Scientific Research

Evaluating an Online Article

Every aromatherapist or herbalist has been there. A new article is making the rounds. It’s eye-opening and popular. Everyone is sharing it and discussing how it impacts their work. The information is groundbreaking. How do you know whether or not the article legitimately justifies the claims it makes? Here are the four steps we teach students here at FIW. (Note: Evaluating a scientific study is covered elsewhere. This page refers specifically to online articles such as those found in blogs, sales websites, and the like.) Step 1: How many citations are primary sources?  Most bloggers and authors now realize the value in adding citations [...]

2019-04-02T14:32:17-05:00April 2nd, 2019|

The APICHS Study

If you have a child aged 2-15 years old, we want to hear from you! The Franklin Institute of Wellness, in partnership with the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, is conducting a cross-sectional study about the use of personal care products with children. Participation involves completing a secure online survey once for each child you have who is 2-15 years old. The survey will ask some general questions about your child's health and then several questions about the products you use with this child in your home. These products range from laundry soap to sunscreen to body wash and include everything [...]

2019-02-21T18:15:17-05:00February 21st, 2019|

Elderberry Meta-Analysis

Elderberry syrup has become a household staple during the cold and flu season, but research identifying its effects remains sparse. To address this gap in knowledge, the FIW Research team conducted an elderberry meta-analysis. This analysis evaluated the effects of black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) on the severity and duration of upper respiratory symptoms. This analysis included 180 participants and also evaluated how factors such as flu vaccination status and the underlying cause of upper respiratory symptoms may impact the supplement's efficacy. The Study "Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials." Methodology Because [...]

2019-01-22T10:09:42-05:00January 22nd, 2019|

[Now Recruiting] Complementary & Alternative Medicine for Pain, Anxiety, & Insomnia

Thanks for your interest in this study. Our research team is looking for honest, unbiased opinions about complementary and alternative medicine, including what motivates you to use–or not to use–certain supplements, and what these supplements are doing for you. We are looking for your honest opinions about the use of complementary and alternative approaches to health. If you choose to participate, please be as honest as possible when completing the survey. The responses you provide will only be used for scientific research purposes. As an academic research institution, we are not connected with any health product companies and your information will [...]

2019-01-22T10:49:36-05:00January 14th, 2019|

Complementary & Alternative Medicine for Pain, Anxiety, & Insomnia

Thanks for your interest in this study. Our research team is looking for honest, unbiased opinions about complementary and alternative medicine, including what motivates you to use–or not to use–certain supplements, and what these supplements are doing for you. We are looking for your honest opinions about the use of complementary and alternative approaches to health.. If you choose to participate, please be as honest as possible when completing the survey. The responses you provide will only be used for scientific research purposes. As a research institution, we are not connected with any health product companies and your information will NOT [...]

2019-01-14T12:36:24-05:00January 8th, 2019|

Ginger for Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a traditional food-based preparation which has been used in multiple studies to treat nausea and vomiting from a wide range of causes. It has shown to be beneficial at treating morning sickness, post-operative nausea and vomiting, and many studies have found that it prevents or reduces the severity of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. However, the findings from studies on ginger for chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) are mixed, with some studies revealing that its effects are minimal or even detrimental. Ginger is administered both as an essential oil via inhalation and as a dietary supplement via ingestion [...]

2018-11-10T17:54:19-05:00November 10th, 2018|

Bergamot Essential Oil for Anxiety: A Meta Analysis

Essential oil inhalation is frequently used to treat anxiety in multiple populations. While multiple clinical trials on this application exist in the scientific literature, findings often conflict. Effect sizes in these studies vary dramatically and some studies do not find that inhalation of bergamot essential oil for anxiety is effective. To address this issue, the Franklin Institute of Wellness research department conducted a meta-analysis on bergamot and anxiety. The Study "Bergamot Essential Oil for Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis" Methodology When there are not many large studies on a topic, or when studies on a topic begin to find conflicting results, a meta-analysis [...]

2018-11-10T17:30:10-05:00November 10th, 2018|

Orange Essential Oil

About Orange Essential Oil Sweet orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is usually cold pressed from the peel of the fruit. The most prominent element of sweet orange oil is limonene, which comprises over 90% of the composition. Orange oil also contains myrcene and alpha pinene. This bright yellow to deep orange oil is used extensively in the food industry as a flavoring agent and comes from a plant that has been used for millennia in botanical medicine. It shouldn’t be confused with bitter orange, which can be phototoxic and has a different chemical composition. Actions & Indications Orange essential oil is used in [...]

2018-08-29T16:45:27-05:00August 29th, 2018|Tags: , |

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

About Eucalyptus Essential Oil Eucalyptus essential oil (E. smithii, E. globulus, E. radiata) are distilled from the leaves of the tree. Both E. globulus and E. radiata are rich in 1,8-cineole or eucalyptol. This active ingredient is also the ingredient which poses a risk to very young children. Eucalyptus citriodora (also frequently referred to as lemon eucalyptus) is rich in citronellal and is not an acceptable substitute for other eucalyptus options.  Actions & Indications Eucalyptus essential oils are frequently used in botanical medicine for coughs and colds. They have a long tradition of use, but the specifics regarding various species are not often discussed. [...]

2018-08-29T16:44:32-05:00August 29th, 2018|

Peppermint Essential Oil

About Peppermint Essential Oil Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita) is distilled from the flowering tops of the plant. It is rich in menthol, which comprises up to half of the oil's total composition. Peppermint oil also contains menthone, 1,8 cineole, and limonene. Actions & Indications Peppermint has a long history of usage in herbal medicine as a digestive aid. In aromatherapy, the oil is diffused to help alleviate headaches and nausea. In aromatic medicine, however, the harsh effects of menthol need to be taken into consideration when determining appropriate use. This is determined by combining known risks outlined in the scientific literature [...]

2018-08-29T16:45:10-05:00August 29th, 2018|Tags: , , |
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