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More than making a room smell nice, the use of essential oils is called aromatherapy for good reason. Because our sense of smell is intimately linked with memory and emotion, essential oils provide a way to cope with emotional issues and foster well-being. Essential oils can help reduce stress, calm anxiety, or provide a boost. The olfactory cortex, a part of the brain that processes information about odor, is an area closely connected with the limbic (emotional/visceral) system. Details about what we smell is collected through thousands of olfactory receptors located in a small area at the top of each nasal cavity. As we inhale, air passes over these receptors and data is carried along ...

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I have been fascinated by essential oils since before the invention of the Internet. To find the essential oils I so desperately desired, I had to scour out-of-the-way, little head shops or the rare health shops in the 80s and 90s. Essential oils have come such a long way since then. There are now home-based essential oil networking markets that lead the way in innovative ways to use essential oils. Purchasing essential oils these days is as simple as ordering them from your home and having them in your possession within a day or two. Everyone now has easy access to the oils, but oftentimes they remain sitting in a cabinet, unopened, for years. I want to remind you of some easy methods to ...

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Too many herbs to choose from? Making a remedy and you have the urge to throw in six, eight, or maybe twelve different herbs? Perhaps everything but the kitchen sink? We herbalists have so many herbs available to us that sometimes it is difficult to know where to start when creating a medicine for yourself, a family member, or a client or patient. But if you're already familiar with a handful of herbs and their actions (how they work in the body, such as being astringent, sedative, or emollient), it's easy to apply a simple springboard formula to help you determine which herbs should be used and which should be left out for any given condition. Using my four-tier formula can help organize ...

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While we may think of herbs as unassuming little plants, their importance and use is intertwined with human history. For thousands of years herbs have provided people with fragrance, taste, and healing. And when it comes to growing them, an herb garden is no different from a flower garden; it can be just as decorative and smell just as fabulous. Even before using herbs for cooking or remedies, they contribute to our overall health when we grow them because gardening is good exercise that gets us outside in the fresh air and sunshine. If your concept of a garden is straight rows of plants, think again. Just like the interior of our homes, a garden is a place for creative expression. ...

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