Over the last 25 years I have participated in many 'certified' classes and apprentiship programs which have required reading a lot of reference type books. Over those years, I have read and re-read the following books listed in the following bibliography. All the products I have formulated and classes I have taught over the years are drawn from the amazing work of authors of the resources listed below. 

It is my hope the blog articles will inspire you to continue reading and learning more about modern day plant based medicine. 

These books have formed the foundation and science strategies behind Feed CBD's products.



The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

The Biology of Essential Oils, PIA Masters Series, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

The Chemistry of Essential Oils, PIA Masters Series, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

Essential Oils: Anti-viral Agents, 6th Scientific Aromatherapy Conference Proceedings 2005, Editor, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, page 115

Medical Aromatherapy, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

Advanced Aromatherapy, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

Aromatherapy Course, Edition 3, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt (General Effects of Terpenoid Compounds, page ll-22) pharmacological, therapeutic biological properties of various terpenoids

Aromatherapy Course, Robert Tisserand, The Tisserand Institute

Bush Sense - Australian Essential Oils & Aromatic Compounds, Mark Webb

What’s In Your Cosmetics, Aubry Hampton

Beauty to Die For, Judi Vance

The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine, Huangdi Neijing, 黃帝內經

Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, reprint of 1826 edition, The English Physician

Molecules of Emotions, Candace Pert

Carson, C. F., Hammer, K. A., & Riley, T. V. (2006). Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: a Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 19(1), 50–62.

Prabuseenivasan, S., Jayakumar, M., & Ignacimuthu, S. (2006). In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 6, 39.

Scientific Citations

Research: SARS-2 Physiology, Effects of Plant Terpenes on Viruses:

Info graphic of COVID-19 for reference.

essential oil pathways

a history of using plant oils for plagues and disease through the ages

history of using essential oils - including bubonic plague

Trilogy of ACE2: A peptidase in the renin–angiotensin system, a SARS receptor, and a partner for amino acid transporters

Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 in acute respiratory distress syndrome

ACE inhibitors ref.

Susceptibility of herpes simplex virus type 1 to monoterpenes thymol, carvacrol, p-cymene and essential oils of Sinapis arvensis L., Lallemantia royleana Benth. and Pulicaria vulgaris Gaertn

Benefits of Cannabis Terpenes: Ocimene, Terpinolene, and Guaiol

Comparative molecular docking analysis of essential oil constituents as elastase inhibitors

Bioinformatical and in vitro approaches to essential oil-induced matrix metalloproteinase inhibition.

Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils

Antiviral activity against Herpes simplex and Polio viruses

In vitro antiviral activity of Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (tea tree oil)

Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils

Antiviral activity of some plant oils against herpes simplex virus type 1

An Overview of Plant Defenses against Pathogens and Herbivores

Antibacterial and Antioxidant Activity of Essential Oil Terpenes against Pathogenic and Spoilage-Forming Bacteria and Cell Structure-Activity Relationships Evaluated by SEM Microscopy

‘Discovery’ of terpenes - structure in relation to organic chemistry

Timeline of plague:

Contributors to Aromatherapy Science:

Contributors of Aromatherapy Science

Essential oil-terpene composition

Volatile oils: Potential agents for the treatment of respiratory infections

Pierre Franchomme: French video about viruses and essential oils -

the myth of French and German aromatherapy schools by multilevel marketing!divAbstract

William Tilden/Isomeric nitroso-terpenes, Journal of Chemical Society, 1875


The evolution of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in pathogens has prompted extensive research to find alternative therapeutics. Plants rich with natural secondary metabolites are one of the go-to reservoirs for discovery of potential resources to alleviate this problem. Terpenes and their derivatives comprising of hydrocarbons, are usually found in essential oils (EOs). They have been reported to have potent antimicrobial activity, exhibiting bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects against tested pathogens. This brief review discusses the activity of terpenes and derivatives against pathogenic bacteria, describing the potential of the activity against AMR followed by the possible mechanism exerted by each terpene class. Finally, ongoing research and possible improvisation to the usage of terpenes and terpenoids in therapeutic practice against AMR are discussed.

King’s American Dispensatory:

US Pharmacopeia:

SARS CoV-2 Papers:!po=7.89474

Terpenes that are serine protease inhibitors