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Fight Bugs Naturally, and Smell Good Doing It

Spring is quickly rolling right into Summer. It’s time to bring the patio furniture out of storage, dust off the grill, and try on a new bathing suit. With all the upcoming cookouts, beach days, and trips to the local park, summertime complications can arise. Bugs are often the number one complain. In nearly every region, mosquitoes and other biting bugs are a nuisance. Until recently, the solution has been obvious: Buy bug spray, and spray it on thick. But these days, consumers are … [Read more...]

Vanilla: The seed of happiness

written by david crow One of the most enjoyable aspects of studying natural healing systems such as Ayurveda and aromatherapy is the endless variety of plants and fragrances that one meets along the path. A person could spend a lifetime studying just one of these plants (and some do), and still not know everything about it. This month we feature a common spice known to all, but one with many intriguing secrets. … [Read more...]

Six ways fragrance fosters bliss

written by kyle roderick Sure, it's great to smell fresh as a daisy during the day or alluring as a night-blooming flower. But what about the more practical advantages of wearing scent? Noted olfactory researcher Alan Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.P., shares his findings on the potential for scents to promote bliss in personal and professional life. … [Read more...]

Scents of Nature

written by kyle roderick It used to be that essential oils and natural perfumes were only available in health food stores and esoteric boutiques. With the mass interest in aromatherapy and green cosmetics, natural fragrances are increasingly available in stores and online-- for many reasons. … [Read more...]

Rose Bliss

written by david crow The next time you stop to smell a rose, imagine that its deep, rich floral fragrance is a gift from nature to your heart and soul. In her generosity, the earth has blessed us with over five thousand varieties of this beautiful flower. However, only a few give the world-renowned treasure sought by perfumers: the oil of rose. … [Read more...]

Neroli: Sweet Sunlight

written by david crow Neroli is the fragrance of orange trees blossoming under the Moroccan and Tunisian sun. It is the fragrance that greets farmers as they begin another spring day of harvesting, gently plucking the tiny golden gems that shine from inside green citrus foliage. Many factors will influence the quality of the neroli oil: each blossom must be plucked when it is just starting to open; the buds must be gathered only on warm sunny days; the flowers cannot be bruised; leaflets and … [Read more...]

Lavender Bliss

written by david crow Lavender is one of the most well-known, versatile, and extensively used essential oils in the world. When we use this essential oil we receive the blessings of the feminine, because lavender could be described as an angel of healing from the floral realm, and an expression of the earth’s compassion. … [Read more...]

Jasmine

written by david crow Like scented stars appearing in the evening dusk, the night-blooming jasmine silently opens her five-petalled blossoms beneath our windows. In the dawn her sister will bloom, again filling the breeze with enchantment. Together, the jasmine sambac (night-blooming) and the jasmine grandiflorum (dawn-blooming) are among the most potent, ethereal, and intoxicating floral fragrances in the world. … [Read more...]

Frankincense Bliss

written by david crow Over two thousand years ago, three sages made their way across the desert, following celestial signs. Among the various gifts they carried for the newly incarnated Avatar was a collection of resinous tears, one of the most sacred substances and valued medicines of the time. Ever since then, frankincense has been remembered as a fragrance associated with the Christian holidays. … [Read more...]

Clary Sage

clary sage Fifteen hundred years ago, Padmasambhava, the Indian mystic who took Buddhism to Tibet, prophesized the challenging hardships that would afflict societies during the Kali Yuga. Among his many accurate predictions was that in this Dark Age, people would not be able to sleep. … [Read more...]

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