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Archive for the 'Lavender' Category

Acne: Recommendations are easy; data, scarce

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Herbalists recommend more than a dozen herbal remedies for acne and scarring, according to a recent article.

Unfortunately, only 1 of these herbals is supported by the results of a study in patients. (more…)

Ineffective herbal remedies for treating acne

Monday, July 11th, 2016

I recently came across a website advocating herbals to treat or prevent acne.

The website isn’t important, but the results of my PubMed searches might be useful. (more…)

Lavender essential oil to treat migraine

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

It’s used for depression, headache, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, and other stress-related conditions.

Researchers in Germany and Iran conducted the first placebo-controlled study of lavender essential oil to treat migraine headaches. (more…)

The role of expectation on the response to lavender aromatherapy

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Different theories attempt to explain the relaxation response to lavender aromatherapy.

This study suggests there’s another reason. (more…)

Antianxiety effects of silexan, an oral lavender preparation

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna, in Austria, studied the anxiolytic effect of Silexan, an oral lavender oil capsule preparation, compared to placebo. (more…)

Benefits of aromatherapy in dental patients

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Researchers at King’s College London, in the UK have published their findings with lavender. (more…)

CAM (not St John’s wort) to treat depression

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Researchers at Goulds Naturopathica, in Hobart TAS, Australia, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Treating head lice, naturally

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Queensland, in St Lucia, Australia, evaluated tea tree oil + lavender oil. (more…)

Lavender vs lorazepam to treat anxiety

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

anxietyLorazepam (Ativan) is a member of a group of drugs called benzodiazepines that are used to treat anxiety.

Researchers from Germany compared lorazepam to a lavender oil preparation called Silexan in patients with generalized anxiety disorder. (more…)

Effect of diet on irritable bowel syndrome

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Studies suggest that in one quarter of patients, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be caused or exacerbated by diet.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, at Chapel Hill, reviewed the data from a clinician’s perspective. (more…)

Lavender oil as a source of allergic antigens

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

 The results of this study by researchers at Göteborg University in Gothenburg, Sweden have important implications for people who use lavender oil as aromatherapy. (more…)

Lavender scent lowers dental anxiety

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Researchers from King’s College in London report (page 163) “Lavender could … be used as effective ‘on-the-spot’ anxiety reduction in dentists’ waiting rooms.” (more…)

Lavender baths lower stress in mother and child

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida report that adding lavender-scented bath oil to the infant bath results in lower stress in the mother and child, less crying, and better sleep. (more…)

Gynecomastia associated with excessive use of lavender oil and tea tree oil

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report of 3 boys aged 4, 7, and 10 who were diagnosed with gynecomastia, which the authors attributed to the use of the oils when it resolved after they stopped using them.

Thanks to a reader who brings us up to date. (more…)

Aromatherapy and cats: Caution

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Thumbing through the August 2007 issue of Cat Fancy magazine, I found an article with the following caveats. (more…)

Aromatherapy: Feel good or make well?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Here’s a hint.

The most comprehensive study of aromatherapy failed to show improvement in immune status, wound healing, or pain control. (more…)

The value of CAM for pain relief during labor

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Professor Michel Tournaire and Dr. Anne Theau-Yonneau have reviewed the literature.

Few publications report a statistically significant reduction in labor pain? Here’s what we know about pain relief and other outcomes. I’ll summarize the more familiar options. (more…)

Aromatherapy calms dogs during car travel

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Are you taking the dog to visit grandma this year? Diffused lavender odor may be a practical approach to manage travel-induced excitement in dogs that are prone to that sort of thing.

In the finest tradition of a cross over study design, 32 dogs were exposed to the natural environment or the odor of lavender in random order during 6 rides to familiar walking sites.

Compared to normal odors, dogs surrounded by lavender in the car spent…


A critical review of herbals to treat anxiety and depression

Monday, July 16th, 2007

In 2003, Professor Edzard Ernst writing on the Cochrane Collaboration website concluded, “Compared with placebo, kava extract is an effective symptomatic treatment for anxiety although, at present, the size of the effect seems small.” (more…)

What to do about the high prevalence of insomnia

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Patients with the highest risk for sleep disturbance are those with pain, mental illness, limited activity, and overall “poor physical and mental health.” (more…)