Anxiety, Insomnia and Ayurvedic Interventions

  Anxiety, Insomnia, and Ayurveda Anxiety and insomnia are common maladies of today’s society. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans experience some type of anxiety disorder.  Of these 40 million people, only one-third receive treatment. As a result many people have symptoms of worry, self-consciousness, feelings of panic… Continue Reading

May Chang

Does anyone know the name of this tree?  It is May Chang (Litsea cubeba).  It is a small tropical tree native to eastern Asia.  Also known as mountain pepper, exotic verbena, and tropical verbena; the tree is known for its scented flowers, foliage and small berries shaped like peppers.  The aroma is often compared to… Continue Reading

Natural Preservatives in Skin Care

I am currently completing The Organic Body Care Products Certification Program offered by The East West School for Herbal and Aromatics Studies.  This is a wonderful course packed full of information. Since 1990, Jade Shutes and her school have been leaders in the aromatherapy community helping to shape the future of aromatherapy education locally and… Continue Reading

Essential Oils and Dogs

Essential Oils and Dogs I have a new puppy, Sophia.  About three days after I brought her home she became very ill.  She would not eat, coughed and began to sneeze copiuos amounts of phlegm.  I took her to the veterinarian and he diagnosed her with pneumonia and kennel cough and most likely distemper.  Kennel… Continue Reading

What’s That Smell?

What’s That Smell? Scents in soap and skin care come from two sources: fragrance oils and essential oils.  What is the difference?  Fragrances are always synthetic.  They may have natural sounding names like Sweet Orange or Lemongrass.  Even more confusing, product labels often have phrases like “natural fragrance”.  However, if you see the word fragrance… Continue Reading

Carnation Absolute

I am currently completing Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy’s 300+ hour Clinical Aromatherapy Masters Program. Part of the requirements are completing Essential Oil Materia Medica. I thought I would share some of my work.  Carnation Dianthus caryophyllus Family:  Caryophyllaceae Origin:  The carnation plant originated in Europe. Plant description:  The bushy plant reaches a height of… Continue Reading

What is Mineral Oil?

What do you know about mineral oil? I bet you have seen it in hundreds of products. It also goes by the names liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, and petrolatum on product labels. It is widely used in baby creams, lotions, cleansing creams, e ye creams, and lipsticks. It is a mixture of refined liquid hydrocarbons… Continue Reading

Parabens Part 2

So what is the concern with parabens?  In 2004, the Journal of Applied Toxicology reported parabens were a cause for concern.  British researchers found it in twenty women who had breast tumors.  Parabens are believed to act like the female hormone estrogen.  In high levels it is thought is may cause some women to develop breast cancer.… Continue Reading

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