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What are Essential Oils?
What is Aromatherapy?
What are Carrier Oils?
Are Vienna's herbs really locally harvested?
Are Vienna's products really all natural?
How long will Vienna's products last?

What are Essential Oils?
If you've ever squeezed a lemon you probably got the lemon's essential oil on your fingers and hands. Essential oils come from rinds, as well as other plant parts - flower, leaf, stem, berry, bark, resin and root. Extraction of these oils from plant parts can require a great deal of plant matter and be quite costly. For example it takes in excess of 220 pounds of rose petals to produce 4 or 5 teaspoons of rose essential oil, which costs about $1500. On the other hand, it takes about 100 lemons to produce one ounce of lemon essential oil which costs about $12. Absolutes and CO2s are essential oils extracted in a particular way from plant matter and tend to be thicker and more concentrated.

Note: Essential oils are highly concentrated and with few exceptions should never be used directly on the skin or ingested.

What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the ancient art of healing through the use of essential oils, providing both physiological and psychological benefits. Essential oils can be blended with carrier oils, water, creams, salts and sugars. The four essential oils we feature in our blends provide the following aromatherapeutic benefits:

Lavender - Relaxes and rejuvenates, gives relief from insomnia, headache, nervous tension. Provides excellent skin care for all skin types and myriad conditions: acne, athlete's foot, boils, burns, dandruff, eczema, insect bites and stings, insect repellent, lice, psoriasis, sunburn. Relieves muscular aches and pains. Safe for babies 3 months and older.

Lime Grapefruit - As members of the citrus family, lime and grapefruit are uplifting and euphoric. These essential oils aid in restoring emotional balance. Good for relieving jet lag. They help remove toxins from the body and aid in reducing cellulite. Good for oily skin.

Rose - The exquisite rose lifts the heart and eases nervous tension and stress. Particularly good for dry sensitive skin. An excellent tonic for the womb. A wonderful aphrodisiac.

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Sandalwood - Woody, sweet, and exotic, sandalwood is purifying and grounding and has traditionally been used as incense and for meditation. Soothes nervous tension and anxiety. Softens skin. Aphrodisiac. Especially suitable for men.

What are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are also known as vegetable oils, base oils or fixed oils and come from sources such as: almond, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, macadamia nut, sea buckthorn, and sunflower. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils, CO2s and absolutes before applying to the skin.

We feature organic jojoba, oleic safflower oil, avocado oil and hemp seed oil in our blends.

Jojoba, actually a wax ester, resembles human sebum which protects the skin and keeps it supple. Jojoba restores the skin to a natural pH balance. It does not go rancid.

Oleic Safflower Oil Contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and is superbly moisturizing. Subject to little oxidation and very stable

Avocado Oil Wonderfully nourishing and, a great source of lecithin, a super emulsifier and lubricant.. Avocado oil is also high in sterolin which softens and moisturizes skin and hair.

Hemp Seed Oil is high in essential omega fatty acids and proteins, with a pleasant nutty smell and deep green color. Ultra-rich and easily absorbed into the skin.

NOTE: There is no THC in Hemp Seed Oil.

Are Vienna's herbs really locally harvested?
Some are, in suitably clean areas in and around the NYC metro area. The rest are purchased from small eco-conscious growers and distributors.

Are Vienna's products really all natural?
All of our products are 100% natural except for our liquid soap.

How long will Vienna's products last?
We use pure unadulterated essential oils which reliably retain their smell and potency. We use combinations of organic jojoba, oleic safflower oil, avocado oil and hemp oil as the carrier base in our blends because of their naturally long shelf life. We add vitamin E as a natural preservative to our blends to further extend their life. We don't have large inventories on hand. Use product within one year to ensure freshness. If it gets really hot, refrigerate oils and creams.

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