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Our Citrus Sampler Pack includes five 5ml bottles of incredible cold-pressed citrus essential oils…the perfect way to brighten your day during these Winter months!

Our Citrus Sampler includes our wonderful Sweet Orange, Italian Bergamot, Italian Lemon, Red Mandarin and Ruby Grapefruit.

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The Citrus Sampler includes: Italian Lemon, Italian Bergamot, Italian Red Mandarin, South African Ruby Grapefruit and Sweet Orange – and incredible diversity of aromas and therapeutic benefits in one kit!

Here’s a little about each of the oils…

Italian Lemon

lemon essential oil

Lemon Essential Oil is the Great Cleanser

Lemon essential oil is used most commonly for ‘cleansing’ – both the body, and around the home. It is ingestable (as are all these oils)…add 1 – 5 drops of lemon to a cool glass of water anytime of day (really, first thing in the morning is best, but it’s certainly refreshing at any time). The action of lemon essential oil can encourage the liver to produce more bile and flush out toxins.

Aromatically, lemon is the ‘highest note’ in aromatherapy. It is frequently used as an ‘uplifting’ aroma, particularly when doing mentally-active tasks. Research has found that diffusing lemon essential oil during studying and test taking actually improved test scores.

In a Japanese study, reduced errors by office workers (there’s a scientific basis for this, in that many ‘higher-noted’ essential oils prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain).

Add a couple drops of oil to each cup of warm water for cleaning surfaces in the kitchen and a around the house for a great, fresh aroma. We even sprinkle a little on the rugs before vacuuming when we’re really in a cleaning frenzy!

Bergamot Fruit

Bergamot fruit, from which the incredible sweet-tart essential oil is pressed.

Italian Bergamot

Bergamot is THE most widely-researched anti-depressant aromatic. Studies have shown the regular inhalation of bergamot essential oil, tested against a placebo, improve scores of mood – bringing about a positive, healthy outlook.

Other research has suggested Bergamot be included as an ‘official’ complimentary medical therapy, as its inhalation has been noted to reduce the need for pain medication after surgery. Bergamot also has anti-viral properties, shown effective against the herpes virus.

And, well, it’s one of our all-time favorite essential oils to diffuse by its very own.

Italian Red Mandarin

Madarin Essential Oil

Mandarin Essential Oil: A sweet, beautiful aromatic, also known in France as "The Children's Remedy"

In France, Mandarin is known as “the children’s remedy”, as it manages to calm younger kids in a twofold manner: It contains a unique molecule in its natural chemical makeup that specifically calms children. Put a little in a diffuser in your house when it’s that time of day to “wind down”, and see what happens!

It’s also excellent for tummy troubles - it seems to act by moving bile from the liver – thereby being a gentle stimulant to the digestive system in general. Add several drops to a 1/2 teaspoon of any carrier oil in the palm of your hand and rub on your child’s abdomen…both the aromatic calming and physiological support can happen this way.

South African Ruby Grapefruit

Like Italy and its rich soils for Lemon, Mandarin and Bergamot, South Africa also has soils and climates to grow wonderful citrus fruit. From here comes both our Pink and Ruby Red grapefruit oils. Its aroma is out-of-this-world…

Grapefruit’s aroma, like Bergamot’s, is a real ‘bringer of smiles’. It’s a very uplifting scent – and like lemon, can be used to flavor your water, and add a little cleansing action.

On psychological and emotional levels, grapefruit is noted to assist in cases of depression where one may tend to overindulge in food or chemicals to pacify their pain. The oil may clear the psychological ‘heat’ and congestion that result from self-criticism and blame, promoting a lightness of spirit.

In aromatherapy applications, grapefruit is refreshing, cheering, slightly euphoria-inducing and slightly energizing. Grapefruit’s sweet and familiar aroma can evoke warm feelings that melt sour dispositions.

Grapefruit essential oil has a unique ‘fat dissolving’ characteristic. The oil is most noted for use in reducing cellulite, (it can be used by itself, or in a carrier and massaged into those areas). It has been shown in laboratory studies to increase the metabolism of adipose tissue (fat cells, and specifically ‘brown’ fat cells.)

The oil SHOULD NOT be used on skin which will be exposed to sunlight for any significant length of time within 72 hours following application, as it, like Bergamot, Lemon and Orange can cause photo-sensitivity (Mandarin is the exception here).

Sweet Orange

Orange Essential Oil

'Sweet' Oranges - Not Just Great for Eating!

From the USA comes our organic Sweet Orange. Fresh sweet orange is an incredible, unique aroma not to be missed.

Its aroma is unlike any citrus fruit you’ve tried…it is ‘orange’, but with a twist. Uplifting, complex, sweet, yet not quite as ‘candy-like’ as the more common ‘sweet orange’.

Like Bergamot, we think you’ll love it in a diffuser by itself, and you’ll find you can blend any or all of these oils together to create your own ‘magic’ formula. (Oils from the same family as these can easily be blended to your own tastes…want your diffuser’s scent to be a little brigher? Add a little more lemon…a little sweeter? Try more Mandarin!

Thanks for reading, and enjoy!

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There’s Been A Major Price Drop on CBD: Now, Our Exceptional CBD Oil Formulas Are 25% Off

As worldwide CBD CO2 extract production increases, the price from the distiller has dropped significantly ~ And we’re passing this savings on to you in all three of our CBD formulas.

Our Three High-Potency CBD Formulas - Click the Image To Learn More About Them All.

CBD is fast becoming a popular nutritional supplement, and for good reason. This is a customer quote regarding her experience with the use of Ananda’s CBD 100: “Thank you for being available – your CBD oil removed be from 60 mg morphine, 325 mg Effexor thyroid med, Lyrica & Cymbalta … even my hormones balanced. Please share this!”

What is CBD?

This is shorthand for ‘cannabidiol’, one of more than one hundred cannabinoids present in cannabis, and hemp, grown for hempseed, hempseed oil, and fiber. The amounts of certain cannabinoids, along with other constituents such as terpenes, ketones, and aldehydes, to name a few (found in hemp essential oil, included in our CBD ‘Plus’ formula) account for the wide variety of effects of various cannabis strains.

hemp field

Our CBD CO2 is extracted from stems and stalks of hemp grown in Europe.

Hemp contains a relatively high concentration of CBD, and only trace amounts of other cannabinoids such as THC, CBN, etc. This allows for the CO2-extraction of CBD (this same method is used for all our wonderful CO2 oils), and the formulation of CBD-containing blends used via oral ingestion.

CBD Health Research

CBD has none of the effects commonly associated with ‘pot’. It doesn’t get one ‘high’, though it has been researched for many potential health benefits. Researchers have found it to have potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and neuro-protective actions. The list of conditions CBD has been shown to positively benefit is long, and further information can be found at www.projectCBD.org.

Our CBD oil formulas contain 1mg of CBD per drop. The ideal serving size for different users and circumstances is not exactly known. We encourage individuals to experiment with, and research, their own intake, to find what is suitable for them.

Our CBD ‘Plus’ formula includes steam distilled hemp essential oil, which is thought to synergize with CBD itself. Our ‘x3′ formula also includes Frankincense CO2 oil…both CBD and Frankincense have both been extensively researched for their anti-cancer activity.

Our CBD CO2 is extracted from stalks and stems of ‘industrial’ hemp, grown on small farms. It is non-GMO, and because of the ‘hearty’ nature of the hemp plant, it needs no pesticides or chemicals for its growth.

How Does CBD Work?

Our bodies have their own endogenous cannabinoids and receptors. While the actual mechanisms of action of CBD are not yet completely understood. It appears that, while CBD does not bind to these receptors, it may prevent the breakdown of our own endogenous cannabinoids, thereby enhancing their activity.

How Are Blends Produced?

Each and every blend is carefully crafted from CBD CO2 extract ‘paste’. An analysis is performed on each and every lot of ‘raw’ material, so that the CBD content is precisely known. We’ve then measured exactly how many drops are in each bottle, and emulsified the CBD extract in MCT oil, along with other ingestible essential oils (where present in a formula). We ensure you’re receiving 1mg of CBD per drop of formula, each and every time.

We use MCT Coconut oil as the base for all our formulas, as CBD CO2 can be rapidly degraded by heat and light. MCT oil is highly resistant to oxidation. Further, every blend is packaged in ‘Violet’ bottles from Miron Glass of Switzerland. These are the most resistant to UV light penetration, which could otherwise oxidize the CBD. Further, Rosemary antioxidant is added to every bottle to ensure freshness.

Check out each of our CBD blends for more information!

CBD ’100‘ – Containing pure CO2 Hemp CBD extract in MCT Coconut oil.

CBD ‘Plus‘ – With added Hemp essential oil.

CBD ‘x3′ – With Frankincense CO2 oil and Hemp essential oil.

Enjoy!

 

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Scientific Research Shows Sandalwood EO Improves Sleep, Kills Cancer Cells, and May Stimulate Skin Healing

We absolutely love Sandalwood essential oil. Each and every species and source. They all have unique aromas, yet ‘overlap’ in their natural chemistry. Sandalwood is one of the world’s most widely used essential oils, prized for its scent by perfumers around the globe, as well as for its therapeutic effects in a number of traditional medicine systems.

Sandalwood is one of the world's oldest natural medicines, and most prized aromatics.

The essential oil is steam distilled from the heartwood of a parasitic tree found in tropical environs…it’s a tree that grows on other trees, and needs to be at least 20 years old (and that is young, 40-80 y.o. makes for a better oil) before it is harvested for oil production. Human cultivation has been taking off, with re-planting of the trees making up for what was becoming a scarce commodity. (Our Royal Hawaiian and New Caledonian ‘Fine’ Sandalwoods are from plantation-based distillers!)

Research into Sandalwood’s Broad Reaching Health Potential

One of our wonderful, high-santalol Sandalwood essential oil varieties.

The essential oil has been the subject of a great number of scientific studies, investigating its effects on sleep, its anti-cancer activity, and its stimulation of skin healing. Much of the research notes the potential health benefits appear to come from natural chemicals known as ‘sesquiterpene alcohols’, specifically α- and β-santalol, found in a ratio in the oil of approximately 2.5:1, respectively. Other aromatic constituents include santalol, santyl acetate, and santalene.

Sandalwood Essential Oil and Sleep

This study showed markedly improved sleep patterns with santalol, molecules found primarily in Sandalwood essential oils. The study notes that it is not particularly the aroma of the oil component, but its physiological effects not associated with the olfactory system. This implies that Sandalwood oil, simply topically applied before bed, may support regular sleep patterns.

Study: Effect of santalol on the sleep-wake cycle in sleep-disturbed rats.

From Nihon Shinkei Seishin Yakurigaku Zasshi. 2007 Aug;27(4):167-71. (Article in Japanese). Authors: Ohmori A1, Shinomiya K, Utsu Y, Tokunaga S, Hasegawa Y, Kamei C.

Sandalwood trees being cultivated at a Sandalwood plantation.

Abstract: Sandalwood oil is widely used in aromatherapy for alleviating various symptoms. Santalol, a major component of sandalwood oil, has been reported to have central nervous system depressant effects such as sedation. In the present study, we investigated the effect of santalol on the sleep-wake cycle in sleep-disturbed rats. When inhaled at a concentration of 5 X 10(-2) ppm, santalol caused a significant decrease in total waking time and an increase in total non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep time. In order to clarify the mechanism of action, olfactory hypofunction (the sense of smell was inhibited) was caused in rats by intranasal application of 5% zinc sulfate solution, and thereafter the effects of inhalation of fragrances were evaluated. In this study, it was found that the impairment of the olfactory system showed no significant effect on the changes in sleep parameters induced by santalol. This result suggests that santalol may act via the circulatory system rather than the olfactory system. That is, santalol is thought to be absorbed into the blood through the respiratory mucosa, and then exert its action. From these results, it is concluded that santalol may be useful in patients having difficulty maintaining sleep without being affected by individual differences in perfume-related preference.

Sandalwood Essential Oil’s Anti-Cancer Activity

Sandalwood essential oil has been the subject of a number of studies demonstrating anti-cancer activity, with most of the research on pubmed.gov focusing on skin cancers. We’d previously posted evidence of Sandalwood oil’s cancer preventative actions, which is further confirmed in the research presented below. In the research we have read, while alpha-santalol alone appears to produce potential therapeutic results, the ‘whole’ oil is frequently noted as more effective.

Study: A novel chemopreventive mechanism for a traditional medicine: East Indian sandalwood oil induces autophagy and cell death in proliferating keratinocytes.

From: Arch Biochem Biophys. 2014 Sep 15;558:143-52. doi: 10.1016/j.abb.2014.06.021. Epub 2014 Jul 5.  Authors: Dickinson SE1, Olson ER2, Levenson C3, Janda J4, Rusche JJ4, Alberts DS5, Bowden GT6

Abstract: One of the primary components of the East Indian sandalwood oil (EISO) is alpha-santalol, a molecule that has been investigated for its potential use as a chemopreventive agent in skin cancer. Although there is some evidence that alpha-santalol could be an effective chemopreventive agent, to date, purified EISO has not been extensively investigated even though it is widely used in cultures around the world for its health benefits as well as for its fragrance and as a cosmetic. In the current study, we show for the first time that EISO-treatment of HaCaT keratinocytes results in a blockade of cell cycle progression as well as a concentration-dependent inhibition of UV-induced AP-1 activity, two major cellular effects known to drive skin carcinogenesis. Low concentrations of EISO were found to induce HaCaT cell death, although not through apoptosis as annexin V and PARP cleavage were not found to increase with EISO treatment. However, plasma membrane integrity was severely compromised in EISO-treated cells, which may have led to cleavage of LC3 and the induction of autophagy.  Together, these effects suggest that EISO may exert beneficial effects upon skin, reducing the likelihood of promotion of pre-cancerous cells to actinic keratosis (AK) and skin cancer.

Study: Alpha-Santalol, a derivative of sandalwood oil, induces apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells by causing caspase-3 activation.

From: Phytomedicine. 2012 Jun 15;19(8-9):804-11. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2012.04.003. Epub 2012 May 7. Authors: Bommareddy A1, Rule B, VanWert AL, Santha S, Dwivedi C.

Abstract: The anticancer effects of alpha-santalol, a major component of sandalwood oil, have been reported against the development of certain cancers such as skin cancer both in vitro and in vivo. The primary objectives of the current study were to investigate the cancer preventive properties of alpha-santalol on human prostate cancer cells PC-3 (androgen independent and P-53 null) and LNCaP (androgen dependent and P-53 wild-type), and determine the possible mechanisms of its action. The effect of alpha-santalol on cell viability was determined by trypan blue dye exclusion assay. Apoptosis induction was confirmed by analysis of cytoplasmic histone-associated DNA fragmentation using both an apoptotic ELISA kit and a DAPI fluorescence assay. Caspase-3 activity was determined using caspase-3 (active) ELISA kit. PARP cleavage was analyzed using immunoblotting. alpha-Santalol at 25-75 µM decreased cell viability in both cell lines in a concentration and time dependent manner. Treatment of prostate cancer cells with alpha-santalol resulted in induction of apoptosis as evidenced by DNA fragmentation and nuclear staining of apoptotic cells by DAPI. alpha-Santalol treatment also resulted in activation of caspase-3 activity and PARP cleavage. The alpha-santalol-induced apoptotic cell death and activation of caspase-3 was significantly attenuated in the presence of pharmacological inhibitors of caspase-8 and caspase-9. In conclusion, the present study reveals the apoptotic effects of alpha-santalol in inhibiting the growth of human prostate cancer cells.

Sandalwood Oil and Skin Healing

And finally, Sandalwood may initiate new skin cell development through the stimulation of olfactory cells in our skin. According to a press release from the Ruhr-Universität, Germany: “Skin cells possess an olfactory receptor for sandalwood scent, as researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered. Their data indicate that the cell proliferation increases and wound healing improves if those receptors are activated. This mechanism constitutes a possible starting point for new drugs and cosmetics. The team headed by Dr Daniela Busse and Prof Dr Dr Dr med habil Hanns Hatt from the Department for Cellphysiology published their report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.”  See more at http://aktuell.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/pm2014/pm00107.html.en

Thanks for reading!

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