Aloe Barbadensis is naturally rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, E and C, and numerous enzymes and proteins. It also contains over 20 amino acids (7 of which essential). It’s well known to help with skin lesions, wounds, sunburns, as well as conditions such as acne, pimples and rosacea. Because of the salicylic acid and high antioxidant value, aloe is used in skin-care products as an anti-aging and healing agent. Additionally, the herb has an antiseptic effect – it’s known for destroying bacterias, viruses and fungi and for its overall disinfectant capabilities. Aloe Barbadensis also stimulates the cell-renewing process and is quite special in that it appears to also enhance the absorption of fat soluble Vitamin E and Vitamin B12.
The flowers of Chamomilla Recutita contain 1–2% volatile oils, including: alpha-bisabolol, alpha-bisabolol, oxides A & B, and matricin which is usually converted to chamazulene and other flavonoids possessing anti-inflammatory and antiphlogistic properties. A study in human volunteers demonstrated that Chamomile flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper skin layers. This is important for their use as topical antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory) agents.
One of Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory activities involve the inhibition of LPS-induced prostaglandin E(2) release and attenuation of cyclooxygenase (COX-2) enzyme activity without affecting the constitutive form, COX-1.
Traditionally, Chamomilla Recutita has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, mild astringent and healing medicine. As a traditional medicine, it is used to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, canker sores, neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatic pain, hemorrhoids, mastitis and other ailments. Externally, chamomile has been used to treat diaper rash, cracked nipples, chicken pox, ear and eye infections, disorders of the eyes – including blocked tear ducts, conjunctivitis, nasal inflammation and poison ivy. Chamomile is widely used to treat inflammations of the skin and mucous membranes, and for various bacterial infections of the skin, oral cavity and gums, and respiratory tract.
The efficacy of topical use of chamomile to enhance wound healing was evaluated in a double-blind trial on 14 patients who underwent dermabrasion of tattoos. The effects on drying and epithelialization were observed, and chamomile was judged to be statistically efficacious in producing wound drying and in speeding epithelialization. Antimicrobial activity of the extract against various microorganisms was also assessed. The test group, on day 15, exhibited a greater reduction in the wound area when compared with the controls (61 % versus 48%), faster epithelialization and a significantly higher wound-breaking strength. In addition, wet and dry granulation tissue weight and hydroxyproline content were significantly higher. The increased rate of wound contraction, together with the increased wound-breaking strength, hydroxyproline content, and histological observations support the use of M. recutita in wound management. Recent studies suggest that chamomile leads to a complete wound healing faster than corticosteroids.
Melissa Officinalis, also known as Lemon Balm, is rich in calcium, phosphor, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Melissa officinalis benefits include healing wounds, reducing pain and calming the mind. Even before the Middle Ages, Melissa Officinalis was used to improve sleep and appetite and treat insect bites and stings. Medical research has also found that Lemon Balm, applied topically, can effectively treat herpes simplex virus sores. Today, when combined with other essential oils, Lemon Balm oil uses are far reaching.
Arctium Lappa, also known as Burdock, is rich source of potassium, iron and calcium and has been used therapeutically in Europe, North America, and Asia for hundreds of years. The roots, seeds, and leaves of Arctium Lappa have been investigated in view of its popular uses in traditional medicine.
Almost all parts of burdock plants, right from the plant and roots to the seeds and greens, are known for their healing properties:
In the root the active ingredients have been found to “detoxify” blood in terms of TCM and promote blood circulation to the skin surface, improving the skin quality/texture and curing skin diseases like eczema. Antioxidants and antidiabetic compounds have also been found in the root.
In the seeds some active compounds possess anti-inflammatory effects and potent inhibitory effects on the growth of tumors such as pancreatic carcinoma.
In the leaf extract the active compounds isolated can inhibit the growth of micro-organisms in the oral cavity.
Equisetum Arvense, also known as Horsetail, is a natural source of nutrients like calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C. It also contains 5-7% silicic acid, palustrine, palustridine, phytosterol, beta-sitosterol, and malic acid. The active components from Horsetail have antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory effects. The variety of bioflavonoids support its antioxidant activity and protect tissues from free radical damage. It’s well known for its astringent properties that help shrink pores and tone skin. Has also been shown to improve skin texture with a moisturizing effect and help restore skin elasticity, bringing back that youthful snap. Its ealing properties are known to soothe cuts and wounds, and to improve conditions like eczema. It’s been consistently included in top grade products known for their strong rejuvenating properties.
Calendula Officinalis, also known as Pot Marigold, is rich in phytochemicals including lycopene, calcium, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C and vitamin E. It has been used for its antiseptic and healing properties in treating burns, skin infection, inflammation, punctures, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, blisters, scalds, rashes (including diaper rash), acne and athlete’s foot. The plant has also been shown to be particularly useful in the treatment of varicose veins. According to numerous pharmacological studies, Calendula Officinalis influences metabolism of proteins and collagen, promoting the growth of new healthy cells.
Rosa Damascena Extract
Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil has excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin. It also offers antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acneic skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation. Rose oil can also help refine skin texture, controlling skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Numerous studies have shown rose essential oil beneficial to wound healing, as it inhibits water loss in the skin and lowers local cortisol and PGE2 concentrations.
Cocos Nucifera Oil
Coconut Oil, also known as Coconut Palm, is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is frequently used for dry and damaged skin, cuts, and bruises. Coconut oil forms a protective barrier to hold in moisture while penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin, keeping connective tissues strong and supple. Coconut oil is readily absorbed into the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin healthier and smoother.
Vitamin E plays a vital role in maintaining cell structure and is known to have strong antioxidant properties. Vitamin E has also been used to treat Peyronie’s Disease. Early studies on the use of vitamin E in Peyronie’s disease reported a decrease in penile curvature in 78% of patients and a decrease in plaque size in 91%. A survey of results reported in the literature between 1952 and 1982 suggested response rates between 20 and 70 percent. Another study reported resolution of plaques (20%) and penile curvature (33%) with vitamin E therapy. Although results may remain inconclusive, Vitamin E application is largely considered to be inexpensive, virtually side effect-free reasonable treatment to offer patients awaiting stabilization of the condition