Monday, October 10, 2011

emollient oils, nourishing butters, etc

Argan oil - Expeller pressed. High in Vitamin E, loaded with antioxidants and omega 6 fatty acids. Anti-wrinkle and moisture-boosting, said to minimize acne and eczema. Great for hair, skin, nails.

Tamanu oil - Cold pressed. Said to minimize acne, psoriasis and eczema. Has antimicrobial qualities and has been used to treat everything from shingles to diaper rash! Works wonderfully heal and fade scars and stretch marks.

Kukui nut oil - Cold pressed/partially refined. (Kukui means "enlightened" in Hawaiian) Contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Used to treat eczema, psoriasis, aging skin, acne. Great for scalp and hair.

Grapeseed oil - Expeller pressed. Great for sensitive skins, lightweight and protective.

Jojoba oil - Cold pressed, unrefined. Similar in structure to human sebum, this gentle oil helps protect and soothe damaged skin.

Coconut Oil - Extra-Virgin, unrefined.

Sunflower Seed oil (calendula, plantain, elderflower infused) - Expeller pressed, partially refined. Rich in vitamins A, B, D & E, unsaturated fatty acids and lecithin. Used to treat and heal dry, damaged skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Castor oil (floral infused - lavender, rose, calendula, elderflower) - Expeller pressed, refined. Works as a barrier to protect and condition dry, damaged skin.

Sweet Almond oil - Expeller pressed. Lightweight and soothing, rich in fatty acids.

Sea Buckthorn oil - Steam distilled. Contains Antioxidants, Beta-Carotene, Vitamins C, A, B & E, essential fatty acids, flavonoids and phytosterols. Helps address aging skin, minimizes wrinkles and aids in healing eczema and damaged skin. Provides UVB protection.

Rose Hip Seed oil - Cold pressed. High contents of Vitamins A & E and essential fatty acids. Rich in linoleic and linolenic acids (which the skin cannot manufacture on its own). Said to fade dark spots (hyperpigmentation) and reduce wrinkles, this oil is well-known for its anti-aging benefits. Aids in healing eczema and psoriasis and moisturizes and repairs dry, brittle hair and nails.

Shea Butter Niloteca - Fair trade, Certified Organic. Unrefined. Natural sunscreen, high in antioxidants and fatty acids. Softens and smooths skin, hair and nails. Anti-inflammatory.

Shea nut oil - Expeller pressed/refined. Shea oil is produced when the shea nut is pressed for shea butter. Although not as emollient it still provides the benefits of shea butter.

Beeswax - Naturally hydrating, soothing and healing. Beeswax helps to bind moisture to the skin quite effectively while softening and protecting.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

natural tints

Using synthetic colors to enhance your natural beauty is so unnecessary... and so very Unseelie. Yes, there are some great arguments for synthetics: vibrant, consistent colors; amazing variety; ease of use. For some folk those are reasons enough. But not for all of us. In these modern times we have re-discovered safe, natural materials to enhance our natural beauty.

These are the natural tints used in Seelie Herbal Remedies.

Alkanet Root - This burgundy colored root has been used for ages to dye all sorts of natural materials, from wool to wood to even wine. The resulting color ranges (plum, red, pink) depending on the method.
It's considered to bring luck, especially in games of chance.... and can help speed the healing of a snake bite.

Annatto Seed - In addition to tinting material a golden-yellow, annatto has been used historically to keep food from spoiling. It has recently been discovered that it also has antioxidant benefits when used on the skin.

Mica - Fine mineral powder that reflects light, providing a shimmery effect.