Statistics from the American Heart Association(AHA) show that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and claiming more than 800,000 lives in 2008 alone. More than 8.8 million men suffer from coronary heart disease in the US but alternative approaches using aromatherapy are proving to be highly promising. In a recent study published by PubMed below, lavender aromatherapy proved to be extremely effective in not only reducing stress but improving coronary circulation amongst men. Further studies have not yet been conducted in women but evidence in its efficacy is strong.
Another article on Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong.com also cites this same study on its how lavender improves circulation and helps to fight heart disease.
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Int J Cardiol. 2008 Sep 26;129(2):193-7. Epub 2007 Aug 8.
Relaxation effects of lavender aromatherapy improve coronary flow velocity reserve in healthy men evaluated by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography.
Department of Cardiovascular Science and Medicine, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-8-1 Inohana, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba 260-8670, Japan.
It has been reported that mental stress is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events and impairs coronary circulation. Lavender aromatherapy, one of the most popular complementary treatments, is recognized as a beneficial mental relaxation therapy. However, no study has examined the effect of this therapy on coronary circulation. We aimed to assess the effect of lavender aromatherapy on coronary circulation by measuring coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) with noninvasive transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE).
MATERIAL AND METHODS:
We enrolled 30 young healthy men (range 24-40 years). Coronary flow velocities in the left anterior descending coronary artery were recorded by TTDE at rest and during hyperemia induced with an intravenous infusion of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). CFVR was calculated as the ratio of hyperemic to basal mean diastolic flow velocity. CFVR was assessed at baseline and immediately after lavender aromatherapy (four drops of essential oil diluted with 20 ml of hot water and inhaled for 30 min). Simultaneously, serum cortisol was measured as a marker of stress hormones. To exclude the relaxation effects of rest, the same measurements were repeated in the same volunteers without aromatherapy as a control study.
CFVR measurements were obtained in all volunteers (100%). Blood pressure and heart rate responses to ATP infusion were not affected by lavender aromatherapy. Serum cortisol significantly decreased after lavender aromatherapy, but remained unchanged in controls. In addition, CFVR significantly increased after lavender aromatherapy but not in controls.
Lavender aromatherapy reduced serum cortisol and improved CFVR in healthy men. These findings suggest that lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects and may have beneficial acute effects on coronary circulation.
Here’s an interesting article recently published in the New York Times . It indicates tea tree oil is an all natural home remedy for treating acne citing from several scientific studies . If you are one of many suffering from acne and have been using harsher drying acne agents, all natural tea tree oil can be an effective and gentler alternative.
Natural tea tree pure essential oil has antibacterial agent that kill bacteria causing the acne and has soothing properties that decreases redness and swelling in a study cited by this article in the New York Times.
If you want to get more information on acne recipes with essential oils, the following website is a useful website I found that provides all natural acne fighting essential oil recipes containing tea tree pure essential oil:
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January 27, 2011, 11:38 AM
Remedies: Tea Tree Oil for AcneBy ANAHAD O’CONNOR
More than a third of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to a government report. Natural remedies have an obvious appeal, but how do you know which ones to choose and whether the claims are backed by science? In this occasional series, Anahad O’Connor, the New York Times “Really?” columnist, explores the claims and the science behind alternative remedies that you may want to consider for your family medicine cabinet.
The Remedy: Tea tree oil.
The Claim: It fights acne.
The Science: Acne can be one of the most embarrassing and stressful skin conditions for both teenagers and adults.
Most over-the-counter creams and gels for the condition employ benzoyl peroxide, a compound developed decades ago that helps slough off dead skin cells and reduce inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide works for many people, but for those who find it ineffective or want an alternative, some experts recommend tea tree oil. The pleasant-smelling essential oil is extracted from the leaves of a tree native to Australia, Melaleuca alternifolia, and has been shown to have both antibacterial and cosmetic properties.
A small number of studies have found it particularly effective against mild to moderate acne. One study carried out by researchers at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia, for example, involved 124 acne patients. Some were assigned to apply a 5 percent tea tree oil treatment daily, and others used a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide solution. Both treatments, the researchers found, “had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients’ acne by reducing the number of inflamed and noninflamed lesions.” The tea tree oil worked more slowly than the benzoyl peroxide, they concluded, but it also produced fewer side effects.
A smaller, randomized study published in 2007 involved 60 patients with mild to moderate cases of acne. The patients were randomly divided into two groups, one treated with a gel containing 5 percent tea tree oil and the other given placebo for 45 days. The scientists found the tea tree oil worked far better than placebo in reducing the number and severity of acne lesions. Anda study published in The British Journal of Dermatology in 2002 involving 27 subjects reached a similar conclusion on tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory effects.
The Risks: Tea tree oil should be used only topically because it can have severe side effects if swallowed. It is generally safe when applied to the skin in moderate amounts, but according to the Mayo Clinic, some people may develop allergic rash, blistering or itching. People with eczema and other sensitive skin conditions should be particularly cautious.