'Raindrop therapy' in the UK A warning about this treatment

Underlying this treatment is the long discredited USA based Young Living and Gary Young. It seems that they may have guessed legal action might be coming from the FDA in America. So by spreading their lying and manipulating ways overseas they could keep the profits rolling in. Now with the establishment of a training organisation in the UK, Young L...

A trade rebuff to inaccurate articles on tea tree oil in 2007

The report below was in response to some dreadful quality research in 2007 claiming that lavender and tea tree oil promoted the growth of breast tissue in boys. Members of this same incompetent research team produced a similar report in 2018 (below) which was published around the world by newcasters.   Call for Journal of New England Medicin...

Fragrance & human fertility

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF FRAGRANCES ON HUMANS. by Martin Watt. Extracted from a lecture to the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, UK I have long had a nagging suspicion that the overuse of fragrance in certain situations may have unwanted physiological effects. My fears are briefly as follows: It is well documented that fem...

Chemicals in lavender and tea tree oil appear to be hormone disruptors

Chemicals in lavender and tea tree oil appear to be hormone disruptors

“Chemicals in lavender and tea tree oil appear to be hormone disruptors” Presented at the endocrine.org conference March 2018   Once again we have inept research presented under the name of the same scientist who did the 2007 research: Prepubertal Gynecomastia Linked to Lavender and Tea Tree Oil. (published: New England Journal of Medicine...

Frankincense oil and anti cancer claims

Frankincense oil and anti cancer claims

Frankincense essential oil and claims for its cancer curing activity made by distributors of Young Living and DoTerra. By Martin Watt Update Sept. 2014: Since writing this article a few weeks ago, there has at last been some action from the FDA over the illegal medicinal claims made on the distributors sites of Young Living and DoTerra. http...

How to spot fake news and research

How to spot fake news and research

FAKE AND EXAGGERATED RESEARCH By Martin Watt Fake news has been talked about a lot so I thought it opportune to let my readers know that it is not just in the media and politics. The aromatherapy community and aromatherapy suppliers have always been responsible for spreading invented health claims. The problem has grown a lot in recent yea...

Unrefined versus refined oils-short article

REFINED ESSENTIAL & FIXED OILS COMPARED TO CRUDER EXTRACTS FOR TREATING WOUNDS The man credited with some of the founding research on the clinical value of essential oils Rene-Gattefosse, did not think that the terpene content of natural oils was beneficial for the skin. He makes reference to this in his book and in the 1950s he produced s...

AIDS HIV and how aromatherapy may help

A.I.D.S. H.I.V. & AROMATHERAPY By Lyn Gardenchild and Martin Watt Originally published many years ago in: 'TAI CHI & Alternative Health', issue 1. Note to Overseas readers: This was originally written for UK readers only. Massage and aromatherapy can provide valuable supportive care to people suffering from A.I.D.S. related illnesses,...

Ancient Egyptian uses of aromatic plants

Ancient Egyptian uses of aromatic plants

SOME PLANTS USED IN ANCIENT EGYPT WITH THEIR POTENTIAL MEDICINAL PROPERTIES By Martin watt Written for the benefit of the participants on an aromatherapy trip to Egypt. Important note: When this was written it was mainly an article about the herbs. Therefore, do not assume all the comments are applicable to a distilled oil. CHAMOM...

Health advice for rescuers

Could Aromatherapy and Massage Help Survivors and Workers Recover from September 11? By Martin Watt First published by: The journal Aromatic sage People who do not know much about aromatherapy will think that it may be a nice relaxing massage with a nice smell, but that’s about it. However, that alone give tremendous relief from physi...

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