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Traditional Healing with Plants

Virtually everything used today in modern drugs can be traced back to a botanical source. Hippocrates, the father of modern day medicine, taught that following traditional healing wisdom and the good common sense passed down to us for hundreds and even thousands of years in the use Nature's botanical medicines is the best way to health and healing. Hippocrates recommended a scented bath and daily massage. Here are just a few of the wide range of uses and recommended essential oils for each: Beauty and skin care (geranium roseum and gaveolens, ylang ylang III, carrot seed, rose, patchouli, rosemary verbenon, palmarosa, galbanum, helichrysum). Health enhancement (myrrh, frankincense boswellia frereana, spikenard, rosemary verbenon, marjoram, cypress, ledum, juniperberry). Prevention of disease, i.e. cold and...

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Where Do Essential Oils Come From?

Essential oils are the concentrated volatile or ethereal oils extracted from a single botanical plant source. The part of the plant that yields the maximum amount of volatile oil is what’s used in the extraction process, i.e. flowers, leaves, stems, bark, seeds and roots of shrubs, bushes, herbs and trees. When the substance of scent is still in the plant, it is called an essence. After distillation from the plant part, flower or herb the volatile aromatic compound is referred to as an essential oil. These subtle, highly aromatic compounds are found in the specialized cells or glands of plants and herbs. Through millennia these plant excretions have evolved as protection for flowers and plants from predators and to attract...

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Ancient Use of Aroma for Healing Disease

  Ancient Use of AromaThe use of aromatic plants, herbs and flowers is the oldest form of healing disease and pain. Knowledge about the medicinal effects of flowers, plants and herbs have been recorded in the oldest writings in history, myth, and folklore.Shamans from pre-historic days of humans on planet earth were probably the first aromatherapists and perfumers.Records found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts show that priests and physicians were using plant aromatics thousands of years before birth of Christ to heal the sick and infirm.  In ancient times certain plant balms and fragrances like Frankincense and Myrrh were considered more valuable than gold. There are numerous references to plant substances in the Bible. Finally now with the advent...

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Fragrant Differences Why Some People Hate the Scent of Lavender

Aroma Therapy means to treat with aroma through inhalation. The smell of a good cup of coffee in the morning is a form of aromatherapy.An aroma whether from a flower, herb plant or an essential oil will have similar actions and effects upon the human psyche. Meaning that an odor molecule whether from a food, flower, herb or essential oils will stimulate the same release of hormones to promote digestion, relaxation and stimulate the senses depending up its component properties. A conditioned response to a particular aroma can also play a part in your response to a particular scent. For instance having a positive association with a scent will enhance your response to the scent. Say, for instance, your grandmother...

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2 Quick & Easy Herbal Infused Iced Tea Recipes (Caffeinated & De-caffeinated)

2. Lemongrass Black Tea Ingredients Black tea or tea bags Pure lemongrass essential oil A jar with tight fitting side  Put a half pound of your favorite black tea in a glass container that has a tight fitting lid, or you can use tea bags if you prefer. Dispense 10 drops of Lemongrass pure essential oil on a paper towel and lay on top of your loose black tea or tea bags. Seal the jar with the tight fitting lid and leave for seven days. The scent of lemongrass will be absorbed into the tea leaves. After seven days remove the paper towel and prepare and serve your tea as you like it and enjoy. Keep your lemongrass scented black...

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