Archive for August, 2010

Raspberry Leaf Tea

raspberry plantThe Raspberry plant (Rubus idaeus) grows in many parts of Europe and North America, and it is familiar to many people for its delicious, refreshing tart berries.  At the same time, Red Raspberry leaves have been used for many centuries for their valuable medicinal properties and therapeutic powers. This plant is widely cultivated in Europe and especially Russia, and there are also wild raspberry plants which grow in clean woodland areas. (more…)

Balsam Fir Essential Oil

Fir Essential OilBalsam fir essential oil is received by steam distillation from the needles and buds of the Siberian Fir, or the Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea). These are a type of conifer tree, looking like those ones that we usually bring to our houses for Christmas. Balsam fir oil is a pale yellow oil with light and fresh woody fragrance, which has quite a long history of usage for a variety of its medicinal benefits and properties, starting from preventing many respiratory system ailments and ending with easing joint pains and muscle cramps. (more…)