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Essential Oils

Essential oils are the oil-based aromatic extracts derived from the leaves, stems, fruit, bark, flowers, roots, or seeds of plants. They are a highly concentrated form of volatile oils — another name for essential oils — and have many beneficial properties.[1] Historians estimate that humans have been using essential oils for 5,000 to 6,000 years for medicinal, cosmetic, and hygienic purposes. The earliest methods and technology did not produce the essential oils we are familiar with today. Whereas many of today’s essential oil producers focus on purity, the ancient versions […]

Lemongrass is a perennial herb with a distinct, lemony aroma and flavor. It’s a staple of both Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Though the plant is native to India, it’s grown all over the world today. Lemongrass is a rich source of nutrients that offer many therapeutic benefits. There are over fifty different species of lemongrass! It's been used traditionally in Brazilian, Chinese, and Indian herbal remedies. Lemongrass is a source of beneficial phytochemicals and specialized nutrients that support the body’s response to harmful organisms, boost the immune system, and promote […]

There are many symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Different women experience different mixes of symptoms, depending mostly on hormonal makeup and lifestyle. Eighty-five percent of women report experiencing hot flashes them within the first year or two of menopause. Up to half of women continue to have them regularly for years following the onset of menopause. 11 Remedies for Hot Flashes Below are some helpful natural remedies for balancing the body and mind during "the change." 1. Black Cohosh Black Cohosh is a plant used widely in Europe for treating […]

Neroli oil is a pale-yellow essential oil derived from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree (citrus aurantium). Extracted via steam distillation, neroli oil has a sweet, distinctive citrus scent and is widely used in perfumery and aromatherapy. According to legend, neroli oil is named for Anna-Marie de Nerola, an Italian aristocrat who popularized the oil in 17th century Europe. (more…)

Essential oils, also called volatile oils, are scented oils extracted from plants. Historically, they've been used in medicine, cosmetics, perfumes, food, and, more recently, aromatherapy. Essential oils contain the “essence” of the plant, meaning the taste or odor.[1] (more…)