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.
It does not make sense to create "all-natural" products with herbs and botanicals that are sprayed with pesticides, irradiated and fumigated with chemicals like ethylene oxide (EtO).
Since botanicals are not processed, these toxic chemicals remain on the leaves, flowers, and fruits. So when you make an oil infusion with non-organic botanicals, it is also infused with the pesticide residue. How is this "natural?"
We purchase only certified organic herbs and botanicals when available.
If a botanical is not available as certified organic we purchase botanicals that are ethically wildcrafted in a pesticide-free environment. Since we are a certified organic company, we are required to submit to our organic inspectors, documentation that even our "non-organic ingredients" were produced without the use of toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge, solvents or irradiation.
The herbs, botanicals, spices, and teas we purchase are:
- USDA Certified Organic (if available)
- Certified Fair Trade through "Fair For Life" (when available)
- Non-EtO (no ethylene oxide)
Our descriptions of botanicals are for external use only.
Organic Adzuki Beans
Adzuki Bean, Vigna angularis, powder gently exfoliates and buffs away dull, dry, flaky skin without damaging the surface of even sensitive skin, promotes circulation and tightens the skin. Skin will feel soft and smooth and have a fresh glow.
Alkanet Root, Wildharvested
Alkanet Root, Anchusa officinalis, 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.
Organic Aloe Vera
Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis, 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.
Regular use of Amla, Phyllanthus emblica, 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, 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.
Organic Aritha (Soapnuts)
Also known as soapnuts, Aritha, Sapindus mukorrosi, 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.
Arnica, Arnica Montana, contains natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic compounds. Often used for bruises, sprains and muscle pain, Arnica also may help reduce pain and swelling for arthritis sufferers.
Organic Arrowroot Powder
Arrowroot Powder, Maranta arundinacea, 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.
Organic Barley Grass
A great source of oxygen containing chlorophyll, Barley Grass, Hordeum vulgare, 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.
Due to its anti-bacterial and fungicide action, Basil, Ocimum basilicum, leaves are used on itching skin, acne, insect bites and is extremely effective in treating skin disorders. Basil has a toning and refreshing effect on the skin.
Bhringraj, Eclipta alba, 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 help with dandruff.
Organic Black Walnut Hulls
Because of its dark color, Black Walnut, Juglans nigra, hulls are a natural way to temporarily darken hair. The hulls do not add permanent color like chemically-laden commercial hair dyes. The pigments will darken or stain hair for a period of time but will wash out over time.
Organic Black Walnut Leaf
Black Walnut, Juglans nigra, leaf contains tannins that are useful for healing and treating eczema, allergic rashes, athlete's foot and other skin disorders.
Borage, Borago officinalis, has a natural soothing effect that helps lift the spirits and decrease nervous anxiety. A poultice of crushed borage leaves can be used to treat irritated or inflamed skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, pimples and insect bites.
Organic Burdock Root
Burdock Root, Arctium lappa, root is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties making it a natural treatment for acne and 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, is very soothing to sensitive or dry skin. It is used for burns, cuts, insect bites, rashes, wounds and irritated or inflamed skin disorders such as eczema and acne.
Cayenne, Capsicum annuum, helps to temporarily relieve pain from sore muscles, arthritis and nerve pain (neuralgia).
Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, eases the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation. Chamomile's mild astringent properties makes it good for deep-cleaning pores. In hair care chamomile is used to soothe the scalp, add highlights to fair hair and a sheen to dark hair as it conditions and softens.
Chickweed, Stellaria media, 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.
Organic Chicory Root
Chicory Root, Cichorium intybus, has been used as an herbal remedy to treat skin inflammation, soothe skin irritation and help treat sunburns, cuts, rashes and acne. It also has a good skin healing agent to prevent infection and keep down swelling and itching.
The oil in Cloves, Syzygium aromaticum, is made up of between 80 to 95 percent eugenol, a powerful natural antiseptic. Due to their antiseptic properties, cloves are often used in skincare products for acne-prone skin. In hair care, cloves are useful in bringing out the natural color of brunettes.
We love Cinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, in coffee cake and apple cider, but it is also loaded with antioxidants that help fight skin damage. Cinnamon can help decrease acne by drying excess skin oil and increasing circulation to the skin surface. Cinnamon powder can be a gentle exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells.
Organic Comfrey Leaf
Both the root and the leaf of Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, are known to heal and soothe, are believed to regenerate cell growth after injury, and are used to heal rashes, inflammation and other skin problems. Comfrey is also great for sensitive skin. It has mild cleansing properties that make it a good product for removing dirt, oils, and impurities without irritating skin.
Organic Comfrey Root
Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, leaves and roots contain a chemical compound called allantoin which is believed to stimulate cell growth and repair while decreasing inflammation. The root, which contributes a skin-soothing mucilage, is considered nutritive and cooling and is used to help with sprains or strains, or broken bones.
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, leaves, rich in vitamins A and C, help clear the skin of blemishes and even out skin tone.
Organic Devil's Claw
The roots of Devil's Claw, Harpagophytum procumbens, which are actually tubers, have been used medicinally for centuries to help treat pain, fever, skin conditions, and even malaria. Devil’s claw is also used topically in ointments to help ease muscular and joint inflammation and pain like arthritis and gout.
Organic Echinacea Root
Echinacea, Echinacea purpurea, known for its herbal, antibiotic, anti-bacterial and healing properties, Ehas been used as a topical treatment for acne. Its skin soothing and healing properties make it a great for people with psoriasis and eczema by decreasing skin inflammation and redness which helps ease the discomfort.
Organic Elder Berries
Elder Berries, Sambucus nigra, have been used topically to help reduce inflammation, soothe irritated or dry skin and improve eczema.
Organic Elder Flowers
The anti-inflammatory properties of Elder Flowers, Sambucus nigra, 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 and soothe dry skin and scalp.
Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, 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.
Organic Fennel Seed
Fennel Seed, Foeniculum vulgare, provides a fragrant and cleansing bath that is soothing to irritated skin and a 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 menstrual cramps.
Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum, 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.
Flax Seed, Linum usitatissimum, and its oil are often added to skincare products because they help firm, tone and tighten skin and decrease excess sebum on oily skin to help with acne.
In hair care, flax seed belongs to a group of herbs called mucilage plants like marsh mallow. When mixed with hot water it provides "slip" to aid in detangling hair.
Organic Ginger Root
Ginger Root, Zingiber officinale, has anti-inflammatory abilities and has been used for thousands of years to help relieve aches and arthritis and muscle pain. When applied topically, the warming abilities of ginger help to improve circulation and relieve tension in tired muscles.
Organic Goldenseal Leaf
Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, leaf has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it useful in the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, athlete's foot, ringworm, and even dandruff.
Organic Goldenseal Root
Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, root has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it useful in the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, athlete's foot, ringworm and even dandruff.
Organic Green Tea
Green Tea, Camellia sinensis, naturally rich in antioxidants, is excellent for both skin and hair care. Tea, a mild astringent, helps cleanse, tone and purify the skin and scalp. Green Tea leaves can be used as a gentle exfoliant to give your skin a healthy glow and the natural caffeine brightens skin, resulting in a complexion that is glowing and rejuvenated.
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Organic Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Green Tea, Camellia sinensis, made from the nutrient-rich young leaves, is the highest quality green tea. 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.
Helichrysum, Helichrysum arenarium, is considered extremely medicinal providing natural antibiotic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. An infusion of helichrysum can help heal scarring, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, calm inflammation and regenerate skin cells.
Henna, Lawsonia inermis, has natural red pigments that have been used since ancient times as a natural dye. It is also a great conditioner that coats the hair shaft, seals in moisture, enhances body, adds loads of shine and makes hair silky soft.
Due to its high mucilage content, Hibiscus, Hibiscus sabdariffa, helps skin maintain a youthful appearance by enhancing its ability to retain moisture. Hibiscus has astringent properties that help tighten pores, anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe inflamed skin and natural antiseptic qualities that help cleanse delicate skin gently and naturally. In hair care, it is used to lessen gray hair and promote hair growth.
Hops, Humulus lupulus, help reduce nervous tension, headaches, and insomnia. They soften skin, soothe and calm inflammation and promote healing. In hair care, hops help heal and repair damaged hair.
The silica in Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, helps to bind protein molecules together and improves the texture and tone of skin and lifeless hair. As a clarifying astringent, it closes pores and stimulates the production of new skin cells.
Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis, is believed to contain substances that may protect the skin against sunburn. Hyssop is antiperspirant and astringent, like Sage, and can be used in deodorants.
Jasmine flowers, Jasminum officinale, flowers used in baths help soften and soothe the skin. They have emollient and antiseptic properties and are a gentle remedy for inflammation of the skin and scalp.
Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, is a traditional Native American remedy for skin rashes, including poison ivy. Jewelweed also helps soothe the sting of nettles, bug bites, hives, or any red, itchy rash.
Our Jewelweed is ethically harvested in the wild.
Organic Juniper Berries
Juniper Berries, Juniperas communis, have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help balance skin oils and may help with skin ailments such as acne and dandruff.
Lavender, Lavendula officinalis, 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.
Organic Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, has antidepressant properties that 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 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.
Organic Licorice Root
Licorice root, Glycyrrhiza glabra, also known as Yashtimadhu, 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.
Organic Marsh Mallow Root
The high mucilage content of Marsh Mallow, Althaea officinalis, helps soothe, moisturized, and protect dry, irritated, or inflamed skin and scalp. In hair care, marshmallow root soothes the scalp, often providing relief from scalp irritation. It also detangles and provides a great natural moisturizer for dry hair.
Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, is used today for its calming effect and is often found in dream pillows to help promote relaxation and sleep. It has also been used as a topical anesthetic with antibacterial and antifungal properties. When applied to the skin it can help relieve burning, itching, and pain.
Due to its mucilage content, Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, 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.
Since Myrrh, Commiphora myrrha, 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.
The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Neem, Azadirachta indica, 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.
Nettle, Urtica dioica, and nettle oil have been traditionally used as a restorative facial mask for sensitive skin. It helps combat redness and itching and helps improve irritated skin conditions. In hair care, nettle stimulates the scalp, improves circulation, and helps promote fuller, more radiant hair. Nettles have a long-standing reputation for preventing hair loss and making the hair soft and shiny.
Nutmeg, Myristica fragrans, contains eugenol which makes it useful for treating muscular and joint pain. It can be found in treatments for dull or oily skin. When used in soaps or body scrubs, the gentle exfoliation and antiseptic properties of nutmeg powder can help relieve the clogged pores that cause blackheads.
Organic Oregon Grape Root
Oregon Grape Root, Mahonia aquifolium, contains 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.
Parsley, Petroselinum crispum, has been used for years in facial care 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.
Organic Passion Flower
Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata, is calming to the mind and soothing to the spirit. Herbalists often recommend it as a general nerve tonic to treat nervous stress and anxiety. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help alleviate the redness and irritation often resulting from inflammatory skin conditions.
Menthol, the main component in Peppermint, Mentha x piperita, 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.
Plantain, Plantago major, 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. 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.
Organic Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry, Rubus idaeus, leaves, when used topically, help relieve irritated skin conditions, such as rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. The leaves also act as an astringent by tightening the top layers of skin which is helpful for people with oily skin or those suffering from acne.
Organic Red Clover
Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, 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.
Organic Rose Petals
Rose Petals or Rose Petal Powder, Rosa spp, are rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Suitable for all skin types, they can help tighten and shrink large pores and help in cleansing and toning skin. Rose petals have moisturizing properties that can help soothe dry and sensitive skin and make skin feel soft, fresh and glowing.
Organic Rose Hips
Rose Hips, Rosa spp, contains 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.
The uplifting scent of Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis, is believed to help headaches, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion and stress. 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.
Organic Saint John's Wort
Saint John's Wort, Hypericum perforatum, has been used for centuries topically to treat bruises, muscle pain, nerve damage, sciatica and back pain. Since this roadside plant reduces inflammation and promotes wound healing, it has also been used topically to help heal wounds and burns.
Seaweeds help remove impurities and re-mineralize the skin, restore elasticity and leave skin feeling soft and smooth. Considered a soothing, moisturizing plant, kelp and other seaweed are often used in mineral baths and facial masks. In hair care, seaweeds strengthen roots, add body and shine, and condition the scalp and hair.
Organic Self Heal
Self Heal, Prunella vulgaris, has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties. It has long been used topically as a poultice to help heal, acne, rashes, bruises, abrasions, sores, blisters, and other skin irritations. Self-heal can be found in healing salves and creams which help ease scarring, relieve the discomfort of eczema, and condition skin after shaving.
Shikakai, Acacia concinna, is referred to as "fruit for the hair." It has a naturally mild pH, 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.
Organic Soapnuts (Aritha)
Soapnuts, Sapindus mukorossi, are used in Ayurvedic medicine to soothe eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin and sensitive skin. In hair care, 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.
Spearmint, Mentha x spicata, contains menthol which 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.
Now considered a powerful antiseptic, Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, has been recognized since antiquity for its cleansing, healing and soothing effect on the skin. The aroma helps refresh your mind and body. 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.
Organic Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, is used in facials or in a bath to fight acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Tulsi is helpful in conditioning the skin and scalp by improving blood circulation thereby helping cells receive nutrients and oxygen. It is also useful for dandruff and general hair care.
A paste made from Turmeric, Curcuma longa, cleans and beautifies skin. Its 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.
Organic Valerian Root
When added to bathwater, Valerian Root, Valeriana officianalis, helps relieve nervousness and induce sleep. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia.
Wheatgrass, Triticum aestivum, 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. In hair care, it can help with dandruff and hair loss.
Yarrow, Achillea millefollium, flowers are used for their astringent, healing, and soothing effects on the skin. Yarrow strengthens skin tone and can be used for problem skin, oily skin, large pores, and wrinkles. Its strong soothing properties can be helpful to those suffering from inflamed skin or chronic redness. A yarrow steam may also help relieve inflammation of mucous membranes and bronchial tissues.
Organic Yashtimadhu (Licorice Root)
Yashtimadhu (Licorice) Root, Glycyrrhiza glabra, is good for improving hair growth and is often used in products to help with hair loss. It helps keep the scalp moist and hydrated and is believed to help strengthen the hair shaft.
Yucca Root, Wildharvested
Yucca Root, Yucca glauca, 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.
Organic Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana (distillate), is a topical astringent derived from the bark and twigs of the Hamamelis virginiana plant. Good quality witch hazel will not dry out your skin. Sadly, many commercial brands contain more alcohol than actual witch hazel.
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