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Natural Insect Repellents from the Ancients

Recent regulations by the European Union to assess all insect repellents for toxicity and safety leaves only a few choices for consumers.Among the pending insecticides, lavender geranium and citrus essential oils and a seed extract from the Neem tree,Margosa, are expected to pass assessment.

In my travels and research over 20 years writing  Mother Nature's Herbal, I learned about these and many other natural insect repellents. I have found the best repellents come out of my gardens. I successfully use lavender for ants, moths and many flying insects. Lemongrass and citronella repels mosquitoes and geranium repels fleas, and most household pests. What the essential oils don't repel, Neem will. It has been used by gardeners for centuries to repel bugs from food crops and restore wood products. It's now recommended to wait up to 7 days before harvesting crops after application of Neem. It's time to take notice of what's growing in your garden that can replace potentially toxic products.

Author Judy Griffin, PhD.

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absolutes and concrete essential oils

Many of the most fragrant flowers must be made into an absolute to achieve a natural fragrance for perfume and aromatherapy. Neroli Orange flower, jasmine, rose and osmanthus are a few examples of absolutes. The flowers are collected fresh and bathed in an alcohol or hexane solution in a sealed container. The essential oils are dissolved by the solvent circulated over the 

flowers.The process yields a semisolid, waxy material called a concrete. Concretes are often used as base notes in aromatherapy and perfumery. They have a scent and texture that reminds me of the plant and a staying power that makes them an excellent choice as a low, or base note, which holds the aromas' fragrance for hours and even days. Concretes leave a residue  when diluted into an aroma blend that can be filtered out. It is a waxy substance which contains scent.The aroma is very true to the plant and has a subtle different scent than an absolute. Resins and Balsams, vanilla, oakmoss,Peru Balsam and many others are also extracted by this process.

An absolute is created by rendering the waxy, semisolid materials from a concrete. This produces a  very concentrated liquid that is completely soluble in alcohol. It is a refined product that is exquisitely fragrant and ready to use in a perfume, or as a perfume by itself. Absolutes are often very expensive, but worth the results. The fragrance of Jasmine grandiflora or Bitter orange absolutes will produce an aromatic pleasure never before experienced.The smell is better than any perfume I have ever sampled from the most  exotic perfumers all over the world. It can take 1000 pounds of fresh flowers to make 3 pounds of an absolute. They are sure to take you to places in your consciousness you have never penetrated previously. Their intensity is many times more apparent than essential oils that are steam distilled. In a perfume or aromatherapy product, absolutes and concretes have a much longer staying time. 

Essential oils lift quickly by their nature of volatility. They can be combined with concretes and absolutes in aromatic products, especially as high, or top notes. These are the first aromas apparent as an aromatherapy or perfume product is opened. The scent doesn't last long. This alluring scent gets us interested and ready for the heart of the blend, which can last for hours. The base, or low aromas, hold down the scent of the entire blend and allows it to smell for hours and even days.

In aromatherapy and perfumery, we always begin with low note aromas and build the heart and then high, more volatile scents to complete a transformation of scent that is healing and specific for your body chemistry. It's like building a pyramid of scent that all starts with concretes and resinous essential oil products and ends with high intensity , fragrant absolutes and steam distilled essential oils. The results are worth every bit of the experience!

 

 

 

 

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AromaHealth Insect Repellent can replace pesticides in flea collars

Commercial flea collars contain two toxic chemicals that affect children in their product:propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos, an organophosphate. The toxic residue left on the pets' fur leaves a neurotoxin that adversely affects children's brains The affect is similar to lead toxicity. Very recently two large pet companies agreed to remove the chemicals within a few years to avoid a lawsuit. AromaHealth Insect Repellent  is a combination of essential oil dilutions that repel and prevent flea, tick and insect invasion. It is a spray that may be applied  inside or outside one or two times daily. The dilution is nontoxic, using food grade essential oils and hydrosols. It is not toxic to children or pets. We do not know what chemicals will be used to substitute the neurotoxins. However, AromaHealth Insect Repellent is made from organically grown native herbs and distilled onsite without chemicals or additives. The essential oils are used in foods commercially and nontoxic to adults, children and pets. 

Consider the health of your family,extended pet family and environment. Switch to AromaHealth Insect Repellent and breathe easy!

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natural perfumes demo at the herb festival

May 17 2014 , the greater Fort Worth Herb Festival takes place at the Botanical gardens. Plants, vendors and demos are available for pleasure and education.Festivities begin at 9 AM and close at 3 Pm.

I will demonstrate natural perfume preparation from 1-2 Pm. I will prepare several types of natural fragrance and teach about  natural perfumery. I will be at my vendor booth with products and books during the duration of the festival.

See ya soon!

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Integrity of Products

I am considering ordering AromaHealthTexas Essential Oils and Petite Fleur Essences for my personal use; however given the intense summer heat I have reservations given that shipping vehicles are typically not climate controlled.
Can you please explain if and how climate affects the integrity of the oils and essences and if whether any special considerations are used or needed during the shipping process to protect the products?
Thank you.
Gwen
Dear Gwen:
AromaHealthTexas products are shipped priority mail and arrive safely without heat damage.   It takes high heat over a longer period of time to damage the oils.

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