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Essential Oil Profile: Catnip

June 28, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Catnip Synonyms: catmint Latin Binomial: Nepeta cataria L. Family: Lamiaceae Production Method: steam distilled Countries of Origin: Europe, USA Typical Constituents: Nepetalactone isomers (12.7-84%), Nepetalic acid (1.2-43%), Dihydronepetalactone (0-25.0%), b-Caryophyllene (6.2-24.6%), Caryophyllene oxide (14.3-19.4%), [E]-b-Farnesene (0-2.1%), Humulene oxide (1.0-1.6%), Piperitone (0-1.5%), a-Caryophyllene (0-1.3%), b-Elemene (0-1.2%), 3-Hexenyl ester […]

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Summer Favorites & Must Haves!

June 13, 2016

It's important to stay cool in these warm months. Remembering to stay hydrated is the single most important thing one can do to stay healthy and active when the sun is beating down. What else? Well…

 

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Quick Article Directory

November 17, 2014

The Abuse of Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica) by Jeff Actions and Energetics of Some Common North American Trees by Laurel Redmon Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy by Cheryl Aromatic & Herbal Remedies for Animals by Cheryl Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) and Herbs for SARS by Jeff & Cheryl Catnip as Mosquito Repellent by Jeff Do You […]

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Aromatherapy Information

November 15, 2014

Top Ten Things to Know About Aromatherapy 1) Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and their hydrosols for health and well-being.   2) Essential oils are used in inhalations and skin applications.   3) Essential oils effect the physical body and the mind.   4) Essential oils must be diluted before applying to the […]

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Parvovirus

November 12, 2014

Question: My dog, Otis, has allergies. He is almost 5 years old. He has had allergies since he was a puppy. He had Parvo (Parvovirus: any of a group of viruses containing DNA in an icosahedral protein shell and causing disease in dogs and cattle; not known to be associated with any human disease) at […]

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Mosquitoes

November 12, 2014

QUESTION: Please let me know if there are any oils that can be diffused in a room to keep mosquitoes at bay. ANSWER: Here is a list of essential oils I have read mentioned by various authors to repel insects: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, […]

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Catnip as Mosquito Repellent

November 10, 2014

by Jeffrey S. Hoard   Herbal folklore has long included the use of aromatic herbs and oils as insect repellents. Most of us are familiar with the use of citronella oil (Cymbopogon nardus) in candles and in products designed to be used on the skin. Other aromatic herbs used for centuries for their insect repellent […]

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