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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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Essential Oil of the Day: Bay Laurel

Family: LauraceaeExtraction Method: Steam DistillationPart of Plant: Leaves and branchesAroma: Sweet and SpicyCharacteristics: Pale yellow to green, mobile liquidNote: TopEffect: Warming Precautions & Contraindications:-May cause skin sensitization if used for a period longer than 3 weeks-Do not use with pregnancy-Do not use near mucous membranesChemical Properties:High in monoterpenes and monoterpenols which contribute to its antiviral and and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Oxides are the highest chemical constituents in Bay Laurel which make it a great expectorant.Therapeutic Uses:Immune System: As it is a warming oil, it is believed that Bay Laurel reduces fever through its sweating action, prevents against infectious diseases, reduces inflammation in lymph nodes, fibromyalgia, lupus, viral infections, ear infections.Lymphatic System: Inflamed lymph nodes, cellulite, improves lymph flow, brings feeling of...

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Self-Care: Meditation Part 2

Medical researchers have found a reduction of important cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and serum cholesterol. Large health insurance studies have shown that people practicing transcendental meditation in all age groups combined, display 50% reduction in both inpatient and outpatient medical care utilization compared to their controls. Hospitalization is 87% lower for heart disease and 55% lower for cancer. And what is most remarkable, meditators over 40 years old have approx. 70% fewer medical problems than others in their age group. (www.tm.org)

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