Peppermint has been used as a herbal medicine for thousands of years. Dried leaves found in Egyptian pyramids have been carbon dated back to 1,000 BC. Modern science increasingly confirms the therapeutic potential of this plant for disease prevention and treatment.
It appears that prevention is the key to avoiding illness. You've heard it over and over. Get a flu shot. However this year there are some many new emerging virulent strains. For instance, there are several different influenza strains. The flu shot does not cover all of them...and is not highly effective according to many researchers.
Now more than ever folks are looking for natural pest control to keep their home gardens fruitful, as well as to eliminate unnecessary chemical exposures. Essential oils may provide a practical, effective and inexpensive solution to the problem.
In a day and age like ours, bouts of stress and anxiety are expected to occur at least occasionally during the course of daily life. In fact, if the experience is completely alien to you, you may not be paying attention to what's going on in the world around us -- or, you are enlightened and should be congratulated.
While conventional medicine continues to drug women with PMS with addictive SSRIs, Japanese researchers have determined that Lavender essential oil can alleviate premenstrual emotional mood changes, confirming other research (and centuries of clinical use) showing that Lavender aromatherapy produces calming effects.
Maternity and gynecology researchers have determined that abdominal massage with essential oils will decrease pain and excessive bleeding in difficult menstruation.
Ask any veterinarian: Ringworm is one of those animal-centric infections considered to have no conventional cure. When cats are infected, they may be cleaned and washed and hopefully will repel the infection naturally over time, but this is no guarantee. As for conventional medicines, these often fall short of success without significant dosing over extended periods.
As the battle against superbugs like MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections rages on, researchers have found oils derived from certain plants beat antiseptics chlorhexidine and ethanol in inhibiting antibiotic resistant bacteria.
According to existing scientific evidence, choosing natural, side effect-free herbal formulas to treat acute ear infection and pain over synthetic antibiotics with questionable therapeutic efficacy is a reasonable and well-founded option.
Like the Magi, carrying myrrh, frankincense, and gold, researchers from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the Christmas gift frankincense.