Doctor insights on:
What can I do with basil, mint and lavender leaves, to make something for my cold and stuffy nose?
Lavender is ok: Lavender is a great anti infective, but if you're stuffy try eucalyptus. Boil some water (distilled preferably) and add in 1-2 drops of eucalytus, then place your face near (not directly over the hot water) with a towel over your shoulders...Essentially you're giving yourself a steam...You can use lavender this way as well. ...Read more
Probably not: Lavender oil is from the species lavandula augustifolia (english or common lavender). Lavandin oil is from the hybrid species "lavandula hybrida" which is a cross of lavandula augustiflolia (english or common lavender) and lavandula latifolia (spike lavender) so many of the coonsituents of the oils are the same and can cause the same allergic reaction that you developed with lavender oil. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Lavender essential oil has been used to induce sleep & to reduce anxious tension. It may reduce musculo-skeletal pain through massage & is used for skin care. It can be added to a vaporizer for respiratory inflammation. It is used for removal of lice & has antiseptic effects. It can improve digestive problems. ...Read more
Why on earth do it?: No indication ever to inject anything into testicles under any circumstances. No possible benefits & risk of infection, pain & loss of testicle. Any provider suggesting such nonsense should be reported to his/her State Medical Board! ...Read more
You can : You can apply but it may not be the best therapy but some believe it works so you can try it. ...Read more
Health Food: In areas where I have lived - it has been carried in the health sections of health food stores. You should also be able to purchase it on-line. ...Read more
Plant oil: This was used during ww i to disinfect floors in hospitals. It has several purported medical uses, none of which include treating candida (yeast) infections. The obvious questions are what is causing the thrush (need to be checked for hiv), and why are you not seeking standard medical evaluation and treatment? ...Read more
Probably but...: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or oil that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. Many alternative practices, oils etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work.nor safe. Some could do serious harm. Check https://nccih.nih.gov/ for research ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: The only benefit to eyeshades is darkness. I suppose there could be a psychologic or suggestive benefit but not a hypnotic one. ...Read more
Hard to say. : By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or oil that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. Many alternative practices, oils etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. 'course the people who sell them make big $$$. Check https://nccih.nih.gov/ for research ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stop and try again: If you are sure you had a reaction, stop using it. If not, stop just for 5 days, then apply a little bit to your forearm, cover it with a non-stick dressing for 48 hours. If there is a welt of blister, you have suggestive evidence. Uncertain - see an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more
Yes: lavender seems to calm people down it will not hurt so try it ...Read more
Can 2/3 drops of undiluted peppermint oil, and the same amount of undiluted lavender oil, cause any serious systemic effects when applied topically?
Depends.: If you are putting it on an open sore or cracked skin, it may not help and may make things worse. Any break in the skin increases absorption into the system of anything put on the skin. Also, a person can be allergic to either one and that is bad, too and this can have systemic effects. For the proper use of herbal products, make sure there is good, unbiased, ad-free research to justify it. ...Read more