History of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been defined as the art of using plant materials, referred to as essential oils, to aid the overall health of the mind, body and spirit. Although the term “aroma” makes it appear as if the essential oils are only inhaled, they’re also used as massage oils and in rare cases consumed by mouth (under a specialist’s recommendation). Whether applied to the skin or inhaled, over the years essential oils have gained attention as an alternative treatment for stress, infections and other health issues, finally taking note of its long history of therapeutic uses.
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Soap Berries: Tiny Berries Packed with All Natural Cleaning Benefits

Soap berries (or soap nuts) are the tiny dried fruits of the Sapindus mukorossi tree, containing saponin, a natural soap ingredient. Just one soap berry tree yields hundreds of pounds of berries per year. Soap berries are extremely sustainable, falling to the ground in the forests of Indonesia and India, where they’ve been gathered for centuries by people who used them for several purposes. Besides its cleansing abilities, soap berries have a multitude of additional uses including some anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. In liquid form soap nuts can be used for a number of things besides cleaning laundry which is a common usage.
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Tired of Having Pet Stains and Odors Take Over Your Home?

Try this handy, non-toxic recipe:

1 cup of baking soda
1 teaspoon of eco-friendly, Pure Care dish soap
1/2 a cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
A bowl

Directions:

Cover the pet stain with a rag or paper towels and lightly walk over the spot, or place something heavy on top of it to absorb excess liquid. Next, sprinkle an ample amount of baking soda, about a handful, over the stain once no more liquid can be pulled up. Now, mix together a ½ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of the eco-friendly dish liquid. Gradually pour the mixture over the baking soda and stain. Carefully scrub the mixture into the carpet’s fibers with a cloth or scrub brush, let stand for 10 to 15 minutes and vacuum thoroughly. This recipe does a great job of lifting pet stains out of the carpet as it deodorizes.

 
 

Where Did Aromatherapy Come From?

Thank you Rene Maurice Gattefosse!
The aromatherapy you and I are familiar with was actually discovered by French Chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse in the 1910, completely by accident. You know how most of us these days reach for antibiotic cream (or mom slathered on the butter in the good old days) after a burn? Well, this clever Chemist immersed his badly burned hand in vat of Lavender (apparently that was the only thing close at hand) and was surprised to discover that his injury healed quickly with barely noticeable scarring left behind. This experience led to his curiosity about essential oils which he experimented with in military hospitals during WWI. Rene Maurice Gattefosse was also first to come up with the term “aromatherapy”.