Skin’s ability to ‘smell’ seems to help it heal itself

Believe it or not, this was the title of an article in a recent New Scientist magazine.1 This sounds like it was straight from Ripley’s believe it or not! However, it was based on a paper published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology which examined the role of...

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Why the third edition of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy?

I first wrote the first edition in 1995. The inspiration to write the book in the first place was to create a handbook and textbook for aromatherapy students. These were still early days and aromatherapy was still in its infancy and was a new and exciting therapy. By...

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Lavender and tea tree oils are not oestrogenic

I am concerned how the media and some researchers have jumped on the bandwagon following a 2007 report by Henley et al. that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting that repeated topical exposure of lavender and tea tree essential oils in skin...

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