FDA, our Response

  1. 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

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  2. Snoring and Essential Oils.

    Here are links tostudies I found: https://healthyfocus.org/proven-essential-oils-for-snoring/     Proven essential oils for snoring. https://www.snorenation.com/best-essential-oils-snoring/   Best essential oils for snoring. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15478208   The use of essential oils to treat snoring.     Abstract: Snoring is a very common social inconvenience. This double-blind study suggests a significant reduction in snoring reported by bed partners in a group of snoring volunteers using either an essential oil spray or gargle formulation. Possible modes of action of the essential oils are discussed.  

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  3. Herbs and their benefits.

    I have included here some links to studies I found on various herbs "Rose Hip" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17514536   Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of native Rosa sp. from British Columbia, Canada. Rose hip inhibits chemotaxis and chemiluminescence of human peripheral blood neutrophils in vitro and reduces certain inflammatory parameters in vivo.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17657440 "Peppermint" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18355409 Aqueous extracts from peppermint, sage and lemon balm leaves display potent anti-HIV-1 activity by increasing the virion density. "Thyme" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23828496   Antioxidant and antihypertensive activity of extract from Thymus serpyllum L. in experimental hypertension. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21452174   Anti-tumorigenic activity of five culinary

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  4. 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 Australia 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 http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-309-red%20raspberry.aspx?activeingredientid=309&activeingredientname=red%20raspberry  

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  5. Neem Seed Oil

    Here are links to some studies on the value of neem, starting with one on the overall therapeutic implications.

    Therapeutics Role of Azadirachta indica (Neem) and Their Active Constituents in Diseases Prevention and Treatment

    Healing Skin Issues:

    A plant-derived wound therapeutic for cost-effective treatment of post-surgical scalp wounds with exposed bone.  "CONCLUSION: This retrospective, non-controlled analysis supports ONE as a simple-to-use and safe treatment option for scalp wounds with exposed bone. Treatment costs compare favorably to those published for other treatment modalities."

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  6. 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:

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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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  9. 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  

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  10. 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
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