the sweet orange

the sweet orange

The orange (Citrus species) is the most widely cultivated fruit in the world.  Believed to have first been cultivated in China around 2500 BC, the...

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oatmeal

oatmeal

Oatmeal (Avena sativa) is a gentle and highly beneficial grain used for thousands of years in skin care. It was first discovered among the remain...

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neem

neem

Neem (Azadirachta indica), also known as Indian lilac, is an extraordinary evergreen tree native to India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sr...

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for the love of milk

for the love of milk

  Milk and milk products, such as yogurt, have been valued since ancient times for their soothing and luxurious properties. Cleopatra herself is s...

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mango: food of the gods

mango: food of the gods

The mango (Mangifera indica), also known as "the food of the gods", is an enormously popular fruit throughout the Indian subcontinent.  Mangoe...

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the sacred lotus

the sacred lotus

  The lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera) has been treasured throughout history as a sacred symbol of purity and vitality.  Native to India, Tibet, an...

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seductive and healing: jasmine

seductive and healing: jasmine

  The jasmine flower is one of the most beloved and fragrant flowers found throughout South Asia.  The small, white or yellow flowers are surround...

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The rejuvenating gotu kola

The rejuvenating gotu kola

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica), also known as Indian pennywort and brahmi, is found throughout the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The p...

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burdock root

burdock root

 Burdock root, or Arctium lappa, is native to northern Europe but is now found in the western Himalayas, Kashmir, and Simla.  It is a robust an...

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A tiny history of tea

A tiny history of tea

The history of tea is both fascinating and complex.  I love using this ingredient in particular because it possesses both medicinal and spiritu...

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The beauty of bamboo

The beauty of bamboo

A symbol of longevity, strength, and flexibility, the bamboo plant is a valuable ally in the world of green beauty.  Found in diverse climates,...

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