Olive Oil, Olea europaea, contains vitamin E and antioxidants which may help to combat many common skin irritations such as eczema and psoriasis. Because it does not dry as quickly as regular moisturizers, olive oil can help to keep your skin hydrated longer.
Plantain leaf, Plantago lanceolata L. and P. major L. [Fam. Plantaginaceae], has a long history of traditional use as a medicine, dating back to ancient Roman and Greek times. Some of the traditional uses of plantain leaf include as an astringent, demulcent and diuretic.
Astringent • Antibacterial • Anti-inflammatory
Helps with: insect Bites and stings
The leaves of rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis L. [Fam. Labiatae], are leathery and contain numerous oil glands. Rosemary leaf tea was traditionally used as a medicine for stimulating the appetite, as well as for treating gastric-juice deficiency and to aid digestion. Rosemary extracts may be prepared into a salve and can be applied externally as an analgesic liniment for rheumatism of the muscles and joints, and used as a bath additive to stimulate blood flow under the skin.
Helps with: muscle soreness
The leaf gel of aloe, Aloe ferox and Aloe barbadensis (otherwise known as Aloe vera) [Fam. Aloaceae], has been used to soothe burns and heal wounds since ancient times, dating back at least 4000 years. Traditional uses of aloe include for treating hives, insect stings and bites, rashes, sunburn, swelling and skin wrinkles.
Antibacterial • Antinflammatory • Clensing
Helps with: burns, skin wounds and sores
Comfrey, Symphytum officinale L. [Fam. Boraginaceae], also known as boneset and knitbone, originated in Europe but is now naturalized in North America, growing mainly in moist and grassy environments. Traditionally it was used to treat conditions ranging from bruises and sprains to pulmonary, gastric and renal difficulties.
Helps with: inflammation, skin problems, and swelling
Tea tree, Melaleuca alternifolia Maiden [Fam. Myrtaceae], is native to New South Wales, Australia where it can be found in swamps and other wetlands. It has been used by aboriginal peoples for centuries, but came to be known as tea tree in the late 1700s by British explorer James Cook who gave the tea to his men to prevent scurvy. Studies began in Australia in the 1920s that revealed the oil's anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It has also been proven as an anti-fungal and germicide. Traditionally tea tree oil has been used as a topical to treat a variety of skin, joint, and muscle conditions including acne, athlete's foot, boils, burns and insect bites.
Antibacterial • Antifungal • Antiseptic
Helps with: insect bites, itching, inflammation, minor wounds and abrasions
Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia [Fam. Lamiaceae], also known as garden or English lavender, originated in the Mediterranean and north Africa but is now cultivated on a large scale in the United States. Its name is a derivative of the Latin word "lavare," which means to wash, and since the time of the Romans has been used as bath oil, particularly to treat wounds and stimulate the skin.
Antibacterial • Antifungal • Antioxidant
Beeswax Beeswax locks in moisture, fosters cells and protects skin from damaging environmental factors. It softens the skin and creates a long-lasting protective coating against the elements. It also is a naturally nourishing moisturizer as well as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a germicidal antioxidant.
Antibacterial • Anti-inflammatory • Anti-allergenic