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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 loved licorice root and used it in tea as a cure-all concoction. Licorice was later imported to the Chinese and also became an important herb in their medicinal tradition. Anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid. Licorice is also recommended to treat respiratory problems. Topical gels including licorice are recommended for the treatment of eczema. Licorice is often used as a successful dermatological treatment due to its antibacterial 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.
Mandarins are citrus fruits which are also known as Mandarin oranges or Tangerines. As the name suggests, mandarin plants are native to China. From there, they went to Europe and now Italy is one of the biggest producers of Mandarin Oil. Tangerine Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, cytophylactic, depurative, sedative, stomachic and tonic substance. Tangerine essential oil improves circulation of blood and phlegm, boosts digestion, helps maintain oil and moisture balance in the skin and shows cicatrisant and emollient properties as well. It also eases constipation and treats diarrhea, flatulence, rashes, dryness and cracking of skin, hair problems, and dandruff. Try in our Tridoshic Body Oil.
Manjistha is a plant derived from the roots of Rubia cordifolia. Manjistha grows in Southeast Asia, China, tropical Africa, and India. It contains a variety of quinones, iridoid glycosides, triterpinoids, and beta-sitosterol. This vine-like plant “spreads” throughout the systems of the body, acting most powerfully on the arterial system, the circulatory system, and the skin. From the point of view of the dhatus, Manjistha calms aggravated pitta and breaks up congested kapha. Many pitta-aggravated imbalances in the body, especially those of the blood, may be supported by Manjistha’s affinity for balancing pitta. Because many menstrual problems are a result of congested lymph, Manjistha is superb support for the female reproductive system, especially during the child-birthing years. Because of its effect on for the lymph, Manjistha is considered one of the best herbs for skin – supporting the skin in balancing everything from itchiness to rashes and breakouts. It is a celebrated overall rejuvenative for the complexion. Try in our Clarify Cleanser & Mask.
Native to Australia the aboriginals used the therapeutic oil of the Melaleuca trees for a wide range of topical and oral applications. The oil is used to treat a variety of ailments such as; Propionibacterium acnes, which is the major antimicrobial cause of acne; Escherichia coli (E coli) and Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause food poisoning and infect wounds, Malassezia furfur, the fungal infection that causes seborrheic dermatitis to the sebum-rich areas of the scalp (dandruff), face and body, dermatophytes and other filamentous fungi, which cause topical infections, Lactobacilli and organisms associated with bacterial vaginosis, Candida species and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which can result in gynecological infections, digestive tract problems, also redness and itching to the skin, and Staphylococci and Streptococci species of bacteria that causes impetigo, a raw, itchy superficial skin infection. Try in our Clarify Cleanser & Mask, Kapha Toner, Clarify Toner, Pitta Serum, Kapha Serum, Clarify Serum, Kapha Body Oil 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.