Botanicals + Why I Use Them In My Products
Nature’s Apothecary, the Garden was created by God for our good and for His glory. God knew what He was doing when He put man in the Garden and said He had given them every plant yielding seed on the surface of the earth as food. There is sustainment, nourishment, and healing in plants.
Plants are food to fuel us + medicine to heal us. When used right, they have the power to positively affect our minds, moods, and emotions. They are nutrient-dense, wholesome, and regenerating. They are also high in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids needed for whole body nourishment. Because they were given to us by God, we are going back to the basics.
I strongly believe in the powerful synergies that are realized when we combine wholesome plant extracts with animal fats. Which is why I use botanicals in all my formulations, not only for their sweet captivating scents.
Botanicals are extracts from various parts of a plant, such as the flowers, roots, bark, kernels, and leaves. Each carrying its own unique healing properties. They are very potent and promote wholistic health and wellness.
There is nothing new about plant-based medicine. It is how our forefathers maintained healthy bodies and minds, it is how they protected and cured themselves from diseases generations ago.
Why + How I use them in my products
Animal Fats + Wild Harvested Botanicals = Powerful Healing Synergies.
Natural Healing for the body, mind, and emotions…is why I use this combo. I currently formulate my products using two forms of Botanicals – Essential Oils and/or the Whole Plant Extract.
Essential Oils – Also known as ethereal oils, aren’t really oils but are highly potent extracts that carry the very essence of the plant derived from. Essential Oils are extracted from different parts of the plants, as each part has its own properties and concentrations. They are complex natural substances that posses over 100 several chemical components, most of which can be found in the human body. Such similarities in composition creates a harmonious marriage that allows the human body to absorb these oils with ease.
Essential Oils have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antitoxic, antidepressant, antibacterial, antiviral, restorative amongst many more properties. They also are adaptogens that help bring our bodies back to homeostasis when dealing with stress.
Although each essential oil is powerful when used on its own, there is a greater result when these oils are combined appropriately. It is called a synergistic effect, meaning the blended (combined) oil is more powerful and potent than using each oil on its own. For this reason, I sought out the help of a certified aromatherapist to help me put together powerful blends that not only smell good but are very safe and yield results.
The amount of essential oils used in our products, where applicable are very little because one does not need a lot to experience the healing powers of the blends. In this case, less is more!
Lastly, the essential oils industry is heavily exploited and monopolized by a few big companies. Some even sell adulterated oils passing them on as ‘pure’ for the sake of profits. For these reasons, I only use + sell oils from reputable companies that purchase the oils from small scale farmers. The oils are either from wild-harvested or certified organic plants and meet the set industry standards.
Whole Plant Extracts – Instead of using all the cold pressed oils to access the powers. Due to the heavy machinery for extraction, I prefer to extract the components myself. Herbal infusions for 6 weeks.