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Ministry of Environment of Ecuador finally granted the sustainable use of Palo Santo in El Cerrito
The Integrated Management Plan is being executed in "El Cerrito" sector of Jipijapa city, province of Manabí. It has gone through several stages since the creation of the project - meetings with the community, surveys to the community and finally getting approval by the Ministry of Environment for the sustainable use of Palo Santo.
Hydrolate, Hydrolat, floral water, aromatic distilled water and hydrosol – what is the difference?
Not that long ago before aromatherapy became so popular, all distillate waters were collectively known as 'floral waters'. However as the term ‘floral waters’ only really refers to the water left over from distillation of essential oils from flowers and more and more aromatic waters appeared on the market, a new term had to be used...
Compound found in coriander and ginger may help protect against the negative effects of radiation exposure
In recent years, scientists have become increasingly interested in monoterpenes because they are capable of scavenging ‘reactive oxygen species’ (ROS) in the body. ROS molecules are a natural product of the metabolism of oxygen, and play key roles in cell signalling and other biological processes.
How to ensure that the Ravensara / Ravintsara you are using is the one you think you are using
The only sure way to ensure that what you are using is what you want to use, is to check the chemical structure of the essential oil. There will be some natural variation in the amounts of the components, but the basic structure will be clear.
Aromatherapy and the Sense of Smell
When they are inhaled through the nostrils, essential oil molecules are taken up deep into the brain. Just how the tiny aromatic molecules pass into the bloodstream is not entirely understood as yet, but research has shown that they come into contact with the part of the brain which regulates the nervous and hormonal systems in our bodies.
Essential Oils: The Autumn Years
Marguerite Maury (1895-1968), the Austrian-born biochemist and aromatherapist, eloquently delves into the subject of aging in her book “The Secret of Life and Youth” (1964), in which she explores the psycho-emotional-spiritual process of ageing and the natural relational qualities of essential oils and plants.
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