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The human volatilome – a molecular tour

The human volatilome – a molecular tour

Volatile compounds, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are ubiquitous. They are in plants, the air we breathe, everything we eat and drink, and every fluid and tissue in our body. Volatile compounds are used for either same-species or cross-species communication by...

Olfactory Training and Recovery of Smell Loss

Olfactory Training and Recovery of Smell Loss

Personal note: I’ve been working on this article on and off since 2016 when I first came across the concept of smell training as a treatment for smell loss. And while the work has been delayed, at the same time I witnessed the evolution of a clinically approved and...

Can Lavender oil cause breast growth in children?

Can Lavender oil cause breast growth in children?

The claim that Lavender essential oil has been linked to pre-pubertal breast growth in children has been making the rounds since 2007. The most recent publication of cases, in 2019, catapulted this claim back into the spotlight, unfortunately with more sensationalism...

Aloe Vera and Essential Oils

Aloe Vera and Essential Oils

If you want to combine aloe vera and essential oils in order to make a natural gel, there are some important things you need to know. The botanical name, Aloe vera, means “true aloe”, and it has many synonyms. The one you’re mostly likely to find on ingredient lists...

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