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The purpose of our blog is to share with our viewer's aromatherapy and CAM updates and features other related topics from the wider field of complementary healthcare which we hope you will enjoy. Before continuing please view our disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

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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.

Perfumes Through the Ages: Egypt, Elizabethan Era ....

Ancient Egypt has left a legacy of art and beauty which is startling to visitors today. The women who have been immortalised in art and sculptures capture the imagination. The serene timeless beauty of Nefertiti (the Beautiful one who comes) wife of Rameses II, has an impact which reflects the high state of cosmetic art.

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.

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.

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.

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