There are many health conditions which are successfully treated with essential oils, and many more which are being evaluated scientifically. Unlike most conventional drugs or botanically based remedies, essential oils work through one (or both) of two distinct mechanisms of action. Essential oils have a physical effect on the mind and body through sensory memory. Essential oils also produce physical effects on the body through chemical actions, just like other drugs and botanical products.

Cancer is a major public health problem in many areas of the world. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide, in both men and women. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer after lung cancer. Breast cancer, is the most frequently occurring cancer in women and the major cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Several agents including life habits, exposure to chemical agents, and diet have been correlated with risk of cancer development. Besides, pharmacological or nutritional intervention can significantly affect patients’ quality of life by delaying cancer progression.

The liver plays a central role in transforming and clearing chemicals and is susceptible to the toxicity from these agents. Certain medicinal agents, when taken in overdoses and sometimes even when introduced within therapeutic ranges, may injure the organ.

In the Western world, drug‒induced liver injury is a major health care problem and accounts for the majority of acute liver failure cases. The pathophysiological mechanisms of  chemical-driven liver damage are mostly associated with the metabolic conversion of xenobiotics into reactive oxygen species (ROS), which induce oxidative stress and damage the cellular macromolecules. Oxidative stress has recently been recognized as a key factor in the pathophysiological changes observed in a wide range of liver diseases, such as subclinical hepatitis without jaundice, inflammatory necrotic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Better understanding the role of oxidative stress in these liver disorders may lead to the appropriate use of antioxidants as a therapeutic approach for liver diseases. Natural antioxidant products, especially phytochemicals, have gained popularity worldwide due to their efficacy and safety. They are increasingly being used to treat various pathological liver conditions and nearly half of the agents used in liver therapy today are either natural products or their derivatives.<--break->

 

Vetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa for thousands of years. It’s native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses. Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler — making it extremely popular in tropical countries. In fact, in India and Sri Lanka it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”

When it comes to creating homemade bathroom cleaners the best way to avoid toxic chemicals in most commercial cleaners is to use essential oils known for their cleaning power. Here are some of my favorites to use in my homemade bathroom cleaners.

Do you ever get so tired that you can’t even finish your senten . . . kdfoamskl? So sorry—must have nodded off there.           

Bleary-eyed, excessive-yawning days are usually preceded by nights of tossing and turning, punching our pillows, and worrying about tomorrow’s to-do list. Luckily, we’ve got a sleep guru for every one of your sleepless nights. You guessed it—essential oils! Let’s start with the basics.

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