Essential oils as medicines

This is the editorial comment in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Vol. 1 issue 1 2012. The editor is Paul Schnitzler,  Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Heidelberg Medical School, Germany. “Plants produce primary and secondary metabolites, which have been exploited by humans for many different beneficial purposes. Many secondary plant metabolites, e.g. terpenes, terpenoids, alkaloidsContinue reading “Essential oils as medicines”

ARTEMISIA HERBA ALBA, white wormwood

There are many different species of Artemisia (200-400), the most commonly known are Mugwort, Sagebrush, Wormwood, Tarragon. Most artemisia-species are high in ketones, which are neurotoxic and should not be used in aromatherapy at all, so make sure that you have the right one; Always check the latin name. Artemisias belong to the family Asteraceae,Continue reading “ARTEMISIA HERBA ALBA, white wormwood”

BASIC ENERGETICS

(Yogin with six chakras, India, Punjab Hills, Kangra, late 1700s National Museum.) We are more than just physical matter; as the proverbial iceberg, there is even more of us “under the surface”, or surrounding our physical bodies as it were; this is what I call the energetics. The physical body is energy as well, onlyContinue reading “BASIC ENERGETICS”

DERMATITIS

(picture from: http://www.medical-look.com/Skin_diseases/) Many people suffer from dermatitis (eczema) on small or large areas of their bodies,very often on the hands and arms.  (You can read more about dermatitis here.) One type of dermatitis, contact dermatitis, is a reaction to a substance which the body part is in contact with for a prolonged time. ThisContinue reading “DERMATITIS”

ALLOPATHIC + ALTERNATIVE = COMPLEMENTARY

In the 11th century doctors in Europe were widely called “leeches” or “barber-surgeons” and their trade consisted mainly of cupping and blood-letting – the universal cure-all. They used herbs, vinegars and wine in treatment, but very little was known about the human body, disease and hygiene. At the time the witch-hunt was on full forceContinue reading “ALLOPATHIC + ALTERNATIVE = COMPLEMENTARY”

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY

This is such a huge area to get into. Suffice to say that over the last 15 years alternative / complementary therapy has grown to world-wide acceptance as an aid or means to healing people. Combined with the very impersonal allopathic health-care it can work wonders for many people. It is not about “either or”,Continue reading “ALTERNATIVE THERAPY”

SMELL YOURSELF WELL

I found this article and wanted to share it. A lot of what is said here is what aromatherapy is all about, and then, amusingly enough, prof. Jacobs (halfway through the article) calls aromatherapy nonsense…this I call ignorance. True, some claims to what aromatherapy can do are not realistic and there tends to be thisContinue reading “SMELL YOURSELF WELL”

ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 2

Essential oil and scent history is really the history of plants and herbal medicine, since they are a part of it. All ancient cultures used aromatic substances and herbs for cooking, healing, scenting and praying. The earliest written herbal text is the “Pen Tsao” (Great Herbal – still in print) which was compiled by ShenContinue reading “ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 2”

ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 1

The history of essential oils is exciting, romantic and mind-boggling. The stories are everywhere; the whole bible is full of allusions to essential oils. What makes it so exciting is that this part of history is continuously here and now. Each time I smell an oil, I am smelling the whole stretch of history…I amContinue reading “ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 1”