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Shea ~ Vitellaria paradoxa (formerly Butyrospermum parkii)

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Shea ~ Vitellaria paradoxa (formerly Butyrospermum parkii)

A look into shea butter, our product ingredient spotlight for the week!

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Immortelle ~ Helichrysum italicum

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Immortelle ~ Helichrysum italicum

Introducing Immortelle.  It is best known for its powerful healing, rejuvenating and restorative properties to the skin - which is why we add it to our Organic Night Cream, our Beauty Serum.  We also sell Immortelle essential oil on its own. Here are some interesting facts about Immortelle.Other names:  Helichrysum; the ‘immortal flower’; and the ‘everlasting flower’; curry plant.Botanical Name:  Helichrysum italicumFamily: Asteraceae/CompositaeAroma:  Earthy, herbaceous and freshThe name Helichrysum comes from the Greek language; ‘Helios’ meaning sun, and chryssos’ meaning gold.  The shrub is a small perennial herb with narrow leaves and clusters of golden yellow blossoms.  It is native...

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Arnica ~ Arnica montana

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Arnica ~ Arnica montana

🌼 This sunny flower is called Arnica.  We include beautiful organic arnica oil in our Muscle Balm and Muscle Relief roll on.Here’s a little more info on this special stuff:Botanical Name: Arnica montanaOther Names:  Mountain Daisy, Mountain Tobacco, Leopards Bane, Wolfsbane.Family: AsteraceaeParts Used:  Flowering heads, picked on a sunny day after the morning dew has evaporated.  The heads are then dried in temperatures at least 21°C  (70°F) away from direct sun.  Arnica is a perennial, flowering herb in the Asteraceae (and sunflower 🌻) family that grows naturally in central Europe, Siberia, Canada, and the northern United States. The flowers have...

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Cleaning and disinfecting in COVID times

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Cleaning and disinfecting in COVID times

So, what is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? To distinguish, cleaning removes visible grime, while disinfection removes most pathological microbes.  According to CDC (2020), cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.  Disinfection refers to using chemicals, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. General recommendations for cleaning and...

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The Calming Aroma of Lavender and Orange Essential Oil

The Calming Aroma of Lavender and Orange Essential Oil

"Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived" - Helen Keller Have you ever wandered through a garden and been captured by the fragrance of the flowers and felt good?  Our awareness is being re-born into the important role our senses play in our well-being - and how feeling good can assist with our overall health, and recovery. Aromatherapy and essential oil therapy has been used for thousands of years to help enhance emotional and physical health.  The history of aromatherapy dates back to the ancient cultures of Egypt,...

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