The increasing demand for processed foods, detection of microorganisms in some of these products, and consumer preference for “natural” over synthetic preservatives have driven research in essential oils (EOs) known for decades to have antimicrobial properties. In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that lemongrass EO and its volatiles can inhibit a range of bacteria and fungi known to be the major causative organisms for several storage and food-borne pathogens.
January 16, 2018
Helichrysum essential oil has been used in traditional Mediterranean and South African medicine practices for centuries, particularly for the treatment of various bacterial and fungal infections. Today, helichrysum oil has become increasingly popular due to the numerous health and beauty benefits it offers, especially for the skin. Helichrysum oil is made up of a unique blend of constituents, including two main ingredients, a-pinene and italidione, which are discussed below.
January 4, 2018
Chronic pain is an unfortunate reality that many people have to deal with on a daily basis. It’s estimated that more than 100 million Americans are burdened by pain, and a good majority of them report that their pain severely impacts their quality of life.
A survey known as the Voices of the Chronic Pain found that, of people suffering from chronic pain, 60% experience “breakthrough” (i.e. very intense) pain every day, 77% feel depressed, 70% have difficulty concentrating, 74% have low energy levels, and 86% have difficulty sleeping.
And perhaps the saddest finding of all was that 51% of these people feel helpless to control their pain.
This data makes it abundantly clear that aches and pains are not just a minor inconvenience—not just “a part of growing older”—but rather a significant problem that deeply affects the lives of those suffering from it.
If you or a loved one can relate to these statistics, know this: You don’t have to feel helpless. There are plenty of steps you can take to alleviate your pain, quickly, safely, and naturally.
December 27, 2017
The decisions you make every day influence your personal health. Whether you decide to have that donut laden with trans fat and sugar or choose to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes ultimately affects your long-term health. The more good choices we make each day the better our health and the lower our risk for disease. But what if your decisions today affected not only your health but the health of your offspring for generations to come. As weird as this may sound, the field of epigenetics suggests this may be something we should consider as we make our daily choices.
November 1, 2017
To anyone who has ever had a cough, it is a common perception that nighttime brings on the worst of any cough. Especially as adults, a cough can last longer than it should because we don’t get proper sleep and enough rest to allow our bodies to heal. Getting to sleep, and staying asleep, can make all the difference in how quickly we return to health. Try taking ImmuPro capsules at least 30 minutes before bed to help relax your body and support your natural immune system, in addition to the other oils you’re taking for your cough and for sleep. Lavender and RC may be applied to the chest and back as well.
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