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What are Hydrosols?

Hydrosols are known as the by-product of essential oil distillation. Hydrosols can be used in flavourings, aromatherapy and in skin care and go by many names: floral water, hyrolate, herbal distillates, herbal water and essential water.Hydrosols are produced in the same fashion as many essential oils – through steam and/or water distillation. The essential oils will float on top and the hydrosol will be drained from the bottom once the dilatation is complete. For many years, the watery by-product of the distillation process was thrown out – but it was discovered that these hydrosols are actually an extremely important co-product.Basically, hydrosols are diluted essential oils, making them safe to use directly on the skin. Also, the fact that they have...

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Are you storing your oils properly?

There are four things to take into consideration when storing your essential oils: 1 - Essential oils are volatile by nature and therefore will quickly evaporate when exposed to the air. For this reason, your oils should always be kept capped. 2 - Essential oils are extremely sensitive to light - oils should be kept in dark coloured glass bottles (amber, green or blue). Do not store in clear glass bottles or jars. 3 - Essential oils are sensitive to heat. Essential oils should be kept at room temperature or colder. If you are not using your oils for an extended period of time, keep them in the fridge. Some oils will become solid if they are below room temperature,...

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Essential Oil of the Day: Black Pepper

Having trouble with quitting smoking? This climbing vine perennial can help. Known to lessen smoking withdrawn symptoms when diffused in a room (or in an inhaler), Black Pepper is definitely one oil that can to many things. Black pepper can strengthen resolve and reduce frustration and indifference.Family: PiperaceaeExtraction: Steam distillation of the dried peppercornsAroma: Warm and spicyCharacteristics: Clear to pale green - thin liquid.Note: MiddleOdor: WarmingContraindications-May cause skin irritation to sensitive skin-Do not use with homeopathics-Do not use if kidney disease is present - over use can cause kidney irritationTherapeutic Properties:Analgesic, apertif, carminative, rubifacient, anti-septic, stimulant, cardiac, digestive, stomatic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, bactericidal, detoxifier, laxative, expectorant.Therapeutic Uses:Circulatory: Assists with new blood cell formation by stimulating the spleen, poor circulation, Raynaud’s...

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Healthy Skin, simple as 1...2...3

When you step out you want to show your best self. Confidence is key but there are days when it falters. It can be especially difficult to exude positivity and self-assurance when you’re feeling down. Fortunately there are some steps you can take, three in fact, to help get you glowing inside and out.   Here&Now’s 3-Step WASH, TONE, & HYDRATE cleansing lineup is the complete package! It takes care of everything: dryness, excess oil, blemishes, sallow skin tone. Whether used separately or together as a full cleansing program, each step is specially designed to nourish the skin while gently cleansing and hydrating, leaving you looking and feeling flawless.  The program is suited to all skin types, balancing sebum production...

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Introducing SPOT - Blemish Treatment

Experiencing spotty skin can be uncomfortable, both physically and mentally. Aside from the visible blemishes, spots can make you feel self-conscious. While most people would love to have perfect skin, an unfortunate portion of our population is prone to acne. If you are one of the unblemished, consider yourself blessed! As for the rest of us, we can share the distress of noticing a brand new bump on your skin. Whether it’s creeping underneath the surface or so red you’re seeing red, it can be infuriating. You know better than to poke and prod at it, which could just lead to further spots and potentially scars, but you want to be rid of it as soon as possible. A natural...

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