Peppermint

Peppermint Essential Oil for Nausea

A recent article at HerbClip™ Online discusses the use of inhaled peppermint essential oil for nausea following cardiac surgery. While all treatment plans should always be discussed with your doctor, we believe a peppermint essential oil inhalation can be a helpful part of post surgical treatment for nausea:

One open-label study that evaluated the efficacy of inhaled peppermint essential oil in patients who experienced nausea after cardiac surgery found that a one-time use of the inhaler resulted in 55.8% of the patients having no nausea and 23.5% having only mild nausea.4 Five patients needed to use the inhaler a second time, and four of them were nausea free after the second use.

At SunRose Aromatics, we have both an organic peppermint essential oil and a non-organic peppermint essential oil for you to try. Also be sure to check out our Pocket Inhalers for easy inhalations.

rosemary

Rosemary May Help Memory

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.

SunRose’s web developer, Kim Baron, tells us that she drove her wedding floral arranger crazy with her constant insistence that rosemary be included in the bridal bouquet, citing the above line from Hamlet as her reason. It turns out Kim may have been on to something. A post for New Zealand Listener in July describes research finding that essential oil of rosemary may help memory by enhancing “prospective memory.” Prospective memory helps us remember a future activity we need to accomplish, such as make a stop at the store on the way home or pick up the dry cleaning.

A recent experiment found that people aged 65 or older had significantly higher prospective memory scores after spending time in a room in which four drops of rosemary essential oil had been diffused than those who spent time in a non-scented room.

(The researcher) credits some of that effect to eucalyptol, a compound found in rosemary that increases the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter associated with memory. In earlier experiments, he found that people who had been exposed to rosemary essential oil had significantly higher levels of eucalyptol in their blood than those who had not.

The researcher goes on to say:

And although it might eventually be possible to identify exactly which of those ingredients is needed to get a beneficial effect, Moss doubts they could ever be commercially reproduced in a laboratory. “The combinations you find in nature are so complex it would probably not be possible to get an exact match.”

We have several different rosemary essential oils at SunRose:

All three of our rosemarys are organic and, like all of our oils, never adulterated. Give them a try in your aromatherapy blends to enhance memory.

 

caution

Beware Dr. Google

Who among us hasn’t turned to Dr. Google in our time of need? Dr. Google can be a great resource to prepare for an appointment with an actual doctor. We should all be strong advocates for our own health, so having the tools at our fingertips to research symptoms, treatment options, etc. is a wonderful thing. However, Dr. Google should never be a substitute for consulting with a medical professional. When it comes to using essential oils safely, we need to do more than just follow random advice we find through an online search.

In a post for life holistically, Leslie Moldenauer (CHNC, HHP, Cert. Aroma) warns us of the dangers of taking advice from Dr. Google about aromatherapy:

With the accessibility of information on the Internet, should we go to the doctor, whether it is an allopathic or complementary practitioner? When speaking to aromatherapy, people search the Internet, Facebook or Pinterest, asking for an oil or oil blend that will help their health concern. Many times, the method of application and safety is not covered, so in cases of someone searching for information with limited knowledge of the topic, it can be a precarious situation. The recommendations given online come from a place of wanting to help others, but many times, they miss the mark.

This post of a great resource for learning ways to use aromatherapy safely and responsibly. We highly recommend giving it a thorough read. Aromatherapy can be a safe and healthy way to improve daily life, but learning to use essential oils safely is the number one priority.