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The use of essential oil plants in Hungarian folk medicine in the light of phyto- and aromatherapy

Look at this amazing image capturing the beauty of making a cough syrup prepared with honey, thyme, pine needles and young cones! The photography comes from Transylvania thanks to our honourable columnist Dr Peter Babulka who contributed with an exciting article on the use of essential oil plants in Hungarian folk medicine in the light of modern phyto- and aromatherapy.

“I became interested in herbs, folk medicine, and the use of herbs 50 years ago. A few years later, at the end of my studies at the Budapest University of Horticulture in 1978, I spent three months on a state farm where they cultivated 20 different essential oil plants, distilled them on the spot, and sold the essential oils on domestic and foreign markets.”

Dr Peter Babulka has an amazing bio, and to pick a few momentum, he started as a lecturer in pharmacognosy at Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest from 1986 to 1990, and he also established the Hungarian – French Society for Phytotherapy. Between 1990 and 1993, he invited his ethnobotany colleague and friend Dr Goetz to teach phyto- and aromatherapy to Hungarian pharmacists and physicians, showing how the trained aromatherapists use the essential oils in France. Between 2001 and 2010, as research and development director of a Hungarian company producing and marketing aromatherapy products, he was able to get further experience in essential oils, having been involved in developing at least forty preparations containing essential oils as their active substances.

Herbal traditions and modern knowledge is intertwined in the research paper of Dr Babulka, and you will find that in our SUMMER issue of AROMATIKA Magazine (9.2.).

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