Science

The links below are a small fraction of the studies performed using high quality essential oils, there are many more…

Studies on Essential Oils

Effect of antibacterial home cleaning and handwashing products on infectious disease symptoms: a randomized, double-blind trial.

Antifungal effect of eugenol and nerolidol against Microsporum gypseum in a guinea pig model.

Antifungal activity of thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) essential oil and thymol against moulds from damp dwellings.

Effect of industrial and natural biocides on spoilage, pathogenic and technological strains grown in biofilm.

Analysis of the essential oil of Origanum dubium (Oregano) growing wild in Cyprus. Investigation of its antioxidant capacity and antimicrobial activity.

In vitro activity of tea-tree oil (Melaleuca) against clinical skin isolates of meticillin-resistant and -sensitive Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci growing planktonically and as biofilms. (MRSA)

Antifungal activity of the essential oil of Thymus pulegioides (Thyme) on Candida, Aspergillus and dermatophyte species.

Effect of some essential oils on microorganisms.

Antifungal activity of Juniperus (Juniper) essential oils against dermatophyte, Aspergillus and Candida strains.

A novel approach for the management of the chalkbrood disease infesting honeybee Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies in Egypt. “…It is peculiar that no studies on the efficacy of ceder are available in the literature, so the present work using ceder oil is recorded for the first time worldwide.”

Susceptibility to Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil of yeasts isolated from the mouths of patients with advanced cancer. “…tea tree oil as an agent for the prevention and treatment of oral fungal infections in immunocompromised patients merit consideration.”

Antimicrobial activities of the essential oils of various plants against tomato late blight disease agent Phytophthora infestans. “…revealed considerable morphological alterations in hyphae such as cytoplasmic coagulation, vacuolations, hyphal shrivelling and protoplast leakage.”

Potentiation of antifungal activity of amphotericin B by essential oil from Cinnamomum cassia. “…may show promise for the development of less toxic and more effective therapies especially for the treatment of HIV infection.”

Bactericidal activities of plant essential oils and some of their isolated constituents against Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella enterica

The effect of lemon, orange and bergamot essential oils and their components on the survival of Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus in vitro and in food systems

Mechanism of action of Spanish oregano, Chinese cinnamon, and Mountain Savory essential oils against cell membranes and walls of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes

The effects of aromatherapy on pain, depression, and life satisfaction of arthritis patients

In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils

Comparative in vitro activities of topical wound care products (in stores with low quality essential oils) against community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

The effect of essential oils on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus using a dressing model.

Staphylococcus aureus and wounds: a review of tea tree oil (Melaleuca) as a promising antimicrobial.

Clinical aromatherapy and AIDS.

In vitro activity of tea-tree oil against clinical skin isolates of meticillin-resistant and -sensitive Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci growing planktonically and as biofilms.

Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil possesses potent anti-staphylococcal activity extended to strains resistant to antibiotics.

Antibacterial activity of leaf essential oils and their constituents from Cinnamomum osmophloeum (Cinnamon).

Screening of Chinese medicinal plants for inhibition against clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Investigation of antibacterial activity of rosemary essential oil against Propionibacterium acnes with atomic force microscopy.

In vitro anti-biofilm activity of Boswellia spp. oleogum (Frankincense) resin essential oils.

Chemical composition of essential oils of Thymus (Thyme) and Mentha (Peppermint)  species and their antifungal activities.  It is concluded that essential oils of Thymus (Thyme) and Mentha (Peppermint) species possess great antifungal potential and could be used as natural preservatives and fungicides.

[Apoptosis and activity changes of telomerase induced by essential oil from pine needles in HepG2 cell line]   The essential oil extracted from pine needles can inhibit cell growth of HepG2 cell line and induce apoptosis, which may associate with inhibition of telomerase activity and bcl-2 may be involved in the regulation of telomerase activity.

Lavandula angustifolia Miller: English lavender.  Folk and traditional therapeutic use of the essential oil of English lavender for pain, infection, relaxation, and sedation dates back centuries. Current research focusing on the inherent synergism of Lavandula angustifolia Miller demonstrates great potential for future applications. Today’s investigations may provide the key to eradicating degenerative inflammatory disease, infectious disease, and carcinogenesis.

Larvicidal and oviposition-altering activity of monoterpenoids, trans-anithole and rosemary oil to the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae).  This study quantified the lethal and sublethal effects of several phytochemical compounds against all larval stages of Aedes aegypti, providing information that ultimately may have potential in mosquito control programs through acute toxicity and/or the ability to alter reproductive behaviors.

Effects of two terpene alcohols on the antibacterial activity and the mode of action of farnesol against Staphylococcus aureus.  Geraniol (a compound in Geranium essential oil) increased the growth-inhibitory activity of farnesol, but suppressed its ability to damage cell membranes, which is one of the predominant features of the growth-inhibitory activity of farnesol. Geranylgeraniol decreased the growth-inhibitory activity of farnesol and also suppressed its cell-damaging activity. It is possible that the presence of a terpene alcohol can both enhance and suppress the antibacterial activity of farnesol, and even change its mode of action. Thus, it is important to study not only the antibacterial activity of each constituent of an essential oil but also the interactions between them in efforts to characterize the antibacterial activity of the essential oil.

The use of nonpharmacological interventions ( Lavender essential oil and music) to reduce anxiety in patients undergoing gastroscopy in a setting with an optimal soothing environment.  By removing such distressing feelings, patients are more likely to experience gastroscopy more smoothly. This study was designed to examine changes in anxiety levels in patients undergoing gastroscopy and the effect of an optimal soothing environment (OSE) as a new nonpharmacological intervention to reduce patient anxiety prior to gastroscopy. The tools for an OSE, including a safe essential oil burner with lavender essential oil and a digital video disk program entitled “Flow” manufactured by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). This nonpharmacological method is a simple, inexpensive, and safe method of minimizing anxiety before and during gastroscopy.

There are many products today on the market that do contain “some” essential oil(s) in them. The big question is… are they properly distilled (no), organic (no), therapeutic-grade (no), are they “synthetic” essential oils (yes, they can be and are) – AND – are the other ingredients safe (probably not, you can click this link and find out for yourself). There are very few products available to the consumer that are people and planet safe that work. 

Do NOT expect to get the same results using an essential oil or aromatherapy product that is not the highest quality available – only 2% of all essential oils distilled in the world are therapeutic-grade - I use and recommend only Young Living Essential Oils. 

Learn more about making the switch to safe solutions.

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To your good health!

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