Product Ingredient List
Essential oils are highly concentrated lubricants distilled from the aromatic parts of a plant such as the root or leaves. Essential oils evaporate and have strong scents.
Carrier oils are pressed from the seeds, nuts, or other fatty parts of the fruit, and are used to help dilute essential oils. Carrier oils do not evaporate or have strong scents.
Used on all skin types including oily skin.
Treats oily skin conditions, like acne, skin infections, wrinkles and fine lines.
Attracts moisture to skin.
Acts an emollient, making skin moist, soft and supple.
Glycerin is a very effective moisturizer on skin. It absorbs water from air reducing dry and dull patches on your skin. Your skin gets soft, supple and hydrated immediately on application. It adds hydration and health to your skin.
As your skin ages, it looks dull and becomes susceptible to irritation, redness and many other conditions, such as dry skin due to losing its ability to keep moisture. With aging, your skin also gets rough – but using glycerin regularly can make your skin smooth by filling in tiny cracks and prevent other problems associated with dryness.
Maintains Water Balance
Humectants in glycerin attract water from air and keep water in your skin. Glycerin minimizes water loss due to evaporation and maintains skin’s water balance on an intercellular level– so keeps skin well hydrated and nourished.
Because of its skin nourishing properties, glycerin can be used every day. Its regular use will help keep your skin healthy, soft and fresh. It is especially great to use in the winter time to help combat winter chill.
Enhances Skin Appearance
Glycerin acts as an emollient that keeps your skin not only moist, but soft and supple to touch. It makes your skin look healthier and attractive. Its therapeutic effects on wounds and other skin issues also lead your skin to look healthier and smoother.
Glycerin can help cells grow thus helping skin heal. Glycerin also acts as a natural medication for fungal infections like eczema and psoriasis. It reduces bruising and repairs infected tissue and cells more quickly.
Glycerin increases epidermal layer thickness and improves barrier function. It locks moisture in helping to keep harmful chemicals and environmental elements out of your skin.
Organic White Tea
White tea comes from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant (some people simply describe this as the “hair” of the immature tea leaves). White tea usually requires only minimal processing: the immature leaves from the tea bush are plucked fresh and the tea leaves are withered by air-drying, solar-drying, or mechanical drying. Then you are left with white tea.
The white tea beverage itself is not white or colorless but instead has a slightly yellow or very pale yellow color. Its flavor is very mild compared to black tea and green tea and is sometimes described as sweet and silky. White tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste so often associated with green tea, which has a much stronger taste than white tea.
White tea contains a high amount of antioxidants, as well as polyphenols, flavonoids, and tannins. These nutritional benefits have a positive effect on our health and well being.
White tea has been shown to protect the body against certain diseases and reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disorders. It also provides natural antibacterial properties, helps with weight loss, and can lower bad cholesterol. Some studies suggest that white tea may increase the antioxidant effects of your bodily organs as well as increase your plasma.
Because of the high percentage of antioxidant properties, white tea can also help to repair and maintain your skin and protect the skin against the effects of ultraviolet light. This light beverage also can slow down the aging process and reduce the risk of premature aging.
Organic Matricaria Flower Extract
An extract derived from the Matricaria (Chamomilla Recutita) plant, a white and yellow annual flower with an aromatic smell that is native to parts of Europe and Asia, but can now be found in North America and Australia as well. As the name implies, it is a common source for the herbal treatment chamomile lotion, however it is not the only source.
The medicinal benefits of Matricaria extract have been known for thousands of years. Historically it has been used internally as a tonic to help calm the stomach, and applied topically to sooth irritated and inflamed skin.
Matricaria flower extract has natural healing and skin protective properties. It contains tannic acid, a substance commonly found in creams, sun creams, eye lotions and antiperspirants, and has natural astringent and skin calming properties.
Recent research has shown that chamomile has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and some antimutagenic properties. Chamomile has also demonstrated moderate antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Combined, these help matricaria extract speed healing and promote overall skin health. When used twice daily, a recent study has shown that a chamomile compress is as effective as hydrocortisone ointment in treating skin lesions.
Matricaria Flower Extract is considered to be extremely safe and a non-irritant when applied topically. Some individuals who have an allergy to, or are sensitive to, the Asteraceae/Compositae plant (ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, etc.) may have an allergic reaction.
There are a few risks associated with the consumption of chamomile, including interaction with some medications, especially those for blood thinners, nausea and vomiting, and may possibly cause miscarriage in pregnancy. However, in most of these cases, risk only occurs from consuming very large quantities of chamomile. The chamomile used in LUSU Vital Essence products is only applied topically and is found in much smaller concentrations. If you have any medical concerns, please consult your healthcare practitioner.
Organic Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame oil is derived from the seeds of the flowering sesame plant, also known as Sesamum indicum. These plants are native to East Africa and India, but they’re currently grown in many countries around the world.
Due to its hearty, nutty flavor and its high levels of mono- and polyunsaturated fats, sesame oil has become one of the most popular oils for cooking.
Sesame oil has the following properties, which help to make it a beneficial oil for your skin:
Antioxidant. This means it has the ability to fight damage by free radicals, or unstable molecules that can harm the cellular structure of your skin.
Antimicrobial. This means it can kill harmful microorganisms or stop their growth.
Anti-inflammatory. This means it can reduce inflammation and swelling.
Sesame oil also has a moderately low rating on the comedogenic scale. This unofficial database ranks different oils and butters by their pore-clogging properties. The scale ranges from zero to five.
A rating of zero means that an oil won’t clog your pores, while a rating of five means that it will.
Organic Grape Juice
It is said that grapes were first locally developed in the Middle East. Eventually, different nations likewise began developing it and utilizing it in the wine making process. Slowly and gradually, other countries also started cultivating it and utilizing it in the wine making process apart from using it for other purposes.
The portability, texture, flavor and assortment of grapes have made them a famous finger fruit all over the world. The potential medical advantages of consuming grapes are immense. According to studies, grapes prevent cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and constipation.
Green grapes are easily accessible in the market throughout the year. Rich in antioxidants like polyphenols and resveratrol, vitamin C and other essential nutrients, grape or its juice recipe can do wonders for your health when had regularly. What’s more, its citrusy and fruity smell and tarty taste makes it one of the most loved and enjoyed fruits among all.
Grapes have some special components, which is why they have been given the “super food” status.
Here are some of the benefits of grape that you can avail for a healthy body, skin and hair:
Skin Benefits of Grape Juice :
Protection against sun
Makes skin soft & supple
Gives even skin tone
Helps reduce scars
Hair Benefits of Grape Juice:
Treats hair loss
Adds natural shine
Make hair soft & healthy
Health Benefits of Grape Juice:
Boosts brain power
Prevents eye degeneration
Reduce risk of heart diseases
Help in kidney disorders
Helps fight viral infections
Overall benefits of Grape Juice:
Prevents Skin Problem
Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
Treats Kidney Disorders
Boosts Brain Power
Prevents Eye Degeneration
Prevents Hair Loss
Good for Knees
Controls High Blood Pressure
Helps Manage Weight
Organic Cinnamon Oil
Cinnamon Essential Oil may be obtained from either the tree’s outer bark or its leaves, hence the two main varieties are Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Used in aromatherapy applications, Cinnamon Essential Oil is known to diminish the feelings of depression, faintness, and exhaustion, to stimulate the libido, and to strengthen immunity.
Used cosmetically or topically in general, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to calm dry skin, effectively alleviate aches, pains, and stiffness in the muscles and joints, address acne, rashes, and infections, enhance circulation, nourish the skin, slow the look of aging, and revive the skin tone.
Used medicinally, Cinnamon Essential Oil is reputed to reduce inflammation, eliminate viruses, boost immunity, facilitate pain relief, and improve metabolic function.
COSMETIC: Cleansing, Astringent, Stimulant, Antioxidant.
ODOROUS: Aphrodisiac, Stimulant, Anti-depressant, Expectorant, Immunostimulant, Warming, Stimulating, Energizing, Metabolism-Boosting.
MEDICINAL: Anti-parasitic, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-viral, Immune-Boosting, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Astringent, Anti-septic, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Stomachic, Tonic, Vermifuge, Anti-Rheumatic, Detoxifying, Immunostimulant, Antioxidant.
Ever wondered about the benefits of sunflower seed oil? You’re not alone. First, a little history: the sunflower was cultivated by American Indian tribes circa 3,000 B.C. Tribes used parts of the sunflower plant to help soothe snakebites and to condition the skin and hair.
When it comes to skincare today, sunflower seed oil is a great source of vitamin E, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is effective for combatting skincare issues like acne, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.
Sunflower seed oil helps moisturize your skin
Sunflower seed oil is high in vitamin E
Sunflower seed oil helps fight acne
Sunflower seed oil is rich in beta-carotene
Sunflower seed oil can reduce signs of aging
Sunflower seed oil helps soothe and heal your skin
Sunflower seed oil is beneficial for particularly dry skin
The barbary fig cactus, or opuntia ficus indica, is the source of our latest holy grail skincare ingredient. The seeds from this cactus are cold-pressed and transformed into…prickly pear seed oil.
Prickly pear oil is chock-full of vitamins
It has a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids
So many antioxidants = so many skin benefits
Prickly pear seed oil is non-comedogenic
It works for all skin types
Tamanu Oil is pressed from the fruit kernel of the Tamanu Nut Tree.
Used topically, Tamanu Carrier Oil facilitates the growth of newer skin and leaves the skin feeling smoother and softer. It soothes, repairs, and diminishes redness, scars, stretch marks, irritation, itchiness, dryness, and peeling. It prevents blemishes from forming, and it protects against the harsh effects of the elements. It works to reduce age spots, stretch marks, cellulite, and dryness.
Used in hair, Tamanu Oil encourages stronger, longer, and healthier hair growth, addresses hair loss, hydrates the strands, brings out hair’s natural sheen, and helps with easier manageability. It also works to soothe inflammation and eliminate fungal infections on the scalp.
Used medicinally, Tamanu Carrier Oil works to reduce acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, ulcers, itchiness, scaly skin, body odor, fungal infections, rashes, sores, swelling, sunburn, sciatica, rosacea, and foot odor.
Tamanu Oil is also reputed to soothe fissures, chilblains, rheumatism, shingles, Athlete’s Foot, scrapes, cuts, sores, boils, insect bites and stings, severe burns, neuralgia, gout, and dermatophytosis of the beard or the scalp. It is ideal for use in massage oils intended to address various types of pain.
COSMETIC: Collagen-Enhancing, Regenerating, Soothing, Hydrating, Smoothing, Deodorizing, Protective, Nourishing, Cleansing, Exfoliating, Anti-Oxidant, Soothing
MEDICINAL: Anti-Microbial, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Coagulative, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, Wound-Healing, Regenerating, Soothing, Analgesic, Immune-Boosting, Anti-Itch, Cicatrizing, Anti-Neuralgic
Macadamia Nut Oil
Native to Australia, the Macadamia tree is traditionally called Kindal Kindal by Australia’s aboriginal people.
Macadamia nut oil is a lightweight oil, that is well absorbed without feeling greasy.
It’s high in monounsaturated fatty acids, including Oleic Acid (Omega 9), which are very moisturising, regenerating and softening on the skin.
These fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties.
The Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) in Macadamia nut oil helps to restore the skin’s barrier function and reduce water loss.
Macadamia nut oil also contains Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7), an active anti-microbial that is found naturally in youthful skin.
Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7) levels in our skin reduce with age, contributing to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and weathered skin.
Macadamia nut oil has been shown to slow the signs of ageing and has also been used to improve the appearance of scars, sunburn and other minor skin irritations.
(non-skin) decreasing levels of LDL cholesterol to improving brain function in Alzheimer's patients.
Coconut oil is a highly saturated oil that is traditionally made by extracting the oil from raw coconuts or dried coconut kernels.
It's rich in saturated fat and medium-chain fatty acids, especially lauric acid; The fatty acids found in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that effectively kill bacteria and fungi.
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of coconut oil and its components could help treat acne. A 2014 animal and test-tube study showed that both lauric and capric acid were successful in reducing inflammation and preventing acne by killing off bacteria.
Coconut oil can be an effective moisturizer and aid in the treatment of dry skin and eczema.
A study comparing the effects of olive oil and coconut oil in 52 adults with eczema found that applying coconut oil helped reduce dryness, in addition to helping treat eczema.
Another study found similar results, showing that coconut oil led to a 68% decrease in eczema severity, making it significantly more effective than mineral oil in the treatment of eczema.
Animal studies have shown that coconut oil may help accelerate wound healing.
One animal study looked at how coconut oil applied to the skin affected wound healing in rats.
It found that treating the wounds with virgin coconut oil sped up healing, improved antioxidant status and increased levels of collagen, an important protein that aids in wound healing.
Another animal study showed that coconut oil combined with an antibiotic applied to the skin was effective at healing burn wounds.
Coconut oil could potentially clog pores. Using a small amount and slowly testing your tolerance to it is recommended for those with oily or sensitive skin.
Virgin coconut oil may be a better choice than refined coconut oil, given that it provides added health benefits like improved antioxidant status.
The results of these two studies indicate that virgin coconut oil may be more effective than refined coconut oil at preventing oxidation and neutralizing free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to inflammation and disease.
Among the most beneficial skin care ingredients contained within palm oil is beta carotene. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant that kills off the free radicals that can lead to premature aging by destroying your body cells, including those of your skin. Palm oil is also a natural source of vitamins A, C, and E, which also have antioxidant properties.
The vitamin E content of palm is so high that studies in Malaysia have led researchers to believe it to be a powerful treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, acne and dermatitis. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant, and used in many skin preparations for its properties of destroying free radicals generated.
by agents such as the ultra violet radiation in sunlight, pesticides, traffic fumes and cigarette smoke.
In addition to this positive biochemical effect on your skin, palm oil is also a good moisturizer, and promotes smoother skin, as many natural skin care products do.
It is full of vitamins and minerals that are very healthy for your body. These vitamins are full of antioxidants that protect your body from diseases and infections.
It is great for your hair and scalp. It is quickly absorbed by your hair and scalp to restore and improve your hair quality.
It’s great for acne. Because of some of the vitamins and properties of the wholesale soap bars, they work well on acne. The soap has a cleansing ability to remove oils from the skin and protect pores from dirt and infection.
It’s a great moisturizer. If you have dry skin, palm oil is a great way to hydrate, moisturize, and protect. The oil protects against the temperature and dryness of the air around you to keep your skin fresh.
It also helps as an anti-aging supplement. The palm oil soap refreshes your skin and helps it maintain its elasticity. This keeps wrinkles to a minimum and helps your skin to glow and shine.
It's nutritionally similar to sunflower oil, colorless, flavorless having a very light texture. It has a high source of polyunsaturated fats, omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin E! It's used for food production, as cooking oil. It's found in salad dressings, margarines and other foods.
It's used for skin care in various ways. Soothe dry flaky skin. Use as an overall body moisturizer. Protect against sun damage. It's a natural sunscreen! Relieve sore bruises or swollen areas. It's a natural anti-inflammatory! Use for soothing massages. This natural oil is in cosmetics, soaps, lotions, creams, bath oils, lip balms and more.
Fade Acne Scars, Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Relieve Bruises, Minor Irritations, Acne, Dry Skin
Safflower oil is a natural sunscreen, blocking out about 20% of sun UV rays. Moisturize dry flaky skin. Apply to areas that may be sore or swollen like bruises or sprains. It's a natural anti-inflammatory. Unclog pores and relieve acne. Improve skin's overall appearance. This natural oil penetrates skin, easily, due to its light texture.
This amazing cosmetic oil is perfect for skin care. Safflower Oil contains nutrients, like a high content of essential fatty acids, that really love and care for the skin. Not only is Safflower Oil perfect for nourishing your skin, but this oil is wonderful for protecting your skin from drying out. This cosmetic oil is able to both provide nutrients to your skin and lock in the moisture that your body needs. To protect the skin, the lovely oil creates a water proof barrier that prevents your skin from losing moisture. So, your skin will be softened and stay that way for longer.
Another benefit of this cosmetic oil is helping to reduce breakouts, blackheads, and similar blemishes. First, Safflower Oil contains high levels of linoleic acid. This means that this cosmetic wonder is perfect for balancing the oil your body naturally produces, sebum. This will help to reduce breakouts and lead to more clear, healthy looking skin.
Further, this cosmetic oil has been tested on its ability to reduce blackheads and whiteheads. It was found that using Safflower Oil can lead to a reduction in the size of these blemishes. So, this cosmetic ingredient would make a perfect addition to your skin care routine.
Further, you can use Safflower Oil perfectly as a facial moisturizer. The cosmetic oil is said to work by if used by those with either normal or combination skin. Now, normal skin just means that you aren’t overly oily and you aren’t extremely dry. Instead, your skin is somewhere in the middle. So, you could use this cosmetic oil as an everyday moisturizer to provide your skin with a healthy, beautiful appearance.
This means that your skin will be soft and beautiful with the combination of this oil being able to condition and balance your sebum.
Cocoa butter is a hard vegetable fat with a distinct, chocolate-y aroma that is extracted from the cocoa bean. A major ingredient in chocolate, cocoa butter is commonly used in bath and body products due to its skin-loving properties. Because of its hard texture and warm smell, cocoa butter makes a fabulous addition to soap, lip products, body butters and more.
Cocoa butter is a type of fat that comes from cocoa beans. To harness cocoa butter, the beans are taken out of the larger cacao plant. Then they’re roasted, stripped, and pressed to separate out the fat—the cocoa butter. The remnants are then processed into cocoa powder.
Cocoa has been used in medicine for around 3,000 years.
Cocoa butter is also rich in natural plant compounds called phytochemicals. These substances may improve blood flow to the skin and slow skin aging by protecting against damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
One common use of cocoa butter is to smooth scars, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin. Many women believe cocoa butter creams and lotions can be used during and after pregnancy to prevent and minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Cocoa butter has also been promoted to heal rashes from conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
A nice citrusy scent can be invigorating and rejuvenating during a bath or shower. Orange essential oil in our orange hand soap is also an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory. It can have an aphrodisiac effect, can remove toxins from the skin and is a natural antidepressant.
Orange essential oil is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory when used in an orange hand soap. It is also naturally antimicrobial and works as a disinfectant to clean wounds. Orange essential oil in orange hand soap can prevent inflammation caused by shaving or from dermatological issues.
A high concentration of vitamin C in Orange essential oil gives it the much-renowned detoxification properties that have been prized by wellness experts for centuries. A topical form of orange essential oil, found in better quality handmade soap products, when used on a regular basis, may help protect the skin from sun damage and lighten age spots.
For grownups, the skin covers approximately 20 square feet of the body. It is the largest human organ and is the bodies initially line of defense against dehydration, temperature level, infection and harmful substances. Orange essential oil in orange hand soap provides your skin the care it deserves and make bathing a gentle, calming experience.
For grownups, the skin covers approximately 20 square feet of the body. It is the largest human organ and is the bodies initially line of defense against dehydration, temperature level, infection and harmful substances. Orange essential oil in orange hand soap provides your skin the care it deserves and make bathing a gentle, calming experience.
The scent of orange essential oil in orange hand soap can evoke strong sensations and memories, which is why it is often employed for aromatherapy. Orange essential oil has been claimed by some to act as an antidepressant, soothing the nerves and easing stress. The use of orange oil in soap can give you a psychological boost with your morning shower.
Used in aromatherapy, Orange Essential Oil’s pleasant scent has a cheerful and uplifting yet simultaneously relaxing, calming effect that helps reduce pulse rate. It can not only create a warm environment but can also stimulate the strength and resilience of the immune system and eliminate airborne bacteria.
Used topically, Orange Essential Oil is beneficial for maintaining the health, appearance, and texture of skin by promoting clarity, radiance, and smoothness, thereby reducing the signs of acne and other uncomfortable skin conditions.
Applied in a massage, Orange Essential Oil is known to increase blood flow. This is known to relieve discomforts associated with inflammation, headaches, menstruation, and low libido.
As illustrated, Orange Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:
COSMETIC: Tonic, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Cleansing, Stimulant.
ODOROUS: Anti-Depressant, Anti-Spasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Diuretic, Sedative.
With a calming, physically and emotionally balancing fragrance, it has commonly been used for its relaxing effects on the body.
Lavender has cosmetic, odourous, and medicinal uses, demonstrating soothing, sedative activities in each form, which can include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, sprays, and candle making.
It is best to avoid using Lavender essential oil when pregnant, while on medication that could induce drowsiness, or when undergoing anesthesia.
anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, relieving, soothing, cytophylactic, cicatrisant.
anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, relaxing, sedative, soothing, nervine.
anti-septic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, bactericidal, decongestant, relieving, soothing, vulnerary, sudorific, rubefacient, hypotensive, emmenagogue, diuretic, cytophylactic, cicatrisant, carminative.
be skin healing
be a relaxant
improve joint pain
be effective for reducing coughs and colds
promote easy breathing
ease anxiety and insomnia
be a cold remedy
increase mental capacity
Used in aromatherapy, the fragrance is inhaled and scent receptors in the brain’s emotional powerhouse process the smell as calming, allowing the brain and body to relax. Similarly, a few drops smoothed onto a pillow may promote faster onset of deeper sleep with a decreased number of sleep disturbances. Its ability to reduce emotional stress such as anxiety and its potency in alleviating headaches also extends to its ability to reduce feelings of motion sickness and to improve the mood. It is believed that Lavender can reduce symptoms of hay fever when inhaled deeply.
Diluted with a carrier oil and used topically, Lavender oil moisturizes chapped and aging skin. Its anti-septic and anti-fungal properties may help to reduce itching and swelling caused by insect bites. Known to have anti-microbial properties, it provides soothing relief to minor burns and cuts, decreasing pain and inhibiting bleeding while eliminating bacteria from the wound. Its potential to restore skin complexion is also demonstrated with use on aging and acne-prone skin on which it slows the look of aging with its powerful anti-oxidant action and improves the look and feel of skin that is subject to eczema and psoriasis. In hair care, Lavender is known to be an anti-septic that effectively eliminates lice, nits, and dandruff when rubbed into the scalp.
As a spray, Lavender acts as a natural perfume and a non-toxic air freshener that creates a relaxing atmosphere, especially for the bedroom. In the bathroom, it can be sprayed onto towels for a fresh and calming scent.
In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of grapefruit essential oil (or absorbing grapefruit essential oil through the skin) is thought to transmit messages to a brain region involved in controlling emotions. Known as the limbic system, this brain region also influences the nervous system. Aromatherapy proponents suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.
In aromatherapy, grapefruit essential oil is typically used for the following problems:
· Jet lag
Grapefruit essential oil is also used to reduce stress, stimulate circulation, increase energy, enhance mood, and improve digestion.
When used as an ingredient in personal-care products, grapefruit essential oil is said to treat oily hair and skin.
When combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado), grapefruit essential oil can be applied directly to the skin or added to baths.
Grapefruit essential oil also can be inhaled after sprinkling a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.
Ginger Root Oil
Used in aromatherapy applications, Ginger Essential Oil is stimulating and warming. It can enhance concentration and it can soothe and reduce feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue.
Used topically, Ginger Essential Oil soothes redness, eliminates bacteria, inhibits the signs of skin damage and aging, and restores color and radiance to a dull complexion.
Used in hair, Ginger Essential Oil contributes to the health and cleanliness of the scalp, soothes dryness and itchiness, and enhances healthier hair growth by stimulating and improving circulation to the scalp
Used medicinally, Ginger Essential Oil facilitates the elimination of toxins, boosts digestion, eases discomforts of the stomach and bowel, enhances appetite, clears the respiratory tract, soothes aches, and reduces inflammation.
COSMETIC: Tonic, Stimulant, Warming, Anti-Inflammatory, Firming
ODOROUS: Tonic, Stimulant, Warming, Expectorant, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Memory-Enhancing, Soothing, Anti-Nausea, Appetite-Boosting, Immune-Boosting
MEDICINAL: Antiseptic, Laxative, Tonic, Stimulant, Warming, Digestive, Carminative, Expectorant, Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Soothing, Anti-nausea, Appetite-Boosting, Circulatory, Diuretic, Detoxifying, Immune-Boosting, Sudorific
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil is a powerful, antiseptic immune system stimulant that is beneficial for eliminating bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Tea Tree Essential Oil can be used in cosmetics, aromatherapy, and in household cleaning supplies. It can treat wounds, provide soothing relief for aches, pains, and congestion, promote a sense of calm, and disinfect surfaces.
Tea Tree Essential Oil’s active chemical components contribute to its reputation as a powerful yet gentle immune system stimulant, as well as to its ability to reduce or eliminate harmful bacteria and infections upon contact. It is known to soothe topical allergic reactions and to treat rashes, burns, dandruff, acne, Athlete’s Foot, and head lice among other ailments.
Used topically and cosmetically, Tea Tree Oil can heal skin issues, making it an excellent additive for personal hygiene cosmetic products and toiletries such as bar soaps, face washes, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, salves, moisturizers, massage oils, and nail conditioners.
COSMETIC: Cicatrisant, Stimulant, Sudorific.
ODOROUS: Expectorant, Stimulant.
MEDICINAL: Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anti-microbial, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Expectorant, Fungicide, Stimulant, Sudorific.
relieve feelings of fatigue and brain fog
stimulate clearer thinking
help hair follicles stay strong and healthy through increased blood flow
soothe mental stress
comfort those who suffer from mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, and depression
heal wounds quickly
protect against infection
diminish the appearance of scarring, especially scars due to acne
have powerful cleansing features
The fruit of the Bergamot tree is a cross between the Citrus limetta (a species of Citrus that can be referred to as either “Sweet Lemons” or “Sweet Limes”) and the Orange. It is slightly pear-shaped and slightly yellowish in color.
Bergamot Essential Oil was used historically in Italian folk medicine and in Ayurvedic medicine to treat problems related to digestion, skin health, and fever to name a few ailments it could effectively relieve.
COSMETIC: Stimulant, Deodorant, Tonic, Anti-bacterial, Soothing
ODOROUS: Stimulant, Anti-depressant, Deodorant, Anti-spasmodic, Sedative, Febrifuge, Calmative, Soothing, Analgesic, Antibiotic, Antiseptic
In Ayurvedic medicine, Bergamot Oil has been used to soothe acne, skin rashes, sores and sore throats, and bladder infections. It is also used to reduce fever, obesity, depression, eczema, gingivitis, flatulence, loss of appetite, and compulsive behaviors.
Used in aromatherapy applications, Bergamot Essential Oil is known to help reduce anxiety and stress and thereby alleviate symptoms of depression.
The citrus scent of Bergamot Oil makes it a freshening room spray for eliminating unpleasant odors. The anti-spasmodic nature of Bergamot Oil means that those who suffer from respiratory issues such as chronic coughing may find relief from the convulsions of a coughing fit. Its anti-congestive and expectorant properties clear nasal passages and promote easier breathing by loosening phlegm and mucus, thereby eliminating more of the germs and toxins that cause illness.
Used cosmetically or topically in general, Bergamot Oil can disinfect the skin by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. When added to bath water or soaps, it relieves cracks on the skin and heels while also protecting skin against infections.
As a cicatrizant, Bergamot Oil can balance skin’s oil production and reduce the appearance of unwanted marks and scars by evening out the skin tone. By using it in a natural deodorant, Bergamot Oil can eliminate the bacteria that causes body odor.
Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne. Charcoal is not metabolized, adsorbed or absorbed by the body, but it can be used to treat some poisonous bites and disinfect some wounds.
Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne. Charcoal is not metabolized, adsorbed or absorbed by the body, but it can be used to treat some poisonous bites and disinfect some wounds. Activated charcoal powder is proven to adsorb thousands of times its own mass in harmful substances, which makes it a popular ingredient in facial masks.
This is how it works: because toxins stick to the activated charcoal, it makes a good deep cleanser and detoxifier. It’s all-natural and won’t add new chemicals to your skin and hair when you use it.
Balances oily skin
Deep cleanse your skin
Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations
Rid your hair of toxins
Add volume to your hair
Remedy scalp conditions
Plantain is a useful herb that is often considered a weed by most people.
It is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but was said to have been introduced to North America when the settlers came from Europe. Its scientific name is Plantago Major, and it likely grows in your yard.
The leaves can also be made into a tea or tincture, and this is said to help with indigestion, heartburn and ulcers when taking internally.
Externally, Plantain has been used for insect and snake bites, and as a remedy for rashes and cuts. I use it in making my Homemade Healing Salve, which we use as a natural antibiotic ointment on cuts and bruises.
Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it great for speeding recover of wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems. A tea made from the leaf leaf can be sprayed on mosquito bites to ease the itch.
Plantain is good for injuries because of its coagulating properties, but those with blood disorders or prone to blood clots should not use Plantain internally. If harvesting it yourself, make sure to get from an area that has not been sprayed with any chemicals or pesticides and make sure that you have correctly identified the plant before consuming.
Here’s the simplest way to explain it. Cacao is the raw form of cacao beans. Cacao trees produce cacao pods; inside the pods are the beans. How those beans are harvested and dried determines whether it is cacao or cocoa. Cacao is the raw form of cacao beans. When they are roasted and ground, they become cocoa. Both cocoa and cacao are used in the production of chocolate.
So now you understand why cacao is used instead of cocoa in your favorite skincare products–it maintains all of those powerful antioxidants that are wonderful for enriching your skin with the nutrients it needs. Here are a few more reasons why you might want to consider products or at-home treatments using cacao:
It’s rich in antioxidants called flavenoids, which block harmful free radials, protecting your skin and smoothing fine lines.
The omega-6 fatty acids promote cellular healing, provide hydration, give skin that plump, dewy appearance and can help heal scars.
The vitamin C and magnesium content protect your skin.
Cacao, like coffee, promotes blood flow to the skin, which promotes that healthy glow.
It protects skin from harmful UV rays, which is key for maintaining the appearance of youthful skin.
It has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe redness and diminish the appearance of blemishes.
Tangerine essential oil is extracted by cold pressing the rind of the tangerine fruit. Tangerines, which are part of the Rutaceae family, likely originated in Southeast Asia and have since spread to subtropical areas around the world. Like the fresh citrus fruit, Tangerine oil is loved by children and adults alike, with its delightfully sweet aroma that can create a happy, contented mindset.
Because of its appealing aroma, Tangerine oil uses include a wealth of topical and aromatic applications. Use its cleansing benefits in your morning skin care routine for an added boost or apply it to your temples before study time or meditation.
Lemongrass is native to tropical countries such as India, China, and Thailand where it has traditionally been used as a flavoring agent in foods, drinks, and desserts and for its ability to boost circulation and immunity.
Due to its ability to reduce fever, Lemongrass earned the name “fever grass” in some cultures that made “fever teas” from Lemongrass leaves.
Lemongrass is most commonly used to relieve digestive issues, reduce bodily aches, pains, and high temperatures, and eliminate harmful bacteria.
Used medicinally, Lemongrass Essential Oil’s analgesic properties have been found to relieve muscle and joint pains caused by overexertion of muscles through exercise. It is known to boost energy and to reduce fever as well as headaches caused by viral infections such as the flu. It acts as an antiseptic, making it a beneficial ingredient in lotions and creams that prevent wounds from becoming infected. By alleviating abdominal pain, it can relieve stomach aches and ease spasms in the digestive tract. It works as a detoxifying agent by increasing perspiration, thus promoting the expulsion of bodily toxins through sweating.
Used cosmetically or topically in general, Lemongrass Oil can eliminate or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria due to its Citral content, which is known to have anti-microbial properties. Lemongrass Oil can reduce inflammation due to its Limonene content, and it can slow down the flow of blood by contracting blood vessels. When used in shampoos, it is believed to prevent hair loss. Lemongrass makes an effective, inexpensive, eco-friendly and long-lasting deodorant.
It is believed to strengthen the mind by relieving anxiety and boosting self-esteem, confidence, and hope. Its sedative effect on the mind relieves tension and promotes the sensation of being calm.
COSMETIC: Anti-microbial, Astringent, Deodorant, Tonic.
ODOROUS: Anti-depressant, Anti-microbial, Anti-pyretic, Bactericidal, Sedative, Tonic, Nervine, Febrifuge.
MEDICINAL: Analgesic, Anti-microbial, Anti-pyretic, Anti-septic, Astringent, Bactericidal, Carminative, Deodorant, Sedative, Tonic, Nervine, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Fungicidal.
Known for its purifying properties, Lime essential oil is often used as an internal cleanser.* Lime oil may also support healthy immune function.* When you want to reap these internal benefits, consider adding a drop or two of Lime oil to your water glass or water bottle to enhance the flavor and provide antioxidant support.* If you want a flavorful drink that isn’t soda or full of sugar, you can also place a drop of Lemon and a drop of Lime oil in your water for a refreshing, sweet flavor.
While the cleansing properties of Lime essential oil can be helpful for internal cleansing* or cleaning the house, you can also use Lime oil to help purify the skin and hair. Consider adding one or two drops of Lime essential oil to your face wash or shampoo to yield the benefits of added cleansing properties. To use Lime oil for hair, just combine with a few drops of Melaleuca and give yourself a scalp massage in the shower. When you want to use Lime essential oil for skin, try our Ginger Lime Brown Sugar Scrub. You can easily make this facial scrub at home, and it will leave your skin softer and more exfoliated.
One of the primary constituents of Lime essential oil, beta pinene, is commonly used in perfumery. Additionally, some studies have shown that beta pinene has an effect on the monoaminergic system of the brain, which includes many of the brain’s chemicals and neurotransmitters. These studies have shown that beta pinene may help support balance of brain chemistry, possibly helping reduce sad feelings.* Lime essential oil also includes the chemical constituent limonene, which contributes to Lime’s cleansing ability*, and its stimulating and enhancing effects on mood. The chemical makeup of Lime is what makes the oil so fragrant, uplifting, cleansing, and stimulating.
Madder is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.
Madder is also applied to the skin for certain skin conditions and to promote wound healing.
Benefits of Lavandin Essential Oil
1. Aids respiratory system
Lavandin Essential Oil contains high levels of camphor which make it a powerful expectorant. To this end, Lavandin Oil is a natural treatment for the respiratory system to help clear congestion and excess phlegm.
Like Cedarwood Oil and Eucalyptus Oil, Lavandin Oil is particularly effective for bronchitis, sinusitis and otitis.
2. Fights depression
More potent than Lavender Oil, Lavandin Essential Oil’s intoxicating aroma can effectively boost self-esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, working together to combat symptoms of depression.
3. Reduces pain
Lavandin Essential Oil is an analgesic, meaning that it’s able to reduce pain and inflammation. Whether it’s pain in the muscles or joints, toothache, headache, coughs, colds or fevers, Lavandin Oil provides natural pain relief for your ailments.
4. Cures nervous disorders
Lavandin Oil acts as a tonic for the nerves and the nervous system, strengthening and activating it. Its power as a nervine agent helps to improve signs of shaking hands and limbs, nervousness and even vertigo.
5. Prevents infection
Thanks to its antiseptic and healing powers, Lavandin Essential Oil can protect wounds from becoming septic. Its active compounds have also been shown to speed up the healing process to repair and strengthen against further infection.
Annatto is a type of food coloring made from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana).
Though it may not be well known, an estimated 70% of natural food colors are derived from it
In addition to its culinary uses, annatto has long been used in many parts of South and Central America for art, as a cosmetic, and to treat various medical conditions.
Annatto is a type of food coloring agent and condiment that is made from the seeds of the achiote tree. Its vibrant color comes from compounds called carotenoids.
Annatto has been linked to several potential health benefits, such as healthy eyes, better heart health, and reduced inflammation. It may also have antioxidant, anticancer, and antimicrobial properties.
Most people toss orange peels in the garbage without a second thought. But did you know that orange peels contain nutrients and phytonutrients that are extremely beneficial to the skin and can heal many skin conditions? In fact, orange peel extract is an ingredient in many beauty products today because of its effectiveness in brightening skin and reducing acne.
Vitamin C: Did you know that orange peels actually contain way more vitamin C than the orange pulp itself?
Vitamin C not only combats free radicals that destroy functioning skin cells but also helps add a glowing shine to your skin, which makes orange peels a potent beauty product for skin.
Calcium: You may be surprised to discover that calcium is actually very good for your skin, but it’s true! It contributes in renewing worn out skin cells and preventing DNA damage.
Dietary fiber: Orange peels are a rich source of dietary fiber, particularly pectin.
Research shows that drying orange peels actually increases the production of pectin.
Besides preventing irritable bowel syndrome, dietary fiber also helps prevent blood sugar levels from peaking immediately after a meal. The most important thing to note is that dietary fiber can only be gotten through your diet—vitamin supplements do not contain fiber.
Fir needle essential oil benefits are derived from fir trees – yes, the popular Christmas tree species! As a member of the pine family, fir (Abies) are evergreen trees with flat needles and raised cones. Within the category of fir, there are dozens of subspecies. Some of the more prominent varieties include Spanish, white, balsam, and silver firs.
Historically, the wood and resin of fir trees have been used for varying purposes. The wood was burned for aromatic and cleansing rituals. Because a plant’s resin is the substance it releases to seal and protect a wound, the resin was used for healing and cleansing as well. Today, the resin of firs and other pine family trees can be distilled to create an oil called turpentine that carries its fir needle essential oil benefits.
Antibacterial Wound Healing and Illness Prevention
Anti-inflammatory Tissue Healing and Pain Relief
Muscle Relaxant Respiratory and Painful Condition Healing
Detoxification: Cellular Healing
Anti-tumor Cancer Healing Potential
Improve wound healing actions
Repair oxidative damage
Soothe muscle pain
Pine Essential Oil is derived from the needles of the Pine Tree, commonly recognized as the traditional Christmas tree.
The scent of Pine Essential Oil is known for having a clarifying, uplifting, and invigorating effect.
Used in aromatherapy applications, Pine Essential Oil positively impacts the mood by clearing the mind of stresses, energizing the body to help eliminate fatigue, enhancing concentration, and promoting a positive outlook.
Used topically, Pine Essential Oil is reputed to soothe itchiness, inflammation, and dryness, control excessive perspiration, prevent fungal infections, protect minor abrasions from developing infections, slow the appearance of signs of aging, and enhance circulation.
When applied to the hair, Pine Essential Oil is reputed to cleanse, enhance the hair’s natural smoothness and shine, contribute moisture, and protect against dandruff as well as lice.
Used medicinally, Pine Essential Oil is reputed to support immune function, clear the respiratory tract, address symptoms of colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma, and the flu, and facilitate the healing of infections.
Used in massage applications, Pine Essential Oil is known to soothe inflammation, soreness, aches, pain, and gout; to stimulate and enhance circulation; to facilitate the healing of scratches, cuts, wounds, and burns; to promote the regeneration of new skin; to reduce pain; to relieve muscle fatigue; to promote the body’s detoxification; to maintain the health and function of the urinary tract and the kidneys; and to regulate body weight.
After strenuous activity, combine one to two drops of Black Spruce with Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage into the skin for soothing comfort.
When working through difficult circumstances, diffuse Black Spruce to help reduce stress.
Apply topically to the skin to help soothe minor irritations.
Inhale throughout the day to experience the refreshing aroma and to promote feelings of easy breathing.
Provides soothing relief to the skin
Relaxing and calming to the emotions
Helps reduce and manage stress
Promotes feelings of clear and easy breathing
Soothes minor skin irritations
The juniper tree, Juniperus communis, is an evergreen shrub that grows in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia
It produces seed cones that are commonly known as juniper berries. Though the berries’ coloring varies, most are deep blue. Their aroma is often described as woody or spicy.
They have a tart, pine-like flavor and are commonly used in small amounts as a spice or flavoring agent.
These small berries have been used for culinary and medicinal purposes since ancient times, and current research suggests that they may offer various health benefits.
Juniper berries are high in vitamin C, flavonoid antioxidants, monoterpenes, and coumarins, all of which may offer various health benefits.
Juniper berries are high in vitamin C, flavonoid antioxidants, monoterpenes, and coumarins, all of which may offer various health benefits.
Juniper berries contain essential oils and flavonoids that offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Some rodent studies indicate that juniper berry extract may improve high blood sugar levels, though research in humans is lacking.
Some animal research suggests that juniper berry extract may improve heart disease risk factors, but studies in humans are lacking.
Test-tube and animal studies indicate that juniper berry extract provides strong antibacterial and antifungal effects. However, human studies are needed to confirm these benefits.
Patchouli Oil was traditionally used in Asian folk medicine to treat hair problems like dandruff and oily scalp, as well as skin irritations like dryness, acne, and eczema.
Patchouli Essential Oil has a grounding, balancing, calming scent and provides numerous health benefits, making it ideal for therapeutic use in cosmetics, aromatherapy, and cleaning products.
COSMETIC: Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Deodorant, Fungicide, Tonic, Cytophylactic.
ODOROUS: Anti-depressant, Anti-inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Deodorant, Sedative, Anti-phlogistic, Febrifuge, Insecticide.
MEDICINAL: Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-depressant, Anti-septic, Astringent, Anti-phlogistic, Cicatrisant, Cytophylactic, Diuretic, Fungicide, Febrifuge, Sedative, Tonic.
uplift negative moods
improve cognitive function
work as a natural deodorant
prevent the growth of fungi
regulate hormones and strengthen the nervous system
fight infection in wounds
relieve skin irritation
speed healing of cuts and reduce scarring
facilitate the removal of bodily toxins
Patchouli Essential Oil acts as a natural perfume and an air freshener that creates a relaxing atmosphere, especially for the bedroom. Its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties make it beneficial for use in natural cleaning products.
Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil is pressed from the oil-rich kernels of Apricots.
Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil closely resembles the natural sebum produced in human skin.
Used topically, Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil moisturizes dry, sensitive skin and smooths out blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines, and other symptoms of maturing skin.
Those with nut allergies who want to experience the healthful properties of oils such as Sweet Almond Carrier Oil, can benefit from substituting it with Apricot Kernel Oil.
Applied to itchy, chapped, wounded, or sore skin, Apricot Kernel Oil facilitates faster healing without leaving a greasy residue.
Used medicinally, Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil works to soothe problems related to stiff and aching joints as well as symptoms of cold, cough, and constipation.
For an aromatherapy oil blend to clear the respiratory tract and to soothe the conditions that affect it, such as asthma, blend 4 drops of Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil with 2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 2 drops of Black Pepper Essential Oil. Add a few drops of this blend to a steaming bowl of water to indulge in a few minutes of steam inhalation. The same blend can also be added to a vaporizing ointment and massaged onto the back, temples, chest, and throat.
Used topically, Apricot Kernel Oil makes a non-greasy, enriching emollient. It can be applied directly to the skin as a revitalizing salve that soothes and prevents acne, inflammation, and dryness. Used under the eyes, it is known to diminish the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness. It can be massaged into the face to gently and effectively cleanse and soften the skin. Additionally, it can be applied in a thick layer as a moisturizing, fast-absorbing face mask that leaves dry, sensitive skin feeling and looking dewy, silky, supple, and evenly toned.
Vitamin B-3 for skin cancer
Long used by Native Americans for its many benefits, Jojoba Oil is produced from the seed of the Jojoba plant, a shrubby tree that is native to southern Arizona and California.
Deeply-Hydrating. It is lighter than other face oils and easily absorbed into skin. It deeply penetrates to soothe and soften while providing an excellent moisturizing effect and adding a healthy glow.
Long-Lasting Moisturization. It doesn’t evaporate like water-based moisturizers, which is very important when your skin is exposed to the environment. Studies have shown that jojoba oil provides a substantial long-acting layer of moisture.
Nutritious for Skin. Jojoba is full of nutrients like Vitamin E and B, as well as antioxidants and minerals like chromium, copper, and zinc, which all nourish and protect skin. Organic, cold-pressed, jojoba oil has the highest level of antioxidants and nutrients.
Anti–Aging. Because it is the perfect moisturizer, Jojoba can help slow down the appearance of aging, and help to fade fine lines and wrinkles. In dermatological tests, it was shown that jojoba oil increases the skin's suppleness and the effect was still present as time passed. Tests also showed continued use of Jojoba oil resulted in reducing superficial facial lines.
Non-Acnegenic. Because Jojoba oil is very similar to human skin oils, its use can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production, without promoting acne or other skin problems. Jojoba also naturally deters microbes, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria on skin.
Easy, Not Greasy. Because Jojoba oil is very similar to our own skin oils, it immediately penetrates skin and soothes easily, helping to promote healthy, glowing skin without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.
Soothes Sunburn. Jojoba oils hydrating action soothes sunburn and helps reduce the chances of peeling.
Gentle & Non-Allergenic. Jojoba oil is recommended for people with sensitive skin (including psoriasis and eczema) because of its gentle nature. Applying Jojoba oil to compromised skin can help reduce flare-ups.
Soothes Dry Skin. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties which help to tame chaffing and chapping, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm and comfortable. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair and damage control.
Anti–Microbial. Jojoba oil naturally deters microbes, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria on skin. This property makes it useful for those with acne, and also provides an added wound-healing benefit.
Jojoba oil also acts as a natural preservative.
Alkanet root is helpful to protect the skin from any infection and recover the inflammation. Alkanet root is widely used to heal burn scars since it has the natural ability of anti-inflammation and cooling to absorb the heat out of the skin. This makes alkanet root useful as sunblock and sunburn remover.
Good for Heart Health
Heal Sleeping Disorder
Maintain Skin Health
Heal Skin Fungi
Control Blood Pressure
Good for Scare
Helps in Weight Loss
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is sometimes used on the skin to treat wounds and reduce inflammation from sprains and broken bones. Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. Comfrey ointments have been used to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis.
In the past, comfrey was also used to treat stomach problems. However, it has toxic substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that damage the liver and can lead to death. Comfrey is no longer sold in the U.S., except in creams or ointments. The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Germany also have banned the sale of oral products containing comfrey.
The dangerous substances in comfrey are also absorbed through the skin, so harmful amounts may build up in the body. Be careful if you use an ointment containing comfrey (see How to Take It section), and never use comfrey on broken skin.
Rosemary was considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hebrews, and Romans, who used it to improve memory, incense, protection, and as a reminder of the life and death cycle, among other uses.
Rosemary Essential Oil is best known for its stimulating, soothing, and pain relieving properties.
Used in aromatherapy, Rosemary Oil helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, boost mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function. It is used to improve alertness, eliminate negative moods, and increase the retention of information by enhancing concentration.
The scent of Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates the appetite and is also known to reduce the level of harmful stress hormones that are released when involved in tense experiences. Inhaling Rosemary Oil boosts the immune system by stimulating internal anti-oxidant activity, which in turn fights ailments caused by free radicals, and it relieves throat and nasal congestion by clearing the respiratory tract.
Diluted and used topically, Rosemary Essential Oil is known to stimulate hair growth, reduce pain, soothe inflammation, eliminate headaches, strengthen the immune system, and condition hair to make it look and feel healthy. Used in a massage, Rosemary Oil’s detoxifying properties can facilitate healthy digestion, relieve flatulence, bloating and cramps, and relieve constipation. Through massage, this oil stimulates circulation, which allows the body to better absorb nutrients from food.
COSMETIC: Stimulant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Astringent, Disinfectant, Antioxidant.
ODOROUS: Anti-stress, Cognition-enhancement, Psycho-stimulant, Stimulant, Decongestant.
MEDICINAL: Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Detoxifying, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Laxative, Decongestant, Antiseptic, Disinfectant, Antiseptic, Anti-nociceptive.
In the Middle Ages, Sage earned the nickname “Sage the Savior” for its various treasured properties. For its cleansing and nerve tonic properties, the Lakota Indians nicknamed it “master herb.”
Used in aromatherapy applications, Sage Essential Oil is known to stimulate and clarify the mind while exhibiting a balancing, uplifting, soothing, and strengthening effect on the senses to ease negative moods. It is known to promote a sense of attentiveness, enhance memory, and soothe discomforts of the digestive, respiratory, and female reproductive systems.
Used cosmetically or topically in general, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to eliminate toxins, provide relief to minor skin abrasions, diminish the appearance of blemishes, and address stretch marks, sores, and swelling. Its moisturizing and conditioning properties help soothe dryness and irritation.
Used medicinally, Sage Essential Oil is reputed to ease the muscular and joint pain, address bacterial infections and spasms, eliminate toxins, promote relief for digestive complaints, and calm skin conditions such as dermatitis and Athlete’s Foot. Sage Oil is also known to regulate and stabilize menstrual cycles and related symptoms.
COSMETIC: Stimulating, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Astringent, Tonic.
ODOROUS: Stimulating, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Digestive, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Tonic, Stomachic, Hypertensive.
MEDICINAL: Stimulating, Laxative, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Emmenagogue, Disinfectant, Digestive, Depurative, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-fungal, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Anti-septic, Cicatrizant, Astringent, Diuretic, Tonic, Laxative, Stomachic, Hypertensive.
Be ideal for disinfecting and soothing cuts, lesions, scrapes, and pustules
Lessen the effects of exposure to toxins and sedatives
Diminish the harmful effects of a diet high in salt and spices
Support the health of the skin, stomach, and excretory tract by calming inflammation
Enhance metabolism by promoting the health and function of the digestive system
Control and normalize menstrual cycles
Prompt action in several body systems, such as the brain, circulatory, nervous, and excretory systems
Be an ideal ingredient for natural products that require the use of organic components
Grains from the cereal plant, Avena Sativa, are called oats. Once harvested, these grains are either used as animal feed, skin products or food.
Oatmeal can come in handy for a host of your skin and beauty needs. Oatmeal can soak up the excess oil on your skin and help treat acne. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells.
It can help remove the dirt and oil that clog the pores. Oats also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers. Black heads are nothing but clogged pores on your skin. Oatmeal helps to unclog the pores and gives you a smooth and clear skin.
Itching is mostly caused due to inflammation under the skin or when the skin's pH level is high. Oatmeal helps to normalize your skin's pH levels, which helps to restore your skin's natural pH and soften the dry skin. It also protects the skin from external irritants, by lending moisture to the skin.
Now you know that oatmeal's saponins have intense exfoliating properties. It helps in removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface, and gives you a fresh, glowing and youthful skin.
Organic Borage Oil
Borage Oil is a little-known secret for keeping your skin healthy. It is a natural oil that not only restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin but can also provide relief to people who suffer from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.
There is ample evidence from research on both humans and animals showing that Borage oil has a significant effect on improving the health and appearance of skin tissue. Clinically Borage Oil has been shown to be a very effective agent for treating skin disorders and for alleviating the inflammatory symptoms associated with these disorders. For everyday use, Borage oil has been shown to be very effective in treating the redness, inflammation and moisture loss associated with dry skin.
Whether you take Borage Oil orally or apply it to your skin it appears to positively affect the texture, suppleness and moisture content of skin.
Not only is Borage Oil excellent for your skin when taken internally but there is also more than enough evidence showing that when applied topically to your skin Borage Oil has the same positive effects on clearing up various skin disorders.
A very interesting experiment measured the effects of skin creams containing Borage oil on dry or damaged skin. Twenty healthy subjects who had either dry, but otherwise normal skin, or else had surfactant induced dry, scaly skin were tested over 14 days. Results indicated that the cream containing the Borage Oil was superior in restoring moisture and smoothness to both the dry skin as well as the surfactant damaged skin. This experiment was interpreted as strong evidence for the role that Borage Oil plays in restoring the intracellular moisture barrier of adult skin that is either chronically dry or has been environmentally damaged.
Organic Flax Seed Oil
Flaxseed oil, also known as flax oil or linseed oil, is made from flax seeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil.
High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Flaxseed oil is high in ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which have been associated with numerous health benefits.
May Help Reduce Cancer Cell Growth- Some test-tube and animal studies show that flaxseed oil may reduce cancer cell growth, although additional research in humans is needed.
Could Benefit Heart Health- Some studies have shown that flaxseed oil could improve heart health by reducing blood pressure and increasing the elasticity of the arteries.
May Help Treat Constipation and Diarrhea
May Improve Skin Health- Animal and human studies show that supplementing with flaxseed oil could help improve skin smoothness and hydration, while also treating certain skin conditions like dermatitis.
May Reduce Inflammation- Some studies have shown that flaxseed oil may have anti-inflammatory properties. However, additional research is needed.
This health-promoting oil has a wide variety of uses, ranging from cooking to skin care.
Organic Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Oenothera biennis botanical.
Evening Primrose Oil has traditionally been referred to as the ‘King’s Cure-All’ due to the belief that its ‘majestic’ benefits and ‘honorable’ properties made it fit for Kings and Queen’s to apply medicinally.
Used cosmetically or topically, Evening Primrose Oil soothes and moisturizes the skin, scalp, and hair while enhancing elasticity. Furthermore, it promotes a healthy, clear, rejuvenated complexion with enhanced radiance and addresses roughness, wrinkles, redness, dryness, and irritation. It facilitates the healing process, reduces the appearance of scars, and calms inflammation.
Used medicinally, Evening Primrose Oil is reputed to ease headaches, dizziness, muscular aches and weakness, tiredness and slowed reflexes, and irritability. It is believed to promote clear-headedness, decisiveness, and concentration while improving coordination, appetite, immunity, memory, sensuality, and vigor.
COSMETIC: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, Cleansing, Nourishing, Astringent.
MEDICINAL: Anti-Inflammatory, Astringent, Analgesic, Stimulant, Anti-Depressant, Sedative, Expectorant, Anti-Histamine, Anti-Coagulant, Immune-Stimulant, Hormone Regulator, Vulnerary, Antispasmodic, Demulcent, Bronchodilator, Cognition-Enhancing.
Cassia cinnamon is a type of cinnamon. It is prepared from the dried inner bark of a certain evergreen tree. In addition to cassia cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum (Ceylon cinnamon) is commonly used. The cinnamon spice found in food stores might contain both of these types of cinnamon. But, the most common cinnamon sold in North America is cassia cinnamon.
People take Cassia cinnamon by mouth for diabetes and prediabetes, gas (flatulence), muscle and stomach spasms, preventing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, and loss of appetite.
Some people use it for erectile dysfunction (ED), hernia, bed-wetting, joint pain, menopausal symptoms, menstrual problems, and to cause abortions. Cassia cinnamon is also used for chest pain, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, cramps, and cancer.
People apply cassia cinnamon to the skin to repel mosquitos.
The most active components of Peppermint essential oil are Menthol and Menthone, which are known to reduce pain and to invigorate, energize, and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, respectively.
There are numerous applications for which Peppermint essential oil can be used, including cosmetics, aromatherapy, relaxing baths, and as a cleaning agent around the house.
Due to its stimulant properties, using Peppermint essential oil daily could interfere with sleep patterns, and an overdose of the oil can lead to potentially severe side effects.
Antiseptic, astringent, cordial, nervine, sudorific.
Analgesic, cephalic, cordial, decongestant, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, stimulant.
Analgesic, anesthetic, anti-galactagogue, anti-phlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge.
have the dual action of warming and cooling
relieve itching, inflammation, sunburn and muscle aches
aid treatment of greasy hair/skin
relieve mild coughing
focus the mind
Beeswax is a natural substance generated and secreted by honey bees. It is hard and breakable when cold but soft and pliable when heated.
Just like honey, Beeswax varies in color, depending on various factors related to the bees themselves as well as the flowers from which the honey is derived.
There are 3 main types of Beeswax: Yellow, White, and Absolute. They vary in their processing methods, benefits, and uses.
Used in aromatherapy, Beeswax is known for its long, slow, clean, smoke-less burn. It not only exudes the aroma of honey but it also produces comparatively brighter flames, facilitates the elimination of airborne pollutants, and promotes the overall health of body and mind.
Used cosmetically, Beeswax hydrates, conditions, soothes, and calms the skin. It exfoliates, repairs damage, promotes the skin’s regeneration, diminishes the appearance of the signs of aging, soothes itchiness and irritation, and creates a hydrating, long-lasting protective barrier against environmental pollutants. Used in hair, Beeswax nourishes, conditions, and softens the strands while and promoting the hair’s luster.
Used medicinally, Beeswax helps soothe and facilitate the healing of abrasions. It prevents harmful bacteria from entering the body through chapped and broken skin and it provides the skin with a layer of protection against external irritants. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties benefit those who suffer from topical allergies or skin ailments, such as eczema and rosacea.
COSMETIC: Hydrating, Softening, Smoothing, Non-Comedogenic, Protective, Smoothing, Regenerative, Strengthening, Conditioning, Soothing, Collagen-Enhancing.
MEDICINAL: Anti-Allergenic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Protective, Regenerative, Strengthening.
Castor oil is a multi-purpose vegetable oil that people have used for thousands of years.
It’s made by extracting oil from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant.
These seeds, which are known as castor beans, contain a toxic enzyme called ricin. However, the heating process that castor oil undergoes deactivates it, allowing the oil to be used safely.
Castor oil has a number of medicinal, industrial and pharmaceutical uses.
It's commonly used as an additive in foods, medications and skin care products, as well as an industrial lubricant and biodiesel fuel component.
A Powerful Laxative
It’s classified as a stimulant laxative, meaning that it increases the movement of the muscles that push material through the intestines, helping clear the bowels.
Stimulant laxatives act rapidly and are commonly used to relieve temporary constipation.
When consumed by mouth, castor oil is broken down in the small intestine, releasing ricinoleic acid, the main fatty acid in castor oil. The ricinoleic acid is then absorbed by the intestine, stimulating a strong laxative effect
A Natural Moisturizer
Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid.
These types of fats act as humectants and can be used to moisturize the skin.
Humectants retain moisture by preventing water loss through the outer layer of the skin
Castor oil is thick, so it’s frequently mixed with other skin-friendly oils like almond, olive and coconut oil to make an ultra-hydrating moisturizer.
Castor oil can help lock moisture in the skin. Though this natural alternative to store-bought products is considered safe for most, it can cause allergic reactions in some.
Promotes Wound Healing- Applying castor oil to wounds creates a moist environment that promotes healing and prevents sores from drying out.
Castor oil stimulates tissue growth so that a barrier can be formed between the wound and the environment, decreasing the risk of infection.
Castor oil helps heal wounds by stimulating the growth of new tissue, reducing dryness and preventing the buildup of dead skin cells.
Impressive Anti-Inflammatory Effects- Ricinoleic acid, the main fatty acid found in castor oil, has impressive anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies have shown that when castor oil is applied topically, it reduces inflammation and relieves pain.
The pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory qualities of castor oil may be particularly helpful to those with an inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.
Acne is a skin condition that can cause blackheads, pus-filled pimples and large, painful bumps on the face and body.
Inflammation is thought to be a factor in the development and severity of acne, so applying castor oil to the skin may help reduce inflammation-related symptoms
Acne is also associated with an imbalance of certain types of bacteria normally found on the skin, including Staphylococcus aureus
Castor oil has antimicrobial properties that may help fight bacterial overgrowth when applied to the skin.
Castor oil helps fight inflammation, reduce bacteria and soothe irritated skin, all of which can be helpful for those looking for a natural acne remedy.
Candida albicans is a type of fungus that commonly causes dental issues like plaque overgrowth, gum infections and root canal infections
Castor oil has antifungal properties and may help fight off Candida, keeping the mouth healthy.
Castor oil may also help treat denture-related stomatitis, a painful condition thought to be caused by Candida overgrowth. This is a common issue in elderly people who wear dentures.
Several studies have shown that castor oil may help fight fungal infections in the mouth caused by Candida albicans.
Keeps Your Hair and Scalp Healthy- Many people use castor oil as a natural hair conditioner.
Dry or damaged hair can especially benefit from an intense moisturizer like castor oil.
Applying fats like castor oil to the hair on a regular basis helps lubricate the hair shaft, increasing flexibility and decreasing the chance of breakage
Castor oil may benefit those who experience dandruff, a common scalp condition characterized by dry, flaky skin on the head.
Though there are many different causes of dandruff, it has been linked to seborrhoeic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition that causes red, scaly patches on the scalp
Due to castor oil’s ability to reduce inflammation, it may be an effective treatment for dandruff that is caused by seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Plus, applying castor oil to the scalp will help moisturize dry, irritated skin and may help reduce flaking.
The moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil make it an excellent option to keep hair soft and hydrated and help reduce dandruff symptoms.
Castor oil can cause side effects, such as allergic reactions and diarrhea, in some people. It can also induce labor, so pregnant women should avoid it.
Cranberry Seed Oil
The seeds can also be cold pressed to extract the oil, which produces golden or yellow oil that has an amazing fruity aroma. So, what are cranberries good for? A great deal it turns out. Is cranberry juice good for skin? Not necessarily, but the fruit itself can provide many benefits.
Cranberries, being high in antioxidants, are very useful in skin care because they can protect the skin from environmental stress. On top of that, it is the only oil that has a perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. This perfect ratio means that the oil absorbs well into the skin, giving you great hydration. It also means your skin is more likely to absorb the potent antioxidants, vitamin E, and other nutrients in the oil. This moisturizing power is also perfect for ageing, rough, dry, and scaly or flaky skin.
Cranberry seed oil contains a variety of nutrients and compounds that provide benefits to the skin. The main benefit of this oil, however, is its ability to absorb so well. Tocotrienols and tocopherols are potent forms of vitamin E that act as antioxidants, protecting the skin from environmental stress such as the pollution and bacteria in the air.
When these unique nutrients work together, they also provide anti-ageing benefits. These benefits include helping to protect the skin from the elements while moisturizing and strengthening. They also aid to the firming and tightening of your skin. In other words, if your skin is looking a bit dull, this unique oil is the perfect solution for you.
Cranberry seed oil has the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, meaning it will absorb into your skin very well.
This oil is also very high in antioxidants, so it will be great in preventing the signs of ageing by smoothing out lines and wrinkles.
It is also rich in vitamin E, so it is deeply moisturizing.
Natural brightener. If your face is looking a little on the dull side, use this oil for a natural glow.
Derived from the bark of the willow tree, Willow Bark Extract has been used for centuries to soothe irritated skin. Containing salicin—from which salicylic acid is derived—this versatile ingredient is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, clearing pores and alleviating acne and irritation.
Although there are various types of willow trees, each with their own unique extracts, Willow Bark Extract used in skin care products is usually derived from white willow bark. As the nomenclature implies, white extract comes from the white willow tree (salix alba), a medium- to large-sized perennial deciduous species. (Black and white willow extract are frequently used interchangeably in beauty products, but for our purposes, we’ll be focusing on the salicin-rich white willow extract.) After harvesting, during which strips of the willow bark are removed from the tree, the inner bark is processed to remove the beneficial aqueous extract. Aside from skin care, this extract can also be used for various medicinal and minor-pain-relieving purposes.
So how will Willow Bark Extract benefit my skin?
Provides gentle exfoliation for more radiant skin
Helps reduce acne and excess oil
Helps reduce signs of aging and the appearance of wrinkles
Refines pores and minimizes pore size
Helps alleviate conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea
Keeps skin looking firm and youthful
The absorbent oil is thought to have numerous benefits for your skin, like moisturizing dry hands or acting as a natural sunblock. You can apply avocado oil directly to your skin or mix it with your favorite beauty products.
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents in avocado oil help your skin stay smooth, strong, and elastic. You can buy avocado oil in any health or grocery store and use it to:
calm itchy skin
heal chapped skin
replenish dry skin
hydrate and moisturize skin
shield skin from ultraviolet radiation
protect against skin damage
Some people may refer to avocado oil as an essential oil, but that's not entirely accurate. Thick and green-colored, avocado oil is actually considered a carrier oil.
Essential oils are highly concentrated lubricants distilled from the aromatic parts of a plant such as the root or leaves. Carrier oils are pressed from the seeds, nuts, or other fatty parts of the fruit, and are used to help dilute essential oils. Essential oils evaporate and have strong scents, whereas carrier oils do not.
The main benefits of avocado oil are to soothe and add moisture, so it won't work as well if you have oily skin. Using avocado oil won't leave a lot of grease behind.
Its nutritional value doesn’t just end there! Comprising of 98 of the 102 earth elements found in soil, including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus along with essential enzymes and 19 amino acids, wheatgrass is a power packed supplement! Made up of 70% chlorophyll, the life-blood of plants, wheatgrass is nature’s finest medicine.
It averts dental problems
Powdered wheatgrass can help treat tooth decay and other dental issues. Apart from consuming it, try massaging your gums with the powder to keep them firm and healthy
It can rid your skin of acne
Applying a paste of wheatgrass powder and milk can prevent breakouts, treat acne and promote healthy skin.
It helps stimulate circulation
Rubbing wheatgrass juice on your face and neck can help dilate blood vessels, making your skin glow.
It has antiseptic properties
These properties make it the best natural solution for bruises, sores, insect bites, rashes, sunburns, boils and cuts.
It offers anti-aging benefits
The natural anti-ageing properties of wheatgrass help rejuvenate cells, take care of sagging skin, maintain skin elasticity and keep you looking younger.
It rids the body of odors
Wheatgrass’ detoxifying nature cleanses your blood and helps eliminate bad odors of breath and sweat.
Use it to treat dandruff and scalp problems
Get rid of dandruff or a dry/itchy scalp by applying a poultice of wheatgrass powder and water.
It improves hair quality
Adding a teaspoonful of wheatgrass powder to your regular shampoo can reverse hair damage and strengthen the roots.
It promotes hair growth
Regular consumption of wheatgrass along with topical application helps remove dead cells from the scalp and promotes hair growth.
It reduces greying of hair
Applying wheatgrass powder on your scalp can prevent greying of hair.
First, this herb is known to be an antioxidant. This property is useful for protecting the skin, as it can reduce typical skin damage. This has been shown to improve the skin tone and can be used to leave your skin looking completely rejuvenated. Further, this wholesale herb can help reduce signs of aging. Nutrients, like selenium, have been shown to improve the skin’s elasticity to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. So, this herb can be useful for preventing early signs of aging. So, this would be a perfect herb to incorporate in homemade lotion recipes.
Another benefit of barley grass powder is that it is known to help reduce the effects of acne. Since barley has anti-inflammatory properties, this herb can be used to reduce the inflammation caused by the acne bacteria infection. Additionally, the azelaic acid found in barley has been known to unclogged pores and reduce acne breakouts. You can use this herb with your soap-making supplies to create some wholesale homemade soap that is cleansing and acne fighting.
When applied topically to the skin, ingested, or inhaled, menthol produces a cooling sensation. Menthol does not lower the temperature of the body or skin. Instead, it produces a cooling effect by blocking the calcium current along the nerves responsible for detecting temperature. The message that the individual receives via the nerve endings is that the skin or body is cooling.
Menthol’s ability to produce a cooling sensation on the skin makes it an extremely useful ingredient in after sun creams and lotions, which are designed to be applied to the skin after exposure to the sun. Menthol alleviates the hot, painful sensation that overexposure to the sun can trigger and can also found in products that can be applied topically to the forehead to ease the pain associated with headaches, such as cooling patches. Many people find menthol’s cooling sensation to be uplifting and invigorating. As a result it is used as an ingredient in toiletries and skin care products that are designed to refresh, revitalize, and enliven the skin.
Menthol also has pain-relieving properties when applied topically. It is particularly beneficial in alleviating the pain associated with minor musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, sprains, or muscle cramps. Menthol can be combined with ibuprofen in pain relieving gels and creams that are designed to be applied topically.
Menthol increases the effectiveness of certain topically applied medicines by enlarging the blood vessels in a process known as vasodilation. This allows the medicines to penetrate deep in to the affected area.
When applied to the thin skin on the lips, menthol also improves the flow of blood to the area, causing a temporary plumping effect. As a result, menthol is often included as an ingredient in lip products that aim to produce fuller lips without surgical intervention. These include balms and lip glosses that color the lips while producing a well-defined pout.
Aloe Vera (Juice/Gel)
Aloe Vera Gel and Aloe Vera Juice are extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant.
An Aloe Vera leaf consists of two parts: the gel and the juice. Although the gel and the liquid share similar benefits and can both be used directly and safely on the skin, they are not identical substances and have distinct properties.
Used cosmetically, Aloe Vera Juice can hydrate, exfoliate, nourish, clarify, and revitalize the skin and hair. It helps protect the skin and hair before and after the harmful effects of UV radiation, and it works to repair the damage. It also helps to prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It moisturizes without leaving skin and hair with a greasy residue and it helps fade tans and stretch marks.
Used in massage applications, Aloe Vera Juice is reputed to soothe muscular aches, joint pain, inflammation, wounds, burns, frostbite, and infections. It is also believed to stimulate skin regeneration, enhance energy, and promote the development of muscles.
Used medicinally, Aloe Vera Juice works to eliminate bodily toxins, increase the body’s antioxidant activity, balance digestive fluid, and enhance the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, thus supporting the health and function of the immune system. It helps the body repair damage to the skin and tissues and eases other physical discomforts, such as the symptoms of arthritis.
COSMETIC: Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Smoothing, Protective, Nourishing Clarifying, Soothing, Hydrating
MEDICINAL: Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Soothing, Protective, Nourishing, Anti-Viral, Wound-Healing
For minor burns, apply aloe vera gel to the affected area up to three times daily. You may also need to protect the area with gauze.
While aloe vera helps soothe sunburn, research shows that it’s not an effective way to prevent sunburn, so make sure you wear sun protection every day!
If you’ve scuffed up your chin or forehead, you can apply aloe vera to the area for quick relief from pain and burning sensations. Use three times per day.
If you’re used to grabbing Neosporin for a minor cut, consider trying aloe vera instead. Its molecular structure helps heal wounds quickly and minimizes scarring by boosting collagen and fighting bacteria. Apply up to three times per day.
Aloe vera gel absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin. However, it can help treat dry skin, too. Consider swapping out your regular moisturizer for aloe after bathing to help seal moisture into your skin.
Frostbite is a serious condition that requires emergency medical treatment. While aloe vera gel has been used historically as a frostbite remedy, ask your doctor first before trying it.
Unlike canker sores, cold sores develop on the outside of your mouth. Aloe vera may help treat the herpes virus, which is also the underlying cause of cold sores. Apply a small amount of the gel to your cold sore twice daily until it goes away.
The moisturizing effects of aloe can help alleviate dry, itchy skin associated with eczema. Aloe vera gel may also help alleviate seborrheic dermatitis. While this oily form of eczema is most often found in the scalp, it can also affect parts of your face and behind the ears, too.
As with eczema, aloe vera may help alleviate inflammation and itchiness from psoriasis. For best results, apply aloe vera gel twice daily to the affected area of skin.
10. Inflammatory acne
Due to the anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera, the gel may help treat inflammatory forms of acne, such as pustules and nodules. Apply the gel with a cotton swab directly to the pimple three times daily.
For skin ailments, aloe vera extracts don’t work as well as gel. This is because the gel itself has moisturizing elements to protect and heal the skin.
White Lava Powder
Health benefits of Volcanic Ash on skin have been known for centuries by the native Melanesians - especially those that live near any of the nine (9) active volcanoes of Vanuatu. The benefits of Volcanic Ash on the skin extend to the treatment of a wide variety of infections due to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast and overall disinfectant qualities. Volcanic Ash is high in Sulphur, an active Mineral ingredient which not only helps the body to resist bacteria but actually destroy it. Sulphur exists in your hemoglobin and connective body tissue:
to disinfect the blood;
stimulate bile secretion;
aid the oxidation reactions in the body
protect the protoplasm of cells; and
for the synthesis of Collagen (one of the main proteins needed for the structural integrity of your skin).
Sulphur slows down the aging process because of its ability to protect against the toxic effects of pollution and radiation. It is part of the chemical structure of the amino acids glutathione, taurine, cysteine, and methionine.
Volcanic Ash is truly Mother Nature's natural skin purifier. Not only is it rich in minerals, its exfoliating properties mean that it is ideal for removing the dead outer layers of skin as it cleanses the skin in the process. Volcanic ash particles are finely crushed and may be as small as 1/1,000th of an inch (or 0.025mm). The ash does not dissolve in water and so makes for a fantastic, mild exfoliant. We also use volcanic ash in our foot scrubs and body scrubs because of its purification and cleaning qualities.
Volcanic ash is quite similar to fine sand (silicon) and the mineral particles are tiny (easily (under 2 mm across). The ash is ejected from the mouth of the volcano, along with quite big, volcanic rocks. This plume of ash, rock and pumice also contains super-heated steam. This violet, volcanic activity (known as phreatic eruptions) shatters some of these rocks and the volcanic magma divides into very small particles. This plume erupting out of the volcano vent or vents results in these very fine particles of ash being scattered for long distances giving the appearance of a moon scape.
Volcanic ash mixed into the earth will bond to water, under pressure. Pure ash, mixed with spring or mineral water, is used to create mud baths (like in a spa) and facial mud masks.
Volcanic Ash is one of the best kept secrets of the Volcanic Earth Healing Centre Spa. It's uses the ash extensively in signature Volcanic Ash spa treatments to help address skin rashes, cellulite, blemishes, damaged skin, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, acne and even stretch marks. It is also EXCELLENT in exfoliating SOAPS, especially if you have oily skin.
Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is a naturally occurring compound in foods such as fresh vegetables, meat, and dairy products. MSM provides a source of natural sulfur, which plays a role in many of the body's processes
Typically, MSM supplements contain a synthetic form of MSM. The primary uses for MSM supplements include:
muscle recovery after exercise
Many of MSM's benefits have links to its anti-inflammatory action. Inflammation is a factor in many health conditions, including arthritis, allergies, and skin conditions. By reducing inflammation, MSM may be able to reduce or eliminate certain symptoms.
Treating osteoarthritis and joint pain
Osteoarthritis, which affects around 27 million people in the United States, is a deterioration of cartilage in one or more of the joints. It commonly affects the knees, hips, lower back, hands, and fingers. It can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Promoting recovery after exercise
Regular exercise is necessary for good health. However, the energy demands of exercise can cause oxidative stress to muscles and tissues. This may result in temporary soreness and discomfort after a workout.
A study of 16 untrained healthy men which suggests that taking an MSM supplement helps reduce biomarkers of oxidative stress after exercise. It also increased the amount of antioxidant in their bodies.
Nasal allergies, or allergic rhinitis, is an immune system response to something ordinarily harmless. Nasal allergies can cause sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and coughing when a person has exposure to an allergen, such as pollen, dust, animal dander, or mold.
In a double-blind study, people who took a daily dose of 3 g of MSM had reductions of more than 50 percent in their allergy symptoms.
Preventing or treating ulcers
Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are sores that occur in the stomach lining. They can cause symptoms including burning pain in the stomach, bleeding, vomiting, and weight loss.
A study in mice found that supplementing with MSM could help prevent gastric ulcers. The mice receiving the MSM had some protection of the mucus layer in the stomach, which becomes damaged by peptic ulcers.
The authors believe that MSM has anti-inflammatory properties that may help stop oxidative stress on the stomach's tissues.
Rosacea and inflammation of the skin
People may also use MSM topically, meaning by applying it to the skin. Some people believe that the anti-inflammatory power of MSM can help specific skin conditions when applied as a cream.
An older 2008 double-blind study of 46 people with rosacea found that they experienced improvement in their symptoms after using an MSM cream. The cream also contained silymarin, or milk thistle.
However, no larger or more recent studies have compounded these findings.
Despite its lack of medical studies, MSM is a natural source of sulfur, which could be beneficial to the skin. Dermatologists have long prescribed sulfur creams and washes to treat skin conditions, including rosacea and acne. Topical sulfur has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
For many people “looking good” is part of “feeling good,” which can help instill confidence that provides them with a competitive advantage. Healthy radiant skin is a sign of vibrant health and is often at the top of the “wish list” for people who want to look their best.
MSM is a rich source of sulfur — 34% by weight. Sulfur is a key component of collagen that supports the skin’s structural framework. Sulfur is also a building block of keratin, the chief structural constituent of hair and nails.*
Research has shown MSM provides positive benefits for the anti-aging and healthy skin. It appears MSM works through a few different mechanisms, although the exact pathways are still being studied and are not yet fully understood. First, MSM increases the body’s ability to fight oxidative stress, a major contributor to skin damage. Secondly, it can decrease damage done through internal inflammation, spurred by stress, dietary habits, or normal processes. And lastly, it is thought that MSM can improve the foundation of skin – collagen and other connective tissue proteins.
For years, anecdotal evidence suggested that MSM benefited skin health, but only recently did the scientific evidence come to support the claim. A clinical trial on MSM showed the benefits of oral supplementation on anti-aging. The study reported that 100% of participants taking MSM showed a decrease in the number of wrinkles, with an average reduction of 38%. Along with wrinkle reduction, the study also reported improvements in skin elasticity and firmness.
MSM is often utilized In topical formulations where the ingredients panel may reflect MSM as dimethyl sulfone. The combination of using MSM both topically and orally provides the synergistic effects of continuous support from the outside through topical application while bolstering the internal processes that lead to better long-term benefits through oral supplementation. The skin is complex and comprised of several layers. The topical application can benefit the outer layer, epidermis, and by supporting the underlying dermis and hypodermis layers, oral use of MSM helps maintain the long-term health of the skin.
Calendula oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that might make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving diaper rash. It’s also used as an antiseptic.
Calendula oil may be an alternative remedy to treat various skin conditions as well as improve the quality and appearance of the skin. Here are seven ways calendula oil may be used for the skin.
Calendula oil might improve the overall appearance of your skin. One study found that a cream containing calendula extract may promote skin hydration and firmness, but more research is needed.
Spearmint Essential Oil is multi-purpose and it continues to be used to soothe ailments such as skin problems, headaches, nausea, vomiting, respiratory issues, and cold symptoms.
Spearmint has earned the nickname “The Gentler Mint Oil,” as its scent is softer and its effects are milder than those of Peppermint Essential Oil, making it ideal for children, the elderly, and those with sensitive skin.
Pregnant women are advised to refrain from using Spearmint Oil, as its emmenagogue properties may cause miscarriage.
Used topically and cosmetically, the antioxidant quality of Spearmint Essential Oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections, such as discoloration. It is believed to help reveal a new layer of skin, thus increasing skin’s resilience and elasticity. With anti-bacterial properties, Spearmint is believed to make an ideal skin cleanser. By imparting a cooling sensation, Spearmint Oil can help to relieve itching associated with dryness and skin irritations.
Used in aromatherapy, Spearmint Oil is said to help reduce nasal congestion caused by the excessive buildup of phlegm and mucus in the nose and throat, thereby promoting easier breathing. It has revitalizing, energy-inducing action on the body by working to enhance mood, concentration, and by energizing the skin. Its fresh, restorative fragrance helps to uplift the mood and comfort emotional stress.
Used therapeutically, Spearmint Oil’s anti-inflammatory quality is known to cool red, swollen, and itching skin to help reduce the sensations of inflammation. It helps to cleanse the pores and tighten the skin, which may potentially promote the speedy healing of minor abrasions. Spearmint Oil has traditionally been used to support digestive functions. As an emmenagogue, it is also sometimes used to address menstrual issues, such as irregular or missed periods.
COSMETIC: Stimulant, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiseptic
ODOROUS: Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Cephalic, Emmenagogue, Stimulant, Restorative, Expectorant, Anti-depressant, Decongestant
MEDICINAL: Anti-septic, Anti-spasmodic, Disinfectant, Carminative, Cephalic, Emmenagogue, Stimulant, Restorative, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Decongestant, Anti-oxidant
Extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) that is native to Africa, shea butter is a fatty oil that exists as a solid at room temperature.
The Karite tree bears the fruits, and the nuts inside the fruits are of prime importance. These nuts are crushed, boiled, and manipulated to extract a light-colored fat, which is commonly referred to as shea butter.
The main components of shea butter include oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, etc. It gets absorbed quickly into the skin as it melts at body temperature. Its moisturizing and healing properties prove beneficial for many skin issues. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (to a certain extent) that can be utilized to treat many ailments. Its similarity to many vegetable oils makes it suitable for ingestion
The tree was used to make coffins for the early kings in Africa, and the butter extracted from the nuts was used for its healing and skin care properties. The tree is also considered sacred by many tribes in Africa. It is still extensively used in Africa to protect the skin and hair from the harsh sun and dry winds.
It is rich in fats that make it an excellent emollient and skin moisturizing agent. Experiments also showed it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These can help reduce inflammatory skin diseases and the damage the skin and hair have undergone due to free radicals.
Rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, and is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that supposedly do wonderful things for your face.
Rosehip oil can work as a great natural alternative for moisturizing. "It has nourishing fatty acids, which along with water, is the main ingredient in most moisturizers
Rosehip oil is packed with beauty essentials like anti-inflammatory fatty acids and vitamins A and C.
"These ingredients allow rosehip oil to treat signs of aging and pigmentation, hydrate skin and repair damaged skin, and provide a strong protective antioxidant boost — all without the oily feel of a traditional liquid oil
The astringent properties in rosehip oil help tighten your pores and brighten your skin
Evening Out Skin Tone
If you’ve been struggling to even out your skin tone or have red blotches you’re desperate to fade, this vitamin-packed cocktail is much easier on sensitive skin than lemon juice, so rub it on clean, damp skin both mornings and evenings.
Rosehip oil may help your skin regain elasticity if you’ve noticed some sagging lately. Add a few drops to your face in the morning and again just before bed to help with fresh, younger-looking skin.
The ultimate beauty ingredient trio — anti-inflammatory fatty acids and vitamins A and C — make this oil a potential solution for fading any facial scars or unsightly marks.
Together these help undo and prevent oxidative damage and help the skin re-build collagen
Consider adding rosehip oil to your routine as a face wash. Similar to sugar and sea salt, rosehip seed oil can work as a natural exfoliator when combined with baking soda. But steer clear if your skin is acne-prone, as this oil can further irritate already forming blemishes or clog pores.
The unique process that creates honey makes it especially valuable for cosmetic uses, such as clearing acne, healing scars, and evening out skin tone.
Raw honey is packed with components beneficial for your skin, especially if you have acne or autoimmune skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Even Candida overgrowth may be controlled by applying honey to your skin.
Raw honey helps balance the bacteria on your skin, which makes it a great product to use for acne. Manuka honey has been studied as an anti-acne product and found to be significantly more effective than other popular products.
Honey speeds up your skin cells’ healing processes. If you have blemishes or an eczema outbreak, honey that’s unpasteurized could speed healing and reduce inflammation. Manuka honey is so effective at healing wounds quickly that it’s now used by doctors in clinical settings.
Raw honey is also a natural exfoliator, which means applying it to your face takes off dry, dull skin and reveals new skin cells underneath.
Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.
If you have allergic reactions to pollen, celery, or other bee-related products, steer clear of using honey on your skin.
Oily Skin. If you're looking for a natural solution for oily skin and clogged pores, thyme makes a great alternative.
Antioxidant. Like most natural ingredients, thyme contains powerful antioxidants that can help protect skin from environmental stressors.
Natural fragrance. Most commercially available skin care products use chemicals to add a touch of fragrance. It's just unnecessary, as so many natural herbs and extracts can provide an even nicer, more natural and less irritating scent. Thyme is one of these—it has a spicy, energizing fragrance great for livening up your day!
Due to the natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of thyme, it serves as an effective natural alternative to cosmetic facial and skin cleaners. A simple tincture of thyme can help clear acne, and relieve its effects on the skin.
Enriched with ample healing properties, clove oil has some amazing skin benefits. This oil helps in preventing and clearing out the existing acne along with reducing redness, pain, blemishes and marks. It helps in drawing out impurities from the pores, thus preventing future breakouts.
It also prevents allergies and bacterial growth in the skin, which in turn helps in getting a healthy looking skin. Apart from solving your acne issues, this magical oil can work wonders in preventing early signs of aging, and it also helps to get an even tone skin. Scroll down to find out the benefits and usage of clove oil
Cures and prevents acne:
Clove is filled with antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Clove oil contains a compound called as eugenol that helps in treating acne. It fights the acne bacteria and helps in reducing swelling and redness
Helps in fighting signs of ageing:
Clove oil helps in reducing the sagginess of the skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is a powerful anti-aging ingredient used in most cosmetics. It removes the dead skin cells and helps in blood circulation, which indirectly or directly ensures a youthful and radiant looking skin
Removes marks and lightens blemishes:
Clove oil helps in removing or lightening the acne marks which helps in clearing out the skin. Regular use of clove oil can clear out the blemishes and ensure an even skin tone. It works as a chemical peel and exfoliates the dead skin, leaving your face clean and clear.
Chlorophyllin has been shown to reduce inflammation and bacterial growth in skin wounds.
A 2008 review of wound care studies found that commercial ointments with papain-urea-chlorophyllin are more effective than other treatments. The ointment also reduced pain and healing time by half. Your doctor can prescribe this ointment.
Chlorophyllin may also be effective for mild to moderate acne
A natural deodorant
While chlorophyllin has been used since the 1940s to neutralize certain odors, studies are outdated and show mixed results of people with trimethylaminuria, a condition that causes fishy odors, found that chlorophyllin significantly decreased the amount of trimethylamines.
Charcoal is known for its ability to absorb and draw out oil from the skin. This makes charcoal a fantastic addition to soaps, scrubs, masks and more.
Activated charcoal, on the other hand, is most commonly used for medical, beauty or purification processes. To become “activated,” the charcoal goes through a high temperature steam activation process. This process increases its surface area, which increases the charcoal’s ability to absorb and filter. This makes activated charcoal the proper choice for medical and cosmetic use.
In particular, activated charcoal is fantastic for oily skin. Its ability to absorb oil and dirt from pores leaves skin feeling balanced.
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Used in aromatherapy applications, Turmeric Essential Oil’s warm, earthy, woody scent is believed to help uplift, energize, comfort, and strengthen the body and mind.
Used in cosmetic applications, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to cleanse, nourish, clarify, smooth, calm, invigorate, strengthen, and exfoliate the skin and hair.
Used in massages, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to support the body’s natural recovery process, promote skin elasticity and firmness, and help manage topical discomfort.
Used in aromatherapy, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to:
support and strengthen immune function and encourage a positive response
soothe the mind and uplift the mood with its warm, woody, earthy, and spicy scent
promote positive emotions and increased energy
address negative emotions, fatigue, loss of appetite, headaches, and symptoms of allergies, colds, and fevers
manage respiratory conditions that make breathing difficult, such as asthma
Used on the skin, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to:
be a strong antibacterial and antiseptic agent that may be beneficial for application to areas of minor burns, cuts, bites, and bruises
cleanse, clarify, smooth, calm, invigorate, and brighten the skin
generally support skin health
remove excess natural skin oil
diminish the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles
improve the skin’s resiliency
moisturize dryness to alleviate itchiness
exfoliate to remove dead cells and reveal new skin, which can enhance natural radiance and promote a supple, healthy, revitalized appearance
Used in hair, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to:
nourish and strengthen the strands
remove loose dandruff flakes from the hair
moisturize dryness to help establish healthy scalp conditions that are conducive to hair growth
Used in massages, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to:
support the body’s natural recovery process after vigorous activity and injuries
promote skin elasticity and firmness through moisture
promote a sense of well-being through massage when experiencing itching, bruising, soreness, pain, cramps, and inflammation
invigorate the skin
support the body’s natural digestive function
Burdock root is a vegetable that’s native to northern Asia and Europe, though it now grows in the United States, too. The deep roots of the burdock plant are very long and either brown or nearly black on the outside.
Burdock root has been used for centuries in holistic medicine to treat a variety of different conditions. Traditionally, it was most commonly used as a diuretic and a digestive aid.
It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants
It removes toxins from the blood
It may inhibit some types of cancer
It may be an aphrodisiac
It can help treat skin issues
Burdock root is a natural diuretic, so you shouldn’t take it if you’re dehydrated. You also shouldn’t take it if you’re also taking other diuretics or water pills, as it can increase dehydration.
If you’re allergic to chrysanthemums or daisies, you may be at an increased risk of having an allergic reaction to burdock root and should avoid it.
Pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant shouldn’t take burdock root or supplements.
Astragalus is a plant in the legume family. It is also known as milk vetch or huang qi. Astragalus has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and is known to help the body fight off stress and other diseases. It is considered as a miracle herb and the powerful extract from this root has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It is also used as a natural diet supplement. The most popular health benefit of Astragalus is in boosting the immune-system and energy levels. It has a variety of health benefits and is also known to help with ailments such common cold, diabetes, upper respiratory problems, arthritis, asthma and blood pressure.
One of the reasons, Astragalus is becoming a rage in the west is because it is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are able to change their function depending on the specific needs of the body. They adapt according to what the body needs and this is why Adaptogenic herbs like Astralagus are able to help us deal with a variety of problems.
Several studies suggest that Astragalus may be a heart-friendly herb as it is rich in antioxidants. It may also help lower cholesterol levels.
Relief from Seasonal Allergy
Most of us are prone to some allergy or the other which interferes with the normal functioning of our lives. Astragalus root extract has shown tremendous relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies. While Astralagus is not a cure for Asthma or allergies - including this plant in the overall treatment is known to be of help.
Anxiety and chronic stress can cause adverse effects to our health. Hence, they need to be kept in check. Astragalus helps in curbing the stress level and promoting peace and calm in our mind and body. Those who suffer mood swings and constant nervous tension can benefit from this ancient herb.
Reduces Sleep Issues
Insomnia, sleeplessness, interrupted sleep patterns can be cured by regular consumption of astragalus root. By improving overall health, metabolism and hormonal balance this root can help in delivering a peaceful sleep.
This is the most important and popular use of astragalus as no one likes the effects of ageing. It helps in reducing signs of ageing on the face, helps in the growth of tissues and prevents chronic illness symptoms. For wrinkles and age spots this root can be extremely beneficial.
Boosts the Immune System
Astragalus has been used to boost the immune system for more than thousands of years. It protects the immune system from major attacks and makes it smarter and stronger at handling foreign substances. 'It has natural antibiotic properties, so it can increase resistance to viral infections. It is full of antioxidants that protect cells against free radical damage', according to the book Healing Foods.
Safe Earth Crystals (for deodorant)
Crystal deodorant is a type of alternative deodorant made of natural mineral salt called potassium alum, which has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. Potassium alum has been used as a deodorant in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years. Crystal deodorant has become more popular in Western cultures in the last 30 years. It has gained popularity due to its natural ingredients, low cost, and purported health benefits, such as lowering the risk of breast cancer.
The best time to apply the deodorant is right after you shower or bathe, when your underarms are freshly cleaned and still slightly damp. You can apply it to other body parts as well.
There may be a slight chalky residue left on your skin after application, so it’s a good idea to wait until the deodorant dries before getting dressed.
Crystal deodorant may be effective for up to 24 hours. If you wish to apply the deodorant in between showers, you can clean your underarm using rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball before reapplying.
Part of the allure of crystal deodorant is that you’re able to eliminate the chemicals that are found in conventional deodorant. Wearing deodorant and antiperspirant may inhibit the secretion of toxins from your body. Preventing your body from sweating naturally is thought to lead to clogged pores and a buildup of toxins.
You may find that you sweat more than usual once you make the switch from an antiperspirant to the crystal deodorant. The potential for increased body odor during this adjustment phase also exists. Usually your body will adjust after some time.
Crystal deodorant may cause rashes, itchiness, or irritation, especially if your skin is broken or you’ve recently shaved or waxed. It can also cause an allergic reaction such as inflammation, dryness, or redness. Avoid use when your skin is sensitive and discontinue use if the crystal deodorant continually irritates your skin.
Out of your go-to facial cleanser? Vodka acts as a natural astringent or toner, and due to its disinfectant properties, can deep-clean your pores. (Just be sure to dilute it with equal parts water first.) It'll also tighten the skin on your face and can treat acne breakouts with its drying and detoxifying properties. But it can have a dehydrating effect, which you should be mindful of if you have particularly dry or sensitive skin.
Apparently, patients who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and had semi-regular vodka drinks throughout the month felt less pain and inflammation associated with their disease, according to this study.
Vodka can do a world of good to your skin. Not only does it tighten and brighten the face, it also unclogs pores to give glowing skin. To make a vodka based toner, combine 1 tablespoon of vodka with 2 tablespoons of distilled water and 2 drops each of rosemary and jojoba oil. Voila, you have a toner that gets rid of gunk and tightens pores. When used as a facial mist, it also soothes irritation and refreshes skin in an instant.
For a clear face- The vodka tightens the skin while the green tea soothes on account of the catechins it contains.
In addition to it’s warming and calming qualities, the antimicrobial properties of rum can help prevent a common cold.
By increasing the mineral density of bones, rum can help prevent osteoporosis and assist in alleviating arthritis.
In moderation, it can help fight and prevent muscle pain.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers of the native Indonesian Cananga odorata tree. Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers” and has been used for centuries across tropical areas of Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia and the Polynesian Islands. The flowers were and are still traditionally used in Indonesia to decorate the bed of newly married couples on their wedding night due to their uplifting and aphrodisiac qualities.
Ylang Ylang is renowned for its mood enhancing, sedative, antidepressant, beautifying and aphrodisiac properties. It is beneficial for the immune system, cardiovascular system and endocrine system, relaxing the body while liberating the mind of negative emotions.
When inhaled, Ylang Ylang is known to have a positive effect on the mood due to its ability to act on the olfactory system in the brain. Ylang Ylang essential oil can help promote feelings of joy and ease while releasing negative emotions, promoting a calm and peaceful atmosphere in the home when diffused. You can also add a few drops to your bath or mix with a carrier oil and apply to your wrists and neck to increase energy, fight fatigue and promote a positive mood.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is a mild sedative and is great to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation and fight anxiety. It lowers the body’s stress response by reducing heart rate and blood pressure. If you are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or stressed, try diffusing a few drops of ylang ylang essential oil in your home or bedroom to help relax and unwind. You can also mix a couple drops with a carrier oil and massage into your neck and wrists to help soothe any nervous tensions.
Nourish skin & hair
Due to its antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseborrheic properties, Ylang Ylang essential oil is effective in improving the appearance of the skin, clearing pimples and help treat various skin conditions. Mix with coconut oil or jojoba oil and apply to face and neck daily. You can also add a few drops to your body wash to naturally nourish the skin on your body. Ylang Ylang essential oil is also known to improve the appearance of hair, improving thickness and lustre. Massage a few drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil with coconut oil into the scalp and rinse.
Praised for its sweet and pleasing scent, the essential oil extracted from the beautiful yellow flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree can help improve libido and enhance romance in the bedroom thanks to its powerful relaxing and soothing qualities. Ylang Ylang essential oil can be beneficial for those who experience stress due to workload, depression or life circumstances. To reap the benefits of Ylang Ylang essential oil, try adding a few drops to your diffuser, in the bath, or mix with a carrier oil and apply to your neck and wrists. You can even place a few drops on your bed sheets before jumping into bed.
Lowers blood pressure
Known to improve circulation and reduce blood pressure, Ylang Ylang essential oil is effective in supporting the cardiovascular system. The sedative qualities of Ylang Ylang can help regulate heart rate and calm the nervous system. To use, simply mix 1 drop of essential oil with a carrier oil and massage over the heart for relief.
St. John’s Wort
St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a flowering plant in the Hypericaceae family named for its bright yellow flowers which were said to bloom for the first time around St. John the Baptist's birthday. The word "wort" means "plant" in Old English.
People have been using St. John's wort for centuries. Today, the popular herb is often used to ease the symptoms of depression.
St. John's wort is widely believed to boost mood and provide some relief from depression, but it's not exactly clear how the plant achieves this.
Researchers suspect that ingredients in the herb (hypericin and hyperforin) may increase levels of certain brain chemicals, like serotonin. People with depression often have low levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters.
One reason people may wish to try the natural remedy for depression (as opposed to antidepressants that can increase serotonin) is that St. John's wort tends to have fewer side effects than medications.
The herb is also being explored for the following health concerns:
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Seasonal affective disorder
An oil made from St. John’s wort has also been used topically for wound healing and a variety of other skin conditions such as eczema and hemorrhoids.
Rose Geranium belongs to the Pelargonium botanical family, a group also referred to as the “Scented Geraniums.”
Rose Geranium Essential Oil shares virtually all the same properties as Geranium Essential Oil but is considered to be superior for the rosy floral note of its fragrance.
Used in aromatherapy applications, Rose Geranium Essential Oil has a soothing sedative effect that promotes greater feelings of relaxation, emotional stability, and optimism. Additionally, it helps to deodorize stale indoor environments as well as repel insects.
Used in skincare, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to balance the skin’s natural oil production, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, eliminate infection-causing or acne-causing bacteria, enhance circulation, reduce the appearance of varicose veins, thread veins, cellulite, and dull skin, encourage the body’s relaxation, deodorize, promote the faster fading of scars and blemishes, soothe uncomfortable skin ailments, and generally rejuvenate the complexion
Used medicinally, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to help reduce the discomforts of musculoskeletal ailments and skin conditions characterized by inflammation, to facilitate the body’s detoxification, and to protect abrasions from developing infections while also helping them to heal faster.
COSMETIC: Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Balancing, Deodorant
ODOROUS: Balancing, Relaxant, Deodorant, Aphrodisiac, Uplifting
MEDICINAL: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Balancing, Cicatrizant, Decongestant, Digestive, Emmenagogic, Vulnerary
CANDELILLA WAX VS. BEESWAX
The many similarities that Candelilla and Beeswax share, namely their beneficial properties, scents, and melting points, to name a few, make these two interchangeable waxes natural alternatives to each other. The main difference is that Candelilla is a vegan wax, whereas Beeswax is considered to be an animal byproduct.
When added to this kind of formulation…
Face, Hand, or Foot Creams
Lubricants, Lotions, Sunscreens
Salves, Ointments, Balms
Lipsticks, Lip Balms, Lip Gloss, Mascaras
Candelilla Wax functions as a(n):
Substitute for Beeswax
It helps to:
Contribute shine/gloss, especially to lip products
Provide smoothness and hardness to products that require a high melting point and a stiff consistency
Add texture and structure
Give solid and stick products their structures by enhancing the viscosity of their oil parts
Contribute a level of firmness to particular textures, such as that of eyeshadows, without causing them to harden
Emulsify immiscible liquids in to prevent them from separating in formulations with creamy consistencies
Provide excellent glide/slip to cosmetics formulations for easy spreadability as well as easy removability
Enhance rate of absorption into skin
Contribute a faint sweet scent that is reminiscent of Beeswax
Form a protective film on the skin’s surface to help repel water
Create barrier products, such as balms
Blend natural powder/mineral colorants into a formula
Complement other waxes, such as Beeswax
Reishi Mushroom Extract
A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, reishi, which translates to “spiritual potency,” is known as the herb of immortality.
In Japan, reishi mushroom extract is officially listed as a cancer treatment. Worldwide, they’re also widely used in AIDS medications.
Reishi grow on hardwoods and are very rare to find in the wild. Most are cultivated commercially.
There’s a reason mushrooms are referred to as magic, but not for the psychedelic reasons one may think. Reishi, a medicinal mushroom, is a naturally powerful age defense.
Reishi mushroom extract contain a high content of polysaccharides, responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water, and which are also imperative for skin repair and renewal. The extract also helps reduce skin inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage, while promoting cell regeneration.
Boosts cell turnover
Bee Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce from tree buds sap flows. When they combine the sap with their own discharges and beeswax, they create a sticky, greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their hives. as well as function as a natural disinfectant against bacteria.
The word Propolis is reputed to have been coined by Aristotle, from the Greek words “pro” (before) and “polis” (city), meaning, “Before The City”, or “Defender Of The City”.
Ancient cultures, used the Propolis to cover new comers to city, in order to sterilize any bacteria they might be carrying with them.
Science & Health Benefits
Bee Propolis is the focus of many scientific research projects surrounding it’s healing properties especially on our immune system.
As an antimicrobial, preliminary scientific studies show that some types of propolis have in vitro antibacterial properties and anti-fungal activity and that is why it may be very effective when fighting acne. Propolis is also known in science as an antioxidant, an emollient and is being studied for skin cancer treatment and cancer prevention. Our innovative process of propolis keeps up to 98% of its natural features and uses its properties to naturally restore and maintain skin structure.
Propolis is commonly used for its healing, antiseptic and restorative capabilities.
Propolis will assist in balancing, healing and soothing problematic skin. It also accelerates the rate of cell growth and decongests pores. Propolis protects against bacteria and functions as a great anti-inflammatory agent.
Pegged as the “herb of longevity,” gotu kola is a staple in traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and Ayurvedic medicine. Practitioners claim the medicinal plant has the power to boost brainpower, heal skin issues, and promote liver and kidney health — and some studies seem to agree.
It may help boost cognitive function
It may help treat Alzheimer’s disease
It may help reduce anxiety and stress
It may act as an antidepressant
It may improve circulation and reduce swelling
It may help ease insomnia
It may help reduce appearance of stretch marks
It may promote wound healing and minimize scarring
It may help relieve joint pain
It may have a detox effect
Don’t use gotu kola if you:
have hepatitis or other liver disease
have a scheduled surgery within the next two weeks
are under 18 years of age
have a history of skin cancer
Talk to your doctor before use if you:
have liver disease
have high cholesterol
are taking medications such as sedatives for sleep or anxiety
are taking diuretics
Dandelions are more than just pretty flowers. They contain age-old healing properties that have benefits for your skin, hair and body. Every part of the plant can be used in many different ways to help you be your most irresistible. Dandelion leaves are great for smoothies and salads, while their flowers, roots and sap are great in tea, coffee, or even applied topically.
Rich in antioxidants, dandelions have anti-aging benefits for the skin. Dandelion extract can help to nourish the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and toning unbalanced skin. The plant contains detoxifying properties that rid the skin of toxins that clog pores and cause acne, as well as vitamin C to speed up the body’s natural healing process and reduce the appearance of scars and skin inflammation.
If you’re pining for luscious locks, dandelions can make your hair stronger and stimulate growth. Their roots are a rich source of vitamins A, E and B-complex vitamins, as well as iron, calcium and potassium. If you suffer from greasy hair or dandruff, dandelions can help keep these conditions at bay by ridding the scalp of excess oil.
Besides making you look great, dandelions also make you feel great. As a diuretic, dandelions regulate blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and cholesterol by replacing sodium with potassium. High levels of vitamin K help to improve brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, while zeaxanthin protects the retina from UV rays for better eyesight.
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Commonly used to relieve inflammatory skin conditions and calm sensitive skin. Provides some antioxidant protection and can be used to soothe, moisturize and inhibit the growth of bacteria.