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Cacao, Caffeine + Theobromine. The Benefits of Hot Chocolate!

Posted by Monika Meulman on

Cacao, Caffeine + Theobromine. The Benefits of Hot Chocolate!

Did you know that the theobromine in pure cacao is exceptionally healthy for your cardiovascular health and supports your energy levels throughout the day? Theobromine is a natural compound found in cacao. Dark chocolate bars with a high cacao content, like the delicious dark chocolate bars from Chocosol that we carry at the Healing Muse Apothecary, will have high theobromine content as well.  Even some teas have it! What is Theobromine?  “A good example of isomers is caffeine and theobromine. Both have similar effects on the body & cognition because they share the same methyl groups which binds to the adenosine receptors in the brain....

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The Science of Mosquitos and Repellents

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The Science of Mosquitos and Repellents

As the weather gets nicer and summer is all around us, it seems all we want to do is spend time in the great outdoors! But with that beautiful weather comes the seemingly unavoidable pests and mosquitos. Many people don’t realize that mosquitos pollinate blueberries… so, they are quite the necessary evil you might say! But just because the blueberries need them near, doesn’t mean we do, right?⠀⠀⠀⠀Did you know that some essential oils are natural pest repellants? Lemongrass, Lavender, and Eucalyptus essential oils, among others, deter insects naturally! These essential oils are overlooked next to the infamous Citronella, but often...

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Bug Off Woods & Camp Spray

Posted by Janelle Carriere on

Bug Off Woods & Camp Spray

What really keeps the mosquitos away? When people think insect repelling natural essential oils, most often Citronella is the first thing that comes to mind. Citronella is the big go-to of essential oils and candles for everything insect repellant, it gets put into everything but it’s not actually the strongest. At best, it’s on par with the same strength as regular eucalyptus and lavender essential oils for keeping bugs away. Research has shown that the strongest bug and mosquito repelling natural essential oil is actually Lemon Eucalyptus! Learn more about the properties of Lemon Eucalyptus from www.aromaweb.com Lemon Eucalyptus is...

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Herbal Ice Cubes - Sangria with a Twist

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Herbal Ice Cubes - Sangria with a Twist

Have you tried making herbal ice cubes at home yet? There are many different edible flowers and herbs you can add to your ice cube tray to give your drink a fun twist!⠀⠀ Wild Roses & Daisies look beautiful in a glass of iced tea – cubes! You can also add mint, basil, rosemary, or any of your favourite garden herbs!      As the ice thaws, it will slowly change the flavour profile of your drink, making every sip fun and exciting! If you’re using your herbal ice cubes for fresh iced tea or sangria, add fresh brewed tea...

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Science of the Unknown

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Science of the Unknown

Tackling the idea of Intuition vs. science. There’s so many different layers to what this could mean, and how it could be presented.. The Science of the Unknown or, the Science of what we do not yet know.     We’ve discovered a lot over the past hundreds of years. How can we decipher or wade through the science of the unknown? Let’s explore a few examples that we’ve encountered throughout history.   Our First Example: Hysteria First to note is Hysteria, once believed to be a medical condition, a physical ailment specific to women, that caused anxiety, depression irritability,...

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