Organic Food

Organic foods, or certified organic foods, are foods that are farmed according to prescribed standards that allow them to carry a label stating that they are organic. Organic farming differs from conventional farming in the techniques used, including; use of herbicides and pesticides, use of hormones and antibiotics in livestock, and the types of fertilizers used. The popularity of organic food has exploded in the last two decades as a backlash to industrial farming methods and genetically modified foods, and a desire from consumers to live healthier, more natural and less environmentally damaging lifestyle. For many, organic food is perceived […]

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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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