Essential Oil Profile: Cedarwood (Red)

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by Amelia E. Hoard, RN Common Name: Cedarwood (Red) Synonyms: Cedarwood (Virginian) Latin Binomial: Juniperus virginiana Family: Cupressacae Production Method: steam distilled from wood Countries of Origin: USA; central Virginia, North Carolina and northern edge of South Carolina Typical Constituents: a-Cedrene (21.1-38.0%), Thujopsene (21.3-23.4%), Cedrol (12.3-22.2%), b-Cedrene (8.2-9.2%), a-Selinene (3.0%), Widdrol (1.9-2.3%), b-Himachalene (2.1%), b-Chamigrene […]

Essential Oil Profile: Camphor (White Fraction)

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by Amelia E. Hoard, RN Common Name: Camphor (white) Synonyms: Hon-sho, true camphor, laurel camphor, gum camphor, Japenese camphor, Formosa camphor Latin Binomial: Cinnamomum camphora Family: Lauraceae Production Method: steam distillation Countries of Origin: Native to Japan, Taiwan and China; cultivated in India, Ceylon, Egypt, Madagasgar, southern Europe and America. Typical Constituents: [+]-Limonene (44.2%), r-Cymene […]

Essential Oil Profile: Black Pepper

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by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Black Pepper Synonyms: Piper, pepper Latin Binomial: Piper nigrum L. Family: Piperaceae Production Method: steam distilled, an oleoresin is also made by solvent extraction. Countries of Origin: India, Indoesia, Malaysia, China, and Madagasgar Typical Constituents: b-Caryophyllene (9.4-30.9%), [+]-Limonene (16.4-24.4), a-Pinene (1.1-16.2%), d-3-Carene (tr-15.5%), b-Pinene (4.9-14.3%), Sabinene (0.1-13.8%), […]

Essential Oil Profile: Birch (Sweet)

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by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Birch (Sweet) Essential Oil Synonyms:  B. capinefolia, cherry birch, southern birch, mahogony birch, mountain mahogany Latin Binomial: Betula lenta Family: Betulaceae Production Method: steam distillation of bark Countries of Origin: Canada and USA (mailnly Pennsylvania) Typical Constituents: Methyl salicylate (90.4%), Ethyl salicylate (5.5%),  Linalyl acetate (1.1%) Description […]

SARS

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HERBS & ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SARS   By   Cheryl Hoard   As one physician put it in a recent national television interview about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), now is the time to "live well". This doctor describes living well as eating wholesome foods, exercise and stop smoking. A few weeks before this TV […]

The Other Uses of St. John’s Wort

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by Cheryl Hoard   An ornament of meadows, St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, is a beautiful, yellow-blooming shrub which doesn’t demand much for its survival. It makes itself available even for those living at an altitude of 10,000 feet where many other plants refuse to live. Often found growing comfortably in woods basking in speckled […]