Friday, July 11, 2014

Introducing Simplers Botanicals™

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You probably know that I really, really LOVE buying my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.  I am happy to tell you that I found another wonderful company that I have also started purchasing some really fantastic and amazing essential oils from.  I would like to introduce you to Simplers Botanicals™.
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Simplers Botanicals provides some of the highest-quality organic essential oils to practitioners and consumers. That’s because over the past 30 plus years, the Simplers Botanicals mission has been to deliver aromatherapy the way nature intended—with natural products that are as true to the aroma of the original plants as possible.
As a result, Simplers Botanicals is one of the most sought-after sources of therapeutic quality, certified organic essential oils and herbal extracts. Their exceptional line of products reflects an inherent passion for quality, purity and integrity. With over 100 products—essential oils, therapeutic perfumes, therapeutic hydrosols, infused and carrier oils, topical blends and argan facial treatments—Simplers Botanicals brings authentic products with unparalleled aromatic potency to the marketplace.
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Their experienced staff herbalists source organic essential oils direct from artisan distillers all over the world to ensure they are genuine, species specific, expertly distilled and 100 percent pure. They offer certified organic essential oils whenever an organic option is available, and occasionally, when necessary, they opt for ethically, wildcrafted, non-organic oils of the highest therapeutic potency.
All organic products receive United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program (USDA NOP) certification, conducted by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), a USDA NOP accredited certifying agency. Simplers Botanicals™ enjoy supporting organic farms in France, Germany, Egypt, Nepal, Madagascar, Albania, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Indonesia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina, Croatia, Australia, Canada and the United States.
Most of the Simplers Botanicals™ staff are graduates of the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, California. Their blending and bottling specialists all share a reverence for plants, the environment, and the Earth, and this is reflected in the care used to prepare our products. Their staff herbalists are happy to answer your aromatherapy questions!
They have quite an extensive line of essential oils and the prices are very reasonable.  I really like the Simplers Botanicals™ essential oils as much as the ones I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs.  This is a great company to do business with!!!
Here is the contact information for Simplers Botanicals™:
Email: customerservice@simplers.com
Phone: 800-229-2512

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Essential Oil & Aromatherapy Buzzwords

Here is a list of buzzwords that you will hear frequently when discussing aromatherapy and essential oils.  I bet you feel smarter already!!!!

Adulterant - a substance, artificial or natural, added to an essential oil, which was not originally present in the oil at the time of distillation.

Base Oil (Carrier Oil) - vegetable or nut oils, i.e. sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba.

Diffuser - a device that disperses essential oils into an area. The three basic types are clay, candle and electric.

Dilute - adding a small amount of essential oil to a larger amount of base oil to make it safe for use on the skin.

Distillation - method used to extract essential oil from the plant. Steam distillation is the most common form of distillation.

GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer) - a device used by analytic chemists to determine the precise makeup of a given substance. Used in Aromatherapy to determine the precise chemical constituents of an essential oil, and whether it is pure or adulterated with synthetic chemicals or other products.

Essential Oil - highly aromatic substance found in specialized cells of certain plants. Technically, when this substance is in the plant, it is called an "essence." After distillation of a single type of plant, the aromatic substance is referred to as an essential oil. Essential oils may be used by plants for protection from predators, to attract pollinators, or for other, yet unknown, uses.

Herbally Infused Oil - these are oils that carry the medicinal properties of certain herbs. Carrier oil is infused with the medicinal herb, the plant is strained off, and the remaining oil can be used directly on the skin.

Neat - use of an undiluted essential oil on the skin.

Notes - as in top, middle, and base notes. This is a type of classification system based on aroma, to identify certain oils. Generally, essential oils from citrus peels are top notes, essential oils from flowers, leaves and stems are middle notes, and essential oils from roots are base notes.

Orifice Reducer - a device used to reduce the size of the opening of a bottle, making dispensing easier and more accurate.

Phototoxic - the use of the oil makes one’s skin more prone to damage from the sun’s UV rays. Primarily the citrus oils, especially lemon and bergamot, as well as Angelica oil, are phototoxic oils.

Volatile - describes how quickly a substance disperses itself into the air. In aromatherapy, top note essential oils may be referred to as "highly volatile," meaning that they disperse quickly out of the bottle and into the air. 

To learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy, consider attending one of my upcoming 2-day Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oil Workshops.  Click HERE for more information.