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Vanuatu SandalwoodMoroccan Blue TansyFrankincense Carteri Corsican HelichrysumFrench Lavender CO2

Vanuatu SandalwoodBlue TansyFrankincense CarteriCorsican HelichrysumLavender CO2

Click on any of the oil names to see sizes and prices: Vanuatu Sandalwood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense Carterii, Corsican Helichrysum & Lavender CO2.

Enter coupon code ‘oils20′ and get 20% off every size of these 100% pure essential oils and CO2′s. Check our sales and specials page on how to receive free shipping and the CBD blend of your choice for free with your order.

We know these oils have been hard to find, and each for different reasons. We’ve dedicated ourselves to delivering you the very best of these pure essential oils and CO2′s from around the world.  Here’s a brief on each of these these lovely oils…

  • Vanuatu Sandalwood is very deep and rich. It blends well as a base note with many other oils, and has very pleasant aroma all on its own. Sandalwood is being continually replanted on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, though distillers are being conservative with their farming. We have only one-third kilogram in stock.

  • Moroccan Blue Tansy has become extremely difficult to find, as large companies have acquired much of the World’s supply (which has really driven up the price). This is our ‘go to’ oil for seasonal allergies (we find a drop massaged under each eye quickly alleviates itchy-ness from grasses and pollen). It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory oil with an incredible aroma as well. We met with certified organic producer in France, part of the co-operative whom distills this oil in Morocco to secure this important oil for you.We have limited supply until harvest this Fall.

  • Frankincense ‘Carteri’ CO2 from Somalia is our all-time favorite Frankincense, with deep woody tones and light citrus notes. CO2 distillation of Frankincense has been heralded by some aromatherapists as the best way to product Frankincense oil, as it brings heavier molecules into the extract not found in steam distilled oils

    Frankincense resin from Boswellia Carteri trees has been in high demand, and last year we saw it become completely unavailable for several months. Frankincense extraction does not harm the trees, and while production continues, demand may drive up prices soon (like happened with Blue Tansy last year).

  • Helichrysum from Corsica is also becoming more and more rare as demand increases, particularly by large cosmetic manufacturers in Europe. We visited the distillers on Corsica to get more of this oil (our owner’s favorite oil) ourselves! Helichrysum italicum does so much…read more on our Helichrysum page. (Both the Corsican and Corsican ‘Fine’ are on sale.)
  • French Lavender CO2 is a wonderful, unique and rare oil we absolutely love. The cooler CO2 distillation process gives the oil an aroma akin to fresh lavender flowers. It’s a little less floral and a little more ‘bright’ than the steam distilled variety, though generally has a similar therapeutic profile. This oil is not in danger of disappearing any time soon, it’s that it’s hard to find just yet. A very worth the experience for Lavender lovers!
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The FDA, Big Pharma and CBD from Hemp CO2 Extract: Will CBD Be Banned?

Legally grown "industrial" hemp, source of CBD CO2 extract.

It was recently reported by Natural News that the FDA intends to ban CBD as a nutritional supplement, and is “waging war” against this and all cannabis extracts. Why? Because “Big Pharma” has synthesized CBD and is beginning its push to having it approved as a new drug.

We’ve written these these posts to introduce you to CBD:

CBD is available in Ananda’s 5 CBD formulas: CBD 100, CBD Plus, CBD x3, CBD Calm and CBD DeFlame.

A Summary of the FDA & CBD Controversy

  • CBD (cannabidiol) is the most abundant naturally-occurring cannabinoid in 100% legal “industrial” hemp. This is the same plant which provides hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, hemp fiber and hemp protein.
  • CBD has been positively researched for its benefits for a wide variety of health conditions in over 350 scientific studies, published in peer-reviewed journals.*
  • CBD has been synthetically produced by GW Pharmaceuticals. This company had submitted application to the FDA for an Investigation as a New Drug (IND) in 2014.
  • The FDA prohibits sale of a molecule or compound as a dietary supplement if an IND had been applied for prior to its marketing as a supplement.
  • However, CBD was in fact marketed as a supplement long before an IND was applied for by GW Pharmaceuticals with the FDA.

CBD Research Results are Solid Enough for Big Pharma to Pursue it as a New Drug

CBD has clearly demonstrated efficacy in reduction of epileptic seizures, with great safety, in a series of studies reported by the American Epilepsy Society in www.ScienceDaily.com. CBD has, in fact, shown promise in support of a great many health conditions*, and Big Pharma is eager to make a profit…and so is the FDA.

GW Pharmaceuticals has applied for a New Drug Investigation with its synthetic Cannabidiol for treatment of severe epilepsy in children. Both GW Pharmaceuticals and the FDA would like to see this proceed in the “normal” fashion. The reason why is obvious…

How the FDA Get’s Paid

In 2010, the total cost of review and approval of a new drug was approximately $500M. Yes, that’s right, about $500,000,000 dollars are paid by a drug company to the FDA for new drug review and approval. And there’s been a record number of new drug applications this last year than ever before. Approving new drugs is one of the primary ways the FDA stays in business, and it’s not about to let go of this income source anytime soon.

What, Now, is the Legal Status of CBD?

The controversy surrounding the banning of CBD as a nutritional supplement – and perhaps why CBD may actually remain available as a supplement – is that by the FDA’s own rules, it should be “legal” to sell in this manner. It remains to be seen what will result in this battle between the hemp industry and the FDA.

The FDA’s “crackdown” on CBD has been to send warning letters regarding labeling to the largest CBD distributors in the Country. It has, as of yet, left open the outright banning of sale of this ingredient. Because CBD is simply concentrated from 100% legal industrial hemp through CO2 distillation, it’s difficult to imagine its sale being stopped. The FDA can prevent it from being marketed as a supplement, though there will certainly be very significant resistance from the hemp and cannabis industries.

We are of course  offering our CBD formulas, including ingestible essential oils and CO2 extracts which may work in concert with CBD.

See all of Ananda Apothecary's synergistic CBD formulas here...

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Best Practices for Storing Your Essential Oils

We’re often asked what the “shelf life” of our oils are, or of a particular oil, as well as how best to store essential oils for their longevity. Here’s the scoop on how best to care for your oils!

Bergamot Fruit

Bergamot fruit, from which the incredible sweet-tart essential oil is pressed. One of the 'citrus' oils, which should be carefully stored if kept for more than 6 months.

The shelf life of essential oils is a complicated question. First because each oil has a different shelf life. Much of that has to do with how the oils are stored, and some oils improve with age!

What Does “Shelf Life” Mean for Essential Oils?

First, what does “shelf life” mean for essential oils? The truth is they don’t go “bad” as a carrier oil could (which we’ll get to in a bit). They can, over time, loose a sense of freshness, and could smell “flat” or less lively.

For example, the oils which can “go flat” fastest, if not properly cared for, are the cold-pressed citrus oils: Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Bergamot and Mandarin. This is because they’re pressed directly from the fruit, without ever being heated — so they’re in the most natural state of all essential oils. These oils are considered to have a shelf life of anywhere from 6 months to a year, yet this only means they loose some of the freshness in their aroma, not that they “go bad” as the term is commonly understood.

For long-term freshness however, the citrus oils should be used within their first 6 months of purchase, or stored in the refrigerator if you expect to keep them longer.

Lavender

Lavender: One of the few floral oils you should ensure proper storage of if it will be topically applied.

A couple specific oils have been shown to cause skin irritation in a small amount of the population if they’ve oxidized, if kept for over a year improperly stored. Scientific examination has shown this can happen with Tea Tree and Lavender, though thus far these are the only ones known to do this. (The study discussed oils that are an ingredient in a cream or other compound, where you can imagine the life of the oil: shipping from the distiller, to the manufacturer, to the store — and at each point the oil could sit for some time). Compare these to Helichrysum for example, which doesn’t necessarily have a shelf life — it’s aroma improves over the first year, and it doesn’t oxidize in a way that causes irritation of any sort.

Frankincense Trees

Boswellia trees, the source of Frankincese...an oil that can improve with age.

As you can see, “shelf life” means different things for different oils. For most oils, it really comes down to their aromas being as fine, bright and potent as they were when they were fresh. Looking at it this way, the cold-pressed citrus oil have the shortest shelf life, then some of the floral oils (though not really Rose or Jasmine), herbal, and conifer needle oils.

Oils Which Age Well

Then we get to the woods and resins: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh — these can age quite nicely. And some oils are more highly valued the older they get: Sandalwood and Patchouli are the most renown of this group.

Storage Conditions and Shelf Life

Given all that, the storage conditions of your essential oils makes a huge difference in how long they’ll stay fresh (when we’re talking about oils that don’t necessarily improve with age). Grapefruit, kept in a tightly capped bottle, with as little “air space” as possible, in a dark cabinet, refrigerator, can be kept for at least two years (perhaps longer) without any change in the aroma. Even if not kept “cold”, but still in a dark cool cabinet, it’s likely there would be no detectable change even for a year.

So essentially, if you’re buying oils you plan on using up within a year, there’s really no concern about shelf life at all, should you store your oils properly. And for all oils other than the cold-pressed citrus, this extends to two years or more.

The factors which age an oil are heat, light, and oxygen. Hence the ideal condition being in a cool, dark place, capped tightly. And should you decide to refrigerate your oils, though use them frequently, it would be best to pour yourself a smaller bottle that’s not kept refrigerated, as taking the oil from cool to warm to cool to warm (etc.) isn’t ideal (frequent change in temperature can affect the oils too, and they can collect moisture if this is done often as well).

The bottom line is that as long as you’re storing your oils properly, there’s really no reason to be concerned about their “shelf life”, should you expect to use them within two years of their purchase.

Shelf Life and Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are more like food than essential oils. Some can go rancid, and some do this faster than others. Oils with the most unsaturated fatty acids are the most sensitive. Hempseed, with it’s high amount of omega-3′s, Sunflower, Borage Seed, Rosehip Seed, Avocado, and Evening Primrose oils are best kept refrigerated if they’ll be kept for longer than a month.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jojoba and Fractionated Coconut last for years, without need for keeping them cool. And to extend the life of ALL carrier oils, you can add a few drops per ounce of vitamin E, or even better, Rosemary Antioxidant (it’s more effective because of the way it quenches oxidative radicals). This is a good idea when making blends that may not be used very quickly as well.

We hope this helps you understand about shelf lives and essential oils! It is a complicated subject, because each oil ages differently. At the same time, it’s easy to keep them fresh, simply by with proper storage.

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