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Natural Glossary

A B C D E F G H I L M N O P R S T U V
There are 12 names in this directory beginning with the letter F.
Farm-raised fish
Fish farming uses various methods to grow or breed fish in enclosed environments. In general, avoid carnivorous farmed fish like shrimp, salmon, and tuna, which often require wild fish feed—a nonsustainable farming practice. Farm-raised fish live in enclosed tanks so keepers can monitor water pollution, but some fish, like salmon, have high PCBs, antibiotics, dioxins, and mercury levels. Plus, fish and their waste can escape the farming area, harming the surrounding wildlife and habitat. The Seafood Watch recommends sustainable options such as inland-raised fish, like tilapia, catfish, and trout, and shellfish that require no supplemental feeding, like oysters, clams, and mussels.

Febrifuge
Cools and reduces fever black pepper, chamomile, eucalyptus, peppermint. Helps to combat fever

Fiber
Insoluble fiber is the coarse part of a plant that doesn’t dissolve in water, which adds bulk to stool and moves toxins out of the colon. Find it in whole wheat and whole grain products and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, turnips, and cauliflower. Soluble Fiber, also found in plants, binds to dietary cholesterol to help the body eliminate it and reduce LDL levels. Its functions also include easing IBS symptoms and other digestive problems. Oatbran, barley, legumes, and citrus are all good sources.

Fibrillation
Rapid twitching of muscle fiber

Fixative
Material that slows evaporation of volatile components in perfume

Fixed Oils
Vegetable oils obtained from plants that are fatty and non-volatile

Flower water
The water resulting from the distillation of essential oils, which still contains some of the properties of the plant material used in the extraction

Fold
Refers to the percentage of terpenes removed by re-distillation - single fold to fivefold

Fractionated oils
Refers to oils that have been re-distilled, either to have terpenes removed or to remove other substances

Free-range
Animals that are raised ‘free-range’ can roam freely outdoors for at least part of the day. This term can apply to meat, eggs, or dairy farming.

Fruitarian
A person who eats only fruit (including vegetable-like fruits: tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.).

Fungicide
A substance which destroys fungal infections

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