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Thai Lime Time! Makrut Lime to the Rescue.

Perhaps you've used lime essential oil and love it. But Makrut lime (Citrus hystrix) is a little different, a little special. To me it't a little bit sweet treat lime, a little bit pack a punch, fight the germs tea tree kind of oil. But it adds up to one lovely citrus smelling, germ fighting, uplifting kind of essential oil plus a bit more. The chemistry tells it all. Makrut lime is rich in alpha-pinene, limonene, and terpinen-4-ol. Alpha-pinene offers analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties. Think relaxation and relief. Limonene in addition to analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, offers white blood cell activation and increase in skin penetration, and it's a grea

Lovely Lemon Essential Oil Offers Lots of Benefits

Lemons as well as lemon essential oil is refreshing and uplifting. It's great in diffuser blends, cleaning, products, and is found in Be Hydrate Leave in Conditioner. The essential oil and blends with lemon are also available at Be Kekoa Apothecary. But beyond smelling amazing what are some of the benefits of lemon essential oil? Lemon or Citrus limon like other citrus oils is rich in the aromatic compound limonene but also contains a fair amount of β-pinene, and γ-terpinene. These components help give lemon essential oil some of its incredible benefits. As you may have seen in earlier posts about citrus or limonene rich essential oils, researchers have discovered that limonene offers analge

Get to Know Green Mandarin Essential Oil

Green mandarin essential oil holds a special place in my heart. As many of you know I'm the aromatherpist and formulator at Be Kekoa Apothecary. When I first got to know Brandie the owner, we were smelling essential oils with another local business owner. When I passed her the bottle of green mandarin it was love at first sniff! She loved it so much I felt like I just had to give her the bottle. And it was the beginning of an awesome adventure. Green mandarin or Citrus reticulata is pressed from the rind of you guessed it -- green mandarin fruit. The aroma is tart, crisp, and bright, less sweet than red mandarin although both offer similar benefits. Like other citrus oils green mandarin is r

More than Just a Great Aroma: The Benefits of Citrus Essential Oils

Someone mentioned the other day that they enjoy the aroma of essential oil but they weren't so sure about all the touted benefits. How can something that smells good affect our body in so many different ways? Great question. I explained that essential oils are made up of aromatic compounds that when inhaled or absorbed topically have an effect on the body. For example lavender is rich in linolool a monoterpenol or type of alcohol. We know that ethanol -- an organic compound or alcohol in wine, beer, and cocktails has a relaxing effect on the body. Linalool in lavender is one of the organic compounds responsible for the relaxing properties of lavender. So the chemistry of essential oils is re

Ten Tips for Sounder Sleep

One wonderful thing about summer is the slower pace. When our kids were younger we were able to take a vacation in Hawaii. Our days were filled with riding waves, snorkeling, hiking, and enjoying time together. My husband and I kept the same sleep schedule as our kids -- they went to be early and slept for 10-12 hours. At the end of that vacation I felt so rested and rejuvenated. But many people have trouble sleeping and long for natural solutions. They may try to get a good night's rest but it seems elusive. I've been fascinated by sleep for a long time -- why we need it and how much we need. Sleep needs vary by age but getting the sleep you need is important. It refreshes us, helps us to t

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