Author: Aaron Philips

An (Easy) Introduction to Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one branch of the herbal sciences that doesn’t get enough attention. Just about every product on the market meant for beauty, hygiene, or the home is scented. Did you know that the scents that you prefer can say a lot about your mood and personality? Aromatherapy is the science of making sense of scents, and figuring out how they work into your everyday life.   The History of Aromatherapy Aromatherapy has a long and interesting past, dating back to Greek and Roman times. The science of the day was well-acquainted with essential oils and their extraction and...

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9 Worst Home Remedies Ever

At one time or another just about everyone has rolled their eyes at a home remedy. Sure, some of them really work, but I can’t help but think that there must have been quite a few failures before backyard scientists really nailed down which cures are safe and effective. As proof, here are 9 of the most disgusting, weird, and dangerous home remedies ever created.   Opium and Belladonna Tampons Menstrual cramps and period pain are no fun, but a recently-revealed ancient cure for the condition might be even worse. According to a report on the website Atlas Obscura,...

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Smokable Herbs Guide to Kratom

(Update: Despite having no recorded overdoses and no potential for addiction, the DEA has announced plans to elevate Kratom to a schedule 1 controlled substance as of October 1, 2016. Users of the supplement have been speaking out against the decision.) Kratom has been catching on for the past 5 years. More and more people are using this potent tropical vine to manage pain, get a boost of energy, or just have fun. The active ingredients in kratom mirror the effects of prescription opiates like Vicodin and Oxycontin. However, unlike opiates, kratom is legal in the majority of the...

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11 Powerful Herbs that Fight Inflammation

There’s no doubt that chronic inflammatory diseases kill more people than nearly any other cause. Every disease that ends in -itis is caused by an inflammatory condition. Fortunately there are herbal options out there for anyone who wants to take control of their health and fight inflammation the natural way.   The Dangers of Inflammation If you ask any doctor, they will tell you that the dangers of inflammation cannot be exaggerated. From heart disease to arthritis, inflammation plays a role in nearly every illness. If you’re worried about your health, one of the most effective things you can...

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13 Herbal Face Scrubs to Rejuvenate Your Skin this Winter

While stores like Bath and Body Works and Lush offer great skincare products, it’s often difficult to afford them. And during the holiday season, you may feel obligated to buy gifts for others that you can’t necessarily afford. This article is here to teach you how to make a store-quality face scrub for a fraction of the cost.   Strawberry Face Scrub 5 large strawberries (or 10 small) 1 tbs lime juice 1 tsp almond oil 4 tbs salt Add the strawberries to blender or food processor and pulse it a few times to break up berries, but not...

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