Herb Index

Herbs

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African Sausage Tree, Kigelia Africana

The African Sausage Tree, also known as Kigelia Africana has been used for centuries by our indigenous peoples for healing purposes and is derived from the fruit of the tree. It relieves pain and encourages the natural healing process for burns (including sunburn), fever blisters and pimples!

Applemint

Applemint is balancing and cleansing.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot kernel oil is rapidly absorbed, retains skins elasticity and suppleness and has a high Vitamin E content.

Avocado

Avocado oil can reduce age spots; help heal sun damage and scars due to high quantity of Sterolins it contains. (These plant steroids have a super moisturizing effect on the skin!)It is easily absorbed into the deep tissue of the skin and this combined with its emollient qualities make it perfect for mature or dry skins, as well as for skin that suffers from eczema or psoriasis. Avocado oil is also great for treating sun or climate damaged skin due to its regenerative properties.

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Baobab Oil

Baobab oil is known for its skin softening and restructuring properties that improves the elasticity of the skin. It is easily and quickly absorbed and it encourages regeneration of cells without clogging pores. It also encourages Essential fatty acids contribute towards maintaining a healthy skin. The oil’s superb moisturizing benefits also extend to the hair. This soothing oil also helps with sun damage.

Barley Grass

Barley grass in an anti oxidant.

Bearberry

Bearberry contains the active ingredient Arbutin that is very popular in Japan and other Asian countries for skin de-pigmentation. Arbutin can be used to whiten the skin, to prevent liver spots and freckles, to treat sunburn marks and to regulate melanogenesis. It also protects the skin against damage caused by free radicals.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay absorbs toxins, impurities and heavy metals from the skin.

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Cape Aloe or Aloe Ferox

Cape Aloe, a high performance moisturizer has the outstanding property of immediately reducing skin irritation after sunburn and other skin irritating activities like waxing. It is also rejuvenating and accelerates wound healing. It also helps kill the Herpes Simplex virus.

Caffeine

Studies have shown that the topical application of Caffeine is particularly effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite, improving circulation, as well as improving skin tone, smoothness and firmness.

Calendula

Calendula has been used to treat a variety of skin disorders, ranging from skin ulcerations to eczema. It has also been used to sooth stomach ulcers and inflammation. It is believed to help with the healing process with wounds, inflammations, burns (including sunburn), eczema, gastritis, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis and sore throats. Calendula is considered by many to be an effective detoxifying herb that can help with the toxicity associated many severe fevers and infections. Calendula is also widely recognized as a cleanser for the liver, gallbladder, and other organs. Calendula provides one of its greatest benefits in relieving eruptive skin disorders such as shingles, a viral infection.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot Seed Oil is one of the strongest revitalizing essential oils available.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil assists in healing and pampering the skin.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile oil is an anti allergic agent, it is also cooling and healing, it neutralizes skin irritants and is a capillary constrictor.

Comfrey Root

Comfrey Root is astringent, soothing, healing on pustules and cuts and it reduces inflammation.

Copper

Copper boosts collagen production.

Corn flour Extract

Corn flour extract is healing and it is a decongestant.

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Elderflower

Elderflower has exceptional properties in firming, toning and refreshing the delicate area around the eyes.

Eyebright

Eyebright has exceptional properties in firming, toning and refreshing the delicate area around the eyes.

F

Flax

Flax is high in omega-3 and helps to build strong cell membranes and improve elasticity of the skin.

G

Geranium

Geranium is renowned for its fast cell regenerating and circulatory stimulating properties.

Grapefruit Seed

Grapefruit seed is an anti oxidant, it is anti-inflammatory and it is also anti-septic.

Green Clay

Green Clay is renowned for its drawing and purifying properties on the skin, and for its ability to absorb oil and purify the skin.

Green Tea

Green Tea is a powerful anti oxidant.

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Hemp Oil

Research has shown that Hemp Oil, rich in Omega 3 and 6, proteins and nutrients, assists the body's natural ability to heal and balance dry skin. It gets absorbed easily through the skin, replenishing the lipids that have been damaged by the sun or dry air and has excellent anti-aging properties. It also helps to heal and fade scars, stretch marks, age spots, wrinkles and minor burns (for repair once wounds has healed).It does not leave an oily residue on the skins surface. The high content of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids) in Hemp Oil also makes it an important ingredient in anti-inflammatory skin care formulations.

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Jojoba Oil

Women have been using Jojoba oil as a beauty treatment for decades, if not centuries. It absorbs easily, is non-greasy, and is very pleasant and soothing no matter what your skin type. Jojoba oil, like other natural oils, is considered a "natural moisturizing factor". Just like the lipids that are naturally found in your skin, it helps fight surface roughness, flaking, and fine lines. But it isn't reserved just for those who have dry skin. Due to the unique molecular structure of jojoba oil, not only will it mix readily with the skin's natural oils, but studies have shown that it can even inhibit the growth of certain types of bacteria associated with acne.

K

Kalahari melon Seed Oil

Kalahari melon Seed oil is moisturising, restructuring and regenerating.

Kelp

Kelp is anti- inflammatory, a disinfectant, highly moisturizing, revitalizing, rich in vitamins and minerals and its antibiotic properties benefit acne.

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Lavender

Lavender has a wealth of skin related benefits! It is excellent for promoting healing and for balancing the skin because of the high percentage of linalool that it contains. It also helps to minimize general ageing of the skin, as the cicatrisant and cytophylactic properties of lavender helps to reduce scarring and stimulates the growth of new skin cells and the rubefacient property promote better circulation Lavender is also ideal to use on problem skin with blackheads, pimples and acne due to its antibacterial, antiviral, bactericide and anti-inflammatory properties.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass acts as a toner, balancing oily skin conditions.

M

Marula Nut Oil

Marula Nut oil is an antioxidant and it reduces trans epidermal water loss.

Melissa

Melissa is cooling and Anti-viral (it kills the Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster.)

Mountain Buchu

Mountain Buhcu is an ancient African plant known for its fine muscle relaxing properties and it is also an excellent reliever of aches and pains.

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Nettle

Nettle is detoxifying

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Olive

Olive is very nourishing.

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom provides a beautiful fragrance and regenerates and tones skin cells.

P

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil cools the skin by constricting the blood vessels. It also relieves skin irritation and itching reducing any redness due to inflammation.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is rich in anti oxidants (especially flavonoids).

Propolis

Propolis also has anti-fungal properties and is particularly suitable for problems such as athlete's foot and cracked heels.

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Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl Palmitate increases skin elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and prevents skin roughness from U.V exposure It also evens out pigmentation.

Rooibos

Rooibos has a high asphalatin flavonoid content that fights aging signs whilst soothing the skin. It also soothes skin irritations when applied directly to the affected area.

Rose

Rose is used for its rejuvenating and healing effect on the skin and also it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosehip

Rosehip is the perfect antidote to premature aging of the skin and general environmental stress. It is a powerhouse of the nutrients and essential fatty acids essential to facilitate the regeneration process of skin cells and the repair of damaged tissues. It absorbs instantly, allowing the skin to breathe as it works, helping reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines and hyper-pigmentation and restoring the skins moisture balance. South African organic Rosehip is renowned for its incredible healing properties on damaged skin and is used extensively by plastic surgeons for post-operative application to speed healing and cell regeneration.

Rosemary

Its antimicrobial action makes it a good choice for calming skin irritations such as pimples and boils. Its clarifying properties make it useful as a toner for oily, dull skin and it is also a wonderful leave-in conditioner for dark hair.

Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood essential oil helps to tone and soothe the skin.

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Shea Butter

Shea Butter speeds cellular regeneration, soften wrinkles, reduce the signs of ageing and calms the skin.

Spearmint Oil

Spearmint oil relieves itchy skin.

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Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea tree oil has a long history of traditional use as a remedy for skin infections as it is an antiseptic and has the ability to kill many bacteria and fungi. It also helps to tone and soothe the skin.

Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E)

Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E) is an antioxidant with skin moisturizing properties. It also stimulates new cell growth and helps with scarring.

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Valerian

Valerian is an Heirloom herb known for its calming and soothing properties.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is ideal as an abundant, natural and safe all-over body maintenance regime. Virgin coconut oil has for centuries been used as a remedy by traditional healers to nurture the body, mind and spirit. It is ideal as an all over body moisturiser and skin conditioner especially for sensitive skins. It may be helpful in topical relief for skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis and after sun relief, through its cooling and soothing properties.

Vitamins A, B, D, C and E

Vitamins A, B, D, C and E are antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage and stimulate cell regeneration improving elasticity, colour and tone of the skin.

Vitamin C (Ascorbyl palmitate)

Vitamin C (Ascorbyl palmitate) is an anti oxidant, it promotes rapid skin hydration, it is photo protective and it has a skin lightening effect.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K lightens dark rings

W

Wild Mint

Wild Mint is used for refining the pores on the skin.

Y

Yarrow

Yarrow is a regenerative astringent and it is also antiseptic.

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