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mandarin orange tree

Mandarin (Citrus reticulate)

What is Mandarin Orange? Mandarins are thought to have originated in China hence the name mandarin (the form of Chinese language spoken by officials and educated people in China). They then spread east to Japan and the Philippines and west through India, Arabia and North Africa. Mandarins are citrus fruits which are also known as …

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marjoram-flower

Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)

What is Marjoram? Marjoram goes back to a very ancient medical reputation. The Greeks used marjoram extensively, both internally and externally. It was a remedy for narcotic poisons, convulsions and dropsy. It is closely related to Oregano, and has similar properties.  Marjoram is often thought of to address sore muscles, joints, sprains, and back pain as …

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Myrrh-Essential-Oil

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrh)

What is Myrrh? Myrrh has been used for centuries as a medicine by the Chinese and the Egyptians used it for embalming their pharaohs, as well as their sun-worshipping rituals. The Greeks used Myrrh oil to stop bleeding wounds. Myrrh is extracted by steam distillation of the myrrh resin (a natural gum). Aroma Woodsy and …

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nutmeg

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

What is Nutmeg? Nutmeg is known to have been a prized and costly spice in European medieval cuisine as a flavoring, medicinal and preservative agent. Until the mid-19th century the small island of Banda was the world’s only source of nutmeg and mace. The essential oil obtained by steam distillation of ground nutmeg is widely …

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