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Distilling Your Own Hydrosols

Distilling Your Own Hydrosols

Distillation is a fascinating field of study for the aromatherapist and herbalist alike and although I am just beginning this journey and have much to learn, I shall share my experience to date. Hydrosol derives from the Latin “hydro” meaning “water”and “sol” for...

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Helichrysum Species

Helichrysum Species

The genus Helichrysum Miller, belonging to the Asteraceae (syn. Compositae) family, includes approximately 500-600 species that are widespread throughout the World. The Helichrysum species are xerophytes (meaning they are plants that have adapted in such a way that...

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How Vegetable Oils are Processed

How Vegetable Oils are Processed

Use Live Oils! “Live oils are oils which still have their nutritional content, especially Essential fatty acids (EFAs), intact. This means oils which have not been exposed to excessive heat, light, oxygen and reactive metals during processing. This means oils that...

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How to make Vanilla Infused Coconut Oil

How to make Vanilla Infused Coconut Oil

Make Your Own Vanilla infused Coconut Oil 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil 4 vanilla beans Step One: Cut vanilla beans down the center, then cut into small pieces. This releases the seeds so they can infuse the oil. Step Two: Place coconut oil and vanilla beans in...

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Essential Oil Research

Essential Oil Research

Finding great research on specific essential oils can be time consuming but if you are a research junkie like me, here are some great resources that I pulled together for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Research Sites American Botanical Council The...

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Homemade Body Lotion Bar

Homemade Body Lotion Bar

Here is a beautiful homemade body lotion bar recipe.  Quick and easy to make, your skin will love you! Homemade Body Lotion Bar Beautiful body lotion bar with essential oils. This recipe makes 5-6 lotion bars. Ingredients 3 ounces Beeswax Pastilles 2 ounces Shea...

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Make your own protective hand gel

Make your own protective hand gel

Aloe Vera Gel and a Protective Hand Gel The Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel: Cooling, indicated for inflammatory skin conditions or musculoskeletal system. Great for hand cleansers (add into Castile soap) and for hand sanitizers! Natural Hand Protective Gel 1 fl. oz. aloe...

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Cape Chamomile

Cape Chamomile

 Cape Chamomile Eriocephalus punctulatus Calming and soothing. Relieves stress and calms anxiety. A wonderful oil for wound healing, be it on an emotional or physical level. Relieves itchiness and soothes inflammation. Healing Facial Elixir 5 drops Cape chamomile...

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Explore Litsea cubeba

Explore Litsea cubeba

May Chang  Litsea cubeba Litsea cubeba oil is distilled from the small, pepperlike fruits of the tree of Litsea cubeba. It belongs in the Lauraceae, which also includes Avocado (Persea sp.), Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) and Cinnamon (Cinnamomum sp.). It contains a rich...

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