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Ingredient Properties

This page is intended for the sole purpose of giving generally recognized information regarding several commonly used products/ingredients.  By listing properties of select ingredients here, we are not making any claims to the effectiveness of any of them.  This page is for informational and entertainment purposes only.  If you have a specific medical condition, please seek the advice of a licensed medical professional.  Do not attempt to utilize Essential Oils without the guidance of a licensed practitioner.

Essential Oils
Essential oils are the naturally occurring oils derived from plants. They have the characteristic aroma of the portion of the plant from which they were derived. The 100% pure oils that we use are "neat", meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated in any way with solvents or other additives. Because essential oils are pure, undiluted naturals, people can experience allergies to essential oils when they are sensitive to the plants from which they are derived.  All essential oils should be used with caution during pregnancy or if medical conditions are present.  Some should be avoided altogether in certain circumstances.

  • Chamomile - aids sleep, soothes tired muscles, encourages emotional peace and calm. Excellent for dry, sensitive and allergic skins.
  • Eucalyptus - This oil is known to be stimulating and cleansing, bactericidal and anti-viral.  Some of its uses include (but not limited to): analgesic, anti-rheumatic, anti-neuralgic, anti-spasmodic, decongestant, deoderant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide.  It is said to be useful for muscular aches and pains, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, poor circulation, burns, blisters, wounds, cuts, herpes, skin infections, insect bites, boosting immune system, headaches and fevers. 
  • Lavender - is known for the following properties: antiseptic, analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-toxic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diuretic, nervine, restorative, sedative, insecticide and tonic. Can be useful for nervous conditions, skin conditions, digestive disorders, muscle soreness, headaches, migraines, insomnia, pain relief from rheumatism arthritis and muscular aches and pains.  It is also useful as a skin toner and skin disorders such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, and stings.
  • Orange - Therapeutic properties may include antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, sedative and tonic.  It is widely known for use in relief of nervous tension and stress, as a skin tonic, skin disorders such as acne and soothing dry irritated skin.  It can have a phototoxic effect so one should not use this before going into the sun or when there will be prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Peppermint - Known for clearing the head and soothing the emotions.  It also is widely used to ease the digestive system and for relief of tired feet.  Some therapeutic properties include (but are not limited to): analgesic, antiseptic, anti-infectious, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, decongestant, digestive, stimulant.  It is excellent for mental fatigue, depression, apathy, headaches, migraines, stress, vertigo, respiratory disorders, pain relief (toothache, tired aching feet, rheumatism, neuralgia, muscular aches and pains, and PMS).  It also has its uses for skin disorders such as: dermatitis, acne, ringworm, scabies, itching, and inflammation.
  • Rosemary - Known as a powerful mental stimulant, an aid in memory retention and concentration.  It is an analgesic, antidepressant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cleansing, diuretic, fungicidal, hepatic, restorative, stimulant, tonic.  It is said to be good for rheumatic and muscular pain, especially tired and over worked muscles.  Rosemary should not be used during pregnancy or by epileptics. The oil should be used with caution if suffering from high blood pressure, hypertension or insomnia. Skin irritation may occur with sensitive individuals.
  • Tea Tree - There is sooo much we could include here about Tea Tree Oil.  So we are going to just list some basic therapeutic qualities and uses.  It is known to be antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, immuno-stimulant, and anti-viral.  It has been used to treat: acne, ringworm, athlete's foot, shingles, warts, cold sores.  This just names a few of the uses for Tea Tree Oil. 

Butters & Oils
We use a variety of butters and oils in our products.  These have been carefully selected according to their beneficial properties and end use.

  • Aloe Vera Oil - Aloe Vera is said to aid in skin rejuvenation, aid in healing of wounds, and is widely used as a treatment for sunburn.  It is said to help reduce inflammation, pain and itching.  It is well known for its skin moisturizing properties.
  • Avocado Oil - Contains large amounts of vitamins A, D, and E as well as protein and amino acids. Great for "older skin" as well as scaly skin and/or scalp.  It is said to reduce the appearance of age spots and help heal sun damaged skin.  Known for its ability to moisturize and nourish the skin.  It is easily absorbed into deep tissue.  This ability to moisturize, nourish and be easily absorbed makes it ideal for those suffering from dry, itchy skin caused by psoriasis and eczema. 
  • Castor Oil - Castor oils acts as a humectant by attracting moisture to the skin and then retaining it there.
  • Cocoa Butter - It smells GREAT and is well known for its moisturizing properties. This butter makes an excellent skin softener as it is not easily absorbed and thereby lays down a protective layer that holds in moisture.
  • Glycerin - Humectant (attracts & retains moisture).
    Products that will not dissolve in water, will dissolve in glycerin. Absorbs moisture from the air and when diluted with water will actually soften dry skin. All Natural. Vegetable Source.
  • Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil is thought to act as a moisturizer & emollient agent to improve skin elasticity and suppleness. It contains natural Vitamin E. 
  • Macadamia Nut Oil - It is considered to be moisturizing and protective to the skin.  It is easily absorbed.
  • Mineral Oil -   Humectant (attracts & retains moisture). Moisturizer.  Non-irritating, highly moisturizing ingredient. Barrier protects the skin without suffocating it. Mineral Oil is considered to be one of the most effective moisturizing ingredients available to the cosmetic industry.
  • Rice Bran Oil - Thought to be moisturizing and softening to the skin.
  • Sweet Almond Oil - Thought to have excellent penetrating qualities and good spread-ability on the skin, making it ideal as a massage oil or as a carrier oil for cosmetics and treatment products.

Other
We use a variety of ingredients in our products.  Anything that doesn't fall into Essential Oils or Butters and Oils is listed below.

  • Witch Hazel - It has been used in old traditions as a natural astringent, toner, cleanser, and anti-inflammatory.  It is an anti-oxidant, healing, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and cooling.  It can reduce redness of skin due to irritation or eczema, can calm the itch of bug bites, and moisturizes lightly as it cleans the skin.

In addition to the ingredients above, we do also use a variety of preservatives in any and all products that either contain water or have the potential of having water introduced by the consumer after the sale.  There is not an effective or FDA accepted/approved natural preservative.  And it is our belief that if we are going to sell something in our salon it must be preserved as well as we can.  Preservatives are for your protection.  Without them, dangerous, bacteria, molds, and fungi can colonize and invade the body through the skin.

 

Article ©Copyright 2010 - Melodie Hand/Tickled Pink Salon/The Herbal Patch - All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

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