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Lavender oil has potent antifungal effect
Photographer: Valter Jacinto
I found this article on Kashmir Lavender's facebook page, and wanted to share it.
Lavender oil could be used to combat the increasing incidence of antifungal-resistant infections, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The essential oil shows a potent antifungal effect against strains of fungi responsible for common skin and nail infections.
Scientists from the University of Coimbra in Portugal distilled lavender oil from the Lavandula viridis L'Hér shrub that grows in southern Portugal. The oil was tested against a range of pathogenic fungi and was found to be lethal to a range of skin-pathogenic strains, known as dermatophytes, as well as various species of Candida.
Dermatophytes cause infections of the skin, hair and nails as they use the keratin within these tissues to obtain nutrients. They are responsible for conditions such as Athletes' foot, ringworm and can also lead to scalp and nail infections. Candida species coexist with most healthy individuals without causing problems but may cause mucocutaneous candidosis - or thrush - in some people. In immunocompromised patients, Candida species are able to cause serious infection if the fungal cells escape into the blood stream. Read More
Aromahead Institute's Teacher Training Program in Ithaca NY: October 5-9
I love teaching. What I have discovered over the years is that most of the work in teaching happens before the actual class. By the time the class begins my manuals are already written, printed and organized inside beautiful binders. All the supplies have been ordered and are ready to be used. The registrations are complete and all the students have places to stay. I have created a clear teaching outline with a plan for each day. The blend recipes for the class are ready.
By the time the students walk through the door on the first day, most of the work is done. The class is my reward. It is my time to share information I love, to laugh, to support the learning and enjoy the process of education.
This 5-day training is about the work ahead of time and the actual teaching itself. You walk away from this class with a clear idea of how to facilitate Aromatherapy classes so that your students have an excellent learning experience. It's about organizing what you want to share in such a way that the learning is seamless for the students. They simply arrive and settle into the fun and joy of essential oils.
I have 4 spaces left in the October 2012 Teacher Training Program. Come join us.
Oct 5-9, 2012
You will finish the course with the tools and knowledge required to begin teaching 1, 2 and 3 hour classes and 1 and 2-Day Aromatherapy Workshops. Additionally, you are granted copyright permission for the use of the Aromahead Institute's 2 day student manual in your own classes. Learn More
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