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Essentail Oils

Anise

Levantine plant cultivated for its seeds, which were important sources of chemical oils and flavoring, c.1300, from O.Fr. anis, from L. anisum, from Gk. anison. By the Ancients, somewhat confused with dill. Aniseed (late 14c.) is a contraction of anise seed.

The anise essential oil used in this homemade soap recipe has a very strong smelling licorice scent. It is said that it hides the human scent, which is ideal for hunters, and fish are very attracted to the smell. Fisherman can even rub the anise soap on the lures to attract fish!

It's also a good homemade soap recipe for getting rid of odors from your hands in the kitchen such as garlic or onions. Anise is mildly antiseptic and therefore a good oil to use for small cuts or skin abrasions.

The oil should always be mixed with carrier oil and rubbed gently on the skin. Anise should not be used on deep or severe cuts or puncture wounds.

Basil

"Aromatic shrubby plant," early 15c., from O.Fr. basile (15c., Mod.Fr. basilic), from M.L. basilicum, from Gk. basilikon (phyton)"royal (plant)," from basileus "king" (see Basil). So called, probably, because it was believed to have been used in making royal perfumes. In Latin, confused with basiliscus (see basilisk) because it was supposed to be an antidote to the basilisk's venom.

Basil commonly known as Tulsi in India is a wonderful herbal plant that has many curative and medicinal properties. It is exceptionally effective in treating skin disorders as it purifies the blood and kills bacteria. Tulsi soap is anti bacterial and helpful in skin irritations and other skin problems. It also make your skin smooth and clear leaving you feeling vibrant and fresh.

Bergamot

Kind of citrus fruit, 1690s, from Fr. bergamote (17c.), from It. bergamotta, said to have been named for Bergamo, town in Italy, though the town is on the opposite end of the peninsula from where the fruit grows. Probably this is a folk-etymologization from Turkish beg-armudi "prince's pear." Bergamo is Roman Bergamum, from a Celtic or Ligurian berg "mountain," cognate with the identical Gmc. word.

The small tree on which the fruit is found, is part of the Rutaceae (citrus) Family and grows in Italy. It should not be confused with Bee Balm that grows in North America and is also commonly called ‘Bergamot’ Being antiseptic and wound healing, Bergamot is useful in toning lotions for skin irritations and in cleansers and creams for acne.

Cajeput

Ultimately from Malay kayu putih,from kayu wood, tree + putih white Date: 1822 : an Australian and southeast Asian tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia syn. M. leucadendron) of the myrtle family that yields a pungent medicinal oil and has been introduced into Florida.

(Melaleuca minor) Origin- Vietnam Method of Cultivation- Organic Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation Parts Used: Fresh leaves and twigs Note Classification: Top Aroma: Penetrating, camphoraceous-medicinal odor. When compared to eucalyptus oil, it has a slightly milder fruity body.

Steam-distilled from the leaves, twigs and bark of an evergreen tropical tree native to Australia and Indonesia. The tree is closely related to Tea Tree and Eucalyptus, and shares similar antibacterial properties. The Cajeput tree is known as white bark tea tree due to it's striking white bark.

Cajeput's vapours are decongestant and expectorant, making it a good antiseptic for respiratory ailments such as laryngitis. The refreshing action also clears headaches and tiredness associated with influenza. Cajeput is also an effective treatment for urinary and digestive infections, especially if these are recurring. Cajeput oil can also be used as a warming muscle rub to ease stiffness and rheumatic aches. In this instance the Cajeput oil would be blended with either Rosemary or Marjoram oil. It is also an effective natural remedy against head lice or pet fleas.

Camphor

The word camphor derives from the French word camphre, itself from Medieval Latin camfora, from Arabic kafur, from Malay kapur Barus meaning "Barus chalk."Camphor has a variety of medical and non-medical uses. Medically, it is a local anesthetic and an antimicrobial. It produces a cooling effect similar to menthol when applied to the skin, making it a useful application for sore muscles. Also like menthol, it is effective in treating sore throats and suppressing coughs. It can be combined with menthol to make an inhalant that relieves nasal congestion and coughs. Camphor is also used in some anti-itch creams because it is can be absorbed through skin and is effective at treating pain locally. Camphor has stimulant properties that make it useful in treating fatigue.

Cassia

Cinnamon-like plant, late O.E., from L. cassia, from Gk. kasia, from Heb. q'tsi-ah, from qatsa "to cut off, strip off bark." Cassia is a small to medium-sized tree with compound leaves and large, shining, dark green leaflets. It has bright yellow flowers in very large, hanging branches and black or shining dark brown, 50 to 60 cm long almost cylindrical fruits.

- The leaves of the cassia tree are helpful in relieving irritation of the skin and in alleviating swellings and pains. Their juice or paste serves as a useful dressing for ringworm and inflammation of the hands or feet caused by exposure to cold. They also relieve dropsically swellings due to excessive accumulation of fluid in the body tissue. Its leaves can be rubbed beneficially on affected parts for relief from rheumatism and facial paralysis.

- For children suffering from flatulence, the cassia pulp can be applied around the navel to ensure evacuation. Mixed with linseed or almond oil, it can be massaged on the stomach for easing the bowel movements.

Cedarwood, Himalayan

Both the Latin words cedrus and the generic name cedrus are derived from the Greek 'kedros'. Ancient Greek and Latin used the same word, kedros and cedrus respectively, for different species of plants now classified in the genera Cedrus and Juniperus (juniper). Species of both genera are native to the area where Greek language and culture originated, though as the word "kedros" does not seem to be derived from any of the languages of the Middle East, it has been suggested the word may originally have applied to Greek species of juniper and was later adopted for species now classified in the genus Cedrus because of the similarity of their aromatic woods. The name was similarly applied to citron and the word citrus is derived from the same root. However, as a loan word in English, cedar had become fixed to its biblical sense of Cedrus by the time of its first recorded usage in AD 1000. The name "cedar" has more recently (since about 1700) been applied to many other trees with scented wood (in some cases with the botanical name alluding to this usage). Such usage is regarded by some authorities as a misapplication of the name to be discouraged.

Himalayan from Skt. himalayah, lit. "abode of snow," from hima "snow" (see hibernation) + alaya "abode." Related: Himalayas; Himalayan.

Cedarwood, Virginia

Both the Latin words cedrus and the generic name cedrus are derived from the Greek 'kedros'. Ancient Greek and Latin used the same word,kedros and cedrus respectively, for different species of plants now classified in the genera Cedrus and Juniperus (juniper). Species of both genera are native to the area where Greek language and culture originated, though as the word "kedros" does not seem to be derived from any of the languages of the Middle East, it has been suggested the word may originally have applied to Greek species of juniper and was later adopted for species now classified in the genus Cedrus because of the similarity of their aromatic woods. The name was similarly applied to citron and the word citrus is derived from the same root. However, as a loan word in English, cedar had become fixed to its biblical sense of Cedrus by the time of its first recorded usage in AD 1000. The name "cedar" has more recently (since about 1700) been applied to many other trees with scented wood (in some cases with the botanical name alluding to this usage). Such usage is regarded by some authorities as a misapplication of the name to be discouraged.

Verginia: British colony in N.America, name appears on a map in 1587, named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. The fem. proper name is from L. Virginia, fem. of Virginius, earlier Verginius, probably related to Vergilius (cf. virgilian). Imagine yourself hiking in a Giant Redwood forest it's not hard to do when you shower with Cedarwood Soap. Each 3.5 oz. bar contains almost 5% pure Essential Oil of Cedar (juniperus virginiana). This particular variety of Cedar Oil, derived from the Virginia Juniper, was combined with Cedarwood Oil to make the first natural repellents*, well before the invetion of chemical repellents. We have found that women generally prefer other varieties of Skeeter Defeater soap, particularly Geranium, but that men absolutely love this one! The oil used in this soap is steam distilled from the shavings of lumber production so no trees are killed or damaged to make it. Remember, as with all our soaps, it's color and scent are derived from natural ingredients... not colorants or perfumes.

Cinnamon

Late 14c., from Gk. kinnamomon, from Phoenician word akin to Heb. qinnamon. Stripped from the bark of a tree in the avocado family. Ceylon cinnamon, the true cinnamon, is used in Britain, but American cinnamon is almost always from the related cassia tree of Southeast Asia and is stronger and sweeter. Cinnamon has a history of medicinal benefits. It is probably the oldest spice known to any civilization. The Egyptians used cinnamon not only to flavor their beverages but also for it's medicinal properties and embalming effect. The use of cinnamon in the traditional Chinese medicine has been documented back to 2700 BC. Cinnamon benefits for skin are also well known. The anti-bacterial nature of cinnamon helps in keeping the skin looking healthier and younger. If pimples are a cause of your distress, then cinnamon is your answer. Make a paste out of 3 tablespoons of cinnamon powder and 1 tablespoon of honey. Leave it on overnight, so that it addresses the root cause of the pimples. Wash it off in the morning, with warm water and your regular soap. Skin conditions like eczema, ringworm and other skin infections are can be cured with cinnamon.

Citronella

1858, from Fr. citronelle "lemon liquor," from citron (see citrus). Originally an Asiatic grass used in perfumes, later applied to a substance found in lemon oil, etc. Oil of Citronella is used on humans and their clothing to repel insects. It is also used in recreational areas, outdoor household areas, and around trees and shrubs. Animal collars and tags containing citronella are used on pets and other domestic animals to repel fleas and ticks. The extraction method of citronella essential oil is by steam distillation of the grass. The essential oil is clear in color. Citronella targets insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, fleas and ticks. It is one of the ingredients used in Green Pergola's Hiker's Soap, a soap used for a natural insect repellent. Our Hiker's soap has shown wonderful results with everyone from mountain men, campers and soccer moms who have their children bath in it during the summer.

Clary Sage

Kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), c.1310, from O.Fr. sauge (13c.), from L. salvia, from salvus "healthy" (see safe). So called for its healing or preserving qualities (it was used to keep teeth clean and relieve sore gums, and boiled in water to make a drink to alleviate arthritis). In Eng. folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where the wife is dominant. Sagebrush first recorded 1852.Aromatherapy uses and benefits of clary sage include: Tranquility, prosperity, antidepressant, aids PMS, regulates menstration For Womens Wellness. Helps restore hormal imbalane, restore harmony, reinvigorates your interest in life.

Clove

Clove "spice," early 13c., from O.Fr. clou (de girofle) "nail (of clove)," so called from its shape, from L. clavus "a nail" Our clove soap is made with real essential oil of clove and blended with real powdered clove. Clove soap is a favorite among people who loves spicy soaps and makes a wonderful man's soap. Olive, Soybean and Coconut oils combine to form the base of our handmade soaps - they are completely vegetable with no animal fats added. Made in small, controlled batches our natural clove soap is completely handmade, hand-cut and hand-wrapped. Clove is known to be a natural insect repellant as well as having anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Those suffering from athletes foot often use clove soap for their feet. Discover the world of natural skincare with our handmade clove soap.

The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.

Copiaba

Copaiba oil has a long history of use in South America, where it has traditionally been used as a topical remedy to help clear up skin problems including dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, herpes, insect bites, injuries, wounds and boils.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus 1809, from Mod.L., coined 1788 by Fr. botanist Charles Louis L'h?ritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) from Gk. eu- "well" + kalyptos "covered," for the covering on the bud. "A London thief ... lodged under the bark of the dwarf eucalyptus, and keeping sheep ... is not an uninteresting picture." [Sydney Smith, "Botany Bay," 1823] The health benefits of eucalyptus oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal properties. Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinct taste and odor.

Though eucalyptus essential oil has most of the properties of a typical volatile oil, it is not very popular as an aromatherapy oil as it was little known before a few centuries. However, the numerous health benefits of eucalyptus oil have attracted the attention of the entire world to explore its usage in aromatherapy as well as conventional medicine.

Eucalyptus, Lemon

Eucalyptus 1809, from Mod.L., coined 1788 by Fr. botanist Charles Louis L'h?ritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) from Gk. eu- "well" + kalyptos "covered," for the covering on the bud. "A London thief lodged under the bark of the dwarf eucalyptus, and keeping sheep ... is not an uninteresting picture." [Sydney Smith, "Botany Bay," 1823] Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to treat skin infections.

Lemon:type of citrus fruit, c.1400, from O.Fr. limon "citrus fruit," from O.Prov., from Arabic laimun or Pers. limu(n), generic terms for citrus fruits (compare lime); cognate with Skt. nimbu "the lime." Slang meaning "a Quaalude" is 1960s, from Lemmon, name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug.

Fir, Siberian

c.1300; O.E. had furhwudu "pine wood," but the modern word is more likely from O.N. fyri- "fir" or O.Dan. fyr, all from P.Gmc. *furkhon (cf. O.H.G. foraha, Ger. Föhre "fir"), from PIE base *perkos, originally "oak" (cf. Skt. paraktah "the holy fig tree," Hind.pargai "the evergreen oak," L. quercus "oak," Lombard. fereha "a kind of oak"). Fir oil is essential oil extracted from the young branches and needles of the silver fir. From the earliest times the silver fir is thought by people as a forest healer and it was frequently used for healing of particular diseases. Fir needle oil was so popular due to its various useful properties. It is an excellent antiseptic with relieving effect, it is a tonic and a good cough suppressant; it stimulates functioning of adrenal glands and improves blood supply as well. People often use fir needle oil in aromatherapy due to its properties in treatment of bronchitis, influenza, asthma, pneumonia, diseases of urogenital tract, cholecystitis, liver diseases, nephrolithiasis, rheumatic aches, hyperhidrosis and others.

Frankincense

late 14c., from O.Fr. franc "noble, true", in this case probably signifying "of the highest quality" + encens "incense" (q.v.). Frankincense is one of the oils that can really calm and soothe the whole body and mind. It eases all aches and pains, clears the lungs and acts as a skin tonic. Frankincense oil can be added to a base cream or lotion to help with general skin tone and condition while reducing oily skin, rejuvenating more mature skin, while at the same time helping wounds, ulcers and sores heal better. To promote healing and prevent ugly scarring on wounds, add a few drops to the water when washing the wound. For cracked skin and bed sores, apply gently (suitably diluted) directly on to affected areas or use as a compress.

Frankincence Essential oil is popularly used in aromatherapy. Eassential oils are known antiseptic agents plus the soothing effect. It is used extensively as aromatherapy agent in most hotel spa resorts and wellness centers around UK.

Ginger

O.E. gingifer, from M.L. gingiber, from L. zingiberi, from Gk. zingiberis, from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera, from Skt.srngaveram, from srngam "horn" + vera- "body," so called from the shape of its root. But this may be Skt. folk-etymology, and the word may be from an ancient Dravidian name that also produced the Malayalam name for the spice, inchi-ver, from inchi"root." Cf. gin (v.). Ginger in the soap warms the skin and has a powerful, pleasant scent. Many people believe that the scent actually helps improve thinking. Some use ginger soap as an analgesic to sooth outer pains. The health benefits of ginger root oil can be attributed to its digestive, carminative, expectorant, antiseptic, analgesic, anti inflammatory, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties. These benefits of ginger oil include its ability to treat stomach problems, nausea, heart strokes, indigestion, inflammations, respiratory problems, menstrual disorders, etc.

Grapefruit, Pink

1814, from grape + fruit. So called because it grows in clusters. The fruit itself was known since 1693 (in Hans Sloane's catalogue of Jamaican plants); presumably it originated there from chance hybrids between other cultivated citrus. It was known by various names before the current one emerged. An ornamental plant chiefly at first, not much eaten until late 19c. An ideal remedy for those depressing mornings when you don’t feel motivated to venture out from beneath your warm, safe covers. Keep it by your bedside for a bit of morning zest! Use Grapefruit aromatherapy essential oil when feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges. When feeling drained Grapefruit oil can be relied upon to renew your optimism! Grapefruit oil stimulates the liver and gallbladder function and makes an excellent rejuvenating body tonic. Increases circulation and tones skin cell tissues.

Grapefruit, White

1814, from grape + fruit. So called because it grows in clusters. The fruit itself was known since 1693 (in Hans Sloane's catalogue of Jamaican plants); presumably it originated there from chance hybrids between other cultivated citrus. It was known by various names before the current one emerged. An ornamental plant chiefly at first, not much eaten until late 19c. Originally from Asia, it is now cultivated in the USA, Brazil and Israel. Grapefruit is picked from a glossy-leaved tree, about 10 meters (30 feet) high, with white flowers and large, pale yellow fruit. The oil glands are imbedded deep within the peel and yield a small amount of essential oil. This essential oil is useful for more than just fighting cellulite and boosting your lymphatic system - it positively affects your mood and revives the mind while stimulating the digestive system and clearing up congested oily skin and acne.

Ho Wood

Ho Wood essential oil has a very similar aroma to rosewood essential oil and can be used as an alternative to rosewood.

Ho Wood essential oil is beneficial for skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, sensitive skin, scars and general skin care. It can also be used to help headaches, stress, tension and nausea. (AKA Camphor White) Cinnamomum camphora (Family, Lauraceae) - Japan - Can be used as a deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and to care for oily skin and, has also been used as an insect repellent. Also used in detergents, soaps, disinfectants, deodorants, room sprays etc. / Source: wood / Production method: steam distillation / Aromatherapy class: balancing, stimulating, toning, cooling / Aroma type: camphoraceous / Blends well with: olibanum, ylang ylang, orange, mandarin / Safety Information: Camphor should be used sparingly and completely avoided by those suffering from epilepsy, and should be avoided by pregnant women.

Lavendar

c.1265, "fragrant plant of the mint family," from Anglo-Fr. lavendre, from M.L. lavendula "lavender" (10c.), perhaps from L. lividus"bluish, livid." Associated with Fr. lavande, It. lavanda "a washing" (from L. lavare "to wash;" see lave) because it was used to scent washed fabrics and as a bath perfume. The meaning "pale purple color" is from 1840. Our organic Lavender Provence is simply the finest organic lavender available. What a great aroma! Lavender is the most versatile of essential oils. It is relaxing and refreshing, uplifts the spirits, and helps to relieve the distress of muscle pain. NO home should be without it. Balances your body and mind. Calms or stimulates according to your bodies needs. Excellent for refreshing tired muscles, feet and head. Add a drop to the pillow/sheet before peaceful sleep.

Lemon

Type of citrus fruit, c.1400, from O.Fr. limon "citrus fruit," from O.Prov., from Arabic laimun or Pers. limu(n), generic terms for citrus fruits (compare lime); cognate with Skt. nimbu "the lime." Slang meaning "a Quaalude" is 1960s, from Lemmon, name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug. Our Lemon essential oil has a fresh, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. It has antibacterial and tonic properties, making it useful for relief of cold symptoms. Widely used in beauty care. It cleanses, refreshes, cools and stimulates. Astringent and antiseptic oil. Useful for oily skin. Can be used to lighten dull, stained hands or to tone and condition nails and cuticles.

Lemongrass

The botanical genus name cymbopogon is derived from Greek kymbe "boat" and pogon "beard" and refers to the boat-shaped spathes and the many-awned inflorescences which are reminiscent of a beard. Guatamala - Lemongrass essential oil has a refreshing, cleansing and stimulating tonic on the body. Added to shampoos to give a shine to the hair. An antiseptic and astringent oil. Sweet powerful 'lemony' aroma which make a good refreshing and deodorizing room fragrance. Lemongrass, a popular fragrant grass widely cultivated in tropical climates, provides a number of beneficial uses that people can take advantage of everyday. In addition to medicinal and aromatherapy purposes, the essential oils extracted from lemongrass can be used for cosmetics as well. Skin, hair and make-up products with lemongrass are growing in popularity, as the physical benefits of lemongrass become more well-knownFrom body washes to lotions to hand soaps, lemongrass oils used in skincare products can help repair both dry and oily skin, and keep skin smooth and looking pretty.

Lime

From French lime, from Spanish lima, from Arabic لیمة (līma). Lime essential oil is antiseptic, bactericidal, restorative, tonic, and antiviral. The essential oil of lime can help alleviate acne, asthma, chilblains, colds, dull skin, and varicose veins. The aroma oflime essential oil is uplifting, refreshing, and brings clarity of thought and concentration to the mind.Its antiseptic and infection busting properties, coupled to the astringent effect that this oil has, makes it valuable in assisting with poor or compromised circulation and to clear oily skin, while fighting problem and acne skin in general.

Litsea

New Latin (Lamarck, 1789), from the Japanese name of the tree. Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil is obtained from the small pepper-like fruits of the tree, this is a refreshing, uplifting and stimulating essential oil with antiseptic, carminative and healing properties. This oil is helpful for general skin cleansing due to its antiseptic properties. It is also beneficial to the aromatherapy treatment of oily, acne infected skin areas.

Nutmeg

Nutmeg essential oil can help with muscle pain, arthritis, digestive issues and as it’s in the stimulating category of oils, it even fights fatigue.After working out try adding a drop of nutmeg essential oil to a massage oil. Massage into any sore or fatigued muscles. It can help reduce inflammation from strains and sprains and may help reduce muscle fatigue. It’s also very stimulating so a massage with nutmeg oil may help invigorate you after a tiring workout. Good for the digestion and calming to promote a restful sleep with dreams. Energizing, stimulating, warming aroma type: spicy / Traditional use: antiseptic, muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac / Blends well with: lavandin, bay, orange, geranium, clary sage, rosemary, lime, petitgrain, mandarin, coriander

Neem

The neem tree, or the Indian margosa tree, is a very common Indian tree which grows in the evergreen dense forests. It is biologically named as Azadirachta indica, which literally means 'free tree of India'. This name has been given to the neem tree by the Persian inhabitants, who were among the first foreign people to know about the hundreds of curative uses of the tree. Apart from India, the neem is also found in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Japan and in the tropical regions of Australia and Africa. Neem is an excellent herb that works against the excess sugar contents in the body which are the cause of most of the skin disorders. Ancient Ayurveda texts of India have explained that neem restrains the multiplication of viruses by combining with the skin cells. It blocks the virus growth and provides the germicidal and anti allergic properties to Neem. A neem soap is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic hence is highly recommended for those who have acne and other skin problems.

Orange, Blood

Blood orange essential oil is used for massage, aromatherapy. It is excellent for all kinds of soap and toiletry scenting. Blood orange has the properties of antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, cordial, deodorant, digestive, stimulant (nervous), tonic (cardiac, circulatory).Blood orange essential oil has a light consistency and is a deep orange-red clear liquid. It is cold pressed from the crude fruit peel of the blood orange tree.

Orange, Sweet

It is a zesty and refreshing fruit and the fragrance is particularly clean smelling. This essential oil brings cheer and happiness to the mind and has a toning effect on the digestive system. It is useful in both constipation and diarrhea. It helps reduce bloated swollen tissue and stimulates the lymph system, as well as the gall bladder. Orange essential oil helps dry, irritated and acne prone skin cope better. It has antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, febrifuge, sedative, stimulant to the digestive and lymphatic system, stomachic and tonic properties.

Palmarosa

This is one of the soothing properties of Palma Rosa Essential Oil. It helps retain the moisture in the tissues and maintains the moisture balance. So, this can give relief from inflammation and certain other symptoms of dehydration and is particularly good for the skin. It keeps the skin soft and moist. Light, lovely floral aroma which is uplifting. Palmarosa oil aids clarity of mind and also makes a wonderful skin care oil when mixed with Sweet Almond. It is said to stimulate cellular regeneration and it moisturises making it particularly good for mature skin care and acne. Cymbopogon martinii is a species of grass in the lemon grass genus best known by the common name palmarosa. Other common names include Indian geranium and rosha or rosha grass.

This perennial grass is native to southeast Asia, especially India and Pakistan, and it is cultivated for its oil. The essential oil of this plant, which contains the active compound geraniol, is valued for its scent and for a number of traditional medicinal and household uses. Palmarosa oil has been shown to be an effective insect repellent when applied to stored grain and beans,an antihelmintic against nematodes, and anantifungal and mosquito repellent Palmarosa oil, which has a scent similar to roses, is added to soaps and cosmetics.

Patchouli

The health benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti-depressant, anti-phlogistic, anti-septic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic.Patchouli oil has a persistent, musky, earthy, exotic aroma. Soothes and uplifts the spirit. Is soothing to the skin and is reported to be especially good for mature skin. Useful in protecting dry, mature or blemished skin, Sensual properties, Musky aroma lingers. Use on scalp for dandruff. Helps treat eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and sores. Gives relief from constipation. Can be used as an antidote against insect bites temporarily.

Peppermint

The names for mint are fairly uniform in most European languages: German Minze, Danish and Norwegian mynte, Dutch munt, Basque menda, Estonian münt, Finnishminttu, Czech máta, Polish mięta, Russian myata[мята], Lithuanian mėta, Latvian mētra, French mentheand Italian menta. All these names derive from Latinmentha mint. Peppermint is an energizing oil with a penetrating, minty aroma. It helps to relieve fatigue and muscle pain. Use it in the daytime, as its energizing effect may keep you awake at night.

Excellent for refreshing tired head and feet. Sniff from bottle or one drop on handkerchief to revive during travel. Blended with Rosemary and Juniper it makes an excellent morning bath Peppermint oil is very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice.Skin Care: Peppermint oil contains Menthol, which is good for skin. It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.

Pine

Stimulates, refreshes and cleanses. With a strong, fresh, resinous aroma it has a powerful antiseptic quality and is widely used. Pine Needle oil has a deodorant affect and is often used in commercial preparations. The most important health benefit of pine essential oil is in treating various skin problems. Dermatologists often prescribe the oil in treating psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, poor skin, scabies, sores, and fleas. It gives you a balanced, smooth, renewed and shinny skin.

Pine essential oil is the oil obtained from the tree commonly known as pine and having the Latin name pinus sylvestris.

Rosemary, Cineole

Rosemary is an energizing oil with a strong herbaceous aroma. It helps to relieve muscle aches and combats mental fatigue. Use it in the daytime as its energizing effect may keep you awake at night. Perfect in Pre and Post sports rubs to maintain suppleness. Helps combat water retention and cellulite.

Rosemary, Camphor

Rosemary is an energizing oil with a strong herbaceous aroma. It helps to relieve muscle aches and combats mental fatigue. Camphor essential oil can be used as a deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and to care for oily skin and, has also been used as an insect repellent.

Spearmint

A member of the Labiatć, is a very hardy perennial, native to Mediterranean countries. The names for mint are fairly uniform in most European languages: German Minze, Danish and Norwegian mynte, Dutch munt, Basque menda, Estonian münt, Finnishminttu, Czech máta, Polish mięta, Russian myata[мята], Lithuanian mėta, Latvian mētra, French mentheand Italian menta. All these names derive from Latinmentha mint. The health benefits of Spearmint Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti septic, anti spasmodic, carminative, cephalic, emenagogue, insecticide, restorative and stimulant. Energizing to the mind and body. Use in bath water for it's refreshing effect. Make a facial steam of spearmint oil in a pot of boiling water to help cleanse and refine pores. It is refreshing, cooling, gently vitalizing.

Spruce

Short for obsolete Spruce fir, Prussian fir, from Middle English Spruce, Prussia, alteration of Pruce from Anglo-Norman Pruz, from Medieval Latin Prussia. Spruce essential oil is steam distilled from the needles and twigs of the Spruce tree. It has a pleasing 'green forest' scent that is both calming and elevating, excellent for yoga and meditative use. Other traditional uses of Spruce Essential Oil are: Topical application for muscular aches and pains, poor circulation and rheumatism. Spruce Oil has also been used to improve breathing conditions of asthma, bronchitis, coughs and general weakness. Aroma that is Fresh, woody, earthy, sweet, with a hint of a fruity note

Tangerine

French Tangerin, from Tanger, Tangiers.Tangerine oil is soothing to the nervous system and has a tonic effect on the digestive system, while helping flatulence, diarrhea and constipation. It is also useful for the skin and is used to help with stretch marks, increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention. As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, tangerine oil can assist the nervous system, reduce flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive complaints, but also increase circulation to the skin, reduce fluid retention and help prevent stretch marks. A sweet tangy aroma. Used as an astringent for oily skin. It improves circulation of blood and phlegm, boosts digestion, helps maintain oil and moisture balance in the skin and shows cicatrisant and emollient properties too. It also eases constipation and treats diarrhoea, flatulence, rashes, dryness and cracking of skin, hair problems, dandruff etc.

Tumeric

Turmeric or Haldi has been used for centuries in traditional medical practices. It is considered a complete remedy for infections, injuries, boils, accident recovery etc. Turmeric soap is anti septic and prevents skin from bacteria, improves complexion, and give luster to the skin. Excellent for the skin, turmeric powder is used in pastes and masks to lighten the skin, to prevent and cure pigmentation marks, relieve eczema, prevent dryness, prevent wrinkles, remove hair and heal spots.

Vetiver

French vétiver, vétyver (New Latin vetiveria), from East Indian vitivayr (Littré), a name given to the roots of the plant. It is considered relaxing to an overheated, hyperactive mind an nurturing to an insecure self-identity. The oil may then be suited to the type of individual who constantly strives for perfection, but who loses touch with the ability to absorb and replenish, not letting things just be.

Vetiver essential oil is said to provide stimulation to the endocrine glands (in cases of estrogen and progesterone insufficiency associated with premenstrual syndrome as well as menopause) and circulatory system, and may generally support a weakened immune system. Vetiver Oil has been noted to have an effect on lowering rapid heart rate and breathing, helping return the cardiorespiratory system to a calmer state.

Other well known traditional uses for Vetiver oil include application for arthritis symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Vetiver oil may also be useful acne, anxiety and depression.



Liquids

Grapeseed Oil

A light green oil which is pressed from the seeds of various varieties of Vitis vinifera grapes. Due to Grapeseed Oils high linoleic acid value (greater than most other carrier oils), the oil is highly moisturising and is light for use in skin care. The oil absorbs very quickly into the skins pores making this excellent for a variety of skincare applications, especially when used as a base carrier oil for essential oil fragrances. Naturally thinking Grapeseed is especially useful for skin types that do not absorb oils too well, and it does not leave a greasy feeling. Grapeseed has natural non-allergenic properties. For anybody considering massage - Grapeseed is an essential massage oil, being suitable on a wide variety of skin types and those with nut allergies. Grapeseed is the staple of most massage therapists. Grapeseed makes an ideal base to combine other carrier oils into to make complex and tailored skin care and massage solutions. Combining Jojoba into Grapeseed makes an exceptional massage oil, whilst combining Sea Buckthorne into Grapeseed makes for a very special facial oil.

Jojoba Oil (organic)

Provides all day moisturization – jojoba oil doesn’t evaporate like water based moisturizers can. It is theorized, but not yet proven, that because jojoba oil is so similar to human skin oil, it can "trick" the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production. very stable – jojoba oil does not become rancid or lose antioxidants even after long periods of storage. spreads well and absorbs well, the organic variety is free of pesticides, GMOs, and is sustainably farmed.

Honey (local, pesticide-free)

Honey has a hygroscopic nature, which means when exposed to air, it naturally absorbs moisture in from the air. In treating open wounds, honey is useful as it could help prevent scarring by keeping the skin moist, encourage the growth of new tissues, and allow easy removal of any dressing by preventing dressing from becoming stuck to the skin. Honey’s hygroscopic properties also make it an ideal ingredient in a lot of cosmetics as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. Thus, some people call honey a natural "humectant" as it attracts and retains moisture. When used in skin and hair treatments, honey trap and seal in the moisture leaving skin soft and supple, and hair glossy and healthy.

Milk (organic cows or local goat seasonally)

Although the exact origins are not known, milk has been used in a variety of skin care products for thousands of years. For example, it has been said that Cleopatra preserved her renowned beauty by bathing in milk from goats and horses. The soothing and moisturizing qualities of goat milk have made it a revered cosmetic ingredient for centuries, and especially useful for delicate or damaged skin.

Milk (cow or goat) has been used since ancient times as a natural cleanser. When using raw goat's milk, make sure it's as fresh as possible. Instant powdered milk may be substituted for fresh or bottled cow's milk. Select a basic soap that is hard in consistency, as dairy products will soften any soap to which they are added.

Olive Mud (local, organic)

The olive mud, ultrafine particles of olive pumace which settle out of unfiltered organic extra virgin olive oil, is a rich substance which is a source of anti-oxidants and moisturizing superfatting oil.

Shea Butter (organic)

Shea butter is used as a base for medicinal ointments, and has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter has been claimed to be effective treatment for the following conditions: fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, severely dry skin, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis. Shea butter has been used as a sunblocking lotion, although the level of protection against the sun's ultraviolet radiation is extremely variable, ranging from nothing to approximately SPF 6. In Nigeria, shea butter is used for the management of sinusitis and relief of nasal congestion.This is due to its hydrating properties which helps in relaxing the tension in the face skin thus easing respiration.

Vanilla (for scent, alcohol extracted)

Vanilla has a wonderfully natural Vanilla aroma that most find extremely appealing. The aroma of vanilla eases stress, induces feelings of comfort. Vanilla has remarkable curative properties. Vanilla is known to soothe as well as promote new healthy skin growth.

Virgin Coconut Oil (organic, slight coconut scent)

Coconut oil is excellent massage oilfor the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Further, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin with the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczemaand other skin infections. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body careproducts such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc., used for skin care.

Virgin Palm Oil (organic, reddish in color)

It is most commonly found in handmade soap to increase its lather and hardness. It may also be used in a multitude of other cosmetic and bodycare products for its moisturizing properties.



Solids

Apricot, ground kernel (fine exfoliant)

A skin cleansing agent comprising a surfactant, soap or other emulsifier, optionally at least one member selected from the group consisting of organic solvents or oils, thickeners, builders, greasing agents, perfumes, preservatives, dyes and antioxidants.

Apricot, ground shell (rougher exfoliant, good for hands)

The spa experience is all about improving the appearance and pampering the individual. Exfoliation comes under the first heading and is suitable for both professional treatments and for home use. Exfoliation is a natural process of the skin that helps remove dead cells and debris from the upper epidermal layer that block pores and amplify fine lines.

Calendula flower petals (organic)

Calendula flower preparations were observed to be anti-inflammatory and astringent. Calendula tinctures, ointments, and washes have been used to notably speed the healing of burns, bruises, cuts, and the minor infections that they cause. Calendula is a popular salve and cream ingredient because it decreases the inflammation of sprains, stings, varicose veins and other swellings and soothes burns, sunburn, rashes and skin irritations.

Cloves, ground (organic)

A gentle exfoliant, Cloves are known to have antisceptic properties, and they are a great preservative.

Cocoa powder (organic)

Cocoa and chocolate extracts are used in skin care creams and lotions as skin softening agents. The newest trends also include the use of these extracts for anti-aging and anti-oxidative stress. It is known that free radicals damage collagen, and elastin and other proteins in the skin. The cocoa and chocolate extracts, rich in antioxidants, neutralize these free radicals.Other applications include facial masks, muds and other exfoliating preparations.

Coffee, very finely ground (organic)

Imagine if a cup of coffee can spice up our morning sluggishness then what can it to do our skin. Caffeine is a heterocyclic compound found in the beans, leaves, and fruit of over 60 plant species. It is found in coffee, tea and chocolate. Addiction to caffeine is common but it also has many health benefits as well. It can be a strong diuretic, to flush out the toxins from the body. Caffeine in cosmetics is gaining popularity because it has a rejuvenating effect on the skin.

Comfrey (organic)

Comfrey is a marvelous herb and is one of the best-known healing herbs of all times. Its very name, symphytum, means to heal. comfrey promotes regeneration of damaged skin for a fresh complexion.

Cornmeal (organic)

Cornmeal absorbs oils and has long been used for its mildIy abrasive qualities, which help to unclog skin pores. Either white or yellow cornmeal will work well.

Curry powder (organic, salt free)

A mixture of turmeric with several spices including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, and fenugreek, made pungent with ginger, chilli, and pepper.

The skin is the main portion of the body and provides a shielding barrier against harmful chemicals, microbes, and ultraviolet radiation. Natural plant products like turmeric have been formulated to heal and prevent dry skin, treat skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and retard the aging process.

Dead Sea Salt

Anti-aging - Mineral Rich These genuine essential minerals enhance your skin's natural ability to retain moisture. Retaining moisture in your skin will help keep lines and wrinkles from forming, making it smooth and healthy. Dead Sea salts can be used widely in anti-aging skin care products for the body, face, and hair, treating skin aliments, aromatherapy, or simply bathing. Deep Sea Benefits Genuine Dead Sea salt provides the highest mineral content possible. Minerals such as calcium chloride, magnesium, bromine, potassium, and many others are vital for your skin's health and proper function. This composition improves cell metabolism and contributes to its restoration and regeneration.

Dill (organic)

Like a number of the other herbs in its family, dill is a tall plant, often reaching a height of 3 ft. (~1 m.), and topped with the characteristic feathery leaves. Some strains have been developed to be shorter, to resist bolting, or to maximize seed production. Flowers range from white to yellow Dill oil has nice sedating and calming effects on nerves and brain, making a person feel relaxed and satisfied. It is useful to get rid of anxiety, tension, anger, depression and even hypertension. It even helps have a good sleep at the end of the day. The finely ground seeds exfoliates the skin leaving you feel fresh and clean.

Lavender flowers (organic, local)

Lavender flowers add a nice touch to lavender-scented soaps and help to hold the scent as well. Use the blossoms fresh or dried and as finely ground as possible.

Oatmeal, finely ground (organic)

Potato and Oatmeal: Potato is known for its healing and good dermatological properties. Finely chopped potato and a cup of oatmeal can be added to a tub of water. This is stirred properly. Individuals suffering from chicken pox can wash there rashes using this water to obtain relief and treatment. This is used to take bath and gives relief to patients with skin rash.

Oatmeal is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. Plain rolled oats, can be used to make a gentle and very effective natural skin cleanser, facial scrub, and soothing facial mask. An excellent multi-purpose skin care treatment, oatmeal helps to relieve dryness, restoring natural moisture balance to aid in healing minor irritations due to the many causes and sources of skin sensitivities. Minor skin irritations can be caused by sensitivities to the ingredients in skin care products, exposure to chemicals found in household cleaning products, exfoliation with the wrong product, excessive scrubbing or rubbing during the exfoliation process, and many other factors. Cleansing the face with oatmeal helps to soothe skin irritation and reduce discomfort.

Oatmeal, when used as a skin cleanser, actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without soap. As a facial mask, oatmeal deep cleanses pores without irritating and drying out skin. And as a facial scrub, oatmeal gently but effectively removes dead skin cells, to reveal softer, smoother looking skin. In addition, cleansing and exfoliating with oatmeal provides the bonus of a natural, healthy glow.

Rose Petals (organic)

Roses are flowers that give off the feeling of warmth, giving, and love, but they also hold special benefits as well. Therapeutic benefits of roses are numerous and go back a long time in history. They have a special scent that gives wonderful aromatherapy effects for the heart and the soul. They have been used for dry and sensitive skin and making aging skin look younger. The rose has also been used as a therapeutic sedative to soothe the nerves. It can help in the treatment of stress, peptic ulcers, nervous tensions, and even heart disease.

Tea, black (organic)

Black tea is a kind of fermented tea, originating from green tea after it is mixed, kneaded, fermented, dried and otherwise processed. The water of green tea is freshly green while that of black tea is orange red. Differences are not only skin-deep. What is more important is that black tea doesn"t undergo the processes of steaming green or frying green, but is fermented. In the fermentation process, EGCG which is a powerful anti-oxidant, has been converted into other compounds.

Tea, green (organic)

When you apply the green tea plant to your skin, you will begin to notice a difference. One of the components that it has in it is an anti-aging ingredient. Those who use this natural extract on their skin are known for looking youthful. How is this achieved? This miracle tea in a cup has a special antioxidant that is in it.

This antioxidant is used to clear cell damage on the skin, repairing what may have turned into wrinkles, blemishes, or other impurities. Green tea benefits for the skin are not only with the anti-aging materials in them. If you want a natural sun screen, this may be the way to go. If your skin has been exposed to UV radiation, it causes the skin to become looser with oxidation moving in between the cells. Over time, the immune system that is working for your skin will slow down causing you to wrinkle from the sun. The green tea, when used with sun block, can help reduce or completely erase this damage. The cells that are affected by the green tea will become stronger and will work together, making the UV rays become a blemish of the past.

Tea, rooibos (organic)

The story of Rooibos began centuries ago in the Cederberg region of Southern Africa. It is said that indigenous people of the area harvested the fragrant Rooibos bush, crushing the leaves with their primitive tools. They would then leave them in piles to ferment before drying them in the sun. Not much has changed since those early days as far as the general idea goes. But the process has, of course, become more scientific, hygienic and efficient. It's an interesting history to be sure, but what are the health benefits of rooibos tea? People nowadays are so into the health properties of the tea they drink. And rooibos tea is no different. Luckily, the health benefits are varied and they are many. Firstly, rooibos is an herbal tea that contains no additives, preservatives, artificial colors or caffeine. Studies done in both South Africa and Japan have shown that it can help with conditions such as insomnia, headaches, nervous tension and hypertension. Rooibos is loaded with antioxidants and has a polyphenol count similar to that of green tea. Much research has been done on antioxidants and their role within the body of destroying harmful free radicals. Drinking rooibos tea will give you high levels of antioxidants and is a great inclusion if health benefits are important to you.