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Almond Oil (Prunus Dulcis)

The almond is native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, eastward as far as the Indus. Almond is considered to be one of the earliest domesticated tree nuts.  Almond oil, particularly oil that is derived from sweet almonds, is beneficial in many ways.  Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin A and E, along with B1, B2 and B6, with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties soothing and softening the skin.  It has been traditionally used to massage and lubricate the skin, absorbing easily as a natural emollient and moisturizer that can be used topically to treat chronic dry and flaky skin, nourishing the scalp making brittle or weakened hair thicker and stronger.  Almond oil has a mildly sweet, non-irritating and calming odor, so it is often used in aromatherapy. There also are internal benefits of almond oil, such as aiding in digestion, boosting the immune system and acting as a gentle laxative.  Almond oil also relieves mild muscular pain, eczema, psoriasis, treats minor wounds, sunburn, infections and prevents the spread of bacterial infections commonly associated with acne.

Aloe Vera Oil (Aloe Barbadenis)

Aloe barbadenis commonly referred to as aloe, is a member of the Liliaceae (Lily family) and evolved in Africa.  Aloe is known as "lily of the desert", the "plant of immortality", and the "medicine plant".  Aloe has skin nourishing and restorative properties that softens, moisturizes and is used externally to treat a number of skin irritations.  It’s antiseptic and antibiotic properties make it highly valuable in treating cuts and abrasions.  The immune enhancing and antiviral properties of aloe vera are attributed to its water soluble polysaccharide, acemannan, and the Aloe plant is about 96% water, and the rest of it contains active ingredients including essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glycoproteins.  Aloe contains at least three anti-inflammatory fatty acids that are helpful for the stomach, small intestine and colon.  It naturally alkalizes digestive juices to prevent over acidity - a common cause of indigestion.  It helps cleanse the digestive tract by exerting a soothing, balancing effect.  

Anti-oxidant

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules.  Originally, antioxidant specifically referred to a chemical that prevented the consumption of oxygen.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, extensive study focused on the use of antioxidants in important industrial processes, such as the prevention of metal corrosion, the vulcanization of rubber, and the polymerization of fuels in the fouling of internal combustion engines.   Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent, and during this process harmful by-products (free radicals) are produced.  Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals, which are highly unstable, by giving one of their electrons, snatching away electrons from stable molecules, causing damage to cell membranes, cell nucleus, and the cell DNA they contain.  Antioxidants in effect, absorb the free radicals, which reduces or prevent some amounts of oxidative damage.  Our care essentials are loaded with effective antioxidants, to help lessen free radical damage.  Antioxidants also have many industrial uses, such as preservatives in food and cosmetics and to prevent the degradation of rubber and gasoline.

Apricot Oil (Prunus Armeniaca)

The apricot, known formally as Prunus Armeniaca, is a small, yellow to orange, soft fruit with a single pit inside, and at the core of the pit is the kernel, which can be pressed to yield apricot kernel oil.  The oil is used in skincare products and as a culinary flavoring.  Apricot kernel oil is well suited for skin care and as carrier oil.  Apricot oil is good for dry, irritated and inflamed skin, and gentle enough for the elderly to use.  Apricot kernel oil is a light, but rich oil that contains the essential fatty acids oleic and linoleic acid, and is high in vitamins A and E.  Applying regularly will keep skin smooth and flexible.  In addition, Apricot Kernel Oil is used as an antitussive, anti-asthmatic and to treat tumors in traditional Chinese medicine.  It helps to calm the inflammation / irritation of eczema and dermatitis. When combined with an equal amount of St. John's Wort Oil, it is acts as anti-inflammatory and has a cooling effect.  Apricot kernel oil is also used in lotions, creams, and balms, soaps and massage oils as well.

Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa L.)

Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree (Argania Spinosa L.), native to Morocco, and achieved the nickname "Liquid Gold" and "Gold of Morocco."  Argan oil possesses a unique ability to beautify the skin and hair.  Moroccans have been using the oil for beauty and health reasons for centuries.  Argan oil is known for its anti-aging benefits, rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, correcting age related deficiencies in the skin.  Argan oil benefits skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, dry skin, eczema, chicken pox, relief of arthritic or rheumatism pain and is rich in carotenes, unsaturated fatty acids and essential fatty acids.  Argan oil contains two unique ingredients schottenol and spinasterol that help reduce inflammation, and block cholesterol from being absorbed in the intestines, possessing anti-cancer properties.  Argan oil restores hair damaged by chemicals and environmental free radicals, increasing the elasticity of hair, which reduces hair breakage.  It is used for nutritive and cosmetic properties.

Avocado Oil (Persea Americana)

Avocado oil is an edible oil pressed from the fruit of the Persea Americana (avocado) contains protein, vitamins A, D, and E, amino acids and lecithin.  Avocado oil is highly therapeutic that easily penetrates the skin.  Softens and increases elasticity, leaving no greasy residue on the skin.  It is also beneficial for rash, eczema, parched skin, aging skin, scarring on upper layers of skin and even protects delicate skin from the sun's powerful UV rays.  Avocado is known as healing oil that rapidly restores skin to a hydrated state.  Has exceptional cosmetic and nutritional qualities and valued for its regenerative and moisturizing properties.  Avocado Oil is recommended for skin care and soap making.  It has a shelf life of up to one year.  

Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa)

Black seed oil, often called black cumin oil, derives from Nigella sativa seeds, which are cold-pressed to produce the oil. Nigella sativa is an annual flowering plant, native to south and southwest Asia.  This oil is often used as an herbal remedy, and it can be applied externally or consumed.  It also contains zinc, calcium, and niacin.  Black seed oil is a highly effective cure for many ailments, including headaches, toothaches, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, joint pain and autoimmune diseases.  Black seed oil also strengthens the hair and the nails, relieving skin conditions and eliminating intestinal worms.  It has protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and promotes apoptosis (cell death) of the cancer cells.

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