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Helichrysum is the Latin name for a flowering plant meaning “immortal” or “everlasting.” It grows wild in the Mediterranean region of southern Europe. Famous for its exotic, spicy scent, many perfume makers use helichrysum in their products. The flowers and leaves of Helichrysum plants have additional uses in traditional medicine in Europe, particularly Italy, Spain,…

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Nutmeg is from a tropical evergreen tree that is native to the Moluccus, or Spice Islands, of Indonesia and is principally cultivated there and in the West Indies. Commonly used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a brain tonic, it was also known as an aphrodisiac and brain stimulant. The essential oil is extracted…

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Ancient Egyptians used Dill, the herb as an aphrodisiac, while ancient Greeks harvested fronds of dill to cover their eyes to induce sleep. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used dill as an antibacterial to treat the wounds of soldiers injured in battle in ancient Rome and also used dill as the base for a…

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As a plant, Coffee originated from the province of Kaffa in Ethopia. A number of reports and legends surround its first use but the history of coffee appears to date back to the 15th century, and possibly earlier. The earliest substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree is from the early 15th century,…

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Cocoa essential oil comes from the seeds of the Cacao tree found in India and both North and South America. History suggests that Cocoa was used back in the era of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Toltecs. It has always been considered an indulgent luxury and in earlier ages only royalty was allowed access to this…

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The aromatic power of a traditional song in a bottle… This natural scent is to pleasure your senses and fill your heart with the joyful essences of Yuletide memories around the tree. Its green nature spirit will enchant you and remind you of the power of universal love, compassion and harmony. Capture the magic of…

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Originally from Latin America (Chile, Peru, and Argentina), verbena was introduced to Europe by 17th-century Spanish conquistadors. It is now grown around the Mediterranean basin, especially in France and North Africa, as well as in the West Indies, Reunion Island, and India. The hormonal balance in the body can be impacted by the antioxidant compounds…

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Ancient Egyptians revered blue chamomile for its therapeutic benefits, and chamomile was widely used in Latin American folk medicine. Used since ancient times, and known as “German chamomile”, this cousin of the daisy is also among the gentlest of oils, ideal for children, the elderly, and those with sensitive skin. Its ability to nourish and restore…

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In Neo- pagan and Wiccan rituals, Myrtle, though not indigenous beyond the Mediterranean Basin, was commonly associated with and sacred to Beltane or May Day. Myrtle was generally used in wedding bouquets as a European custom. Myrtle essential oil has been used for treating acne, oily skin, and loose pores. It was used especially around…

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Cedarwood Atlas oil has both powerfully spiritual and ancient roots. Native to the Atlas mountains of North Africa, (where the name comes from) these tall, strong trees once grew in abundance in Lebanon, where their groves are often mentioned in the Old Testament. This essential oil has a woody, balsamic scent and is an amber…

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