Aromatherapy: does it really work?

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Minnesota. It employs more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 58,400 administrative and allied health staff. The practice specializes in treating difficult cases through tertiary care. It spends over $660 million a year on research and employs over 3,000 full-time research personnel.
  • Women in labor have reported positive results using scents such as rose, lavender and frankincense.
  • Studies of hospital patients have documented that chamomile and lavender scents at bedtime can encourage relaxation and improve sleep.
  • People with leukemia who used their choice of lavender, chamomile or peppermint got relief from nausea and lack of appetite in one study.
  • Peppermint essential oils helped some pregnant women find relief from nausea and vomiting during labor.
  • Lemon essential oil is suggested for headaches and mental fatigue, mandarin to help with restlessness, anxiety, nausea and sleep.
Although research is limited, small scale studies suggest that plant-based scents may just have a place in the science of health and healing. This is the reason essential oils are surging in popularity and Aromatherapy is even showing up in hospital surgical units.

More fat, less weight?

True or false? A diet that lets a person eat fat - even saturated - without calorie counting could lead to substantial weight loss, treatment of diabetes into remission, increased HDL levels, lower triglycerides and blood pressure? True, as research and many clinical trials report those beneficial effects for the ketogenic (keto or low carb high fat) diet.

Usually low-carb diets emphasize protein and limit fat. On the contrary, the goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to limit carbohydrates without restriction of fat or overall calories. Through starvation of carbohydrates the body begins to burn ketones as its primary energy source, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in liver.
According to an article published on the latest Journal of the American MedicalAssociation, there are hints that the ketogenic diet may help obese people and patients with type 2 diabetes.
People on ketogenic diets tend to:
  • Lose more weight and keep more of it off than people on low-fat diets.
  • Feel less hungry.
  • Maintain their metabolic rate.
  • Get control of their blood glucose.
  • Experience improvements in triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, abdominal circumference, and blood pressure.
Starting a keto diet means you will have to keep your carbohydrates limited, coming mostly from vegetables, nuts, and dairy. Refined carbohydrates such as wheat (bread, pasta and cereals), starch (potatoes, beans, legumes) or fruit should be totally avoided. The small exceptions to this are avocado, star fruit, and berries which can be consumed in moderation. The more restrictive you are on your carbohydrates (less than 15g per day), the faster you will enter ketosis.
Generally speaking the keto diet is safe. A few adverse effects of the diet include lightheadedness, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty exercising, poor sleep, and constipation. But they tend to pass in a few days to a few weeks. However people taking insulin, oral hypoglycemic and blood pressure medications should consult with an experienced clinician when starting a keto dieting plan.
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From discipline to love

Many parents – if not the most – are experiencing difficult relationships with their children. Tantrums, conflicts, power struggles, rebellions…Raising a child or teenager can be a perfect storm of stress and sadness and this is why so many methods have been introduced and so many books have been written on parenting. Some of them are truly excellent. But only two books have truly helped me as a parent to come a step closer to establishing a mutually respectful and flourishing relationship with my children.

Mesothelioma: Αromatherapy offers relief

According to the World Health Organization approximately 43,000 people worldwide loose their lives from mesothelioma every year, a rare but fatal form of cancer.
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos-containing materials (in buildings, equipment, products, machinery, insulation, electrical wiring, and more). It usually forms in the lungs of those who have been exposed to this deadly toxin, but sometimes occurs in the abdominal area or the area around the heart.
Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose. Its initial symptoms are subtle and in many cases ignored. If you know/believe you have been exposed to asbestos - even 30 to 50 years ago - and experience common respiratory illnesses symptoms, tell your physician and get a medical check-up. Starting mesothelioma treatment as early as possible is crucial!
According to, a website providing detailed and sourced information to anyone impacted by asbestos, Aromatherapy can help mesothelioma patients experience certain benefits. Used for a massage session and/or inhalations certain essential oils may help alleviate symptoms and side effects of mesothelioma:
chamomile, lavender, rose and clary sage to soothe pain,
lavender, rose, bergamot to limit stress and anxiety,
sandalwood, geranium, jasmine and orange to fight off depressive feelings,
rosemary and basil to reduce fatigue,
ginger and lemon to help with nausea.
Aromatherapy can certainly not be a replacement or substitute for mesothelioma treatment, but with the right practitioner it could be a valuable companion through a complex journey.