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Essential Oil Profile: Angelica Root

November 10, 2014

by Jeffrey S. Hoard Common Name: Angelica Latin Binomial: Angelica archangelica L. Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Other Common Names: Angel’s Herb, Root of the Holy Spirit, Garden Angelica,Archangelica officinalis Part Used: Root (An oil is also distilled from the seed – see below.) Production Method: Steam Distillation Countries of Origin: Angelica archangelica is considered to be […]

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What Is Aromatherapy?

November 10, 2014

The area of Aromatherapy is concerned with the (human) inhalation and bodily application of essential oils. The tools of aromatherapy are essential oils and hydrosols, which are hopefully used to achieve the potential goals of good physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and balance. Essential oils are obtained by a process called distillation, whereby selected […]

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Turmeric: A superior herb hiding beneath media hype

November 10, 2014

by Laurel Redmon, M.S., L.Ac. Dipl. C.H.     Turmeric rhizome, Curcuma longa, or jiang huang has been enjoying the limelight in recent months.  It was the herb-du-jour, in the wake of the Vioxx scandal, along with a bit of research funding and an urban myth that Indian women never contract breast cancer.  Media scrutiny […]

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy

November 10, 2014

by   Laurel Redmon     Aromatherapy is one of the most exciting and burgeoning modes of herbalism today. It strikes me as a truly global discipline, different parts of the world contributing varied uses and methods of application for essential oils.   Arriving at the study of aromatherapy by way of herbalism, I have […]

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Cheryl’s Suggestions for using Carrot Seed Essential Oil

November 10, 2014

I think combining the scent of our new Carrot Essential Oil and our already fabulous Frankincense Essential Oil is a match made in heaven. Throwing in just a hint of Geranium Essential Oil makes the original combination come alive. Mother nature's balance and perfection is obvious in this combination because these oils are all very […]

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Soothing Stress with Aromatherapy

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard   On this subject I feel compelled to speak from my own perspective. My husband is teasing me at this moment, suggesting I write an article about the stress of writing an article about stress. At times in my life I have taken on quite a lot of responsibilities resulting in huge […]

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Purchasing and Using Herbs

November 10, 2014

by   Cheryl & Jeff Hoard       Knowledge is vital in the successful use of herbs for health and well-being. It is best to consult your health practitioner first before using herbs. It wouldn’t be wise, for instance to take Saw Palmetto Berry (respected by the mainstream medical community) for treating enlarged prostate […]

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Natural Remedies for Moderate Depression

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard   From a holistic point of view, many herbal remedies could be used for depression because the physical body, psychological state and spirit are all connected to produce the whole person and all of those parts have also created the disease. Every case of depression is very unique and the successful treatment […]

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Natural Approach to Addiction Recovery

November 10, 2014

By   Cheryl Hoard     There are so many things to which we can become addicted. As is often the case with a natural approach, the same herbs and essential oils can be helpful for the various difficult moments associated with recovery from all kinds of addictions. Addictions to cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, unhealthy […]

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Natural Alternatives for Allergy Sufferers

November 10, 2014

by Cheryl Hoard   There are a lot of us allergy sufferers out there! An estimated 30 million in this country deal with hay fever. Another 12 million experience allergies to food, drugs and bee stings. Other conditions like asthma and eczema are sometimes linked to allergies. We tend to blame dust, mold, pollen and […]

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The Many Uses of Diatomaceous Earth

November 10, 2014

The other day while at a dinner party I found myself saying “and who would of thought I’d be supplementing with the same stuff I scrub my toilet!” Dead silence fell in the room after that. Let me explain. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is the remains of microscopic one-celled plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in […]

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Is your Essential Oil Natural, Standardized or Synthetic?

November 10, 2014

by   Cheryl Hoard     Essential oils are the fragrant soul of a plant. They are the characteristic scent or odor of a plant. Many chemical constituents make up this volatile oil. Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita), for example is made up of menthol, menthyl acetate, menthone, cineole, pulegone, limonene, phellandrene, pinene, beta-bisabolene […]

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