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Honey Facts

Bee collecting nectar

Health Benefits In addition to its reputation as Nature’s nutritive sweetener, research also indicates that honey’s unique composition makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant. Raw Honey – An Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal Substance The health benefits of honey – like all foods – depend on the quality of the honey. But in this… more »

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Castor Oil


Castor Oil is great for breaking up impurities in muscles, reducing inflammation and is an anti-oxidant. The oil relieves sciatia, a painful condition characterized by lower back pains and soreness in your lower limbs. Castor seed is the source of castor oil, which has a wide variety of uses. The seeds contain between 40% and… more »

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Benzoin Gum Sumatra is a resinous solidified from Styrax Benzoin tree (Styrax Sumatrana / Styrax Paralleloneurus / Styrax Dryand), native plant from North Sumatra-Indonesia. It has been collected, traded, and used for thousands of years ago by some of the oldest civilizations of the world for their religious ceremonies and as their medicines.   A… more »

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Helichrysum bracteatum, Strawflower; Everlasting An intense rich aroma with a herbaceous note. Among its properties are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitussive, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal and cicatrisant. The French used this oil primarily as an anti-inflammatory to regulate cholesterol, stimulate the cells of the liver, and as an antispasmodic. This particular variety has powerful antibruise properties. It’s… more »

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Chamomile contains phenolic derivatives, which have an antiseptic and healing quality, which is most helpful in relieving skin congestion. These soften the skin, making it an effective ingredient in any anti-aging cosmetic product. Over the past 30 years, extensive scientific investigations have confirmed the traditional uses of German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), making it one of… more »

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White Sage


Also known as Salvia apiana, Bee Sage, California White Sage, and Salvarial Introduction White sage is a flowering perennial that is native to the Southwest U.S. Its tall woody stems and tiny white flowers love dry, arid slopes with lots of sun, and flourish in the rocky heights of the southwestern canyons. The aromatic herb… more »

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Benefits of Clary Sage

clary sage

The therapeutic property of Clary sage essential oil in skincare include that of being an astringent, as well as antiseptic and anti-bacterial. It also balances the production of sebum, and eliminates over-dry or over-oily skin. It also acts as a tonic on the skin and has a mild effect on encouraging cell regeneration. Clary sage… more »

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Bee Propolis

Propolis in beehives

Bee propolis (populus candicans) is a natural material that bees make from tree sap and wax to help seal off their hives. It has a long history of medicinal use, and modern research has found that it does indeed inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms, and may even help prevent cancer. Bee… more »

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Elderberry Folklore


The Elder Tree was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, a popular belief held in some cultures. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to… more »

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