Glossary

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ADD - (Attention Deficit Disorder) is a syndrome, usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness, a short attention span, and often hyperactivity, and interfering especially with academic, occupational, and social performance.

ADHD - (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behavior, or a combination of these.

Allergen - a substance that causes an allergic reaction.

Allergies - an immune response or reaction to substances that are usually not harmful.

Anti bacterialdestroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Anti fungal - destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.

Anti microbial - capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.

Anti viral - destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of viruses.

Antibiotic resistance - the ability of bacteria and other microorganisms to resist the effects of an antibiotic to which they were once sensitive.

Aromatherapy - aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being.

Asthma - a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

B

Bacteria - are microscopic living organisms, usually one-celled, that can be found everywhere. They can be dangerous, such as when they cause infection, or beneficial as when found in the stomach or digestive system.

Bergamot - see ingredients.

Bitter orange - see ingredients.

Black Mold - is a type of mold commonly found in homes and it can be quite toxic to humans and animals bringing about serious health issues. It is scientifically referred to as Strachybotrys atra or Strachybotrys chartarum and is most often described as a greenish-black, slimy substance. Black mold can grow on paper, wood, and carpet and grows in areas where there is accumulating water or excessive moisture, such as bathrooms and basements.

Blood orange - see ingredients.

Breathe me - a line of personal use products used to improve physical and psychological health and well-being.

Breathe pure - a line of home and workplace products used to improve physical and psychological health and well-being.

Bronchitis - an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lungparenchyma). Bronchitis can be divided into two categories: acute and chronic.

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Candida - a genus of yeasts. Many species are harmless commensals or endosymbionts of hosts including humans. But other species, or harmless species in the wrong location, can cause disease. Candida albicans can cause infections (candidiasis or thrush) in humans and other animals, especially in immunocompromised patients.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult.

Clinical Aromatherapy - aromatherapy used by health care professions as an alternative or complement to pharmaceutical drugs to improve one’s physical and /or psychological health.

Clove - see ingredients.

Coriander - see ingredients.

D

Decongest - to relieve nasal congestion.

Depression - a disturbance in mood, thought, and body characterized by varying degrees of sadness, disappointment, loneliness, hopelessness, self-doubt,  and guilt. Most people tend to feel depressed at one time or another; some people may experience these feelings more frequently or with deeper, more lasting effects.

Diffuser - a device used to disperse essential oils into the air.

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E. Coli - Escherichia coli O157:H7 is an enterohemorrhagicstrain of the bacterium Escherichia coli and a cause of illness through food. Infection may lead to hemorrhagic diarrhea, and to kidney failure. Transmission is via the fecal-oral route, and most illness has been through undercooked, contaminated ground beef or ground pork being eaten.

Essential oils - an essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant.  Each essential oil has a different chemical composition affecting how it smells, how it is absorbed and how the body uses it.

Eucalyptus - see ingredients.

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Flower Essences - flower essences are used in a form of energy medicine that focuses on the emotional and spiritual imbalances that can develop into physical ailments. Flower essences are produced from the buds of flowers, plants and trees, which are infused in water. The result is a therapeutic component that captures the energy of the transformation that occurs in the plant when it blossoms.

The medicinal peoples of many cultures have used flower essences since ancient times, but only in the past 80 years or so, have they become more widely known.  This is due to Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician who in the 1930s observed how emotional stress often was the root cause of certain physical complaints.

Since then, it has become well established that the mind and body interact – and if the mind is not in a harmonious state, the results can start to manifest physically. Certain flower essences have been found to capitalize on that connection, by helping to alleviate or minimize a predominant emotion that is driving a mind-body imbalance.

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GC-MS testing - (gas chromatography–mass spectrometry) is a method that combines the features of gas-liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample. GC-MS has been widely heralded as a "gold standard" for substance identification because it is used to perform a specific test which positively identifies the actual presence of a particular substance in a given sample.

Germ - a microorganism, esp. one that causes disease.

Gram negative bacteria - relating to a group of bacteria that do not change color when subjected to the laboratory staining method known as Gram's method or Gram's stain. Gram-negative bacteria have relatively thin cell walls and are generally resistant to the effects of antibiotics or the actions of the body's immune cells. Gram-negative bacteria include E. coli and the bacteria that cause gonorrhea, typhoid fever, rickettsial fever, cholera, syphilis, plague, and Lyme disease.

Gram positive bacteria - relating to a group of bacteria that turn a violet color when subjected to a laboratory staining method known as Gram's method. Gram-positive bacteria have relatively thick cell walls and are generally sensitive to the destructive effects of antibiotics or the actions of the body's immune cells.

Grapefruit - see ingredients.

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Health - the state of physical and emotional well-being, free from disease.

Herpes simplex virus1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2), also known as Human herpes virus 1 and 2 (HHV-1 and -2), are two members of the herpesvirus family, Herpesviridae, that infect humans.[1] Both HSV-1 (which produces most cold sores) and HSV-2 (which produces most genital herpes) are ubiquitous and contagious. They can be spread when an infected person is producing and shedding the virus.

Hormones - are messengers that our body's cells, tissues, and organs use as a means to communicate with each other.

Hormone imbalance - when the chemical messengers which regulate our body's systems are no longer functioning properly.

Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes respiratory tract infections. It is a major cause of lower respiratory tract infections and hospital visits during infancy and childhood.

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Immune system - a collection of organs, cells and tissues that work together to protect your body from disease caused mostly by pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi).

Immunity - the ability of an organism to resist disease.

Inhalation - the act of breathing in air or vapors.

Insomnia - chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time.

J

Jasmine - see ingredients.

Jet lag - a temporary disruption of bodily rhythms giving a general feeling of fatigue and disorientation.  This is often experienced by travellers who cross several time zones in a relatively few hours.

L

Lavender - see ingredients.

Lemon - see ingredients.

Lemongrass - see ingredients.

M

Massage - the rubbing or kneading of parts of the body especially to aid circulation, or to relax the muscles.

Medical Aromatherapy - aromatherapy used by health care professions as an alternative or complement to pharmaceutical drugs.

MRSA - Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus- a bacterium responsible for several difficult to treat infections in humans.  It is especially troublesome in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes, where patients with open wounds, invasive devices, and weakened immune systems are at greater risk of infection then the general public.

O

Orange - see ingredients.

Oregano - see ingredients.

Organic - natural chemical compounds found in nature, void of any synthetic substances.

P

Parabens - a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Pathogen - a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.

Peppermint - see ingredients.

Petitgrain sur fleurs - see ingredients.

R

Red Mandarin - see ingredients.

Rosemary - see ingredients.

S

Sage - see ingredients.

Silver fir - see ingredients.

Spearmint - see ingredients.

Star Anise - see ingredients.

Stress - a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Sunflower oil - high oleic acid oil expressed from the seed of the sunflower (helianthus annuus).

Sustainability - a method of harvesting so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.

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Therapeutic benefit - a therapeutic effect that’s a consequence of a medical treatment of any kind, the results of which are judged to be desirable and beneficial.

Thyme - see ingredients.

Topical application - to apply to the surface of a body part.

U

USDA organic -100% USDA certified organic products must be made with 100% organic ingredients.

V

Vetiver - see ingredients.

Virus - the causative agent of an infectious disease.

W

Well-being - the state of being healthy and happy.

West Nile Virus - a mosquito borne zoonotic arbovirus belonging to the genus flavivirus in the flaviviridae.

Wild crafted - the practice of collecting medicinally beneficial plants directly from their natural habitat as opposed to cultivating them in a greenhouse or on a farm.