What do you know…some answers!

Thanks so much for offering your suggestions for future posts for this blog (click here to see a list and offer up your own!) A few of your suggestions have been written about in the past, and a few might have been written about before! Here are a few for now… A few of you...

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What do you want to know?

I’m working on the essential oil series of posts, but I’m thinking about the next series. I’m still working on the facial products e-book – it might be a while, I’m getting rather busy – but I’m wondering what you want to learn? I’ve been looking at the pages that you like the most and...

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Essential oils: Other things about cedarwood

Cedarwood Texas is considered to be an anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, astringent, and expectorant. Cedarwood Virginia is considered to be an abortifacient, antiseborrheic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, fungicidal, and an insecticide. We’ve already discussed the claims that cedarwood can be an abortifacient (not completely sure, but be careful!), sedative (confirmed), and insecticide (confirmed), but what about the other...

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Newbie Tuesday: You made body butter (with a few questions)!

Congratulations! You made a body butter! (Click here for more details about this project on Newbie Tuesday!) If you haven’t already done so, pat yourself on the back joyously and moisturize yourself well with the product! (And I still haven’t finished the video. I used to be good at this, but I’m having to learn...

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Essential oils: The science of cedrene and thujopsene

The two other main components of cedarwood Texas and cedarwood Virginia essential oils are cedrene (1.8% in Texas, 27.2% in Virginia) and thujopsene (60% Texas, 27% Virginia). And here’s the problem – I’ve done a ton of searching, and I can’t find anything with any great information about what these compounds bring to the science of...

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Essential oils: Cedarwood – the science of cedrol

What exactly is cedrol? It’s a sesquiterpenoid alcohol found in cedarwood oil (definition here). It makes up about 19% of cedarwood Texas and 15.8% of cedarwood Virginia. The International Organization for Standardization states cedrol should make up a minimum of 20% in Texas cedarwood and a maximum of 14% in Virginia cedarwood, whereas the Fragrance Manufacturer’s...

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XBOX update

I wrote about the “unauthorized access” (aka hacking) of our XBOX account a few weeks ago – here’s the update.  After another phone call to XBOX, I found out that it can take up to FOUR TO SIX MONTHS to restore our account (meaning four to six months to return our points to us, to...

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Essential oils: Cedarwood Texas and cedarwood Virginia essential oils

The cedarwood essential oils from Texas and Virginia can be very similar, but there are different claims and different processing for each of the oils.  From Leung’s Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients (click here for the excerpt): Cedarwood oil Virginia contains mainly α-and β-cedrene (ca. 80%), cedrol (3–14%), and cedrenol. Other sesquiterpenes present include thujopsene,...

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Essential oils: The chemistry of essential oils – Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is a bicyclic sesquiterprene found in clove (3.56%), rosemary (up to 8.3%), oregano (4.9%), black pepper (7.29%), and possibly cedarwood atlas. (1) ß-carophyllene is the major sesquiterpene found in pepper essential oil (2). It may have some anaesthetic effect, as found in this study. “In this work we studied the local anaesthetic activity of β-caryophyllene, one of...

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Essential oils: Cedarwood essential oils – an overview & cedarwood Atlas

What’s in a name? When it comes to cedarwood essential oil, just about everything! You might be getting cedarwood atlas (Cedrus atlantica), cedarwood Texas (Juniperus ashei), cedarwood Virginia (Juniperus virginiana), or cedarwood Chinese (Juniperus chinesis or Cupressus funebris, but I’m not going to be talking about this plant beyond this point!). Cedarwood atlas is from the...

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