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Neroli oil is a pale-yellow essential oil derived from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree (citrus aurantium). Extracted via steam distillation, neroli oil has a sweet, distinctive citrus scent and is widely used in perfumery and aromatherapy. According to legend, neroli oil is named for Anna-Marie de Nerola, an Italian aristocrat who popularized the oil in 17th century Europe. (more…)

Essential oils, also called volatile oils, are scented oils extracted from plants. Historically, they've been used in medicine, cosmetics, perfumes, food, and, more recently, aromatherapy. Essential oils contain the “essence” of the plant, meaning the taste or odor.[1] (more…)

Capsaicin (8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide) comes from chili peppers (Capsicum spp.) and gives them their heat.[1] Capsaicin has a lot to offer, and its analgesic properties are at the top of the list.[2] Analgesics are a type of pain reliever and include acetaminophen, a non-aspirin pain reliever, which is the active ingredient in brands like Tylenol, Paracetamol, and Panadol. (more…)

Oregano oil is extracted from the leaves of the oregano (Origanum vulgare) plant, a perennial herb belonging to the family of Lamiaceae. [1] In a past post about oregano oil, I discussed its numerous beneficial properties. Now, I'd like to cover how it can be used to address a wide range of concerns. Here’s a guide to help you get the most out of this wonderful oil. (more…)