We became a USDA Certified Organic company in 2010. But long before that we made the decision to use only USDA certified organic botanicals in our products.
Some botanicals are not available as certified organic, such as myrrh, in that case we purchase botanicals that are ethically wildcrafted in a pesticide free environment. Since we are a certified organic company, we are required to submit documentation that even our "non-organic ingredients" were produced without the use of toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge, solvents or irradiation.
Alkanet Root, Anchusa
officinalis is the root of the Alkanna tinctoria plant. The
name alkanet comes from Arabic, al khenna (henna), from the red
color of the roots that have been great source of natural color.
Alkanet Root is usually used to produce a natural blue or purple
color in the soap. It was once used in Western Europe as rouge and
is also used for producing natural dyes for fabrics. This root is
rarely used therapeutically, although it has astringent and
antimicrobial properties and when used in an ointment, it can treat wounds
and relieve skin inflammation. Oil made with alkanet is an emollient
that is soothing and softening to the skin.
Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis,
is a member of the lily family that resembles a cactus. For thousands of years, aloe has been recognized as one of nature’s most remarkable herbs for health and beauty. The plant’s leaves are filled with a gel that contains more than 75 known substances, which include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, polysaccharides and biological stimulators.
Aloe, prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, helps relieve itching
and treat sunburn. Aloe is soothing, emollient, antibacterial, promotes new skin growth, moisturizes, protects, and counters the effects of aging. It is rich in natural moisture and has a humectant quality that draws additional moisture to the skin. Aloe vera adds a wonderful, silky texture to soap leaving skin soft and smooth. In hair care, aloe makes hair more manageable,
smoother, silkier, and healthier. Aloe conditions, moisturizes and
creates a smooth shine. Mexican woman have applied aloe vera for centuries to add luster and manageability to their hair.
Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis, powder has
all of the benefits of aloe in powdered form. Our aloe powder is 100% USDA certified organic Aloe vera, no fillers or additives.
It has been certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) validating its quality and purity. The aloe is concentrated utilizing low temperature evaporation because heat destroys the polysaccharides and essential nutrients and enzymes. Buyer beware: all aloe powders are not created equal! Aloe Powders on the market today can be adulterated with up to 50% fillers, like maltodextrin,
and heat processed because it is much cheaper!
Amla, Phyllanthus emblica,
also known as the Indian gooseberry, comes from a small tree that
grows throughout India. Due to its nourishing fruit, it is
worshipped as "Mother Nature." The fruit is one of the highest
natural sources of vitamin C, and has been used for centuries in
Ayurvedic medicine to treat the hair and scalp. Regular use of Amla
promotes glowing skin and its antioxidant effect may help delay
wrinkles. It has also been found helpful in treating eczema. Amla, an excellent hair conditioning herb, provides nourishment that penetrates the scalp and strengthens hair at its root
to promote stronger, healthier new growth and help with hair loss by normalizing blood supply.
Annatto, Bixa orellana, is a shrub indigenous to the Caribbean and Central America. When ripe, the heart-shaped fruit pod splits in half to reveal about fifty seeds encased in a red pulp, which is the source of the color. It is one of the few internationally permitted natural food dyes.
Central and South American Indians used the seeds as a lipstick
giving this plant its other name, the lipstick tree. Annatto, often
used to treat burns, has been used for centuries to condition hair and skin. It contains vitamins A and D and beta-carotene. In body care products, Annatto oil acts as an emollient, is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, and provides antioxidant benefits while adding a rich sunny color.
Aritha, Sapindus mukorrosi, also known as Soapnuts, come from the fruit of the Soapberry tree native
to India and Nepal. The soap nuts are the dried hulls from the soapberry nut, which contain a high level of saponins that act as natural foaming and cleansing agents. Local farmers harvest the nuts and remove the shells which are then dried in the Sun. This 100% natural product requires no chemical processing. The inner seed, which contains no saponins, can be planted to create new trees for an easily sustainable forest. Soapnuts are not only sustainable, but they are also biodegradable, chemical-free and gentle. Soap nuts are a fruit closely related to the Goji berry. Since they are not a true nut, they can be used safely by people with nut allergies. Aritha is a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers. They are used in Ayurvedic medicine to soothe eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin and sensitive skin. Soapnuts, very gentle on the skin and scalp, have natural conditioning properties that will help keep the skin moisturized. In hair care Aritha, an excellent hair tonic, has long been known for its benefits for healthy hair and scalp. They add body, bounce and shine to dull hair, help treat scalp infections and dandruff and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to prevent hair loss. The natural saponins not only cleanse hair, they add body and sheen and make hair feel thicker, silky and smooth. We grind our own soapnuts powder from USDA Certified Organic soapnuts.
Arnica, Arnica montana, a daisy-like flower, contains anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating compounds. Often used for bruises, sprains and muscle pain, it also helps reduce pain and swelling for arthritis sufferers. Arnica should not be taken internally without direct medical supervision and should not be used on broken skin.
- Arrowroot Powder, Maranta arundinacea, made from a starch extracted from the
rhizome of the arrowroot plant, is most often used in cooking as a
replacement for cornstarch in thickening puddings and sauces. It
imparts a silky texture to body creams and helps decrease the oily
feeling of natural oils and butters. A great substitute for
cornstarch for those with corn allergies, arrowroot powder also helps absorb perspiration.
Barley Grass, Hordeum vulgare, comes from the tender young grass grown from barley seed. It is harvested when it at the peak of its chlorophyll composition, before the barley grain develops. In addition to phytochemicals, barley grass is an extraordinarily rich source of many vitamins and minerals. A great source of oxygen containing chlorophyll, barley grass has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It has been used for centuries in topical applications to help in wound healing and in the treatment of skin irritations and diseases.
Basil, Ocimum basilicum, also known as Common Basil or Sweet Basil is native to India, the Middle East and some Pacific Islands. The species and common names are derived from the Greek basileus, meaning king. It has been cultivated in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians burned a mixture of basil and myrrh to appease their gods. In India, basil was believed to contain divine essence, and natives chose this herb upon which to swear their oaths in court. In Elizabethan times sweet basil was used as a snuff for colds, to ease headaches and clear the mind. Basil tea is often used to help nausea. Due to its anti-bacterial and fungicide action,
basil leaves are used on itching skin, acne, insect bites and is extremely effective in treating skin disorders. An infusion of basil leaves and flowers has been used to stimulate dull skin and clear complexions. Basil has a toning and refreshing effect on the body. In oriental cultures the soil of basil gardens is used as a mud bath to relieve skin ailments.
Bhringraj, Eclipta alba, is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal remedy for hair loss, premature graying
and skin allergies, which helps rejuvenate skin and hair. Considered the "king of herbs" for hair growth, it adds deep moisture and acts like a multivitamin for hair to help strengthen the hair shaft, provide natural shine and may also helps with dandruff.
Black Walnut, Juglans nigra, one of the best-known remedies for fungal infections, black walnut leaf contains tannins that are useful for healing, and treating eczema, allergic rashes, athlete's foot and other skin disorders.
Burdock, Arctium lappa, rich in fatty acids that stimulate blood flow,
increase blood circulation and eliminate toxins, has been used for
centuries for treating all forms of chronic skin problems. The root is believed to have anti-inflammatory
and antibacterial properties making it an excellent natural acne treatment.
Also good for treating boils. Burdock root has been used to treat a wide variety of fungal infections like ringworm, athlete’s foot and yeast infections. In hair care, burdock maintains and promotes a healthy scalp, encourages hair growth, improves hair strength adds body and shine.
Calendula, Calendula officinalis, soothing to sensitive and dry skin,
has been used for centuries to enhance skin tone and appearance. Also referred to as "pot marigold," the yellowish-orange calendula petals have a wide range of anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and skin-healing properties.
Calendula It is used for burns, cuts, inflammations, insect bites,
rashes, wounds and skin disorders such as eczema and acne. During
the American Civil War physicians preserved the juice from the plant with alcohol and used the mixture on the battlefield. World War I battlefield doctors poured boiling water over dried flower heads and applied the mixture to soldiers’ wounds to prevent infection and inflammation. It is believed to promote skin cell regrowth and moisturize dry, cracked skin. Calendula is beneficial for individuals with sensitive skin.
Camu Camu Berry, Myrciaria dubia, is found on a bush native to the Amazon rainforest of Peru. For centuries the fruit was made into a juice to help maintain the health of the native people. The small reddish purple fruit contains more vitamin C than any other known botanical source--30 times more vitamin C than oranges! Rich in antioxidants, amino acids, beta-carotene and potassium, the camu camu berry also contains one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) ratings of all berries.
- Cayenne, Capsicum annuum, peppers contain capsaicin
which stimulates heat sensors in the skin. Applied topically, capsaicin stimulates nerve cells to release a neurotransmitter that sends pain messages to the nervous system to release a chemical called substance P. When the nerve cell supply of substance P becomes depleted no pain signals can be transmitted to the brain until the nerve endings accumulate more. This minimizes pain while providing a warm feeling to
the skin and underlying tissue. Capsaicin helps to temporarily relieve pain from sore muscles, arthritis and nerve pain (neuralgia).
Chamomile, Matricaria recutita,
infusions have been used to soothe skin rashes, minor burns and sunburn. Used as a lotion or added in oil form to a bath, chamomile eases the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation. Chamomile's mild astringency makes it very good for deep-cleaning pores.
Commonly sold as a soothing and relaxing tea, it is believed to ease depression, stress, insomnia and migraines. In hair care chamomile is used to soothe the scalp, condition, and stimulate healthy hair growth. It adds highlights to fair hair and a sheen to dark hair and it conditions and
tea makes a fantastic hair rinse for blonds.
Chickweed, Stellaria media, useful in treating inflammatory skin conditions, brings relief from chronic itching caused by eczema, psoriasis, rashes
and general skin irritation. Chickweed salve
moisturizes dry or chapped skin and soothes burns, stings and bites. This little plant has much to offer our skin. Chickweed is also used in poultices to help pull toxins from wounds. Chickweed gets its common name because chickens love it!
Chicory Root, Cichorium intybus, high in vitamin C, has been around for hundreds of years. It has been used as an herbal remedy to treat skin inflammation, soothe skin irritation and help treat sunburns, cuts, rashes and acne. It also as a good skin healing agent to prevent infection and keep down swelling and itching. Chicory root has been used as a coffee substitute for a long time.
Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, comes from the Latin words con firma, which mean “with strength.” Both the root and the leaf of this valuable herb are known to heal and soothe. It is believed to regenerate cell growth after injury. During the Civil War, comfrey poultices were used to wrap the wounds and broken bones of soldiers and earned comfrey the nicknames “heal-all” or “knitbone.” Comfrey root contains allantoin, which is believed to foster the growth of new cells. Comfrey has gained popularity as a skin healing herb and is used to heal rashes, inflammation and other skin problems. Comfrey has mucilage, which is why it is used in skin and hair products for a softening effect. Comfrey leaves (fresh or dried) or roots in a muslin tea bag added to the bath water can be used to soften skin. In hair care, comfrey soothes and stimulates the scalp, and enriches lifeless hair. Comfrey tea, made from root or leaves, poured over hair as a rinse, makes hair soft as silk.
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, a humble little weed, is one of nature's great natural medicines. Dandelion leaves, rich in vitamins A and C, help clear the skin of blemishes and even out skin tone. A juice made from the dandelion leaves and roots can be spread the on blemished skin to help with acne, pimples,
rough skin and rashes.
Elder Berries, Sambucus nigra, are dark purple berries loaded with bioflavonoids. The high levels of antioxidants and vitamin A, make elderberries a great addition to any skin care regimen. Elderberries have been used topically to help reduce inflammation, soothe irritated or dry skin and improve eczema.
Elder Flowers, Sambucus nigra, were used
by Egyptians to improved the complexion and heal burns. The elder,
with its soothing and skin softening properties, has a long history
of use dating back thousands of years. The anti-inflammatory properties of the flowers make them useful in salves as a treatment for burns, rashes, acne, cuts and other skin ailments. The flowers are mildly
astringent and are used to clear, refine and brighten the complexion,
help with age spots, calm irritations and soften and soothe dry skin and scalp. Elder flower tea is good for colds, coughs, rheumatism, and respiratory infections.
Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, acts as an antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, decongestant, expectorant and insecticide. It is
used to help athlete's foot and other fungal infections. It is often used for colds, fevers, asthma, laryngitis and sore throat. Inhaling eucalyptus steam may help bronchitis and asthma. Its aroma aids memory and promotes positive feelings.
Fennel Seed, Foeniculum vulgare, provides a fragrant and cleansing bath
that is soothing to irritated skin and wonderful treatment for
prematurely aged, neglected or sun-damaged skin. It is often used in
facial masks. The health benefits of drinking fennel tea include
soothing indigestion, fighting bad breath and helping to soothe
Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum, or Methi, an herb with healing and anti-inflammatory
properties, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for over
5,000 years. Ayurveda was developed by ancient Indian holy men and
emphasized prevention over cure. In India, it is centuries old
tradition to soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water and then apply
the paste to the hair as a conditioner for dull and lifeless hair.
Fenugreek provides natural proteins for the nourishment and health
of hair, stimulates blood flow to the root of the hair, and was used
to combat hair loss. Rich in vitamins, protein (including lecithin) and iron, fenugreek has been used as a treatment for dandruff, thinning hair, and damaged hair. It is said to preserve hair's natural color and keep hair silky.
Ginger Root, Zingiber officinale, has a sweet spicy fragrance. Used in the bath it helps promote circulation and is great on a cold winter day to warm your body and your senses. It is used in poultices and ointments to relieve aches and pains.
Goji Berries, Lycium chinese, also known as lycii berries or wolfberries, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a treatment for inflammatory skin conditions and diseases. These little berries are a powerhouse of antioxidants. They contain more vitamin C than oranges, are rich in beta-carotene and contain more than 20 trace minerals. Antioxidants are believed to enhance the immune system, restore and repair damaged DNA and prevent free radical damage.
Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, is a native American plant introduced to early settlers by the Cherokee Indians who used it to help with skin diseases and wounds. Goldenseal has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammitory properties. These properties make it useful in the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, athlete's foot and ringworm. Due to excessive harvesting of wild plants, goldenseal is now an endangered species. Our goldenseal is purchased from companies who grow it organically, it is not wildharvested.
Green Tea, Camellia sinensis: There are three types tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis: green, oolong and black. Green tea is steamed, baked or pan heated to prevent oxidation and thus, the leaves remain green. Oolong tea is partially fermented. Oxidation is cut short so the leaves are black only on the edges. Black tea is fully fermented, producing black leaves. Green Tea is naturally rich in antioxidants and is believed to remove toxins and help rejuvenate skin cells. It is excellent for both skin and hair care. Tea is a mild astringent and has been used for centuries to cleanse, tone and purify the skin and scalp. One popular folk remedy says to place damp teabags on your eyelids to reduce swelling, puffiness and dark circles. Green Tea leaves can be used as a gentle exfoliant to give your skin a healthy glow.
Helichrysum, Helichrysum arenarium, is used for a variety of skin conditions. Its name comes from the Greek words helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold, because of the golden yellow flowers of the plant. The Greeks and Romans used it as a wound healing poultice. An infusion of helichrysum can help heal scarring, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, calm inflammation and regenerate skin cells.
Hibiscus, Hibiscus sabdariffa, or Javakusuma, is one of the most common flowering trees of India . The leaves and flowers of the tree were used in cosmetic treatments during the ancient days and have become very much a part of Ayurveda. It possess astringent properties that help sooth inflamed skin and natural antiseptic qualities that assist your cleansing ritual gently and naturally. Its high vitamin C content makes it a great skin antioxidant, considered helpful in retarding the effects of aging. It is a great herb for softening the skin or soothing sunburn. In hair care it is used to lessen gray hair and promote hair growth. The woman of India used the Hibiscus flower to adorn her hair, and used its extracts as a treatment to thicken hair. The flowers and leaves contain many properties that benefit hair and scalp and help in the treatment of dandruff and hair loss. Today, Hibiscus is added to brahmi, bhringaraj, amla, and other such extracts, to formulate tonics for hair care. Added to a tea rinse, it provides slip to aid in detangling.
Hops, Humulus lupulus, are a calming herb well known for their natural sedative effect which come from a substance called lupulin. Both King George III and Abraham Lincoln are known to have used hops to get a good night's sleep. Hops help reduce nervous tension, headaches and insomnia. A pillow of warm
hops will often relieve toothache and earache and allay nervous irritation. Hops contain phytohormones, which are responsible for the toning and blood flow-promoting properties. They soften skin, soothe and calm inflammation and promote healing. In hair care, hops help heal and repair damaged hair.
Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, also known as scouring rush and
shavegrass, gained a reputation as a natural wound healer over the
centuries. Horsetail, a descendant of prehistoric plants which grew as high as trees, is a rich source of silica, calcium and other minerals. The silica in horsetail helps to bind protein molecules together and improves the texture and tone of skin and lifeless hair. A lotion of horsetail has been used as a remedy for eczema and other irritated skin conditions. Horsetail is
believed to strengthen connective tissue. As a clarifying astringent,
it closes pores and stimulates production of new skin cells. In hair care, horsetail is nourishing and hydrating. It stimulates blood vessels in the scalp and has been used for centuries as a hair growth herb. The silica in horsetail helps to keep hair strong and adds shine and luster to hair.
Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis, is believed to contain substances which
may protect the skin against sunburn. Hyssop is anti-perspirant and astringent, like Sage, and can be used in
Jasmine flowers, Jasminum officinale, have a calming and sensual fragrance. A fragrant flowering shrub native to the Himalayas, they are a Hindu symbol of love. Use in baths they help cleanse and soothe the skin. They have emollient and antiseptic properties and are a gentle remedy for inflammation of the skin and scalp. Jasmine infusions help nourish, and provide strength and shine to hair.
Juniper Berries, Juniperas communis, were burnt in French hospitals and used by Native Americans to clear the air. Fragrant juniper berries create a cool and refreshing bath that is good for tired, aching feet and muscles. The juniper berry has anti-inflammatory,
antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help balance skin oils and
may help with skin ailments such as acne and dandruff.
Massage oil infused with juniper berries is excellent toning the skin and
refreshing the mind.
Kudzu, Pueraria (lobata, montana), also known as kuzu, is made from the large root of the kudzu plant which belongs to the pea family. Native to Japan and China, where it has been used medicinally for centuries, it was brought to the United States in the late 1800's and now grows wild (quite invasively) in the south. Naturopathic physicians report a wide range of applications for kudzu. The silky, starch-like powdered root can be used as a thickening agent or base powder in place of processed cornstarch.
Lavender, Lavendula officinalis,
has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti fungal and anti-septic
properties. Lavender is believed to stimulate the immune system to
promote healing and ease inflammation. Lavender infused in a warm
bath is a calming and soothing herb. Lavender infusions have been
helpful for eczema, psoriasis, minor burns, cuts and insect bites.
Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, is a fragrant and calming herb. Its antidepressant properties help with emotional upsets and insomnia. The cooling leaves soothe bruises and aches and help heal wounds. Its antihistaminic properties make it useful to allergy sufferers. It is great for treating colds.
Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratum, has astringent and tonic properties that make it useful in the treatment of acne and other skin inflammations. Lemongrass has been found helpful in treating oily skin as well as dry skin. It balances skin oil by helping to normalize oil production. Lemongrass makes a tea that is a mild sedative and an aromatic, antiseptic bath. In hair care, it helps control dandruff.
Licorice root, Glycyrrhiza glabra, gets its name from two Greek words, glyks, meaning sweet, and rhiza, meaning root. The sweet tasting roots are used as flavorings. Licorice Root contains glycyrrhizin that soothes skin and helps reduce inflammation and calm facial redness from Rosacea and other inflammatory skin problems. It has also been shown to brighten and even out skin tone. Licorice Root also helps inhibit histamine release due to allergic reactions that occur during Rosacea flare-ups.
Marsh Mallow, Althaea officinalis, is
member of the mallow family that grows in marshes--- hence the name. The genus name Althea is from the Greek word "altho" and means, "to heal or cure." This herb is an emollient and demulcent. Demulcent herbs have a high content of mucilage, large carbohydrate (sugar) molecules. When this mucialge comes in contact with water, it swells and forms a smooth, slippery gel used to relieve skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. For centuries Herbalists have rubbed marshmallow roots on insect bites, burns, and rashes. Marshmallow's mucilage content helps soothe, moisturized, and protect dry, irritated, or inflamed skin and scalp. Years ago, children were given a piece of Marsh mallow root to chew on when they were teething. Early candy marshmallows were made from marshmallow root. The root was boiled with water and sugar to create sweet, spongy sticks. Back then people were actually getting health benefits from eating marshmallows since the mucilage helps strengthen the mucous membranes. I wonder how s'mores would taste using that early confection? Although they have kept the name, marshmallow treats roasted over campfires no longer contain any part of the plant. In hair care, marsh mallow root soothes the scalp, often providing relief from scalp irritation. It also detangles and provides a great natural moisturizer for dry hair.
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, is a
healing weed that grows in fields and along roadsides. Native Americans have used mullein as a health aid for centuries. Due to its mucilage content, mullein has been used topically by herbalists as a soothing emollient for inflammatory skin conditions, itching, eczema and burns. It softens and soothes irritated skin. Mullein also has astringent properties, is useful in healing wounds
and shrinking hemorrhoids. The flowers were also valued for the yellow dye they yield, an aspect fashionable Roman ladies appreciated. When mullein flower stalks were burned as torches, the ashes were collected and used to produce a shampoo. Common mullein was brought to America by the Puritans, who used the plant as a medicinal herb. In hair care, marsh mallow relieves scalp irritations, provides moisture and slip which helps detangle hair.
Neem, Azadirachta indica, leaf, bark and oil are packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Compounds found in the leaves of the neem tree are powerful anti-fungal agents that destroy fungi, which cause athlete’s foot, ringworm, and nail fungus. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of neem are used in treating chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema, itching, rosacea and fungal infections. In hair care, neem helps repair damaged hair, restore sheen and encourage hair growth.
Myrrh, Commiphora myrrha, has been used as a cleansing, purifying agent for centuries. Today, because of its antiseptic, disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory properties, myrrh is used topically for cuts, scrapes, scratches and abrasions. Since myrrh helps prevent tissue degeneration, it helps heal wounds and dry, cracked areas of the skin. Myrrh is often used for its rejuvenating properties on mature skin. Myrrh has antifungal properties that help fight diaper rash.
Nettle, Urtica dioica, often seen in hair and skin care products,
has cleansing and antiseptic properties. Nettle tea infusions are good for facial steams and are widely used to improve the appearance of the hair. Many of the benefits are due to the plant's very high levels of minerals, especially, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and phosphorous. Nettles, a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B complex vitamins, also are ten percent protein, more than any other vegetable. Warm Nettle oil has been traditionally used as restorative anti-wrinkle facial mask for sensitive skin. It helps combat irritations, redness, itching, improve skin conditions. In hair care nettle stimulates the scalp, improves circulation, and helps promote promote fuller, more radiant hair. Nettles have a long-standing reputation for preventing hair loss and making the hair soft and shiny. Nettle is an excellent hair conditioner. Nettle, an herb rich in minerals and plant hormones, is tonic and astringent and gives a healthy gloss to the hair when used in shampoo bars. Nettle is said to be a remedy for oily hair, dandruff, and hair shaft breakage.
- Oregon Grape Root, Mahonia aquifolium, comes from an evergreen, flowering shrub that is the Oregon
State flower. It has lovely yellow flowers that develop into clusters of juicy, purple fruit, hence the name. It is similar in chemical structure to goldenseal and has very similar healing properties. They both contain berberine which has been shown to stimulate the immune system and help protect against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It also contains tannins that ease skin irritation, inflammation and itching. Studies have shown that when Oregon grape is used in skin washes, it helps deter the over production of skin cells that occurs in placque psoriasis.
- Orris Root, Iris (germanica, pallida. florentina), is a general term for the peeled, dried and ground rhizomes (roots) of three species of Iris. The essential oils locked inside the orris root, give it the lovely scent of violets and its natural minerals and oils have antiseptic properties. Since it is very gentle on the skin, the powder is often used as a base of powders for the face, hair, feet, baby powders and even underarm deodorants. The powder helps skin maintain its natural moisture content and gives skin a fresh and glowing appearance. Orris powder is often used in natural tooth powders. Powdered orris root has been used to promote healthy, beautiful hair. A bit of orris powder on the scalp freshens the scalp and the hair and leaves the hair soft and manageable.
Parsley, Petroselinum crispum,
long known for its skin refreshing properties, was once thought to
inspire lust and love in men. It has been used for years in facial for its ability to heal blemishes, and clean and soothe skin. Dried parsley flakes help exfoliate dead skin cells and provide a lovely natural green color to soap. It is anti-inflammatory and rich in vitamin C. In hair care, parsley gives luster, stimulates growth, and helps with dandruff.
- Plantain, Plantago major, one of the most widespread wild herbs, is found along with dandelions and other plants we call weeds. The leaves, rich in mucilage, salicylic acid and tannins, aid in the healing of wounds, burns and bruises.
It moisturizes skin and is one of the most effective anti-itching herbal remedies available, which makes it great for easing the discomfort of poison ivy.
Medicinal use of plantain dates back to Alexander the Great. The Greek medic Dioscorides boiled and used the seeds to cure inflammation and the wounds of burn patients. Poultices are made from the fresh leaves and applied to bee stings and slow-healing wounds.
Plantain is a wonderful healer, and it also works on wounds by drawing out toxins, poisons, and debris. Ointments are used for wounds, burns, and hemorrhoids. Common Plantain is often called "soldier's herb" because it has been used over the centuries to treat battle field wounds. In hair care, it moisturizes the scalp and is one of the most effective anti-itching herbal remedies available. It is a good scalp stimulant and used in many hair loss treatments.
Pomegranate, Punica granatum, is a rich, nutritious fruit and fruit juice. Pomegranate juice contains a higher level of antioxidants than any other fruit juice. Antioxidants help fight free radicals. The juice is rich in vitamin C and may also include vitamins A, E, and folic acid.
Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, a natural anti-inflammatory, has been used
for centuries to help with many types of skin problems. It is one of
the most useful remedies for children with eczema. It is also useful
for the treatment of other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Rose Petals, Rosa spp, promote a feeling of well being, love, peace and
happiness. They help decrease depression, insomnia, headaches, nervous tension and act as an aphrodisiac. The antiviral and bactericidal properties of rose petals make it a great natural remedy for coughs, colds, flu, asthma, and hay fever.
they also help soothe dry skin.
Rose Hips, Rosa spp, also known as hipberries, are what remain after the petals fall off.
Packed full of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, rosehips have been used for centuries by the Incas
and Native Americans an treatment for many skin aliments. South Americans have used Rose hips for generations to treat dry skin, help reduce signs of premature ageing and fade blemishes such as pigmentation spots, acne scars and sun spots. It is the natural vitamin C, in the form of essential fatty acids, which retains and attracts moisture for healthier and more youthful looking skin and is believed to provide remarkable tissue-regenerating and rejuvenating effects. In hair care, oil infused with rose hips seed strengthens the hair shaft.
Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis, a symbol of fidelity,
was used in wedding ceremonies. Its name is derived from the Latin word Rosmarinus, which means “dew of the sea”. Rosemary is very fragrant and has a mildly astringent effect on the skin. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. Like many other pungent herbs, rosemary has antibacterial properties. In the days before refrigeration, herbs like rosemary, thyme, and hyssop were rubbed into fresh meat to prevent spoilage. The uplifting scent of rosemary is believed to help headaches, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion and stress. It clears the mind and promotes mental clarity. It refreshes and stimulates a warm sluggish body, energizes and regenerates. In hair care, rosemary encourages hair growth by
improving blood flow to the scalp, encourages strong, healthy hair, stimulates growth and increases manageability. Ground rosemary leaves provide gentle exfoliation when added to soap.
Sage, Salvia officinalis, a pungent spice was once thought to instill domestic harmony,
is rich in antioxidant, astringent, and antibacterial qualities. Sage teas make an excellent skin toner. Often used in natural hair care products, sage is a soothing hair tonic, a natural treatment for scalp dryness and sage tea may help darken graying hair.
Saint John's Wort, Hypericum perforatum, named after St. John the Baptist because it blooms around his celebration day (June 24), was once thought to rid the body of evil spirits. Since this roadside plant reduces inflammation and promotes wound healing, it has been used topically to help heal wounds and burns. Cherokee Indians used the mucilage from the leaves as an ointment to treat bruises and burns, and introduced the plant to early Colonists. "Wort" is Middle English for "herb."
Seaweed or Kelp, are rich in vitamins A, B, E, D, K, and C, carotenes, and minerals iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, silica, iron and zinc. Sea vegetables are believed to remove impurities from the skin, re-mineralize the skin, restore elasticity, and leave the skin feeling smoother and more supple. Sea vegetables provide moisturization and gentle exfoliation. The use of seaweed extract in a hot bath is said to be beneficial for treating skin disorders and easing the pain suffered from rheumatism, arthritis and other aches and pains. Considered a soothing, moisturizing plant, kelp powder is often used in mineral baths and facial masks. In hair care, mineral rich kelp adds protection to the surface of hair, reducing moisture loss and infusing it with vitamins. The proteins, in particular, seem to strengthen roots, add body and shine and condition the scalp and hair. Some Hairstylists have found the nutrients in seaweed a great way to help limp and lifeless hair.
Shikakai, Acacia concinna, is used as a powder that comes from de-shelled shikakai nuts. Shikakai, a common shrub found in jungles throughout India, has been used for hair care in India for centuries. Shikakai is referred to as "fruit for the hair." It has a naturally mild pH, and it gently cleans hair and increases bounciness and silkiness of hair without stripping it of natural oils. As a natural hair conditioner, Shikakai is said to promote hair growth, strengthen hair roots and clear dandruff.
Soapnuts, Sapindus Mukorossi, also known as Aritha or Reetha, come from the fruit of the Soapberry tree native to India and Nepal. The soap nuts are the dried hulls from the soapberry nut, which contain a high level of saponins that act as natural foaming and cleansing agents. Local farmers harvest the nuts and remove the shells which are then dried in the Sun. This 100% natural product requires no chemical processing. The inner seed, which contains no saponins, can be planted to create new trees for an easily sustainable forest. Soapnuts are not only sustainable, but they are also biodegradable, chemical-free and gentle. Soap nuts are a fruit closely related to the Goji berry. Since they are not a true nut, they can be used safely by people with nut allergies.
Reetha is a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers. They are used in Ayurvedic medicine to soothe eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin and sensitive skin. Soapnuts, very gentle on the skin and scalp, have natural conditioning properties that will help keep the skin moisturized. In hair care Reetha, an excellent hair tonic, has long been known for its benefits for healthy hair and scalp. They add body, bounce and shine to dull hair, help treat scalp infections and dandruff and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to prevent hair loss. The natural saponins not only cleanse hair, they add body and sheen and make hair feel thicker, silky and smooth. We grind our own soapnuts powder from USDA Certified Organic soapnuts.
Spearmint and Peppermint leaves are widely recognized for their anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Dried peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating as far back as 1000 BC. Menthol, the main component in mints, has antibacterial properties, and is often used in liniments to stimulate nerve endings and increase local blood flow. Mint cools and refines the skin, and invigorates the senses. It is good for fatigue, headaches, migraines, nervous strain and stress.
Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, in Medieval times any woman holding thyme was irresistible. Now considered a powerful antiseptic, thyme has been recognized since antiquity for its cleansing, healing and soothing effect on the skin. It has been used for centuries as a cleansing and invigorating bath. The aroma helps refresh your mind and body. The name "thyme" comes from the Greek word thymus, which means courage. Roman soldiers often bathed in exhilarating thyme water to give themselves power and strength. In hair care products, thyme essential oils and herbs are great for hair! Thyme is often used in deep cleansing shampoos and is believed to help with hair loss
Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, or Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant in India. It is still grown in backyards and courtyards throughout India and worshipped for family well-being. Tulsi powder is used in facials or in a bath to fight acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. As a powerful antioxidant, it helps in preventing early signs of aging signs and makes the skin and hair more youthful. Tulsi is helpful in conditioning the skin and scalp by improving blood circulation thereby helping cells receive the nutrients and oxygen. It is also useful for dandruff and general hair care.
Turmeric, Curcuma longa, contains a plant pigment
called curcumin that is responsible for Turmeric's, characteristic
canary yellow color. India's relationship with turmeric goes back
thousands of years. The underground stems of turmeric are used as
condiments and dyes. Ayurvedic medicine recommends mixing turmeric in a small amount of honey and applying the paste to the skin as a topical ointment for the treatment of skin infections,
irritation and inflammation. A turmeric paste cleans skin and beautifies skin. It's antiseptic and healing properties make it a wonderful natural treatment for rosacea and may help prevent and cure acne. Rich in antioxidants, turmeric is a common ingredient in Ayurvedic skin care products to promote glowing, smooth skin, naturally.
Valerian Root, Valeriana officianalis, when added to bath water, helps relieve nervousness and induce sleep. It has been used for
for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine
to relieve anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. Valerian was a very popular sleep sedative in the United States until it was displaced by synthetic drugs after World War II.
Wheatgrass, Triticum aestivum, is the freshly sprouted shoots of grains of wheat. Although wheatgrass is gluten-free, those who are allergic to wheat should not eat wheatgrass. A superb source of oxygen containing chlorophyll, wheatgrass is extremely high in antioxidants and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. A wheatgrass mask is often used in spas to tighten and firm saggy skin and help clear blemished skin. It is rich in nutrients including amino acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. In hair care, it can help with dandruff and hair loss.
Yashtimadhu, Glycyrrhiza glabra, also known as Muleti or Liquorice, is a traditional herbal remedy used in India and around the world. The root is good for improving hair growth and is often used in products to help with hair loss. It is helps keep the scalp moist and hydrated and is believed to help strengthen the hair shaft.
Yucca Root, Yucca glauca, contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, calcium,
potassium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper. Native Americans of the Southwest used yucca for shimmering healthy hair, as an anti-dandruff shampoo, as a poultice for wounds, and in the bath for skin conditions. Yucca Root is an emollient and contains natural saponins, a natural cleansing and foaming agent, making it an ideal ingredient in shampoo and other hair care products. It soothes and nourishes the scalp.