you for contacting us. There is so much, as you well know, it is hard
to say where to start. First off, since you were speaking about
essential oils, here are some very good essential oil resources that our
Certified Aroma therapist, Christine had passed on to me, NAHA.org and AHPA.org.
Our book Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier
would be helpful for your natural home revamp. You asked about books
for your herbal library.
I have always been a fan of the older books for
many things, so ones like Grieve, Culpepper, Moore , and the likes. A
modern Herbal is very good. The newer scientific give a different, but
much needed view as well.
David Hoffman and Dr. John R. Christopher
are two references I like. Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech a is great instruction book, Richo presents things very well and fun. As for essential oils, those get hard, 375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose and Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (Second Edition) by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green are good general overview books.
I do recommend doing your research on who you purchase from and how you
use your essential oils. Essential oils are very strong, pure, organic, steam-distilled essential oil is the best, but citrus must be pressed, steam distillation does not work.
to regulatory concerns, we are unable to recommend them for internal
use; encouraging internal use is actually considered irresponsible in
the international essential oil industry due to the fact that they are
extremely concentrated and potentially dangerous substances.
member of the American Herbal Products Association we abide by the Code
of Ethics and Business conduct labeling restrictions they have set forth
The practice of ingesting certain essential oils is not entirely
unheard of, but extensive research is required in order to make it as
safe as possible. Before ingesting any essential oils, we strongly
recommend seeking the guidance of an herbalist, naturopathic physician,
or other licensed professional.
Please let us know there is anything else we may be able to help you with. Some more recommended websites:
(Website and blog of traditional herbalist and medicine woman Kiva Rose)
Keep in mind that this is not what your physician would likely recommend. Alternative medicine has been being used for ages. But you alone must decide whether you want to try this approach to various maladies and pathways to health.
Since I have had so much trouble even being seen by a traditional medical professional, and due to the whole problem of acquiring health insurance, I have decided I am rather tired of solely depending upon them for my health, I am willing to at least do my research and try some of the recommendations I find. But cautiously.
I put them out there because of persistent gnats laying eggs in the soil. And Charlie is absolutely terrified of gnats. I tried vinegar and water spray, and still had gnats. I did not want to spray a chemical on the dirt.
I asked someone working there what they were. And they said go home and google Hydroton. Which I did.
formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based
cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen
window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant
can help heal cuts and burns.
The reason for all this is that the house plants are natural cleaners of toxins in the indoor environment in which we live.
Here are some photos I found online of air plants…
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Well, that’s enough info to digest right now. Just wanted you to know that I am knee-deep in all kinds of research to help us find ways to live a healthier lifestyle. And I will be sharing as I learn.