Do Essential Oils Even Work?

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This one is for all my chemistry and biology nerds out there! Sure I’m a nutrition and health coach now, but I actually graduated with 2 degrees in engineering. One in chemical engineering and the other in bio engineering. To say that I’ve been indoctrinated with Organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology is an understatement. But that also explains why …

Chemistry of Essential Oils

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What are essential oils? Taken directly from this critical review, “essential oils are complex mixtures of volatile compounds particularly abundant in aromatic plants and are mainly composed of terpenes. These volatile molecules include monoterpenes (hydrocarbon and oxygenated monoterpens), sesquiterpenes (hydrocarbon and oxygenated sesquiterpens), and phenolic compounds. Thanks to their chemical composition, essential oils possess numerous biological activities (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, …

How to Survive the Flu

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It’s winter! Which means cold weather and stuffy noses! Let’s uncover some holistic remedies that can help ease the symptoms and get you back on your feet in no time. What is the flu? Influenza can only be caused by three types of influenza viruses: types A, B, and C. The type A virus is most commonly associated with seasonal flu epidemics …

Detox Your Armpits Before Using Natural Deodorant

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Sweating is a natural process of cooling and detoxifying your body. And it’s an important feature of the body’s most unique organ: your skin. Nontoxic deodorant can be one of the last conventional products we switch over to natural. We understand the reasons people hang on to conventional deodorants and antiperspirants: we don’t want to look sweaty, smell stinky, or …