Aloe barbadensis has fleshy, triangular-shaped leaves that consist of 3 layers; the gel, latex, and a protective outer layer. Containing over 75 active components including enzymes, vitamins and minerals, Aloe possesses antibacterial, analgesic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and fungicidal properties.
Native to Morocco, argan oil is sometimes referred to as Moroccan Oil and has been a part of the Moroccan diet and skin care routine for some time. A nutrient rich plant oil, argan oil is high in vitamin E and is extremely high in Oleic and Linoleic essential fatty acids. These attributes lead to the promotion of healthier and younger looking skin and hair by providing rich moisture and antioxidants to increase suppleness and flexibility.
Arnica montana has shown many medicinal and cosmetic uses. Its roots can act as fungicides or as a preservative, the active chemicals are known to reduce swelling, decrease pain and work as antibiotics. In cosmetics, Arnica montana flower extract can help treat dandruff and is often found in perfumes and other products.
A fragrant essential oil is used in personal care products to promote healthier looking hair and skin, and to help treat skin infections such as acne. It is also a good treatment for itching from bites and stings.
A fragrant essential oil, Bergamot Peel Oil is commonly added to personal care products as a fragrance booster. In topical applications, it is believed that this ingredient can help treat some skin condition.
Cera Alba, more commonly known as Beeswax, is a natural wax produced by honeybees (Apis). High in fatty acids, beeswax is a natural emollient and skin-conditioning agent. Its waxy structure means it is ideally suited for a variety of cosmetic and skin care products, including Nature’s Aid all natural lip balms.
Euphorbia Cerifera, the most common form of candelilla wax, is a natural wax derived from the candelilla shrub which grows in abundance around Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert. It is commonly used in personal care products.
Candelilla wax is rich in nutrients and easily absorbed into the skin, allowing it to act as a barrier and help prevent moisture loss.
Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, which has a warm spicy aroma, is used in personal care products thanks to its excellent antimicrobial and anti-viral properties.
In the not too distant past, castor seed oil was extensively used as a purgative as well as a cure-all type medicine. Today, while castor seed oil continues to hold medicinal qualities, they are carried out in a different manner – typically through topical creams, gels or ointments. It has also long been known to help with skin ailments such as dryness, and is now recognized for its abilities to nourish the scalp and hair as well as prevent hair loss.
More than just a way to spice up your food, cayenne pepper is often used for pain management. In fact, the topical application of Cayenne has demonstrated to be extremely effective in treating pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, shingles, and diabetic neuropathy, as well as many other common conditions. More than just a pain reliever, Cayenne can also be found in cleansers and bath products for its skin benefiting properties.