ABSOLUTE is a term given to an essential oil processed by enfleurage or by solvent extraction; the strongest aromatic material extracted from a plant or flower. Contains more than just the volatile fragrance (absolutes contain some of the plant waxes, colorings). The extra substances in the absolute are quite beneficial for treating feminine problems. Also known as essence.
AÇAI is a reddish, purple fruit native to Central and South America. Acai possesses extraordinary antioxidant properties and potent anti-inflammatory activity, known to be valuable in preventing diseases caused by oxidative stress. Acai berry fruit oil is highly moisturizing and emollient, restores elasticity to skin, protects skin from free radicals, and may help prevent cancer cell formation. Fatty acid composition: lauric acid (C14), trace palmitic acid (C16): 8.0-15.0%, palmitoleic acid (C16:1): 0.5-2.5%, stearic acid (C18): 2.0-10.0%, oleic acid (C18:1): 35.0-55.0%, linoleic acid (C18:2): 20.0-40.0%, linolenic acid (C18:3): 0.3-1.0.
ALCHEMY is both a philosophy and an ancient practice focused on the attempt to change base metals into gold, investigating the preparation of the "elixir of longevity" and achieving ultimate wisdom involving the improvement of the alchemist as well as making several substances described as possessing unusual properties. The practical aspect of alchemy can be viewed as a protoscience, having generated the basics of modern organic chemistry, namely concerning procedures, equipment and the identification and use of many current substances.
ALFALFA is associated with earthly providence because its roots penetrate so deep into the dirt. Adding fresh alfalfa sprouts to a meal is thought to ground etheric energies and increase the physical sustenance of foods. Contains many minerals and vitamins, and also, stimulates appetite and enhances overall nutrition. Alfalfa tea is a stress-reducing infusion that works by calming nerve endings to relieve the pain of arthritis and neuralgia. Constituents: Alkaloids (asparagine, trigonelline); phytoestrogen compounds (formononetin, coumestrol); vitamins K, A, C, and minerals Ca, K, Fe, Mg; saponins; coumarins, porphyrins, flavonoids, trace minerals, proteins.
ALOE VERA is one of nature's most healing plants used and praised for thousands of years by such great names in history as King Solomon and Alexander the Great for wound-healing and pain-relieving effects. For wound healing aloe includes vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. Unlike many other anti-inflammatory substances, Aloe Vera has been shown to stimulate fibroblast and connective tissue formation, thereby promoting wound repair. Aloe appears to stimulate the epidermal growth and repair process, presumably due to its polysaccharides. Mannose-6-phosphate, the primary sugar in the Aloe vera gel, may be its most active growth promoting substance.Constituents: Gel: Polysaccharides. Latex: Anthraquinone glycosides (anthrone, aloe-emodin), aloe resins B, C and D. Polysaccharides: Mannose-6-phosphate (acemannan), flavonoids.
ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS made from milk and fruit sugars and has chemical properties said to eliminate or reduce wrinkles, age spots and discoloration, and sun damage. Derived from three basic compounds: glycolic acid, citric acid, and lactic acid. Glycolic acid exfoliates, reduces blemishes, smooths the skin, among other benefits. It is the most efficient but can be the harshest as well. Citric acid is an antioxidant, and lactic acid is effective at holding moisture in the skin. All three types stimulate collagen production, which makes the skin more elastic and appears more youthful.
AROMATHERAPY means the use of aromas for their healing properties. Restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of Essential Oils can also be called Holistic Aromatherapy.
ASCORBIC ACID (Vitamin C) is a general health promoter. It assists with the formation of collagen, the "intercellular glue" that holds the body together. It protects against oxidative stress, pollutants, and drugs and is a natural antibiotic. It is necessary for the correct functioning of the adrenals and thyroid gland, and for healthy teeth, gums, and bones. Sources: Rose hips, citrus fruits, berries, melons, cabbage, parsley, sprouts, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers. Vitamin C is destroyed by air, storage, smoking, cooking, stress.
ASTRALAGUS ROOT - also called Huang qi or milk vetch; comes from a type of bean or legume. Has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to boost the body's immune system and other conditions, including heart disease. Has antioxidant effects that inhibit free radical production; stimulates the spleen, liver, lungs, circulatory, urinary system. Used to treat arthritis, asthma, and nervous conditions as well as lowers blood sugar and blood pressure. Constituents: Triterpenoid saponins (astragalosides), polysaccharides, flavonoids
ATTAR is made from the distilled essence of floral or other fragrance materials into a carrier oil (usually sandalwood); originated from 'itr,' the Arabic word for fragrance or perfume.
AVOCADO OIL has a distinctive fruit aroma that is somewhat sweet, fatty and nutty all at once. Contains saturated and monosaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, and D, and is rich in lecithin. Thick in consistency but can penetrate the epidermis to soften skin and assist in cell regeneration. Used for sensitive skin; corrects dryness and scaling of the skin, wrinkles; sometimes used in sun preparations due to its emollient properties.
Nutrient Profile: vitamins A and E; antioxidants: alpha-tocopherol, beta/gamma-tocopherol, and delta-tocopherol; phytosterols: beta-sitosterol. Folic acid, ascorbic acid, choline, biotin, lecithin, squalene, sterolins. Unsaturated Fatty Acid Profile: oleic acid C18:1 68.6%, linoleic acid C18:2, (Omega-6) 15.4%, palmitic acid C16:0 11.3%, palmitoleic acid C16:1, (Omega-7) 3.5%, stearic acid C18:0 1.1%