibiting both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Cinnamon oil can be a good source of antibacterial agents.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100330210942.htm Essential oils to fight superbugs. Essential oils could be a cheap and effective alternative to antibiotics and potentially used to combat drug-resistant hospital superbugs, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s spring meeting in Edinburgh.

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/aromatherapy/what-does-research-say-about-essential-oils What Does the Research Say About Essential Oils?     A significant body of research on essential oils has been conducted by the food, flavoring, cosmetics, and tobacco industries. They are most interested in the flavor, mood alteration, and preservative qualities of essential oils. Some of these companies have also conducted extensive research on the toxicity and safety of essential oils.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2672.1999.00780.x/full Antimicrobial activity of essential oils and other plant extracts.   The MICs of 52 plant oils and extracts obtained by the agar dilution method are shown in Table 1. Lemongrass, oregano and bay inhibited all organisms at ≤2·0% (v/v). Rosewood, coriander, palmarosa, tea tree, niaouli, peppermint, spearmint, sage and marjoram inhibited all organisms except Ps. aeruginosa at ≤2·0% (v/v).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8893526 Antibacterial and antifungal activity of ten essential oils in vitro . The ten essential oils are: aegle, ageratum, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, orange, palmarosa, patchouli and peppermint. From 12 to all 22 bacteria tested were inhibited by the essential oils.  All twelve fungi were inhibited by seven oils (aegle, citronella, geranium, lemongrass, orange, palmarosa and patchouli). Eucalyptus and peppermint oils were effective against eleven fungi.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26133506  Killing effect of peppermint vapor against pink-slime forming microorganisms.

2. Antiviral Activity of Essential Oils:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19653195 Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in vitro was tested again constituents from eucalyptus, tea tree, and thyme, These essential oils were able to reduce viral infectivity by >96%.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994788/ Protective essential oil attenuates influenza virus infection: An in vitro study in MDCK cells.  Conclusion: An essential oil blend significantly attenuates influenza virus PR8 infectivity in vitro without affecting viral binding or cellular internalization in MDCK cells. Oil treated virus continued to express viral mRNAs but had minimal expression of viral proteins, suggesting that the antiviral effect may be due to inhibition of viral protein translation.

http://aac.asm.org/content/51/5/1859.full Susceptibility of Drug-Resistant Clinical Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Strains to Essential Oils of Ginger, Thyme, Hyssop, and Sandalwood. There was significant reduction of the HSV-1 virus when introduced to the essential oils.

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/essential-oils-viruses-bacteria-1106.html/ Essential oils proven to kill viruses and bacteria. Are essential oils really better than chemical cleaners?  A study in the journal Molecules explains that these plant essences are widely accepted for their antimicrobial qualities, and have been for a long time. Essential oils destroy microbes like bacteria and viruses with the compounds they contain – which include phenylpropanoids and terpenes, explains the Phytotherapy Research journal.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21607799   Efficacy of plant products against herpetic infections.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27092733  Selected Essential Oils as Antifungal Agents Against Antibiotic-Resistant Candida spp.: In Vitro Study on Clinical and Food-Borne Isolates.

Thank you, Kathleen