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Apricot Kernel Extract (Prunus armeniaca)

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Anti-allergy, anti-bacterial, alterative, anti-Inflammatory, anti-cancer, soothing.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamin B17 (laetril), Vit B6, Vit C, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), magnesium, oleic acid (omega 9 approx 70-75%), linoleic acid (omega 6 approx. 22%), magnesium, phosporus, potassium, iron, zinc, calcium, and folic acid.

Medicinal Uses:

Specific for dry and sensitive skins, acne, eczema, sores, wounds, cold rashes, pimples, sunburn, and scabies. Researchers have found and report “Results from these findings suggest that this bitter apricot seeds extract may be used as a natural antibacterial treatment for some diseases, especially topically.” – [Journal of Medical Sciences, 2008] They found the bitter constituent within the extract inhibited bacterial strains, with staphylococcus aureus being the most susceptible. Laetril (vitamin B17) has been linked with Holistic Cancer Treatments, suggesting remission and recovery.

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Barberry Extract (Berberis vulgaris)

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Anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-allergy, anti-histamine, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-candidiasis, anti-psoriatic, anti-microbial, anticonvulsant, anti-parasite, anti-hypertensive, sedative, and stimulates the immune system.

Phytochemicals:

Rich in vitamin C, sugars and pectin, also protoberberines: berberine, palmatine and jatorrhizine, and 6 bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids: oxyacanthine, armoline, baluchistine, berbamine, obamegine and awuilofine, plus: bervulcine, magnoflorine and columbamine

Medicinal Uses:

Barberry has been added to Guinevera Face Food products due to strong antibacterial, astringent and anesthetic properties.  Berberine an active constituent within Barberry Extract fights conjunctivitis and sensitive eyes. Preliminary studies show it can also inhibit skin cells forming comedones in acne, including propionibacterium acnes Native Americans used Barberry root extracts to treat fever, acne, eczema, cold sores and diarrhea. Traditionally it has been used to treat digestive disorders, skin irritations and lesions. It is a strong antioxidant and considered a topical antiseptic, is gentle in action, and safe to use on sensitive skins.

Barberry ointment, during a case study in Germany, has been found to significantly reduce the eruptions of psoriasis. Due to its strong anti-Inflammatory actions, it has been recommended for use to reduce inflammation and pain of bruises, aches and sprains. Laboratory studies have shown it is berbine and jatrorrhizine (alkaloids within Barberry), which exert antibacterial effects against different types of bacteria. It has been used for more than 2500 years in the Mediterranean and Asia. In ancient Egypt it was used as a preventative against the plague.

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Bilberry Extract (Vaccinium myrtillus)

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Anti-oxidant (powerful), anti-Inflammatory, astringent, styptic.

Phytochemicals:

Extremely high in anthocyanidin flavonoids (18- 37%) Some flavonoids (include hyperoside, isoquercitrin, astragaline, isoflavones and cinnamic acids). Some anthocyanosides (include cyanidin, malvidin, myrtillin, and delphinidin). Also contains glucoquinine, chromium, high levels of tannic acid, tannins. Vitamins A, & C.

Medicinal Uses:

Laboratory test have shown anthocyanosides to enhance collagen cross-linkages, promotes and strengthens collagen production. Bilberry is specific for minimizing and reversing oxidative damage to the blood vessels in and around the eyes and skin. It also supports connective tissue in ligaments and tendons. Anthocyanins have also been used to correct eye disorders associated with retina degeneration. The flavonoids within Bilberry enhance the production of rhodopsin, which is known as visual purple. Rhodopsin is a protein needed for near vision, high contrast lights and night vision. Rhodopsin is depleted by the use of computer screens.

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Butchers Broom Extract (Ruscus aculeatus)

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Anti-inflammatory, reduces capillary fragility, phlebotherapeutic, vasoconstrictive, venotonic.

Phytochemicals:

Anthocyanins, flavonoids, ruscogenins (saponin glycosides), saponins (including neoruscogenin, ruscin & ruscoside). Fatty acids (including tetracosanoic acid). Sterols (including sitoserol, campesterol, stigmasterol, benzofuranes, euparone & ruscodibenzofurane).

Medicinal Uses:

Research has shown that the saponin glycosides within Butchers Broom are responsible for the vasoconstrictive and anti-Inflammatory actions. It is these phytochemicals, which help to reduce the fragility and permeability of capillaries and helps to constrict the veins. Externally used Butcher’s Broom helps to relieve swelling, itching and pain. It has been found to be useful for facial products and cosmetic which are applied around the eye surround and on sensitive and irritated skins. Because it is a powerful vasoconstrictor, it has a great action against edemas (excess water retention). It is used to treat varicose veins and is often incorporated into cellulite treatments.

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Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula officinalis)

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Anti-bacterial, anti-Inflammatory, anti-eczema, anti-fungal, anti-genotoxic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-tumor, anti-viral, Astringent,  blood purifier, restorative, tonic, wound healer.

Phytochemicals :

Rich in vitamin A, and several carotenoids (including lutein and zeaxanthin, cadinol, gamma-carotene and rubixanthin). Flavonoids (including isorhamnetin, kaempferol, scopoliten, triterpenes, flavonol glycosides), oleanolic acid, 3-glucoside, quercetin, phenolic acids,  chlorgenic acid, vanillic acid, caffeic acid, protokatechuic acid, p-coumaric acid, syringic acid, lycopene, resins, saponins, quinones, mucilages, sterols, polyprenylquinones.

Medicinal Uses:

Calendula has been used internally and externally for centuries as a potent Antiseptic on all types of skin problems and wounds. It is extremely safe to use on babies, children and ultra-sensitive skins. It is non-toxic, non-irritating, gentle but dynamic in action. The most positive recorded uses of Calendula have been external, especially for acne, bruises, cuts, eczema, minor wounds, minor burns, red irritated and inflamed skins, scrapes, sunburn, nappy rash and cradle cap.

It has also been used historically to treat ringworm, athletes foot, thrush, wasp stings, bee stings and warts. Clinical trials recorded on mice have found a cytotoxic compound capable of destroying tumour cells and of stopping DNA damage. The actions of Calendula are enhanced when used in combination with other herbals.

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Chamomile Extract (Matricaria chamomilla)

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Anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-anxiety, antiseptic, anti-irritant, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, acaricidal, anti- cancer, anti-mucositis, anti-histamine, anti-fungal, anti-ulcer, anti-spasmodic, anxiolytic, anti-microbial, anti-platelet, anti-mutagenic, anti-viral, carminative, nervine, sedative, soothing, non-comedogenic, sleep-enhancer, stomachic, vasodilator.

Phytochemicals:

Vit A, Vit B1, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, copper, manganese (high content), potassium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, flavones, flavonoids, glycosides, valeric acid, tannins, salicylic acid, coumarin,  bisabolo and chamazulene. Flavonoids (apigenin, quercetin, patuletin, luteolin and others), coumarin farnesene, chamazulene.

Medicinal Uses:

Chamomile has proven itself over hundreds of years, used as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, being extremely soothing, anti-itching, anti-allergenic, purifying and aids in the repair of wounds.

It is exceptional for skin irritations and sensitive skins and is safe to use on newborn babies due to its very gentle action. Chamomile reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes around the eyes and mouth and helps soften dry skin. Chamomile has been used to reduce dark circles around the eyes, fight skin rashes, acne, fungal infections, and soothes sunburn.

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Cucumber Extract (Cucumis sativa)

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Astringent, antioxidant, anti-Inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-arthritis, analgesic, emollient, hydrating, hypotensive, soothing coolant.

Phytochemicals:

Vit C, Vit A, Vit E, Vit K, amino acids (rich), silica (rich), potassium, magnesium, polysaccharides, polyphenols (gallic acid, coumaric acid, caffeic acid and trans-cinnamic acid etc), and triterpene glycosides (cucurbitacins).

Medicinal Uses:

Cucumbers have been long known to reduce redness and inflammation, and are often suggested placed over the eyes raw, in thin slices for the relief of bags and tired, stressed eyes. They are a wonderful addition to any anti-aging eye product. The high silica content helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They can also help in the relief of sunburn.

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Eggplant Extract (Solanum melongena)

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Anti-cancer, Anti-tumour, Anti-microbial, Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-viral, Anti-LDL, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-mutagen, Anti-atherogenic, Cholesterol-lowering, Chologogue, Diuretic.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B6, C, E, K, Anthocyanin, Solasodine glycosides, Phenols, Riboflavin, Folate, Potassium, Choline, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Sodium, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Statins, Flavonoids – Nasunin, Trigonelline, Cholorgenic acid, Caffeic acid. There are 13 types of phenolic acid present at significant levels in Eggplant.

Eggplants also known as Aubergines come in a variety of colours and shapes. Some are yellow-orange with green stripes, or, small and white looking similar to an egg, while another is long and skinny like a bean.
The USDA has an eggplant collection at Griffin in Georgia, which now boasts approx. 770 different varieties. However, the type of eggplant that has been used to make our Anti-Cancer skin cream, has a very dark, purple/black, glossy skin, with the fruit shaped like a teardrop/pear.

Eggplants contain a large amount of different nutrients which enables the fruit to provide a variety of health benefits. They contain a powerful anthocyanin called Nasunin which neutralizes free radicals and their damaging effects. The dark purple or Black Magic variety, has been found to contain nearly three times the amount of antioxidant phenolics than in any other type of eggplant. These phenolics are known to be slightly bitter to taste, they are also known to be one of the most powerful free radical scavengers, which helps to eliminate things like cancer and the development of other diseases.

It is an interesting and valuable fruit which deserves more scientific investigation

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Elder Flower Extract (Sambucus nigra)

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Anti-Inflammatory, anti-sinus, anti-septic, astringent, anti-irritation,anti-viral, diuretic, soothing, nervine.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamins, minerals and flavonoids (including rutin, isoquercitrin, hyperoside), chlorogenic acid and triterpenoids. Elder Flower Extract is traditionally used to treat sore eyes, irritated and inflamed skin, mouth ulcers and minor injuries.

Medicinal Uses:

“A Modern Herbal” by Grieve says Elderflower water keeps the skin white, soft and free of acne using recipes of teas, infusions,  lotions and ointments Adding Elderflowers to bath water will soften the skin. Grieve also wrote, an ointment made with equal parts lard and flowers helps heal chapped hands and can be used as a face cream. Elderflower extract dramatically reduces inflammation. Free radicals and inflammation are precursory to all disease.

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Gingko Biloba Extract (Maidenhair tree)

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Anti-coagulant, anti-estrogenic, anti-oxidant, detoxifier, neuroprotective, vasodilator.

Phytochemicals:

Flavone glycosides (including kaempferol, sitosterols, quercetin and isorhamnetin, plus more), terpene lactones (including ginkgolides A, B, C, and bilobalide), proanthocyanidins (antioxidants and free radical fighters), glucose, rhamnose, organic acids, D-glucaric acid, and ginkgolic acid.

Medicinal Uses:

Ginkgo Biloba was first used, recorded and published in 1436 by Lan Mao in “Dian Nan Ben Cao” during the Ming Dynasty. Lan Mao notes the external use of Ginkgo Biloba to treat skin and head sores as well as freckles (skin whitening). The flavonoids within Ginkgo are directly connected with the amazing actions within the body. It is the complex arrangement of all the active constituents that gives it the ability to fight free radicals, behave as a powerful anti-Inflammatory, and increase circulation throughout the body and brain.

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Gotu Kola Extract (Centella asiatica)

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Anti-oxidant, anti-anxiety, aphrodisiac, circulatory stimulator and wound healer.

Phytochemicals:

Vit. C, Vit. B1, Vit. B2, Vit. B3, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc. Beta-carotene, camphol, campesetol, triterpenoids, and saponins.

Medicinal Uses:

Gotu Kola has been used to prevent scarring after surgery or injury, plus to help heal wounds and minor burns to the skin. This is due to the triterpenoids which have strong antioxidant properties.  It can help strengthen the skin, increase blood flow, help acne and psoriasis, plus has been used to prevent and reduce stretch marks.

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Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera)

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Anti-aging, Antioxidant (powerful), Anti-microbial, Anti-bacterial, Anti-carcinogenic,  Anti-Inflammatory, Anti- allergic, Anti-depressant, Anti-viral, Anti-fungal,  Astringent, Depurative, Digestive, Diuretic, Non-Allergenic, (natural) Preservative and Stimulant, Vasodilatory.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamin E, Bioflavonoids, linoleic acid (Omega 6) and OPC’s (proanthocyanidins) are highly concentrated.

Medicinal Uses:

Proanthocyanidins protect against free radicals and have been shown to act against cancer and allergies, excellent to use on skin. It has also been used to protect collagen and elastin from breaking down (for your skins anti-aging effects).

It also protects against rancidity and bacteria, which is helpful in extending the shelf life of a product (natural preservative), and is well known for its OPC content which has at least seven actions i.e. antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and vasodilatory. These actions help to heal wounds, strengthen and promotes a youthful appearance to the layers of your skin. It assists in the removal of toxic waste from the skin's cells, and help to balance the water content.

It is used widely as a preservative in skin creams and lotions. Here’s some more very interesting information to have a look at:- http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Grape-seed-extract-boosts-wound-healing

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Horsetail Extract (Equisetum arvense)

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Anti-arthritic, astringent, diuretic, styptic, wound healer,

Phytochemicals:

Silicic acid and potassium (in abundance), silicon, vitamin C. flavonoids (including quercetin, luteolin, and protogenkwanin, glycosides, kaempferol, isoquercitrin and apigenin). Alkaloids (including saponin, (equisetonin) palustrine and palustrinine, Nicotine and 3-metoxypiridine). Sterols (including isofycosterol, campesterol and cholesterol), minerals. Saponosides (5%) equisetonin which gives arabinose, equistogenine and frutose when hydrolyzed. Flavonoids (including isoquercitrin, galuteoline and equisetrine). Dimethylsulphone thiaminase, aconitic acid and equistetolic acid, phenolic acids, aluminium salts. Malic acid, oxalic acid, gylerides of stearic, linoleic and oleic acids.

Medicinal Uses:

The mineral content within Horsetail is extremely abundant in silicon approx 60-80% with the remainder being largely potassium. It is the sole surviving descendant of giant ferns, which covered the earth some 200 million years ago. It has the unique ability to absorb gold when gold is dissolved in water. For cosmetic purposes in cases of wounds, scar tissue and acne the saponins and flavonoids plus silica within Horsetail give it the ability to cicatrize, epithelize and stabilize the skin and conjunctive tissue. This action works through epithelial regeneration to strengthen the tissue. It has excellent astringent and healing properties.

Horsetail is said to lift sagging skin. Its action is enhanced when combined with herbs such as Ginseng and Cornflower providing elasticity, which helps in the treatment of wrinkles. It is also used as a skin-conditioning agent.

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Oat Extract (Avena sativa)

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Anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-irritant and itchiness, emollient, insomnia, moisturizer, mucilage, soothing.

Phytochemicals:

Phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, sodium, copper, silicon, protein, Vit B1, Vit B2, Vit B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate and more trace vitamins. Saponins, flavonoids, alkaloids, carotene, lipids, and steroidal compounds.

Medicinal Uses:

Oats have a most wonderful soothing, smoothing, moisturizing, repairing action giving also relief of irritation, itching and fungal problems of the skin. It contains B-glucan which is structurally similar to hyaluronic acid which is necessary for building collagen. Used also for oiliness, weeping eczema & contact dermatitis.

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Purslane Extract (Portulaca Oleracea)

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Antioxidant, Anti-acne, Antibiotic, Anti-aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-depressant, Astringent, Anti-eczema, Hemostatic

Phytochemicals:

Rich Omega-3 fatty acids, Tocopherol, Ascorbic acid, Beta carotene, Glutathione, Alpha-linolenic acid, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Glycosides, Alkaloids (including oleraceins), Sterols, Coumarins, Triterpenes, Flavonoids, Linalool 3,7,11,15-tetramethyl-2hexadecen-1-ol, citric acid, malic acid, ascorbic acid, succinic acid, fumaric acid and acetic acid. The Phenolic constituents include scopoletin, bergapten, isopimpinellin, lonchocarpic acid, robustin, genistein plus more.

The amino acids include phenylalanine, alanine, tyrosine and aspartate. Rich source of Vit. A, B, C & E, Carotenoid, Carbohydrates, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Folate, Lithium and Melatonin, and lower levels of Noradrenaline and Dopamine. This amazing plant is a powerhouse of nutrients and is a wonderful addition to your daily salad or smoothie.  Its incredible antioxidant plus actions is a must have.

Traditional usage over centuries showed that the now understood high Omega-3 content in Purslane is one of the reasons it has been so effective against inflammation and cardiovascular issues. The high omega-3 content in Purslane acts as a cardiovascular-protectant. Purslane also has a one-to-one ratio of Calcium and magnesium, which is the perfect ratio for maintaining a good strong heart, and you will most likely have it in your back-yard!   This same high omega-3 content in Purslane is essential for healing acne and anti-aging of the skin (by feeding collagen), also the extraordinary amount of nutrients within the plant, helps to feed and nourish your skin, bringing back a balance and healthy glow to your face. It also helps reduce the scarring of old acne skin and encourages new healthy, smooth tissue to grow from the lower layers of the dermis.

It is also one of the few plants to contain L-dopa (dopamine) and noradrenaline (norepinephrine), which has been proven to stop postpartum bleeding, according to Chinese traditional medicine.  The high omega-3 content (commonly found in fish oil) is also important for human growth, development and disease prevention. This essential fatty acid cannot be synthesized by the human body, so, therefore it must be ingested another good reason to eat Purslane when available.

Another very interesting fact of purslane is it contains a huge 16% of various anti-depressant compounds, making it perfect for those suffering from depression.   A most wonderful herb to have on hand!

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Rooibos Extract (Aspalathus linearis)

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Anti-aging, anti-Inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-spasmodic, hypo-allergenic, cell regenerator & immune system booster.

Phytochemicals:

Vit. C, Vit. D (high), copper, magnesium, zinc (high), calcium, maganese, potassium, flouride, polyphenol antioxidants, flavonoid antioxidants ( luteolin, rutin, quercetin, aspalathin, isoquercitrin, orientin, nothofagin, isoorientin, vitexin, and chrysoeriol), alpha hydroxy, also rich in the enzyme superoxide dismutase (high).

Medicinal Uses:

Rooibos or common name ‘Red Bush’ is loaded with nutrients and is exceptional for skin health and is considered to be anti-aging. Alpha hydroxy and superoxide dismutase (a powerful antioxidant) has shown substantial evidence of helping to slow and in some cases reverse the aging process of the skin. Rooibos has been used successfully to treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne, eczema, sunburn, cuts, abrasions and rashes. It is also suitable for all skin types.

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Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus officinalis)

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Antioxidant, Anti-acne, Anti-aging, Anti-bacterial, Anti-cancer, Anti-diabetic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-diuretic, Anti- fungal, Anti-septic, Anti-thrombotic, Anti-ulcerogenic, Anti-microbial, Anti-depressant, Hepatoprotective, Natural Preservative, Stimulant (circulation).

Phytochemicals:

Phenolic diterpenes, Rosmarinic acid, Cineol, Camphene, Borneol, Bornyl acetate, a-pinene, Carnosic acid, Calcium, Vit A., B6, C, Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Folates.

Rosemary has been used in kitchens for thousands of years for culinary purposes, to help preserve foods, to stave off evil spirits, for various types of infections, plus has been proven to improve the memory of the elderly. 

Medicinal Uses:

It is mostly renowned for fighting infections, plus, the high Vitamin C content can help to synthesize collagen, the much-needed protein for healthy skin, bones, and bodily organs.  Rosemary is one of those herbs with a thousand and one uses, is very easy to grow as it is extremely hardy, and can grow either inside or outside.   When used in combination with other infection-fighting herbs, Rosemary’s capacity to help overcome chest and lung infections is tremendous.  I have seen and experienced Rosemary’s infection-fighting abilities over and over again with my clients and family.

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Sea buckthorn Extract (Hippophae rhamnoides)

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Antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer (anti-carcinogenic), anti-microbial, anti-pain, emollient, hemostatic, tissue regenerator, moisturizer, wound healer and tonic.

Phytochemicals:

Rich in beta-carotenes vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, F, K, and P, calcium, zinc, magnesium, It is also rich in tocopherols, tocotrienols (vitamin E) and plant sterols, essential amino fatty acids linoleic and linolenic ( omegas 3 and 6). Contains approx 65% combined of palmitoleic and palmitic acid, phytosterols, flavonoids, caroteniods, isorhamnetin.

Medicinal Uses:

The level of Vit. C within Seabuckthorn is 10-12 times higher than oranges. It has been assumed that Vitamin B12 is a missing factor within plants, but a German study of Seabuckthorn found it contained all the B vitamins, plus amounts as large as the B12 content within the liver. Palmitoleic acid a phytochemical within the extract is a natural component of skin. Palmitoleic acid is considered a valuable topical agent in the treatment of burns and wounds. Macadamia nuts are the only other main vegetable source of palmitoleic acid. 0.00re tax includes Seabuckthorn is most frequently used to treat skin disorders as it promotes healing with regard to premature aging, dryness, wrinkles, radiation damage, ulcers, most types of skin disease, injuries, eczema, sores & radiation burns. Seabuckthorn has the ability to absorb (UV’s), ultraviolet rays. Russian astronauts have used it topically to reduce radiation burns while working in space. It is the content of omega 3 & 6 that protects the skin against UV rays.

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Stinging Nettle Extract (Urtica dioica)

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Astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-histamine, antioxidant, anti-cancer (may induce malignant cells to differentiate into normal cells), anti-eczema, anti-viral,  anti-spasmodic, blood purifier and cleanser, decongestant, diuretic, expectorant, herpatic, hypoglycemic, febrifuge, galactagogue, haemostatic, nutritive, styptic, and tonic.

Phytochemicals:

Iron, boron, chlorine, chlorophyll, sodium, silicon, sulphur, potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, soluble silica, protein, folic acid, formic acid, serotonin, silicic acid, and threonic acid. Vitamins A, B, C, P, and K. Histamine, acetylcholine, serotonin, flavonol glycosides, sitosterol, lectin, coumarins, hydroxysitosterol, scopoletin, tannins, lignans.

Medicinal Uses:

This is a most wonderful herb! It will shrink, firm and tighten the top layer of skin and remove excess oils. The tea can be used to treat dark circles around the eyes. It stimulates the skin and improves circulation. Stinging Nettle Extract is excellent for skins suffering from eczema, itchy, blotchy, blistered, hot rashes, eruptions, bites, bleeding wounds and skin diseases in general. Stops bleeding from wounds, nosebleeds and minor skin injuries.

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Wild Cherry Extract (Prunus serotina)

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A powerful antioxidant, astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-anxiety, anti-spasmodic, anti-tussive, bitter tonic, expectorant, mild sedative, nervine internally, tonic.

Phytochemicals:

Calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, resin and vitamin A, flavonoids (including anthocyanins, kaempferol, quercetin, scopoletin), starch, tannin, gallic acid, lignin, caffeic acid,  ursolic acid and amygdalin.

Medicinal Uses:

Wild Cherry Extract makes an excellent wash for inflamed eyes. It contains antioxidant properties, which help fight oxidative free radical damage to cells and tissue. The amygdalin content is the active constituent believed to be responsible for this action. It has been used to combat ulcers, coughs, bronchitis, abscesses and laryngitis successfully.

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ESSENTIAL OILS & CARRIER OILS


Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis)

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Anti-cancer, anti-spasmodic, anti-Inflammatory, anti-irritation, anti-proliferative, soothing, laxative.

Phytochemicals:

Protein, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin E, laetril ( vitamin B17 ), folic acid, physterols, oxalic acid, phytic acid, betulinic acids ( oleanic and ursolic acids have anti-HIV, anti-inflammatory actions and in vitro anti-proliferative activities), linoleic acid (Omega 3), aldehydes, antioxidant flavonoids ( quercetin, isorhamnetin, quercitrin, kaemferol, & morin ).

Medicinal Uses:

Almonds are regarded as the King of all nuts because of their alkaline nature. Almond oil promotes soft, smooth skin and helps premature wrinkles. It is an excellent emollient, contains large quantities of nourishing properties and will condition the skin, promoting a clear younger looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types and helps the skin to balance absorption and the loss of moisture. It has been used widely to remedy dry skin conditions, is easily absorbed and non-greasy.

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Avocado Oil (Persea americana)

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Anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, humectant.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamins A, B1, B2, pantothenic acid, vitamins D & E, protein, lecithin, fatty acids (palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic omega 9, linoleic omega 3 and linolenic omega 6, potassium, beta-carotene, sterolins (plant steroids). Avocado oil is rich in nutrients and contains a high amount of vit. E.

Medicinal Uses:

It has excellent nourishing, healing and regenerating properties specifically for skin. Avocado oil is an important ingredient in moisturizers, especially for after sun exposure or weather-related skin damage. It assists in the rejuvenation and regeneration of skin cells. In a study at the Dept of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion- Israel Institute of technology in 1991, it was concluded that Avocado oil significantly increased the amount of collagen in the skin. Avocado oil is high in plant steroids, which helps to reduce age spots, and assists in the healing of sun damage and scars. It is ideal for mature skins and people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, itching or irritated dry skin, as it is easily absorbed and softens skin tissue.

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Cedarwood Essential Oil (Juniperus Virginiana)

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Anti-acne, Anti-anxiety,Anti-arthritis, Anti-asthma, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal,Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-insomnia, Anti- rheumatism, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Insect Repellent, Sedative, Soothing, Toner.

Phytochemicals:

Alpha-pinene, Himachal oil, Alpha cedrene, Beta cedrene, Cedrol, Widdrol, Thujopsene, and a group of Sesquiterpenes.  Cedarwood acts against acne by inhibiting the clogging of pores, and by protecting the skin from toxic particles and bacteria, plus the anti-inflammatory action helps to reduce the red-hot inflammation associated with acne pustules.

Medicinal Uses:

Cedarwood also helps to even out and balance oily skin complexions, and the antibacterial action helps to clean up all the major bacteria’s associated with acne.   So you can see why it is a key ingredient in our amazing Anti-acne Spritzer!  Cedarwood helps to alleviate the pain associated with arthritis and rheumatism, which is commonly accompanied by inflammation of the joints and nerves. It is the reduction of inflammation, which allows the alleviation of pain to occur.

Studies (animal) have shown that it is the ‘Himalayan and Atlas Cedarwood’ which has the greatest capacity to reduce inflammation, as they both contain the genus, Alpha-pinene and Himachal oil as key elements, with the Himalayan Cedarwood showing to have the highest content of all.  A great herb to have on hand when your skin breaks out.

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Chamomile German Essential Oil (Matricaria recutita)– ‘Manderin’

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Anti-allergenic, anti-Inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-Irritant, anti-fungal, analgesic, antispasmodic, antiphlogistic, antibacterial, carminative, cicatrizant, disgestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, non-toxic, sedative, stomachic, vermifuge and vulnerary.

Phytochemicals:

Azulene, chamazulene, farnesene, volatile oils (especially alpha-bisabolol, bisabolol, and bisabolol oxides A & B, matricin, coumarin,  plus flavonoids (including apigenin, quercetin, patuletin and luteolin).

Medicinal Uses:

German Chamomile is the only chamomile to contain Alpha-bisabolol which is one of nature’s most powerful anti- inflammatory and soothing agent, making German Chamomile an excellent choice for inflamed and irritated skins. It is so mild in action it can be used safely on the most sensitive of skins. It is excellent for acne, rashes and allergic reactions due to its soothing action. Roman Chamomile has been added to our ‘manderin’ Face Food Anti-aging Night Cream to help relax, soothe, de-stress the skin and as it is absorbed also the emotions, aiding a good night’s rest whilst helping in the repair and restoration of your precious facial skin.

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Clove Essential Oil (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Clove Oil

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Analgesic, Antioxidant, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anesthetic, Anti-fungal, Aphrodisiac, Anti-carcinogenic, Anthelmintic, Blood Cleansing, Carminative, Disgestive, Diaphoretic and Stimulant.

Phytochemicals:

The major active within Clove is Eugenol (which is approx. about 82 - 88%). Other major actives are:- Vanillin, Caryophyllene, Acetyl-eugenol, Crategolic acid, Beta-caryophyllene, Methyl-salicylate, Bicornin, Eugenitin, Gallotannic acid, Eugenia, Stigmasterol, Kaempferol, Oleanolic acid, Rhamnetin, Monoterpenes, Ketones, Aldehydes and Sesquiterpenes.

Medicinal Uses:

Cloves have been used in India for centuries, and are noted as being (Vaktra kleda daurgandhya nashana) which means:- used medicinally for treating bad breath (Halitosis) and problems generally in the oral cavity, such as Gingivitis, Toothache, Periodontitis, Tooth Decay, sore throats & tonsillitis, plus they have been used to treat sciatica, lumbago, rheumatic problems, difficult breathing, sluggish digestion, diabetes, premature ejaculation and vomiting.

The Chinese have used Cloves (Ding Xiang) in their TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as far back as 207 B.C. For alleviating kidney infections, digestive disorders, impotence, nausea, fungal infections, and various skin problems including ringworm. They are also used in China to fortify the functions of the Spleen, Kidneys and Stomach meridians.

In Tibet Clove leaf and bud tea is used to help multiple sclerosis, certain autoimmune disorders, arthritic pain, inflammation and rheumatic conditions.

The essential oil has been recommended in Ayurveda for topically treating toothache, oral cavities, chest congestion’s, poor blood circulation, slow metabolism, sore throats, coughing and bloating.

In folklore chewing the fresh leaves and buds is used as a natural bad breath freshener, and also to fight against germs generally, intestinal infections and gum problems.

As you can see Clove is a truely wonderful oil to keep handy in your medicine cabinet for all types of infections. It can be used full strength, directly on oral problems.

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Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)

Elemi Oil

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Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Antioxidant, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Non-toxic, Anti-Arthritis, Anti-Microbial, Balm, Liniment, Preservative, Wound Healer, Tonic.

Phytochemicals:

The main ones being :- Dipentene, Elemol, Elemicine, Limonene, Phellandrene, & Terpineol.

The actions and use of Elemi have been known and understood since early ancient Egyptian times and was used to embalm noble’s.

The name ‘Elemi’ actually means “above and below”, which meant the resin is beneficial both ‘Physically and Spiritually’!

Because Elemi hasn’t had as much scientific attention as other Herbals of our time, there is still much to learn about the actives and actions of this incredible resin. What we do know about it, has been handed down to us over the Millenia of time, which is significant enough to understand how to use this resin and what it does.

Elemi is closely related to Frankincense and Myrrh which explains why it behaves in such a similar manner. It has many incredible attributes worthy of noting.

Medicinal Uses:

It is a powerful Antibiotic, Antiseptic and Analgesic and blends well synergistically with other ingredients to Eliminate bad bacteria and infections, these actions also help speed up the healing process. (NOTE: Elemi is so powerful it can Eliminate bad bacteria without the help of other ingredients.)

It is also known to boost the immune system, reduce muscle and joint pain, speed up wound healing, and has been used to help repair broken bones. It is highly versatile, and is an excellent addition to your medicine cabinet for those nasty little accidents.

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Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil (Pelargonium roseum asperum cv.Bourbon)

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Astringent, anti-Inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-stress, carminative, cicatrisant, hemostatic, deodorant, diuretic, hormone balancer, insecticide, relaxant, sedative, stimulant, styptic & tonic.

Phytochemicals:

Geraniol is the main chemical compound found in Geranium B. from a clinical evaluation in Germany. The other phytochemicals within Geranium Burbon are yet to be discovered, however, the actions of the plant are well known, as above.

Medicinal Uses:

The Astringent action within Geranium B. helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, by tightening and toning facial skin. It also helps to prevent muscles and skin from sagging, delaying the effects of premature aging. Geranium B. is one of the best skin care oils for regulating all skin types. It offers relief and balances either oily, dry or combination skins. It soothes sensitive or irritated skins and is useful in treating dermatitis, acne, burns, bruises, shingles, herpes, eczema, psoriasis, and ringworm. It has been described as a natural and complete perfume on its own.

It has an uplifting and calming effect on the emotions and is useful for relieving depression, anxiety, lethargy and mood swings Clinical evaluation done in Germany resulted in Geranium B. being considered successful in treating Autonomic Nervous System imbalances. This was achieved by hormonal production being stimulated after application in both men and women. Keeping the Autonomic Nervous System in balance is an essential Key for healthy functioning of the body, mind and emotions.

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Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum Italicum)

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Antibiotic (skin), Anti-Acne, Anti-Aging, Analgesic, Antioxidant, Anti-Allergenic, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Fungal, Anti- Inflammatory, Anti-Irritant, Anti-Viral, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Proliferative, Anti-Microbial, Blood Purifier, Cholagogue, Digestive, Diuretic, Emollient, Expectorant, Nervine, Soothing, Stomachic, Wound Healer.

Phytochemicals:

Metabolites - including pyrenes, triterpenoids and sesquiterpenes. Flavonoids- acetophenones and phloroglucinol, plus high levels of neryl acetate, sesquiterpene hydrocarbons and regenerative diketones, esters, pinene and curcumene (anti-viral) has both Gamma and Alpha Curcumene.  This amazing essential oil has been used for healing wounds, reducing scar tissue, right through to beautifying facial skin for centuries. It has been called the ‘Fountain of Youth’ and is well-established as part of Traditional healing medicine in the Mediterranean region and South Africa, however, the plant/flowers are native to the Mediterranean area.

The plant is considered a gift to us due to its age-reversing and healing actions, and indeed it is just that, a most wonderful gift!  It is such a precious and versatile essential oil and was known by the ancients, and still is today as ‘Immortelle’ or everlasting, which tells us old folk knowledge already knew of the great benefits to healing and anti- aging of the skin centuries ago.   It really is a no-brainer, (even though science is only just coming up to date with understanding the plant's capabilities) to use centuries old, traditional remedies, because they have been tried, passed all the tests and have a history of successful application’s over and over again. Science is only now, one by one proving under a microscope what has been known by our ancestor’s wise choice of remedies what seems like forever.

Medicinal Uses:

Traditionally Helichrysum was used for all types of skin problems, liver and gallbladder issues, inflammation (of all kinds), insomnia, respiratory ailments, wounds and all types of infections, and is considered an incredibly safe and versatile oil to use. It’s no wonder it is thought of as one of the most precious essential oils available.   It is the combination of Helichrysum’s Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant properties, which cause the essential oil to remain highly active even at lower concentrations.  Helichrysum is without a doubt an extremely valuable essential oil to have in your skincare regime.

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Jojoba Carrier Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)

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Anti-oxidant, anti-allergenic, anti-Inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and wound healer.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamin E, B complex, silicon, chromium, copper, zinc, iodine, 60% wax esters, myristic acid and nitrile glycosides.

Medicinal Uses:

Jojoba oil promotes healing of the skin. It closely resembles human natural skin sebum, which enables it to be easily absorbed and rarely causes allergic reactions even to the most sensitive skins. It is commonly used in cosmetics to fight premature aging, wrinkles and dry skin. Native Americans used the oil from Jojoba seeds hundreds of years ago to treat wounds and sores. It fights some bacterial and fungal microbes that attack the skin, and acts as a natural barrier, at the same time deeply moisturizing and conditioning the skin. Due to the chemical composition, Jojoba oil has the ability to act as a healing and anti-inflammatory agent against skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, bruises, cuts and wounds. Jojoba is technically not an oil, it is a wax ester.

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Juniper Essential Oil (Juniperus communis)

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Anti-septic, anti-Inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, astringent, anti-rheumatic, carminative, depurative, detoxifying, diuretic, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vulnerary and tonic.

Phytochemicals:

A-pinene, A-phellandrene, A-terpinene, acetate, B-pinene, B-phellandrene, bornyl acetate, borneol, camphor, camphene, cayophyllene, linalool, linalyl acetate, limonene (in trace amounts), nerol and terpinen-4-ol.

Medicinal Uses:

Juniper Essential Oil is great for skin conditions i.e. it helps to alleviate inflammation and is effective against acne, blocked pores, eczema, weeping eczema, psoriasis, oily skin and dandruff. Because of Junipers Astringent properties, when applied to facial skin it helps to reduce enlarged pores and keeps the face looking young and fresh. Juniper E.O. has a sweet, fresh, slightly woody aroma and is pleasant to inhale. It is very calming to the nerves and helps to relieve anxiety, nervous tension and mental exhaustion, plus can help improve the memory.

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Kanuka Essential Oil (Kunzea Ericoides)

Actions:

Anti-acne, Antibiotic, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-viral, Anti-irritant, Anti-microbial, Antiseptic, Calming, Soothing

Phytochemicals:

Kanuka essential oil has not been fully documented scientifically for its phytochemicals, however, the Maori of New Zealand have used and experienced the actions of Kanuka E.O. over the centuries for a large amount of disorders which include:-

Medicinal Uses:

The relief of painful swellings, joint and muscular pain, sprains, strains, physical injuries, all manner of skin disorders including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and as a skin tonic. For all types of fungal conditions, to help with sleeping disorders, and promote calmness and relaxation.  It has been used as an inhalation for chest complaints and congestion, and as poultices for septic wounds, with the leaves and small twigs drunk as a tea for stomach complaints.  It is a magnificent first-aid essential oil to keep in your cupboard for all of the above- unseen emergencies that crop up every now and then.

Below is a link to an article of interest on Kanuka and Manuka Essential Oil.  http://www.e-jmii.com/article/S1684-1182(13)00246-6/pdf

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Macadamia Nut Oil

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Anti-aging, Anti-oxidant, Aphrodisiac, Anti-irritant, Hydrating, Non-greasy, Circulatory Stimulant, Soothing,

Phytochemicals:

Contains as much Omega 9 as Argan oil!

A rich source of Vitamin A, Linoleic, Linolenic Acid, and Oleic acid  (Omega’s 3, 6 & 9) Palmitoleic acid, Lauric acid, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid, Arachidic acid, Myristic acid, Behenic acid, Iron, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Sodium and Folates. High in Phytosterols. Moderate amounts of Zinc, Copper, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Polyphenols, Flavones, Selenium, Sucrose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, and Carbohydrates.

Medicinal Uses:

Macadamia nut oil is exceptional when used on skin. It penetrates very quickly is hydrating and non- greasy.  It is one of the finest and lightest oils available and contains one of the highest sources of Palmitoleic acid, between 16 – 23%. This nutrient helps delay skin and cell damage.

Palmitoleic acid a phytochemical within the extract is a natural component of skin. Palmitoleic acid is considered a valuable topical component in the treatment and restoration of burns and wounds. It helps protect the skin similar to the way our skins natural sebum does.

The high content of Oleic acid (omega 9) helps prevent the loss of transepidermal water. This aids in keeping the skin soft, moist and supple.

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Mandarin Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata)

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Anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-Inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, calminative, cirulatory, cytophylactic, depurative, digestive, hepatic, nervous relaxant, sedative and tonic.

Phytochemicals:

Limonene, citral, citronellal, methyl anthranilate and geraniol.

Mandarin E. O. is a great addition in lotions, cream and oil blends to firm, tone, cleanse and refine the skin. Excellent for treating skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, cracked skin, oily skin, spots, dull skin, maintaining moisture balance in the skin, stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Medicinal Uses:

Mandarin E.O. improves blood and lymph circulation below the surface of the skin and promotes the growth of new cells, which helps facial or body skin rejuvenate to look young and vibrant. It is gentle and can be used by those who suffer from hyper-sensitive skin. A lotion or oil blend with Mandarin E.O. can be used from the 4th month of pregnancy onwards to help tone and prevent stretch marks. It is a wound healer and protects against infection.

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Manuka Essential Oil (Leptospermum scoparium)

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Anti-allergenic, anti-Acne anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-pain, antiseptic anti-stress, anti- wrinkles, astringent, febrifuge, healing, hypersensitivity, nervine and sedative.

Phytochemicals:

Flavonones, leptospermone, trichetones and isoleptospermone. The leaves contain tannins and ellagicacids.

Medicinal Uses:

There are more phytochemicals within Manuka oil, which have not yet been isolated. Manuka Oil has been used successfully by Maori for irritated, dry, cracked and inflamed skin, also for acne, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, sore muscles, wound healing, ringworm and skin infections, as a first-aid treatment and also for bags under the eyes. Manuka oil is extremely powerful and yet VERY gentle when applied on skin. It is well tolerated by those who suffer from sensitive skin issues, and at the same time is 20 times more active against bacteria, 10 times more active against fungus infections than Australian tea-tree oil per gram, which makes Manuka oil really exceptional!

In clinical studies and trials, Manuka oil has proven effective against athlete’s foot, ringworm, acne, thrush and some anti-biotic resistant organisms. This is thought to be due to the high level of leptospermone (an active constituent). It is very active against a wide variety of microorganisms which cause infection and irritation, including very serious organisms such as MRSA (also known as the H-bug). It has recently been successfully tested against Bacillus Subtilis and Dermatophyte Trichophyton Mentagrophytes. The Australian tea-tree oil showed no activity against these two organisms and is very helpful in relieving irritated, itchy skin and scalp.

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Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes alba)

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Emollient, anti-oxidant, UV protector and moisturizer.

Phytochemicals:

Contains over 98% long chain fatty acids (eicosenoic acid, docosenoic acid (eurcic acid) and docosadienoic acid), Iodine, vitamin C and vitamin E (tocopherols).

Medicinal Uses:

Meadowfoam seed oil is often used in skin care, lip balms, lip-sticks and hair care because it is highly moisturizing, absorbs very quickly and leaves a non-greasy, very light texture once applied. It contains approx. 98% essential fatty acids with chain lengths of 20 carbon atoms or more! Quite incredible! Excellent for fine lines & wrinkles. It is also a natural UV protectant and is extremely stable due to an absence of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is what makes other oils susceptible to oxidation and going rancid quickly, this gives Meadowfoam seed oil an extended shelf life

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Moringa Oil (Moringa oleifera)

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Anti-septic, anti-Inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-acne, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin rejuvenator, nutrient, moisturizer, soothing and tonic.

Phytochemicals:

It is high in protein, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene,  palmitoleic (omega 7), oleic (omega 9) and linoleic acids (omega 6), plus unsaturated fatty acid.

Medicinal Uses:

It is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant studied so far on Earth. Moringa oil has been called ‘the best-kept secret’ in the Beauty world. It is one of the most nutritious oils in the world and has been used successfully for skin wrinkles due to its exceptional anti-aging properties. It is also believed to be the most stable oil due to its potent anti-oxidant content. With these two potent properties above, Moringa helps successfully combat free radicals on the skin.

Its use’s include:

Removing wrinkles and sagging skin. Tightening skin pores. Purifying the skin and balancing the secretion of oils. Clearing pimples and preventing recurrence with regular use. Removing skin fatigue. Helps to heal and counteract the effects of pollution on the skin. A wonderful oil to include in all types of skin care preparations!

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Myrrh Resin (Commiphora Myrrha)

Myrrh resin

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Antiseptic, Antibiotic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Anti-depressant, Astringent, Anti-fungal, Anti-catarrahal, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Circulatory, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Immune Booster, Sedative, Stimulant, Stomachic, Styptic, Tonic, Vulnerary.

Phytochemicals:

The main actives are Alpha-pinene, Acetic Acid, Cadinene, Cuminaldehyde, Cresol, Eugenia, Formic Acid, Heerabolene, Limonene & Sesquiterpenes.

Medicinal Uses:

Myrrh has been used since ancient times for healing wounds in Ancient Greece, incense, perfumes, and in the embalming process in Ancient Egypt.

Myrrh doesn’t allow microbes to grow or infect your system, which is why it was used to embalm.

It has been used successfully to treat mumps, measles, food poisoning, infected wounds, fevers, coughs & colds without any adverse effects unlike synthetic antibiotics.
It is a sedative, anti-depressant, promotes spiritual feelings and is highly valued in aromatherapy for such.
It also helps skin diseases i.e. eczema, ringworm and general itches, plus helps to fade scars, but very interestingly it was also used to stop and prevent PYORRHEA (Bleeding Gums). Myrrh is also Astringent which means that it will strengthen the Gums, plus muscles, intestines, and other internal organs, and of course this action helps to smooth out wrinkles.

Another aspect of the Astringent and Styptic action’s of Myrrh worthy of noting, is it will actually slow down and stop the haemorrhaging of wounds!!!

Myrrh has been around for so long, but is barely remembered by the general populace. It is an amazing herbal to consider keeping in your first-aid cabinet for all of the above reasons.

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Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon cablin)

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Anti-septic, anti-depressant, astringent, anti-phlogistic, anti-irritation, aphrodisiac, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic.

Phytochemicals:

A-guaiene, A-patchoulene, A-bulnesene, B-patchoulene, caryophyllene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol, pogostol and seychellene.

Medicinal Uses:

Patchouli E.O. is an amazing tissue regenerator and helps to stimulate the growth of new skin cells. It helps to rejuvenate the skin whilst fighting infections. Used as a wound healer it will promote faster healing and at the same time prevent ugly scarring. Patchouli E.O. has rehydrating properties and is very effective on rough, cracked, chapped and irritated skin.| It has been used successfully in treating acne, eczema, sores, ulcers as well as any fungal infections. Patchouli is non-sensitizing and a non-irritant.

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Peach Kernel Carrier Oil (Prunus persica)

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Anti-asthmatic, anti-cancer, anti-coagulant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, haemolytic, hyposensitive, emollient, laxative, regenerative, sedative and tonic.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamins A, B17 (Laetril) and E, protein, lactase, allantoinase, anthocyanins, amygdalin, triglycerides, sterols, high in oleic (omega 9) and linoleic acid (omega 6).

Medicinal Uses:

Peach Oil is excellent for sensitive or delicate skin types. It is revitalizing, nourishing, regenerative and moisturizing. It is anti-aging and has the ability to tighten pores. Excellent for mature skins and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. High in vitamins, E and A plus has an amount of B17 (laetril). Peach oil is rich but non-greasy and fine textured. It is especially good for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, inflamed sun or wind exposed skin.

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint

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Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Mental Clarity, Stimulant.

Phytochemicals:

Omega-3, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium,

Medicinal Uses:

Peppermint Oil has been used medicinally by the Ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks for a variety of issues.

We have added Peppermint Oil to the mix mainly for the pleasant flavour, however it has interesting characteristics which are beneficial to the health of your Gums & Teeth.

A number of trials have researched and examined the efficacy of Peppermint oil capsules for treatment against IBS and compared the results with a group given a placebo. The results showed the group given Peppermint capsules showed improvement of abdominal pain and other symptoms of IBS.

Peppermint has also been used internally to help alleviate headaches, digestive disorders, the common cold, and topically for the relief of itching, muscle pain and headaches.

The mild Anti-fungal activity in Peppermint oil has been proven to help against several strains of Staphylococcus Aureus, although the results were dose-dependent, meaning the action increased with higher doses of Peppermint oil. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6259925/

Modern times has seen some extensive research into the benefits of Peppermint for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which involves abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation, but it has been used for hundreds of years to soothe the intestinal tract and aid digestion. Adding the raw leaves of Peppermint to your green salad, is a great addition to soothing and aiding your digestion system.

A must have to grow in your garden, along with other varieties of mint !

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Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita pepo) – (Anti-aging Eye Cream)

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Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Anti-arthritic, Anti-hypertensive, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-oedema, Anti-insomnia, Emollient, Anti-parasitic, Diuretic and Galactagogue.

Phytochemicals:

Zinc (very high), Vitamin E, Carotenoids (Vit A) linoleic acid (omega 3), linolenic acid (omega 6), arachidic acid, steric acid, palmitic acid, myristic acid, L-tryptophan, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium and iron.

Medicinal Uses:

Pumpkin seed oil is dark green to red coloured oil and has been used to help irritable bowel syndrome, lower high cholesterol, parasitic infestations, arthritis and as protection against oxidative stress due to its many beneficial components, rich source of antioxidants and polyunsaturated acids. Because of the high zinc and vitamin E content, Omega’s 3 & 6 plus carotenoids and antioxidants within pumpkin seed oil, makes it extremely beneficial to use on the skin as a healing agent, by fighting acne, rapid wound healing, toning the skin, and deep moisturizing action, boosts skin health and promotes an anti-aging effect.

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Rose Damask Essential Oil (Rosa damascena)

Actions:

Anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-Inflammatory, astringent, anti-spasmodic, anti-phlogistic, anti-viral, aphrodisiac, anti-irritant, choleretic, cicatrisant, depurative, emmenagogue, haemostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervous system sedative, sedative (general), skin toning, stomachic and tonic (heart, liver, stomach & uterus).

Phytochemicals:

Citronellol, farnesol, geraniol, nerol, phenyl ethanol, stearpoten plus traces of carvone, Citral, citronellyl acetate, eugenol, linalool, methyl eugenol, nonanal, 2-phenylmenthyl acetate, rose oxide and approx 300 more known compounds. The listed compounds being the main ones.

Medicinal Uses:

Rose Damask has one of the most complex chemical compositions of all Essential Oils. It is well known for its beautifying and unique skin toning effect, which transforms dull, grey skin tone into a healthy, radiant complexion in just a few seconds. It is perfect for mature or sensitive skin, smoothing out wrinkles, leaving the skin soft and supple. Its powerful (over 300 known) chemical complex makes Rose Damask E.O. highly effective within a skin product having stimulating, sedating, moisturizing, hydrating, healing and antiseptic actions. It is non-irritant, non-sensitizing and is well tolerated by all skin types. It is useful for repairing broken capillaries, and in treating eczema and herpes. It is perfect for use on dry, irritated, red, inflamed, mature skin. The fragrance from this essential oil is divine. It does not require to be in combination with others, as it is perfect just the way it is, although, it is often used in complex, expensive perfumes. It has aphrodisiac properties the fragrance of Rose Damask will soothe the mind (due to its sedative properties) relieving it of depression, anger, nervous tension, stress, grief and fear. Rose water, (a by- product of the essential oil) has been used successfully to combat conjunctivitis.

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Rose Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens)

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Astringent, anti-septic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, circulatory, cicatrisant, cytphylactic, diuretic, deodorant, haemostatic, hypotensive, insect repellent, stimulant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.

Phytochemicals:

Alpha pinene, citronellol, geraniol, geranyl acetate, geranyl butyrate, limonene, linalool, myrcene and menthone.

Medicinal Uses:

Rose Geranium E.O. helps clear oily, sluggish skin by balancing the skins own natural sebum production, and is suitable for all skin types including combination skins. It will soothe sensitive or irritated skins, and has been used successfully in treating acne, eczema, dermatitis, shingles, burns, bruises, herpes, and it aids in the healing of sores and wounds. Rose Geranium helps to relieve nervous emotional conditions and gently balances extreme emotions like anxiety, depression, tearfulness, confusion, lethargy and mood swings. It helps to lift the spirit and bring peace. Rose Geranium is called poor man’s rose oil, due to the likeness in both fragrances. The fragrance is soft and uplifting.

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Rosehip Oil (Rosa canina)

Actions:

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, astringent, cell regenerator, anti-cancer, wound healer and is soothing.

Phytochemicals:

Vit. C (high), Vit. A (high), carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins, catechins, Vit. F (polyunsaturated fatty acids), trans-retinoic acid, linoleic acid (omega 3), linolenic acid (omega 6), proteins, tannins, and lycopene.

Medicinal Uses:

Rosehip oil is, in essence, an essential oil, but is commonly used as a carrier oil. It contains a high content of Vitamin C in the form of essential fatty acids. This helps to retain and attract moisture which is necessary for the production of collagen in the skin. “Rosehip oil was studied by a team of researchers from the Chemistry and Pharmacology Dept. within the University of Concepcion in Chile. The study was to evaluate whether Rosehip oil was effective in skin regeneration over a period of 2 years using 180 patients with various scar tissue. It was found that Rosehip oil had a positive regenerative action on skin. The oil helped to reduce scars and wrinkles, plus it helped the patients using it to regain healthy skin colour and tone.”

Rosehip oil has been found to reduce scars and the formation of scar tissue. It is moisturizing, soothing and will soften the skin. It has excellent cell regeneration and wound healing properties, which is accelerated due to the active chemical trans-retinoic. It has also been recognized that when used regularly Rosehip oil helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Rosehip oil can be used safely on its own, as a carrier oil or in combination with other ingredients.

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Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

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Antioxidant, Anti-acne, Anti-aging, Anti-bacterial, Anti-cancer, Anti-diabetic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-diuretic, Anti- fungal, Anti-septic, Anti-thrombotic, Anti-ulcerogenic, Anti-microbial, Anti-depressant, Hepatoprotective, Natural Preservative, Stimulant (circulation).

Phytochemicals:

Phenolic diterpenes, Rosmarinic acid, Cineol, Camphene, Borneol, Bornyl acetate, a-pinene, Carnosic acid, Calcium, Vit A., B6, C, Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin,Folates

Rosemary has been used in kitchens for thousands of years for culinary purposes, to help preserve foods, to stave off evil spirits, for various types of infections, plus has been proven to improve the memory of the elderly.

Medicinal Uses:

It is mostly renowned for fighting infections, plus, the high Vitamin C content can help to synthesize collagen, the much-needed protein for healthy skin, bones, and bodily organs. Rosemary is one of those herbs with a thousand and one uses, is very easy to grow as it is extremely hardy, and can grow either inside or outside. When used in combination with other infection-fighting herbs, Rosemary’s capacity to help overcome chest and lung infections is tremendous. I have seen and experienced Rosemary’s infection-fighting abilities over and over again with my clients and family.

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Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris)

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Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-fungal, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-spasmodic, Cardiac, Carminative, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Insecticide, Stimulant, Tonic and Vermifuge

Phytochemicals:

The main phytochemicals are Alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, alpha-Camphene, beta-pinene, para-Cyrene, alpha-terpinene, Linalool, Borneol, beta-caryophllene, thymol and carvacrol.

Medicinal Uses:

Thyme essential oil is primarily made by steam distillation of the flowers and leaves. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of issues from strengthening the immune system, improving the skin, blood circulation, throat and bronchial infections. Also, due to the strong actions of the anti-bacterial active’s i.e. beta-caryophyllene, alpha-Camphene and a few others, is what gives Thyme the ability to completely eliminate harmful bacteria from your body both internally and externally.

Thyme is particularly good for eliminating B-Colitis, renal colic, bacterial infections in the genitals, urethra, intestines, the entire respiratory system and of course Gum infections, plus external wounds.

Thyme E.O. Is also very beneficial for your heart. It is an Anti-spasmodic and helps to relax the arteries and veins which reduces Stress on your Heart. It also helps to strengthen the cardiac muscle and tone up your heart, due to its tonic action.

It has been said, ‘Thyme essential oil is good for every part of heart health’,.. WOW!

NOTE: One word of caution, on rare occasions an allergic reaction could occur using thyme essential oil.

It is always best to test yourself first when thinking of trying new products which contain essential oils or any strong acting substance.

One way to test yourself is to apply a small amount of any product under the top of your arm pit where the flesh is soft and tender. Only a tiny amount is required, after applying the product, leave on until your next shower.

If any reaction occurs DO NOT use, as this could be an allergy towards the product.

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata)

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Anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, anti-irritant, anti-microbial, anti-seborrhoeic, disinfectant, hypotensive, nervine, non-sensitizing, relaxant and sedative.

Phytochemicals:

Acetate, benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, P-cresyl methyl ether, and other sesquiterpenes.

Medicinal Uses:

Ylang Ylang E.O. helps to balance oily, dry and combination skins by balancing the secretion of sebum. It has both soothing and stimulating actions. It soothes the Nervous System helping conditions like tension, fear, shock and panic. It calms the nerves whilst also having an aphrodisiac effect. It stimulates the scalp and promotes more luxurious hair growth.

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Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller)

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Anti-Inflammatory, anti-bacterial, analgesic, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-septic, anti-viral, soothing, tonic and wound healing.

Phytochemicals:

Vitamins A, B1, B2, B4, B6, B12, C, E, beta-carotene, folic acid, calcium, chromium, choline, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, 20 amino acids ( The body requires 22 amino acids, 8 of which are essential which Aloe Vera provides), 2 anthraquinones, 8 enzymes, 2 hormones, lignin, salicylic acid, saponins, 4 main sterols, 2 monosaccharides and 1 polysaccharide.

Medicinal Uses:

Aloe Vera is nutritionally power packed and is used traditionally both internally and externally.

Ideal to use in traumatic situations where the skin has been burnt or wounded as it promotes fast healing, can reduce, and often completely eliminate scarring from such above situations and has an incredible soothing and anti- Inflammatory action, which reduces stress and trauma from the wound and surrounding tissue. The fast wound healing action is thought to be due in part, to increased blood circulation.

It is commonly used for sunburn, frostbite, cold sores, psoriasis and is often used to help surgical wounds and bedsores heal faster. Taken internally it is incredibly soothing on the mucus membranes and helps conditions such as stomach upsets, ulcers, irritated bowels including ulcerative colitis, osteoarthritis, fevers, diabetes, asthma, itching, as a general tonic, and has also been used successfully in helping the side effects of radiation treatment.

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)

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Powerful Antioxidant

Alpha-lipoic acid in some preliminary studies suggests it may help in the treatment of glaucoma. One study in particular on aging skin, a cream with 5% alpha-lipoic acid helped reduce fine lines from sun damage.

Supporting research:

Beitner H. Randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind study on the clinical efficacy of a cream containing 5% alpha-lipoic acid related to photoaging of facial skin. Br J Dermatol.

2003;149:841-9

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Hyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronan) (Manderin)

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Wound healing

Hyaluronic acid has been tested in vitro studies of re-epithelialisation in human skin wounds. I have added a link below for all who are interested in reading the tests performed and the results. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin renew and heal at a rapid pace. It is now used in hospitals for Plastic Surgery and burns.

http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/2000656X.2012.733169

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Peptides

Peptides are made up of amino acids and are like mini proteins. They have the same chemical structure as proteins, but are shorter in length.

They are active molecules which send signals to your skin cells.

As the aging process begins, collagen starts to break down and the skin eventually forms fine lines and wrinkles.

If the skin gets damaged in any way and the collagen has been broken down, it then forms specific peptides naturally and alerts your skin of the damage and the need to make new collagen.

By applying peptides topically, we are tricking our skin into thinking it has lost collagen and needs to make more. The extra collagen then begins to re-plump the skin which decreases the signs of aging by reducing the depth, and sometimes even eliminating fine lines and wrinkles altogether.

The stimulation of growing new collagen by having peptides in your skin care products takes a small amount of time to show positive results which are usually seen around 8-12 weeks of use.

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Squalane (Olive)

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Anti-aging, Antibacterial, Cell Regenerator, Moisturiser, UV Protector, Non-irritating, Non-comedonal (does not clog pores).

Medicinal uses:

The Squalane used in our Guinevera Face Food products is extracted from Olives and is one of the latest wow ingredients used in skin care. It naturally occurs in our bodies and is not to be confused with Squalene which is found in certain shark’s livers.

Squalene from sharks is unstable and tends to oxidize when exposed to the air, rendering it useless for extended shelf life.

Experts believe Squalane to be a natural moisturiser and is technically called an oil, but it does not have an oily feel, instead, it is a botanical lipid which mirrors human lipids, essential for healthy, youthful skin.

Squalane has the ability to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin without clogging the pores and being a carrier it like it is, it will carry other precious nutrients from other ingredients with it. This alone makes it a very valuable ingredient in combo with others, however, because of its nature and actions it can also be used alone with great results in any skincare regime.

(Scientists have found that the skin’s sebaceous glands synthesized approximately 10-12% Squalane). It is extremely compatible with the skin and is safe for all skin types making it a great choice for regenerative skin care and anti-aging products.

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Vitamin C

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Antioxidant wound healer. Vitamin C is very well known and is readily available in a multitude of forms. Used in skincare it aids the skin in the repair of wounds and promotes collagen and new healthy skin. I have added a link below for more information on vitamin C.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm