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Oils for Summer Skincare

In Lipid 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, Lipid 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 Lipid Oils by Susan M Parker3 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 Lipid 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 Lipid 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 …

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One Plant Two Oils

In Lipid Oils by Susan M Parker1 Comment

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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Oils For Winter Skin Care

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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 …

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Shelf Life of Fixed Oils

In Lipid Oils by Susan M Parker3 Comments

The four factors that impact the shelf life of a fixed oil are: time, temperature, light and air.  Control as many of these four factors as possible, and you can extend the shelf life of your fixed/carrier oils.  First, let’s look at the oils most prone to going off rapidly. These are the polyunsaturated oils, like grapeseed oil or evening primrose …

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Fatty Acid Families

In Lipid Oils by Susan M Parker1 Comment

We all come from families, fatty acids do too! These families and associations are helpful when learning the differences. Fatty Acid Families of Oils carbon-chain Oils and fats fall into families characterized by the degree of saturation of the oils in the group. The following is a brief description of each oil family. The “omega” designation is determined by the …