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Olive Oil

Since the time of Hippocrates Olive Oil is famous for its many healing properties. The Hippocratic Code found more than 60 medicinal uses of olive oil, the main use in skin diseases. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E also contains Vitamin K and trace elements such as sodium and potassium, polyphenols and chlorophyll, which protect the skin from premature aging. It also contains iron, which is very good for the hair. The medicine of the future seems not manufactured in a pharmaceutical laboratory, but is already in abundance in nature. This medicine is not another, according to research by the Pharmacy Department of the University, from the olive oil. Based on reports of the pharmaceutical activities of oil (green olive oil) in ancient Greece by Dioscorides, scientists have shown that olive oil also has antioxidant, neuroprotective and cardioprotective properties. This is due essentially elaiokanthali, which has quite strong antiinflammatory activity as drugs and essentially elaiasini, which is the most potent antioxidant of olive oil.

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Rosemary

The herb of protoplasts.
Rosemary is said to be the second herb after laurel who took the first created them when expelled from Paradise and that they will help their body to quickly recover from diseases and hardships that would pass. It is considered that fights mental fatigue, and that enhances concentration and brain perfusion. In fact, students in ancient Greece wore garlands of rosemary when studying for their exams in order to perform better. Rubbing preparations rosemary, tone the skin, soothe tired eyelids and relieve wounds, cuts and skin irritations. Tannins containing the also give astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial and expectorant properties.

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Aloe

Aloe is a treasure of valuable properties. The gel of Aloe Vera contains over 75 known components, the synergy of which leads to a stronger action. The Aloe Vera is a source of vitamins, with the main B, C, E and beta-carotene (precursor of vitamin A). It contains minerals and trace elements, especially magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron and selenium, and amino acids, which are the “building blocks” of proteins. Due to its ingredients and their synergy, aloe penetrates deep into the skin, with deep water and restoring effect enhancing the growth of new cells, improves the function of tissues and heals wounds. It has antibiotic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory action .According to historical sources, Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to conquer the Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean in order to have plenty of aloe for his wounded soldiers.

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Pomegranate

The very important and famous pomegranate fruit from ancient times for its amazing medicinal properties available, today through modern medical science to hearing what witness and advocate with the ancient Greek physicians believed the fruit miracle! Nowadays modern science shows that pomegranate is rich in vitamins C, D, E, to a plurality of metal elements (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium) and antioxidant phytochemicals such as polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins which remove free radicals from the skin, so the number one apomakrinontas old agent. Also the high content of pomegranate polyphenols have been shown to reduce the biochemical processes associated with allergies. Dr. protection to skin cancer. Drinking pomegranate was associated with the decline of the two main types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, according to new research published in the journal Dermatology.

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Calendula

The use of the plant has a long tradition. The flowers of calendula used in ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East and India as a healing herb in textiles, food, cosmetics. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an excellent healing with valuable therapeutic and cosmetic properties. The flowers contain essential oils, saponins, flavonoids, vitamin C, calcium, carotenes (precursors of vitamin A) and significant amounts of silicon. The combination of silicon and the protective mucus containing calendula makes one of the most important herbs to treat skin problems, for the cure of which the body must regenerate new tissues. The flowers of Calendula are considered beneficial to reduce inflammation, the quick recovery healing and antiseptic capability. They have been used to treat various skin diseases and is effective against skin ulcers. The calendula have healing properties, soothes skin irritations and redness and is ideal for sensitive and irritated skin. Is also moisturizing and emollient. Additionally, pectins contained in the leaves of making moisturizing agent. Even gives elasticity to the skin and helps in the treatment of stretch marks and wrinkles. (When taken internally as a tea, can treat stomach ulcers redness, inflammation).

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Apricot

The oil extracted from the kernel of Apricot is a very delicate in texture oil rich in vitamin A and B, which help in healing and renewal of skin cells. Typically used in preparations for the face because of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Ideal for all types of skin.To apricot oil is lighter than the oil of almond and better suited for mixing of creams and oils for face.To oil pit of apricot easily absorbed by the skin and has a strong emollient properties as it is rich in viatmini A, B and E, operating sedatives and reliever in skin dryness. This carrier oil has a light and non-greasy texture, moisturizes, heals and protects mature and sensitive skin.
Apricot was first cultivated in India and China around 3000 BC. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great. Apricot is used in order to soothe inflamed, dehydrated, mature, sensitive and irritated skin. It has moisturizing and emollient properties.

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Pine

The pine is rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids known as proanthocyanidins, which are condensed tannins responsible for astringency in fruits and herbs. The bioflavonoids help in healthy functioning of capillaries and cardiovascular system, detoxify the body from free radicals that damage cells and DNA and protects the body from oxidative damage. The pine tree is also antiseptic, expectorant, anti-aging, antioxidant properties and are rich in vitamins C and A. It has strong antimetallaxigones, antioxidant and anti-proliferative properties, which help to prevent the creation of cancer cells. According to the father of history, Herodotus, the ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification of the dead as they had knowledge of its antiseptic properties.

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Sage

He has the Latin name “salvia” from the verb salvere, meaning “be healthy”. It was considered a sacred herb by the Greeks who dedicated it to Zeus. The report Dioscorides, Aetios, Hippocrates and Galen, who extolled the privately. The Chinese call it Greek sprout and felt better than tea which for centuries have developed a unique system of traditional medicine based on herbs in the Middle Ages exchanged three times the amount of the best quality tea with a little sage. Excellent tonic and cordial. It stimulates the nerves, the adrenal glands and the circulatory system. Nefrotonotiko for any form of debility and weakness, sharpens the mind and stimulates memory (discernment). Disinfectant, natural antibiotic, has antibacterial antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, isostatic and astringent action.

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Mint

Peppermint or mentha piperita, such as the Latin name, is a hybrid of spearmint and hydromentas known since early antiquity to pharmaceutical and deodorant properties, mint ‘claims’ position in our daily lives since the benefits of the human body are many. The ancient Greeks considered it refreshing for the mind and medication for headache while the Romans used it not only to the delicacies and the water of the bath. The main active substances in essential oil of peppermint is menthol (alcohol), the menthone (ketone) and tannins. Simultaneously, the leaves of peppermint containing vitamins A and C, niacin (vitamin B3), magnesium and iron. The essential oil of peppermint prevents the growth of bacteria and microorganisms, helps digestion, relieves headache, combats stress and tension and removes negative thoughts.

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Louisa

The herb Louisa, with the Latin name «Lippia citriodora» belongs to the family Verbenaceae (comprising about 250 species) and originates from America. Today, however, we consider now our own plant and mention except the scientific names of the Kitriosmos Verbena and lemongrass because of lemony scent of the flowers and the leaves. The verbena is a medicinal flower caring for our good health in many ways, as a decoction or oil, since both the flowers and the leaves are very beneficial to the human body. In folk medicine, Verbena has been used to treat skin inflammations, wound healing as well as high blood pressure (hypertension). Among others, the tea verbena has excellent therapeutic properties to combat headaches, toothache, sore throat, fatigue, anxiety, anemia, and diseases of the urinary tract. Herb considered extremely effective in slimming since it has the capacity to burn fat, while further combat cellulite.

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Evening Primrose

Night prime rose “The spirit of transformation”

This essence is about communication and nurturing and can be very helpful if we’ve felt unwanted. It helps us to rediscover and connect with the source of our self-confidence, our beauty and our feminine aspect, in both men and women. It can help to stabilise our moods and encourage us to relax. Evening primrose oil is the oil from the seed of the evening primrose plant. Evening primrose oil is used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It is also used for rheumatoid arthritis, weak bones (osteoporosis).It is also suggested that evening primrose oil might increase estrogen levels. The seeds of evening primrose used for the production of evening primrose oil which is an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids. Evening primrose oil has proven to be a very effective therapy for many diseases of the skin and can also help prevent diseases including breasts and central nervous system. One of the essential components of omega-6 fatty acids gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and is believed the active ingredient of evening primrose oil. Gamma-linolenic acid is known to soothe inflammation in the body and maintains the immune system. Several studies have shown that supplements taken orally and contain evening primrose oil, may help in the treatment of skin diseases, including inflammation and are associated with autoimmune reactions of the body, including eczema, scaly skin (ischthysosis vulgaris) and atopic dermatitis. Evening primrose oil is approved for the treatment of these conditions in many countries. The gamma-linolenic acid contained in evening primrose oil helps maintain the integrity of the myelin sheath surrounding nerves and protects from damage.

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Rosehip

The fruits of rose and rose hips are known for their high content of vitamin C. 100 grams rosehips contains 426mg of vitamin C and 131 grams of fresh orange juice contains 96mg of vitamin C. On average dried rosehips containing 1.250mg vitamin C per 100 grams. The rosehip is also an excellent source of vitamin A, K, E, B (B2, B3), and D. Vitamin A maintains in good condition the bones, teeth, skin, mucous membranes and improves vision. Reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system. Vitamin K keeps the bones in good condition and helps in blood clots. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help prevent cell damage by free radicals in the body. Reduces inflammation and strengthens the immune system. Vitamin B2 is required to convert food into energy, and is an antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals in the body. Vitamin B3 and this is necessary to convert food into energy and also helps in the good condition of the liver, eye, hair and skin. It is a water soluble vitamin which reduces cholesterol in blood and improves circulation. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus and the healthy condition of the bone. The rosehips containing bioflavonoids  compounds with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and riboflavin which helps in good condition of the eyes, hair, skin, and liver. Also a rich source of calcium, potassium pectin, polyphenol, citric acid, malic acid, tannins, carotenoids, magnesium and manganese.

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Rose

It is known that the ancient Greeks and Romans used rose petals to scent their bath. The rose essential oil has:

1. Antibacterial properties: it can help treat acne or reinforce the skins with acne tendencies.
2. Anti-inflammatory properties: it can help come from swellings on the skin and superficial redness. The properties of “calm” the skin and can calm an epidermal eczema.
3. Antioxidant properties: Roses have high levels of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that protects cells
4. Hydration: The natural oil contained in roses, locks moisture into the skin and helps to be soft and smooth. Very helpful and sensitive skin, because the sugars contained in petals create a “tranquilizer” feeling.
6. Relaxation: The essential oil of rose is number one in aromatherapy. The rose petals help to detoxify and tranquility of our organization.
7. Stimulation: Roses close skin pores and restore the skin’s natural glow.

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Lupine

The Lupine (Lupinus spp.), – Lupines, or pikrokoukia Loubounis – is the plant of the legume family (Fabacae) and has about 300 species (with the yellow and white kind of regarding predominantly native of Southeastern Europe and Asia). According to historical data, the plant is believed to originally cultivated in Egypt and his presence was intense and in Ancient Greece where Theophrastus and Dioscorides, refer to the plant as a “hot” (the day) and recognize two varieties – the bitter and sweet. It boasts the high content of high quality protein (up to 40% for the yellow variety) and fats – mostly unsaturated (10%), fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and zinc .. Externally, it is used as a poultice to abscesses and inflammations, ulcers, skin diseases such as eczema and lichen – a soothing and emollient. The cyano type also has sedative properties and can be used in situations insomnia and overcurrent / hyperactivity disorder (usually in the form of tincture).

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Cocoa Butter

The Cocoa Butter (Cocoa Butter) comes from the seed treatment plant Theobroma cacao, known in Greece as cacao. The scientific name theobroma derives from the Greek words “theos” for “god” and “brome” for “food”, literally referring to the “food of Gods”. There is historical evidence that the seeds of the cocoa used since 1900 BC. The Cocoa Butter is known for its antioxidant properties as it contains Vitamin E. It is still best known for its effectiveness in the treatment of stretch marks, scars, “discoloration” of the skin, dark circles eyes and wrinkles, as high in Vitamin K (7 mcg per 28gr.) gives it strong “healing” properties. The cocoa butter is ideal for dry, tired and “aged in” skin, and has a strong moisturizing effect. This is because it is made of 100% vegetable fat and contains proteins and carbohydrates. Softens the skin and improves elasticity.

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Gerani

Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) is known ornamental plant which can be found in most Greek yards. Usually selected because of resistance and intense aroma. Apart from the cosmetic use, Geranium has important therapeutic properties. The essential oil obtained by distillation of the flowers and leaves and has a lively flavor. The essential oil of Geranium is used in aromatherapy for emotional-hormonal balance and reduce stress. Furthermore a strong astringent, antibacterial and antimicrobial activity. A few drops of essential oil can help treat various skin problems like acne, spots, oiliness, wrinkles, wounds, bruises, bumps, etc. The Geranium stimulates blood circulation, function of the lymphatic system and adrenal. According to an urban legend, people planted geraniums around their houses to keep evil spirits away.

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Myrtle

The Myrtle sacred plant since ancient times, was associated with several deities, especially with the goddess of love Aphrodite. In ancient Greece and Rome the essential oil of myrtle was used to prepare a special water, later called angelic water (Angel water), which was thought that he had the capacity to bring the freshness and youth of the skin. Also as a medicine since ancient times, was used for a variety of diseases and mentioned by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides. Occasionally healed with myrtle gingivitis, skin diseases (eczema, rashes), bleeding, diabetes etc. The properties of the magical aromatherapy is the purification, renewal and elimination of any negative energy nature. This oil symbolizes purity and rebirth. Ideal oil for balancing harmony, meditation and uplift the internal spirituality. Today has now certified that the myrtle has powerful anti-wrinkle properties, because this changes the life of cells, enhancing protein synthesis SIRT-1. Helps correct cell communication, acting on kaveolines, and ensuring the proper functioning of cells. The leaves are astringent, tonic and antiseptic. Acts against skin diseases and eczema.

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Saffron

The favorite Cleopatra`s plant for cosmetics. The saffron, is one of the most valuable spices that made “break” from ancient chronia.Chreiazontai 150000 flowers for one kilo of saffron … A mythical ingredient, 2 times more expensive than gold and 10 times more expensive than the most expensive caviar! The yolk is the richest ingredient in Agglomeration glycans released (following evening primrose).
Glucans helps in:
a) in the communication between cells
b) in cell metabolism
c) the deep restructuring and regeneration of cells.
The glycans are 200% more antioxidants than vitamin E and 500% higher than vitamin C. The antioxidant action also saffron and due to carotenoids containing with many favorable effect on the skin. For carotenoids found that can inhibit the proliferation of leukemic cells and this According to a study of the Laboratory of General Chemistry, Agricultural University of Athens in collaboration with the French Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Biomoléculaire, UFR de Pharmacie, concerning the crocin contained in stigmas of saffron (says is unusually soluble carotenoids can inhibit leukemic cell proliferation)

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Spatholado (St. John’s Wort)

With properties that classify as one of the very important human therapeutic herbs, the herbal remedy since ancient times is known to effectively treat skin problems, wound healing and strengthening the immune system. H scientific name is Hypericum perforatum, but is better known as St. John’s Wort or Hypericum perforatum or St-John’s-wort. Other names are: Balsam leichinochorto, sedge, spatula, Trimming, herb St. John the Baptist, St John, St. John’s wort, herb banishes the devil. Got sedge name because it heals the wounds from swords to maches.Oi ancient Spartans used it to heal their wounds after battles, but also the stomach ulcer and depression. This plant is distinguished not only for its bright yellow color, but also for the many healing antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent excellent healing. The red color, which color the oil, due to two substances, hypericin, and hyperforin. These substances are thought to act as antibiotics, antiseptics, bactericides and anti-inflammatory. H most significant active substance balsamic herb is hypericin, which is located throughout the plant, but at a higher concentration in the flowering tops. It also contains flavonoids (16% in the leaves), xanthones, phenolic acids and traces of essential oils (0.13%).

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Mastic

And only its aroma, immediately changes our mood! It is a natural oil, The “tear” of the mastic tree it is said in Greece and its delivered from woods come out of  trunk and branches of the mastic tree .Is a unique product, not only for its place and the way it is produced, but also for its properties and multiple applications.

Therapeutic properties and uses by oral use:

– Mastic is considered an excellent medicine for stomach problems. Is well known to be a lymphatic and circulatory decongestant.

– Combats the symptoms of Helicobacter pylori, which is responsible for peptic ulcers.

– Helps reduce inflammation in patients with mild to moderate activity of Crohn’s disease, chronic inflammatory digestive tract disease that can affect any part of it, orally and rectally.

-In Aromatotherapy mastic oil is an energetically complex essential oil. It has a similar property to Peppermint in its ability to clear away old, stagnant energies. In fact, this is what Mastic seems to do best, clearing on the physical as well as energetic levels. Is thought to be the best to connect us with the crone and the wisdom that resides there and help us see beyond the surface into our depths.

People in the Mediterranean region have used mastic as a medicine for gastrointestinal ailments for several thousand years. The first-century Greek physician and botanist, Dioscorides, wrote about the medicinal properties of mastic in his classic treatise De Materia Medica (“About Medical Substances”). Some centuries later, Markellos Empeirikos and Pavlos Eginitis also noticed the effect of mastic on the digestive system.

Regular consumption of mastic has been proven to absorb cholesterol, thus easing high blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attacks. Mastic oil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and as such is widely used in the preparation of ointments for skin disorders and afflictions. It is also used in the manufacture of plasters.

Benefits of Mastic Essential Oil

The health benefits of Benzoin Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, circulatory, repellent and stomachic.

1. Anti-cancer 2. Antibacterial 3. Anti-Inflammatory 4. Antiseptic5. Astringent Mastic Essential Oil is used in skin care products to treat boils, cuts, wounds, and ringworm as well as an ingredient in blends for very oily skin. 6. Circulatory Mastic essential oil is known to be a lymphatic and circulatory decongestant. Because of its vaso-constricting properties, Mastic is known to help with spider and varicose veins.

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Olive Leaf

Olive leaf has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb to treat a variety of health conditions.Packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients, olive leaf is used as a tea, a liquid concentrate or as a supplement in powdered form. Recent research has revealed significant benefits of olive leaf extract for the treatment of some skin conditions.
Rapid Healing: Wounds heal faster with olive leaf extract, according to a study published in a 2011 issue of “Journal of Medicinal Foods.” Wounds treated with olive leaf extract showed 87 percent increased closure and 35 percent better strength compared to wounds treated with a commercial ointment.
Reduces Skin Tumors: A study published in a 2010 “International Journal of Cancer” shows that olive leaf protects against skin cancer. In the study, performed on mice, olive leaf extract significantly inhibited cell reproduction and induced early apoptosis — programmed cell death — in a tissue culture of skin cancer cells. Also, treatment of established tumors in mice with olive leaf extract reduced tumor volume.
Protects Against Sun Damage: You may want to consider using olive leaf extract to protect against skin damage from sun exposure, say researchers of a study published in a 2010 “Phytotherapy Research” journal. Olive leaf extract and an active constituent of olive leaf, called oleuropein, given twice daily for 14 days inhibited skin-thickening reactions to ultraviolet radiation. The extract and oleuropein also slowed melanin production and inhibited an enzyme that breaks down skin tissue.
Better Than Vitamin E: Oleuropein extract of olive leaf reduced reddening of the skin, dehydration and blood flow to the skin better than vitamin E, according to a study published in a 2008 “International Journal of Cosmetic Science.”

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Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia is famous for its wonderful aroma and its healing properties. Lavender is used by Mediterranean peoples for more than 2500 years. The therapeutic properties rank among the 20 most important herbs and just gave her the title “Blue Gold.” In the ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians and the Arab peoples used lavender in embalming, in cosmetics – massage oils and aromatic ointments – and the remedies of the season. In ancient Greece, Theophrastus mentioned in the therapeutic properties of the perfume. Dioscorides in the famous sygramma De Materia Medica says the consumption Lavender helps relieve indigestion, headaches and sore throat. Simultaneously Dioscorides he considered appropriate (outdoor use) for the treatment of wounds and skin diseases. The Roman soldiers took lavender on campaigns to pamper wounds and spreads patient rooms to “clean” air. Lavender “forgotten” during the early Middle Ages, but the monasteries guarded knowledge properties. Using Lavender “revived” the reign of Henry the 8th and since then has gradually become one of the most popular herbs in Europe. In modern herbal medicine mainly used to reduce stress and hypertension and in cases of depression and mild depression. The extract is considered by many herbalists suitable for the treatment of nerve headaches and insomnia. Lavender has strong antimicrobial activity and for this reason it is considered ideal for healing of minor wounds, cuts, etc., while suitable for the “purification” of the skin in cases of acne, dermatoses and eczema.

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Beeswax

The wax is the fatty substance produced from kerogen glands bee used for the manufacture of honeycombs. The wax used by bees to cover the ripe honey has antibiotic substances that contribute to the maintenance of honey. The complete chemical composition of the wax is still unknown. But many known substances have been identified, such as various kinds of esters, hydrocarbons, acids, etc. versatility of wax alcohols demonstrated by its application in medical science. Used as a pharmaceutical gives very good results in chronic mastitis problems, eczema, burns, wounds and various skin diseases in general (dermatitis, acne, folliculitis). Beeswax has emollient properties, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, healing and helps the skin to have a smooth and elastic structure.

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Wheat germ oil

Oil from wheat germ ..
The oil of wheat germ, is extremely nutrient for the skin. is rich in vitamin A (which protects the skin from blemishes), B1, B2, B3, B6, D, F, proteins, trace elements. Vitamin C (which is ideal for protecting the skin from premature aging), vitamin E (having antioxidant activity), contains vitamin F (UV filter), lecithin and sterols. It’s really therapeutic and tonic. It helps in the remodeling of skin tissues, prevents dryness of the skin and is a powerful natural antioxidant. It works soothing in dermatology surges. Faces, dry skin, redness of burning and running relievers in psoriasis and eczema

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Castor oil

Castor oil is high ricinoleic acid. This acid is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Due to the low molecular mass, has the characteristic that penetrates the skin. The main component of castor oil (content up to 95%) is the ricinoleic acid (Ricinoleic Acid), has a remarkable anti-inflammatory properties, while presenting and analgesic action. The castor oil or castor oil are species of vegetable oil produced from the tropical plant ricin joint. Previously it was used to treat skin diseases, and today is used in cosmetics and creams to “boost” hair growth and anti-aging products, stimulates collagen production and elastinis.To Castor oil is particularly rich in Omega-9 fatty acids. These acids exhibit remarkable anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and for this reason, in recent years, castor oil has become particularly popular for the treatment of severe skin disorders such as e.g. is acne. Furthermore, castor oil is a first order moisturizer as it has the capacity to “trap” the moisture of the skin – preventing dehydration and premature aging.

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Almond oil

Symbol of female beauty to the Chinese symbol promise in Jewish culture, but also a symbol of spring, patience and hope in Greek mythology.
The almond is rich in vitamins E and K, has significant anti-aging and healing properties for the skin. Also, it is rich in palmitic, oleic and linoleic acid, important for their stimulant properties on the skin, and trace elements such as zinc and iron, necessary for balancing the skin functions.

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Sunflower

The Latin name of the plant is Helianthus annuus (Sunflower annual) and belongs to the family of Composites. The encounter with the names sunflower, sunflower, liodromi. The flower contains a flavonic glycoside, the koursimetrini, accompanied by other chemical compounds among which is histidine. The seeds contain oil in an amount of 25-40%, proteins, cellulose, tannin, lecithins, methionine, vitamins A, B, C, K, niacin, etc. It is an excellent source of magnesium. Magnesium exhibits opposite effects from those of calcium, thereby helping to control the nerves and muscle pain. Inadequate magnesium intake is associated with the occurrence of hypertension, muscle spasms, migraines, muscle cramps and general tiredness. Thus, consumption of seeds can ensure adequate intake of magnesium and benefits.
– It is one of the richest sources of vitamin E in nature, the main antioxidant vitamin protects skin cells and heart from aging and oxidation.
– But they are an important source of other antioxidants such as selenium, which strengthens the antioxidant defense and the immune system of the body.
– It is rich in minerals such as iron, copper, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, vitamins, folic acid, vitamin B3, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6, at well-fatty acids such as unsaturated fatty acids.
– They contain plant sterols

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Chamomile

Chamomile, or Chamopoulia, (Marticaria Chamemilla) got its name from its aroma (apple soil) and the first to indicate its beneficial properties is Hippocrates (460-370 p. X.), The father of medicine he considered emmenagogue and medicine against hysteria. Since antiquity chamomile, used for therapeutic purposes. Consumed for stomach discomfort, bowel or bile. Recommend to women to reduce pain during menstruation. Moreover, topically used as patch to wounds to heal more rapidly. The properties of chamomile caused by active substances such as coumarin, essential oils, flavonoids, the azulene, cadmium and minerals. Today, the most common property of chamomile is related to its ability to calm the nerves and relax, soothing insomnia and enhancing sleep. Known for its antiseptic, sedative and anti-allergic properties. With external application contributes to healing of burns and eczema. Compresses with chamomile decoction is soothing for any kind of skin problem. Chamomile finds many applications in the field of aesthetics, mainly due to the beneficial and soothing properties of the skin. Flavonoids contained have positive effects on the peripheral circulation of particular interest in inflammatory reactions due to their antioxidant.

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Essence

The ointment is an aromatic resin extracted from the tree Commiphora Myrrha. In Ancient Greece used the ointment for the treatment of wounds and in the temples of antiquity as incense in rituals for the call of the gods. The Egyptians used the myrrh for embalming and for disease therapies. In 1,550 BC in Egypt discovered a papyrus containing 700 diseases (including cancer) treated with myro.Stous biblical times was one of the three gifts (frankincense, myrrh / myrrh, gold) of the Three Magi in newborn Jesus Christ . The healing properties of myrrh due to antimicrobial, antioxidant, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, antiparasitic, tonic, sudorific, healing, antiseptic, tonic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. The main constituents of the essential oil of myrrh is Alpha Pinene, Cadinene, Limonene, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Cresol, Heerabolene, Acetic Acid, Formic Acid and Sesquiterpenes.

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Neroli

This oil contributes to good skin hydration and improved elasticity. Rejuvenate the skin and helps in the battle against wrinkles. It is antiseptic, sedative, preventing spasms, cleanses the body of toxins, balancing the body’s systems and calms the spirit. Has the ability to discharges of tension and anxiety. We relax the pressure of insomnia and helps us for a good and balanced sleep. In arromatotherapeia used to fight depression. And can cure insomnia due to stress. Refreshes skin cells so the skin appears brighter balanced and fresh. The Neroli sweetens and alleviates the heart and soul. Beautifies and balances so it is one of the most favorite essential oils. It offers relaxation and beauty are looking everywhere in nature!

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Melissa

The balm is known herb called and balm. Belongs to the family Labiatae, ie mint. The leaves have a gentle lemon scent. During the summer “creates” small white flowers full of nectar which attract melisses.I smelling herb that is due to the essential oil containing citral, citronellal, geraniol and linalool. In the Middle Ages used the balm to make elixirs youth. The beneficial properties are many. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, while stimulating the heart and our circulatory system. It is very effective plant to combat viruses, especially for the control of herpes labialis.
These properties affect up to our nervous system. In fact, acts against insomnia, stress and irritability, and helps in the treatment of depression and panic attacks. It also enhances the perception and memory and helps patients with Alzheimer’s.

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Jasmine

Jasmine or otherwise Jasminum grandiflorum has soothing, relaxing, antiseptic properties. Acting against anxiety, headaches, hypertension. Helps eliminate toxins, the acceleration of cell metabolism and improve blood circulation. Has astringent properties which help in the treatment of inflammations of the skin, has antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer properties. It is used in aromatherapy to calm emotions and as an aphrodisiac. Valuable drug in cases of depression because it produces a feeling empistosinis, optimism and euphoria. Rejuvenates and restores the balance of energy.

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Witch Hazel – Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel maiden)

A seedling with many unique properties, useful for all ages and all skin types. With strongly astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect useful in oily skin, providing visible results in other dilated pores and eliminate acne. The healing and regenerative properties restore troubled skin, reduce skin imperfections and protect against premature skin aging. Historically Hamamelis originally used as a herb from the Indian tribes of North America. It was used for astringent properties. Soak in water the bark of young twigs and they made therapeutic ofthalmoloutro. The Cherokee rubbed into the wounds and abrasions while the Iroquois used it to prevent bleeding after childbirth. The Hamamelis became known for its properties from 1848 onwards, when the American Theron T. Pond “commercialized” the extract, based on the knowledge acquired from the Indians of the tribe Oneida.

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Propolis

The healing properties of propolis have been known since ancient times, during the referred to as “black wax”. Folks who flourished around the Mediterranean using propolis as a medicine, and had found the anti-inflammatory action.
The Egyptian priests used propolis for treatments in a wide variety of diseases, as well as in embalming corpses. The infamous mummies there and admire today in various museums owe largely sustainability in different preparations based on propolis. The women of the royal sequence used propolis stirring the milk for the manufacture of beauty solutions.
In Minoan times the bee symbolized fertility with the known signal bee Mallia.
Hippocrates recommends the spread of propolis for healing of wounds and burns.
Democritus argues that the longevity and health due to the consumption of bee products and especially of propolis,
In ascent (4th book of Xenophon) are descriptions of the hive, the queen propolis and bee.
Aristotle was the first melissologos researcher describes the 3rd century BC in the book of “Parts of Animals” the beekeeping epistimi.Ta writings became the basic knowledge source for later writers (Greeks Romans and Arabs).
Pliny (Roman historian and author of scientific encyclopaedia) in his book “Natural History” says propolis as expensive than honey. In Rome where there was an entire culture was dedicated to bee and its products every Roman legionary had with him during his military campaigns. The famous philosopher Avicenna (11th century) had noticed that propolis acts effectively to injuries bow arrows. The main research documented properties of propolis are:
Antiinflammatory activity
It stimulates the motility of macrophages immune cells and suppresses some enzymes which allow an inflammation to develop.
The ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF PROPOLIS
Propolis covers a wide range of bacteria. Propolis acts on staphylococcus, streptococcus in. The sinamiko acid, certain aromatic components and many flavonoids are substances due whose propolis acts as antibacterial agent. Japanese researchers demonstrated that propolis inhibits proliferation of bacteria. (Gander)
Antiviral ACTION
The action of propolis against viruses is also very important, and the flavonoids it contains is also responsible c it. The activity against herpes virus type, and adeno-viruses has been fully explained. Other ingredients, such as esters and caffeic acid are involved in the action of propolis against Sousse viruses. Finally propolis acts prophylactically influenza, hepatitis B and herpes zoster.
Antifungal activity
Propolis is proving effective against attacks of pathogenic fungi on the skin. In dermatology and cosmetology provides shine and luster of the skin by reducing candida and microsporum (pathogenic fungi). Activates the immune system and produce a large number of macrophages, necessary for the extermination of fungi and bacteria.
Healing properties – propolis achieves the healing of damaged tissues mainly due to the essential oils it contains. Studies have demonstrated the protective effect of propolis in tissues exposed to radiation. Furthermore, the antioxidant activity of propolis due to flavonoids bind free radicals of oxygen.
Anesthetic activity
The anesthetic properties of volatiles due to the oils (essential oils) and recommended for local anesthetic activity (e.g., insect bites).
Antiparasitic activity
Propolis is effective in controlling pests such as trichomonas, tripanosoma etc. This effect is due to inhibition of the synthesis of the protein
ANTIFLEGMONODIS ACTION
It stimulates the mobility of macrophage immune cells and suppresses some enzymes, which allow inflammation to develop A possible explanation of this action of propolis is inhibition of prostaglandin, which is responsible for the onset of inflammation ..

Elder (Sambucus nigra):
The elder centuries used for its antioxidant action for strengthening the immune and respiratory systems, lower cholesterol, improve vision in repairing skin in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections and to remove the body from toxins.
In ancient Greece it was known by the name Aktaia. The healing properties of Aktau became known in 400 BC by Hippocrates and Dioscorides says they made tea leaves to address the phlegm. The elder is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, numerous phytochemicals including betulin, flavonoids, glycosides, tannins, quercetin, rutin and beta-carotene. Phytochemicals are antioxidant compounds found in flowers and fruit and prevent the creation of free radical induced damage to cells and our DNA.
Flavonoids contained in elder containing antiallergic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, diuretic, laxative and insect repellent properties.
Anthocyanins contained in the flowers and the fruit give the black color in fruits and are powerful antioxidants that voithanei boost the immune system.
The quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant which has anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties. Protects the depletion of calcium leads to osteoporosis, assists in healthy heart function, reduces the risk of cancer and helps to increase muscle strength and endurance.
The tannins contained in fruits of elderberry improve breathing and relief from nasal congestion

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Achilles (Achillea millefolium)

The Achilles the chiliofyllos, is an herb known for its medicinal properties since antiquity, and was particularly widespread and used to stop excessive bleeding from wounds as a haemostatic properties.
Plant rich in copper containing among other ingredients, nitrates and phosphates, tannins, amino acids, salicylic acid, sugars, alkaloids and flavonoids. It has spasmolytic, astringent, sedative, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihaemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, healing, painkillers properties. The Achilles cleans blood, dilates blood vessels, menstruation, antipyretic, increased sweating. It is antioxidant and removes any toxins from the body. The Achilles is astringent, hemostatic (stops external bleeding) and healing wounds. Buffer to oily skin, deeply cleanses, heals many skin diseases, acne, herpes, skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, itching. Heals chaps teat, fissures hands and body.

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Laurel Laurus nobilis

Daphne Apollo, favorite plant of gods and men. In laurel attributed medicinal properties since prehistoric times. Hippocrates the grant as an analgesic postpartum and various gynecological problems. With laurel cure infertility. Dioscurides constituted decoction in diseases of the bladder and the mold, the melted fruits of asthma and TB and the juice in the cases of hearing loss and fatigue. In folk therapeutic regarded as upstream, against arthritis deformans and auxiliary digestion. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make a plant useful in cases of injuries and combat swelling and bruising laurel oil is no longer only known for the care it provides to weak and lifeless hair is beneficial and is used by people suffering from rheumatism and arthritis. Also recommended for use for aches, sprains and contusions.

Prickly pear

Prickly pear is a member of the cactus family Cactaceae which is also known as prickly pear cactus and nopal. It could be found in Australia, Africa and Mediterranean. The oil is extracted by pressing the seeds which requires about eight tons of cactus fruit for making 1 liter of oil. It contains phytosterols, linoleic acid and Vitamin E. It helps reduces the appearance of fine lines, it helps prevent premature wrinkle formation, brightens dark under-eye circles, calms redness, helps relieve sunburn, and brightens and evens complexion. The vitamin E found in prickly pear seed oil is the highest of any plant oil on the market (3 times higher than argan oil). Prickly pear seed oil is also very high in linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), which is proven to lighten sun-induced hyper-pigmentation, protect the skin barrier, lower water loss, and increase moisture.” All vegetable contain nonessential and essential fatty acids (EFAs). When the skin doesn’t get enough EFAs, its barrier is affected, and we’re at risk of dry, irritated, or dull complexions.

Of any beauty oil on the market, prickly pear contains the highest percentage (88%) of unsaturated fatty acids, which are essential to stimulating healthy cell production and turnover. It also contains the highest level of tocopherol, or vitamin E, which protects the skin and helps it retain moisture. Fatty Acids

The constitution of prickly pear seed oil’s essential and non-essential fatty acids (EFAs) are worth delving into a bit further:

60.5% linoleic acid – An omega-6 EFA, linoleic acid at once nourishes and repairs. Linoleic acid strengthens our skin’s barrier, allowing it to better retain moisture. Sometimes referred to as vitamin F, this fatty acid fights inflammation while healing. It also has acne-reducing properties and helps soften the skin. It can even help heal cold sores and minor burns. Nails, cuticles, and hair also benefit from this wonder moisturizer.

20.6% oleic acid – Also found in avocados, almond oil, and olive oil, this fatty acid seals in moisture and helps other beneficial ingredients more easily penetrate the skin.

13.9% palmitic acid – Also found in palm tree oil, research has found that this acid has antioxidant and healing properties, and can even help with dermatitis and eczema. It’s found naturally in our skin, but quantities diminish as we age.

Tocopherols (Vitamin E)

Prickly pear seed oil contains almost 150% more vitamin E than argan oil. Wild, right? (Vitamin E is found in tocopherols, a class of eight different organic chemical compounds.) This naturally occurring antioxidant acts as a free radical scavenger, preventing them from causing damage that leads to signs of aging. It also has serious anti-inflammatory properties, helping wounds heal faster, and can even repair damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollution. It’s great for sunburns and redness as well.Vitamin E is a superb moisturizer, hydrating skin while preventing further water loss. This can diminish the appearances of wrinkles and fine lines. Great anti-aging agents, tocopherols protect the skin cells that make collagen and elastin (a protein that helps skin keep its shape) and can fade acne scars.

Phytosterols  

This component of prickly pear seed oil is similar to cholesterol, as it binds to water. This is great news for our skin—when applied topically, water-binding phytosterols help the skin retain moisture, making for a strong, healthy skin barrier. They also assist in collagen production, keeping our skin youthful and soft, and have even been found to reverse the effects of aging.

Polyphenols

These compounds are a real powerhouse: Not only do they boast antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties, but they also fight oxidative stress—an imbalance between free radical production and the body’s ability to defend against them. Like tocopherols, they are also free radical scavengers. Polyphenols prevent and treat sun damage, and can help with redness and irritation.

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Poppies

Poppies belong to the eldest plants on earth. The seeds found in the middle Europe date back to 4600- 3800 B.C.

The oil is pressed (by cold or hard pressing) from the seeds of the plant with the cold process.  Although poppy seed oil is intensively used in pharmacy, in painting and in wood care (like linseed oil), its applications in skin care is not as intensive as this oil really deserves. Its skin feel is quite remarkable. It has a very light skin feel but does not vanish quite fast into the skin and has a relatively low absorption rate without any unpleasant greasiness.

 

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Here are the 7 most important reasons why you should apply poppy seed oil in your skin care products, specially products for mature, dry, barrier damaged and sensitive skin:

  1. The light skin feel

Poppy seed oil contains almost 40% LLL (tri-linoleic acid) in the triglycerides spectrum. This is why this oil has such a nice silky skin feel despite the considerable concentration of palmitic acid

 

  1. The relatively neutral colour and decent scent which would not overpower your emulsion, balm or oil blend
  2. High concentrations of palmitic acid and linoleic acid provide the oil with barrier repair properties. Poppy seed oil is an excellent oil for barrier damaged, mature, dry and choppy skin
  3. Slow absorption of the oil (despite the light skin feel) makes the oil a “protective” and “covering” skin care ingredient. It doesn’t immediately disappear
  4. Unsaponifiables, basically phytosterols add to the protective and barrier repair of the oil
  5. High concentrations of linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) impart to anti-inflammatory properties of the oil. This is an excellent choice for barrier damaged and sensitive skin
  6. Although opium, morphine and heroin are derived from poppy seeds (opium is derived from the unripe seeds and heroin is synthetically made from opium) there are no opiates present in the oil and you don’t need to worry about having opiates or alkaloids in your skin care.
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Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) has been a staple in herbal medicine since ancient times

The stinging nettle is a fantastic herb with many uses–Its Latin name is Urtica dioica    and it came from Plinious because of the burning and itching it causes when it comes into contact with the human body, The ancient Greeks ate it. Hippocrates himself, the father of medicine, had described it 2500 years ago, that is, “panacea”, that is, it was included in the plants that make for all diseases.

The Greek physician Galen in his book “De Simplicibus Medicamentis ad Paternainum (espurio)” recommended it for many diseases. The action of the nettle was also recorded by Chrysippo, Aristophanes and Hesiod. A fragment of Aristophanes has been rescued, who recommended that the Athenians plant even wild nettles in their gardens. 

Apikios advised a few centuries ago: “When the sun is in the Aries, cut female nettles to use them for medicine.” Also, the same author has given us a recipe for nettle scrambled eggs with good quality olive oil and plenty of pepper.

Petronios, a contemporary author of Nero, wrote that in order for men to regain their lost sexuality, one would have to whip them with a bunch of nettles on the belly button, kidneys, and back!

The Indians used nettle to treat acne, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.

Ancient Egyptians used stinging nettle to treat arthritis and lower back pain, while Roman troops rubbed it on themselves to help stay warm

Stinging nettle’s leaves and root provide a wide variety of nutrients, including (1):

Vitamins: Vitamins A, C and K, as well as several B vitamins

Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium

Fats: Linoleic acid, linolenic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid

Amino acids: All of the essential amino acids

Polyphenols: Kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid, coumarins and other flavonoids

Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin and other carotenoids

What’s more, many of these nutrients act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that help defend your cells against damage from free radicals. Damage caused by free radicals is linked to aging, as well as cancer and other harmful diseases

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SACHA INCHI OIL

Sacha Inchi Botanical Extract is derived from the seeds of the star-shaped Plukenetia volubilis fruit, which are more commonly recognized as Mountain Peanuts or Inca Peanuts, among their other nicknames. Although their potential as a food has only been re-discovered worldwide in more current times, for thousands of years the Incan people consumed these protein-rich seeds as food and crushed them to obtain the nutrient-rich Sacha Inchi Oil.

The seeds, which are considered to be the richest plant-based source of essential fatty acids and vitamins, are turned into a powder that is commonly added to natural moisturizers, soaps, and cosmetics to balance, protect, and repair the skin in order to enhance its elasticity, resilience, hydration, and ultimately its health, it can also facilitate the healing of damage caused by UV radiation . The powder form of Sacha Inchi Botanical Extract comes from dried Sacha Inchi seeds that have first been cold-pressed first to obtain the seed oil.

For cosmetic or topical applications, Sacha Inchi can be incorporated into natural formulations for creams, serums, lotions, body butters, and hair care products, 

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Helichrysum

The name Helichrysum is derived from two Greek words: helios meaning sun, and chrysos meaning gold, referring to its numerous clusters of tiny yellow flowers. In Ancient Greece, people presented the dried flowers as an offering to the gods.

According to published editorials on sites such as Medical News Today, Immortelle essential oil contains anti-microbial, anti-biotic and a regenerative blend that boosts skin cell growth and regeneration. It also helps speed up healing of wounds, burns, rashes and reduces scarring.

It is actually a key ingredient for skincare products. Apparently, it boosts the production of natural skin collagen that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. But that’s not all, there are a number of reasons why Immortelle essential oil is beneficial for the skin like:

  • Smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Evens out skin tone
  • It restores sun damaged skin and helps block UV rays.
  • Diminishing under-eye bags
  • It also clears up scars and spots
  • Soothing sore muscles, cramps, and severe abdominal pain
  • Soothing and diminishes rashes caused by allergies
  • It is an emergency aid for cuts, sprains, burns and bruises
  • Reducing the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis
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Cotton

Cotton is a natural fiber of plant origin similar to linen, jute or hemp. Cotton is the fruit that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant (Gossypium herbaceum), a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Cotton is used to make a number of textile products including terrycloth for bath towels, denim and cotton twill. In addition to the textile industry, cotton is used to make fishnets, coffee filters and paper. The cottonseed that remains after the cotton is ginned is used to produce cottonseed oil, which after refining can be consumed like vegetable oil. Extracts of cotton can help to sooth and protect the skin and may have mild antimicrobial activity and here is why:

Cottonseed oil contains high concentrations of vitamin E, fatty acids, and antioxidants that have many benefits for your skin, including:

moisturizing

anti-aging

anti-inflammatory properties

Certain fatty acids increase your skin’s permeability. This allows your skin to better absorb other ingredients for better results.

Linoleic acid, which is one of the fatty acids in cottonseed oil, is a common ingredient in skin care products. It’s also used in antidandruff shampoos and after-sun creams because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

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Thyme

The thyme plant has been used for centuries for bathing and enhanced beauty. In fact, ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians all relied on the thyme plant for various uses. For example, Roman soldiers would bathe in a thyme decoction before heading into battle, believing that thyme would boost their courage and strength.

Clear skin undoubtedly yields more courage and self-confidence and thyme is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which are helpful in fighting acne.

This plant extract is harvested from the leaf or flower of the thyme plant. Typically flying under the radar (most people are unaware of its potent acne-fighting abilities) thyme extract has recently gained recognition for its use in skincare for those suffering from acne

 Loaded with flavonoids and tannins, these volatile oils give thyme its natural antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-rheumatic, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties.

The essential oils found in thyme include thymol, geraniol, camphor, cineol, and others – which work together to help promote the following thyme benefits:

  • Mild expectorant
  • Cramp relief
  • Pain relief
  • Antibacterial
  • Mild stimulant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-parasitic
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OLIVE LEAF

We’re all familiar with the numerous health benefits of olive oil, thanks in large part to the Mediterranean diet. But a lesser-known ingredient—derived from the leaves of the plant rather than the fruit—actually boasts an even higher concentration of that good stuff. “Olive leaf has been used for centuries, especially in parts of Europe and North Africa like Greece, Tunisia, and Morocco,” explains Shauna Reiter, founder of Alaya Naturals which includes olive leaf extract in its lineup of supplements. 

“We’re just beginning to westernize it and make it more commonly known, but we need only to look to what our ancestors have done to understand how to utilize it.”

Olive oil and olive leaf extract “are both products of the olive plant, but the leaves contain much higher concentrations of the therapeutic substance oleuropein than is found in the fruit where the oil is derived. Oleuropein, is an immune booster with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacities. 

1. Olive leaf extract battles inflammation

A number of studies first conducted on mice, then humans, have found that oleuropein has major anti-inflammatory properties. And since inflammation is responsible for no shortage of physical and mental health issues, this is a major health benefit.

2. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help treat arthritis

Studies have shown that oleuropein may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and may also be helpful in treating the pain and discomfort of both osteoarthritis and RA” Dr. Passler says. This is because OLE is anti-inflammatory and arthritis is essentially inflammation of the joints.

3. OLE could play a role in cancer prevention 

“Olive Leaf Extract’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory seem to play a role in the findings of several animal studies showing its ability to prevent a wide variety of cancers (breast, prostate, bladder, and skin)” Dr. Passler says. More research must be done to determine how and to what extent OLE plays a role in cancer prevention.

4. It could also help prevent cognitive decline

Research shows  Oleuropein helps promote a process responsible for fighting against indicators and potential causes of cognitive decline.

5. Taken regularly, OLE can help lower your blood pressure

Another way in which olive leaf extract boosts your overall health is by lowering your blood pressure, a 2017 study found. A lower blood pressure lessens your risk of a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke. It was a small study performed on men only, but its results were enough to make more research worthwhile.

6. It’s good for heart health 

The same study found that OLE could be beneficial when it comes to combatting cardiovascular diseases. “Compounds in Olive Leaves have been shown to help prevent the formation of arterial plaques related to heart attacks and strokes,” Dr. Passler says.

7. It’s helpful in preventing diabetes

Studies have shown significant reductions in elevated LDL cholesterol blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1C in diabetic subjects taking olive leaf extract,” says Dr. Passler Advanced glycation end products are a compound that leads to diabetes. The study found that olive leaf extract was able to prevent the formation of this harmful compound.

The extract also impacts the way your body interacts with sugar—it controls glucose levels in the body and has hyperglycemic effects meaning it will keep your blood sugar from spiking.

8. It can increase your energy

Another beneficial compound found in olive leaf extract is oleanolic acid. This acid interacts with bile acids in a way that increases the metabolism, boosts the thyroid, and ultimately leads to increased energy, a 2006 study found.

You can also use olive plant products in your beauty routine with our fabulous range

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TURMERIC OIL

  • Turmeric is most commonly known as a powder spice derived from the Turmeric rhizome and as a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine.
  • Turmeric powder has come to gain various other uses, such as cosmetic and therapeutic, much like Turmeric Essential Oil.
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  • Used in aromatherapy applications, Turmeric Essential Oil’s warm, earthy, woody scent is believed to help uplift, energize, comfort, and strengthen the body and mind.
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  • Used in cosmetic applications, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to cleanse, nourish, clarify, smooth, calm, invigorate, strengthen, and exfoliate the skin and hair.
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  • Used in massages, Turmeric Essential Oil is believed to support the body’s natural recovery process, promote skin elasticity and firmness, and help manage topical discomfort.

The Turmeric plant is also said to have been used as early as 4000 years ago as a medicinal substance as well as a spiritual and ceremonial object. Today, the Essential Oil derived from steam distilled Turmeric rhizomes, which are sometimes referred to as root stalks, can be applied similarly, while its warm, earthy, woody aroma can even yield emotional benefits.

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Used on the skin, Turmeric  Oil is believed to:

  • be a strong antibacterial and antiseptic agent that may be beneficial for application to areas of minor burns, cuts, bites, and bruises
  • cleanse, clarify, smooth, calm, invigorate, and brighten the skin
  • generally support skin health
  • remove excess natural skin oil
  • diminish the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles
  • improve the skin’s resiliency
  • moisturize dryness to alleviate itchiness
  • exfoliate to remove dead cells and reveal new skin, which can enhance natural radiance and promote a supple, healthy, revitalized appearance
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ALMOND OIL

Almonds are nutritional powerhouses. They’re full of healthy fats, fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals.

Almonds were originally grown in the Middle East. Nearly half of a dried almond’s weight is oil. Ripe almonds are pressed to extract the oil with minimal heat.

This unrefined almond oil protects the nutrients and the flavor of the oil. High heat and sometimes chemicals are used to create refined almond oil. Almond oil is full of vitamin E, and it’s a great source of magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. The antioxidant-rich oil is known for its free radical fighting abilities. It’s also anti-inflammatory and boosts immunity.

Containing omega-3 fatty acids, almond oil might help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels and improve your memory. It may help lower your risk for diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Almond oil general benefits

  • Vitamin A: The retinol in vitamin A has the ability to stimulate the production of new skin cells and smooth fine lines.
  • Vitamin E: This nutrient has antioxidant properties that may help prevent cell damage and help reduce ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skinTrusted Source caused by the sun.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: These nutrients may help prevent premature aging and safeguard against sun damage.
  • Zinc: This is an essential nutrient for healing acne or other facial scars. 

Benefits of almond oil for skin

Almond oil has been used for centuries to soothe the skin and treat minor wounds and cuts. It has been used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic practices to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

More than soothing dry skin, almond oil can improve complexion and skin tone. It’s highly emollient, which means it helps to balance the absorption of moisture and water loss. Because it is antibacterial and full of vitamin A, almond oil can be used to treat acne. Its concentration of vitamin E can also help to heal sun damage, reduce the signs of aging, and fade scars.

Almond oil soaks in quickly and is a powerful moisturizer, so it can be used on the face or body. You can apply it straight, or mix it with essential oils to get its benefits. Beyond moisturizing your skin, almond oil is a great massage oil or skin treatment.

It also has powerful antifungal properties.

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JOJOBA OIL

Long used by Native Americans for its many benefits, Jojoba Oil is produced from the seed of the Jojoba plant, a shrubby tree that is native to southern Arizona and California. the benefits of Jojoba Oil 

1.  Deeply-Hydrating. It is lighter than other face oils and easily absorbed into skin. It deeply penetrates to soothe and soften while providing an excellent moisturizing effect and adding a healthy glow.

2.  Long-Lasting Moisturization. It doesn’t evaporate like water-based moisturizers, which is very important when your skin is exposed to the environment. Studies have shown that jojoba oil provides a substantial long-acting layer of moisture. 

3.  Nutritious for Skin. Jojoba is full of nutrients like Vitamin E and B, as well as antioxidants and minerals like chromium, copper, and zinc, which all nourish and protect skin. Organic, cold-pressed, jojoba oil has the highest level of antioxidants and nutrients.

4.  Anti–Aging. Because  it is the perfect moisturizer, Jojoba can help slow down the appearance of aging, and help to fade fine lines and wrinkles. In dermatological tests, it was shown that jojoba oil increases the skin’s suppleness and the effect was still present as time passed. Tests also showed continued use of Jojoba oil resulted in reducing superficial facial lines.

5.  Non-Acnegenic. Because Jojoba oil is very similar to human skin oils, its use can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production, without promoting acne or other skin problems. Jojoba also naturally deters microbes, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria on skin.

6.  Easy, Not Greasy. Because Jojoba oil is very similar to our own skin oils, it immediately penetrates skin and smoothes easily, helping to promote healthy, glowing skin without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.

7.  Soothes Sunburn. Jojoba oils hydrating action soothes sunburn and helps reduce the chances of peeling.

8.  Gentle & Non-Allergenic. Jojoba oil is recommended for people with sensitive skin (including psoriasis and eczema) because of its gentle nature. Applying Jojoba oil to compromised skin can help reduce flare-ups.

9.  Soothes Dry Skin. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties which help to tame chaffing and chapping, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm and comfortable. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair and damage control.

10.  Anti–Microbial. Jojoba oil naturally deters microbes, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria on skin. This property makes it useful for those with acne, and also provides an added wound-healing benefit. Bonus: Jojoba oil acts as a natural preservative.

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Shea Butter

Shea Butter is fat that’s been extracted from shea tree nuts. It’s off-white or ivory-colored and has a creamy consistency that’s easy to spread on your skin. Most shea butter comes from shea trees in West Africa.

High concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.

Benefits of shea butter for your face

Anti-inflammatory and healing properties

Shea butter has been proven to have extensive anti-inflammatory properties. Redness and swelling on your face may be calmed by applying shea butter products.

Emollient properties

The rich tree-nut oils in shea butter can soak into your skin, creating a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture. This moisturizing effect can last several hours.

Anti-aging properties

Shea butter has also been reported to have anti-aging properties. If true, the exact mechanism isn’t well-known and may be related to promoting collagen production or decreasing the breakdown of collagen that’s already present.

1. It’s safe for all skin types

Shea butter is technically a tree nut product. But unlike most tree nut products, it’s very low in the proteins that can trigger allergies.

In fact, there’s no medical literature documenting an allergy to topical shea butter.

Shea butter doesn’t contain chemical irritants known to dry out skin, and it doesn’t clog pores. It’s appropriate for nearly any skin type.

2. It’s moisturizing

Shea butter is typically used for its moisturizing effects. These benefits are tied to shea’s fatty acid content, including linoleic, oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids.

When you apply shea topically, these oils are rapidly absorbed into your skin. They act as a “refatting” agent, restoring lipids and rapidly creating moisture.

This restores the barrier between your skin and the outside environment, holding moisture in and reducing your risk of dryness.

3. It won’t make your skin oily

Shea butter contains high levels of linoleic acid and oleic acid. These two acids balance each other out. That means shea butter is easy for your skin to fully absorb and won’t make your skin look oily after application.

4. It’s anti-inflammatory

The plant esters of shea butter have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.

When applied to the skin, shea triggers cytokines and other inflammatory cells to slow their production.

This may help minimize irritation caused by environmental factors, such as dry weather, as well as inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema.

5. It’s antioxidant

Shea butter has significant levels of vitamins A and E, which means it promotes strong antioxidant activity.

Antioxidants are important anti-aging agents. They protect your skin cells from free radicals that can lead to premature aging and dull-looking skin.

6. It’s antibacterial

2012 study suggests that oral doses of shea bark extract can lead to decreased antimicrobial activity in animals.

Although more research is needed, this could indicate possible antibacterial benefits in humans.

Because of this, some speculate that topical application may decrease the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin.

7. It’s antifungal

Shea tree products have been established as powerful ingredients to fight skin infections caused by fungi.

While shea butter may not be able to treat every kind of fungal infection, we know that it kills spores of the fungi that causes ringworm and athlete’s foot.

8. It may help prevent acne

Shea butter is rich in different kinds of fatty acids. This unique composition helps clear your skin of excess oil (sebum).

At the same time, shea butter restores moisture to your skin and locks it in to your epidermis, so your skin doesn’t dry out or feel “stripped” of oil.

The result is a restoration of the natural balance of oils in your skin — which may help stop acne before it starts.

9. It helps boost collagen production

Shea butter contains triterpenes. These naturally occurring chemical compounds are thought to deactivate collagen fiber destruction.

This may minimize the appearance of fine lines and result in plumper skin.

10. It helps promote cell regeneration

Shea’s moisturizing and antioxidant properties work together to help your skin generate healthy new cells.

Your body is constantly making new skin cells and getting rid of dead skin cells. You actually get rid of anywhere between 30,000 to 40,000 old skin cells each day.

Dead skin cells sit on the top. New skin cells form at the bottom of the upper layer of skin (epidermis).

With the right moisture balance on the surface of your skin, you’ll have fewer dead skin cells in the way of fresh cell regeneration in the epidermis.

11. It may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring

It’s thought that shea butter stops keloid fibroblasts — scar tissue — from reproducing, while encouraging healthy cell growth to take their place.

This may help your skin heal, minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.

12. It may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

By boosting collagen production and promoting new cell generation, shea butter may help reduce what researchers call photoaging — the wrinkles and fine lines that environmental stress and aging can create on skin.

13. It offers added sun protection

Shea butter can’t be used by itself as an effective sunscreen.

But using shea butter on your skin does give you some added sun protection, so layer it over your favorite sunscreen on days you’ll be spending outside.

Shea butter contains an estimated SPF of 3 to 4.

14. It may help prevent hair breakage

Shea butter hasn’t been studied specifically for its ability to make hair stronger.

But one 2017 studyTrusted Source found that a chemically similar West African plant made hair significantly more resistant to breakage.

15. It may help treat dandruff

One way to treat dandruff (atopic dermatitis) is to restore moisture to your dry and irritated scalp.

One 2018 reviewTrusted Source found that shea butter, when used in combination with other moisturizers, could help decrease dandruff flakes and reduce risk of flare-ups.

More research is needed to determine how effective shea is when used alone.

16. It may help soothe conditions like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis

Shea’s anti-inflammatory properties help soothe skin and relieve itching. This may prove especially helpful for inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.

Shea also absorbs rapidly, which could mean quick relief for flare-ups.

ResearchTrusted Source even suggests that shea butter could work just as well as medicated creams in treating eczema.

17. It may help soothe sunburn and other skin burns

ResearchTrusted Source suggests that oils may be beneficial for superficial (first-degree) skin burns, such as sunburn.

Shea’s anti-inflammatory components may reduce redness and swelling. Its fatty acid components may also soothe the skin by retaining moisture during the healing process.

Although the researchers in this study established that the use of shea butter, aloe vera, and other natural products is common, more research is needed to assess their efficacy.

18. It may help soothe insect bites

Shea butter has been traditionally used to soothe bee stings and insect bites.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that shea butter may help bring down swelling that bites and stings can cause.

That said, there isn’t any clinical research to support this.

If you’re experiencing severe pain and swelling from stings or bites, consider seeing a health professional and stick to proven treatments.

19. It can help promote wound healing

In addition to reducing underlying inflammation, shea is also linked to the tissue remodeling that’s crucial for treating wounds.

Its protective fatty acids may also help shield wounds from environmental irritants during the healing process.

20. It may help relieve arthritis pain

Arthritis is caused by underlying inflammation in the joints.

2016 animal studyTrusted Source on shea oil concentrate suggests that it can help reduce inflammation while also protecting joints from further damage.

Although this study focused on knee joints, these potential benefits could extend to other areas of the body.

21. It may help soothe muscle soreness

Muscles that have been overextended can be affected by inflammation and stiffness as your body repairs muscle tissue.

Shea butter may help sore muscles in the same way it may help joint pain — by reducing inflammation.

22. It may help relieve congestion

1979 studyTrusted Source suggests that shea butter may help alleviate nasal congestion.

When used in nasal drops, shea butter may reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.

It could also help reduce mucosal damage, which often leads to nasal congestion.

These effects could be beneficial when dealing with allergies, sinusitis, or the common cold.

Where do all of these benefits come from?

The benefits of shea butter come from its chemical makeup. 

Shea butter contains:

linoleic, palmitic, stearic, and oleic fatty acids, ingredients that balance oils on your skin

vitamins A, E, and F, antioxidant vitamins that promote circulation and healthy skin cell growth

triglycerides, the fatty part of the shea nut that nourishes and conditions your skin

cetyl esters, the waxy part of the shea nut butter that conditions skin and locks in moisture

Keep in mind that the exact makeup varies according to where the shea nuts are harvested from. You may also find shea butter mixed with added ingredients, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil.

How to use shea butter

On skin

You can apply shea butter directly to your skin. Raw, unrefined shea butter is easy to spread.

You can use your fingers to scoop a teaspoon or so of shea butter from your jar, and then rub it onto your skin until it’s completely absorbed.

Shea butter is slippery and can keep makeup from adhering to your face, so you may prefer to apply it at night before bed.

On hair

Raw shea butter can also be applied directly to your hair.

If your hair is naturally curly or porous, consider using shea butter as a conditioner. Make sure your hair has absorbed most of the shea butter before rinsing and styling as usual. You can also use a small amount of shea butter as a leave-in conditioner.

If your hair is naturally straight, thin, or fine, consider using shea butter on the ends of your hair. Applying shea butter to your roots may cause an oily-looking buildup.

Possible side effects and risks

There are no documented cases of topical shea butter allergies. Even people with tree nut allergies should be able to use shea butter on their skin.

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Beets, Beta vulgaris

Beets, Beta vulgaris, have a number of properties that support good health. beets are rich in minerals and vitamins, such as iron and vitamin C. Because beets are high in vitamin C, some consider beets to be good for the skin, even suggesting that they can protect from signs of aging, such as wrinkles.

According to Oregon State University, both topical and dietary vitamin C have beneficial effects on skin cells. Vitamin C is found in both the outer layer of your skin, called the epidermis, and the layer of skin under your epidermis, called the dermis. The dermis contains:

nerve endings

capillaries

hair follicles

sweat glands

Vitamin C is also found in anti-aging skin care products because of its:

antioxidant properties

role in collagen synthesis

help in repairing and preventing dry skin

Beets and acne

Because of vitamin C’s anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used in the treatments of conditions such as acne.

Beets and skin pigmentation

According to a 2013 studyTrusted Source, vitamin C can be used in treating hyperpigmentation to decrease melanin formation. Some feel that since beets contain vitamin C, they can be used for this condition.

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