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August 6, 2019

THYME ESSENTIAL OIL: USES AND PROPERTIES

Thyme is part of the family Lamiaceae, like Mint, Basil, Lavender and many other species widely known because of their perfume and flavor. This characteristic is due to the presence in the leaves of structures secreting essential oil.   The …

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November 16, 2017

GREATER BURDOCK, A PLANT FOR FIGHTING TUMORS

  Greater burdock (Arctium lappa L.) is a biennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Commonly used in Asian cuisine, the root has been widely utilized in folk medicine as a diuretic, as a detoxifier and to heal skin …

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September 20, 2017

ONION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: A NEW NATURAL HEALING

  Allium cepa L., commonly known as onion, is the most widely cultivated and used species of the genus Allium, mainly utilized as a flavor enhancer. Today, with the support of scientific research, we are able to demonstrate that the …

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July 25, 2017

ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL: CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION

  A rustic and undemanding plant, Rosemary is certainly one of the most important and well known medicinal herb of our Mediterranean area. Widespread today in all countries with a temperate climate, where it is found both cultivated and natural, …

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February 10, 2017

TANGERINE ESSENTIAL OIL: USES AND PROPERTIES

Tangerine represents, together with Cedar and Grapefruit, one of the three citrus fruits from which all the others generated. Its taste, sweet and not too sour, made it popular and Tangerine is the second most requested citrus fruit, after orange. …

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February 3, 2017

HOW TO DISTILL TANGERINE PEEL

  The main method for extracting Tangerine essential oil, as it is for other members of the genus Citrus, is certainly cold pressing. This is because the essence contained in the peel is sufficiently high, that it is enough to …

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December 29, 2016

YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL: USES AND PROPERTIES

The name probably comes from the Filipino expression “Alang –Alang” which means “hanging, floating”, to describe the big, pendulous flowers from which the essential oil is extracted.   In the second half of the 18th century this big tropical tree, …

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January 16, 2015

ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL: USES AND PROPERTIES

The name comes from the Latin “ros marinus” meaning “sea dew”, because this shrub grows spontaneously along the coasts of the Mediterranean sea. In ancient times it was often used as a substitute for incense that was too expensive, thanks …

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December 4, 2014

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ESSENTIAL OILS

  Essential oils, the set of aromatic substances responsible for the scent of plants, are known and have been used since ancient times.  Over the centuries there is an alternation of glory and oblivion, the latter essentially following the progress …

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September 17, 2014

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE INTESTINE

Often we mistakenly associate the word “natural” with “harmless“, but it is not always the case! Let’s remember that the most powerful poisons discovered by man come from nature, like for example the hemlock or the curare. The strength of …

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March 1, 2019

LEMONGRASS: ESSENTIAL OIL TO FIGHT TUMORS

Lemon scent, intense and penetrating green notes make it one of the most used products in the world in perfumery and soaps … but the essential oil of Lemongrass offers much more than this: it is the natural source of …

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November 30, 2018

MINT ESSENTIAL OIL: CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION

  Peppermint is a plant known and used since ancient times, both in the culinary as well as in the herbal field. Its intense fragrance, its bright green and the simplicity with which it spreads, make it one of the …

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December 21, 2017

CITRUS FRUITS AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: NEW DISCOVERIES

  Citrus fruits (genus Citrus, family of the Rutaceae) are very juicy fruits, often with a sour taste, which are harvested from October to April. They are usually consumed fresh or squeezed to obtain juices (both for domestic and industrial …

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December 14, 2017

MINT ESSENTIAL OIL: USES AND PROPERTIES

The name “Mint” has a mythological derivation: Mintha was a nymph, daughter of the river god Cocito. She was loved by the god Hades but Persephone was jealous and transformed her in a humble, insignificant plant. But not even Persephone …

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November 30, 2017

HOW TO DISTILL MINT

The mint species is known and cited by numerous ancient authors for its beneficial therapeutic properties; it is so old that it finds its origins in mythology. It was used anciently in Egyptian civilization, as well as in Greeks and …

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August 30, 2017

BASIL ESSENTIAL OIL IN ALCHEMY

After analyzing more generally the essential oils linked to the 4 elements in alchemy, let’s get acquainted with some of them. August is the month of fire, and we had to begin with an essential oil linked to this element: …