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Tea Tree

  • Scientific Name : Melaleuca alternifolia
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Helps alleviate acne and burns. Has antibacterial properties.
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Teas - Black,Green, Oolong and white
  • Scientific Name : Camellia sinensis
  • History : All teas are from Camellia sinensis with black tea being most processed and white tea least processed. Oolong partially fermented.
  • Component : Largest catechin and most active antioxidant in tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Green tea: 8-12% polyphenols, 2-4% caffeine. Decreases melanoma cells. Improves wound healing. Has the hightest concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). White tea: more potent antioxidant and effective than green tea in limited bacterial dysplastic mutations. Black tea: much lower content of catechins than green tea but higher content of flavonoids (kaempferol and theaflavin).
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Green tea: Used to soothe sunburn, reduce baggy eyelids, reduce gingivitis and produce hemostasis and prevent UV induced carcinogenesis including oral leukoplekis. Black tea: extracts applied decreased signs of cutaneous photodamage, carcinogenesis and inflammation. Oolong: treated atopic dermatitis.
  • Reported Precautions : Gastrointestinal upset, constipation, irritability, delirium, seizures. Not recommended for pregnancy and lactation if excessively consumed (more than 3 cups).
  • Common Applications : Creams, lotions, eye creams, after sun cream. 
Teazle
  • Scientific Name : Dipsacus silvertris
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Helps alleviate dermatitis. Has antibacterial properties.
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Thuja

  • Scientific Name : Thuja occidentalis
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antibacterial properties.
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Tolu Balsam
  • Scientific Name : Myroxylon balsamum
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has anti-inflammation properties.
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Tomato
  • Scientific Name : Solanum lycopersicum
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  • Component : Rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant and anticarcenogenic carotenoid, has strong reducing ability and is the most effective carotenoid. 
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antioxidant and anticarcenogenic properties.
    Lycopene scavenges lipid radicals and reduces lipid peroxidation, prevents erythema caused by UV radiation on the skin.
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Tulsi
  • Scientific Name : Ocimum Sanctum
  • History : AKA holy Indian basil. 
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Used as a natural preservative in ayurveda.
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Turmeric

  • Scientific Name : Curcuma longa
  • History : Turmeric is a herb indigenous to India and Southeast Asia and cultivated in S. America and Caribbean. Used for many conditions in Indian medicine including rheumatisms and sinusitis. Used to treat abdominable pain in Chinese medicine. 
  • Component : Actives include volatile oils (tumerone- which makes the aroma), Curcumin is 2-5% of its composition, haptanoids, 30-40% starch.
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antiseptic, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties. Helps alleviate dry skin, eczema and acne. Known to slow aging and wrinkle formation. Soften and smooth skin while cleansing and purifying the skin. Removes fines lines and blackheads. Has a defensive mechanism against UV lights. Used as a natural preservative in ayurveda.
  • Reported Precautions : Not advised during pregnancy as can contribute to abortion. 
  • Common Applications : Used in face masks, cleansers, lip balms and sun screens. Combination of quertin + titanium dioxide showed synergy creating a product of around SFP 30 with protection over all UVs. Also used in medicine, condiment, colourant, and flavoring agent, or in the food industry as a preservative.