Ingredient Glossary – Kimberly Parry Organics
Aloe: This medicinal plant is used for its protecting, soothing, moisturizing and healing properties. This is one of the oldest plants in trade commerce in the history of mankind, referred to as the "Lily of the Desert." Aloe contains many vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential amino acids. It helps to protect skin from dryness and is calming and soothing, so it is often used to treat burns or for sun recovery.
Apple Extract: Contains natural AHA, moisturizing and anti-aging, helps maintain elasticity. Contains Vitamin C and is hydrating and soothing to the skin.
Arnica flower: This herb also known as Wolf's Bane is a wonderfully healing herb known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is very effective for relieving sore muscles and stiff joints. Products with arnica should not be used on broken skin.
Bay: Bay was a symbol of wisdom, peace and protection to the Romans. It is antibacterial, antiseptic and calming, and helps to relieve lymphatic congestion and fluid retention.
Beeswax: Beeswax is used to soothe and protect the skin, sealing in moisture and sealing out the harsh elements, yet still allowing the skin to breathe.
Bergamot: A citrus fruit typically found in the Mediterranean region, Bergamot is antiseptic, deodorizing, astringent, Bergamot is used for acne, eczema, and to balance an oily complexion. The scent of bergamot is very uplifting.
Blue Chamomile: Chamomile is a wonderful essential oil for sensitive skin, Blue Chamomile's skin healing properties come from the azulene which has anti-inflammatory, skin healing properties. Chamomile is soothing, anti-inflammatory and very healing to the skin.
Burdock: This herb is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is soothing to the skin, traditionally used in treating acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Calendula flower: This bright yellow flower is a soothing emollient with anti- inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties
Cedarwood: Cedarwood is antifungal, astringent and regenerative. This oil has been used to treat acne, cellulite dry skin, rashes. This essential oil has a rich, dry overtone and was used by the ancient Egyptians in perfume and in the embalming process.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil: This is warming and tonifying oil; it is an analgesic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antispasmodic and astringent. It stimulates the endocrine system and has a toning effect on the nervous and respiratory systems. Cinnamon is great for easing menstrual pains, in digestion, colds and flu. It is also very effective as a warming oil for muscle recovery.
Cocoa fruit butter has excellent emollient nurturing properties and is used to soften, protect, and nourish growing scaring skin. Known as the "food of the gods"
Coconut: Supports tissue healing and repair, protects the skin from aging, reduces symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis, softens skin and helps relieves dryness
Coffee: Coffee contains high levels of anti-oxidants and the caffeine content is useful for toning and tightening the skin.
Comfrey leaf: Comfrey leaf soothes and regenerates skin. Comfrey soothes and regenerates skin, accelerating healing of cuts, burns and wounds. Comfrey also reduces pain and swelling of minor sprains when applied topically.
Cranberry: This emollient is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid and antioxidants.
Evening Primrose Oil: Rich source of fatty acids, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, reduces signs of aging, excellent for rosacea, eczema, sensitive oil.
Fig: The fig is rich in vitamins and minerals, anti-inflammatory, emollient, soothing, nourishing and exfoliating.
Frankincense: This tree resin has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for rheumatism and wounds. Frankincense is scientifically recognized for its antimicrobial activity.
Himalayan Pink Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt is hand-mined from ancient sea salt deposits from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan, Himalayan salt is rich in minerals and believed to be one of the purest salts available hence its frequent use in spa treatments. It ranges in color from pure white to shades of pink and deep red.
Honey: Honey is used in skincare for its ability to attract, absorb, hold moisture and help heal wounds.
Geranium: Geranium oil has a calming and uplifting effect. Is also known for its use to improve mood, balance and tone the skin and hormone balancing. This oil is cooling and moistening oil that revitalizes the skin tissue by balancing sebum, cleansing oily skin and restoring dull, slack or pale skin. It is anti-inflammatory, an astringent, supports hormone balance, and supports the healing of skin conditions such as eczema. This oil is safe to use during pregnancy and beneficial to premenopausal and menopausal stages.
Ginger root is warming and stimulating, soothes overworked muscles.
Goji Berry: This botanical extract is rich with vitamin C, amino acids, and trace minerals, this powerful antioxidant fights the signs of aging and promotes circulation.
Goldenseal: A North American herb used by the Native Americans, Goldenseal is anti-bacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory.
Green Tea: This leaf is extremely high in anti-oxidants which contribute anti-aging benefits in skin care. Green Tea also contains as many as 200 bioactive compounds, most important of these are polyphenols which contain flavonoids. Green tea also contains Vitamin C and this contributes to the production of collagen and skin regeneration. It is also anti-inflammatory and has natural UV protection.
Guava: This extract from the guava fruit is anti-aging. Guava is also high in lycopene, which offers protection from UV damage and reduces inflammation.
Helichrysm: Also known as immortelle, this wonderful oil reduces scar tissue and skin discoloration, detoxifying and supports liver function, is an Antispasmodic. The antispasmodic properties may provide joint relief for conditions such as TMJ or arthritis. Helichrysum contains curcumenes, which are potent anti-inflammates (also found in Ginger essential oil) and are also known chelators of metals in the body. di-ketones, not found in any other essential oil, are thought to stimulate tissue regeneration including nervous tissue
Hops: Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic.
Horsechestnut: Improves circulation, strengthens capillaries. Horsechestnut is anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant and promotes even skin complexion and skin tone
Jasmine: It takes 2000 lbs of jasmine flowers to produce just one pound of the precious oil. Jasmine is anti-inflammatory, uplifting and also helps with eczema and skin irritations. Jasmine is also used for insomnia and in some studies has been shown to be more effective at inducing a calm state before bedtime than lavender.
Jojoba seed oil is really a wax, which prevents oils from blocking pores, great for all skin types, acts as an amazing natural preservative, as well as increasing the skin's suppleness (flexible, resilience).
Kakadu Plum aka Australian Bush Plum: Native to Australia, its Vitamin C concentration is the highest known of any fruit/botanical source. The inner bark of the tree is also used to treat skin disorders and infections by the Australian Aborigines. Lavender relieves pain, stimulates circulation, sooths insect stings, burns and many more. Its aroma-therapeutic properties help ease headaches and stress.
Lemon: Acts as a Disinfectant. Soothing and balancing to the skin and high in Vitamin C.
Lemongrass: Has a pleasing lemony aroma and is traditionally used as a natural bug repellant. Lemongrass is deodorizing, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, astringent and is useful for athletes foot, cellulite, muscle pain and poor circulation. It is stimulating and warming and excellent for muscle recovery.
Malic Acid: Assists with evening skin tone, reduced the signs of age spots and freckles, tightens pores, reduced or erases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps to fade signs of melasma ad significantly reduces symptoms of rosacea. Malic acid is sourced from apples.
Mint: Mint essential oil has vaso-relaxant properties, which increase blood circulation throughout the whole body. It also helps with absorption of other herbal constituents. As a natural pain reliever, mint reduces joint and muscle stiffness, weather sensitivity and headaches.
Neroli: Neroli is known for its calming effect. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Neroli is useful for both oily and dry skin, poor cirulation, healing scars, good for sensitive skin and reducing the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles. It takes about 100 pounds of orange blossoms to produce just one pound of neroli essential oil.
Oats: Oats are anti-inflammatory, soothing to the skin and contain saponins which provide a mild cleansing action on the skin. Oats are moisturizing and hydrating and help to treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes. They also relieve symptoms of aging skin.
Papaya: Contains natural AHA, lifts and tightens, high in anti-oxidants such as Vitamins A & C, the papain enzyme promotes skin renewal and cell turnover which makes it a wonderful for exfoliation. This tropical fruit is very hydrating and also helps to firm and brighten the skin.
Pomegranate Oil: A wonderful oil that helps maintain moisture in the skin and acts as an antioxidant, protecting against UV damage that can lead to wrinkles and aging of the skin. Pomegranate is also rich in punicic acid, which helps to promote cell regeneration.
Rhassoul Clay: It has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner. The mineral properties of Rhassoul Clay were studied extensively and presented at the 12th meeting of the National Institute of Phytotherapy in Paris in 1985. Rhassoul Clay contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. It improves skin clarity, texture and elasticity and firmness. It reduces dryness and flakiness yet also helps to remove surface oils as well as oil from inside and around comedones. Mined deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco it must be extracted under extremely special conditions.
Rice: Rice has been used in skin care by Asian women for centuries. Rice helps to increase the production of collagen, and contributes to skin regeneration. Rice contains oryzanol, a substance that helps renew skin pigment and counteracts UV damage. RIce also contains Vitamin E and ferulic acid, which both have strong anti-oxidant properties.
Rose: Rose is very useful in topical applications for skin care; it helps with abrasions, broken capillaries, dry skin, eczema, nervous tension and stress-related complaints, poor circulation, scarring, skin problems, slow circulation, and softening the appearance of wrinkles. Rosehip seed oil -- Rosehip seed oil was once described as the 'Fountain of Youth'. This oil is remarkable for its benefits to damage and distressed skin, anti-oxidant properties, is very healing and helps with scarring and wrinkles. Rosehip seed oil is rich in linoleic and linolenic essential fatty acids which support skin elasticity. The oil is easily absorbed into skin.
Rosemary: This oil is a warming and tonifying oil. Rosemary essential oil supports the lymphatic and circulatory systems to support low blood pressure or cold extremities, as well as blood flow to the brain to improve mental clarity, focus and to reduce headaches. Antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and supports the endocrine gland balance.
St. John's Wort: This herb is astringent, anti-inflammatory, an analgesic (pain relieving) and healing.
Safflower seed oil: Safflower oil is a sustainable, light, scentless carrier oil with a multitude of minerals including significant levels of vitamin E.
Sage (Salvia officinalis): This herb is astringent, cleansing and anti-inflammatory.
Slippery Elm: Slippery Elm has been used as a herbal remedy in North America for centuries. Native Americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns, and skin inflammation. It contains anti-oxidants and mucilage, so it coats, soothes and relieves inflammation.
Sweet almond oil: This oil is cold pressed and high in vitamin E. This carrier oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer and highly lubricating oil also helps relieve inflammation. Sweet almond oil is rich in essential fatty acids and absorbs easily, helping to soften and hydrate the skin.
Sweet Fennel: This botanical is cultivated in Mediterranean and has been used as a sacred and medicinal herb for thousands of years. This oil is calming and detoxifying. It is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, analgesic, stimulates estrogen production, balancing hormones, reduces fluid retention, supports healthy digestion, reduces indigestion, supports labor and delivery and increases lactation.
Sweet Orange: Sweet Orange is an uplifting oil, cold pressed from orange peel, this oil is anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and antiseptic. It helps relieve stress and tension and is soothing to muscle aches and pains.
Sunflower Oil: This oil is rich in linoleic and oleic essential fatty acids and is also high in Vitamin E. Sunflower oil is soothing and calming to the skin and easily absorbed.
Willow Bark: Used by Native Americans for both topical and internal health benefits. Willow Bark is high in salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate and remove old dead skin cells. It also is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and astringent.
Ylang Ylang ( Canango odorata): Ylang Ylang is a beautiful flower that grows in Madagascar. The essential oil is steam distilled from its flowers, which have a rich intoxicating aroma. Ylang Ylang can soothe away tension in a room, sedate your mind and body, and can be used as an aphrodisiac. It's also an antidepressant and full of anti-bacterial properties.