As you may know, with our organic and cruelty-free skincare products, we like to take a natural approach and make the most of all amazing plants on our planet. In today’s blog post we have rounded up some of our favourite ingredients that are easily accessible to anyone and have many uses.
Everyone knows by now how amazing coconut oil is for you. The essential fatty acids are super healthy and great to use in the kitchen. It’s well known for being the oil of choice for oil pulling (swishing around mouth to get rid of toxins). Did you know it’s an amazing natural makeup remover? The proteins and high levels of natural vitamin E help to break down makeup and leave the skin soft and conditioned. Simply massage onto dry skin, including eye area, and rinse off with a damp warm cloth or cotton wool. It conditions your lashes at the same time- bonus!
TEA TREE OIL
Found from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia, tea tree oil is a powerful essential oil that is antibacterial and antiseptic. It can heal spots and acne and is a great treatment for cuts and burns. In terms of body care, when mixed with coconut oil it can be great for psoriasis, as it’s very anti inflammatory
We’ve mentioned time and time again how green tea is so good for us. It’s full of vitamins and antioxidants that boost the immune system and flush out toxins. As well as drinking it, it’s actually very good for the skin when applied topically. Placing steeped, cooled down tea bags on your eyes can reduce puffiness by shrinking blood vessels. This is because of the caffeine content! You can also put a cold glass of green tea in a spray bottle and spritz it on the skin for a refreshing toner. Doing this instantly plumps up and skin and also prevents UVB-induced inflammatory responses.
Grown in Siberia and central Europe, arnica is a herb that is used for many different uses. It’s manufactured in the beauty industry for anti-dandruff shampoos and the oil of the herb is used for perfume. Arnica is applied to the skin for pain and swelling associated with bruises, aches, and sprains. It is also applied to the skin for insect bites, arthritis, muscle and cartilage pain, chapped lips, and acne.
Aloe Vera is most commonly known as a pretty house plant and an ingredient found in after suns. With its immense healing properties it is a great, natural alternative to an after sun- just break it open and gently rub on the affected areas. It naturally contains vitamins A, C and E and vitamin B12 which is critical for energy levels and overall health. You can rub the pure gel into your scalp for hair growth and dandruff relief.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some uses for our favourite natural ingredients!