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Certified Organic and Natural Cosmetics

Organic skincare¬†certification for personal care items can be confusing. The process is similar to that of the organic food industry, but unlike the certifications for organic food, organic skincare is not government regulated nor is there global harmonization. An understanding of the different types certifications and rules makes your choice as a consumer easier. How…

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Influenced by the west, we tend to think of “medicine” as a way of dealing with illness and disease. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and other form of Asian medical system focus on achieving health and well-being through the cultivation of harmony within our lives. TCM is based on the Chinese concept of “Qi”…

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How Do I Determine the Quality of Essential Oils?

The quality of essential oils can vary widely. As a consumer (and even as an aromatherapist), it is difficult to assess quality. Essential oils come from all over the world, and suppliers or companies usually obtain oils from farmers or wholesalers whose practices and integrity they have come to trust over time. The end consumer…

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