Sweet Almond Oil:

Almond oil works its best magic in the way that it performs on your skin. Because it’s loaded with vitamin E, it’s extremely hydrating, moisturizing, and can be used for nearly any skin type. Almond oil works wonders for soothing the effects of dry, itchy skin, even when caused by skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. The oil is extremely soothing and instantly hydrates even the driest skin- as well as chapped and cracked lips.  Sweet Almond oil has also been shown to protect against UV B rays.  Almond oil easily penetrates into your skin and contains many fatty acids. Fatty acids help our skin stay subtle and soft. It also does not clog your pores and can moisturize the skin without increasing chances of acne.

Grape Seed Oil:

Grape Seed Oil is a great source of polyphenols – flavonoids, Essential Fatty Acid – linoleic acid, and vitamin E. These components are very good for the skin, and this oil absorbs very quickly and easily into the skin.  These great components also make grape seed oil an asset in the treatment of many health conditions.  Studies suggest that Grape Seed Oil has anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-histamine, anti-aging, anti-allergic, and antimicrobial properties.  Grape seed oil does not denature when exposed to moderate heat; as a result it acts as a good carrier oil when infused with cannabis.

Avocado Oil:

Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin A, D and E.  These vitamins are all involved in skin cell growth and regeneration. Vitamin A and E have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions that promote faster healing of cuts and wounds, and prevent scarring, acne breakouts and dermatitis. They also give you natural sun protection. Studies have shown that both intake and topical application of avocado oil can reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A and D can promote collagen production and binding–the intake or application of which can effectively slow down your skin’s aging process. Avocado oil is a great source of lecithin. This yellowing fatty substance acts as a super emulsifier and lubricant. When applied topically, lecithin forms a protective covering on your skin’s surface, effectively preventing the loss of moisture due to wind and climate damage.

Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is excellent for your skin and is effective for healing a variety of skin conditions. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. These have been shown to possess antibacterial, antiviral  and antifungal properties. These remarkable features provide the added benefit of protecting your skin from all sorts of microbes, and treating various skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, herpes, and fungal infections. Coconut Oil also has the ability to cure acne. Its anti microbial properties kill the bacteria which causes acne (acne vulgaris). It also possesses skin healing properties. When applied to wounds like acne, pimples e.t.c. it increases the concentration of body self healing chemicals in those wounds, which make them heal more quickly. Coconut oil contains ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid which have been proven to be strong natural anti-oxidants.  These components help your body combat free radicals, and as a result have anti-aging properties for your skin as well.

Jojoba:

Jojoba oil has been used by Native Americans for centuries to treat skin wounds, but it didn’t become widely known to most of the rest of us until the 1970s. Since then, its popularity has grown due to the amazing benefits it provides. Jojoba itself is actually a shrub that commonly grows in the American Southwest and northern Mexico. A natural emollient, jojoba oil’s similarity to sebum (the oil your skin naturally produces) allows it to absorb easily and readily into your skin, making it a gentle, skin-softening moisturizer for all skin types.  Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.  As a result, it helps in the healing of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, chapped skin, sunburn and eczema.

 

Beeswax:

Beeswax offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits.  Acting as a surfactant, beeswax, when blended into salves and lotions, forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin, protecting it from irritants but still allowing it to breathe. It also acts as an emollient and a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it in.  Beeswax contains vitamin A, which is beneficial in softening and rehydrating dry skin and in cell reconstruction.

Dead Sea Salts:

Dead Sea salts differ from normal sea salt in their mineral composition.  Normal sea salt contains about 80% sodium, whereas Dead Sea salt contains (in order of concentration) magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides; which all have numerous health benefits. Magnesium is important for combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function). Soaks containing Dead Sea salts have also shown to be effective in treating osteoarthritis and psoriasis.

Epsom Salts:

The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.

Arnica:

Arnica is a medicinal herb found in North America. Arnica is a very effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory, it also speeds the healing time of injuries.  Arnica is used for bruises, sprains and strains, muscle aches, leg and joint aches, rheumatic pain, inflammation from sports injuries, hematomas, contusions and fracture-related edema. Considered by herbalists as one of the primary first aid remedies, it is also effective for pre and post surgery to prevent swelling and other side-effects.  Arnica is an effective acne cure as well.

Lavender:

Lavender is an aromatic herb with many healing qualities.  Probably the most well known of those is its ability to relieve stress and hypertension.  It promotes relaxation and therefore is very helpful as a sleep aid.  Lavender also promotes circulation and lowers blood pressure. The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. The aromatic qualities of this herb are uplifting, soothing, and cleansing.

Chamomile:

Chamomile is another very soothing herb.  Like lavender it relaxes the body and helps induce restful sleep.  It has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant properties.  Therefore, it is effective in treating many health issues including migraines, PMS, hypertension, insomnia, muscle cramps, digestive issues, arthritis and the common cold.  People that suffer from hay fever should be cautious when using chamomile, sometimes it can induce a respiratory response.

Peppermint:

The peppermint herb is loaded with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.  It is known to have analgesic, anesthetic, decongestant, astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and carminative properties. Therefore, it has been found beneficial in the treatment of many conditions including colds, flu, sinusitis, dry cough, fever with chills, nausea, digestive problems, Irritable Bowel Movement (IBS), menstrual cramps, muscular pains and aches, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, itchy, oily and irritated skin, dandruff, burns, insect bites, headache, stress, mood swings and emotional imbalance.

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