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One Plant Two Oils

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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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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

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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

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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 …

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Using Oils for Skin Care

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Lipids, a term borrowed from the Greek meaning fat, lipos, is an important part of our bodies’ make up. Oil on the outside, oil on the inside; our cells are composed of half fats, and being made up of so much fat, our cells need quality fats to support and replenish them. The importance of living oils nourishing us from …

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A look at using oils based on their fatty acid structure

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Oils, fats, and waxes, the lipids, come from living plant and animal sources and make up a large and important part of our body. Our cellular structure including the skin, is half fats and our brain cells are sixty percent fat. Fats are necessary to life processes in all forms and at all stages of life. Without the fats and …

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Fatty Acid Basics

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With fatty acids so much in the news, what are they? Some are even called essential, why are they called essential and where do you find them? Short answer, oil, all fatty oils are made up of carbon chains of varying lengths called fatty acids. These fatty acids can be saturated – with hydrogen – thus solid at room temperature …

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Sun, Skin and Oil

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When summer hits we need have a discussion about the sun! Is the sun bad for you? Popular on the street is that it will destroy your skin and kill you too. Yikes. Do we hide under a rock until late fall when the sun drops low in the sky? Getting real, life on earth would not be possible without …

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Quick Guide to Fixed Oils

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With so many carrier oils available, sometimes the hardest part of a project is finding the right one. When you want to go beyond the tried and true oils you’ve been using forever, what is the best way through the labyrinth of new plant oils on the market? There are four main types of oils that. Once you get the …

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Soap Making basics

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Soap making Basics Actually soap making was the first book I self published, almost 2 decades ago. So  quick review of what soap is: To make soap, fats and oils are transformed into new compounds and this is done by the actions of a strong base on the fatty acids, called saponification. The oil is saponified, turned to soap. From …

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Dattier du desert, Balanites

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A wonderful oil, new to the west, and another treasure from Africa, Dattier du desert is one of the finest oils for the skin that I have worked with. Known by many names, its Latin binomial, Balanites aegyptiaca identifies the tree but its numerous common names including wild toogga, desert date, corona di Jesus, Egyptian balsam, Laloub tree and a …

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Cranberries, turkeys and that special time of year.

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When cranberries come up in conversation the next thought is probably a year-end holiday and turkey on the table. Cranberries a native North American fruit and in the same family as blueberries, are highly nutritious, tart and bright red color. Why I’m bringing them up is that they also make wonderful OIL that is particularly great for the skin! The …