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Acai extract helps strengthen capillary
walls, reduce epidermal irritation and enhance
skin’s clarity and radiance.
Also known as Jamaica pepper, Myrtle pepper
or newspice, All Spice is not a collection of
various spices in the ground form. It is the
unripe dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant
and has the combined flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg
and clove – only hotter and more peppery.
Rumored to have been used by Russian soldiers in
18th century, this spice is now used in
aromatherapy as ‘warming oil’ that expands the
blood vessels to allow increased flow of blood,
making you feel as if you are snuggling into the
arms of someone.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
More commonly known as Aloe Vera, this
jelly-like protein consists of 18 amino acids
and has been clinically tested to stimulate cell
growth and repair damaged skin. A softening
agent with hydrating properties, it can
miraculously remove blemishes and also reduce
dandruff when applied on the scalp.
A waxy substance that is exuded by the sperm
whale, this expensive ingredient can be found
floating on the sea or washed ashore by the
waves. It is extensively used in perfumes,
potpourris and cosmetics due to its sweet,
earthy odor. Even though it is not an
aphrodisiac, the wine-like smell of the
ambergris oil is sure to lead you into a
romantic or sensual mood.
Anise Essential Oil
This essential oil is used in facial steams
to open pores and hydrate the skin. Since anise
is made up of anethole, it sometimes solidifies
at room temperature and has to be warmed before
use. The fragrant essential oil is also good for
hair cleansing, rinsing since it leaves a
The oil derived from the red annatto pulp is
sure to take your libido to the highest levels
that you have ever experienced. With pink and
white flowers, and a red fruit and a red seed,
this plant is also as a coloring agent in many
Antioxidants are know to fight free radicals
and give you that
Botanically known as Pyrus malus, apple
cider is used for hair setting. Since it is
acidic in nature, it forms a key ingredient in
masks, lotions, creams and scrubs made for those
who have a sensitive skin. Combined with apple
pulp and honey, it can provide a soothing
experience to the skin.
Apricot Kernel Oil
The popularity of the Apricot Kernel oil
comes from the fact that it gets absorbed in the
skin readily. Derived from the kernels in the
apricot plant, this oil is a high source of
vitamin A and E and therefore makes the skin
soft and supple. This essential oil is
particularly good for those with a dry skin.
From shiny to dry supple and hydrated – this
is what apricot pulp can do for you if you mix
the pulp in milk, sour cream or water and apply
on your face. It helps in controlling oily pores
and allows the skin to become brighter than
before. Known as Prunis armeniaca, apricot pulp
also acts as a good scrub to remove black heads
that show up every now and then.
Squeezed from avocado, an aromatic bath in
oil will ensure that the fabric of your clothes
slip off your shoulders and sleeves. The skin
softening and conditioning properties come from
high levels of vitamin E and Vitamin B6 that
penetrate the skin to make you look younger by
With varieties like Bush basil and Sweet
basil, this herb is best used when it is fresh
since it looses the wonderful smell once it is
dry. Basil essential oil is used to promote hair
growth and reduce tangles in the hair. Combined
with lavender in the liquid oil form or powder
form, Basil will ensure that there is a whiff of
luring smell every time you flick your head.
Also known as Montmorillonite, this earth
clay is used in baths, skin care recipes and as
a mud pack. It absorbs toxins from the skin and
the body ensuring that a different and fresher
looking you emerges from behind the mask.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Found in tropical Asia, this citrus plant is
sweet and refreshing. Besides being used in
aromatherapy to cleanse and calm down nerves,
this oil made from the rind of the bergamot
fruit can be used as a room spray for
deodorizing. Sunbathing with this citrus oil on
could be dangerous since it is extremely
Part of what we commonly know as Vitamin B
complex, biotin is also called Vitamin H at
times since it aids in hair growth. It is
surprisingly one of the few substances that has
been known to stimulate strong fingernail
With the botanical name of Solanum dulcamara,
bittersweet is often used as an alterative for
tea. A bittersweet extract works wonders to
remove all types of skin outbreaks and the
results are sure to make heads turn.
Black Currant Oil
Black currant oil is not only excellent as a
cleansing agent but the leaves of the black
currant can be concocted into a tea that is
diuretic and can cleanse the body too. The
cooling effect that the essential oil produces
is sure to turn you into a ‘cool’ person.
Just like the fruit, blackberry leaves are also
used in facial masks, lotions and steam baths.
They are known to make blemishes and black heads
disappear like a charm and the cleansing effect
can calm itchy scalps too.
Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Used for centuries as a herbal cosmetic the blue
tansy is a key ingredient in a concoction that
can give you a flawless complexion. They work
wonders on spots and pimples along with a
refreshing fragrance that can leave anyone
Dark circles and red eyes caused by overwork and
tiredness can disappear with this eye wonder. A
borage compress can work as a great reliever for
headaches as well. The calming effect that it
produces can make you forget all your worries in
Also known as, Ranunculus, the buttercup flower
is highly poisonous and can be fatal if consumed
in large quantities .However once the flower is
boiled it looses its toxicity and can be safely
used in cosmetic and herbal products.
A soothing wax-like vegetable fat that can help
improve the texture of your lips, large
qualities oo candelilla wax can help in curing
cracked heels and sore elbows and knews too.
Cardamom Essential Oil
Known as the oldest breath freshener ever,
cardamom seeds are fortifying and can produce a
sweet aromatic smell that can be spellbinding.
Found in India, the seeds of this plant have an
uplifting effect when chewed since it improves
Chamomile Essential Oil
The sweet flowers perfume of chamomile can
produce hypnotic effects and can calm taught
nerves. It cures insomnia, headaches, migraine
and is best suited for the sensitive skin.
To turn ragged-looking tangled hair into flowing
tresses, all you need is the cherry bark that is
used in herbal mixtures. For stubborn and extra
dry hair, the cherry bark should be combined
with ragwort and nettle.
Chickweed or Stellaria media is a softening
agent that is used in lotions and balms. A thick
pack of chickweed can ensure effective removal
of sores. Using chickweed in a herbal bath can
also help in prevention of skin sores and
Sometimes called the myrrh plant, sweet cicely
gives out a sweet aromatic fragrance when added
to a bath. The redolence is said to cause
aphrodisiac effects as well.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Extracted from cinnamon leaves, this essential
oil has a clove-like smell. It is known to have
anti-inflammatory properties. Used in the
cosmetic industry due to its astringent
properties and aromatic qualities, it has also
been added to hair rinses to impart a brown
tinge. Latest uses include addition to the
potpourri to mellow the sweetness of other
ingredients and add a spicy note to the overall
Also known as the five-finger grass, this herb
is dried and used in baths to provide an
astringent effect. Many under eye balms and
creams include cinquefoil to provide rest to
Also called Cedrat, the fruit of this plant is
used specially for its fragrance. Used to cure
seasickness, intestinal problems and as an
antibiotic too. Africans use it to cure
rheumatism while the Chinese employ it for
warding off evil spirits.
Clary Sag e Essential Oil
A constant fixture in the area of perfumery,
clary sage helps in merging various notes of
other fragrances together. It finds use in
almost all kinds of cosmetics like colognes,
creams, perfumes, powders and the like. The
soothing scent calms nerves, removes mild
depression and reduces fatigue. Additionally,
the dried herb is an astringent and a concoction
made from the seeds is used as an eye wash.
Clove Essential Oil
Known in India for reducing pain in the teeth
and as part of daily culinary needs, the clove
is used in potpourris and baths due to its
redolence. Used in hair rinses to lend a red or
brown hue, cloves are also known to have
astringent qualities. The spicy sweet smell that
they emanate is also known to induce sleep and
lift low spirits. And if this was not all, this
wonder herb is rumored to be an aphrodisiac due
to its alternating stimulating and calming
A super softener that is used in creams and
lotions, this semi-solid fat melts at body
temperature and lends itself to immediate
absorption. The intense demulcent and
conditioning effect can be put to good use in
creams for dry skin and an ointment for cracked
skin. Special use pertains to removal of crow’s
feet and wrinkles at the back of the neck. It is
a particular favorite among pregnant women for
its known stretch mark removal qualities.
Coconut oil is unstable and goes rancid easily.
The coconut oil is obtained from the coconut
kernel and is solid at room temperature. It is
cheap but beneficial oil that is generally used
to make soap with moisturizing properties. In
combination with other skin care ingredients,
coconut oil has been used in lotions, hand
washes and creams to increase moisturizing
The active ingredient in comfrey allantoin has
been known to aid in the removal of lesions and
pus filled pimples. It helps in cell
regeneration and can therefore be used as an age
reducing lotion. With a range of applications,
comfrey can also be grown in any climate since
it is sturdy andthrives in all places.
Called the blue bottle and bachelor button at
times, the cornflower is used for hair rinses.
Water distilled with cornflower is also used as
an eye wash.
Used in various creams and lotions, cucumber is
specially known as an ingredient in sunburn
lotions. The juice has shown incredible
effectiveness in curing freckles and skin
irritations. Tired eyes can find solace under a
slice of cucumber. It is also known to have
toning and astringent properties. Cucumber face
packs have been known to have a desired
vanishing effect on wrinkles, dark skin pigment
and dead skin.
A popular silicone oil, Dimenthecone is used in
several hair and nail related products. Used in
adhesives and aquarium sealants, this oil is
also used as a food additive and helps fight
Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline is a plant-derived
ingredient, which is highly effective in toning
and firming the skin. Used in several skin care
products this compound is helps rejuvenate the
skin while preventing wrinkles and freckles.
Used extensively in homeopathy to augment the
immune system, Echinacea extract is used in skin
care products as well. Used more as an oral
capsule pill than an external application, this
natural substance is also used as a cleanser.
An emollient and cooling agent, a decoction of
the same also makes a good hair dye. The
elderberry fruit is a mild astringent that
cleans freckles off the face and can be used as
eyewash. The cooling properties are useful when
you have had a bit tad too much of the sun.
Elderflower is also used in a bath as a relaxing
and soothing agent.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Known widely for its antiseptic properties, the
eucalyptus is a fantastic cure during a cold or
a respiratory condition. Added in a hot bath, it
provides vapors that help respiratory problems
and the aroma calms nerves and induces sleep.
The camphor-smelling herb is used as massage oil
that has antiseptic properties and can therefore
heal lesions, cracks and sores on the skin.
The fennel seed provides relaxation to tired
muscles and is extensively used in facila steams
to open and medicate pores. Combined with nettle
leaves, fennel is known to make a tea that can
help you gain the curves that you have always
Used in ancient cultures in religious and
marriage ceremonies (due to its known properties
as a n aphrodisiac), figs are used as an
emollient and cleaning agent. Direct application
of the fig extract can help in removal of warts
Used to soften skin and hair, flax is a common
ingredient in several creams, face packs and
even hair products. Flaxseed oil, commonly known
as linseed oil is a drying agent and mixed with
other oils for best results. The oil is also a
relaxant and a massage with it is highly
recommend during ‘irritable’ times
Folic acid is the water-soluble form of vitamin
B. It is used by the body for making new cells
and thus highly beneficial for those wanting to
conceive and those in the first trimester of
Geranium Essential Oil
Apart from being a beautiful flower, Geranium is
also an astringent. The scent of the flower
makes it a favorite for potpourris and its root
is even used as a vaginal douche to prevent and
cure regular discharge.
Ginger Essential Oil
A popular spice from Asia, ginger is not only
recommended for skin allergies but also prevents
nausea, congestion and mental fatigue. The spice
is considered an aphrodisiac and therefore is
highly popular in several parts of the world. It
is the root of the plant, which is said to have
Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract
A popular Chinese spice, this herb is known to
improve both blood circulation and memory. It is
also considered an anti oxidant helps fight
degenerative diseases by blocking oxidative
damage to the body. A beneficial herb if you can
remember the name.
Ginseng Root Extract
Another Chinese herb, Ginseng is priced dearer
than gold itself. The wild variety is very
expensive while the cultivated one is more
commonly used. Despite being considered the king
of tonics, it is not beneficial in diseases like
bronchitis and so not the ‘cure it all’ that it
is considered in the west.
Glycerin forms the base of almost all creams,
soaps, cough syrups and lotions. It is a
colorless sweet liquid, which is found in all
kinds of fat, be in animal or vegetable. The oil
is used to treat chapped lips frequently and is
very effective on other parts of the body too.
Extracted from sugar producing crops like sugar
cane, glycolic acid helps fight dead skin cell
build up. It is a colorless, odorless,
water-soluble crystalline solid, which is used
in many skin care products since it helps rid
the skin of the outer dead cells, exposing the
healthy inner layer.
The extract of this tropical fruit is used for
exfoliating the skin apart from cellulites, acne
and toning. Known to have rejuvenating qualities
this fruit extract is as beneficial as consuming
the fruit itself. However, never use while sun
bathing, otherwise the effects could be
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract helps accelerate
production of natural elastin, protecting skin
against free-radical damage and restore skin’s
clarity. Grape seed extract has anti
bacterial qualities that make it an excellent
preservative. The sweet smell of this relaxant
makes it popular in aromatherapy products. So
next time you eat the grape, save the seed.
Green Tea Extract
Having potent bioflavonoid qualities, Green Tea
extract contains highly effective anti-oxidants
that naturally slow skin’s aging process and
fight harmful environmental effects on the skin.
It also aids in reducing inflammation of the
skin. Green tea has been used over several
centuries by the Chinese as a relaxant.
The leaves of the plant are used in medicines
that help fight the onset of adult diabetes.
They contain gymnemic acid, which helps reduce
active glucose and thus prevent diabetes.
Gymnema Sylvestris is also suspected to have
beneficial effects on those suffering from high
cholesterol. The plant does interfere with human
taste buds, which is why it is recommended
Extracted from the Hazel nut, which is grown
mostly in Europe and Asia, hazelnut oil is used
for cooking due to its distinctive taste. The
nutty flavor adds to the taste of the dish
making the oil an open secret of many cooks.
Hibiscus Flower Extract
The lovely red, white and yellow flowers of the
Hibiscus are used to attain the hibiscus flower
extract. The extract is highly beneficial for
achieving and maintaining a soft crowning glory.
The product is also known to have softening
effects on the skin.
Honeysuckle flowers are known for their sweet
smell and taste. The oil of the flower is often
used as a relaxant in massages. The oil also
works wonders on skin and hair both. Many asthma
patients swear by the honeysuckle syrup, which
helps relieve sore throats too. The bark oil of
this plant is good for wrinkle prevention.
The plant resembles a bunch of stems and has
been used by Africans to cure indigestion and
minor infections. Hoodia Gordonii is been
propagated as a dietary suppressant but no
scientific proof has backed this claim yet.
The acid is naturally produced by the skin and
helps retain its moisture. Wrinkles are produced
when this acid diminishes, which it does with
age. It is used combined with skin serum for
achieving that instant face life.
Idebenone is a synthetic analog of one of life's
most essential biochemicals, coenzyme Q10 (Co
Q10). Idebenone is a powerful antioxidant, more
so than Co Q10, and in some studies is 30 to 100
times more effective, than vitamin E. Tests show
a significant decrease in the appearance of fine
lines and wrinkles and improvement in the look
of firmness, tone, texture and radiance.
Jojoba oil is 100% pure magic and is one of
the oils that have the best affinity to human
skin, and is an excellent moisturizer and can be
used on extra-dry and flaky skin, to help
restore elasticity and smoothness.
Non-dissolvable proteins, keratins are known for
forming a film on the surface to prevent
moisture loss. Keratin is found in high
quantities in amphibians and reptiles. Keratin
is used in sun blocks as well as moisturizers.
Found in the African forests, Kola Nut has a
bitter flavor and high caffeine content. The nut
was formerly used in Cola drinks but now finds
place in medication used to treat asthma and
whooping cough. Wonder if earlier cola drinks
helped cure these diseases too.
Lactose is a milk sugar, used as a binder and texture
Lavender Essential Oil
Got from the lovely lavender flowers, the
lavender essential oil is highly favored in the
cosmetic industry. Its soothing and gentle but
also stimulating and warming, it brings
increased circulation to the skin. Lavender
essential oil calms burns and other skin
irritations and has antimicrobial and
anti-parasitic properties. Right from
preventing and curing skin problems like acne,
eczema and even minor cuts, to relieving
headaches and dandruff, the oil is considered
very effective. Lavender aroma is well known for
its soothing relaxing effects. It is also one of
the few pleasing insect repellents to be found
Lecithin helps give creams a desirable
smoothness and keeps the water and oil portions
from separating. It provides a pleasant feel on
the skin and helps moisture retention. Lecithin
is a component of all of the body's cell
membranes, helping form and stabilize them.
Also called sweet balm, lemon balm is often
mixed with rosemary in tea. Fresh leaves are
favored over dried ones. The balm is also known
for its effect in encouraging hair growth as
well as correcting skin blemishes.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is considered an herbal panacea. The pale
yellow oil is known for not only its aromatic
flavor but also its therapeutic abilities. It is
antiseptic, cleansing and strengthening to
connective tissues. Traditionally used to reduce
the appearance of cellulite and firm the skin’s
elasticity, the uplifting fragrance is the
perfect pick me up.
Lemon Verbena is consumed with tea in Mexico
while its leaves are used to cure insomnia and
indigestion. The oil of the plant is used in
soap making and of course used as bath herbs
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemon grass essential oil has a distinct citrus
smell, which makes it popular for aromatherapy
and other scent requiring areas. The oil goes
beyond just being a nice smell and is highly
beneficial for oily skin and dull hair.
Licorice extract is used both cosmetically as
well as medicinally. The oils help open the
pores of the skin so that other essential oils
may seep through. The oil is highly effective in
curing under eye bags as well as acne and
Lime Essential Oil
A fruit with high vitamin c content, lime has
several uses. It’s peel is used as a face scrub
and dried to add flavor to potpourris, while its
juice is used as an astringent. Lime essences
are frequently used in soaps and colognes for
their unique smell.
Linden is known as Tilia also and is
specially used for its sedative qualities.
Linden forms an essential ingredient of sedative
tea and is often mixed in baths for similar
effects. Used to calm hyperactive personalities
the oil is considered a great relaxant.
Lychee extract promotes long-term skin hydration
and chamomile extract soothes skin and helps to
Mango Butter is a heavy, edible plant fat similar to cocoa
butter and therefore used in chocolate making.
Helps consistency and stabilization of
emulsions. Contains natural tocopherol (vitamin
E). A relatively occlusive fat, it stays on the
skin as a barrier, protecting the skin from
The root of the marshmallow plant is soft and
gooey while its leaves are covered with highly
therapeutic substances. It is for this reason
that the plant finds special place in medicines
and cosmetic that are designed to cure bruises,
allergies and sore skin. The sugar marshmallow
though is not a derivative of the plant.
Not only highly beneficial for infants, mashed
banana is extremely nourishing for the skin too.
Using it as a facial mask will help rid the skin
of blemishes as well as dryness.
Mica is a mineral that provides natural shimmer in
make-up. The word "mica" is thought to be
derived from the Latin word micare, meaning to
shine, in reference to the brilliant appearance
of this mineral.
Mimosa has an appealing smell and several
varieties to it. The sleeping grass that curls
on touch is also a Mimosa variety. The oils from
the flower are used in several perfumes.
Monoi de Tahiti
Monoi de Tahiti is the result of combing tiare
flowers and coconut oil. The effects of the oil
are various. Right from protecting baby skin to
providing lost luster to one’s hair, the oil is
known for it all.
Derived from the mustard plant, which produces
tiny yellow blossoms, mustard seeds are a common
spice from India. The seeds are also ground to
form a mustard paste, which is popular all over
the world. The seeds are also known to cure
Said to belong to Goddess Venus the Myrtle plant
has several related uses. It is used for vaginal
douching due to its fragrance and antiseptic
qualities. The plant finds common usage in linen
closets for scenting the towels etc.
Neroli maybe extracted from both bitter as
well as sweet oranges. It is highly priced and
is used in perfume making. Apart from being used
for aromatherapy, the oil is also used in sleep
pillows since it is a relaxant. Interestingly it
is also considered an aphrodisiac.
Nettles help increase blood circulation and are
thus highly beneficial for revitalizing the
skin. Nettle is also used as a hair-wash and
leaves the hair shinning and dandruff free. It
is highly recommended for arthritis baths.
Nutmeg has several cosmetic and medicinal uses.
An extract, powder or oil can be extracted from
the nut. Nutmeg oil is highly favored for
its tonic and stimulating proprieties, which
smoothens the skin as well as protects it
against germs. Studies credit nutmeg
with a skin-lightening effect based on its
ability to inhibit tyrosinase activity.
As the name suggest Oakmoss is lichen. It is
commonly used for soap as well as perfume
making. Strangely, the moss has no smell when
fresh but develops a musk fragrance when dried
and for this reason has been found in several
Pharaohs in Egypt.
Oats contains a colloid that has soothing
properties on the skin. Oatmeal-based
preparation are celebrated for irritated
skin resulting from sunburn, psoriasis, or
allergic dermatitis. Oatmeal seems to
subdue the irritation and relieve redness and
itching. It also acts a soap-free
cleanser, perfect for delicate , sensitive skin.
Oatmeal also absorbs oil from the skins surface
and reduces redness.
An all-purpose oil, olive oil is extracted from
the green olive fruit. It has a moisturizing
effect on skin and hair and is of course used as
cooking oil too. Olive oil application is said
to help cure insect bites, bruises and even the
stubborn stretch marks.
This Far East orange blossom is valued for its
soothing effect and so beneficial in depression
and shock treatments but interestingly at the
same time, it is also a strong aphrodisiac, not
to mention an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory
Derived from natural plants this tripeptide is
used in several cosmetic products. It increases
collagen, GAGS and helps reduce wrinkles. It is
a common ingredient of most anti wrinkle creams.
A common garden flower, the pansy has several
cosmetic uses. The high content of salicylic
acid provides it with astringent qualities.
Specially used for skin diseases in kids, pansy
extract is found in several lotions and
ointments. The fresh leaf of the pansy helps
Panthenol is most commonly known as vitamin B 5
and is popular in the cosmetic industry for its
deeply moisturizing abilities. It is frequently
used in shampoos for its biding quality and also
used to cure sun burns and minor rashes.
Another fruit, which is used for cosmetic
purposes, too is the papaya. The fruit maybe
mashed and applied for degreasing oily
complexions. The milk from the stalk if diluted
makes an excellent exfoliate. The fruit aids
The flower of the passionflower plant is known
to have a soothing effect and so used favorably
in teas and bath herbs. The fruit of the plant
makes a tasty and cleansing face pack.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This oil has a nice mint flavor, which has a
dual purpose of cooling in warm weather and
warming in cold times. The oil also has
antiseptic qualities and is a great insect
The juice of the pineapple makes a great
astringent, much like its flesh. Pineapple
extract works well as a oily skin wash too. The
juice is also said to relieve sore throats. Very
popular amongst kids
The pearl found in Polynesia is crushed ad used
in several cosmetic products. Mixed with green
tea the Polynesian pearl power forms the base of
several eye make up products.
Pomegranate juice has a distinct red un-washable
color and often used as a body dye. The fruit
juice is an astringent for oily skin and
consuming it helps relieve diarrhea symptoms.
Quince forms the base of several lotions and
creams. Similar to flax seeds the Quince seeds
also are exfoliating and often missed with
rosewater to serve as a healing after-shave. The
plant was said to be worshipped by Venus
A member of the gooseberry family, the red
currant is sour and often used it jellies and
jams. It is known as a digestive, an astringent,
a blood cleanser and even helps relieve symptoms
Rice Bran Oil
Much like wheat germ oil the rice barn oil
is rich in vitamin E and so used for its anti
oxidant qualities in soaps, moisturizers and
even applied to the skin directly.
Considered the king of flowers the rose is
said to be the supreme healer. The flower is
said to have therapeutic effects apart from
having the ability to cleanse the entire system.
The fragrance of the flower makes it popular
with perfumes too.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Known for its fresh herbal scent, rosemary
essential oil works very well on hair issues
like dandruff, thinning and hair loss. The
Mediterranean spice oil should not however be
used during pregnancy.
Used extensively for adding flavor and color
to food, Saffron is one of the most expensive
spices of the world. It is used in hair dyes and
lotions for its rich red color. The spice
induces perspiration and is an anodyne too.
A combination of Clary Sage, Dalmation Sage
and Spanish Sage is called sage oil. Used
extensively in soaps and perfumes, the oil is
also used to cure skin related issues. Sage oil
is also used in mouthwashes and works as a great
hair rinse too,
The wood of the tree has a unique fragrance,
which makes it so popular. Sandalwood is an
effective antiseptic, which helps cure minor
burns and cuts. Peculiar to India, sandalwood is
used in several soaps and lotions apart from
being a secret aphrodisiac ingredient.
The Sassafras tealeaves are used to
disinfect the skin and as a cure for acne. Mixed
with rosemary water the tea makes a great eye
and mouthwash. The bark of the plant helps
relive the poison oak itch.
Scarlet Pimpernel is extensively used in
cosmetics especially in skin care products that
help cure acne, freckles and minor rashes. The
plant also has astringent qualities.
Scotch broom is known for its distinctive
yellow color. Used in hair rinses to add shine
to the hair, scotch brown is also a relaxant and
is popular for winning its fight with cellulite.
Kelp is another name for seaweeds and is
known to be high in vitamins and minerals that
help generate new cells for hair, skin and
nails. The weed is largely consumed by those
wanting to shed weight.
Shea butter derived from the Shea tree is
highly effective in curing skin related
diseases. Right from dry skin to wrinkles, this
West African butter is known as the most natural
anti inflammatory sun screen available today.
Sodium Hyaluronate has a high ability to
retain water due to which it is used in a lotion
form to hydrate the skin cells.
Sugarcane Extract is a by-product of
sugarcane and is said to have therapeutic
effects. Though there have been claims that the
product helps lower cholesterol no scientific
evidence for this has been found yet.
Tangerine Essential Oil
Tangerine is highly effective in curing acne
and oily skin. Mixed with yogurt, tangerine
makes a great face pack. The juice diluted with
water maybe used as a effective face rinse. Its
oil is used in perfumes and colognes too.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
This spicy smelling oil can do wonders for
the skin. Right from curing dryness, acne,
rashes and even athlete’s foot, the Australian
oil is known to do it all.
The thyme plant is peculiar to Spain and is
known for its hot herbal flavor. It is an
aromatic antiseptic, which is used in deodorants
and perfumes not to mention toothpaste. Makes a
great herbal bath mix when combined with
lavender and mint!
Titanium dioxide is a naturally mined
mineral and a common agent used in sunscreen
products that works by physically blocking the
Used across many industries, Titanium
Dioxide is considered to be safe for ingestion
into the human body. Industries that use
titanium dioxide include the food, medical,
dental, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries,
Primarily found in the west, the Valerian
extract is known to have a calming effect making
it a popular sedative. It helps in curing blood
circulation related problem and is a painkiller
One of the most common ice cream flavors of
the world, the Vanilla bean is used in
cosmetic preparations for its calming essence.
The oil of the bean is used for massages that
rejuvenate the body .All in all a perfect flavor
for any occasion.
Walnut is a highly liked dry fruit. Its
leaves are used in shampoos and bath gels while
its hull is used in hair dyes. The oil of the
nut is beneficial for anti dandruff treatment.
The white lotus flower was held sacred by
Buddhists and Egyptians alike. It is an
astringent, antiseptic, sedative, aphrodisiac
and best of all; the stem of the plant is
White Tea extract is a powerful anti-oxidant
packed with anti-aging polyphenols. It boosts
the immune function of skin cells, protects from
the damaging effects of the sun and pollutants
and leaves skin free to renew, repair and
White Truffle Oil
Used as table oil, the white truffle oil is
known to have nourishing effects on hair as well
as skin. The aroma of the oil is distinct and so
used in aromatherapies too. This rather
expensive oil is made from white truffles found
in the base of trees.
Wintergreen is a popular in skin related
cosmetics and medications, however, it is high
in mehyl salicylate content and those allergic
to it should avoid using wintergreen-containing
products. Extensively used in aromatherapy and
facial scrubs the plant and its oil have a fresh
scent to it.
Witch hazel is distinguished by its unique
fragrance and is used in aromatherapy as well as
combined with tea to form a face wash. Mixed
with rosewater, witch hazel can be used as
eyewash too. The scent also makes it a popular
under arm application.
The word means rejuvenation and the flowers
do just that. The strong scent of these blossoms
can cause nausea and so must be used in extreme
moderation. Good for the skin and nervous
system, Ylang Ylang is used to cure mood swings
Zinc oxide is highly favored in skin
products since it is known for its healing
qualities. Effectively used in case of minor
cuts and burns the compound is a very good sun