I carefully choose ingredients for my products based upon their medicinal, therapeutic, and cosmetic properties. When formulating, I research this information through published studies, books, and other credible sources. I created this page when Etsy decided not to allow sellers to post information about the properties of herbs and botanical ingredients on their site. This includes facts from published studies and books, as well as historical, folkloric, personal stories or testimonials, and “time-tested” information. This page was born as a response, and as a way to provide information about the botanical ingredients and their beneficial properties used in my products.
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INGREDIENTS & THEIR PROPERTIES:
> Alkanet Root (Wildharvested): A plant root used to naturally dye cosmetics and fabrics.
> Almonds, Raw (Certified Organic): Highly nutritious, and rich in vitamins, minerals and beneficial oils. Assist at cleansing and refining pores while moisturizing and nourishing skin.
> Aloe Vera Gel (from Certified Organic Aloe Vera plants): Beneficial for soothing and treating a variety of skin conditions and irritations. The Aloe Vera Gel used in my products was removed by hand from the inner fillet of certified organically grown Aloe Vera leaves, and then gently cold pressed to ensure that the Aloe retained its beneficial properties.
> Argan Oil (Certified Organic): This rare and exquisite oil is rich in natural tocopherols, phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids, making it a truly luxurious oil. Absorbs quickly and is often used in skin, nail and hair treatments to deliver deep hydration, strengthen brittle hair and nails, and prevent and reduce stretch marks.
> Avocado Oil (Certified Organic & Fair Trade Certified): Cold pressed and unrefined, this ultra rich oil is a highly prized and delightful ingredient for skin care. Beneficial for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments, and recommended to those with sensitive skin, problem skin and other irritations that require vitamin rich oil. Contains high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E, amino acids, sterols, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids.
> Beeswax (from honeybees in the United States): A wonderful substance secreted by worker honeybees. I use a line of pure, filtered, cosmetic grade beeswax from beekeepers in the United States in my products. This beautiful wax is of the finest quality, is extremely fragrant, and contains no filler, synthetics, debris, or foreign fragrances.
> Blackberry Leaf (Certified Organic): Astringent and rich in tannins.
> Calendula Flowers (Certified Organic): One of my very favorite herbs! The cheerful orange and yellow blossoms have incredible healing properties. Calendula has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, acne, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks.
> Calendula Flower Extract (with Certified Organic Calendula Flowers): I handcraft this extract myself in small batches. See above description to read about Calendula’s healing properties.
> Cardamom Seeds and Cardamom Essential Oil (both are Certified Organic): This warm and spicy botanical has an intoxicating, alluring aroma and exotic spicy favor loved by cultures around the world. Cardamom is one of the world’s most expensive spices, after Saffron and Vanilla, since growing the botanical is extremely labor intensive. Medicinally, Cardamom has been used for centuries as a carminative, stimulant, and aphrodisiac.
> Castille Soap (Certified Organic): A pure liquid castille soap made from natural and organic ingredients. Gently cleanses skin and pores without stripping skin of natural oils. Contains: Water, saponified organic Coconut oil, organic Sunflower oil, and organic Castor oil, Citric Acid, and Rosemary extract.
> Cedarwood Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, regenerative, and tonic properties, and is beneficial for acne, arthritis, cellulite, dandruff, dry skin, fungal infections, rashes, and other skin conditions.
> Carrot Seed Essential Oil: Used to rejuvenate dry, mature, and wrinkled skin. It helps remove toxins from skin, is a cell proliferant, and is beneficial for a variety of skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and skin irritations.
> Cocoa Butter (Certified Organic & Fair Trade Certified): An aromatic butter pressed from the seeds of the Cacao tree. Cocoa Butter has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, and to protect and condition skin damaged by the sun and wind. It contains natural antioxidants, is naturally rich in Vitamin E, plus contains a number of other vitamins and minerals. Cocoa butter is a superb moisturizer, slows down moisture loss, is hydrating, beneficial for dry skin, wrinkles, dermatitis, and has emollient properties.
> Coconut Oil (Certified Organic): Virgin, unrefined, and cold pressed. This wonderful moisturizing oil has an intoxicating aroma and serves as a protective layer to help skin retain moisture, mild enough for those with inflamed and irritated skin or with skin sensitivities.
> Comfrey Leaf (Certified Organic): Healing, emollient, and encourages the rapid growth of cells.
> Corn Meal (Certified Organic): A gentle, natural exfoliant useful for cleansing skin.
> Cornflowers (Certified Organic): Not only are these flowers gorgeous, but they are medicinal too! Cornflowers have astringent, soothing, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Beneficial for skin conditions and mild enough for sensitive skin.
> Elder Flowers (Certified Organic): A traditional ingredients used in skin care, the flowers are soothing and beneficial for skin irritations. Useful for reparative skin preparations.
> Flax Seeds (Certified Organic): These emollient seeds are rich in Omega-3 oils. They help sooth, heal, soften, and nourish skin. Beneficial for skin irritations and other skin conditions.
> French Green Clay: Naturally contains micro molecules which literally “drink” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. Has a toning action which stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, tightening pores, and helps to clear problem skin. From bedrock quarries in France.
> Ginger Essential Oil (Certified Organic): This spicy and earthy oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, and stimulant properties. Externally, it is beneficial for poor circulation, fatigue, and exhaustion.
> Green Sencha Tea Leaf Extract (made with Certified Organic Green Sencha Tea leaves): I handcraft this extract myself in small batches. Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant and has been shown to help reduce skin inflammation and redness, protect skin cells, and assist with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure. It naturally contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols – all of which ease and repair sunburned skin.
> Hazelnut Oil: Perfect oil for those with acne and oily skin because of its astringent qualities and because it absorbs quickly into skin.
> Helichrysum Flowers (Certified Organic): Healing and have high levels of anti-oxidants which help speed the healing process and the formation of scar tissue.
> Helichrysum Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, astringent, antibacterial, and stimulant properties. Helichrysum flowers are healing and have high levels of anti-oxidants which help speed the healing process and the formation of scar tissue. The oil is useful or treating acne, bruises, burns, dermatitis, eczema, scars, stretch marks, sunburn, and wounds.
> Hibiscus Flowers (Certified Organic): These beautiful tropical flowers have a delightful tart flavor, and naturally contain high levels of beneficial anti-oxidants to help prevent skin aging, and mucilage which soothes and softens skin. Beneficial for eczema and other skin conditions.
> Honey, Raw & Local (Certified Organic): Has moisturizing, anti-aging, soothing, healing, and humectant properties, which help attract moisture to the skin. Naturally contains enzymes, antioxidants, flavonoids, antibacterial agents.
> Jojoba Oil (Certified Organic): A certified organic and cold pressed oil made from the beans of the Jojoba plant, Simmondsia chinensis. Jojoba oil is actually a liquid plant wax with absorption properties similar to our skin’s own sebum. Because of this, it readily absorbs into our skin and naturally moisturizes without feeling greasy or oily.
> Juniper Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Juniper has antiseptic and astringent properties, and one of the very best oils available for treating acne, eczema, and greasy or oily skin.
> Kukui Nut Oil: Used by Hawaiian natives for hundreds of years. It absorbs deep into skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs, and it is soothing for dry skin, psoriasis, acne, eczema, chapped skin, and has very high levels of linoleic and alpha-linolenic essential fatty acids.
> Lavender Flowers & Lavender Essential Oil (Certified Organic): This aromatic and well-loved herb has soothing and skin healing properties. Lavender helps regenerate skin cells, making it beneficial for preventing scars, stretch marks, and slowing wrinkles.It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, aromatic, and deodorant. Beneficial for acne, bruises, burns, dermatitis, eczema, flatulence, infection, inflammations, insect bites and stings, psoriasis, rashes, rheumatism, scars, sunburn, sun damage, and wounds. Of Interest: The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash”, and Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with Lavender.
> Lavender Extract (with Certified Organic Lavender Flowers): I handcraft this extract myself in small batches. See above description to read about Lavender’s healing properties.
> Lemon Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Cold pressed from the fresh peel, has antioxidant and antiseptic properties beneficial for oily complexions, skin impurities, and infections.
> Lemon Balm Extract (made with Certified Organic Lemon Balm herb): I handcraft this extract myself in small batches. Has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, and tonic properties. Calming and soothing for skin, Lemon Balm is used for eczema, insect bites, and in formulas to fight infections.
> Lemongrass Herb and Essential Oil (Both are Certified Organic): Lemongrass has antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant, fungicidal, insecticidal, nervine, sedative, and tonic properties. Beneficial for acne, poor circulation, and more.
> Macadamia Nut Oil (Certified Organic): One of the best regenerative oils available! Has been successfully used as a healing oil for scars, sunburns, minor wounds and other irritations. This oil is naturally high in monounsaturated fatty acids, and closely resembles our skin’s own sebum which allows it to protect and easily absorb into skin.
> Matcha Green Tea (Certified Organic): Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant and has been shown to help reduce skin inflammation and redness, protect skin cells, and assist with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure. It naturally contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols – all of which ease and repair sunburned skin.
> Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Contains over 98% long-chain fatty acids, and is a prized medium for moisturizing, rejuvenating, and nourishing skin.
> Nettle leaf (Certified Organic): Nettle is a popular herb well-known for it’s medicinal and nutritional properties. Externally, the leaves have anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties, and are an effective treatment for many skin conditions. In addition, Nettle has a rich vitamin and mineral content which is beneficial for the skin.
> Nettle Extract (made with Certified Organic Nettle leaves): I handcraft this extract myself in small batches. See above description to read about Nettle’s healing properties.
> Oats (Certified Organic): Rich in vitamins and minerals. Oats are beneficial for cleansing, softening, moisturizing, calming, and soothing skin. The emollient grains are beneficial for all skin types, including irritated, sensitive, and dry skin.
> Peppermint Leaf (Certified Organic): Refreshes dull skin and helps with congestion.
> Peppermint Essential Oil (Certified Organic): This refreshing essential oil has anesthetic (topical) properties, is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, digestive, nervine, and stimulating. Beneficial for acne, dermatitis, infections, poor circulation, inflammation, itches, insect bites, and much more. The scent alone helps with many ailments, from headaches to exhaustion and mental fatigue.
> Pomegranate Seed Oil (Certified Organic): Another of my very favorite oils. It is an extremely rich, thick, luxurious, and deeply penetrating oil. Deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer, provides powerful anti-oxidants, and helps nourish and develop healthy skin cell regeneration. Beneficial for numerous skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and it challenges free radicals that damage and age the skin.
> Rhassoul Clay: A truly exquisite Spa quality clay from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco. Used for more than 1400 years, Rhassoul is a mineral rich clay high in Silica, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium content. It also has a high rate of absorption which makes it more effective than other clays for cleansing, detoxification, and general skin treatment. Studies have proven it to reduce skin dryness, flakiness, clarity, elasticity, firmness, texture, and surface oils.
> Red Clover Blossom Extract (with Certified Organic Red Clover Blossoms): I handcraft this extract myself in small batches. Red Clover is used topically to help treat psoriasis and other skin conditions, and to promote healing in skin wounds while reducing infection.
> Rice, Brown (Certified Organic): Exfoliating, and naturally contains vitamins and minerals to nourish skin including Vitamins K, B6, Thiamin, Niacin, Choline, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, and Selenium.
> Rose Geranium Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Known as a powerful wound healer, this fragrant essential oil is beneficial for acne, broken capillaries, bruises, burns, circulation, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, insect bites, lymphatic congestion, ringworm, shingles, ulcers, wounds, and much more. Has antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, regenerative, and tonic properties.
> Rosehip Seed Oil (Certified Organic): One of my very favorite healing ingredients. Studies have shown it to promote skin cell regeneration, have incredible effects upon scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and burns, be an effective treatment against premature aging, plus it contains Vitamin A.
> Rosehips (Certified Organic): Rosehips are the fruits of Rose plants, they develop once that the petals fall. One of the most concentrated sources of Vitamin C available, plus they contain Vitamins A, D, and E, and the mineral Iron. In addition, they have flavonoids with potent antioxidant action, helping to protect from the effects of stress, aging, and the environment.
> Rosemary Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Rosemary has antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, stimulating, restorative, and tonic properties. The oil stimulates circulation, is beneficial for acne, eczema, dermatitis, and wounds.
> Rosemary Oleoresin: A natural preservative made from Rosemary extract in an Olive oil base.
> Sage Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Sage has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, astringent, and tonic properties. Assists with treating infections, reducing oily skin and acne.
> Shea Nut Oil: A thick, rick, and nourishing oil cold pressed from nut seeds of the Shea (Karite) Tree. This oil is beneficial for numerous skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema, burns, dryness, and other irritations. Highly recommended as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions where a mild barrier against the elements is desired.
> Sugar, Raw (Certified Organic): Mildly exfoliating, soothing, and beneficial for various skin conditions.
> Sunflower Seed Oil (Certified Organic): A lightweight oil which absorbs quickly into skin, high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. A conditioning oil recommended for dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin.
> Sunflower Seeds, raw (Certified Organic): Nutrient-rich seeds high in vitamins, especially Vitamin E Oil, and essential fatty acids. Softens skin, and beneficial for cleansing pores and assisting with damaged skin and inflammations.
> Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Cold pressed from sweet Orange peels, Citrus sinensis. Known as an uplifting oil, it has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, stimulant, and tonic properties. Beneficial for depression, insomnia, slow circulation, stress, and tension.
> Tamanu Oil (Certified Organic): An exotic Polynesian oil which studies have proven it to heal damaged skin, treat scars, stretch marks, minor cuts and abrasions, rashes, sores and other skin conditions.
> Tea Tree Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Antiseptic and antiviral, beneficial oil for treating rashes, acne, infections, wounds, insect bites.
> White Cosmetic Clay: A very fine and light clay with natural absorbency properties. This is the mildest of all clays, and is suitable for those with sensitive, dry, or mature skin. It helps stimulate circulation while gently exfoliating and cleansing it without drawing oils from the skin. High in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium, which are beneficial for oily, blemished skin and help heal blemishes and inflammations, while preventing new ones from forming.
> Witch Hazel Extract (Certified Organic): Distilled from the twigs and bark of the Witch Hazel tree, Hamamelis virginiana. Witch Hazel extract has astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties. Beneficial for blemishes, pimples, removing make-up and oils from the skin, reducing bags under the eyes, skin puffiness, and pore size. Unlike commercial Witch Hazel Extracts which contain more alcohol than actual Witch Hazel and have only been distilled once, the line that I use has been double distilled, making it purer, stronger, and more effective.
> Vanilla Beans, powdered & Vanilla Bean absolute & Vanilla Oil (all Certified Organic): Powdered organic Vanilla beans and true organic Vanilla Bean absolute from real Vanilla beans. Did you know that Vanilla beans come from gorgeous orchid flowers? Growing Vanilla is truly labor intensive. Every orchid must be hand pollinated by farm workers who carefully transfer the pollen from the anther to the stigma of the flower. The Vanilla flower has a very short life span, and only blooms for less than a day. This means that the growers have to inspect their plantations daily for open flowers to pollinate. 6-9 months after pollination, the pods are harvested and then cured for another 3-6 months. During this time, they develop the dark color, rich aroma, and delicious flavor that we all know and love.
> Vanilla Extract: A natural and pure Vanilla Extract made with from real Vanilla beans. See description above to read about Vanilla.
> Vegetable Glycerin (Certified Organic): A natural humectant and emollient which softens, soothes, and assists skin in retaining moisture. Also helpful in pulling oxygen and attracting moisture into the skin.
> Vitamin E Oil (from certified non-GMO sources): Helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin, and also provides the skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of aging.
> Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Certified Organic): Ylang Ylang flowers have a seductively sweet aroma which is exotic and relaxing. The essential oil has antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, cell proliferant, disinfectant, expectorant, nervine, sedative, and vulnerary properties. Externally, it is beneficial for acne, headaches, insect bites, muscle aches and pains, scars, wounds, and emotionally for depression, insomnia, tension, and stress.
* For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.