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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

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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

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Making Caledula Oil: Adding Quality to Your Life

Herbs and Wildcrafting

This is part two of a series on Calendula’s amazing uses.

Whether you are using Calendula for it’s myriad health benefits, or in your cooking adventures, you are only limited by your imagination or Calendula’s benefits, both 1395432270_calendula-acneof which seem limitless!

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Aromatherapy Ylang – Ylang.

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Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis ) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Sweet Orange belongs to Rutaceae botanical family and is cold pressed from fresh fruit rind. So it is very important that the essential oils are produced from the unsprayed fruit. Sweet Orange oil is not phototoxic as oil from Bitter Orange and is high in Monoterpenes which are highly volatile. Shelf life of this oil… Continue reading Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis ) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Frankincense: Universal Magical Resin

Sabbats and Sabbaths

frankincenseThe LORD said to Moses: Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (an equal part of each), and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy; and you shall beat some of it into powder, and put part of it before the covenant in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you; it shall be for you most holy. [Ex 30:34-36, NRSV]

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. [Mt 2:11, NRSV]

Many years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to tour Egypt.  One of the stops in the Valley of the Kings was a perfume factory that manufactures essential oils.  I smelled a number of scents that day…

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Natural Healing Emollient

In my previous post, I wrote about 4 powerful Chamomile essential oils. You can read it here. In this post, I combined those 4 oils with amazing Helicrysum Italicum to create a powerful, healing emollient for nose bleed, itchy nose from dry air, allergies or colds, minor skin irritations, rashes, insect bites, scar tissues, diaper rashes,… Continue reading Natural Healing Emollient

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Sinus Congestion – Which Essential Oils to Use for Relief

I had a cold last week and the nasal congestion was so severe that I had to breathe through my mouth. I made a stock blend of the following essential oils for steam inhalation and for use with Aromatherapy inhalers. This blend can be used for nasal congestion caused by common cold, flu or allergies.… Continue reading Sinus Congestion – Which Essential Oils to Use for Relief

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How many Chamomile essential oils are there?

When I started out in Aromatherapy, I was very confused by all the essential oils with Chamomile in their names. So, how many are there? There are 4! And they all belong to Asteraceae botanical family. Chamomile, German ( Matricaria recutita): also called blue Chamomile. The content of azulene gives it its characteristic blue color.… Continue reading How many Chamomile essential oils are there?