Natural Substances

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a plant that is commonly used in Asian cuisine but which may provide therapeutic and medical benefits. Easily available from any ethnic store, health food store, online merchant or in the seasoning aisle of the supermarket, its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antioxidant and therapeutic properties make lemongrass a useful alternative or complementary remedy for a wide spectrum of common ailments. Whether using the dried leaves steeped to make tea or the extracted essential oil, lemongrass produces considerable benefits. What is lemongrass? Lemongrass is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves and is indigenous to India and other areas of the […]

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil produced by processing of the tea tree’s leaves. Prior to modern use, the leaves of the tea tree had been used by indigenous people of Australia. The leaves were used to make teas for the treatment of colds and other ailments, as well as poultices which took advantage of the tea tree’s antifungal and antiseptic properties. Modern scientific research beginning in the 1920s focused on the antimicrobial effects of the oil extracted from the tea tree leaves. Positive results from this early research initiated the development of tea […]

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Olive Oil

Olive oil is, without argument, the most important and commonly used oil in the historic western world. Existing records suggest that olive oil was being produced in the Mediterranean basin and Mesopotamia as early as the 4th millennium BC. Prehistoric evidence indicates that olives were collected for human consumption 10,000 years ago. Production and trade of oil played a significant role in the creation and distribution of wealth in ancient Greece and its neighbors. While olive oil use as food and for cooking was widespread throughout the ancient western world, the oil had a diverse number of applications. Olive oil […]

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Fish Oil

Fish oil is generally derived from the processing of the flesh or the liver of oily fish. Fish oil is most commonly used as a health supplement for its concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids, most notably EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Fish species used in the manufacture of fish oil concentrate include tuna, salmon, swordfish, mackerel, anchovy, herring and sardine. Fish oil is also processed from the livers of codfish and sharks. Oily fish do not actually produce Omega-3 acids themselves; rather they are acquired through the consumption of algae or plankton. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be […]

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