A-Z OF HEALING HERBS
Below is our A-Z of healing herbs from around the world. Each with rich medicinal and cosmetic history, some dating back thousands of years. We constantly update and add to this section as our collection of sun-infused composition grows.
The following list is for information purposes only, and are not endorsed by any governing entity.
I'll update this when I get around to it. There's always so much to do and it's only Christo and I, so please excuse if some of the botanicals we are using are not represented in the below list. Johanna x
ARNICA FLOWERS* / ARNICA MONTANA
High in sesquiterpene lactones which can assist in reducing inflammation and promote the healing of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual trauma. Helps moisturise, invigorate and firm the skin and fade stretch marks. Said to promote waste removal from the skin, aids new tissue growth. Traditionally used for couperose and rosacea conditions, it's considered an excellent acne treatment. Arnica is part of the Asteracea family some people are allergic to, discontinue using if redness and/or skin sensitivity occur.
AVOCADO SEED + FRUIT*/ PERSEA AMERICANA
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. Australia.
Favourite oil for well-nourished, glowing skin. High in folate, important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as pregnancy. The high amount of folate in avocados is essential in the prevention of birth defects, such as neural tube defect and spina bifida, so don't just use the oil on your skin, eat this incredible fruit daily during pregnancy, in moderation of course - as everything;-). The good fats in avocados help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes, slows the aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system. Glutathione may boost immune systems, Oleic acid and Potassium help lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure. Avocado oil penetrates the skin more deeply than other oils allowing it to transport nutrients through the outer epidermis into the deeper layers. Great for all skin types, nourishes and reputedly repairs dehydrated, scarred skin. Especially kind to mature, sensitive or troubled skin.
Ancient history: Avocado tree was considered sacred by the Aztecs and Mayas. All parts of the tree played an important part in medicine rituals: Bark and leaves for respiratory and intestinal ailments. The Fruit's rind to treat parasites. The fruit to heal wounds. The seed for bacterial infections.
BEESWAX / CERA
100% Natural, unrefined, unbleached. unfiltered. Wildcrafted from our warre-style natural beekeeper friends. Blue Mountains, Australia.
Truly one of nature’s finest and totally non-toxic wax from honey combs drawn by wild bees in Australia’s pristine Blue Mountains: Propolis-rich, organic, unbleached beeswax is purifying, anti-allergenic, antibacterial and rich in vitamin A important to aid cell regeneration. As a natural ‘humectant’ it actively attracts water molecules, helping to keep lips and skin well hydrated and lusciously plump.
Ancient history: “Pharmaceutical” use of beeswax dates back to ancient Egypt: as reported by the Ebers Papyrus (1550 B.C.), beeswax was the main ingredient in many recipes for the preparation of ointments. Doctors of ancient Rome used to apply a cream known as “cold cream”, which contained olive oil, beeswax and rose water for the treatment of burns, wounds, cuts, bruises. Beeswax was one of the components of the first cosmetic cream, which was created by Galen, the great Greek physician, in 150 B.C., composed of beeswax and olive oil, with emulsion of rose water.
BLACK CUMIN SEED* / NIGLLA SATIVA
Cold pressed seed oil. Cert Organic. Egypt.
Exceptional antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties of it’s main chemical compounds crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone are effective with eczema, psoriasis and wound healing. High in essential fatty acid, great for mature skin.
Ancient history: The personal doctors of the pharaohs always had a bowl of Black Seeds handy, to use as a digestive aid after extensive dinners and as an effective medicine for colds, headaches and skin diseases. In the grave of the pharaoh Tutankhamun archaeologists found a bottle of this ancient medicine-in preparation for life after death. Many health experts claim that it is a true panacea; able to help cure everything from allergies to hypertension.
BLACK SESAME SEED* / SESAMUM INDICUM
Cold-pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. India.
Believed to protect delicate skin from elemental exposure and helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation. Rich in flavonoid, phenolic antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and vitamins, Black sesame seed oil is neither cold not hot in nature and can help through blurred vision and tired, dry eyes.
Ancient History: There are many Chinese stories of how consuming black sesame seeds can bring about longevity and beauty even at an old age. In Chinese medicine, there is a connection between the blood cleansing liver and healthy eye function - thus liver cleansing black Sesame is commonly prescribed for eye diseases. In Ayuvedic medicine, regular gentle massaging around the eyes is used to improve circulation, smooth lines, banish dark circles.
BLUEBERRY / VACCINIUM CORYMBOSUM
Wildcrafted. Cold pressed seed oil. USA
Rich in phytochemicals that help fight free radicals. High in omega 3 fatty acids which help diminish wrinkles and tocotrienols, which protect against free radical damage.
Ancient History: Native Americans harvested blueberries for potent medicinal concoctions: Blueberry tea was known to be a muscle relaxant and given to women in childbirth, and the berries were boiled into a thick syrup to treat coughs and sore throat.
CAMELLIA SEED* / CAMELLIA OLEIFERA.
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. USA.
Retains moisture, absorbs rapidly and penetrates deeply to promote the appearance of smooth and supple skin. Contains the active component squalene, important for the skin’s natural emollient system. A deficiency of squalene can result in premature aging.
Ancient history: Praised as an ancient beauty secret of the Geishas for its highly restorative effect and to protect their luxuriously fair skin from the elements.
CALENDULA FLOWERS* / CALENDULA OFFICINALIS.
Sun-infused flower extract in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive oil. Tasmania, Australia.
Slow sun-infusion gently extracts the potent compounds of this ancient herb and charges our base oil with strengthening, age-proofing and repairing properties. The world’s oldest known medicinal plant supports the skin’s natural regenerative activities and kick-starts all other ingredients into play. Calendula’s potent inner compounds flavonoids and carotenoids are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and calming, as well as soothing mucilages. Calendula extracted into oil supports the skin's regenerative activities and boost our largest organs’ natural defence: moisturises dry and cracked skin, soothes irritated, sensitive, inflammation-prone skin, repairs and rebalances unstable skin barriers, improves elasticity, restores vitality after elemental damage such as sun exposure, heals wounds and burns and bestows luminous, healthy glow.
Ancient history: Ancient Egyptians bathed in Calendula infusion for luminous glow and Calendula-infused butter was a popular salve used in wound healing and to treat burns.
CHAMOMILE (GERMAN) FLOWERS* / MATRICARIA RECUTITA L.
Sun-infused flower extract in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive oil. Tasmania, Australia. Steam distilled essential oil. Certified Organic. Egypt.
Thought to be one of the '9 sacred herbs', or the 'European counterpart to the Chinese tonic Ginseng', Chamomile is mildly sedating, muscle-relaxing and has anti-inflammatory properties that help smooth the thin skin and soothe tired, irritated eyes. One of the most beneficial anti-inflammatory essential oils, German Chamomile is one of the few essential oils safe to use directly on the skin, which is why we include it in our composition. Both chamomile essential oil and flower extract are excellent for rosacea and sensitive skin. The essential oil is high in anti-inflammatory, skin healing Azulene, the active organic compound of chamomile, which has a deep, Indigo-like blue colour.
Ancient history: Chamomile was known as a powerful medicinal plant in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Throughout the Middle Ages used it as a remedy for asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases and cancer.
CARROT ROOT* / DAUCUS CAROTA. Sun-infused root extract in certified organic sunflower oil. Certified Organic. Australia
Not to be confused with carrot seed essential oil (common name Queen Anne's lace), infused carrot oil is exceptionally rich in vitamins A and E, beta carotene and carotenoids, One of the most powerful cellular revitalising oils and natural antioxidant. Carotenes are strong free radical blockers and carotenoids have been found to enhance the body’s ability to protect the skin from UVR damage. Benefits skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, scars and acne, improves skin tone and elasticity, rejuvenates dry and mature skin.
Ancient history: The Ancient Romans and Greeks used Carrot infusions for treating a variety of skin disorders.
EVENING PRIMROSE SEED* / OENOTHERA BIENNIS
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. Australia.
The flower awakens to the darkness and remains open through the night, scenting night gardens with it's tranquility-instilling fragrance.The seeds oil contains essential fatty acids gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) an essential fatty acid that the body does not manufacture, and linoleic acid (LA). Both GLA and LA are said to aid in the reduction of pain and inflammation and has been used in German folk remedies to stimulate cell generation, liver detocification, and infuse the skin with new radiance overnight. Medicinally, it is often used in treating forms of dermatitis (i.e. eczema), breast pain resulting from PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menstrual cramps, hot flushes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Ancient history: The evening or tree primrose is said to have originated in Mexico and Central America some 70,000 years ago and was a staple food for many Native American tribes who ate the boiled, nutty-flavoured root, and used leaf poultices from the plant for bruises. The seed spread on ships and European settlers took the root back to England and Germany, where it is romantically called 'nachtkerze' or night candle, because it flowers at night time with bright yellow flowers that glow like candles. Folklore tells that evening primrose counters the effects of drinking too much wine.
FENNEL SEED* / FOENICULUM VILGARE.
Sun-infused seed extract in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive oil. Certified Organic. Egypt
Fennel has a laxative, relaxing properties. May help reduce eye pressure and promote the dilation of blood vessels. A rich source of anethole, which helps fight bacteria and fungus.
Ancient History: The Romans considered the fennel plant as the herb of eyesight and are said to have used it to help promote eye sight and treat glaucoma and vision-impairing diseases.
FRANKINCENSE EXTRACT + ESSENCE*^
Sun-infused resin extract in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive oil. Steam Distilled Essence. Certified Organic. Somalia
Boswellia Sacra 'Royal Horaji'. Sun-infused white resin extract in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive oil. Steam Distilled Essence. Oman.
Steam distilled essential oil. Wildcrafted. Somalia
We use a lovingly prepared signature blend of sun-infiused fragrant resin tears that have been hand-harvested, and the resin’s steam distilled essentenes to gain a rounded spectrum of benefits. High levels of boswellic acid in Omani Frankincense Sacra resin, regarded as the world’s rarest essence, tone and firm the skin, restore elasticity and repair elemental damage. Frankincense Carteri is high in alpha pinene and other monoterpenes, making it a great immune support and boswellic acid helps stimulate cell repair, fade lines and reduce wrinkles. Frankincense Frereana is high in chemical compounds pinene, thujene and cymene, powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties that help soothe skin inflammation. Frankincense generally Improves blood circulation, prevents collagen degradation and reduces stretch marks. Energetically, Frankincense realigns our self, comforts the soul, enhances mental functions and lifts anxiety.
Ancient History: Frankincense was presented to newborn Jesus by the wise men for a harmonious soul life. Ancient Egyptians used charcoaled Frankincense resin eyeliner to protect the soul within. It also served as incense and insect repellent.
Avoid in pregnancy and breast feeding.
GOLD", 24 KARAT / AURUM
Sun-infused potentiate in certified Biodynamic Olive oil. Certified Cosmetic Grade. Non-toxic. Non-Nano. Germany.
Helps with improving circulation, stimulating elastin production, slowing down collagen depletion, stimulating cell generation. Energetically, Gold holds the vibration of the sun, radiates warmth, grounds our intentions, anchors our self and opens the heart chakra. Our purified, certified cosmetic grade 24 karat Gold comes from the world’s only certified cosmetic Gold supplier, an established, family-owned company in Germany.
Ancient History: Back when Cleopatra slept in a gold mask to renew her skin, the alchemists of Ancient Egypt prepared elixirs of gold to invigorate the body, stimulate digestion and cure diseases. In India, Swarna Bhasma (Gold Ash) is still used in Ayuvedic medicine. Gold was presented to newborn Jesus by the wise men to connect the physical body to earth, sun, moon and stars. In homeopathic medicine, Gold (Aurum) is most well known as a treatment for anxiety and depression.
HONEY^* / MELLARIUS.
Raw, unfiltered, propolis-rich sun-infused honey and honey comb. Wildcrafted, certified organic. Australia.
LIGHT ROOT** / DIOSCOREA BATATAS. Sun-infused root extract in certified Biodynamic Olive oil Certified Demeter Biodynamic.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, the Light Root, also called Light Yam, Chinese Yam, Dioscorea batatas, is highly regarded for it's immune-strengthening, anti-inflammatory, cell-renewing, bone-strengthening and hormone-balancing properties. It stimulates the endocrine and lymphatic system, strengthens the kidneys, lungs, spleen and stomach, and both male and female reproductive organs, reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Apart from proteins, amino acids, vitamins and vital trace elements, Light root contains diosgenin, a plant hormone similar to the hormones involved in the female cycle, that positively influences menopause.
But the most special thing about the Light Yam is it's ability to store light ether, or light energy, in it's enormously long root. Light ether supports the free flow of qi, the life energy, increases awareness and elevates concentration. Light energy strengthens the sense of self and the 'uprightness', counters gravity and immobility, and inspires our creative forces so we may bridge the daily gap head and heart, and go about our chosen path with confidence, comfort and filled with joy.
The Light Root is believed to hold the highest amount of Light Ether of all plants. One of the four ethers that make up the formative forces (Earth, Water, Air, Fire), light works through the element of air, weaves into our etheric 'light' body', and subtly strengthens our perception and awareness of our inner light. Our Light root is grown Johanna's family friend's certified Demeter Biodynamic farm in the South of Germany.
Ancient History: In homeopathic medicine, light root extract is applied to the radial artery inside your wrists, the carotid artery either side of your neck behind your ear lobe, and the third eye, the energetic pineal gland point, to invite peace into the heart space, calm nervous tension, soothe agitated minds, revitalise our nocturnal sleep rhythm, stimulate absorption of nutrients, restore degenerated 'fallen' light ether, and bestow protection from electromagnetic fields
LAVENDER FLOWER*/ LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA
Sun-infused flower extract in certified Biodynamic Olive oil Certified Organic. Tasmania, Australia
Thought to reduce anxiety and emotional stress, improves sleep, restores skin complexion and reduce acne, loaded with antioxodants that slow down aging, alleviates headache, helps improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Ancient history: One of the most popular medicinal herbs since ancient times, its name is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning to wash. The Greeks and Romans were fond of it in their bath water. Lavender flowers have long since been used to treat digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. Until World War I, lavender was used to treat and disinfect wounds. A study conducted at the University of Leicester in England showed that the use of lavender essential oil is just as effective in promoting sound sleep as traditional medication. Lavender contains limonene which can cause photosensitivity, so stay out of the sun when using this, only use at night time.
MILK THISTLE SEED * / SILYBUM MARIANUM.
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. USA
Can help prevent the development of varicose veins. Helps to prevent the appearance of cellulite and encourage cell repair. The oils unique component silymarin can help skin recover from sun exposure and oxidative stress.
Ancient history: Legend has it that Virgin Mary’s milk dropped onto the plant’s leaves.
MIMOSA^ 'AUSTRALIAN SILVER WATTLE' / ACACIA DEALBATA
Sun-infused flower extract in certified Biodynamic Olive oil. Wild crafted. Kangaroo Valley, Australia.
Acacia Dealbata, or Australian Silver Wattle, also called Cassia, is much thought after in perfume crafting. It's farnesol component gives it an entirely unique lingering base note ranging from gently sweet and sweetly floral to woody and musty, a hard scent to pin down. Our sun-infused Mimosa extract is radically different from the usual, solvent extracted absolute used in skincare, perfumes and aromatherapy. The ancient method of sun-infusion slowly entices the aromatic and medicinal components into our biodynamic Olive oil without chemicals or alcohol, never just 'capturing the essence', but rather allowing the flower to unfold in it's wholeness, to live on in this very special, richly emollient extract, freshens dull skin, deeply nourish sensitive skin, lift our soul and harmonise our spirit. Mimosa is Our Mimosa is grown on our property in Australia's pristine Kangaroo Valley. Mimosa's key constituent Lupeol is reported to restore and maintains skin integrity, improve texture, revitalise cell regeneration, help replenish skin-related antioxidant enzymes that have been depleted by environmental toxins, and significantly stimulate production of collagen.
Ancient history: All around the world, bark extracts of Acacia trees are still used for tanning leather, preserving ropes and nets, used in corrosion inhibitors (what works for metal works in skincare, right?;-), and in pharmaceutical products. The Mayans revered the Mimosa tree as a powerful support herb for external lesions and wounds. Indian, Australian Aboriginals and the Zulu of Africa used the tree's bark to soothe inflammed skin and cure intestinal ailments.
MYRRH RESIN + ESSENCE*^
Sun-infused Resin extract in certified Biodynamic Olive oil. Steam Distilled Essence. Certified Organic. Somalia
COMMIPHORA WILDII^ 'OMUMBIRU' / NAMIBIAN MYRRH.
Sun-infused Resin extract in certified Biodynamic Olive oil. Steam Distilled Essence. Certified Organic. Namibia
Helps with activating the immune system, stimulating cell generation, protecting skin from the elements, fading dark spots. Energetically, Myrrh aids meditation, helps purifies and lifts the spirit, calms tension, cleanses the mind and opens the passage of consciousness into a higher world.
Ancient History: Myrrh was presented to newborn Jesus by the wise men to enhance spiritual development. Ancient Arabian soldiers carried Myrrh resin into the battlefield for speedy wound healing, while their kings used it’s oil for rejuvenating facial treatments.
Avoid in pregnancy and breast feeding.
NEEM SEED* / AZADIRACHTA INDICA.
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified organic. India
Contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants that help protect skin from environmental damage. The compounds Gedunin and Nimbidol help combat infections, high levels of Vitamin E and fatty acids lock in moisture, The unique compounds Nimbidin, Nimbin, and Quercetin help reduce swelling and redness.
Ancient History: Neem oil has been used in Ayurveda medicines for centuries to treat fungal and bacteria infection of skin and eyes.
NEROLI ESSENCE / CITRUS AURANTIUM.
Steam distilled essence. Certified Organic. Egypt
Neroli is very gentle and non-irritating, soothes sensitive skin, refreshes tired tissue, and minimises the appearance of pores. It can diminish dark circles under the eyes, so rub your hands over your skin once finished massaging your body. In Ayurvedic medicine Neroli is used to treat aging skin, anxiety, insomnia and PMS.
Ancient history: Leonardo Da Vinci used Neroli oil to stimulate inspiration. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Neroli is used to restore the life force ‘chi’.
NETTLE LEAVES / URTICA DIOICA
Sun-infused leaf extract in certified Biodynamic Olive oil. Wildcrafted. Kangaroo Valley, Australia
If you have just one herb during pregnancy, make it the humble stinging nettle. In tea, it's a fantastric source of vitamins A,C and K, iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon dioxide, iodine, silicon, sodium and sulfur has a high content of proteins and amino acids. Relaxes the muscles, tones the skin, improves circulation, and relieves muscle and joint pain. Beneficial in preventing scars, stretch marks and age spots, reduces fine lines and improves skin tone and elasticity.
Ancient history: American Indians referred to nettle as green-gold and Native American women drank nettle tea during pregnancy to strengthen the fetus and ease delivery. They also used its abundant vitamin K to stop uterine bleeding. Nettle has a well-deserved reputation as a hemostatic. Mineral-rich nettle is one of the most nourishing tonics in the plant kingdom and is an amazing soil enriche revered by biodynamic gardeners and farmers.
OLIVE**/ OLEA EUROPAEA
Cold pressed kernel/fruit oil. Extra Virgin. Unrefined. Certified Demeter Biodynamic. Australia
The non-invasive, low temperatures of sun-infusion allow us to use extra virgin, antioxidant-rich and Vitamin E loaded Olive oil without destroying its heat sensitive vital nutrients. Antioxidant Polyphenols, phytosterols and Vitamin E protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation and enhance skin cell regeneration, improving tone and elasticity. Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage and prevents premature aging. Moisturises, softens and replenishes dry, mature skin, prevents and fades the appearance of stretch marks.
Ancient history: The ancient Greeks believed the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena and used olive oil in their religious ceremonies and beautifying rituals. Italian diva Sophia Loren credits daily bathing in Olive oil, also described as ‘liquid gold’ in Ancient Greek mythology, for her eternally luminous skin and age defying beauty.
PAPAYA SEED */ CARICA PAPAYA.
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified organic. Non-GMO (very rare). India
Deeply and quickly penetrates and has remarkable water retaining properties that help keeping your skin moisturised. Contains the unique exfoliating enzyme papain that actively removes dead cells from the surface, helps detox skin overloaded with chemicals, assists in brightening the skin, fading age and sun spots, evens skin tone and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Ancient history: The only Tree to fruit every month of the year in its native Tropical climate. It’s crushed seeds have been used by Indian healers to cure rashes and skin problems.
POMEGRANATE SEED */ PUNICA GRANATUM.
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. Israel
Deeply penetrates, hydrates and revitalize mature, dull, dry skin. High in ellagic acid, which helps keep our skin firm and elastic, smooth and even-toned, prevent collagen destruction and inhibit inflammation. Punicic Acid, an Omega 5 fatty acid, helps reduce inflammation caused by skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
Ancient history: Pomegranate was given as a symbol of fertility and prosperity throughout Middle Eastern empires, and drinking it’s bright red juice was said to bestow longevity.
PRICKLY PEAR SEED (BARBERRY)* OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA L.
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. Morocco
Prickly Pear contains the highest levels of Betalains of any known plant, super antioxidants with powerful anti-aging effects. Reduces redness and hyper-pigmentation and deeply hydrates. Prickly Pear Oil has an extensive Vitamin E content, a free radical scavenger for increased cell renewal. The high fatty acid content plumps the skin, reducing wrinkles and adding firmness, as well as intercepting free radical damage.
PUMPKIN SEED* / CUCURBITA PEPO
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. Australia
Dark orange, softly aromatic, unrefined Pumpkin seed oil is exceptionally high in vitamin E, with very high levels of natural antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids which help your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, essential for brain function, heart health, lowering LDL cholesterol, fighting inflammation and reducing high blood pressure. Pregnant and breast-feeding moms need omega-3 fatty acids so that their babies’ eyes and brains develop fully. Exceptionally beneficial for reducing scarring, wound healing and diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. Helps soothe the effects of psoriasis and dermatitis.
Ancient history: Native American tribes treasured the fruit and seeds for their dietary and medicinal properties. Also called “pepitas”, the seeds were actually discovered by archaeologists in caves in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C.
RED RASPBERRY SEED */ RUBUS IDAEUS
USA/France. Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. USA
Extremely high in phytosterols which help prevent skin damage and encourage collagen production. A Canadian study in 2000 found that the natural UVA and UVB protection afforded by raspberry seed oil is reportedly similar to titanium dioxide with an SPF protection factor against UVB rays of 28-50, and an SPF protection factor against UVA rays of around 8. https://www.berrybeautiful.us/assets/characteristics-of-raspberry-(rubus-idaeus-l.)-seed-oil.pdf
Ancient history: In Hellenistic Troy, Ida, nurse to the infant Zeus, pricked her finger while picking the white berries, staining them red for all eternity.
ROSE PETALS* / ROSA CENTIFOLIA.
Sun-infused flower extract in certified Biodynamic Olive oil. Certified Organic. Bulgaria.
Rose, the queen of all blooms with the highest vibration of all flowers and complex chemical composition, is a gentle yet powerful harmoniser during pregnancy. It's high concentrations of vitamin C restore and maintain collagen, necessary for the formation of connective tissue in the skin, and protect cells from elemental damage. The natural oils and emollients found in roses lock in moisture, keeping even the driest skin feeling smooth, plump and dewy. Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin and helps calming skin conditions such as roseacea, eczema and psoriasis. A natural astringent, it tightens pores and restores suppleness and a healthy glow to dull, tired skin. The softly divine aromatics lower the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the body and help with good sleep. Rose fragrance balances the mood, radiates joy and serenity and boost vitality in our lymphatic system and blood circulation. Wearing high vibration Rose oil - infused or essential - counteracts the fatiguing effects of cell phones and computers by restoring the integrity of your electromagnetic field. Quint-essentially feminine, the rose has the remarkable ability to strengthen the heart, so we may walk through pregnancy with courage, joy and harmony. Rather than using the more commonly known distilled essence which requires 242,000 petals to make 5ml of (!), we sun-infuse the petals over 3 months in olive oil under direct sunlight, to create our richly emollient, almost waxy oil of heavenly, out-of-this-world scent.
Ancient history: Named "the queen of flowers" by the ancient Greek poet Sappho, the rose has been a symbol of femininity and purity since ancient times, and played central role beauty rituals, as well well as legends and ancient myths.
ROSE OTTO ESSENCE (DAMASK)* ROSA DAMASCENA MILL.
Steam distilled essential oil. Certified Organic. Bulgaria.
Because of it's ultra precious and expensive nature and the mind-bending amount of flowers it takes to make just a drop of essential oil, we dose this exquisite elixir in minute amounts, just like the Ancient royals did. Amazing on broken capillaries, wrinkles, eczema, herpes, mature, dry and sensitive skin. Similar to beeswax, it’s a natural humectant, drawing moisture to itself and locking it within the skin for deep, day-long hydration. Purifies skin by pulling toxins out of its outer layers. It’s unique combination of antioxidants like citronellol and geraniol, the pure rose oil helps diminish signs of aging and fights free radical damage. Enhances the skin’s natural glow and radiance and helps with superficial broken capillaries and scars, as well as eczema and rosacea. The Bulgarian Rose Damascena is only cultivated and harvested in the Rose Valley of Kazanlak (also known as the “Bulgarian Rose Valley”).
Ancient history: Since Ancient times, Damask rose is considered the most precious essence in the world, used by pretty much every queen, princess and priestess in history to rejuvenate skin and chase eternal youth. Avicenna or Ibn-Sina (980 – 1037 AD), a famous physician, alchemist and philosopher, states in his great medical text, "The Canon of Medicine" that the rose is beneficial for fainting and rapid heartbeats, and strengthens the brain by enhancing one's memory. He also stated that boiling rose water and exposing the head to its steam, has healing effects and is especially beneficial for eye diseases. It was commonly used to treat stomach pain, ulcers, liver and mouth diseases, and also sore throats.
SANDALWOOD ESENCE* / SANTALUM SPICATUM.
Sun-infused wood extract. Steam distilled essence. Certified Organic. Australia
Alpha + beta santalols are active anti-inflammatory components. Relaxes the mind, relieves depression, promotes spirituality, stimulates circulation, provides deep hydration and can help reduce puffiness, dark circles and tired eyes.
Ancient history: Australian Sandalwood has been used for thousands of years by indigenous Australians as a relaxant and to promote focus. Ancient Indians used sandalwood to preserve the youth and beauty of women.
SAFFRON* CROCUS SATIVUS
Sun-infused stymen extract in certified biodynamic olive oil. Certified organic. Australia
Saffron’s chemistry truly is of otherworldly complexity. The world’s most expensive, most charismatic spice contains over 150 volatile and aroma-yielding compounds - a biochemical symphony with epic skin-suportive properties. Saffron can help increase oxygen flow important for vital skin tissue and healthy disease-resistant cells. It contains antioxidant carotenoids crocin and crocetin, which have strong antioxidative, cellular and neuro-protective properties that help with ageing eyes, and there are studies suggesting regular use of saffron may help restore structure and function of retinal cells, and reverse age-related macular degeneration. Our Saffron is exceptionally beautiful, deeply red, sultry aromatic, and certified organically grown right here in Australia.
Ancient History: Incredibly, each Crocus flower only yields 3 saffron stigmas which are, to this day, only ever harvested by hand. 50,000 year old frescoes of prehistoric places in northwest Iran contained saffron-based pigment. The worlds most expensive spice's medicinal uses ranged from lightening and beautifying skin, treating eye problems to healing genitourinary diseases in many ancient cultures.
Cold pressed fruit oil. Certified Organic. Germany.
The only plant source that contains omega 3, 6, 9, and the rare Omega 7 fatty acid which helps soothe the skin, stimulate cell repair and cell generation and restore youthful glow. Superoxide dismutase-rich, an enzyme, that fights free radical damage and provide superior elemental protection.
Ancient history: Genghis Khan used Seabuckthorn elixir to supercharge his army and chinese, tibetan and mongolian women have long been using the berry both internally and externally in their glow-inducing beauty rituals.
Cold pressed seed oil. Certified Organic. Germany.
A rare 1:1 ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 helps with cell repair and moisturising the skin. Rich in monounsaturated oleic and stearic acids which promote immune function. Helps with holding hydration and softening skin tissue.
Ancient history: Ancient Greek legends claim Seabuckthorn seeds were the main food source of the mythical winged horse Pegasus and fed it to their top performing race horses.
ST JOHNS WORT^/ HYPERICUM PERFORATUM.
Sun-infused flower extract in certified biodynamic olive oil. Wildcrafted. Snowy Mountains, Australia.
The active component hypericin increases capillary blood flow and inhibits the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain, thusincreasing theta waves in the brain which may effectually improve perception and clarify thinking processes properties. Rich in Flavonoids, procyanidins, pseudohypericins and tannins which can help speed the healing of wounds, rashes and sores, prevent breakdown of collagen, provide elemental protection and reduce the appreance of lines and wrinkles.
Ancient history: Early Christian mystics named the plant after John the Baptist and it is traditionally collected on St. John’s Day, June 24, and is soaked in olive oil for days to produce a blood red anointing oil known as the ‘blood of Christ’. It was believed to have magical powers to protect one from evil, was traditionally burnt to banish negativity, picked and hung on the bedroom wall to give dreams of a future husband/wife, carried on the body to help with problems of willpower and indecision, hung around the neck to prevent fevers. The plant has a 2,400-year history of safe and effective usage and has been used as a herbal remedy since the Middle Ages in many folk and herbal remedies.
TURMERIC* / CURCUMA LONGA
Sun-cured, sun-infused tuber extract in certified biodynamic olive oil. Certified organic. Australia
The bio active compound Curcumin in turmeric decreases inflammation and oxidation, and lowers the body's response to cutaneous wound which speeds wound healing. It has been found to increase collagen deposits in the skin.
Ancient History: Turmeric has been used for over 4000 years as a medicinal treatment in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
VANILLA* / VANILLA PLANIFOLIA.
Sun-cured, sun-infused pod extract in certified biodynamic olive oil. Certified organic. Daintree, Australia.
The gentle, steady warmth of sun-infusion releases the rich fragrance, complex aroma and actively antioxidant Vanillin compounds into our base oil. Helps soothe sensitive skin, neutralise free radicals that cause premature aging. Stimulates formation of new tissue. Relaxes the mind. On an aromatic level, Vanilla ‘sweetens’ the somewhat bitter medicinal constituents of the Olive oil and adds a luxurious, grounding, sensually exotic quality to our formula.
Ancient history: The Totonac Indians first cultivated the beans for medicine, spiritual rituals, insect repellent and tributes to their Aztec conquerors, who used Vanilla to flavour and super-charge their aphrodisiac chocolate elixirs.
WHEAT GERM*/ TRITICUM VULGARE.
Cold pressed germ oil. Certified Organic. Australia.
It’s rare to find expeller-pressed (cold-pressed) extra virgin Wheat Germ oil that is not only organic but also NON GMO these days, so we’re ultra proud of this one. Rich source of vitamin E, lecithin, proteins and antioxidants. Helps protect cell membranes from oxidation. Assists in fading the appearance of stretch marks and keeping skin moisturised, elastic, firm. High octacosanol content helps improve muscle tone. Easily absorbed into the skin.
Ancient history: The history of wheat goes back to 7000 B. C, with Wheat Germ used in traditional Ayurvedic skincare in body scrubs and beauty rituals.
WILD CARROT SEED ESSENCE 'QUEEN ANNE'S LACE' . DAUCUS CAROTA
Steam distilled essential oil. Wildcrafted, France.
Considered one of the best essential oils for mature skin with incredible skin-renewing abilities. High in antiseptic properties. It benefits skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, scars and acne, improves skin tone and elasticity, rejuvenates dry and mature skin. Contains significant amounts of the pigment carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that reduce free radical damage. Claimed to have a natural SPF.
Don't use when pregnant.
YLANG YLANG. CANANGA ODORATA
Steam distilled essential oil Extra. Certified organic. Madagascar
Fragrant with night flowering yin energy, traditionally used for heat-regulating, cooling, moisturising and renewing, fights free radicals like a warrior, balances sebum, improves blood flow, and contains 'canangaterpene I', a terpenoid that "exhibits potent antimelanogenesis (melanoma inhibiting) activity" ('Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry, and Bioactivities of Cananga odorata (Ylang-Ylang').
Energetically, Ylang Ylang relaxes the central nervous system and regulates adrenaline flow, so is a fantastic balancer of all extremes: hot/cold, high/low, rage/euphoria, panic/sluggishness, obstinacy/submissiveness, etc etc. Boosts low self esteem, lowers blood pressure, calms nervous tension and deflates stress.
I've always loved the intoxicating, erotic, voluptuous, uber exotic scent of Ylang Ylang, and am so excited to play this ultra precious essence in our new ELEMENTAL DAY SILK composition. As always, I've unearthed a particularly luxurious Ylang Ylang Extra essential oil of the finest quality: certified organic and traditionally steam distilled in first distillation from night-harvested flowers grown in Madagascar.