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Essential Oil Profile: Vertiver

January 22, 2015

by Amelia E. Stone, RN   Common Name: Vetivert Latin Binomial: Veriveria zizanoides Family: Poaceae or Gramineae Other Common Names: Vetiver Production Method: steam-distilled Countries of Origin: Haiti Typical Constituents: Khusimol (zizanol) (3.4-13.7%), Vetiselinenol (isonootkatol) (1.3-7.8%), Cyclocopacamphan-12-ol (epimer A) (1.0—6.7%), α-Cadinol (0-6.5%), α-Vetivone (isonootkatone) (2.5-6.4%), b-Vetivenene (0.2-5.7%), b-Eudesmol (0-5.2%), b-Vetivone (2.0-4.9%), Khusenic acid (0-4.8%),     b-Vetispirene […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Peppermint

January 16, 2015

by Amelia E. Stone, RN   Common Name: Peppermint Latin Binomial: Mentha  piperita Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Production Method: steam-distillation Countries of Origin: USA Typical Constituents: [-]-Menthol (19.0-54.2%), Menthone (8.0-31.6%), [-]-Menthyl acetate (2.1-10.6%), Neomenthol (2.6-10.0%), 1,8-Cineole (2.9-9.7%), [6R]-[+]-Menthofuran (tr-9.4%), Isomenthone (2.0-8.7%), Terpinen-4-ol (0-5.0%), [1R]-[+]-b-Pulegone (0.3-4.7%), [+]-Limonene (0.8-4.5%), Germacrene D (tr-4.4%), b-Caryophyllene (0.1-2.8%), [E]-Sabinene hydrate (0.2-2.4%), b-Pinene […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Basil

January 15, 2015

by Amelia E. Stone, RN   Common Name: Basil (ct. linalool) Latin Binomial: Optimum basilicum L. Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Other Common Names: Sweet basil and common basil Production Method: steam-distilled Countries of Origin: tropical Asia and Africa, Egypt Typical Constituents: Linalool (34.4%), Eugenol (33.7%), Linoleic & linolenic acids (9.7%), 1,8-Cineole (3.1%), T-Cadinol (1.9%), Palmitic acid […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Elemi

January 14, 2015

by Jeffrey S. Hoard   Common Name: Elemi Latin Binomial: Canarium luzonicum Family: Burseracae Other Common- Names: Manila elemi, elemi gum, elemi resin Part Used: Gum resin Production Method: Steam distillation                                               Countries of Origin: Native to the Philippines and the Moluccas. Typical Constituents: Limonen (26.9 – 65%), Elemol (2.8 – 17.3), a-phellandrene (4.3 – 15.1%), Elemiein […]

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Herbal Information Sheet: Mullein

January 08, 2015

MULLEIN (Verbascum thapsus) 1/3/15   Excerpted from: The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants By Matthew Wood   “The infusion of Mullein Leaf releases a salty mucilage. Thus, it is used as an emollient to bring water into hardened, closed places. It draws water into dried out tissues. This activity causes […]

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Native Collection

November 17, 2014

  Our national heritage includes our native plant species. Only a few hundred years ago our land was teeming with handsome plants which supported vast varieties of native insects, birds and other animals. People from all over the world have come to live in this land now, bringing with them plants from their home countries. […]

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Weight Loss

November 12, 2014

QUESTION: I am interested in trying to lose the 35 or so pounds I have gained due to a back injury. I have tried over-the-counter type diet pills but they don’t really do anything for me. There are just to many web sites that are trying to sell the so-called ‘easy way’ to lose weight, […]

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Ginger & Peppermint during Pregnancy

November 12, 2014

Question:   Again, thank you for the advice and for being YOU!  I don’t want to think about what life would have been like the past 10+ years if I hadn’t had your essential oils and ways of making my life more naturally healthy.     Answer:   Emmenagogue herbs are a significant portion of […]

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Fibromyalgia

November 12, 2014

QUESTION: One year ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Sometimes it hits hard when you least expect it. I have been in situations where I was doing repair work (which is my living) on the floor and the pain would hit so hard I couldn’t stand up. I know other people with this condition, who […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Wintergreen

November 10, 2014

By Ingrid Petres   Never use wintergreen oil internally!!! If using wintergreen externally properly dilute (1-2 drops per ounce of carrier)! Avoid use on children, pets, pregnant women, or broken skin   Common name:  Wintergreen Latin Binomial: Gaultheria procumbens Family: Ericaceae Other common names: Teaberry, Checkerberry, Mountain Tea Part used: leaves Production method: Wintergreen essential oil […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Litsea Cubeba

November 10, 2014

by   Marie Temmen   Common Name: May Chang Latin Binomial: Litsea cubeba Family: Lauraceae Other Common Names: Exotic verbena, tropical verbena (not related to lemon verbena). Part Used: Litsea cubeba is obtained from the small pepper shaped fruits which resemble peppers. Production Method: Oil is obtained by steam distillation. Countries of Origin: China is […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Carrot Seed

November 10, 2014

by Jeffrey S. Hoard   Common Name: Carrot  Latin Binomial:Daucus carota Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Other Common Names: Queen Anne’s Lace, Wild Carrot, Bird’s Nest Part Used: Seed Production Method:The oil is steam distilled from the dried seed. Seeds may or may not be crushed before distillation. Countries of Origin: France, Egypt, Hungary, India, The Netherlands, […]

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