There is a Chinese proverb saying "one whiteness can substitute for three physical unattractiveness." This is why people are crazy on whitening products and willing to spend more on it. In the market, most of the common skin lightening products available is with ingredients of hydroquinone, (HQ), kojic acid, arbutin, catechins, and azelaic acid. The … Continue reading Is Lemon Essential Oil for Skin Whitening?
What is Hydrosol? Hydrosols or hydrolates are the condensate water produced during distillation of plant material for aroma therapeutic purposes. Hydrosol contain all of the plant in every drop, it is gentlest and safest aromatics use in caring for your skin. What is Not Hydrosol? Water with fragrance oil or essential oils added is not … Continue reading 6 Favorite Ways to Use Hydrosol
It is now very common to hear people say about G6PD deficiency, such as “My child has G6PD deficiency… what foods to avoid?” Yes, G6PD deficiency is prevalence in worldwide, affecting 10% of the world population with approximately 400 million people. In Malaysia, around 1 in 10 children are G6PD deficiency. What is G6PD deficiency? … Continue reading Essential Oils Should be Avoided by Persons with G6PD Deficiency?
I remember I attended a class previously, the organizer burned peppermint essential oil which immediately makes me feel uncomfortable, heart beat increased and nausea. During the short period of rest, I checked through the essential oil label and it written Peppermint “therapeutic essential oil” but there is no Latin botanical name provided. I told the … Continue reading Peppermint vs Cornmint Essential Oil
A patient who ingested large quantities of celery soup eaten before UV irradiation has been reported suffered for severe sunburn. Bergamot oil (citrus bergamia) in eau de cologne had been described to cause hyperpigmented lesions. A woman burned her one arm and leg after a 20-minute session on a sunbed, taken immediately after a sauna … Continue reading Phototoxicity Essential Oils
Are all essential oils completely safe to use? Same for herbs, are all herbs completely safe? In order to be able to understand whether they are safe or not, first of all, you need to understand the concept of toxicity. What is Toxicity? According to Merriam-Webster, toxicity refers to the quality, state or relative degree … Continue reading Essential Oils Safety
One day, my friend asked me to recommend her a “therapeutic grade” essential oils’ brand. What does she means? Is she looking for the essential oil that has therapeutic effect on her? Or she is concerning on the product safety? Or she is looking for high quality and non-adulteration products? According to Stewart (2005)… “A … Continue reading Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils?
When we made our decision to purchase essential oil (EO) , we often afraid we might buy the synthetic or adulteration essential oils. There are many essential oil supplier advertise “the best”, “the pure” or “natural”, but actually there are not. To reduce the cost, some of the supplier will mixed with the considerable volumes … Continue reading General Guidance for Essential Oil Purchase and Storage
“Essential oil” derived from the word “quintessence”. Based on Aristotelian idea, matter is composed of four elements: fire, air, earth, water; the fifth element, or quintessence, is the soul and spirit of the aromatic plants. Some even said it is the life force of the plants. Of course, nowadays, we know that, essential oils are … Continue reading What is Essential Oil and Absolute?