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Ingredient glossary
  • Almond

    Almond

    Almond is an emollient with healing and moisturizing properties to nourish the skin.
    The almond tree symbolizes the renaissance of nature and the passing of winter as it is the first tree to bloom. Almond oil is one of the richest ingredients in fatty acids, vitamins A, B & E and trace elements and is compatible with the skin lipids. Hippocrates used it to offer relief from itching and irritation of eczema and to help fight gynecological conditions. It nourishes the skin, leaving it soft and moisturized, while it helps maintain skin elasticity. It is suitable for sensitive skin (baby skin and eye area i.e. for make-up removal).

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  • Aloe

    Aloe

    Aloe is rich in moisturizing and healing properties.
    Aloe is native to the driest parts of Africa. According to historical sources, Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to conquer the Sokotra Island in the Indian Ocean in order to have plenty of aloe for his wounded soldiers. Aloe has intensive moisturizing and healing properties. Its anti-inflammatory action soothes and prevents irritations and promotes wound healing. The aloe leaf juice is used for the treatment of common burns and sunburns.

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  • Apricot

    Apricot

    Apricot provides moisturizing and emollient action.
    Apricot was first cultivated in India and China around 3000 BC. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great. Apricot is used in order to soothe inflamed, dehydrated, mature, sensitive and irritated skin. It has moisturizing and emollient properties.

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  • Bay Laurel

    Bay Laurel

    Bay Laurel tones and moisturizes hair giving it a unique shine.
    The scientific name Laurus derives from the latin verb “laudare” which means “to praise”, as the laurel bay wreaths were always awarded to the winners as a symbol of victory and honor. Laurel contains fatty acids, vitamins A & E and metals and is wellknown for its beneficial properties for the hair. Reinforces hair structure and acts against hair loss. Tones, nurtures and gives shine to hair. It is used as an aromatic ingredient in cosmetics, while its oil is used in massages and against respiratory conditions and arthritis pain.

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  • Beeswax

    Beeswax

    Produced by the bees, beeswax has moisturizing, emollient and soothing properties.
    Beeswax is produced in specific wax-producing glands of young bees and is used as a building material in order to build their hive and "seal" honeycomb cells. For thousands of years, it has been used as a modeling material to create sculpture and jewelry molds. A beeswax casting technique of metals was practiced by Ancient Greeks and Romans. Studies have shown that beeswax is rich in fatty acids, compatible with skin lipids. It is used for its moisturizing and soothing properties. It gives a rich texture in cosmetics ,especially when applied on the lips, making them shiny and glossy.

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  • Bergamot

    Bergamot

    Bergamot is a natural deodorant, antiseptic and astringent that is ideal for oily, mixed or acne prone skin types. It also refreshes breath.
    The name bergamot comes from the Turkish word “Beg-armonti” meaning “pear of the master”. Its essential oil has a characteristic fruity scent. It has antiseptic and astringent properties that make it ideal for oily, mixed and acne prone skin. It also improves mood, relieves stress and acts as a natural deodorant.

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  • Black currant

    Black currant

    Black Currant is an emollient and has moisturizing properties. It also works as an anti-irritante and offers natural color to lips.
    'Currant' is a corruption of 'raisin of Corinth', and has become a name applied to numerous kinds of fruit. Black currant fruits are a good source of minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C and γ-linoleic acid. They have anti-oxidant, emollient and moisturizing properties that prevent lips from getting dry and cracked.

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  • Bulgarian Rose

    Bulgarian Rose

    Symbolizes beauty and femininity. Provides a sense of calming and was used as an antidepressant as it helps balance feelings while moisturizing.
    The rose has a long usage history throughout folk remedies, especially in the field of skin care. Rose oil is widely used in cosmetics and perfumery. It has sedative, aphrodisiac, tonic and antidepressant properties and helps balance hormones and emotions. It moisturizes and tones the skin and is ideal for dry and mature skin. Rose water has astringent, antiseptic and tonic properties. Moreover, it decreases erythema as it cleanses and freshens up dry, sensitive skin in a mild and safe manner.

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  • Calendula (Marigold)

    Calendula (Marigold)

    Calendula provides a soothing, healing and moisturizing action.
    The name calendula stems from the Latin “kalendae” meaning “first day of the month”, presumably because pot marigolds are in full bloom at the beginning of most months of the year. Calendula is rich in carotenoids, flavonoids, saponins and fatty acids. It has healing properties, soothes skin irritations and erythema and is ideal for sensitive and irritated skin. It also has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties.

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  • Cardamom

    Cardamom

    Cardamom offers refreshing and antiseptic properties. It is commonly used to treat fatigue.
    Well - known in ancient Greece, where it was used as a spice. Cardamom has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, tonic, diuretic and stimulating properties. It significantly helps treat dermic conditions, itching and pain caused by infections. Cardamom essential oil is extensively used in cosmetology as a fragrance component in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes.

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  • Cedar

    Cedar

    Cedar has anti-bacterial, antiseptic and toning properties and is widely used to treat dandruff.
    According to the father of history, Herodotus, the ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification of the dead as they had knowledge of its antiseptic properties. Cedar has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal properties, due to its high content of flavonoids. Cedar also has tonic properties and contributes to the health of the circulatory and respiratory system. It is used in hair care products for the treatment of oily scalp and dandruff shampoo, as it helps to fight the microorganisms which are responsible for these conditions.

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  • Chamomile German

    Chamomile German

    Chamomile German is an anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. It helps sooth irritated tissues and also enhances the color of blonde hair.
    The name chamomile derives from the Greek words “chamo” and “milo” meaning “apple of the earth”. Chamomile is rich in a-bisabolol, azulene and flavonoids. It has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties and is ideal for treatment of skin cracks, bruises and insect bites. It also has mild antiseptic properties, thus effectively cleansing skin pores from impurities. It also has applications in aromatherapy thanks to its toning, calming and relaxing properties. In cosmetics, it is used for dry and sensitive skin, acne and skin allergies.

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  • Chaste tree

    Chaste tree

    Chaste tree has moisturizing, firming and soothing properties. It contains phyto-endorfins, similar to the ones produced naturally by humans to feel happy.
    Chaste tree is an aromatic shrub that thrives in Greece and the entire Mediterranean basin. It is rich in phyto-endorphins, the plant equivalent of the human body b-endorphins which are secreted by the human body in a state of euphoria. Topical application of phyto-endorphins moisturizes, firms and soothes the skin. Its extract is astringent and hemostatic. It helps in the treatment of acne and is used as an insect repellent.

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  • China (Quinine)

    China (Quinine)

    China improves microcirculation, tones and invigorates hair.
    According to ancient mythology, lions were seen eating china (quinine) for fever control. China enhances the vascularization of the hair bulb by improving microcirculation, making it ideal for hair care products for toning and invigoration.

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  • Citrus (Lime)

    Citrus (Lime)

    Citrus is anti-bacterial and works as an antiseptic and astringent. It also works against oiliness.
    Citrus is native to Southeast Asia, most likely originating from Indonesia or Malaysia. This species exhibits antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent and revitalizing properties. It helps in skin revitalization thanks to the acids it contains. It also has moisturizing and soothing action.

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  • Cucumber

    Cucumber

    Cucumber offers moisturizing and toning properties. It acts as an emollient and refreshes the skin.
    Its origin is traced to the foothills of the mountains of north India where similar species are found even to date. From there, it migrated to Greece, originally in ancient Thrace, where it was called sikyon. Hippocrates used it to heal burns and wounds. Cucumber has moisturizing, cooling, soothing and revitalizing properties; it enhances skin elasticity and is usually used in eye patches, face creams and sunscreen products.

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  • Geranium

    Geranium

    Geranium moisturizes and regulates oiliness making it ideal for all skin types. It also eases anxiety and stress.
    According to an urban legend, people planted geraniums around their houses to keep evil spirits away. Geranium essential oil has moisturizing, soothing, firming, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is suitable for all skin types as well as for children. Its essential oil helps heal cracked lips and relieves stress. It is applied externally to treat acne. In addition, it is very effective as an insect repellent (mosquitos, lice, etc.).

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  • Ginger

    Ginger

    Ginger offers rejuvenating properties giving energy and stamina to the body and senses.
    Ginger is a spice that was famous in Ancient Greek, Arabic and Chinese pharmacopoeia. Ginger has a warm, spicy flavour and provides energy and strength to the body and senses. It soothes and reduces skin irritations due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It leaves skin smooth, improves blood circulation and helps reduce varicose veins. It has a stimulating and invigorating effect, while ginger powder is used for the treatment of colds and the stimulation of appetite.

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  • Ginkgo

    Ginkgo

    Ginkgo tones microcirculation and addresses puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
    Native to China, Ginkgo biloba is a living fossil, since it is considered to be the oldest tree species to have survived on Earth, its age being over 200 million years. Ginkgo is rich in polyphenols and has anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and unique decongesting properties. Effectively treats puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Gingko extract improves microcirculation and activates cell metabolism.

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  • Grape

    Grape

    Grape has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties and works to nourish, tone and moisturize the skin.
    Grapes are rich in polyphenols, especially resveratrol and vitamins. From grape seeds we extract oil that contains polyunsaturated lipid acids (Ω3) and vitamin E. In Ancient Greece, the grapevine was a symbol of civilization. Hippocrates used it against skin and gynecological conditions and for eye problems. Grapes have powerful antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thus offering intensive firming action and reducing the depth and number of wrinkles and the skin dryness.

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  • Green Clay

    Green Clay

    Green Clay absorbs oiliness, deeply cleanses the skin, prevents the creation of black heads and tightens pores. It is ideal for mixed/oily skin.
    Green clay is mined from naturally occurring deposits and is untreated. Green clay was used in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome to treat a variety of skin problems and digestive disorders. Green clay has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and bacteriostatic properties. It absorbs oiliness, deeply cleanses skin, prevents the creation of black spots and tightens pores. It is ideal for mixed and oily skin types.

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  • Green Tea

    Green Tea

    Green Tea has antioxidant action, moisturizes and leaves skin bright with a natural glow.
    The common name "Thea or Tea" means goddess in Greek and refers to the Chinese sinensis origin. Green tea is rich in polyphenols, which have significant antioxidant properties. It has antiseptic, anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties, revitalizes and moisturizes the skin and it has a tonic.

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  • Honey

    Honey

    Honey has moisturizing and antibacterial properties. It also nourishes and rejuvenates the skin.
    In Greek mythology, the mighty Zeus was raised on honey - the food of gods. Greeks credit Aristaeusfor bringing the knowledge of bees and honey to mortals. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and Dioscorides, the father of pharmacology, both recommended honey for a plethora of conditions and illnesses. Honey is rich in sugars, vitamins and trace elements. It has antioxidant, antibacterial and antibiotic properties. It has a nourishing, moisturizing, soothing and emollient action improving the appearance of the skin. It also has spectacular wound healing effects.

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  • Hypericum (St. John's wort)

    Hypericum (St. John's wort)

    Hypericum has healing, emollient and moisturizing properties for the skin.
    St. John’s wort is one of the most popular medicinal herbs. It has emollient, moisturizing and toning properties. Hippocrates used for its antibacterial and disinfectant properties. The external use of Hypericum perforatum extract largely helps heal wounds, irritations and burns. Internally, it has analgesic and sedative properties and is widely known as a prescribed herbal medicine for mild and medium depression.

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  • Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Jasmine is considered to be the "king" of all essential oils. It gives the skin rejuvenation and tone. It is also calming and balancing to the senses.
    Jasmine is considered the "king" of all essential oils. It is ideal for treating dry and sensitive skin thanks to its moisturizing and soothing properties. Its essential oil has a soothing, toning and rejuvenating effect on the skin. It has a pleasant fragrance, thus used widely in perfumes, skin creams, gels, lotions and soaps. When diffused, it has a distinctive warm and euphoric fragrance that stimulates feelings of harmony and optimism.

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  • Lavender

    Lavender

    Considered "nature's tranquilizer". Lavender works against insomnia and cures headaches and stress. It also soothes allergies, insect bites and skin burns.
    The word lavender comes from the Latin verb "lavare" which means "to wash". Indeed, the Romans used to wash and clean their wounds with lavender. Lavender is known as the "soothing nature." It has moisturizing and regenerative properties and soothes irritations. Lavender is suitable for sensitive skin and relieves muscle pain. Its essential oil relaxes the body and the senses and helps treat insomnia, headaches and stress. It also alleviates insect bites and burns.

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  • Lupin

    Lupin

    Lupin is rich in peptides, trace elements and vitamins. It has high nutritional value.
    Lupin is rich in peptides, trace elements (copper, zinc, iron) and vitamins (B3, B5), all stimulating hair growth. Lupin proteins inhibit the activity of 5-reductase, improve microcirculation around the hair follicle, thus facilitating the effective supply of oxygen and nutrients (in vitro studies).

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  • Nettle

    Nettle

    Neetle has toning properties and regulates oiliness of the hair and scalp.
    The name urtica derives from the Latin verb “urere” meaning “to burn”' and was given by Pliny because of the burning sensation and redness caused when in contact with the skin. Hippocrates used it to treat skin conditions. Nettle is rich in trace elements, essential amino acids, proteins and vitamins which stimulate hair growth. It regulates the skin's oiliness and restores sebum secretion to normal levels. It is used against wrinkles and skin ageing.

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  • Olive

    Olive

    Olive offers antioxidant protection, moisturizes and nourishes the skin and hair. Olive grains exfoliate the skin and offer deep cleansing.
    The olive tree was renowned in Ancient Greece and perceived as a symbol of glory, wealth and prosperity. Olive is rich in vitamins E, A and polyphenols, thus moisturizing and nourishing skin and hair. It has strong antioxidant properties, protecting skin and hair from free radicals. It also contributes in skin regeneration and increases skin glow and elasticity. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

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  • Orange

    Orange

    Provides a glow to dull skin. Tones, rejuvenates and reduces physical and emotional tension. Contains fruit acids that offer mild exfoliation and moisture.
    The orange comes from Southeast Asia. It is rich in fruit acids, sugars and vitamin C. It has a mild keratolytic action that provides natural shine, revitalizes and rejuvenates dull skin. Usually, it is used as an astringent, ideal for oily skin and acne. It offers moisturization to the skin and protects the sensitive scalp, while adding shine and luster to hair. Its essential oil is used in aromatherapy and provides relief from stress, physical and emotional tension.

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  • Peppermint

    Peppermint

    Refreshes and tones skin. Relieves tired feet. Breathing in will help ease nausea.
    Peppermint essential oil refreshes and tones skin and mood. It has muscle relaxing, pain relieving and antiseptic properties. Its inhalation improves the ability to concentrate and helps treat nausea. The essential oil relieves tired and aching feet, brings a sense of freshness and reduces sensitivity to pain and itching. The anti-irritant and antiseptic properties of peppermint make it also ideal for sprays and lozenges for sore throats.

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  • Pink clay

    Pink clay

    Purifies dry and sensitive skin.
    Pink clay is a mix of red and white clay and is ideal for cleaning dry and sensitive skin. The main features of pink clay are to exfoliate, cleanse the skin pores and eliminate toxins. It also provides the skin with toning and moisturizing properties.

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  • Pomegranate

    Pomegranate

    Pomegranate has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.
    In Ancient Greece, the pomegranate was devoted to Hera, the goddess of fertility and marriage. Pomegranate contains minerals, tannins, vitamins C and B, as well as citric acid and sodium citrate which are traditionally used against skin conditions. Pomegranate is widely used as an astringent, It has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and antioxidant properties, thus offering protection to skin and hair against UV damage by free radicals.

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  • Prickly Pear

    Prickly Pear

    Protects from UVA radiation and photoaging. Moisturizes and soothes irritated skin.
    The prickly pear cactus is a wild plant that grows in sunny and warm areas. Prickly pear is a highly effective moisturizing and soothing ingredient for all skin care products. It deeply hydrates and offers long-lasting moisture, thus effectively soothing sensitive and dry skin.  

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  • Propolis

    Propolis

    Propolis acts as an antibacterial and is used for is antiseptic, antifungal, healing and antioxidant properties.Propolis is derived from the Greek words "pro" and "polis" meaning before the city. It is a wax-like resinous substance collected by bees from flower buds and used as a filling to seal cracks or open spaces in the hive and to prevent from diseases and enemy intrusion. Most importantly though propolis ensures the complete sterilization of the hive. It contains on average 55% resins, 30% wax, 10% essential oil and 5 % bee pollen, flavonoids and trace elements. Propolis extract ensures the brightness and healthy shine of the skin. It accelerates the healing of destroyed tissue and provides an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and it's tissues. it offers antiseptic, antioxidant  and antibacterial properties. Improves blood circulation in capillary vessels and is used as an anti-dandruff for the hair and in daily tooth and gum care due to its antibacterial and wound healing properties.

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  • Red wine

    Red wine

    Red wine has strong antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
    The ancient Greek philosopher Plato wisely stated that: “Nothing is more valuable than the wine offered by Gods to mankind.” Red wine is considered an elixir of youth. It is rich in polyphenols and especially resveratrol, which stimulates the synthesis of SIRT-1 proteins and prolongs the life cycle of skin cells. It fights free radicals, detoxifies, purifies and softens the skin through its strong antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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  • Rosemary

    Rosemary

    Rosemary offers antioxidant and toning properties for the hair. Tones the mind, helps reduce headaches and mental tiredness.
    Rosemary has antioxidant and toning properties. It is used in hair care products to effectively stimulate hair follicle growth and prevent premature baldness thanks to the flavonoid diosmin it contains. Its essential oil can combat sleepiness and mental fatigue. It offers quick relief of headaches caused by overwork and nervous tension. Furthermore, it can be used in massage oil to relieve muscle pain, as well as in perfumed soaps.

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  • Royal jelly

    Royal jelly

    Royal jelly, the exclusive nourishment of the queen bee, is considered to be 'the elixir of life'. Firms and restores the skin.
    Royal jelly is the exclusive food of the queen bee, to which the queen bee owes her longevity and fertility. The Ancient Greeks talked about 'ambrosia', which bestowed immortality upon the gods in Olympus, and was partly composed of the infamous royal jelly. Royal jelly is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids. It is used in cosmetic products because it smoothes the skin and helps maintain skin elasticity. Stimulates and tones while allowing a good balance and revitalizes the epidermis. Produces an age-retarding, longevity enhancing effect and helps to maintain health, beauty and youth while  promoting the building of tissues and muscles and lowering Blood cholesterol levels. Furthermore, it supports wound healing and stimulates a better memory and overall mental function.

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  • Ruscus (Butcher's broom)

    Ruscus (Butcher's broom)

    Tones the microcirculation, rejuvenates and decongests. Ideal for tired feet and legs.
    Ruscus is native to the Mediterranean region, Europe and Africa. It is also known as the Butcher's broom. It improves blood circulation, reduces swelling and edema and is ideal for eye care products. Butcher’s broom relaxes, revitalizes and relieves tired feet and legs, by offering a cooling sensation and relaxing the muscles.

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  • Sunflower

    Sunflower

    Contains antioxidant, moisturizing and emollient actions. Protects hair color from UV radiation.
    According to an ancient myth, a young woman called Clytia fell in love with Helios, God of the Sun, who unfortunately did not return her sentiments. So intense was her passion that she spent all her time watching him and eventually turned into Helianthus (Greek word for “Sunflower”'), the flower that willalways turns towards the sun. Rich in oleic and linoleic acids, the sunflower has valuable nutritive, moisturizing and soothing properties. It protects the skin and the hair color from the damage caused by UV rays.

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  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    Tangerine has antioxidant properties and acts as a protective shield for the sensitive child skin.
    The first recorded references to mandarin date back to 1000 BC. Most likely its origin is Northern India and Southeast China. Mandarins are a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and beta-carotene. Mandarin essential oil ,like all citrus oils, has antiseptic, antispasmodic, detoxifying and calming properties. It also has an anti-wrinkle effect and helps control oily skin and acne.

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  • Tea Tree

    Tea Tree

    Provides antiseptic and antifungal properties and can be used directly on the skin.
    Melaleuca is a popular tea tree for traditional treatments among the indigenous people of Oceania, thanks to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. Its leaves are crushed, either to be inhaled or used in infusions for coughs, colds and skin infections. Its essential oil can be used in the treatment of cuts, burns, acne, insect bites, athlete's foot, mild nail fungal infections and other skin diseases.  

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  • Thyme

    Thyme

    Strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
    The name thyme derives from the ancient Greek word “thyein” meaning “give off smoke” or the verb “thysiazo” meaning “sacrifice”, as it was a plant burned in sanctuaries. Ancient Greeks used it in baths and as incense in their temples, believing that thyme was a source of courage. Thyme naturally tones microcirculation and has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It is known for its effectiveness against respiratory problems. It usually helps in the alleviation of flu symptoms and headaches. Thyme is also famous for its antiseptic, antibacterial and sebum-secretion regulating properties.

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  • Vanilla

    Vanilla

    Moisturizes and soothes skin. Relaxes the senses and relieves stress and tension.
    Vanilla is a flavoring deriving from orchids of the genus Vanilla. It grows as a vine on trees and has a distinct flavour. Vanilla moisturizes, soothes and leaves the skin soft thanks to its high sugar content. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Vanilla relaxes, soothes the spirit, relieves from nervousness, stress and tension. It is used to offer relief from coughs.

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