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Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

What is Spearmint? Spearmint is a species of mint native to much of Europe and Asia (Middle East, Himalayas, China etc.), and naturalized in parts of northern and western Africa, North and South America, and various oceanic islands. Used throughout the culinary and pharmaceutical industries. Aroma Warm, spicy herbaceous and minty Plant Properties Anti-fungal, antiseptic, …

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Spruce (Picea mariana)

There are many species of spruce but not all offer therapeutic benefits. We will be discussing black spruce it is native to Canada although it does grow in some parts of Alaska, North America and some European countries. Native Americans used spruce for medicinal, spiritual and other practical uses. Spruce oil is extracted through steam …

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Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

What is Sweet Orange? Orange plant is believed to be a native of Southeast Asia. Many historians are of the opinion that it was grown in the orchards of China by the beginning of the 1st century. Other varieties of oranges in the sweet orange category would be Valencia, navel and so many more! Sweet orange …

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Tangerine (Citrus tangerina)

Tangerine is native to China, and from there, it spread to other parts of the world. The tangerine tree is a member of the orange family. In the late 19th century when several varieties of mandarins with a deep orange color were imported into Tangier (a port city in Morocco, North Africa) and exported from …

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Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)

What is Thyme? Thyme is a member of the mint family and was used hundreds of years ago for fumigation and embalming. Thyme oil is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is used in aromatherapy, potpourri, mouthwashes, and elixirs, as well as being added to ointments and creams. Thyme essential oil is produced through …

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

What is Turmeric? Turmeric is a spice derived from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa, which is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). The bright yellow color of turmeric comes mainly from fat-soluble, polyphenolic pigments known as curcuminoids. Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid found in turmeric, is generally considered its most active constituent. Turmeric has been …

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Sandalwood (Santalum album)

What is Sandalwood? Sandalwood is a tree with a highly aromatic wood. It is economically and culturally important to many countries around the Pacific and Eastern Indian Ocean regions where it grows or is traded. The wood is prized for making furniture, ornaments, sacred objects, carvings and joss sticks (incense). The essential oil is used …

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Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

What is Tree Tea Oil? Tea tree oil is an essential oil with color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly clear and colorless. It is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.  The use of the name probably originated from Captain Cook’s description of one of these shrubs, …

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Sage (Salvia officinalis, Salvia lavandulaefolia, Salvia lavandulifolia)

What is Sage? Sage has been widely used medicinally for centuries. The name comes from the Latin word, salvare, which means “to heal.” Sage is native to the Mediterranean region but is now cultivated around the world. The Romans considered sage a sacred herb that was harvested with solemn ceremony. Traditionally, sage has been considered …

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