The Essence of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

HISTORY OF YLANG YLANG OIL Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, pronounced “Ee-lang Ee-lang,” receives its common name from the repetition of the Tagalog word “ilang,” meaning “wilderness,” which is where the tree is naturally found. The wilderness to which it is native or in which it is cultivated includes the tropical rainforests of the Philippines, Indonesia, Java, Sumatra, Comoro, and Polynesia. The

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Conservatory Controversy: Iboga Confiscation and Professor Suspensions at Ohio’s Miami University

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article was published in the December 2019 issue of ABC’s HerbalEGram newsletter. This version has been revised to reflect developments that occurred in January 2020. Plants have a history of both bringing great value and creating conflict, but the debate surrounding the decade-long presence of an iboga plant (Tabernanthe iboga, Apocynaceae) in the

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Essential Oils for Treating Cold Sores

Cold sores, which are also called fever blisters, can be itchy, painful, and embarrassing. They are typically caused by the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores can be treated with antiviral medications, which may shorten how long the symptoms last. There are various home remedies, as well, which are used to ease their discomfort. Furthermore, a lot of studies have been done

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12 DIY Cleaning Recipes — From Hand Sanitizer to Floor Cleaner

It’s cleaning day! Time to put on your favorite old jeans, sweatpants, or even pajamas. Crank up some loud music or just enjoy the silence. The unpleasant smells and harsh chemicals usually associated with cleaning are a thing of the past with these “Do it yourself” or DIY cleaning recipes. Don’t dread giving the toilet bowl or kitchen floors a good scrubbing

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Quercetin’s Remarkable and Surprising Anti-viral Activity | DonnieYance.com

Quercetin is a yellowish pigment that belongs to a group of plant compounds called flavonoids. As the most abundant flavonoid in the diet, quercetin is found in apples, onions, grapes, berries, broccoli, eucalyptus, tea, and blue-green algae.  In addition to its potent antioxidant qualities, quercetin is useful in the prevention and treatment of allergic reactions, cancer, heart disease, and inflammatory

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Bacopa: Therapeutic Potential for Alzheimer’s Disease?

In Ayurvedic medicine, bacopa (Bacopa monnieri, Plantaginaceae) is called brahmi and used as a brain tonic to enhance cognitive function and prevent memory loss. Bacopa monnieri extract (BME) has antioxidant and neuroprotective properties and, in clinical studies, has been found to improve aspects of cognitive function and memory in both healthy participants and patients with cognitive impairments. The purpose of this literature

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A Safe Bug Spray That Really Works: Natural Mosquito Repellent

Summer is prime time for enjoying the outdoors. But more often than not, there’s a dark cloud hanging over that backyard barbecue: bugs – and especially mosquitoes. These blood-seeking fun busters expertly follow their senses right to your skin. But if you can repel them with one quick application of bug spray, then what’s the problem? It turns out that

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Kids Garden Month: Garden Together At Home

Each April, KidsGardening celebrates the joy and wonder of gardening with children. This year, we encourage families and educators to share how they #GardenTogetherAtHome for a chance to win fun gardening gear. We encourage you to enter our Kids Garden Month celebration as many times as you like via our webform or social media. Prize winners are selected randomly, each week, from all existing

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Celebrating Earth Day

While this Earth Day may undoubtedly feel different than the 49 that came before it, I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to honor our beautiful home. Nature gives us the chance to slow down, turn inward, and cultivate our inner peace. While I know many people have limited access to parks and outdoor spaces, I invite you

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