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OUR EXTRACTS: 11 Extracts skin loves

Borage (Borago officinalis)

Contains: Vitamin A, carotenes, B complex and C, magnesium and zinc.

Uses: It is astringent and has anti-vital properties. It has been shown to be useful for acne and rosacea and can reduce the skin’s Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) .

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and rose hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Calendula (Asteraceae officinalis)

Contains: Flavonoids, carotenes, mucilage, triterpenes and volatile oils.

Uses: It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal and useful on inflammation (including acne and eczema), fungal infections (athlete’s foot and nappy rash) and burns, including sunburn. It has been shown to stimulate epithelial cell growth and improve collagen production.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and rose hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)

Contains: It is rich in flavonoids, amino acids and a particular monocyclic sesquiterpene, a-bisabolol.

Uses: Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-irritant (almost equal to 1% lidocaine), it reduces redness and swelling. A-bisabolol can be slightly exfoliating and is readily absorbed through the stratum corneum, so is able to improve skin texture and elasticity.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and calendula hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

Contains: Flavonoids, sesquiterpenes and coumarins.

Uses: Antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant, it is particularly helpful for damaged and flaky skin. It is astringent enough to be used on both acne and eczema and is particularly good for inflamed or irritated eyes. It improves skin texture, especially in elastin-depleted skin.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and rose or camellia hydrosols or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Contains: A reasonable amount of gamma linolenic acid and some of the omegas found in high concentrations in the oil, tannins and carbohydrates.

Uses: Reduces redness and inflamed skin, including eczema. It will counter-balance oiliness if used regularly. It has been shown to help acne caused by hormonal imbalance.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and rose hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

(Not to be taken orally by anyone with epilepsy and caution if taking long-term steroid therapy)

Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Contains: High level of polyphenols, Vitamin C, quercetin and chlorogenic acid.

Uses: Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral! Offers some protection from UV and photo-damage and is especially useful after sun exposure. Helps to stimulate collagen synthesis and is an excellent anti-oxidant and free-radical scavenger.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and honeysuckle hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Mint (Peppermint, Spearmint, Atlas and Lemon Mint)

Contains: Menthol, Vitamin A, B & C. a-pinene, mycene and caryophyllene.

Uses: Anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Soothes itchy and irritated skin. It is also quite astringent and will reduce inflammation, including acne.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and mint hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Contains: Vitamin C, B1 and B3, tannins, polyphenols, carbonic acid, Iron, potassium and zinc.

Uses: Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It can be used to preserve other extracts and oils and reduces sebum over-production. It reduces free-radical damage and improve skin tone.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and mint hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Contains: Calcium, Vitamin A, flavonoids and thujone.

Uses: Reduces inflammation, is anti-microbial and soothes irritated and itchy skin. Anti-bacterial and astringent, useful for acne and dandruff. With some good anti-oxidant properties, which helps keep the skin barrier in good condition.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and mint hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Contains: Condensed tannins, glycosides, luteolin and xanthones.

Uses: Anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. The glycosides offer some UV protection, it reduces sunburn and other skin burns and is astringent enough to calm acne. With regular use, stretch-marks can be reduced.

We infuse it in vegetable glycerine and mint hydrosol or olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Contains: Lactones, tannins, flavonoids, alkaloids, linoleic acid and borneol.

Uses: Anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and astringent. It will stop cuts from bleeding and opens pores, with a similar effect to chamomile.

We infuse it in olive, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil.

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