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LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

Figuratively speaking that is. But in the literal sense, Here&Now's mists really are! Plus, they are on sale! Just in time for Valentines too! The array of fresh scents are sure to entice the loveliest ladies, lads, and lovers. Uplifting Fire Spinner for that fiery guy or gal ( a great Galentines gift for your girl friends!) Or a dreamy mix of Lavender and Jasmine for fave. Raver Babe! Festival Fresh makes a fabulous find for the fun, fearless person in mind! And of course, Sweet Sassafras! The perfect scent to add a hint of spice to a night in with your sweetheart. Whether you spend your Valentines in relaxing (a mist of Raver Babe before a bubble bath), out...

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The Chemistry of Aromatherapy

YIKES! It is this part of Aromatherapy that is the most difficult to understand (well at least, I think it is). So I thought I would break it down so it much much more easily comprehended.The following information has been grabbed from the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Battaglia - Almost all of the molecules found in essential oils are composed of carbon, hydrogen & oxygen. The chemistry of the essential oil is based on two dominant factors: the extraction process & the biosynthesis of the constituent molecules of the plant itself.Battaglia explains that the steam distillation process extracts only volatile and water-insoluble constituents of the plant such as terpenes and terpenoid compounds and phenyl propane-derived compounds (confused yet?).Below are...

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Essential Oil of the Day: Lemon

Latin Name: Citrus limonFamily: RutaceaeWe should all be familiar with lemons…. if not? Really? I mean, REALLY? Lemons are believed to be native to Asia and way back in the day, Romans called the Lemon “median apple”.The essential oil of Lemon is extracted from cold expression of the rind itself - so since heat is not used in the process (alike with most citrus oils) Lemon Essential Oil should not be considered an essential oil at all and should be considered an essence! But, to make it easy…. we all still call it an essential oil.Lemon essential oil is a fabulous insect repellent and a few drops can ward off the critters for an evening on the patio!Lemon essential oil...

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Precautions & Contraindications: What do you mean this isn't good for me??

It is important to understand the possible precautions and contraindications of the essential oil being used - but first you need to understand the difference between these two terms.1 - Precaution: means that you must be CAUTIOUS when using an essential oil because it MAY have an adverse effectEXAMPLES:Peppermint MAY disrupt sleep patterns so it is best avoided at nightBlack Pepper MAY cause skin irritation if used topicallyBay Laurel MAY cause skin irritation if used for a period longer than 3 weeks2 - Contraindication: means you must AVOID using an essential oil because it WILL have adverse side effects.EXAMPLES:Bergamot - DO NOT go into directly sunlight after applying topically, will cause photo-sensitivity due to bergaptene content.White Camphor - DO NOT...

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