Scientists are finally catching up with alternative medicine and the amazing effects that essential oils posses when used properly.
One current research study concluded what all of us Aromatherapists have known for years…
In the January issue of Journal of Lipid Research, is a very interesting article stating that researchers have identified six essential oils that can suppress inflammation:
It supposes that the the chemical carvacrol (which is most prevalent in the essential oil thyme, and was the essential oil that performed the best in the tests) was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity.
Here’s a snippet from Aromatherapy for Health Professionals
Towards the end of the 19th century, the first acknowledged research to prove the antiseptic properties of essential oils was that undertaken by Chamberland (1887). This was followed early in the 20th century by Cavel’s research into the individual effects of 35 essential oils on microbial cultures in sewage. The most effective oil in terms of the quantity required to render inactive 1000 ml of culture was found to be thyme (0.7 ml). Two other well-known oils showing high efficacy were sweet orange (1.2 ml, 3rd) and peppermint (2.5 ml, 9th) (Cavel 1918). The antiseptic power of several oils has now been proved to be many times greater than that of phenol. Certain essential oils have also been shown to be effective against different bacteria, e.g. lemon, which is one of the best in its antiseptic and bactericidal properties, neutralizing both the typhus bacillus and Staphylococcus aureus in a matter of minutes. Cinnamon kills the typhus bacillus even when diluted to 1 part in 300 (Valnet 1980 p. 36). Professor Griffon, a member of the French
Academy of Pharmacy, made up a blend of seven essential oils (cinnamon, clove, lavender, pepper- mint, pine, rosemary and thyme) to study their antiseptic effect on the surrounding air when sprayed from an aerosol; all the staphylococci and moulds present were destroyed after 30 minutes (Valnet 1980 p. 37). (See Chapter 4 for more recent studies on the antiseptic properties of essential oils.)
The bacteriological approach of aromatherapy is an extremely complex field of the utmost interest, opening the way to the ecological understanding and management of the different colonies and flora that live in cohabitation—or at war—within us. Allopathic medicine has
begun to realize that the misuse of antibiotics leads to numerous side-effects and sometimes results in chronic disastrous conditions (i.e. systemic candidosis) that could have been avoided if medical aromatherapy had been implemented in due time (Pénoël 1993 personal communication).
Today, the properties of herb volatile oils are researched in many centres throughout the world. A typical case is the excellent work carried out in Scotland since the early 1980s by Deans & Svoboda at the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive (Ch. 4), assessing antibacterial and antifungal properties of essential oils and their
exerpt from pg. 2 in the book “Aromatherapy for Health Professionals” by Shirley Price – author, Len Price – author, Dr Daniel Pénoël – unknown. Publisher: Churchill Livingstone.