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Are Your Essential Oils Authentic?

According to Dr. Robert Pappas and Aromatic Plant Research Center, 80% of the essential oils on the market are adulterated. Is the number exaggerated? I think not, based on my 14 years of experiences purchasing oils from various companies. So it is very likely that the essential oils you are using are not as pure… Continue reading Are Your Essential Oils Authentic?

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Eastern redbud

Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis) is a deciduous tree with showy lavender flowers at the beginning of the Spring and right after the bloom, the heart shaped leaves appear. The fruit/pod is a legume, that can be sautéed as a side dish. The pea-shaped flowers are edible and taste slightly tangy due to its high vitamin C… Continue reading Eastern redbud

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Herbs and Essential oils to Nourish and Tonify the Lung

As hot and humid summer days gave way to dry, crisp Autumn air, now it is the season to nourish and tonify the lung, especially if you or your child/children have asthma, chronic cough and susceptibility to bronchitis and pneumonia in the cool months ahead. According to TCM, lung needs proper moisture in order to have… Continue reading Herbs and Essential oils to Nourish and Tonify the Lung

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Luscious Hibiscus Smoothie with Cooling Lemon Balm and Nutritive Oat Straw

Summer is all about outdoors, the sand, the beach, the farmer's markets, the backyard barbecue and travelling! However, the heat, the humidity and being on the road can be stressful too! The tardy Hibiscus combined with relaxing Lemon Balm and nutritive Oat Straw will bring calm and cool in the hot summer days! Hibiscus According… Continue reading Luscious Hibiscus Smoothie with Cooling Lemon Balm and Nutritive Oat Straw

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Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin

Mimosa - Albizia julibrissin The tree originally came from China and is called Tree of Happiness. The aroma is very similar to rose essential oil. A Chinese native, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the flowers are used in western Herbalism to treat depression, stress and a feel-good that causes mild euphoria and giddiness.  Barks… Continue reading Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin

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Yeast Infection (Candida) and Essential Oils

My friend's little girl who is 9 years old got yeast infection due to a strong antibiotics that her pediatrician prescribed for an infected elbow wound. She got severe itching down there and red bumps all over her torso and face. And they were itchy too. Prescription painkiller didn't help. She has asthma, taking medication twice a… Continue reading Yeast Infection (Candida) and Essential Oils

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Pediatric Experts Find Aromatherapy Effective for Promoting Infant Healing, NAS Recovery

Lavender and Roman Chamomile are calming due to  linalool and linalyl acetate. And this report reinforces its therapeutic  properties in clinical setting. Pediatric Experts Find Aromatherapy Effective for Promoting Infant Healing, NAS Recovery

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Astragalus 黄芪

Astragalus 黄芪 is a  Chinese herb that has been used for more than 2000 years for people with weak and damp constitution such as catching colds and flus easily, cold sweats, boils, chronic lung problem, and weak spleen.  It is taken as a tea, soup or stew, sometimes with other herbs to booster immune system and strengthen the body. Astragalus… Continue reading Astragalus 黄芪

DIY Aromatherapy recipes

Aromatherapy Bathroom Deodorizer

Creating a natural bathroom deodorizer, you need a wax warmer (my is an owl :-)), a beeswax melt or a handful of beeswax and a blend of pure essential oils or you can make your own blend. It is a great way to use up oils that are past shelf life. As the aroma dissipates,… Continue reading Aromatherapy Bathroom Deodorizer

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A Natural Antibiotic: Thyme Oil