This article at science daily reports that Japanese scientists have discovered that some essential oils have anti-inflammatory action similar to that of red wine. There were several statements I found interesting...
One, this statement: "Of course, the exact way they work is not completely understood." So interesting that a scientific source like Science Daily would admit that!
Two, that the research on this is coming from Japan, where I've read that aromatherapy (ie use of essential oils) is surging in popularity.
Three, that carvacrol is the anti-inflammatory component in these oils. Carvacrol is present in other oils as well-- most notably and strongly in oregano, I think-- and is strongly anti-viral as well. (This Italian study on oregano oil's effect on a form of staph virus give you an example of how powerful it is. Sorry it's so hard to read!)
Hope you all are doing well... I'm assuming interest in continuing the blog is pretty low at this point, so I'm not posting much here. Had a great time doing this while it lasted, everybody!