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Essential oil of benzoin gum

The extraction of benzoin oil is usually done tincture-style with high quality grain alcohol. It is often used as a fixative in making perfume and has a nice pleasant scent. The benzoin trees are usually from Thailand or Sumatra. When the trunk of the tree is cut, the gum or resin exudes, which technically makes [...]

By |2019-01-15T22:46:07+00:00January 15th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Essential Oils

The sense of smell is the most powerful of senses. It is capable of bringing up long-forgotten memories, feelings of delight and sorrow, as well as stimulating sexual responses. Our noses are said to be able to identify over 10,000 scents. Aromatherapy Aromatherapy developed because of the far-reaching effects of our sense of smell. Aromatherapy [...]

By |2019-01-10T09:28:12+00:00January 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Yarrow

Yarrow has many names, including Nosebleed, Milfoil, Thousand-leaf, Soldier’s Woundwort, Devil’s Nettle, Devil’s Plaything, Bad Man’s Plaything, and Yarroway. The name yarrow is Anglo-Saxon. From Trojan War to American Civil War The sixteenth-century British herbalist John Gerard states that Achilles stopped the bleeding wounds of his soldiers with yarrow in the Trojan War some 3,000 [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:29:36+00:00December 27th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an herbal product that individuals have used and probably do not even know it is botanical. It is great for astringents because it is very high in tannins, which are highly astringent. It is good for acne-skin, blemished skin, or just to tighten pores. However, you can have normal or dry skin [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:24:53+00:00December 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

St. John’s Wort

Many old-time superstitions relate to this plant. The name hypericum is derived from the Greek and means “over an apparition,” referring to a belief that the herb was so obnoxious that one whiff and it would send the demons straight back to hell. I’ve been told of the legend that if you stepped on the [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:23:54+00:00December 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Rosemary

Symbolism of rosemary The ancient Greeks, it is said, wore sprigs of rosemary in their hair to promote good memory. Because of its reputation for strengthening the memory, it was also the emblem for fidelity in marriages and represented friendship. Rosemary is a symbol of love and loyalty. It has been used in incantations particularly [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:22:55+00:00December 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Myrrh

So precious was myrrh that it was one of the gifts the Wise Men brought to Bethlehem. Tradition holds that myrrh was used 2000 years before Christ. Its uses are varied. The ancient Egyptians often used myrrh as an ingredient in embalming corpses. It also has been used in incense and in perfume. “A Syrian [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:21:00+00:00November 28th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Mint

I grow wild mint at my house. I simply put the clean, fresh leaves in boiling water and steep a few minutes. It makes a very refreshing beverage. I also cut the stalks of the plant and place them on me or around me when I am trying to enjoy my porch in the summer, [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:19:23+00:00November 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Lily

Lilies are one of the most underestimated herbs. From the time of man’s earliest recording, the lily was noted as the flower of purest beauty. Special virtues were once thought to be possessed by water distilled from the flowers, known as aqua area or golden water, and it was deemed worthy to be preserved in [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:17:40+00:00November 14th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Lavender

Many old books on lavender say that its smell has the power to conjure memories of other times and places. I have seen this statement proven time after time. I use lavender in many of my products, and when people smell the product full of the essential oil, they say, “This reminds me of the [...]

By |2019-01-02T23:14:46+00:00November 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

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