New international standard for sustainable wild collection of medicinal and aromatic plants
Articles - Aromatherapy Practice

It is heartening to see that there is growing global awareness of the ever-increasing demand for medicinal and aromatic plants and of the need to ensure they are properly protected, especially vulnerable and endangered species.

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Tea Tree Hydrolat
Articles - Base Lotions & Hydrolats

Latin names and synonyms: Melaleuca alternifolia, Ti-tree, Paperbark tree

This small elegant tree grows in Australia and is farmed specifically for its essential oil, with the hydrolat being a pleasant by-product. Legend has it that the tree got its name when Captain Cook first discovered Australia and asked his crew members to make him a cup of tea with the leaves of the plant. Although the tea did not taste particularly good, the name has stuck. The essential oil and hydrolat come from the distillation of the grey-green leaves.

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Understanding Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Articles - Health Issues

Fifteen years ago, doctors claimed that PMS did not exist Today, it's one of the most common conditions suffered by women, with symptoms that can be anything from mildly inconvenient to utterly debilitating. PMS is estimated to affect between 70 and 90 per cent of women. Between 30 and 40 per cent of women are believed to have symptoms severe enough to interfere with their daily lives. .

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Essential Oils in Primary Care Trusts
Articles - Integrated Healthcare

The increasing use of essential oils and aromatherapy techniques in Primary Care and NHS Trusts

Written by Duncan Bain, Natural Touch Aromatherapy
Duncan Bain has been involved with aromatherapy for many years. He has a special interest in blending and discovering new oils. He has a strong commitment to education and has qualifications in chemistry and botany of essential oils. .

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History of Aromatherapy
Articles - Aromatherapy Practice

I have to say that this is probably one of my favourite elements of aromatherapy study; where it all came from and how it started. Of course, I can’t really do it justice in a 1500 word article in a magazine as all the information I have accumulated over the years could easily form a complete book on the subject! I even wrote my dissertation in aromatherapy on the history of rose oil, combining my favourite topic with my favourite oil! .

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Acne: spot the difference
Articles - Health Issues

Up to 50% of teenage girls and 75% of boys have acne, but if you are seeing clients who are suffering with acne into their twenties or older their hormones may well be the problem.

Acne can be an ongoing problem for people whose skin has become sensitive to a hormone imbalance with excess androgens (male hormones) such as DHEAS (dehydroepiandrosterone) and testosterone. (Women should naturally have about 10% of the male level of testosterone.) .

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Setting up a pilot study
Articles - Integrated Healthcare

Setting up a pilot study of complementary therapies in a specialist palliative care setting

by Janet Leitch, RN, MICHT .

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