Loc Treatments

March 10, 2012

3 cups of water
2 tsp of salt
1 cup of ACV
½ cup of Baking Soda
It sizzles when combined but it will subside.

Before this cleansing mix, my locs looked dull and I had build up that I couldn’t figure out how to get it out of my locs.




I poured the mix on my roots, then dipped my ends in the mix. You will not believe how much dirt came out of my locs.
I continued to dip for another 20 minutes then shampooed my locs with a clarifying shampoo and conditioned my locs with Tea Tree Cholestrol deep conditioner. Rinsed thoroughly until the water ran clear. I retwisted my roots with JML Lock Wax mixed with Grape Seed oil. I can honestly say that I love the results of my loc cleanse.



Thanks to these wonderfully loc’d YouTubers for their tutorials:
Chescalocs:

BronzeGoddess01:

Peace and Blessings!!!
MunecaLocs








This is a recipe that I am currently using on my hair. I don't know how well it'll work for other people but for me it leaves my hair feeling stronger and softer.

Miracle Whip
1 Egg
Honey
Aloe gel
Conditioner
Leave-in conditioner

Heat it up in the microwave about 20 seconds then saturate the hair with the mix. Cover hair with plastic bag or cap then tie a head scarf over and leave in hair for 1 hr to overnight.

Shampoo out then condition hair (if desired but after that treatment...you won't have to), twist new growth and style.

Pics coming soon....

Stay tuned ;)









ACV REGIMEN

Ok so this was my regimen today:
I shampooed my hair with Bio Infusion Olive Oil Conditioning Shampoo
I mixed 50/50 water and apple cider vinegar (I added some aromatic herbs my mom sent me) and let it sit in my hair for about 10 mins.
I conditioned my hair with Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner (Length & Strength)




EVOO TREATMENT

Today I shampooed my hair with Bio Infusion Conditioning shampoo, then took my ACV rinse and ran it through my hair a few times (with 2 bowls over the sink letting it saturate my hair and switching bowls in the process). Afterwards I took my extra virgin olive oil and mixed it with a little Jamaican Mango and Lime Island Oil and again saturated my hair. Placed a plastic cap over my hair and a scarf on top of that to retain heat...let's see what the results are...stay tuned for results and pics :)

*Update

I rinsed out the olive oil and re-twisted with a concoction I made (shea butter, CD's Loc Butter, olive oil) and this is what my hair looks like afterwards:






Since my hair tends to be dry (it absorbs water like no one's business LOL) I think I found one of the oils for my natural hair care collection...Olive Oil :) 

Here is an article I found on www.nappturality.com on what oils do what. 

Herbal Remedies
It is said that for every ailment there is a cure. The use of herbal hair products are an excellent cure for a
variety of scalp and hair ailments. These ailments are common although cures in the west have only been available
until now in largely synthetic forms.
Hair care tips
Over 40 herbs and essential oils are incorporated in our herbal products. The medicinal value of some of the
ingredients is described below. You will find that each of the ingredient has many medicinal uses. This is only to
give you an idea of the value of each ingredient we use by giving its overall use in the alternative medical field.

Almond Oil (Amygdalus Communis)
Almond oil is an emollient, anti-pruritic, and laxative. It makes a very good nourishing skin cream. Its smooth
massaging action on the skin helps reapair degenerated dead skin cells and removes superficial hair. It is very
useful for softening the skin and is the best base oil for any kind of massage. This oil is used in preparing body
massage oils, creams, lotions and moisturizing products.

Aloes (Aloe Vera Linn)
Aloes has been in use for over 7,000 years. Aloes is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and is extremely effective in
treating several skin disorders. It is an effective moisturizer and helps in anti-aging, cleansing, and softening the
skin. Aloes inhibits the activity of the enzyme tyrosinase which is responsible for skin discoloration. Aloes
removes dead skin cells and stimulates formation of new cells, tightening of the skin, and making the skin look
young. Other medicinal uses include treating radiation ulcers, peptic ulcers, thermal burns, wounds, pimples,
freckles, spots, dandruff, split ends, menstrual problems, constipation, urine disorders, and improving digestion.

Amba Haldi (Curcuma Aromatica)
Amba haldi is an aromatic stimulant, tonic and carminative. It protects skin from atmospheric pollution, wrinkles
and bacteria. It imparts resistance against allergies of throat, nose and trachiobranchital passage. Haldi is
commonly used in skincare preparations and treats pimples, acne and black heads. It helps prevent and slow the
growth of unwanted superfluous hair. Both Haldi (Turmeric) and Kali Haldi (Black Zeodary) are used by the
traditional healers in treatment of hydrocele (A pathological accumulation of serous fluid in a bodily cavity,
especially in the scrotal pouch). Both are used externally.

Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica)
Amla is one of the richest sources of natural Vitamin C. It is a refrigerant, diuretic, carminative and stomachic.
Amla is a wonderful cleansing agent for both the skin and hair. It imparts lustre to hair and protects scalp
aagainst infection, dandruff, and helps prevent and control greying of hair. For skin, it improves complexion and
removes wrinkles. Amla is also used to treat constipation and is used as a cooling agent to reduce the effects of
sun strokes and sun burns.

Anantmool (Hemidesmus Indicus)
Anantmool has long enjoyed reputation as tonic, alterative, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, blood purifier &
flavouring agent. The main constituents are P-Methoxy salicylic aldehyde, beta sitosterol, tetracyclic triterpene
alcohals, fattyacids, tannins, saponins etc. It is employed in nutritional disorders, chronic rheumatism, gravel
(calculi) & other urinary diseases, syphilis, scrofula (cervical tubercular lymphadenitis) & skin affections. It
helps in treatment of syphilis by stimulating the defense machanism of the body. It has also been used
successfully in the treatment of psoariasls. It shows inhibitory effect on the growth of Escherichia coli.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum )
Anise is carminative and pectoral in character. It enjoys considerable reputation as a medicine in coughs and
pectoral affections. In hard, dry coughs where expectoration is difficult, it is of much value. It is greatly used
in the form of lozenges and the seeds have also been used for smoking, to promote expectoration. The volatile
oil, mixed with spirits of wine forms the liqueur Anisette, which has a beneficial action on the bronchial tubes,
and for bronchitis and spasmodic asthma, Anisette, if administered in hot water, is an immediate palliative.

Arjun (Terminalia Arjuna)
Arjun is an antringent, cardiac stimulant and tonic. It is known for its useful effects on treating cardiac
disorders. It also treats fractures, pimples, ace, freckles and non-healing wounds. Taken internally, it is
extremely good for heart.

Ashwagandha (Withania Somniferra)
Ashwagandha is also referred to as "Indian Ginseng," and it is one of the oldest medicinal plants in use.
Ashwagandha has more medicinal uses than most herbs. It is a very prominant ingredient is treating several skin
problems. Externally, it is also used for treating ringworm, snake bites, sores, wounds, boils, swellings, sore
eyes, and lice. The root of the plant is used as a powerful tonic, sexual stimulant, and narcotic. It is also used in
restoring functions of organs, treating urine disorders, treating senile disorders, rheumatic disorders,
indigestion, cough, cold, chest complaints, and ulcers. Internally, the leaves are used in killing worms, treating
hemorrhoids, and reduction of fever.

Aruna (Sphaeranthus Hirtus)
Aruna is bitter stomachi, stimulant, alterrative and demulcent. It is used for Bilious affections and for the
dispersion of various kinds of Tumours, and is useful as blood purifier in skin diseases. It is used in Glandular
swellings in the neck and also a good remedy in Jaundice.

Babool (Acasia Arabica)
Babool is an astringent and a demulcent. It is used to heal open wounds, ulcers, haemorrhage, swelling, bleeding
gums, dry cough, throat pain, canker sores, syphilitic affections, and aphthous stomatitis. Decoction made of
babool bark could be used as garble and mouthwash.

Bakul (Mimosops Elengi)
Bakul is used in the treatment and maintenance of oral hygiene. Rinsing mouth with water solution made with
bakul helps in strengthening the teeth. Bakul also prevents bad breath and helps keep the gums healthy.

Basil (Ocymum minumum )
Basil is aromatic and carminative. Although it is generally employed in cooking as a flavouring, Basil has been
occasionally used for mild nervous disorders and for the alleviation of wandering rheumatic pains- the dried
leaves, in the form of snuff, are said to be a cure for nervous headaches. An infusion of the green herb in
boiling water is good for all obstructions of the internal organs, arrests vomiting and allays nausea. The seeds
have been reckoned efficacious against the poison of serpents, both taken internally and laid upon the wound.
They are also said to cure warts.

Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)
Bergamot oil is a powerful antiseptic and is excellent for sores. It increases photosensitivity of skin and is
widely used in suntan preparations. It is also used to treat acne, psoriasis, ulcers and wounds. Traditionally used
as a potent medicine and sold for its scent.
Bergamot oil produces an uplifting, refreshingly astringent atmosphere. This may assist in reducing anxiety and
depression. As an ingredient in lotions and massage oils it can help reduce tension and inflammation. Well-diluted
in a facial or body oil bergapten-free Bergamot's anti-septic and anti-fungal properties can be helpful for acne,
and problem skin conditions. A few drops in a sitz bath or regular bath can also be beneficial. It is very popular
as a perfume ingredient both in commercial and home recipes.

Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum )
Black pepper is aromatic, stimulant, carminative and is said to possess febrifuge properties. Its action as a
stimulant is specially evident on the mucous membrane of the rectum, and so is good for constipation, also on the
urinary organs. As a gargle it is valued for relaxed uvula and paralysis of the tongue. On account of its stimulant
action it aids digestion and is specially useful in atonic dyspepsia and torbid condition of the stomach. It will
correct flatulence and nausea. It has also been used in vertigo, paralytic and arthritic disorders. It has also
been advised in diarrhoea, cholera, scarlatina, and in solution for a wash for tinea capititis.

Brahmi (Centela Asiatica)
Brahmi is a tonic, diuretic and an energy stimulant. It is used to treat skin diseases like eczema and dermatitis. It
is also used for improving memory, epilepsy, and several mental disorders. Brahmi is also very useful for hair
growth, and is commonly used as a hairwash.

Bawachi (Psoralea Corylifolia)
Bawachi is used in treating psoriasis, leprosy, leucoderma and several other skin diseases like white skin patches,
spots, blemishes, acne etc. Bawachi is capable of stimulating the cells by penetrating through the epidermis to the
lymphatic cells and entering into the subcapillary areas under the skin. It is alos a powerful herb for treating
lice, dandruff and scalp itching.

Cade (Juniperus Communis )
Cade Oil is generally used in the treatment of the cutaneous diseases. It is a ready solvent for chemical drugs
and is used externally for chronic eczema as oil, ointment, and soap.

Calamus (Acorus Calamus )
Calamus is an aromatic stimulant and mild tonic. On account of the volatile oil which is present, it also acts as a
carminative, removing the discomfort caused by flatulence and checking the growth of the bacteria which give
rise to it. It is used to increase the appetite and benefit digestion. It has a brownish-yellow colour and a
pungent, spicy taste and is used as a stomachic and flavouring agent.

Camphor (Cinnamonum camphora)
Camphor has a strong, penetrating, fragrant odour, a bitter, pungent taste, and is slightly cold to the touch like
menthol leaves; locally it is an irritant, numbs the peripheral sensory nerves, and is slightly antiseptic. Camphor is
used in medicine internally for its calming influence in hysteria, nervousness and neuralgia, and for serious
diarrhoea, and externally as a counter-irritant in rheumatisms, sprains bronchitis, and in inflammatory
conditions, and sometimes in conjunction with menthol and phenol for heart failure.

Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis )
Chamomile is a Tonic, achic, anodyne and an antispasmodic. The official preparations are a decoction, an
infusion, the extract and the oil. It is an old-fashioned but extremely efficacious remedy for hysterical and
nervous affections in women and is used also as an emmenagogue. It has a wonderfully soothing, sedative and
absolutely harmless effect. It is considered a preventive and the sole certain remedy for nightmare. It will cut
short an attack of delirium tremens in the early stage. It has sometimes been employed in treating intermittent
fevers.

Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis )
Cedar is aromatic, astringent and diuretic. The decoction of cedar is used in intermittent fevers, rheumatism,
dropsy, coughs, scurvy, and as an emmenagogue. The leaves, made into an ointment with fat, are a helpful local
application in rheumatism. An injection of the tincture into venereal warts is said to cause them to disappear. It is
alos a very good pain-reliver.

Chandan -- Sandalwood (Santalum Album)
Sandalwood is one of the most expensive, most exotic, and most aromatic plants known to humans. Grown mostly
in the southern parts of India, Sandalwood is a very highly revered plant both in the medicinal world and in
Hindu culture. Its seductive fragrance is considered to have many curative properties. Sandalwood has a use in
treating most skin problems. It is a cooling agent, stimulant, and blood purifier. It protects skin from the sun's
rays, acts an anti-aging agent, and keeps skin smooth and aromatic. Sandalwood is extremely effective on
pimples, prickly heat, skin erruptions, itching, rashes, spots, freckles, and swellings. It is a very popular
ingredient in salon facials. The oil is antiseptic and is used in treating gonnorrhea, scabies, pimples, wrinkles,
bronchitis, fever, and urine disorders.

Chaulmoogra
Chaulmoogra is a nerve tonic. It rejuvenates and removes dead skin cells. It is used in the treatment of eczema,
psoriasis, leprosy and white skin patches.

Citrus Peel (Citrus Aurantium)
Citrus peel is a very rich source of natural Vitamin C. It contains essential aromatic oil and is full of natural
antioxidents. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal. It is used for both hair and skin treatments
like scars, white skin patches, spots, acne, injuries, burns, stretch marks, wrinkles, sagging skin, hairfall,
dandruff, splitends etc.

Clove
Clove oil is a skin tonic and is used for treating many skin problems. The oil is strong in character and is
excellent pain killer. It is is partcularly popular in relieving tooth aches and canker sore pain. It is also used for
treating cold and caugh.

Dalimb (Punica Granatum)
Dalimb is a an astringent and a powerful cleanser. It is widely used for treating oral problems. It reduces
swelling in gums and removes tooth stains caused by chewing tobacco, smoking or coffee. It also cures mouth
ulcers, bad breath, gingivitis and pyotthoea. Dalimb is used to relieve dry caugh and for keeping the throat clear.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Eucalyptus oil is an expectorant, vermifuge and a local antiseptic. It is used in cleansing nasal passage, treating
sinusitis, bronchitis, muscle pain and swellings. The medicinal Eucalyptus Oil is probably the most powerful
antiseptic of its class, especially when it is old, as ozone is formed in it on exposure to the air. It has decided
disinfectant action, destroying the lower forms of life. Internally, it has the typical actions of a volatile oil in a
marked degree. Eucalyptus Oil is used as a stimulant and antiseptic gargle. Locally applied, it impairs sensibility.
It increases cardiac action.

Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens)
Geranium oil has a rosy with an earthy-sweet, smooth and dry aroma. Traditionally the root of the Geranium (AKA
Cranesbill) has been used medicinally for a multitude of ailments. The essential oil is the most popular oil for
perfumery recipes.
Long used for its balancing and uplifting properties; it appears to assist in normalizing hormonal levels and, act
as a mild stimulant. Not only is it calming and relaxing making it a wonderful addition to all manner of skin care
products, baths and diffuser blends, but its astringent, anti-inflammatory and mildy anti-bacterial properties
make it effective and beneficial for a range of skin conditions and complexions.
Geranium oil blends well with Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Vetivert and Lavender.

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale )
Ginger is a stimulant, carminative, diuretic and diaphoretic. It is especially valuable in alcoholic gastritis and
helps relieve diarrhoea and inflammation. Ginger Tea is a hot infusion very useful for stoppage of the menses due
to cold. Externally it is used as a rubefacient. It is also used in chronic chest complaints, painful spasms of
bowels and stomach.

Ginseng Plus (Panax Ginseng)
Known as "All-Cure-Root," Ginseng is the mother of all medicinal plants and has been in use for over 5,000 years.
Grown mostly in Korea and China, Ginseng is not only rare but also extremely expensive, and by itself justifies
the cost of any product that uses it as one of its ingredients. Research from all over the world proves the
remarkable quality of this root in treating several physical and mental ailments including stress relief. Ginseng is
known for its overall strengthening effect on humans. Ginseng is used by many athletes for strength and by
students and executives for stress relief and memory improvement. It contains many alkaloids and saponins, and
has demonstrated its healing, curing, and magical powers time and again. Ginseng is also used in herbal teas,
cosmetics, foods, and soft drinks.

Gudmar (Gymnema Sylvestris)
Gudmar is a very useful herb for patients suffering from diabetes. The meaning of Gud is Jaggery, sugar and
mar means to kill or destroy. It is used to destroy sugar hence useful in diabetes. It is a common herb of
Monsoon forests. In Ayurveda this herb is mentioned as bitter, acrid, cooling, tonic, alterative, anthelmintic,
alexiteric and useful in respiratory troubles, heart - diseases, piles, leucoderma and urinary discharges. The
plant is stomachic, stimulant, laxative, diuretic and useful in cough. The leaves of the plant, when chewed possess
the remarkable property of paralysing the sense of taste for sweet and bitter substance for few hours. The
leaves are used as a remedy for diabetes.

Gulvel (Tinospora Cordifolia)
The plant possesses bitter, pungent and astringent tastes, sweet post-digestive effect and has a hot potency. It
has light and dry attributes. It alleviates all the three doshas viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Gulvel is one of the best
rejuvenative (rasayana) herbs. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory1, antacid, antipyretic, tonic and
neuroendocrine immune modulating effects. Being rasayana, the rejuvenative herb, it promotes the qualitative
nourishment of all tissues (seven dhatus) in the body. It is used for treating arthropathies, chronic inflammation
of respiratory and urinary systems, general weakness, chronic skin disorders, chronic low grade fever.

Henna (Lawsonia Alba )
Henna leaf powder is an astringent and has a cooling effect. It is used as a hair conditioner, hair dye and is
commonly applied on hands and feet by many traditions. It controls excessive secretions of scalp oils and gives a
healthy shine to hair. It is an excellent remedy for almost all scalp disorders. It has been employed both
internally and locally in jaundice, leprosy, smallpox, and affections of the skin. The fruit is thought to have
emmenagogue properties. The Egyptians are said to have prepared both an oil and an ointment from the flowers
for making the limbs supple.

Jamun (Eugenia Jambolana )
Jamun has long been used as a carminative in diarrhoea; stomachic and astringent. The fresh seeds have been
found most effective in diabetes, as they quickly reduce sugar in the urine; also very beneficial in glycosuria.

Jasmine (Jasminum)
Aromatherapists use Jasmine oil for treating disorders related to nervous system, menstrual cramps, anger,
headaches, insomnia, depression, worry, muscular tension, labor pains. It is also known to increases sensuality.

Jaswand (Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis)
Jaswand is a refigerant, emollient, demulcent and aphrodisiac. It stimulates hairgrowth and hair thickness.
Hibiscus helps in the reduction and prevention of graying, balding, hair-loss, dandruff, split-ends, and many
scalp disorders. It is also an excellent natural conditioner.

Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis)
This oil is used in high grade cosmetics and is considered a replacement for sperm whale oil. It is golden in color,
thin, and absorbs excellently into the skin. It is unaffected by temperature changes and can stand high heat
without going bad. It could be used as a moisturiser and conditioner in shampoos. It is also a very active
ingredient in treating skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and helps in the stimulation on hairgrowth.

Juniper (Juniperus communis )
Juniper is given as a diuretic, stomachic, and carminative in indigestion, flatulence, and diseases of the kidney
and bladder.
The chief use of Juniper is as an adjuvant to diuretics in dropsy depending on heart, liver or kidney disease. It
have been used in chest complaints and in leucorrhoea, blenorrhoea, scrofula, etc. Juniper acts as antiseptic
gargle, heals infected gums and removes bad breath. Steam inhalation with juniper relieves cold and cough.
Massage with juniper oil relaxes body and it is used in neuralgia, sciatica and rheumatism. It is also used to treat
acne, oily skin seborrhoea of scalp.

Jyesthamadha (Liquorice Glycerriza)
Jyesthamadhu has been in use since the time of Roman empire. Hippocrates recommneded this root as an
expectorant and carminative. It is used for cough, asthma, hoarseness (voice improvement), strength development,
hyperacidity, soar eyes etc. For skin it is partcularly used as a facial, and as a dressing for wounds to expedite
healing.

Jyotishmati (Celastrus Paniculata)
Jyotishmati oil is stomachic, tonic and good for cough and asthama. It is used in leprosy, gout, rheumatism,
headaches and leucoderma. Its use in the treatment of beri-beri is also reported. It is used in combination with
other herbs as sexual stimulant.

Kachur Sugandhi (Kaempferia Galanga)
Kachur Sugandhi is diuretic, carminative, stimulant and expectorant. It contains alkaloid starch with fragrant
liquid essential oil. It is generally used in perfumery but it most important use is in the hair care. It stimulates
hair growth, prevents loss of hair, treats dandruff, lice and many other scalp disorders. It is popularly used as a
hair wash. It is also known for treating cough.

Khair (Acasia Catechu)
Khair is a powerful astringent, cooling agent and a blood purifier. It contains tannins and is useful in pyorrhea.
Other medicinal uses of Khair include the treatment of repetitive stomatitis, mouth ulcers, spongy gums, bleeding,
swelling, dental plaque, abscess and hoarseness of voice.

Khus (Andropogan Muricatus)
Widely used in aroma therapy and perfumes, Khus is a cooling agent, tonic, and blood purifier. It has a very
cooling effect on the skin, and is used in treating many skin disorders. Khus is know to have a calming effect on
the nervous system, and therefore is also used in psychological treatments for anger control, insomnia, and stress
relief. Other medicinal uses of Khus include ringworm, indigestion, loss of appetite, fever, gastric irritation,
menstrual problems, vomiting, diarrhea, sprains, back pain, rheumatism, and shooting pains in nerves.

Lavender (Lavandula Vera)
Lavender oil helps to relax, calm nervous system, and is a good sedative. Lavender was used in earlier days as a
condiment and for flavouring dishes to prevent indigestion and stomach disorders. It has aromatic, carminative
and nervine properties. Though largely used in perfumery, it is now not much employed internally, except as a
flavouring agent, occurring occasionally in pharmacy to cover disagreeable odours in ointments and other
compounds. Red Lavender lozenges are employed both as a mild stimulant and for their pleasant taste. The
essential oil, or a spirit of Lavender made from it, proves admirably restorative and tonic against faintness,
palpitations of a nervous sort, weak giddiness, spasms and colic. It is agreeable to the taste and smell, provokes
appetite, raises the spirits and dispels flatulence. A few drops of the essence of Lavender in a hot footbath has
a marked influence in relieving fatigue. Outwardly applied, it relieves toothache, neuralgia, sprains, rheumatism,
healing burns, wounds, cracks, and skin inflammation. Also used in treating acne, psoriasis, sunburns, hairloss
and migrane.

Lemon Oil (Citrus Limonum)
Lemon oil is a very useful cleansing agent and has rejuvenating action on skin. Lemon juice is probably the best of
all antiscorbutics, being almost a specific in scurvy. The juice may be used in diaphoretic and diuretic draughts.
It is highly recommended in acute rheumatism, and is sometimes given to counteract narcotic poisons, especially
opium. It is a good astringent, whether as a gargle in sore throat, in pruritis of the scrotum, in uterine
haemorrhage after delivery, or as a lotion in sunburn. It is said to be the best cure for severe, obstinate
hiccough, and is helpful in jaundice and hysterical palpitation of the heart. The decoction has been found to be a
good antiperiodic, useful as a substitute for quinine in malarial conditions, or for reducing the temperature in
typhoid.

Lemongrass (Andropogon Schoenanthus)
Lemongrass owes its sweet scent almost entirely to its chief constituent, citral, and is one of the chief sources of
the citral used in the manufacture of Tonone or artificial violet perfume. It is used for improving both skin and
muscle tone, and tightening skin. It is also used in treating acne and pimples.

Lodhra (Symplocos Recemosus)
Lodhara is made from bark and is a cooling agent and a mild astringent. It is useful in treating eye inflammations
and bowel complaints. It is widely used in oral hygiene and treats bleeding gums, bleeding teeth, and strengthens
gums and teeth. It also treats skin rashes, amoebiasis and menstrual disorders.

Maka (Eclipta Alba)
Maka is a coolant, tonic and stimulant. It has been in use for centuries for hair treatment and helps prevent
falling hair, stops premature greying and is known as a brain tonic. It is also known for treating insomnia.
Manjishta (Rubia Cordyfolia)
Grown mostly in the northwest Himalayas, the root of the Manjishta plant is widely used in treating pimples,
reducing wrinkles, improving complexion, treating burns, healing injuries, and lessing inflammation, swellings,
spots, and scales. The fruit is used to treat liver problems, and the stem is used for snake bites. Internally, this
medicinal plant is used for paralysis, jaundice, urinal, and menstrual disorders.

Marigold (Tagetes Erecta)
Marigold is chiefly used as a local remedy. Its action is stimulant and diaphoretic. Given internally, it assists
local action and prevents suppuration. It is useful in chronic ulcer, varicose veins, etc. It is considered to have
much value as an aperient and detergent in visceral obstructions and jaundice. It has been asserted that a
Marigold flower, rubbed on the affected part, is an admirable remedy for the pain and swelling caused by the
sting of a wasp or bee. A lotion made from the flowers is most useful for sprains and wounds, and a water
distilled from them is good for inflamed and sore eyes. An infusion of the freshly-gathered flowers is employed
in fevers, as it gently promotes perspiration and throws out any eruption - a decoction of the flowers is much in
use in country districts to bring out smallpox and measles, in the same manner as Saffron. Marigold flowers are
in demand for children's ailments. The leaves when chewed at first communicate a viscid sweetness, followed by
a strong penetrating taste, of a saline nature. The expressed juice, which contains the greater part of this
pungent matter, has been given in cases of costiveness and proved very efficacious. Snuffed up the nose it
excites sneezing and a discharge of mucous from the head. The leaves, eaten as a salad, have been considered
useful in the scrofula of children, and the acrid qualities of the plant have caused it to be recommended as an
extirpator of warts.

Mehendi (Lawsonia Alba)
Henna leaf powder is an astringent and has a cooling effect. It is used as a hair conditioner, hair dye and is
commonly applied on hands and feet by many traditions. It controls excessive secretions of scalp oils and gives a
healthy shine to hair. It is an excellent remedy for almost all scalp disorders. It has been employed both
internally and locally in jaundice, leprosy, smallpox, and affections of the skin. The fruit is thought to have
emmenagogue properties. The Egyptians are said to have prepared both an oil and an ointment from the flowers
for making the limbs supple.

Mint (Mentha Arvesis)
One of the most common herbs and extremely popular in alternative medical treatments, Mint has several
medicinal uses in treating skin problems. It is especially useful in treating acne, itching, inflammation, and burns.
Internally, it is considered excellent for indigestion and gastrointestinal problems, and is very popular in the
food and confectionary industry.

Motia Rosha Oil
Motia Rosha is a very stimulating oil for scalp. It is widely used in hair treatments because it stimulates the
germinal layer and pigment cells of hair. It helps hair growth, treats and prevents grey hair, dandruff, split ends
and imparts healthy glow to hair. It is also a very important ingredient in the preparation of hair and scalp oils.

Multani Mitti (Fuller's Earth)
Multani mitti has been in use as far back as ancient Rome. Fuller's earth can clean our bodies, as well. It is often
used in facial masks to draw oils from the skin and to treat nail problems. You can sprinkle it your bath, or make
a paste that can be applied to your face or hair. Fuller's earth is also a natural way to remove impurities without
stripping the hair of its natural moisturisers. Medically, the clay absorbs bacteria and toxins and reduces water
loss. Because of its high mineral content, it is used to reduce arthritic pain, and strengthen fingernails, teeth,
gums and hair.

Neem (Melia Azadirachta)
Every part of the Neem tree has a medicinal use. It is one of the oldest medicinal plants in the world and has
been in use in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years. Neem is used in medicine, food, and cosmetics. Is is an
antiseptic, moisturizer, and emollient. It is used in treating many skin problems like pimples, itching, inflammation,
and sun burns. Fruits of the Neem plant are used to treat ringworm and pelvic pain. The root is used for treating
syphilis and interstinal disorders. Leaves are used as a remedy for headaches, hysteria, glandular swelling, and
menstrual disorders.

Nagarmotha (Cyperus Rotundus)
Nagarmotha contains pinenes and cineole. It is a neutral waxy substance and is used as a hair wash and treating
hair and scalp disorders. It dilates the small capillary and acts on the sebaceous glands at the hair root and
stimulates them. It has been in use for centuries for anointing body. It is also widely used for skincare, loose
motions, excessive thirst and for reducing swellings.

Olive (Olea Europaea )
Olive oil is an astringent and antiseptic. It is a nourishing demulcent and laxative. Externally, it relieves pruritis,
the effects of stings or burns, and is a good vehicle for liniments. With alcohol it is a good hair-tonic. As a
lubricant it is valuable in skin, muscular, joint, kidney and chest complaints, or abdominal chill, typhoid and
scarlet fevers, plague and dropsies. Delicate babies absorb its nourishing properties well through the skin.

Orange (Citrus Aurantium )
Orange oil like lemon oil is a very useful cleansing agent and has rejuvenating action on skin. The juice may be
used in diaphoretic and diuretic draughts. It is highly recommended in acute rheumatism, and is sometimes given
to counteract narcotic poisons, especially opium. It is a good astringent, whether as a gargle in sore throat, in
pruritis of the scrotum, in uterine haemorrhage after delivery, or as a lotion in sunburn. It is said to be the best
cure for severe, obstinate hiccough, and is helpful in jaundice and hysterical palpitation of the heart. The
decoction has been found to be a good antiperiodic, useful as a substitute for quinine in malarial conditions, or
for reducing the temperature in typhoid.

Papaya (Carica Papaya)
Every part of the Papaya tree has a medicinal use. Papaya contains the alkaloids carpaine and carposide, an
injection of which is used as a cardiac tonic. The enzyme papain, found in Papaya, helps digest protein. It
dissolves cancerous cells and tissues. Papaya helps in deep cleansing and quickly breaks down dead skin cells.
The Papaya fruit is popular in treating many skin problems like pimples, wrinkles, psoriasis, and eczema. Leaves
are used to cure fever, wounds, and nervous pains. Seeds are used for indigestion, hemorroids, and menstrual
problems. Roots are used for bleeding and urine disorders. Other medicinal uses include treatments for anemia,
diarrhea, and cough.

Pudina (Mentha Arvesis)
One of the most common herbs and extremely popular in alternative medical treatments, Mint has several
medicinal uses in treating skin problems. It is especially useful in treating acne, itching, inflammation, and burns.
Internally, it is considered excellent for indigestion and gastrointestinal problems, and is very popular in the
food and confectionary industry.

Raktachandan (Pterocarpus Santalinus)
Raktachandan or red sandalwood has been in use in India for thousands of years. It is an astringent and a
cooling agent and is used in several skincare preparations. It is used in the treatment of pimples, acen, wrinkles
etc.

Rose (Rosa Centifolia)
Rose oil is a cooling agent and is excellent for tired skin. It is a good source of vitamins C and E. Rose oil has a
very pleasant fragrance to it. It removes dead cells from the skin, and provides relief from burns. It slows the
aging process and balances the skin's chemistry. Rose oil is used for cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and
nourishing of the skin.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Rosemary oil is used for cleansing skin, treating hair fall, dandruff, mental fatigue, headaches and migraine. It
is also known for strengthening memory and relieve lymphatic congestion. Rosemary oil is a tonic, astringent,
diaphoretic, stimulant. It has the carminative properties of other volatile oils and is an excellent stomachic and
nervine, curing many cases of headache. It is employed principally, externally, as spiritus Rosmarini , in
hair-lotions, for its odour and effect in stimulating the hair-bulbs to renewed activity and preventing premature
baldness. An infusion of the dried plant (both leaves and flowers) combined with borax and used when cold,
makes one of the best hairwashes known. It forms an effectual remedy for the prevention of scurf and
dandruff. Rosemary is also one of the ingredients used in the preparation of Eau-de-Cologne.

Rosewood Oil
The most popular use for rosewood is in the perfume industry. Rosewood is used constantly in skin products. The
reason for its use is rosewood is very relaxing when applied to the skin. Rosewood has been used throughout the
years, mainly in perfumes; just recently it has been introduced in today's aromatherapy. In Brazil, the Amazon
Indians use it in the healing of wounds and for skin inflammations. In aromatherapy, it is used to boost the
immune system and it helps the body fight viruses. It also helps cells and tissue regenerate. It is useful in
relieving headaches; it is good for jetlag also. Rosewood is also uplifting and reviving to the senses. It is used in
meditations, because it is a good oil to burn that relaxes without causing drowsiness. There are various ways to
use rosewood oil to help in natural healing. They can be used in bathes and massages, also as compresses.

Sandalwood (Santalum Album)
Sandalwood is one of the most expensive, most exotic, and most aromatic plants known to humans. Grown mostly
in the southern parts of India, Sandalwood is a very highly revered plant both in the medicinal world and in
Hindu culture. Its seductive fragrance is considered to have many curative properties. Sandalwood has a use in
treating most skin problems. It is a cooling agent, stimulant, and blood purifier. It protects skin from the sun's
rays, acts an anti-aging agent, and keeps skin smooth and aromatic. Sandalwood is extremely effective on
pimples, prickly heat, skin erruptions, itching, rashes, spots, freckles, and swellings. It is a very popular
ingredient in salon facials. The oil is antiseptic and is used in treating gonnorrhea, scabies, pimples, wrinkles,
bronchitis, fever, and urine disorders.

Shatavari (Asperagus Racemosus)
Shatavari is mucilaginous, diuretic, tonic, galactagogue and aphrodisiac. It increases secretion of semen and
treats female genital, urinal and menstrual disorders. For skin, it used for treating pimples and acne. It is also
used for weight increase, develepment of muscle tissue, vitality and reducing weakness after illness.

Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum)
Popularly know as basil, Tulsi is an extremely aromatic and stimulating herb. It has many antibacterial,
anti-stress, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. Like sandalwwood, the aroma of tulsi is conducive to
meditation. It is used in many skin treatments, and is particularly helpful in smoothening and softening the skin.
Leaves and seeds are used to treat skin problems; roots are used for fever, bee stings, and insect bites. Other
uses include treating nausea, motion sickness, gastric and liver disorders, hemmorrhage, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Turmeric or Haldi (Curcuma Longa)
Turmeric is an aromatic stimulant, tonic and carminative. It protects skin from atmospheric pollution, wrinkles
and bacteria. It imparts resistance against allergies of throat, nose and trachiobranchital passage. Haldi is
commonly used in skincare preparations and treats pimples, acne and black heads. It helps prevent and slow the
growth of unwanted superfluous hair. Both Haldi (Turmeric) and Kali Haldi (Black Zeodary) are used by the
traditional healers in treatment of hydrocele (A pathological accumulation of serous fluid in a bodily cavity,
especially in the scrotal pouch). Both are used externally.

Ylang Ylang (Canaga odorata var genuina)
Ylang Ylang oil is used to relive anxiety, depression, insomnia and tension. For skin treatments it is used to
balance moisture content and reduce oiliness on skin. In Aromatherapy ylang-ylang is one of the most relaxing
fragrances to both mind and body. It also slightly lowers blood pressure and servers as a natural antidepressant.
However, studies show that the scent is both stimulating and relaxing to brain waves, and also is known for it
aphrodisiac properties. Like many natural remedies, it seems to energize or relax one, depending upon the
individual's needs. Use it in a bath or massage oil or simply sniff it when you need to feel lively or when you
experience insomnia. It balances oil production when used as a hair conditioner, and people in the Philippines and
tropical Asia use it to protect their hair from the damages of swimming in salt water. It's good for all skin types,
but especially those with combination skin. An evening bath with ylang-ylang oil helps chase away daily tensions
and restore calm and balance. Ylang-ylang is very effective when applied before shampooing to treat split ends.

Shikakai
Considered a superior cleanser for "lustrous long hair" and has been reported as "promoting hair growth and
preventing dandruff". Because of these benefits, this powder was named "shikakai" which literally translates as
"fruit for the hair" .
Shikakai
"Fruit for the Hair"
Acacia Concinna is a small shrub-like tree which grows in the warm, dry plains of central India. For centuries the
people who have had access to this tree have used its pod-like fruit to clean their hair. They collect, dry and
grind this pod into a powder which is considered a superior cleanser for "lustrous long hair" and has been
reported as "promoting hair growth and preventing dandruff". Because of these benefits, this powder was named
"shikakai" which literally translates as "fruit for the hair" .
Today this fruit is grown commercially in large quantities in India and the Far East. As a result, shikakai powder
is readily available and continues to be commonly used as a preferred shampoo. The dried, powdered fruit is
sold in attractive packages that show women with long, beautiful, shiny hair. Many popular brands are sold
throughout India.
Typically, shikakai is mixed with water to make a paste which is worked through the hair. It lathers moderately
and cleans hair beautifully. It has a natural low pH, is extremely mild, and doesn't strip hair of natural oils.
Usually no rinse or conditioner is used since shikakai also acts as a detangler. This ancient product is probably
the world's original pH balanced shampoo.

Shikakai Hair Powder
For Hair Wash and hair Care. It acts as a natural astringent for hair care. It clears dandruff and dirt
accumulated on the scalp and strengthens hair roots. It promotes luxuriant hair growth.
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Alfalfa Oil : Medicago sativa
Reported to reduce the erythema caused by sunburn. Rich in carotenes and lutein.

Almond Butter : Hydrogenated Almond Oil
The natural oil contains essential fatty acids, but also contains unsaponifiables as natural waxes or paraffins. This butter makes an ideal massage or carrier oil and adds moisturizing properties to soaps, creams and lotions. In cosmetic preparations, the feel and behavior of Almond Butter is somewhat similar to that of shea butter.

Amaranth Oil : amaranthus candatus
Supports healthy skin growth by high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, tocopherols, and beta carotene. Improves resistance of skin, retards effects of skin ageing, and has fast resorption.

Apricot Kernel Oil : Prunus armeniaca
A skin conditioning agent that is emollient, non-greasy and ideal for dry, tired and mature skins.
Argane Oil : Argania spinosa
Rich in natural sterols, this oil from Morocco is used by the local women to keep their skin soft, smooth and protected.

Artemisia Oil : Artemisia sphaerocephala
This oil comes from a family that includes Mugwort, Chinese Wormwood, Davana and Absinthe. The Artemisia family shares the common feature of being beneficial to the skin, especially to keep it clear of infection and improve wound healing.

Avocado Butter : Persea gratissima
Reported to contain a complex blend of vitamins A and E and other active materials which increases skin elasticity and encourages healthy skin.

Avocado Oil : Persea gratissima
A light, fast penetrating oil that was reported to be absorbed faster by the skin than corn, soybean, almond and olive oils.

Babassu Oil : Orbignya oleifera
Originating from the Brazilian rainforest, this oil is reported to be non-comedogenic. It leaves the skin with a soft, lustrous smoothness.

Baobab Oil : Adansonia digitata
An African tree steeped in mystery, legend and religious significance. The fruit provides an exquisite oilthat is a rich and substantive moisturiser.

Beeswax : Beeswax
Beeswax makes for a harder bar of soap and is also used in creams, lotions, lip balms and candle making. Beeswax contains a high percentage of unsaponifiables and is often used in formulations containing honey to harden what would otherwise be a too soft soap. Limit the use of beeswax in cold process soapmaking to about an ounce per pound of oils.

Blackcurrant Seed Oil : Ribes nigrum
A rich source of GLA and a superb moisturiser which can be used in place of evening primrose or borage seed oils.

Borage (Starflower) Oil : Borago officinalis
Another rich plant source of GLA. Excellent moisturiser in skin care.

Brazil Nut Oil : Bertholletia excelsa
An oil rich in proteins and vitamins E and A, this precious gift from the South American rainforest comes from the fruit (nut) of a tree that can grow for a thousand years. Brazil nuts, or para nuts, produce an oilthat is a rich emollient and a moisturiser not too dissimilar to sesame oil.

Calendula Oil: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet almond) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract This oil is made by infusing Calendula Petals in a good carrier oil like Olive or Sweet Almond. It is a light yellow colored oil. It is historically known for healing wounds, dry and damaged skin and for Eczema and soothing skin eruptions. Is very mild and a great addition for baby soaps, lotions and creams. Good for all skin types. Note that Calendula may be infused in different oils in which case the "Sweet Almond" will be replaced with the oil used.

Candelilla Wax : Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax
It takes approximately 25% less candelilla than beeswax to achieve effective use in products like lotion bars and lip balms. Therefore, it can also be considered an economical "vegetable" alternative to beeswax. Candelilla was has excellent glide with the color of natural beeswax, a light golden yellow.

Camellia Oil : Camellia sinensis
A traditional oil used in the Far East and particularly in Japan for the protection and moisturisation of the skin and hair.

Canola Oil : Canola Oil

Canola is usual the oils that is used in place of Olive Oil in soap formulas. Like Olive Oil based soaps it take a bit of time to trace. It does not give the same good values to the soap as Olive Oil does, but is not as expensive.
Use can be up to 50% of the oils in a soap formula.

Carrot Oil : Daucus carota sativa
A source of beta-carotene and provitamin A. Natural colour and skin nutrient. Often used in suncare products.

Cashew Nut Oil : Anacardium occidentale
An oil rich in proteins, this lubricious material can be used wherever a skin nourishing effect is needed.

Castor Oil : Ricinus communis
A very glossy oil on the skin. Used in lipsticks, lip balms and lip salves. Also used in transparent soaps and hair grooming products.

Chaulmoogra Oil : Taraktogenos kurzii
An oil native to Burma and China, it is an Indian remedy for problem skins, particularly for dry,
desquamative skin conditions and sores.

Cherry Pit Oil : Prunus avium
An oil with an interesting profile of fatty acids. It moisturises and protects the skin to leave it soft and smooth.

Chia Oil : Salvia hispanica
A rich luxuriant oil with a wonderful ancient Aztec storyline. It contains an abundance of linolenic acid which helps to explain its substantive feel on the skin.

Cocoa Butter : Theobroma cacao
A traditional African remedy for dry skin, suitable for the most delicate of skin types.

Coconut Oil : Cocos nucifera
A traditional and trusted moisturising and protective oil from the tropics. One of the most respected oils found in the British Pharmacopoeia.

Coffee Oil : Coffea arabica
An unusual and exciting proposition for an emollient. This oil has connotations of being reviving and stimulating.


Evening Primrose Oil : Oenothera biennis
A favourite source of GLA, this modern seed oil is a well known and much loved moisturiser and skin nutrient.

Flax Seed Oil : Linum Usitatissmum (Linseed) Seed Oil
Flax seed is rich in essential fatty acids which directly takes part in the regulation of skin permeability, presents worthwhile restructuring and moisturizing skin properties for cosmetics. It is high in vitamin E and stimulates cellular regeneration and it is
useful for preventing scarring and stretch marks.

Gold of Pleasure Oil : Camelina sativa
Probably introduced into this country by the Romans, this oil has an amazing lubricity which makes it ideal for those products where spreadability is required.

Grape Seed Oil : Vitis vinifera
A slightly green, low odour oil which is ideal as a carrier for essential oils in massage oils and other delicate colour/fragrance products.

Hazelnut Oil : Corylus americana
A recent paper showed that hazelnut oil has phospholipids which give greater and longer-lasting moisturising potential to cosmetic emulsions.

Hemp Oil : Cannabis sativa
A virtually canabinoid-free oil that rivals linseed for its richness and high arachidonic acid content. A perfect choice for skin protection.

Hyptis Oil : Hyptis suaveolens
A high concentration of omega-6 lipids makes hyptis oil an ideal choice in products for dry, flaky skin.

Illipe Butter : Shorea stenoptera
An exotic material from the rainforests of Borneo. This rich butter is packed with natural fatty acids, triglycerides and phytosterols to protect and moisturize the skin by complementing its natural lipid layer. A wonderful alternative to cocoa butter which, chemically, it closely resembles.

Jojoba Oil : Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Jojoba Oil is really not an oil, but a liquid wax. This oil has been used for many years in skin care products because of the healing power that is has. It is said to be closely related to human sebum and this makes is very compatible with our skin. It is said to help is fighting Acne and Pimples and is wonderful for dry and damaged skin.

Kiwi Seed Oil : Actinidia chinensis
An oil rich in vitamin E, the kiwi, or chinese gooseberry, grown in New Zealand, is a significant source of skin nutrition and protection.

Kokum Butter Garcinia Indica Seed Butter
Kokum Butter exhibits excellent emollient properties and high oxidative stability. Like other butters, it melts at skin temperature and is ideal for lip sticks and balms.

Kpangnan: Pentadesma butyracea (African Butter Tree) Fruit

Kpangnan is a natural fatty extract from the kernels of the African butter tree from West Africa. Kpangnan, also known as "golden shea butter," is produced using traditional methods and has not been refined. It is a raw, natural product in its purest form. Kpangnan can be used like shea butter as a fatting agent in cosmetic products, topical ointments, creams and lotions. It has smooth texture as is applicable to facial, hand, and body care products. In general, Kpangnan can be used in most oil based products or in the oil phase of cosmetic and toiletry formations. Here are some suggested uses for Kpangnan: Lip Balms, Lipsticks, Hand and Body Lotions and Creams, Facial Moisturizers, Bath Oils, Soaps, Rubs and Ointments, and Body Butters.

Kukui Nut Oil : Aleurites moluccana
To the Hawaiians this tree is a symbol and a legend. The oil is a panacea for delicate, sensitive or dry skin and is pure and gentle enough to use on a baby's delicate skin.

Macadamia Nut Oil : Macadamia ternifolia
An oil from the 'King of Nuts', this Hawaiian emollient is reported to have properties akin to those of sebum.

Mango Seed Oil : Mangifera indica
This oil from India is a greatly respected emollient that is often used as a cocoa butter replacement.

Manketti Nut Oil : Ricinodendron rautanenii (proposed)
The Manketti Nut or Mongogo Nut is a source of a precious edible oil from Namibia that is rich in phytosterols and natural proteins. It is a highly prized emollient that will pamper the skin to leave it
lusciously protected.

Marula Oil : clerocarya birrea(proposed)
An oil from the fruit of a tree much revered by the indigenous people of Southern Africa, who extract theoil themselves for cracked, dry or damaged skin. It is a prized cosmetic oil for both skin and hair, being similar to olive oil in composition.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil : Limnanthes alba
An oil that is stable, non-greasy and rapidly absorbed.
This oil is ideal for those products where a soft, smooth, silky feel is required whether it be on skin or hair.

Monoi : Cocos nucifera (and) Gardenia tahitensis
The tropical paradise of Tahiti captured in one gloriously fragranced oil which overpowers the senses with its rich floral bouquet. The pure delight of gardenia flowers infused in skin-loving coconut oil.

Neem Oil : Melia azadirachta
A very aromatic oil, neem (also known as margosa or nimba) is one of India's most respected treatments for problem skin.

Ngali Nut Oil : Canarium spp. (proposed)
A precious oil is extracted from this exotic tree (which also provides a valuable resin) for use as a local remedy for dry skin.

Olive Oil : Olea europaea
An oil that is mentioned in the Bible and was known to the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians, who introduced it into Spain. This oil is legendary for its safe, gentle care and treatment of the skin.

Orchid Oil : Vanilla planifolia
A light, delicate oil that is perfect for providing a light moisturisation to those products where the after-skin feel should be a whisper.

Oyster Nut Oil : Telphairia pedata
A novel oil that offers skin conditioning and protection against the loss of precious skin hydration.

Palm Kernel Oil or Flakes : Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil
The other lathering oil. Can be used up to 50% of a soap formula. But works great at 20% to 30% of a soap formula.

Palm Oil : Hydrogenated Palm Oil
This oil is used as a hard base oil instead of Lard or Tallow for making a totally Vegie soap. It also can be drying to some skin types. Use at 50% of the oils in a formula if you like or less.

Passionflower Oil : Passiflora edulis
A light, gentle oil with connotations of being soothing and relaxing. It leaves a natural soft feel to the skin without being over-occlusive.

Peach Kernel Oil : Prunus persica
A skin conditioning agent that is emollient, non-greasy and ideal for dry, tired and mature skins. Can be used as an equivalent to apricot kernel oil.

Peanut Oil : Arachis hypogaea
A traditional oil for use in sunscreen preparations and after-sun oils. It is substantive and protective to the harshest of external conditions.

Perilla Oil : Perilla ocymoides
Known by the Chinese name of Zi Su or in English as the beefsteak plant or Perilla, this material shows antiseptic activity and has been shown to be effective against Propionibacterium acnes (responsible for acne).

Pine Nut Oil : Pinus pinea
A mediterranean delicacy, the edible seeds are known as 'pignons' or 'pinocchi' and they yield a novel moisturising oil.

Pistachio Nut Oil : Pistacia vera
An oil that is substantive and protective to the harshest of external conditions. Compares favourably with peanut oil.

Poppy Seed Oil : Papaver orientale
Containing virtually no opiates, this must be the sister to hemp oil and could be used in any products where an interesting moisturiser is required with an emotive story line in the pack copy.

Pumpkin Seed Oil : Cucurbita pepo
The oil from pumpkin seeds has been used across the world as a treatment for sores, ulcers and other skin problems. Its high sterol and vitamin E content makes it ideal for this purpose.


Rice Bran Oil : Oryza sativa
A moisturising oil, rich in gamma oryzanol.

Rose Hips Oil : Rosa canina
The rose of Mosqueta oil, which was once described as the 'Fountain of Youth'. This oil is remarkable for its benefits to damaged and distressed skin.

St. John's Wort Oil : Hypericum perforatum
An orange-red oil that takes its colour from the hypericin it contains. This oil is part of most herbalists' repertoire for damaged skin, bruises and other skin problems. Especially useful for sensitive skin products.

Safflower Oil : Carthamus tinctorius
Safflower oil is mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts and was used to heal old wounds. It has an exceptionally high linoleic acid content and is an excellent choice for the replenishment of moisture in
skin creams and lotions.

Seabuckthorn Oil : Hippophae rhamnoides
Obtained from the maceration and extraction of the fruit into olive or sunflower oil, this is an old and traditional remedy handed down by generations of battling Mongols for the treatment of bruised and
battered skin. Ideal for inclusion in "sports" ranges.

Sesame Oil : Sesamum indicum
Also known as gingilli oil, this oil has been known since earliest antiquity, from ancient Egypt to the Indian continent, as a soothing, gentle emollient. It is an extremely good substitute for olive oil and has excellent longevity in massage preparations.

Shea Butter : Butyrospermum parkii
This rich, buttery oil from central Africa is used for the protection and care of skin cracked and dehydrated by the elements. Beurre de karite is an elegant addition to products crafted for the smoothing and replenishment of dry skins.

Shikonin Seed Oil : Lithospermum erythrorhizone
Known by the Chinese name Zi Cao or in English as Gromwell, this material shows clinical anti-inflammatory activity and is used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of burns, sores, eczema and scalds. It has also been shown to increase the growth of epithelial cells.

Shortening : Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Vegetable shortening is made of hydrogenated soybean oil and is an inexpensive way to add hardness to soap, is mild and has a stable lather. Added with other vegetable oils, it makes a hard bar of soap, but can be brittle when cut into bars.

Sisymbrium Irio Oil : Sisymbrium irio
This seed oil was much loved by the Romans and is still used today by the beautiful women of Asia for improvement of the complexion. It can be used with great benefit in skin care preparations.

Soybean Oil : Glycine soja
This plant has been known and used by the Chinese for more than 4,000 years, though today most of theoil comes from the USA. This oil is a cost-effective base on which to prepare hair and body products where good honest moisturisation is required at a budget
price.

Sunflower Oil : Helianthus annuus
A simple yet cost-effective emollient oil, well tried and tested for generations in a wide variety of emulsions formulated for face and body products.

Sweet Almond Oil : Prunus amygdalus dulcis
Much loved for generations, listed in the British Pharmacopoeia and an excellent choice for even the most simple of moisturisers or massage oils. Almond oil should be in every formulator's palette.

Walnut Oil : Juglans regia
Probably a native of Persia, this nut provides an emollient oil which has been used for its efficacy on dry and damaged skin. In mythology, while man ate acorns the Gods ate walnuts.

Watermelon Seed Oil : Citrullus vulgaris
Known since the time of the ancient Egyptians, this seed oil has been used for the care of the skin, to maintain its beauty and aid in its repair.

Wheatgerm Oil : Triticum vulgare
Contains one of the highest levels of natural vitamin E and is a valuable additive to any skin care product where care and protection of the skin is important.

Wild Borage Oil : Trichodesma zeylanicum
This oil is not totally unrelated to our borage (Borago officinalis) since it is from the same family. It originates from Tanzania, where it is used for its emollient and soothing properties. It may also be found in Pakistan, where it is used for similar purposes.




May 3, 2010 Hair Treatment

I shampooed my hair with Neutralizing shampoo 2 times, then shampooed with Jamaican Mango and Lime Tingle Shampoo.
Here is a picture of the shampoos used in this treatment:




I rinsed my hair with an ACV rinse; 1/2 cup of ACV 2 cups of water (poured through my locs twice)
Apple Cider Vinegar:





I then applied a mix of oils as a hot oil treatment: rosemary, coconut, eucalyptus, and pure olive oil. Heated for 15 seconds in the microwave then applied to my locs for about an hour under a conditioning cap.




Once I rinsed out the oil treatment, I then shampooed with BioInfusion Olive Oil Conitioning Shampoo. (see shampoo pic above)

I applied Jamaican Mango and Lime Cactus Oil Serum to my scalp. Then I twisted my new growth with Jamaican Mango and Lime Resistant formula Locking Gel and not the locking wax because I decided to curl my locs with foam rollers.




It's been a while since I put a deep conditioner in my locs...the time has come :)

I shampooed my locs with VO5 Kiwi Clarifying Shampoo and then did a quick ACV rinse (1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup of water then rinsed out with just water).

Before starting the shampooing process I mixed my mother's favorite (wella) deep conditioner:
Cholesterol, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mayo, 1 egg, cinnamon oil (this concoction has kept my hair strong and healthy since I was little, I don't know if it'll work for everyone...I'm just posting what works for my texture which is thick, dry and curly)
I started at my scalp and worked my way down to the tips. Then I put a plastic shower cap over my locs and tied a scarf on top of it. I tend to leave my conditioners on for quite some time, usually on the days that I clean the house, I put a deep conditioner in my hair and let it work while I'm working around the house. Since I'm not using a hairdryer or blow dryer for heat, the heat from the plastic and physical activity gives it just as much heat.  If you're trying this at home, you can leave it in your hair for anywhere between 30mins - 6hrs or so depending on your time schedule.
Rinse thoroughly and style as usual :)
Pics coming soon...stay tuned!

As promised here are some pics after I interlocked my new growth












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