Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy Injury Report 2016
A link to the website Aromatherapy United, which shows data of of injury reports provided by individuals who have been directly impacted by, or who had direction observation of the adverse effects upon an individual who used the essential oil/blend. Read here.
Why you should not use coconut oil as a sunscreen
Not a research post as such, but this brilliant blog post from Formula Botanic sums up exactly the reasons why you should never try and make your own sunscreen. Read here.
Using Indian Head Massage to aid recovery
Providing Indian head message to inpatients in an acute mental health unit had physical and psychological effects, and also improved the atmosphere on the ward. Read the report from The Nursing Times here.
Chamomile and osteoarthritis of the knee
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition that affects the joints, causing pain and stiffness. According to Arthritis Research UK, it is ‘by far the most common form of joint disease, affecting people all over the world and approximately 8 million people in the UK’. Read rest of report here
Rose essential oil and sleep
A study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice looked at the effects of rose essential oil on sleep quality in patients in two coronary care units in Iran. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 110, Autumn 2015.) Full report here
Medical A-Z: dysmenorrhoea
An overview of the causes, symptoms, orthodox and complementary treatments in relation to dysmenorrhoea, the pain and discomfort experienced during, or just before, a menstrual period. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 100, April 2012.) Full report here
Medical A-Z: back pain
An overview of the causes, symptoms and orthodox and complementary approaches to back pain. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 98, October 2011.) See full report here
Massage, guided imagery and anxiety reduction
A pilot study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice indicated that massge, with or without guided imagery, helps to reduce self-reported anxiety prior to cardiac catheterisation. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 112, Spring 2015. Copyright FHT 2015.) Full report here
Massage & Neck Pain
A study in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice indicates that massage may help to reduce neck arthritis pain and increase range of motion. (First published in International Therapist, Issue 112, Spring 2015. Copyright FHT 2015.) See full report here
Lavender & Research: Systematic Review
A systematic review published by the European Journal of Integrative Medicine shows some positive results for the use of lavender aroma inhalation to improve sleep, but calls for more rigorous research. See full report here
Robert Tisserand Essential Training 2015 –
Eucalpytus oil stimulates the immune system
“There is a lot of evidence that certain essential oils – not all – stimulate the immune system, though there are no human studies that I know of. The animal evidence suggests that lemon oil, spearmint oil, eucalyptus oil, dill weed oil and many others can stimulate both the production and activity of white blood cells, notably when the body is challenged by infection or cancer (though immune therapy is not sufficient on its own to treat most infections or cancers). Whether it works to take essential oils long-term just to maintain a strong immune response is unknown, but it probably is effective when you really need it. Here’s one study on eucalyptus oil.”
Essential oils instead of Antibiotics?