Bergamot – an identity crisis

by Robyn Frank Bergamot is one of many essential oils extracted from the outer peel of citrus fruit. It differs from other citrus oils by its chemical composition, and different therapeutic guidelines and safety precautions apply to it. This is especially true for safety limits to prevent phototoxic reactions due to the bergapten content of

November 29th, 2017|

Do we really need to be worried about “cleaning” our receptors?

by Shannon Becker, PhD with thanks to Christine Carson, PhD, and Kandace Knudson, PhD for their input In order for the cells that make up an organism such as you to work in harmony, they must be able to communicate and collect information about their environment. The idea that our cell receptors—cellular signal receivers—may be

May 22nd, 2017|

No One Can Hear You When You’re Mean

by Cristina Howell with thanks to Kandace Knudson, PhD for her input My name is Cristina but I am also called Crissi, Cris, Mom, Cricket, and quite possibly other names I am content to remain uninformed of. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, doula, wellness and childbirth educator, Young Living member and natural medicine enthusiast. Doulas

June 20th, 2015|

Essential Oils and the “Detox” Theory

by Kristina Bauer Globally, aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular. As the number of essential oil users continues to grow, and as recommendations for undiluted use increase, so exposure increases. As Robert Tisserand notes, “The number of incidents of an adverse reaction to an essential oil depends on: • Its inherent toxicity • The number of

June 18th, 2015|