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Radioprotective Effects of Holy Basil (Tulsi): Herbal Protection Against Radiation Sickness

Can Tulsi Tea REALLY Protect Against Radiation Sickness? As the consequences of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami continue to unfold exposure to radiation from damaged nuclear plants remains one of the greatest concerns for those living near the area. Even as far away as the United States, where the increase in radiation exposure related to […]

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Inhaling Essential Oils

Essential Oils and the Sense of Smell The study of the sense of smell is called “osmology” from the Greek word “osme” meaning to smell. The system of the body that’s involved in the sense of smell is called the OLFACTORY SYSTEM. SOME INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THE SENSE OF SMELL: The sense of smell is […]

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The Ancient Roots of Fragrant Medicine

A History of Aromatherapy Prehistoric Era Aromatherapy shares a common early history with herbal medicine, of which it is a part. This is a history that extends thousands of years into the prehistoric past and chronicles the ancient relationship between human beings and plants. Archeological evidence from the Shanidar cave burials in Iraq has been […]

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The ART of Blending Essential Oils

Blending is the art of combining essential oils to make therapeutically effective mixtures to use in inhalations, massage oil, compresses, baths, and diffusions. Although a thorough knowledge of the actions and uses of individual oils as well as a knowledge of essential oil chemistry are necessary prerequisites for successful blending, blending is nonetheless an art […]

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Aromatherapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a poorly understood chronic illness that presents with complaints of persistent, unexplained fatigue together with various combinations of other flu-like symptoms such as recurrent sore throat, headache, joint and muscle pain, poor concentration, irritability, depression, low-grade fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Although no cause has been conclusively identified, it is commonly […]

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Aromatherapy and the SARS Virus

Is there a Simple Preventative? What is SARS? SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is a highly contagious, pneumonia-like respiratory virus which is now known to be caused by a new variant of the coronavirus. Named for their distinctive crown-like appearance, coronaviruses have been known for some time to be a cause of upper-respiratory illnesses, including […]

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Endangered Plant Species & Aromatherapy – Part 2

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri, B. sacra, B. papyri et al) in use for over 5,000 years and now threatened? It may seem counterintuitive that some Frankincense species are on the threatened species list of Cropwatch ( since no trees are destroyed in harvesting the resin (which is then steam distilled to make Frankincense essential oil) but […]

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