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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




Raspberry Leaf and Women.

Here are links to some studies I have found:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24330413   Herbal medicine use in pregnancy: results of a multinational study.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23843424  In vitro inhibition of human CYP1A2, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4 by six herbs commonly used in pregnancy.

http://www.pregnancy.com.au/resources/topics-of-interest/pregnancy/raspberry-leaf.shtml   Raspberry Leaf info from Austrailia

http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2154002   University of Michigan Health System

This on is worth exploring:   http://www.herbcyclopedia.com/item/raspberry-leaf-tea-2



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

Herbal Vitamin Testimonial

Anne P.

My husband and I started using the herbs over a year ago. I have some spinal problems and have found that the Bone and Joint Tonic has been very helpful to alleviate pain and swelling in my back. The change is not immediate; the herbs have to be used over a few days consistently to create change. Nonetheless, it is so refreshing to know that the change is not from medicine that have suppressed pain, but it’s from the herbs working with my body to create health through nutrients that my body has been needing to allow it to heal and change to be healthy.
We also use the Calcium Tonic, since we have changed our diet to have more whole fruits and vegetables with less breads, milk, and cheese. I have found we have less calcium in our diet and have been desiring to have more, thus the Calcium Tonic has been very helpful especially if one plans on being pregnant.
The Whole Body Tonic my husband uses daily like a vitamin and we both use the Whole Body Tonic if we feel we are starting to get sick or be run down. It gives our bodies an extra boost to prevent and fight off the sickness.
We both use the Women’s Tonic, both my husband and I for different reasons. My husband uses it more as a sleep aid. He works nights and the tonic helps him to get to sleep faster and sleep a bit better in the day. I have used it for iron needs and mellowing out my emotions during menstruation. I have also found it helps with fertility, if one is desiring to start a family and having trouble. I would suggest adding this tonic into your daily routine.
We found that we like taking the herbs best in a glass of water. We just measure out the herbs and put some water in a glass and drink. Then follow up with another glass of water without herbs to wash it down. It is the cheapest way, very easy to prepare, and is quick. Most of the herbs don’t have a really strong taste. Except the Whole Body Tonic does have that extra kick at the end. So having extra water would be best. I have been very pleased with the herbs. I know they have helped create health and healing in our bodies.