Natural Health Science News The latest news and top resources on natural health.

Lavender

A randomized, controlled cross-over trial of dermally-applied lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil as a treatment of agitated behaviour in dementia

Posted November 13, 2013

Lavender essential oil shows evidence of sedative properties in neurophysiological and animal studies but clinical trials of its effectiveness as a treatment of agitation in people with dementia have shown mixed results. Study methods have varied widely, however, making comparisons hazardous. To help remedy previous methodological shortcomings, we delivered high grade lavender oil in specified amounts to nursing home residents whose agitated behaviours were recorded objectively.

Read More

Six powerful ways to use lavender during the cold and flu season

Posted October 9, 2013

Hidden beneath the pleasing scent of lavender is a fierce natural medicine and formidable protector. Used since antiquity, lavender was a significant guardian against some of the most deadly infectious diseases of all time – the great epidemics of plague sweeping across Europe throughout the Middle Ages and into the 17th century. The protective aspects of the plant were discovered when tannery workers who utilized the oil in manufacturing, and those who tended lavender fields, appeared to be immune to the disease. Unbeknownst at the time, lavender is an exceptional bactericide and also stimulates the production of white blood cells, thereby creating a robust defense against harmful invading pathogens.

Read More

What are the health benefits of lavender?

Posted September 11, 2013

Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help wash and purify the skin. In fact, the word lavender originally stems from from the Latin word lavare which means “to wash”. However, there are also many medicinal properties associated with lavender.

Read More

Smelling lavender and rosemary essential oils stimulates free radical scavenging activity, protecting cells

Posted August 19, 2013

A breakthrough study on essential oils, led by Dr. Mahmoud A. Saleh, reveals an elaborate list of herbs that possess powerful antioxidant properties. Using high tech gas chromatography/mass spectrometry technology, Saleh was able to isolate a very powerful group of essential oils that exhibit strong free radical scavenging activity at concentrations of just 5mg /mL.

Read More

Natural remedies for skin troubles

Posted September 20, 2012

Our skin is our largest organ, covering the exterior of the body and keeping organs, muscles, blood vessels and other parts inside, safe and away from disease-causing microbes. A lot can happen to your skin

Read More

Combat the rise of superbugs and infectious disease with lavender

Posted August 15, 2012

Since antiquity, lavender has been remarkably effective against life-threatening illness and infection. Today, lavender is garnering attention as a safe alternative to risky chemical disinfectants, dangerous antibiotics and hazardous antiviral medications. As an added health protecting benefit, lavender naturally stimulates the immune system to guard against invading bacteria and viruses.

Read More

Sweet Smelling Herbal Treatment for Anxiety

Posted June 8, 2012

Herbal medicine often suffers from inflated hype, with many effects firmly attributed to different plants. However, sometimes these reputations are supported by scientific evidence. Lavender has historically been used as a mild sedative and anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety, medicine.

Read More

Evaluation of Abelmoschus moschatus extracts for antioxidant, free radical scavenging, antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities using in vitro assays

Posted April 30, 2012

Abelmoschus moschatus Medik. leaves and seeds are considered as valuable traditional medicine. The aromatic seeds of this plant are aphrodisiac, ophthalmic, cardio tonic, antispasmodic and used in the treatment of intestinal complaints and check queasiness. To give a scientific basis for traditional usage of this medicinal plant, the seed and leaf extracts were evaluated for their antioxidant, free radical scavenging, antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities.

Read More