Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed ORGANIC COCONUT OIL – Known to prevent free-radical formation and provide protection against them. It can help keep the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging or over exposure to sunlight. Easily absorbed into the skin, penetrating deep into the layers, it strengthens connective tissues creating supple skin and reducing sags and wrinkles. As the oil is absorbed into the cell structure, it brings relief to the skin and also aids in healing and repairing. In some cases, it has been claimed to restore damaged and diseased skin. It also helps remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother and more evenly textured with a healthy shine. Coconut oil boasts many health benefits from its healthy Omega fats. One of the good fats, lauric acid, makes up about 50% of coconut oil. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in human breast milk. It supports healthy metabolism and is being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties.
Part of the “secret” that makes coconut oil such a healthful oil is its high lauric acid content—about 50 percent of coconut oil is lauric acid. This fat is quite rare in nature, and has a unique set of health promoting properties.
For example, your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties, which may also help explain its potent healing powers when used topically for skin and scalp issues. Capric acid, another coconut fatty acid present in smaller amounts, has also been found to have antimicrobial activity.
Monolaurin (converted from the lauric acid in your body) is potent enough to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as:
- HIV, herpes
- Influenza virus
- Various pathogenic bacteria
- Protozoa such as giardia lamblia
ORGANIC SHEA NUT BUTTER – This is the fat of the African Shea Nut tree and has been traditionally used to reduce the appearances of fine lines, scars and stretch marks. It also eases a variety of skin irritants such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. It contains Vitamins A and E as well as antioxidants. According to the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, it also helps prevent skin damage from ultraviolet raditation.
ORGANIC PALM OIL – This luxury oil makes a nice hard bar of soap when combined with coconut oil. It is rich in Vitamin E and believed to offer protection against cellular aging.
VEGETABLE GLYCERIN – Most glycerin comes from animal fats, but we use vegetable glycerin. This helps keep your soap completely VEGAN! It’s so good for your skin you don’t really have to rinse it off, but you’ll be slippery if you don’t. This luxury moisturizer is contained in many high quality skin products because it pampers your skin, making it feel softer and look healthier. It nourishes your nails, cuticles, and helps your soap stay together so it doesn’t crumble away. It also keeps razors sharper and your skin smoother while eliminating the ‘tight’ feeling you skin might sometimes have after washing with a harsh soap. Since we use vegetable glycerin, we are able to keep our soaps 100% vegan with no animal products. In addition, using soaps as a delivery method for essential oil distribution throughout the body increases permeability and effectiveness of the essential oils.
Fresh SPRING WATER
SORBITOL – Created from berries, this moisturize stabilizer protects soap from drying out by helping it maintain freshness during storage.
ALOE VERA GEL – whole leaf, food grade. This plant contains over 200 biologically active components. It supports normal muscle and joint function. Also known to help improve absorption of nutrients, support healthy immune system, enhance antioxidant support and reduce toxic nitrate levels. Aloe Vera has also been shown to support the healing of first and second-degree burns and is approved by the FDA and often recommended by doctors for such use. Perhaps some of these qualities can be attributed to the fact that it absorbs into the skin almost four times faster than water – making it an excellent moisturizer and emollient. Its antimicrobial properties kill bacteria and its anti-inflammatory abilities make it a great solution for those with oily skin who may also suffer with acne, without leaving a greasy feel. The rapid stretching in skin causes small tears (commonly called “stretch marks”) that Aloe Vera gel can help heal and prevent. It contains 75 known nutrients and powerful enzymes that directly promote healthy hair growth. It’s keratolic action, breaks down the sebum and dead scalp cells, allowing for further hair growth. It’s alkalizing properties can help bring the scalp and hair’s pH to a more desirable level, resulting in further hair growth promotion, while helping the hair retain water and moisture. It has a similar chemical composition of keratin, the naturally occurring protein in hair cells, which makes it a fantastic moisturizer for the hair.
ORGANIC HONEY – We use honey from bees that live on an organic orange tree farm. According to the National Honey Board, honey naturally contains a “wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.” Even more, honey contains antioxidants that could potentially help battle the signs of aging in your body. It is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and helps retain moisture to hydrate your skin. It is soothing and great for those suffering from skin blemishes and acne. It also has powerful natural anti-bacterial properties, making it the perfect all-natural ingredient for a beautiful complexion. It is even said that it can actually thicken the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin, making it more durable, stronger and smoother.
ORGANIC HEMP SEED OIL – Our Hemp oil is cold pressed, retaining the highest nutritional value possible. It’s high in essential fatty acids which helps correct oxygenation and skin hydration. It is known to increase immune system strength, counteract aging, skin, and diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Several studies indicate that the linoleic acid present in hemp oil can slow down the aging process of skin and fight psoriasis, a skin disease associated with dietary deficiency of fatty acids. Insufficient essential fatty acids in the diet can cause anemia, which is manifested by low resistance to illnesses, continuous fatigue and dizziness. It contains no hexane and is a rich source of Omega-3 and Vitamin E.
The molecules of essential oils are absorbed, almost instantly, into the body where they start having gentle, yet powerful effects and although they are referred to as oils, this is not exactly accurate. The liquids are truly concentrated juices of plant, flowers and barks. Essential oils do have the added benefits of amazing fragrances – giving you an incredible skin care experience. They are so small that when applied to the skin; they pass through the strateum corneum (the outer layer of the epidermis). From here the oil molecule passes through dermis, into the capillaries and into the bloodstream. Absorption also occurs through the hair follicles and sweat ducts.
There are many factors that effect absorption of an oil molecule. Both rate of circulation and the warmth of the skin increase blood flow to the surface, therefore increasing the skin’s ability to absorb the oil. Circulation and warmth can be increased by massage. The larger the area of skin that is covered, the more essential oils will be absorbed. The permeability of the skin is also a factor. Thinner skin ie: skin behind the ears and the inside of the wrists are very permeable. The palms of the hands and feet, armpits and scalp will more readily absorb oil molecules than the arms, legs, belly, back etc. Oils are also easily absorbed through cuts, scraps and abrasions, burns, eczema etc. Having clean skin is also beneficial as the skins pores will be clean and free of dirt, which may impede absorption.
Essential Oils can also be very powerful and should be mostly avoided if you are pregnant or have epilepsy. Our essential oils are ALL certified organic, wildharvested or therapeutic grade. They are 100% pure steam distilled plant oils with incredible fragrance, exceptional depth, magnificent keynote, and are free of carriers and other impurities.
Clove Is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C and according to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, clove kills more than 60 types of bacteria, 15 strains of fungi and several viruses.
Due to its antiseptic properties, clove oil is useful for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, scabies, and other types of injuries. It can also be used for treating insect bites and stings and is known to lessens the effects of aging, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial rejuvenation for the eyes.
Also, it’s rejuvenating and stimulating properties can increase blood flow to unhealthy skin and make it look young again! It is powerful at boosting the immune system. It’s antiviral properties and ability to purify blood increases resistance to a multitude of diseases, because the antioxidants in clove essential oil scavenge the body of dangerous free radicals that cause a multitude of diseases like heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Clove is known to boost your immune system, increase your metabolism, raise your organ efficiency and clove has the highest antioxidant values of the entire food world. USDA researchers developed the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) to rate the antioxidant capacity of a food item and Clove has the highest antioxidant value of all food at 1,078,700 µTE/100g. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions! For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700.
This essential oils is one of my favorites for bringing down a fever, however, it is powerful, so always use according to directions. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature. Many people love it for it’s ability to help clear the sinuses and restore quality breathing. Its properties include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal qualities.
Because of its germicidal quality, it has antiseptic qualities and is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also an effective salve for insect bites and stings. It is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. Gargling with warm water and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil relieves a sore throat. It is also believed to reduce mental exhaustion, muscle pain, lice, intestinal germs, skin infections, symptoms of diabetes, fever, odors, tuberculosis, pneumonia, cavities and gingivitis.
WARNINGS: Those with dermal sensitivities should only use 1% in diluted form. Others can use up to 20% in diluted dermal applications. Pregnant and nursing women should not use Eucalyptus and children under age 10 should only use if diluted and only when needed. In addition, it should always be kept in a child proof container. Toxic overdose (usually by oral consumption) starts with drowsiness, nauseous, vomiting, lost consciousness, seizures and death (in as little as 15 minutes).
Frankincense Essential Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing and has been used for thousands of years for inner spiritual strength as well as to reduce scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. The Sumerians said it helped heal the body, the Ancient Egyptians said it made you look younger and live longer and our current scientific studies are finding many interesting benefits of Frankincense, including the ability to help reset cellular structure at the DNA level.
Energetically I see Frankincense as being about to go into the body and help correct the flow of our natural rivers. This is especially helpful in supporting our nervous system and is why Frankincense is so helpful in restoring movement after suffering a stroke.
Frankincense is considered a holy oil by many and in recent studies it has shown to suppress cancer cell viability. In a BBC article immunologist Dr Mahmoud Suhail states “Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted. It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”
Frankincense is said to help rejuvenate the aging skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and is effective with bacterial and fungal infections. It is also known to have a powerful grounding effect, enhancing our balance and joy in life while strengthening states of meditation and prayer. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes that stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions. It also helps the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands that produce many of the important hormones in our body. And it helps strengthen the immune system by increasing leukocyte activity.
The health benefits of Geranium Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an astringent, hemostatic, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary agent. Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues. It is widely used as an element in aromatherapy for its many health benefits, including its ability to balance hormones, relieve stress and depression, reduce inflammation and irritation, improve the health of the skin, alleviate the effects of menopause, improve circulation, benefit dental health, boost kidney health, and reduce blood pressure.
Geranium essential oil can also prevent muscles and skin from sagging, as well as the untimely loosening and loss of teeth by tightening up the gums. Finally, it can reduce the presence of wrinkles by tightening and toning the facial skin, thereby delaying some of the effects of premature aging.
Aromatherapists call it an up-lifter as it eases nervous exhaustion and relieves depression. Those involved in holistic fields know it eases muscle fatigue and stiffness. It is also a purifier of congested, oily and acne prone skin and is sometimes added to creams and lotions as a natural toner and cellulite treatment.
Lavender is known to improve mood and supports brain functions. It can heal skin conditions and help healing minor scraps and burns; Relieve headaches and help reduce insomnia. It’s also offers incredible antioxidant protection.
Therapeutic Lavender Essential Oil is in our Lavender and Sweet Magic Formulas.
We once used this essential oil in many of our Therapeutic Plant Formulas, however, because of it’s deforestation and the limited availability of Rosewood Essential Oil, we adjusted all our Therapeutic Plant Formulas and removed this essential oil. We also no longer offer this plant in our concentrated Essential Oil line.
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as “natural” or “pure”, much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you’d think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils
HERBS & ROOTS
Many different herbs and flowers are used to add texture and color to our soaps. Whenever possible, organic and wild-harvested products are chosen. Catnip, Red Clover, Dandelion, Five Fingers, Indigo Powder, Madder Root Powder, Sandalwood Powder, Turmeric Powder…
These are not your store bought teas…. they are real HERBAL teas that give your body significant health benefits and make it easy to stay hydrated throughout the day ( with a VERY low calorie intake). In addition, their taste is usually so delightful, you don’t need to add any sweeteners.
RED ROOIBOS HERBAL TEA – Health benefits of red rooibos herb as a tea include its use as a cure for nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging – plus, it taste great! The tea is absolutely free from caffeine content and is also low in tannins. You can enjoy the refreshing beverage all day long with no possible side effects. Drinking rooibos tea can further ease severe stomach cramps, as well as bring relief to asthma and other related conditions. It also boosts the immune system of the human body. It’s medicinal attributes have been confirmed by The USDA, has affirmed that red rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart disease, premature aging and other serious conditions. (exert taken from www.organicfacts.net go there for more info)
OOLONG TEA – Health benefits of oolong tea include the reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels, while providing vital antioxidants, promoting superior bone structure, robust skin and good dental health. Oolong tea is fragrant with a fruity flavor and a pleasant aroma. Despite its caffeine content, it can still be extremely relaxing to drink. The health benefits of oolong tea are basically doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea. There are numerous kinds of tea in this world; but oolong tea might be one of the most beneficial. The origins of oolong tea date back almost 400 years, when it found wide usage in China. (Exert taken from www.organicfacts.net , go there to see more information).
MULLEIN LEAF HERBAL TEA – Considered a common weed in our age, mullein (Verbascum thapsus) has long been used in herbal medicine, especially in remedies that aim to soothe the respiratory tract. With hints of cucumber taste, it’s refreshing and healthy. Anytime you’re experiencing lung, sinus, or digestion problems, Mullein Tea can help offer relief. (see more info at www.organicfacts.net)
RED CLOVER BLOSSOMS – This is the one that helps the most with balancing the hormones of women. Whether in puberty, PMS years or menopause, drinking this daily is refreshing and VERY helpful in reducing hormone related issues. Just fix a pitcher full every week and refrigerate. Then drink a glass a day. It taste great (even without a sweetener). It’s also believed to boost your cardiovascular health while reducing osteoporosis, skin problems, respiratory problems and joint problems. (please read more at healthyeating.com)
LEMON VERBENA – Great daily hydration providing improve joint mobility while boosting the immune system. This delightful tea has a wonderful, uplifting fragrance sure delight the greatest tea critic. The first time I grew this plant, I was amazed at the size and incredible smell, yet the tea was even more surprising. It’s distinct flavor is accompanied by benefits such as stress reduction, digestion aid, reducing fevers, relieving cold symptoms, and lessening insomnia. Yes, it’s calming and a slight sedative, so be careful. (please read more at gardenguides.com)
ELDERBERRY TEA – In the Middle Ages, elderberry was considered a Holy Tree due to its ability to improve health and longevity. Elderberries are a dark blue, purplish berry that is both rich in color and nutrition. These berries contain very high amounts of the polyphenol anthocyanin, which give them their dark color. Elderberries are full of powerful nutrition and have incredible health benefits. They have twice the anti-oxidant value of blueberries and cranberries. They also have more vitamin C than oranges. In addition, studies have shown that elderberry supports brain health, improves immune coordination, protects blood vessels, aides weight loss and reduces cancer cell growth patterns in the body. They are also known to reduce flu symptoms and promote healthy circulation. elderberries are a very good source of fiber vitamin A, providing 17 percent of the daily value, but eclipsed by infection-fighting vitamin C with 87 percent – reportedly more than any other plant besides black currants and rosehips. Other prominent ingredients in elderberries include iron (13 percent of the daily value) as well as potassium, vitamin B6, and lots of betacarotene. (read more at Foodfacts.com)
DAMIANA HERBAL TEA – Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians and is used for both male and female sexual stimulation, increased energy, asthma, depression, impotence and menstrual problems. With a taste of figs, historically, damiana has been used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and mild depression, especially if these symptoms have a sexual component. The herb is also used as a general tonic to improve wellness. Damiana has also been used traditionally to improve digestion and to treat constipation, as in larger doses it is thought to have a mild laxative effect. Damiana has a dual effect. It can work quickly to stimulate the genital area by enriching the oxygen supply. Longer term use can improve sexual fitness and performance. (more can be read at herbwisdom.com)
SAFFLOWER – Tea made out of this powerful flower can boost your heart health! The antioxidants in safflower help prevent heart disease by decreasing inflammation in your arteries, keeping them flexible and less likely to clog.
HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA
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