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NATURE'S GIFTS~ INGREDIENT LIST

The word fragrance on a personal care product label can mask countless carcinogens and hormone disrupting chemicals.

OIL & HERB DESCRIPTIONS

BAY- An aromatic cultivated mainly for culinary use. Has been used as a medicine, a spice and decorative garland; was thought to be protective and the leaves were used as bandages to relieve wasp and bee sting, induces healing and health. Used as a rub, eases arthritic aches and pains.



CALENDULA- One of the most versatile herbs, excellent  for red, inflamed skin, antiseptic, prevents spread of infection, and speeds healing, cleansing, detoxifying, antibacterial, astringent, mildly estrogenic, used to remedy skin disorders, cuts, scrapes, wounds, burns, acne, rashes, fungal conditions, cleanses liver and gallbladder.

Experience the healing effects of calendula in my Total Body Butter Salve and Herbal Bath Teas

CARDAMOM- Native to India and one of the oldest spices in the world’ the seeds and seedpods are used whole or crushed, is an aromatic and works well with other herbs. Used in cooking as a spice and for medicinal purposes, are antispasmodic and a digestive aid. Used as essential oil, in infusions, tinctures. Settles indigestion and eases stomach pain & cramps, treats headaches, good in body rubs for bad joints, a tonic, an aphrodisiac.

CARROT SEED- Rich in beta carotene and vitamins A & E, highly beneficial to hair and skin. Topical application of this oil promotes the formation of new cells and stimulates the production of sebum in dry, scaly scalps and skin.


CATNIP- Has a mild scent that induces happiness and loving feelings. Is a sedative and stimulates sweating, reduces fevers, helps relieves colds, flu.


CAYENNE- Mainly used as a culinary herb. A warming stimulant that acts on the circulatory system. A tonic that induces healing and health, is an antiseptic, increases blood flow to the skin, relieves muscle spasms, a counter-irritant, can treat arthritis and headache, is anti-microbial.


CEDAR- Mild, sweet and woody aroma. Antiseptic, eases respiratory ailments. Use for acne, dandruff, eczema, greasy hair, insect repellent, oily skin and psoriasis. Also good for arthritis, rheumatism. Harmonizing and calming. Avoid during pregnancy.



CHAMOMILE- Induces loving feelings, is calming, relaxing, relieves anxiety, stress, depression, cramps, hysteria, headaches, tantrums, soothing and is suitable for use on children. Most valued for its anti-inflammatory properties, relieves skin problems, antiseptic, good for sensitive and dry skin, clears burns, minor wounds, used in masks, compresses, massage, vaporizers, inhalations, baths, rejuvenation treatments; antibacterial, antiseptic, disinfectant.

CINNAMON- Wonderful warm scent, induces loving feelings and healing and health, an anti-viral that helps to relieve flu, colds and infections. A stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, reduces fevers. Stimulates circulation and digestion.  An evergreen tree, inner bark, twigs are parts used.

CITRONELLA- Great fresh powerful lemon scent, Used in perfumery and household products, a natural insect repellant, a stimulant, tonic and deodorant. 

CLARY SAGE- Sweet & musky; Energizing, invigorating, uplifting and relaxing emotionally, relieves aches & pains, pms, depression, anxiety, tension, general debility, mental fatigue, a calming tonic, anti-inflammatory, soothing, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, a gentle menstrual spasmodic, used in compresses, baths and massages. Treats eye problems. Indigestion, Do not use during pregnancy.


CLOVE- Mostly used in cooking; cures toothaches, reduces the pain of arthritis and rheumatism. Good for acne, athlete’s foot, bruises, burns and an insect repellent. Can be used as a sedative, sterilization, antibacterial, antiseptic, prevents infections. Induces loving feelings and promotes clear intuition.



COMFREY- A perennial herb used for its parts dried or fresh roots, leaves & flowers. A natural skin binding/bandage, repairs damaged tissue. Used in ointments or poultices for sprains and bruises. An astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothes bronchitis, acne & psoriasis.




CYPRESS- Has a rich woody aroma and is beneficial to circulatory and vascular systems, an astringent, styptic, sedative, soothing, clears and calms the mind, useful against insomnia, used in inhalations, vaporizers, baths, massage, gargles, compresses, antispasmodic, antiseptic, reduces sweating, relieves fluid retention, chilblains, tonic, helpful for cramps, reduces swelling, nervous tension, astringent. An insect repellent.


EUCALYPTUS- A natural antiseptic that is effective against a wide range of bacterial and viral infections that induces healing and health. Helps reduce fevers, fights colds and flu, eases muscle aches. Is uplifting and invigorating. Clears and stimulates the mind, prevents drowsiness, a decongestant. Cleansing, cools the body in summer, protects it in winter, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, deodorizing, used in veterinary care and as an insect repellant.

FENNEL- An antibacterial with a slight “tightening” action on the skin. Rich in oleic and linoleic acids, essential fatty acids highly beneficial to the skin. Good for bruises, dull, oily, – mature complexions, cellulite and rheumatism.



GERANIUM- Smells wonderful but works hard with a rich, sweet aroma. Good for multiple uses; Used for acne, bruises, broken capillaries, burns, congested skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, oily and mature skin, mosquito repellent. Cleans the body and uplifts the mind.  Good for depression, nervous tension. Is useful against stress, astringent and balances, tonic, stimulating, used in compresses, baths, mouthwashes, inhalations, anti-fungal, antiseptic, Wear for courage, induces loving feeling.


GINGER- Originally from China, Japan, India & West Africa. Has a nice warm spicy scent. Sometimes used as a fragrance and is an excellent ingredient for bath oils and other cosmetics.  Soothing properties are very beneficial to the skin. Stimulates circulation. Antiseptic, aids in digestion, helps colds, aches and pains. Relieves nausea, motion & morning sickness. Analgesic. Correspondences: Love, power, Mars, Scorpio, Courage, money-attracting.


GRAPEFRUIT- A tonic for depression and an aid in drug withdrawal. Good for acne, congested and oily skin, tones the skin and tissues. Good for cellulite.

HIBISCUS- Beautiful flowers, sweat scent. Induces loving feelings, wear for intuition.


HOPS- Anti-microbial and sedative, it calms, tones and softens the skin.



JASMINE- From France, China and Egypt. Has a flowery scent. Relieves nervous tension, depression, fatigue and induces loving feelings. Can be a relaxant.





JUNIPER- Antiseptic, a calming tonic, helps anxiety, insomnia, mental fatigue, astringent, body cleansing, good for acne, oily skin, greasy hair, used in masks, baths, vaporizers, massage, compresses, purifying, relieves indigestion, muscle aches and pains, is warming, helpful for arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Do not use during pregnancy.

LAVENDER- The perfect all around helper. Cultivated in gardens, but found wild in mountainous Mediterranean countries, Flowers in midsummer, helps relieve pain, balancing and normalizing, brings health and harmony to body. A mild detoxifier, with a full, flowery aroma, uplifting and soothing. Used as a perfume, baking, cleansing and calming, alleviates stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, migraines, athletes’ foot. An antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, eases colds, used in inhalations, vaporizers, baths, massage.  A regenerative, soothes acne, dandruff, diaper rash, sunburn, insect bites, stretch marks, bad breath, indigestion, muscular aches and pains, pms, is an antibiotic, anti-oxidant, prevents scarring, treats burns and scalds, stimulates the immune system, a mood tonic, helps with psychological shock of injury. Induces happiness and loving feelings. A perennial shrub.

Experience the effects of lavender in my Refreshing Herbal Face Mist, Lavender Face Toner Cleanser or Bath and Body essential Oils, on Etsy.


LEMON- A citrus fresh scent induces loving feelings. A tonic, purifies water, antioxidant, antiseptic, antibacterial, aids digestion, disperses cellulite, helps insect bites, tension headaches, Stimulating tonic, alleviates oily skin. Astringent, checks excessive perspiration. A tissue toner, good for cellulite. Energizing; clears mind; depression reliever, refreshing, strengthening. Possible dermal irritation in some individuals use with care.


LEMONBALM- Relieves anxiety, poor sleep, nervous indigestion, induces healing, health and loving feelings.




LEMONGRASS-        
Uplifting yet relaxing scent used in pharmaceuticals and perfumery. A natural painkiller with an antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Improves circulation and digestion. Good for cellulite. Helps fight off infections, headaches, respiratory problems. A natural insect repellent.


LEMON VERBENA- An aromatic, ornamental plant, leaves used as a medicinal herb, calming, gently sedative, soothes abdominal discomfort. A tonic on the nervous system, counters depression. Has a great light scent.

LIME- Used as an astringent, tonic and for anxiety and depression. Pronounced fragrance. Expressed peel oil is photo toxic, but whole fruit oil is not. See lemon oil.


MARJORIM- A light, mild aroma, helps to relieve pain, has warming properties, soothing and calming to body and mind, a sedative, relieves tension, insomnia, sprains, rheumatism, irritability, hysteria, provides comfort for those suffering from intangible emotions such as grief, loneliness, rejection, relieves headaches, used in inhalations, vaporizers, baths, massage, eases toothache, used mainly as a culinary herb, stimulant, antispasmodic, treats colic, respiratory problems, a tonic. Do not use during pregnancy.


MUGWORT- A digestive tonic, improves appetite, absorption of nutrients.



ORANGE- A sweet, fresh scent that stimulates the mind and lifts energy. Contains vitamins A B C and E. Relieves cold-like symptoms. Is a sedative tonic, good to ease depression, anxiety and nervous conditions.  Antiseptic. Aids dermatitis, oily skin; Good for cellulite. Wear for intuition and luck.

Experience the effects of orange in our Soy Wax Wafers and diffuser set

OAKMOSS- Wonderful fresh scent.

ORRIS ROOT- Wear for intuition and induces loving feelings.


PALMA ROSA- Good for skin infections, scars, sores, wrinkles and acne. An antiseptic cellular stimulant, moisturizes the skin, regulates sebum production, hydrating.


PATCHOULI- Penetrating, long-lasting, musty, woody fragrance. An aromatic, medicinal, an aphrodisiac, a fragrance, insect repellent, anti-depressant, antiseptic, eases headaches, fever, treats skin complaints, has a regenerative effect on skin tone, used in perfumery, cosmetics, skin inflammation. Alleviates depression and anxiety, uplifting, confidence builder. Stimulant at low doses, sedative at high doses. Insect repellent.


PENNYROYAL- A member of the mint family, pennyroyal is a strong purifier, antiseptic and freshener. A good insect repellent. Stimulating. Do not use if pregnant, can be abortive in high doses. High doses can also cause death to user.


PEPPER- Cultivated as a spice, is a medicinal stimulant, aids digestion, warms the body, eases bloating, toothache, antiseptic, antibacterial, reduces fever. Wear for courage.



PEPPERMINT- Has a refreshing aroma. Promotes overall physical and emotional wellbeing, eases fatigue. Insect repellant, stimulating and strengthening, helps soothe headaches, antiseptic, antispasmodic, a decongestant, relieves coughs, clods, flu, used in inhalations, baths, cooling and cleansing, soothes itchy skin. Is highly effective for travel sickness and nausea. Relieves nausea, muscle & joint pains, cold symptoms. Vitalizing; uplifting. An infusion for indigestion and headaches, toothaches, a lotion for itchy skin.

POMEGRANATE- Medicinal properties and astringent.


ROSE- Called the “queen of flowers”, has been cultivated for the last 3,000 years, originally from Iran. Its petals were once consumed as food and is a popular perfume.The rose has been a remedy for depression, an anti-inflammatory, a mild sedative. Eases anxiety, insomnia, nausea, pms.  Induces healing and health & increases loving feelings and libido. Wear for luck. Rosewater is mildly astringent. Rose hips are a source of vitamins and is a tissue regenerator. Correspondences: Protection, dreams, Venus, water, Taurus, Sagittarius, Cancer, Libra.


ROSEMARY- An aromatic, evergreen shrub. Stimulating to body and mind, an antiseptic and gentle analgesic, clears the mind, helps to relieve headaches, and general fatigue. A tonic and astringent, improves circulation, relieves fluid retention, stretch marks. Used in hair rinses, prevents dandruff. Compresses, massage, baths, eases nerves. Treats muscular sprain, arthritis, rheumatism, depression, memory loss, coughs, flu.Induces healing and health & increases loving feelings. BEST AVOIDED BY PERSONS WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.


Experience the effects of Rosemary in our Herbal Hair Rinses.

RUE- Strongly aromatic, helps reduce blood pressure, strengthens eyesight. Stimulates blood flow (menstruating women use caution), treats hysteria, vertigo.


SAGE- Flowers and leaves used. A powerful relaxant, energizing, and invigorating, uplifting and relaxing emotionally, helps to relieve depression, tension, mental fatigue, soothing and anti-inflammatory to the skin, helps to restore moisture to dry skin, calming to circulatory system, can help relieve high blood pressure, antispasmodic. A perennial. Parts used: oil & roots.

SANDALWOOOD- Burned as an incense, used in perfume, calming and soothing, a woody smell, sedative and relaxing, relieves anxiety, tension, frees the mind from the past, remedy for insomnia, a balancing decongestant, relieves irritation, soreness, used in gargles, inhalations, vaporizers, reduces irritation from sunburn, helps dandruff, hives, allergic conditions, astringent, colic, hiccups, soothes heartburn, nausea, morning sickness, relieves itchiness, pms. Semi parasitic. Soothes rashes and itchy skin. Induces healing and health.


SARSPARILLA- Antibiotic, treats skin problems like eczema, itchiness, rheumatism, estrogenic properties, debility, depression, was the original flavoring for root beer, anti-inflammatory, cleansing. Native Americans used it to enhance virility, tonic and aphrodisiac, induces loving feelings.

SPEARMINT- Similar beneficial properties of Peppermint. Better suited for children because it is milder.




TEA TREE- Fights infection, boosts immune function. A powerful antiseptic, “being 12 times as strong as carbolic acid or phenol, the widely used chemical disinfectant, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, insect repellant, Antiviral, fights clods and flu, used in mouthwashes, compresses, masks, foot baths, inhalations, vaporizers, cleansing and cooling, soothes sunburn, effective against head lice, protects from infection, anti-parasitic, germicide. Relieves muscle aches and pains, minimizes most skin irritations, good for cuts and scrapes. Uplifting, purifying, regulating. 

THYME- An aromatic shrub used in cooking and infusions for coughs, colds, fungal infections, comforts the head, stomach, antiseptic and antifungal, decongestant/expectorant, used in poultices, infusions, baths, pillows, antiviral, antibiotic, good as a room diffuser during flu season, wear for courage, induces healing and health. Counteracts the effects of aging, remedy for hay fever, relieves bites and stings, pest repellant.


VANILLA- A sweet and spicy scent. Induces loving feelings.


YARROW- A creeping perennial, cultivated in Europe, Africa, North America the leaves and flowering tops are used in pharmaceuticals, in 1st aid treatments to heal wounds, as an astringent, helps in circulation, cramps, inflammations, and teas. A strengthening bitter tonic, anti-spasmodic, lowers blood pressure, stops internal bleeding.

YLANG-YLANG- Originally from Indonesia & Philippines, flowers of the tree are used in perfumery, is a general tonic, a sedative, Narcotically sweet, soft, floral, exotic scent. Euphoric, sensual, stabilizes strong emotions; relaxing, soothing, uplifting, stress reducing. Antidepressant, aphrodisiac.


BASE OILS & OTHER INGREDIENTS

Avocado Oil – Easily absorbed by the skin, it is a good source of vitamins A D & E, amino acids and sterols. Known to accelerate healing, recommended for chronic eczema and other skin disorders. Restorative.

Benzoin Gum – A natural antiseptic and astringent with antioxidant and preservative properties. Promotes healing.

Evening Primrose Oil – High in essential fatty acids, a source of gamma-linolenic acid. Astringent and sedative, it is an excellent treatment for dry, flaky skin and skin prone to eczema. 

Jojoba Oil- Highly penetrative and nourishing to skin and hair. It acts as a humectant and creates a protective film over the skin and hair shaft that helps keep moisture in. Rich in vitamin E with antibacterial properties, suitable for all skin types. Mimics collagen.

*Apricot Kernel Oil – Natural oil from apricot pits. An emollient similar in composition to almond oil, it has a softening effect on the skin. Helps to erase stretch marks and wrinkles.

*Oatmeal – A natural cleanser and toner, its mild exfoliating action makes it an excellent addition to facial masks. It has a slight bleaching effect and is said to help fade or remove age spots and other skin discolorations.

*Olive Oil – A natural sun screen, very emollient and good for sensitive skin and babies.

*Palm Oil- Softening to the skin and makes an excellent, fluffy lather.

*Lanolin – The oils obtained from the wool of sheep, used as an absorption base in moisturizers and hair products.

*Castor Oil- Rich in fatty acids, it soothes and lubricates the skin. Acting as a humectant, it attracts moisture to the skin.

*Rosewater – A water-based dilution of the essence of roses used in cosmetics since the 10th century. Used for conjunctivitis.

*Safflower Oil- With a very high percentage of linoleic acid, it helps to moisturize, nourish and restructure the skin.

*Vegetable Glycerin- A rich humectant, emollient and lubricant naturally extracted from vegetable oils, glycerin has been used in cosmetic formulations for thousands of years; therefore, it is believed that glycerin helps the skin remain moisturized by drawing moisture to it.

*Sorbitol- This is a sweet liquid that is added to the soap for its great moisturizing properties and is made from berries.

*Sorbitan Oleate- This is an emulsifier, used to help the mixture of ingredients bond together.

*Soybean Lecithin- A Protein vegetable extract high in natural fatty acids. made from soybeans, this is a great skin conditioner.

*Grapeseed Oil- light and easily absorbed by the skin. Vitamins, minerals and protein, great for all skin types.

*Cocoa Butter – A super emollient that softens and protects chapped, dry skin. It softens pregnant skin and helps to erase stretch marks, aids in the treatment of skin irritations, and is used to soften and erase wrinkles on neck, around eyes and at the corners of the mouth.

*Coconut Oil- Great for dry, itchy and sensitive skin, it doesn’t clog pores and absorbs readily into the skin.

* Organic Virgin Coconut oil: has been found to be the best source of monolaurin, a well known antiseptic substance found in breast milk, natural antifungal, moisturizer & protectant.

* Shea Butter/ Oil: A butter obtained from the nut of the Mangifolia tree in Central Africa. a natural sunscreen, it protects the skin against weather, sun, elasticity and aging. It is a well-known anti-inflammatory to assist cutaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns. It is a well known in helping moisturize while providing a silky protective barrier to all skin types.

* Vitamin E: anti-oxidant, protectant, a natural preservative.

* Aloe:  long been considered to be a premier botanical for moisturizing and healing the skin and damaged or dry hair. A natural sunscreen, soothing and moisturizing. Use for cuts, scratches, bruises sore or irritated skin, for burns, sunburns, X-ray burns.

* Calendula: Known for its healing and analgesic properties. Use for burns, cuts, eczema, greasy skin, inflammations, insect bites, rashes and wounds, varicose veins.

*Sweet Almond Oil- nourishing, containing vitamin D and other beneficial vitamins, minerals and proteins. Great for dry and irritated skin. Healing and moisturizing, witha sweet, pleasant fragrance.

*Wheat germ oil- high in anti-oxidants, vitamin e, a, b, minerals and protein. A natural preservative. Do not use if you have wheat intolerance.

* Honey: the sweet material taken from the nectar of flowers and manufactured by bees. It is high in vitamin C and promotes collagen formation in the skin. It is a natural humectants (drawing in moisture) antibacterial & antimicrobial. Used since Egyptian times for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Honey is full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Has an emollient property, is soothing and humectants. Emollients make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce rough feeling, cracking and irritation. Honey is cleansing and antibacterial. Bacteria cannot live in honey, which demonstrates its natural preservative properties. a natural anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory.

*Witch Hazel- A natural astringent. Skin healer, protects from infection, has cooling effect on inflamed skin. Relieves insect bites and burns.
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**Information about ingredients and essential botanical oils are taken from common published essential oil references and is not intended to cure or replace medical consultation.

I do not claim to be an herbal doctor. While I believe in being informed about the benefits of natural products please consult the advice of your doctor before taking anything internally.**