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Argan oil for skincare and haircare

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker19 Comments

In Morocco, where Argan nuts are grown and harvested for the oil, some exceptionally nimble goats climb into the trees to eat the nuts. I use argan oil of course, but so often I am using and trying new oils and so even exceptional oils like Argan get pushed to the back of the cupboard. But recently I discovered Argan …

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Kalahari Melon Oil and Its Relatives

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker6 Comments

In many families, some members get a whole lot of attention while others are quietly brilliant without attracting a crowd. And in the family of oils from the Cucurbitaceae plant family, this holds true. Kalahari melon oil has been getting a lot of attention recently, and with good reason. It is an exceptional oil and one we will be discussing …

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What Makes the Lipid Butters Solid?

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker3 Comments

In the video I showed you both liquid and solid oils. And I said that they are made up of the same compounds. But how can that be? How can they be the same with one being very liquid and the other very solid? Short answer, they are made up of the same types of carbon chains called fatty acids. …

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Oils for Summer Skincare

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker15 Comments

When I’m looking for the best carrier oils for summer skincare formulas I look for two qualities. First, I want an carrier oil that feels light on the skin so it will soak in despite heat and humidity that accompanies summer. And second, I look for an carrier oil that has high amounts of anti oxidants to help protect the …

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Dry vs Drying Oils

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker6 Comments

Black seed oil, that oil of many names with a pungent taste, scent and ability to heal the body! I’ve known about black seed oil for many years and have ordered from many different sources over the years. Recently I ordered black seed oil from a new source as my supply was running low. I ordered from the same supplier …

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Black Seed Oil

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker4 Comments

The world of oils is vast and varied, for that reason I am always trying to organize them in my mind, to help me know what to reach for when developing a new formula. I have several ways of studying the oils, but possibly the best way to organize them is by the dominant fatty acids in each oil. We …

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Organizing Oils by Fatty Acid Family

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker15 Comments

If you’re ever taken a class in herbalism or even read a few blogs on the subject you most likely know the herb calendula. In the United Kingdom and in most of Europe it was called marigold but as another, unrelated plant, the Mexican Marigold, gained popularity, herbalists gradually shifted using the Latin binomial Calendula officianalis. Over time, the Latin …

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What would Nefertiti use?

In Carrier Oils by Susan M Parker7 Comments

If you’re ever taken a class in herbalism or even read a few blogs on the subject you most likely know the herb calendula. In the United Kingdom and in most of Europe it was called marigold but as another, unrelated plant, the Mexican Marigold, gained popularity, herbalists gradually shifted using the Latin binomial Calendula officianalis. Over time, the Latin …

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A Pressing Matter

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If you’re ever taken a class in herbalism or even read a few blogs on the subject you most likely know the herb calendula. In the United Kingdom and in most of Europe it was called marigold but as another, unrelated plant, the Mexican Marigold, gained popularity, herbalists gradually shifted using the Latin binomial Calendula officianalis. Over time, the Latin …