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Are Organic Essential Oils Worth the Premium Price?

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The word "organic" has become an important part of the consumer vocabulary for produce, meats and other foods. It’s also used by many companies to market their essential oils. But what does “organic” mean as it pertains to EOs? And are certified-organic essential oils worth the premium asking price? The short answer is almost always, “no”. The long answer, however, is more complicated, because it requires wading into both the marketing spin produced by the behemoth essential oil companies (in particular the MLMs) and the biochemical realities of exactly what makes up a quality, effective essential oil.   We’ll start by...

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Rosemary Essential Oil's Brain-Boosting Powers

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In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet’s lover Ophelia becomes unhinged. When she makes her final appearance of the play, she hands her brother Laertes sprigs of fresh rosemary, saying, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray, love, remember.”  Rosemary has long been thought to have memory-boosting properties, and now modern science is backing up this theory. In a study presented recently to the British Psychological Society, researchers found that children in a room scented with rosemary did significantly better on memory tasks than those who didn’t get a whiff of the herb. These findings line up with an earlier study the team did...

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Do Hospitalized Patients want Complementary and Alternative Treatments and will they Pay Cash for them?

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In the article entitled “Inpatients' Preferences, Beliefs, and Stated Willingness to Pay for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments,” Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD and coauthors from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), UCSD Moores Cancer Center, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, and True Wellness Acupuncture, San Diego, CA identify the complementary and alternative services a group of adult patients perceived to be the most helpful. The authors also report on which integrative services the patients would agree to pay for and how the patients believed the treatments would benefit them. SUMMARY  ·        While complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy...

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Can Clinical Aromatherapy Make Dialysis Treatment More Comfortable for Patients?

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Research demonstrates that clinical-grade inhalation therapy can decrease both anxiety and depression during hemodialysis treatment. Read the article in its entirety on Medium.com.

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August 2016 Essential Oils Market Report

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The latest essential oils global market report was recently released that foreshadows what could be potential shortages in many oils due to Chinese factory closures. The Chinese government has recently started to re-examine how factories are run in terms of worker safety and pollution concerns. At this time, the closures are affecting factories in and around Jiaxing Province in particular, which is an area of the country that processes many different kind of essential oils, leading to what may be less availability and/or increases in prices for affected oils. Please click the link below to read the Prinova report in its entirety: August Essential...

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