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It's Not Weird if It Works. Aroma Inhalers as Unsung Heros of Fighting Cold and Flu

I love watching my son play baseball and I enjoy watching baseball with my son. As playoff begin and team strive to win the World Series you'll see all sorts of good luck charms and rituals appear. Rally monkeys, plantains, and caps worn backwards, inside out, and so forth. And we say "it's not weird if it works" right? Well I'm not sure about the scientific evidence that supports baseballs "weird" rally charms but I do know that some people think aroma inhalers are a little weird but there's plenty of evidence that essential oils and the aromatic compounds they contain are very effective at fighting germs. I work part-time with teenagers and of course I've got two of my own. This time of ye

Are You Ready for Fall Germs? Arm Yourself with Aromatherapy.

We were heading out to dinner last night to celebrate my son's 16th birthday last night and my husband was surprised to pass a yard already decked out for halloween. "It's not even October yet!" he exclaimed. "Some people just love halloween." I replied. They're ready and waiting for the big day. I usually decorate for halloween a day or two before the holiday and take down the next day. That's just me. But one thing I definitely prepare for well in advance is the start of cold and flu. And even though I live in sunny Southern California people around me are already getting sick. In fact I was dropping off a sinus steam and diffuser blend along with a sinus inhaler for a friend with a sick k

Research News from the Tisserand Institute

Lemon essential oil can help with “morning sickness”. A 2014 controlled, double blind randomized clinical trial aimed to determine the effect of inhaled Lemon essential oil on nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. 100 pregnant women (6-16 weeks) with moderate nausea and vomiting were divided into two equal groups. The intervention group placed two drops of distilled Lemon oil (diluted in almond oil) on a cotton ball and inhaled when they felt nauseous. The control group inhaled almond oil only. Participants completed a PUQE-24 (Pregnancy Unique Quantification of Emesis and Nausea) questionnaire every day for 4 days. The severity and frequency of nausea and vomiting decreased in both group

Keeping it Clean. Fighting Germs with Essential Oil Hand Cleansers

Fall is upon us. And for many back to school and more time indoors means more exposure to germs and the start of cold and flu season. In a previous post I shared about the benefits of a steam tent for supporting sinus health and fighting germs. Another simple way to stay well is to wash or clean your hands often. According to the CDC "regular hand-washing (with soap and water), particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others." 1 And when soap and water is not available the CDC recommends alcohol based hand sanitizer. If soap and water are not available and you are not a fan of alcohol ba

Reserve your Spot: Protect Your Family from Colds and Flu Class October 1st!

At the expo we had a DIY therapeutic lotion station and people loved it. Essential oils have many therapeutic benefits and by incorporating the oils into a lotion we can create a product that's relaxing, uplifting, or helpful to combat germs. Essential oils are particularly good at fighting germs and soothing symptoms of cold and flu. So I'm excited to ofter a "Protect Your Family from Colds and Flu Class" so you can learn how to fight germs and stay well or feel better faster if you do get sick. The first class will be held Oct. 1st from 2-5pm and will be held in Temecula, CA. This is a 3 hour live in person class taught by certified aromatherapist and educator Tricia Ambroziak. You'll smel

Ask an Aromatherapist: Can Essential Oils Help with Gout?

Now first things first. When people ask me such questions I must point out that we can't claim essential oils can treat, prevent, or cure disease. Since essential oils are not regulated by the FDA any benefits we might claim is followed by “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.” Second aside from medical treatment, diet seems to be an important factor in gouty joint aches. Removing offending foods from the diet helps many. Some people find benefit from drinking tart cherry juice several times a day. Tart cherry juice contains one of the richest sources of anthocyanins 1 and 2, w

Had a Great Time at the Temecula Running Center Expo!

Maya and I headed out at 6 am this morning with the van packed full of aromatherapy items. We had a great time meeting the racers, passers by, and vendors. We didn't get a chance to run the free 5K but while the runners were off we got to visit a few booths. First stop was the HotShot booth. This spicy drink is formulated with organic ingredients scientifically proven to reduce muscle cramping. They sell it at the running center and it sounds like a great idea to have on hand for the next Sunridge World Vision marathon -- especially around mile 20. I thought it tasted great. Like spicy apple cider. I regret not picking up a few bottles on special today but I'm going to head to their website

Fight Germs and Open Airways with an Essential Oil Steam Tent

Research has shown that many essential oils fight germs (1). And it makes sense since plants which essential oils are derived from, have to fight germs day and night. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to clear the air of germs. But sometimes when you feel like you're on the edge of being under the weather or you're already feeling unwell, you may need to do a bit more with your oils to fight germs. A steam tent using essential oils can be extremely helpful. Creating a steam tent is easy. You just need a glass or ceramic bowl, hot water, a drop of essential oil or blend, and a towel. Pour the hot water into the bowl, add a drop of oil or oil blend, close your eyes. cover your head with

Ask an Aromatherapist: Is it Safe to Use Essential Oils Internally?

With the popularity of essential oils growing there are many blogs, articles, health food stores, smoothies bars, and neighborhood "oil ladies" offering suggestions on how to incorporate essential oils into your health and wellness routine. Internal use is a debated topic. Some oil purveyors advocate cooking, consuming, drinking, and even making ice cream with essential oils while clinically trained aromatherapists advise otherwise. Some bottles have serving suggestions and nutritional information and others explicitly say "not for internal use". So what's the deal? And I feel like I'm in the middle of this debate. I'm a certified aromatherapist with a background in biology and chemistry pu

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