Almond

April 9, 2018
sunscreen

Sunscreen

Some plants have skin protective qualities against the sun’s UV rays.  Typical store bought sunscreens contain harsh chemicals: look for safer ingredients like zinc oxide.  Avoid tanning, and wear clothing to cover the skin.   Carrier oils such as coconut oil, sesame oil, carrot seed oil, and jojoba oil may offer […]
April 17, 2018
benzaldehyde

Benzaldehyde

Benzaldehyde is an aldehyde having an almond like aroma, as in bitter almond.   It may also be found in cassia leaf, cassia bark, cinnamon bark and cistus. Aldehydes have a powerful aroma used in perfumery.  Oxidation (exposure to oxygen) causes potential skin irritation and loss of aroma. Links to […]
November 8, 2019

What is the Difference Between a Seed and a Nut

This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Fall 2019) and it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2019-20 copyright statement. By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT Answering the question “What is the difference between a seed and a nut?” can become quite complex. This […]