16 08, 2019

Lavender, tea tree, and breast growth in… little girls?!?

2019-08-16T09:58:52-05:00August 16th, 2019|

Lavender, tea tree, and breast growth in... little girls?!? After the release of a case series/lab study pre-print earlier this week, my inbox has been exploding with questions about the latest claims regarding lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and the growth of breasts in young children. You can read the abstract of the manuscript here. While the claim that exposure to personal care products containing lavender and tea tree essential oils may cause breast growth in young boys has been circulating for over 12 years now, this latest research expands those claims substantially. Over the last [...]

15 07, 2019

How do Essential Oils Work?

2019-07-15T14:05:54-05:00July 15th, 2019|

How do Essential Oils Work? Essential oils work by one or more of three distinct methods of action. They are capable of producing a placebo effect. They also produce measurable effects in the body through the olfactory bulb. And they have powerful chemicals that produce medicinal effects on the human body.
10 08, 2018

Commonly Misinterpreted Research Terms

2019-07-03T13:35:22-05:00August 10th, 2018|

Scientific terminology can be one of the greatest inhibiting factors when it comes to reading and understanding research studies. While scientists may be writing in English, many of the terms scientists use have definitions that differ from culturally accepted definitions used in everyday language. This leads to a great deal of confusion and misinterpretation of scientific findings. After all, if a scientist says that researchers manipulated a variable in a controlled study that produced significant negative findings, you may assume these researchers lack ethics and secretly altered a study so that it produced a large but bad outcome. In reality, [...]

28 11, 2017

The Proper Way to Make Elderberry Syrup

2019-11-06T12:31:56-06:00November 28th, 2017|

Black elderberries have a rich history in herbal medicine and elderberry syrup is a must-have in any natural cold and flu medicine chest. Elderberry syrup gained significant attention in the natural health community shortly after the H1N1 flu outbreak when a study was released demonstrating its ability to effectively inhibit this widespread strain of the flu (Roschek, et.al., 2009). It is now available at just about any corner drugstore–though it can easily be made at home.  Research conducted by the FSIHS Research Team has found that the herb has a powerful effect on cold and flu symptoms. It works by inhibiting viral [...]