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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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Oil of the Month – April: Rosehip Seed Oil

Yes, it’s true, it’s no April Fool’s joke, we’re almost in the second third of this year and the Easter Eggs in the grocery shop are there to testify. The year has sped up and the last few months of summer have zoomed by in the blink of an eye. But not to fret, this April’s oil of the month, Rosehip (Rosa rubignosa) seed oil, will help you feel more revitalized and ready (as ready as one can be) for the turbulence of winter that is rapidly approaching. Rosehips are the oval, scarlet seeded fruit that forms on the branches of rose plants after the flowering period. Inside the hips are light brown seeds which were a popular source of...

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