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Essential Oils, Purity and Grading

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

One of the more frequent questions I am asked when out talking with students and customers is "Are your essential oils organic? Or medical grade? Or therapeutic grade?" The truth is that any essential oil vendor that says that they are any of these things is simply using marketing buzzwords and not facts.  Essential oils in the United States are regulated by the FDA as cosmetics, and so they do not face the scrutiny of prescription or over the counter drugs. But the fact is that anyone peddling essential oils or blends can say whatever they like, and there is...

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Fun Facts

Posted by Nicole Kurtz on

 In the 1920s, French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse coined the term "aromatherapy." The story goes that during an experiment, Gattefosse burned his hand and had nothing nearby to soak it in except lavender. Apparently the lavender quickly healed the burn, spurring him to begin research on the science behind essential oils.    Iraq was perhaps earliest to use aromatherapy. Yarrow and knapweed (among others) were found near a Neanderthal skull – some of these plants are still used in medicine today.   in France, primitive man depicted therapeutic botanicals in drawings, an example of which can be seen in the caves of...

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