by Penny Barker Aromatherapy consists of using different aromas to affect a person’s mood or behavior. In the practice of aromatherapy, each essential oil is believed to possess unique specific properties that positively affect different areas of a person’s life. Some are used to soothe physical ailments, while others can increase concentration, stamina or energy,…
Ever Wonder About Camphor Essential Oil Use? In 1964 “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” was one of the most popular shows on television in which Jim Neighbors played the dolting Gomer Pyle. In the episode entitled “Sergeant of the Week,” which premiered on 12/25/1964, Gomer gets a cold and uses Camphor balls to relieve the symptoms. We…
According to Miriam Stead, author of â€œEgyptian Life,â€ the process of distillation using steam was not known for the extraction of essences, but there were three techniques available for producing perfumes from flowers, fruits and seeds. She writes, â€œThere was enfleurage, the saturation of layers of fat with perfume by steeping flowers in the fat and replacing them when their perfume was spent.
The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) assay is a laboratory procedure developed in 1992 at the National Institute of Aging in Silver Springs, Maryland. It is used to measure the antioxidant capacities of many foods, juices, and oils.
From the October 1998 issue of Prevention Magazine, pg 144
Oregano, thyme and rosewood oils appear to destroy the species of bacteria that can cause pneumonia. In a lab study of 74 different oils, researchers found that these three oils were the most effective against the bacteria strain S. Pneumoniae as well as several types of fungi. Read more about the science behind therapeutic-grade essential oils.
â€œWe first investigated this because of a chance observation during an unrelated experiment,â€ says Diane Horne, PhD, professor of microbiology at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. â€œWe noticed that pneumonia cells just fell apart when exposed to certain aromatic sprays.â€
Although the research is still at a very early stage, itâ€™s conceivable that aromatherapy with the three oils may eventually become a helpful tool for controlling pneumonia infections.
There is scientific research all over showing us how effective essential oils can be, everything from uplifting our mood to combating some stubborn species of mold, germs and viruses.