Does Calendula help skin issues?

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.  Antimicrobial activities of six essential oils commonly used as condiments in Brazil against Clostridium perfringens. 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. 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. 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. 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). 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.  Killing effect of peppermint vapor against pink-slime forming microorganisms.

2. Antiviral Activity of Essential Oils: 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%. 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. 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. 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.   Efficacy of plant products against herpetic infections.  Selected Essential Oils as Antifungal Agents Against Antibiotic-Resistant Candida spp.: In Vitro Study on Clinical and Food-Borne Isolates.

Thank you, Kathleen

Do Essential Oils help hair re-growth?

As many of you, my regular customers know, I have been targeted by the FDA for scrutiny.

One of the issues the FDA has is our Reverse Hair Loss products.

Here are a listing of four studies on the positive effects some essential oils have been proven to help:  Hair growth-promoting activity of hot water extract of Thuja orientalis  Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs  Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. Randomized trial of aromatherapy: successful treatment for alopecia areata

Through extensive research, I have come up with the essential oils I find to have a beneficial effect on hair growth.

Thank you . Kathleen

My own experience switching to natural products

I absolutely love your shampoo/body wash. I have it in lavender minty, and its one of the best things I have ever smelled. I wanted to let you know of my experience in switching over to natural products with long (waist-length), dry, thick, coarse hair, since it might help others. I had planned a month or so in advance for the switch. I stopped using any extra products such as hairspray, gel, and serum in my hair and just used shampoo and conditioner for two weeks. Then for one week, I used shampoo only. After this three week period, I started using your natural shampoo. After the transition period, I found that I had no problem switching over, and it actually felt like your shampoo was what my hair needed. I didn’t experience a lot of gunk removal and my hair looked and felt amazing nearly right away. I have been using your product for about two weeks now (about 7 shampoos), and have been following every shampoo with a vinegar rinse.

I hope this information can help someone out there, especially if they have hair similar to mine and are a bit wary about switching to natural products.



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