Now Free with Every Order Over $89: Your Choice of Our Beautiful Jasmine or Rose Attars!

damask rose

The Damask Rose, from which the beautiful Rose Otto is distilled.

An ‘Attar’ refers to one of many exquisite aromatics based in Sandalwood essential oil, worn as astoundingly beautiful natural perfumes. Plus you’ll receive free shipping on any first-time orders and all orders over $99 .

Sandalwood

Sandalwood - producing Sandalwood essential oil, the base of all 'attars'.

To receive your bottle, if your order has an over $89 subtotal, enter ‘Rose Attar’ or ‘Jasmine Attar’  in the comments box of the checkout page.

For this special we’ve created a magnificent Rose Attar: basing our organic Bulgarian Rose Otto in our wildcrafted Indian Sandalwood, and a Jasmine Attar: with both Jasmine sambac & Jasmine grandiflorum Absolutes, also in our Indian Sandalwood.

Jasmine Grandiflorum Oil

Jasmine grandiflorum flowers, producing the complex Jasmine grandiflorum absolute.

Both of these wonderful natural perfumes are based in ‘fractionated’ Coconut oil, which is simply organic Coconut oil with the heavier-weight fatty acids removed, so that it remains liquid at low temperatures. This coconut oil is ideal as a natural perfume base, as it has no aroma of it’s own, and a naturally-long ‘shelf-life’.

Both the Jasmine and Rose Otto attars are blends of our very finest oils. Our certified organic Bulgarian Rose Otto, and our wildcrafted Indian Sandalwood combine so well because their high and low notes blends perfectly.

Jasmine

Jasmine sambac flowers, source of the sweeet Jasmine sambac absolute.

The Jasmine attar is exquisitely rich and complex, basing both the sweeter Jasmine sambac and the more ‘heady’ Jasmine grandiflorum in our brilliant Sandalwood.

Again, to receive one of these beautiful natural perfumes, simply include your choice of ‘Rose Attar’ or ‘Jasmine Attar’ in the comments box with any order over $89.

And don’t forget to check out our Sales and Specials page, for instructions on how to receive free shipping on all first time orders, and all orders over $99…along with other current sales on a myriad of therapeutic grade essential oils & diffusers.

Just a little dab will of either will release its aroma for hours, as all these oils are known for their ‘tenaciousness’…We’re sure you’ll be pleased with either choice!

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The Science of Reducing Stress and Improving Quality of Life with Neroli Essential Oil

neroli

Sweet, soft Neroli, from the blossoms of the Bergamot tree, can be an excellent sleep aid.

Neroli essential oil, distilled from the flowers of the same tree producing Bergamot fruit, has traditionally been considered one of the most calming, anxiety-reducing essential oils.

Scientific research is confirming the traditional actions of Neroli in these very interesting studies (Note that our ‘precious’ essential oil 20% off sale, including Neroli, is on now – along with several other specials):

Study #1:

“Effects of Inhalation of Neroli on Menopausal Symptoms, Stress, and Estrogen in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

(Published in ‘Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, Epub June 12, 2014 – the complete abstract is included at the bottom of this post).

According to the research, compared to the control group, those inhaling neroli showed significant improvements in sex-drive, lowered blood pressure, lowered pulse rate, and serum cortisol (a stress hormone), and estrogen concentrations.

They conclude “These findings indicate that inhalation of neroli oil helps relieve menopausal symptoms, increase sexual desire, and reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women. Neroli oil may have potential as an effective intervention to reduce stress and improve the endocrine system.”

WOW! That says a lot about the potential of this wonderful essential oil!


Bergamot Fruit

Bergamot fruit, which Neroli flowers ripen into if not distilled first! The cold-pressed essential oil from Bergamot has also been widely researched for its anxiolytic properties.

In this second study, inhalation was shown to reduce blood pressure of the participants, though not lessen their anxiety during a medical procedure which, well, happens to produce a lot of anxiety regardless :)

Study #2:

“Aromatherapy for reducing colonoscopy-related procedural anxiety and physiological parameters: a randomized controlled study.” Published in the Journal of Hepatogastroenterology, 2010 Sept-Oct.

A randomized controlled trail was carried out and collected in 2009 and 2010. The participants were randomized in two groups. Aromatherapy was then carried out by inhalation of Sunflower oil (control group) and Neroli oil (Experimental group).

Participates in this study were 27 subjects, 13 in control group and 14 in Neroli group with average age 52.26 +/- 17.79 years. There was no significance of procedural anxiety by STAI-S score and procedural pain by VAS. The physiological parameters showed a significant lower pre- and post-procedural systolic blood pressure in Neroli group than control group.

So, as we posted recently on Ylang Ylang, customer experience and research had supported lowering of blood pressure as well…here’s to keeping calm with essential oils!

 

1. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:796518. doi: 10.1155/2014/796518. Epub 2014 Jun 12. Effects of Inhalation of Essential Oil of Citrus aurantium L. var. amara on Menopausal Symptoms, Stress, and Estrogen in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Choi SY, Kang P, Lee HS, Seol GH.

Abstract:This study aimed to investigate the effects of inhalation of the essential oil of Citrus aurantium L. var. amara (neroli oil) on menopausal symptoms, stress, and estrogen in postmenopausal women. Sixty-three healthy postmenopausal women were randomized to inhale 0.1% or 0.5% neroli oil or almond oil (control) for 5 minutes twice daily for 5 days. Menopause-related symptoms, as determined by the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (MENQOL); sexual desire visual analog scale (VAS); serum cortisol and estrogen concentrations, blood pressure, pulse, and stress VAS, were measured before and after inhalation. Compared with the control group, the two neroli oil groups showed significant improvements in the physical domain score of the MENQOL and in sexual desire. Systolic blood pressure was significantly lower in the group inhaling 0.5% neroli oil than in the control group. Compared with the control group, the two neroli oil groups showed significantly lower diastolic blood pressure and tended to improve pulse rate and serum cortisol and estrogen concentrations. These findings indicate that inhalation of neroli oil helps relieve menopausal symptoms, increase sexual desire, and reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women. Neroli oil may have potential as an effective intervention to reduce stress and improve the endocrine system.

 

2. Hepatogastroenterology. 2010 Sep-Oct;57(102-103):1082-6. Aromatherapy for reducing colonoscopy related procedural anxiety and physiological parameters: a randomized controlled study.

Hu PH1, Peng YC, Lin YT, Chang CS, Ou MC.

Abstract: Colonoscopy is generally tolerated, some patients regarding the procedure as unpleasant and painful and generally performed with the patient sedated and receiving analgesics. The effect of sedation and analgesia for colonoscopy is limited. Aromatherapy is also applied to gastrointestinal endoscopy to reduce procedural anxiety. There is lack of information about aromatherapy specific for colonoscopy. In this study, we aimed to performed a randomized controlled study to investigate the effect of aromatherapy on relieve anxiety, stress and physiological parameters of colonoscopy.

METHODOLOGY: A randomized controlled trail was carried out and collected in 2009 and 2010. The participants were randomized in two groups. Aromatherapy was then carried out by inhalation of Sunflower oil (control group) and Neroli oil (Experimental group). The anxiety index was evaluated by State Trait Anxiety Inventory-state (STAI-S) score before aromatherapy and after colonoscopy as well as the pain index for post-procedural by visual analogue scale (VAS). Physiological indicators, such as blood pressure (systolic and diastolic blood pressure), heart rate and respiratory rate were evaluated before and after aromatherapy.

RESULTS: Participates in this study were 27 subjects, 13 in control group and 14 in Neroli group with average age 52.26 +/- 17.79 years. There was no significance of procedural anxiety by STAI-S score and procedural pain by VAS. The physiological parameters showed a significant lower pre- and post-procedural systolic blood pressure in Neroli group than control group.

CONCLUSIONS: Aromatic care for colonoscopy, although with no significant effect on procedural anxiety, is an inexpensive, effective and safe pre-procedural technique that could decrease systolic blood pressure.

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Customer Experience and The Science of CBD Oil

We’ve recently received this wonderful customer note on their use of our CBD formulas: “Thank you for being available – your CBD oil removed be from 60 mg morphine, 325 mg Effexor thyroid med, Lyrica & Cymbalta … even my hormones balanced. Please share!”  Read more…

CBD Oil formulas

The CBD Oil formulas from The Ananda Apothecary

What is CBD?

CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, one of more than one hundred cannabinoids present in cannabis, and ‘industrial’ hemp, grown for hempseed, hempseed oil, and fiber. The amounts of certain cannabinoids, along with other constituents such as terpenes, ketones, and aldehydes, to name a few (found in hemp essential oil) account for the wide variety of effects of various cannabis strains.

 

CBD Formulas for ingestion are available at The Ananda Apothecary. See our selection of several blends here.  *

Hemp, which is legal in all 50 states, contains a relatively high concentration of CBD, and only trace amounts of other cannabinoids such as THC, CBN, etc. This allows for the CO2-extraction of CBD, and the formulation of CBD-containing blends used via oral ingestion.

CBD has none of the effects commonly associated with ‘pot’. It doesn’t get one ‘high’, though it has been researched for many potential health benefits.

CBD has been studied for a vast amount of potential health benefits, including neuralgic pain, anti-cancer properties, depression, anxiety, antibiotic resistance, and much, much more. Much of the research thus performed can be viewed at ProjectCBD.org/conditions.

CBD and Pain

In a recent Scientific American article, Lester Grinspoon, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., who has studied the effects of marijuana on patients since 1967, says that Curran’s study is important. “Cannabis with high cannabidiol (CBD) levels will make a more appealing option for anti-pain, anti-anxiety and anti-spasm treatments, because they can be delivered without causing disconcerting euphoria,” he says.

The Research

Published in the European Journal of Pharmacology, 2007 Epub 2006 Nov 10, is this research titled: “The non-psychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is an orally effective therapeutic agent in rat chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

Abstract summary: Cannabidiol CBD), the major psycho-inactive component of cannabis, has substantial anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. This study investigated its therapeutic potential on neuropathic and inflammatory pain in rats. In both models, daily oral treatment with cannabidiol (2.5-20 mg/kg to neuropathic and 20 mg/kg to adjuvant-injected rats) from day 7 to day 14 after the injury, or intraplantar injection, reduced hyperalgesia to thermal and mechanical stimuli.

The compound’s efficacy on neuropathic pain was not accompanied by any reduction in nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) content. The results indicate a potential for therapeutic use of cannabidiol in chronic painful states.

CBD and Cancer

The body of research noting CBD as a potential anti-cancer agent is growing as well. Published in the British Journal of Pharmacol, Oct 2014  is a study titled: “Targeting multiple cannabinoid anti-tumour pathways with a resorcinol derivative leads to inhibition of advanced stages of breast cancer.”

Abstract: The psychoactive cannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) can both reduce cancer progression, each through distinct anti-tumour pathways. Our goal was to discover a compound that could efficiently target both cannabinoid anti-tumour pathways.

To measure breast cancer cell proliferation/viability and invasion, MTT and Boyden chamber assays were used. Modulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and apoptosis was measured using dichlorodihydrofluorescein and annexin/propidium iodide, respectively, in combination with cell flow cytometry. Changes in protein levels were evaluated using Western analysis. Orthotopic and i.v. mouse models of breast cancer metastasis were used to test the activity of cannabinoids in vivo.

Key Results: CBD reduced breast cancer metastasis in advanced stages of the disease as the direct result of down-regulating the transcriptional regulator Id1.

This is just a peek into the potential of CBD. We’ve made it available in synergistic blends, which many customers have enjoyed. Again, for further reading on the research of CBD, see projectcbd.org/conditions.


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

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