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Oil of the Month – November: Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus annuus seed oil)

Hip Hip Hooray it’s November! And the time to celebrate another sensational oil of the month. For November, I’ve chosen to highlight the most understated oil there is sunflower seed oil. Before you make any presumptions (and before you stop reading), give me a chance to explain why. First of all – sunflowers. That in itself should be a good enough reason for you to not only continue reading but also share this blog post. Any oil derived from such a glorious plant can only be magical, am I right? Yes, I am.All jokes aside, this oil is truly miraculous. The sunflower is a part of the Asteraceae plant family. The genetic origin of the flower is in western North...

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Essential Oil of the Month – May: Neroli Oil

Let me introduce you to May’s essential oil of the month, Neroli oil. It might come as a surprise to you, but this oil is derived from the humble orange. It also goes by the name of orange blossom oil. The flowers from bitter oranges, or as we know them: marmalade oranges, undergo a hydro-distillation process that results in the fragrant essential oil. Neroli oil has significant medicinal value, especially in ancient Egypt and traditional Chinese medicine where it was used to fight the plague. The oil was named after the 17th-century Italian princess of Nerola, Anna Marie Orsini, who used the oil as a perfume in her baths and gloves. This resulted in the widespread use of the oil...

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