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Using Lavender Essential Oils in the Treatment of Burns

Distilling Lavender Essential Oil

Over the past several decades a number of scientific papers have been published detailing the various beneficial uses of the essential oil of lavender.  Going all the way back to the pre-Christian era in Europe, early physicians were describing the use of lavender for its calming and anti-convulsive properties. During the middle ages, one of …

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How to Keep Lavender Plants Alive (For a Long Time)

Young Lavender Plant

  Many people who visit Monte-Bellaria say that they’ve had problems growing lavender for the long run.  We’ve heard folks say that they’ve had beautiful growth for several years with large blooms, and then the plant seems to simply die.   The usual problem they describe is that the plant starts getting “bald spots,” and …

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Why is some honey “set” and some honey “runny?”

Honey on spoon

People often ask us if Monte-Bellaria honey—which is sometimes dense and semi-crystalized—has “gone bad.”  The answer is definitely NO!  It is, in fact a sign that the honey that you’ve purchased is pure, raw honey. We’ve discussed before that raw honey is unprocessed.  In particularly this means that the honey: Contains many of the natural …

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Olive Oil Lowers Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Monte-Bellaria Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Recently there was more evidence from a study at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has demonstrable health benefits.  We’ve heard for years that the “Mediterranean Diet” is linked to longevity, lower heart disease, lower incidence of diabetes, and weight control.  But now we see that a …

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How to Make Lavender Perfumes and Cologne

Lavender essential oil and lavender herb

Our customers frequently ask about using lavender essential oils for perfumes and colognes.  It’s a very simple process and it’s easy to create your own distinctive fragrance that won’t be overpowering. So one of the first questions is what is the difference between perfume and cologne?  The simplest answer is that a perfume can contain …

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Lavender is an Ideal Freshening Fragrance: Strong then Gone

Lavender Essential Oil

An interesting characteristic of the lavender fragrance is that it can quickly freshen the home environment without producing a long-lasting overpowering scent.  You’ve probably been in a room where someone is using some type of freshener (room spray, plug-ins, candles, incense, etc.) that never quits.  (Think of the ubiquitous bayberry or vanilla candles around the …

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