Botanical name: Tanacetum annuum
Plant part: The herb
Origin: North Morocco
Production: Sustainably wild harvested, certified organic
Extraction: Steam distillation of the fresh flowering tops
Note: Blue tansy is one of the chamazulene-rich essential oils with all that this implies; its chamazulene content is often as high as 38%.
Topical use: In dilution for any condition presenting skin irritation, redness, heat, itching and so on (including insect stings and bites); for soft tissue injury and pain in general, as well as muscle aches and pains.
Psychological function: Cooling, soothing and harmonizing, Blue Tansy will help relieve everyday stress, tension and worries. This oil is also amazingly useful for relieving irritability, oversensitivity and emotional frustration — in short, a saving boost to emotional equilibrium.
Botanical name: Daucus carota
Plant part: The fruit
Production: Cultivated selective
Extraction: Steam distillation
Topical use: The oil tones and revitalizes tired skin, and nourishes dry, sensitive or mature skin.
Psychological function: Carrot seed oil is mildly centering and balancing.
Botanical name: Boswellia sacra
Plant part: The oleo-gum-resin
Origin: Somalia, East Africa
Production: Sustainably wild-harvested
Extraction: Steam distillation of the dried resin
Topical use: Balances and tones dry or mature skin types. Frankincense also promotes skin-cell regeneration, thereby helping reduce wrinkles and scar tissue, and promoting tissue repair with wounds, sores and the like. This oil is also a mild topical analgesic.
Psychological function: Frankincense is paradoxical oil with the ability to uplift, calm and ground all at the same time. By promoting mental clarity, focus and composure, Frankincense encourages insight and creativity, and is therefore traditionally used with meditation and other rituals involving sacred space. Additionally, it reduces sensory overstimulation and relieves emotional instability.
Botanical name: Helichrysum angustifolium
Plant part: The flower
Origin: Coastal Herzegovina (Dalmatia)
Production: Sustainably wild harvested and certified organic
Extraction: Steam distillation of the semi-dried flowers
Topical use: Cooling, soothing and skin-regenerating oil for sensitive and dry skin types. In dilution, this oil is very helpful for resolving acute or chronic tissue trauma of most kinds, especially black-and-blue bruise marks, wounds, muscle aches and pains, sprains, broken veins etc.
Psychological function: Emotionally nurturing and harmonizing, Helichrysum is perfect for mood swings as well as states of grief and sorrow. By calming the mind, Helichrysum will help relieve worry, irritability and mental restlessness, and on a deeper level can help resolve and heal past emotional trauma.
Botanical name: Jasminum grandiflorum
Plant part: The flower
Extraction: Solvent extraction
Topical use: Soothing dry or irritated skin
Psychological function: Nurturing, sensualizing and euphoric, Jasmine works on transforming insecurity, emotional inhibition and sensory disconnection. This oil also helps one cope with intense emotions of all kinds and is excellent for short-term treatment of withdrawal conditions.
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
Plant part: The flower
Origin: Provence, France
Production: A population Lavender produced at medium altitude from cultivated organic stands in southern France
Extraction: Steam distillation of the semi-dried flower spikess
Topical use: In dilution Lavender is cooling, soothing, healing and regenerating in a variety of skin issues, including sensitive skin, itchy skin conditions, cuts, wounds, burns, scalds, sprains and insect stings and bites.
Psychological function: Lavender soothes, calms and harmonizes, relieving nervous tension and anxiety. It can help resolve emotional conflicts and crises, and facilitates letting go of past negative experiences. The oil is also well-known for relieving sleeping problems.
Botanical name: Citrus aurantium
Plant part: The flower
Origin: Southern Italy
Production: Cultivated select
Extraction: Water distillation of the fresh flowers
Topical use: Neroli oil enhances all skin types
Psychological function: Neroli calms, nurtures and uplifts, relieving overstimulation and emotional distress. Neroli is very helpful for conditions of grief, worry, fearfulness and withdrawal, especially when associated with nervous tension and restlessness.
It contains high amounts of carrotenoids, including pro-vitamin A, which we all know encourages skin cell proliferation. Significant levels of vitamin E and C are also present.
Among the few reported effects of the extract of Sea Buckthorn berries is the retardation of the aging process of the skin; protection from UV rays; support of skin healing of all kinds including burns, skin ulcers, acne and many forms of inflammation (dermatitis). The oil has high amounts of many anti-oxidants and delivers many protective benefits to the skin.
Botanical name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Plant part: The root
Origin: North Madagascar
Production: Cultivated organic
Extraction: Steam distillation of the washed, dried roots
Topical use: Used in dilution, the oil can deeply nourish and regenerate dry, thin, dehydrated or mature skin. Vetiver works by nourishing and moisturizing the subcutical layer. It is excellent for tissue trauma of any kind.
Psychological function: Known as the ‘oil of tranquility,’ Vetiver calms, grounds, cools and nurtures. Vetiver is helpful for mental restlessness, racing thoughts, chronic stress or burnout with withdrawal. Vetiver can also help with insecurity and sexual disinterest from chronic overwork or overstimulation.
Inonotus obliquus, commonly known as Chaga Mushroom
This mushroom has multiple benefits to the skin: Chaga has been shown to slow down aging of the skin by increasing the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin, improving the immume function of the skin and protect the skin against harmful UV rays. Chaga helps to detoxify skin on a cellular level by enhancing circulation and blood flow to the skin and increases energy to the epidermis. This helps to remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin and scar tissue. This mushroom has been historically used in Russia, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia by dermatologists for wrinkles, sagging skin, brown spots, hyperpigmemtation, premature ageing, under-eye circles and puffiness, cellulite, stretch marks, varicose, spider veins, and surface capillaries.
Cordyceps Mycelial, commonly known as Cordyceps Mushroom
One of the most prized herbs in all of Chinese medicine. Modern studies show Cordyceps to be something of a panacea: strongly antioxidant, antiviral and bacterial, anticancer, moderates blood pressure and blood sugar, reduces cholesterol, protects and tonifies the liver, kidney, heart and nervous system. It may also have activity against cancer cells particularly with lung and skin cancers.
Hypsizygus Ulmarius, commonly known as “Elm Oyster”
This mushroom gets attention for its immune-enhancing and cancer-protective properties, as well as for it amazing ability to combat and reduce inflammation when applied to the skin. Many common skin conditions including sensitivity, dehydration, puffiness hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles are caused by chronic inflammation. Hypsizygus ulmarius has a long history of enhancing health, boosting resistance to stress, and promoting healthy longevity.
It has been used for centuries in African skin treatments. This highly therapeutic oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 (Panthothenic acid), Vitamin D, E, minerals, protein, lecithin and fatty acids. It is a useful, penetrating nutrient for dry skin and eczema. Avocado Oil is known to have healing and regenerating qualities.
Sesame Seed Oil
It is rich in essential fatty acids and helps to maintain integrity of the skin tissue while restructuring and moisturizing the skin. This organic Sesame Seed Oil is rich in vitamins E and B, and in various minerals including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
This oil is actually a liquid wax. It is highly penetrating and closely resembles the natural sebum within our skin. Jojoba is useful for removing excess oils and to help balance the skin’s natural oil. Jojoba has natural anti-inflammatory properties called myristic acid and is useful in formulations for arthritis and rheumatism.
This organic oil is especially high in the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, neither can be manufactured by the body. Camelina Oil is over 10x higher in these acids than many other common oils. It is nourishing and helps to heal and treat skin conditions such as Eczema and psoriasis. The essential fatty acids contained in Camelina Oil help to repair cells. Camelina Oil helps to improve the elasticity of skin and is thus effective for maturing or sensitive skin. Its high content of natural tocopherols gives it a very stable shelf life against oxidation.
Sweet Almond Oil
This oil is great for softening and conditioning the skin and hair. It is well suited for eczema, psoriasis and itchy, dry and inflamed skin. Organic Sweet Almond Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E plus it’s light and penetrates easily.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
This organic oil is highly emollient and extremely nourishing. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and mineral zinc. Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil is high in unsaturated fatty acids (about 60%). Pumpkin Seed Oil has good moisturizing and lubricating properties, and it can be used on all skin types. It is especially good in combating fine lines and moisture loss.
It is unique oil that contains over 98% fatty acids that have over 20 carbon atoms. Meadowfoam Seed Oil is said to moisturize the skin and hair better than most common oils, and it helps prevent moisture loss. Additionally, Meadowfoam Seed Oil helps revitalize dry, cracked skin and is especially beneficial for its UV protection properties.
Borage Seed Oil
This oil is one of the richest sources of gamma linolenic acid, and also contains important vitamins and minerals. Borage Seed Oil nourishes and hydrates the skin. This oil is superior for maturing skin or damaged skin when regeneration of new skin cells is needed.
This organic oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It has natural anti-oxidant properties and is slightly astringent. Studies illustrate that Organic Rosehip Oil helps improve skin elasticity, regenerates skin cells, slows down premature aging, reduces the formation of wrinkles, and reduces scarring.