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Laurel leaf, also known as bay laurel leaf, is from the bay laurel tree or shrub. The tree's leaves offer a powerful essential oil with ample health benefits. Greeks and Romans have utilized the medicinal properties of the bay laurel leaf since ancient times to ward off the plague and various ailments. This oil is replete with different types of chemical compounds that act as antioxidants and protect from free radical damage. The fresh leaves also contain ample amounts of vitamin A (6185 IU per 100 gram serving) and vitamin C (46.5 mcg per 100 gram serving). Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin, hair and vision. In addition to this, bay leaves contain vitamin B complex in the form of niacin, riboflavin, pyridoxine and panthothenic acid. Thus, laurel leaf functions as a powerful antioxidant that may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. We love laurel leaf essential oil for its clearing, expectorant actions on the respiratory tract as well as for its antibacterial properties. Try in our Nose Oil and Kapha Body Oil.
The name is derived from the Latin word 'lavera' which means 'to wash' and the Romans used it frequently in their bath routine, and it is said to have been introduced by them into England, where it soon was a firm favorite. The main chemical components of lavender oil are a-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate. Lavender oil is one of the few essentials oils that can be used neat on the skin, and this is especially useful when treating a minor burn wound. Lavender oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscular aches and pains, especially those associated with sport. Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Try in our Vata Spritzer, Pitta Spritzer, Tridoshic Spritzer, Vata Body Oil, Pitta Body Oil, Tridoshic Body Oil, Bliss Blend Tea, Kapha Toner, Tridoshic Toner, Vata Serum, Pitta Serum, Kapha Serum, Tridoshic Serum, Clarify Serum, Floral Water, Ear Oil, Vata Cleanser & Mask, Pitta Cleanser & Mask, Kapha Cleanser & Mask, Tridoshic Cleanser & Mask, Coconut Milk Bath and Anti-itch Remedy.
Native to India, the name is derived from the Arabic 'laimun' or the Persian 'limun'. The tree was brought to Europe by the Crusaders in the Middle Ages and the fruit has a good content of Vitamins A, B and C. An ounce of lemon juice per day was given to sailors in the Royal Navy to alleviate scurvy and other vitamin deficiencies. The main chemical components of lemon oil are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, limonene, trans-a-bergamotene, nerol and neral. Lemon oil soothes and relieves headaches and migraines and is helpful for rheumatism and arthritis. It is also used for clearing acne, neutralizing oily skin and hair, as well as removing dead skin cells, easing painful cold sores, mouth ulcers, herpes and insect bites. It boosts the immune system and cleanses the body, improves the functions of the digestive system, and it is helpful with constipation, dyspepsia and cellulite. Try in our Nose Oil, Kapha Body Oil and Tridoshic Body Oil.
Lemon balm is a perennial herb in the mint family Lamiaceae. It is classified as being calming, soothing, healing and astringent for the skin, while also stimulating circulation. Lemon balm contains caffeic acid and ferulic acid, which provide protection against UV radiation-induced skin damage. It is also high in flavonoids, which have an antioxidant effect on the skin and body. Other skin benefits can be attributed to the herb’s tannins, which are astringent and anti-bacterial in action. Lemon balm is considered to be a nervine sedative, meaning that it calms the nervous system and promotes feelings of peace and tranquility. Try in our Bliss Blend Tea and Kapha Toner.
In India, lemongrass is known as 'choomana poolu' and is also referred to as 'Indian Verbena' or 'Indian Melissa'. The main chemical components of lemongrass oil are myrcene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol, geraniol, neral and traces of limonene and citral. It is considered an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory & antioxidant herbal remedy and has been used throughout the Ayurvedic and Western herbal apothecary for centuries. This plant has specifically been used in Ayurveda to help bring down fevers, treat infectious illnesses and reduce excess kapha dosha both in the body and the mind. Thanks to its bright & uplifting aroma, lemongrass is a valuable ingredient in skin & body care as well as in aromatherapy. For the skin, it has antiseptic and astringent properties; therefore, it works well with oily or kapha type skin. Lemongrass also works well as an insect / mosquito deterrent and can be seen in various all natural bug spray remedies. It is excellent at revitalizing the body and is an effective plant to use to reduce feelings of stress, lethargy and depression. It has been sited to clear headaches, help combat nervous exhaustion and reduce symptoms of jet lag. In addition, lemongrass essential oil may help make the tissues and muscles of the body more supple; thus, reducing muscle aches and pains. Try in our Kapha Serum and Rooibos Chai Blend Tea.
The early Egyptians utilized licorice root, enjoying it in tea as a cure-all concoction. Licorice root was later imported to China and also became an important herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ayurveda has incorporated licorice root into herbal remedies for thousands of years and the Sanskrit term for licorice is yasthimadhu which literally translates to "sweet stick". This dynamic herb is anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce aggravated pitta, and also contains immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid. Licorice is highly recommended to treat respiratory problems because it helps liquefy excess mucus, or kapha, and move it out of the body. It also helps soothe a dry, sore throat, making it a perfect herb to counterbalance the dry, rough qualities of vata dosha. Licorice root is sattvic, or harmonious, in nature, and promotes feelings of calm and tranquility. Topical gels including licorice root are recommended for the treatment of eczema. Licorice root is often used as a successful dermatological treatment due to its antibacterial and demulcent (moisturizing) properties. Along that line of reasoning, holistic health practitioners often suggest applying licorice treatment to the site of tooth decay to kill bacteria. Try in our Hydrate Blend Tea, Woman's Blend Tea, Vata Cleanser & Mask and Clarify Cleanser & Mask.
This is a traditional Ayurvedic massage oil that has over 30 beneficial herbs such as shatavari, dashamula, turmeric, ashwagandha, bala, ginger and brahmi infused into a base of sesame oil. The intention of this herbal oil is to soothe inflammation, ease muscle aches and pains and replenish the body. Mahanarayan oil is ideal for all doshas, especially to strengthen vata dosha. Try in our ZANA Ease Transdermal Roll On.
Originally from China, mandarins, a small citrus fruit, made their first journey to Europe in 1805. Mandarins have an array of health benefits and its essential oil has anti-septic benefits and aids in proper digestion. Being a citrus, mandarin has a warming quality and increases circulation of the blood while also purifying the bloodstream. Mandarin essential oil is known in aromatherapy to relieve stress, fatigue and uplift the senses. As for the skin, mandarin essential oil has antioxidant properties which help the skin stay youthful while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It has been used to balance oily skin as well as brighten dull skin. Try in our Tridoshic Body Oil.
Manjistha, also known as Rubia cordifolia, grows in Southeast Asia, China, tropical Africa and India and is one of the major herbs in the Ayurvedic apothecary. It contains a variety of chemical compounds including: quinones, iridoid glycosides, triterpinoids and beta-sitosterol. This vine-like plant has been used to dye clothing thanks to its rich red sandalwood-like color, derived from its roots. In fact, manjistha translates to "bright red". Beyond its use in dying clothes, manjistha is known for being an excellent purifier for the lymphatic, blood, circulatory and urinary systems. Because of these purifying actions, manjistha is also recommended to clear up blemishes and helps promote a healthy complexion. Manjistha pacifies pitta dosha thanks to its ability to reduce excess heat in the body and it also reduces blockages to flow caused by kapha-type congestion. Try in our Pitta Cleanser & Mask and Clarify Cleanser & Mask.
Native to Australia, the indigenous Bundjalung people of eastern Australia have used this therapeutic plant for a wide range of topical and oral applications including inhaling the oil to treat colds and coughs, applying a poultice of tea tree to skin wounds and brewing a tea with the leaves to remedy a sore throat. The name "tea tree" originated with British explorer, Captain James Cook. He observed how the Bundjalung people brewed their healing tea with the leaves and that is how melaleuca came to be commonly known as tea tree. Tea tree essential oil is from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree. There has been various clinical trials that prove tea tree's efficacy. Tea tree essential oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic and anti-protozoal. It has proven to be beneficial in eradicating head lice, gingivitis, acne, skin inflammation, wounds, scraps, dandruff, cold sores and methicillan-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This potent plant is also undergoing clinical trials to see if it is beneficial in treating skin cancer. Try in our Clarify Cleanser & Mask, Clarify Toner, Clarify Serum, Kapha Toner, Kapha Serum, Kapha Body Oil, Pitta Serum and Anti-itch Remedy.
Neem oil, one of nature’s best ways to deal with problem insects, is pressed from the fruits, seeds and bark of an evergreen tree (Azadiracta indica) that grows in South Asia, especially India, and parts of Africa. The tree’s oil, known in Sanskrit as Sarva Roga Nirvani or “cure of all ailments,” has a long history of skin-care and medicinal uses. Because of its nourishing, acne-fighting qualities, it’s often found in specialty soaps and other modern skin products. Neem is best known as an organic method for controlling insect pests. The compounds contained in the oil work in many ways against many insects, interfering with their reproductive cycles, inhibiting their feeding, serving as a repellent, and, with some pests, as a contact-insecticide that kills them outright. Try in our Pitta Cleanser & Mask, Clarify Cleanser & Mask and Pitta Toner.
It is a native of the Molucca islands, but is also found in Peneng, Java and Sri Lanka. The fruit resembles a small peach and the oil is obtained from the kernel of the seeds. It was used by the Indians for intestinal disorders, the Egyptians in embalming and by the Italians during the Plague. The main chemical components of nutmeg oil are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol, safrole, methyl eugenol and myristicin. Nutmeg oil stimulates the heart and circulation, activates the mind and revives people from fainting spells, while stimulating the digestive system and fighting wind, nausea, chronic vomiting and diarrhea. The oil has shown good anti-inflammatory action, and is also successful in relieving pain, especially muscular aches and pain, as well as rheumatism. Try in our Vata Cleanser & Mask and Golden Milk.
In the early 17th century, Scottish settlers brought oats to North America. Today, the largest commercial producers of oats include the Russian Federation, the United States, Germany, Poland and Finland. Oats, known scientifically as Avena sativa, are a hearty cereal grain able to withstand poor soil conditions in which other crops are unable to thrive. Their fortitude seems to be transferred to those who consume this nutrient-rich grain. Whole grains improve insulin sensitivity by lowering the glycemic index of the diet while increasing its content of fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E. Oats have been known to Reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, Treats mild cases of diabetes, and help to Alleviate high cholesterol levels. Whole flour and oatmeal contain dietary fiber, which improve function of the immune system. Try in our Vata Cleanser & Mask, Pitta Cleanser & Mask, Tridoshic Cleanser & Mask and Coconut Milk Bath.
Also known as tea olive, fragrant olive and sweet olive, osmanthus is a small tree that has been cultivated in China for over 2,500 years. The name osmanthus is from the Greek word osma meaning fragrant and anthos meaning flower and the flowers of the osmanthus tree are just that- wonderfully sweet and fragrant. This fragrant flower has been used in China throughout history to flavor tea. Its essential oil has anti-microbial properties and is also known to calm anxiety and uplift mood. Topically, the essential oil of osmanthus is used to hydrate the skin, improve skin elasticity, sooth inflammation and treat blemishes. Try in our ZANA Ease Transdermal Roll On.