Encyclopedia: Natural & Wellness Ingredients
A moisturizing ingredient used to treat or prevent skin from becoming dry, itchy, scaly, rough or irritated. This ingredient can help soften keratin, allowing for dead skin cells to fall off, leaving the skin smooth and soft.
Aloe Vera Gel
Provides soothing relief for inflammation, sores, dandruff, wound healing, scaly, dry & itchy skin, sunburn, and other related issues. Can be used as an insect repellant and as an antiseptic. May also help with psoriasis.
Argan oil is a plant oil derived from the kernels of the argan tree from morocco. The oil is rich in fatty-acids as well as tocopherols (Vitamin E). For cosmetic purposes, argan oil has been used to treat skin diseases, and as a nourishing & fortifying moisturizer for hair and skin.
Bend of natural bacillus spores that effectively control all major classes of malodorous compounds: hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, dimethylamine, and trimethylamine. Provides long-lasting, deodorizing and deep-cleaning benefits for pet stains, litter boxes, household and industrial messes. To prevent the return of the odor, specialized microbes convert the odor-causing organics to benign cellular components plus odorless carbon dioxide and water that is powerful yet safe for the environment.
A UVA and UVB absorber sunscreen.
The calendula flower is a medicinal plant beneficial for treating and preventing pain, swelling, and inflammation and helps to heal wounds. It’s also used topically to treat skin ulcers, eczema, periodontitis, and infected wounds.
Helps to calm irritated skin, sores, and other irritations. Aids in healing wounds. Studies have shown it may be effective against eczema. When consumed, chamomile is also beneficial for aiding an upset stomach and promoting healthy sleep.
Environmentally-friendly and nice-smelling insecticide & pesticide, also known to effectively kill mosquito larvae. Cinnamon oil has been shown to have anti-microbial & anti-inflammatory properties and may be useful to treat infections and other skin problems.
This natural insecticide is also known to provide antimicrobial & antifungal properties. When applied topically, it may help to alleviate pain and inflammation. Provides antimicrobial & antifungal properties while also helping to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Helps to treat seborrhea as well as bacterial and fungal infections. Also used as an astringent and insect repellant. Relieves itching and provides relief for pets irritated skin.
Also known as geranium, this plant offers a variety of healing powers: soothing the digestive tract, benefiting mild gastrointestinal ailments, and alleviating diarrhea. Topically, geranium can act as a natural astringent helping to alleviate skin conditions as well as reduce inflammation and redness from sores.
Used in many cosmetic products and can help soothe skin rashes and irritations. Effectively removes oils and grease from hair follicles without the use of water or surfactants.
Effective for moisturization, improvement of hair structure and adds sheen & luster to the haircoat.
Used for medicinal purposes to treat joint pain, wounds, acne, burns, ringworm, and respiratory infections. Provides antiseptic and antifungal properties and is also a deodorant.
Widely used to fight infections such as the common cold. Also helps to treat skin wounds, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, and other irritations. Helpful for healing and repairing skin.
Eugenol is an oily liquid extracted from essential oils such as: clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil and bay leaf. It is normally used as a local anti-septic and anesthetic.
Used to provide lubrication and to prevent dryness for sensitive, easily irritated skin.
Good source of polyphenols that help stimulate hair growth, boost luster and soften coat. Also can help prevent hair loss.
Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein
Keratin is a protein with exceptional strength & protective qualities found in hair, nails, wool, and feathers. For cosmetic purposes, keratin is used to revitalize the hair coats natural protective layer. It’s also known to help reduce breakage, help to strengthen the hair follicles, and return elasticity. And, it’s show to help greatly reduce damage from harsh chemicals.
The oil from this medicinal herb has been known to help with: depression, nervousness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, digestive issues, and upset stomachs. In addition to giving off a very pleasant aroma, applying lavender topically can help with hair loss and pain, and can also help to repel mosquitoes and bugs.
Lemon Grass Oil
This essential oil has been known to provide a multitude of benefits: antimicrobial, antidepressant, astringent, deodorant, fungicidal, and insecticidal – amongst other things. Lemon grass is commonly used in teas and foods, as well as in cosmetic products. It’s believed to help reduce pain and inflammation, help with headaches, and even fight depression. This oil also has been shown to be an inhibitor of bacterial and fungal growth, therefore helping to treat skin diseases and foul odors.
Neem oil is a vegetable oil derived from the Indian subcontinent’s neem trees fruits and seeds. Its medicinal properties have been credited to include being: antifungal, antihistamine, insecticide, and antiseptic. And, neem is also rich in omega-3 (alpha-linolenic), omega-6 (linoleic) and omega-9 (oleic) fatty acids. Neem is used in many pet care products for the purpose of treating: ringworm and eczema, skin diseases, inflammations, and as a topical pesticide.
Finely-ground oatmeal has a broad-range of skin & coat benefits, acting as a hydrator & moisturizer (due to its high lipid count), and also helps to relieve skin from redness, eczema and itchiness. Because oatmeal contains ‘saponins,’ which remove dirt from pores, it also provides anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant properties.
Passion Flower Extract
This medicinal plant extract is widely used for natural relief of anxiety or nervousness, sleep issues, and upset stomach due to stress disorders. It is known to help with excitability, high blood pressure, as well as seizures and adhd.
Pennyroyal’s plant leaves and oil are extracted to make medicine used primarily as a flea repellant for dogs & cats. It’s also used as a fragrance for detergents and perfumes and can be used topically to kill germs and treat skin diseases.
Peppermint oil carries a high concentration of natural pesticides as well as a high menthol content and limonene. Peppermint is also popular in tea, chewing gums, and can be found in shampoos, soaps and skin care products for its “tingling” and “cooling” effects. It has been used to treat muscle and nerve pain and may be beneficial in helping memory and alertness.
This natural medicinal herb is used topically for a variety of purposes: as an insect repellant, to prevent & treat baldness, help with circulation problems, and may also aid in treating eczema. Rosemary oil may also help with muscle and joint pain.
An essential oil extracted by distillation from sage leaves, thought to have a variety of medicinal properties: antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant, amongst other benefits. Sage is best known for its antioxidant properties (act against the oxidants or free radicals in the body that cause aging) and is used in many cosmetic products for anti-aging, wrinkles, sagging skin, and skin treatment.
Provides excellent moisture binding properties and protective barriers to help repair and boost softness of damaged or split hair follicles. Adds luster, body, silkiness, and manageability to pet’s hair coat.
Skullcap is a plant known for its naturally medicinal properties that aid with: anxiety, nervousness, tension, and trouble sleeping. It’s thought to help cause drowsiness and relaxation when consumed.
Also known as Baking Soda, this natural ingredient is best known for its multi-purpose odor removing properties, and is also used as a cleaning agent.
Tea Tree Oil
Derived from the leaves of the tea tree, this medicinal oil is known to treat topical skin infections such as: fungal, lice, ringworm, and other dermatological issues. Its antimicrobial and antifungal properties make it a popular ingredient used in many natural cosmetic properties. Tea tree oil has a very distinct smell, similar to turpentine.
Valerian Root Extract
The medicinal properties of this herb’s root are commonly used for anxiety, nervousness, excitability, depression, and poor sleep patterns. Valerian has also been known to help treat muscle and joint pain.
Stimulates capillaries to promote blood circulation and, in turn, promote strong and healthy hair growth. Antioxidant-rich vitamin for overall good health. Helps to boost dull, dry and lifeless hair coats.
The medicinal oils from the witch hazel plant’s leaves and bark are considered to have a multitude of natural benefits, including: anti-itching, anti-inflammation, to help with insect bites, and can also help to treat minor skin irritations, bruises and burns. It’s antioxidant rich properties may also help with sunburns and reduce aging from prolonged sun exposure.
Has superior hair strengthening properties while providing replenishment to weakened hair shafts due to chemicals, weathering, and age. Excellent for damaged hair.
Wheat Germ Oil
Provides beneficial essential fatty acids, protein, and a host of vitamins to benefit the hair and skin including: vitamins A, E, D, B1, B2, B3 and B6. Provides moisturizing benefits and is an ideal treatment for dry, damaged hair and dry, flaky skin. Provides renewed shine and bounce for your pets.
Provides healing properties to wounds and infections. Helps to control bleeding of hot spots, and small cuts or abrasions. Also known to help fight bacteria, coughs and sinus infections. Can be used as an astringent.
Zeolite is used for many commercial purposes, such as water purification and softening. And, is also widely used in laundry detergents and cat litter/ deodorizers due to its ability to adsorb ammonia and other nitrogenous compounds.