My herbal quick list to commonly used ingredients in my formulations.
Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower – for calming the skin and reducing topical inflammation, very gentle.
Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf – for supporting irritated skin, especially around the mouth, systemic skin issues
Impatiens Capensis (Garden Balsam or Jewelweed) Leaf – for helping to prevent poison ivy/oak exposure, calming the skin from bites and existing rash
Urtica Dioica (Stinging Nettle) Leaf – for giving shine and elasticity to hair
Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Flower and Leaf – for penetrating muscle tissue, giving new energy and focus in stagnation/inertia.
Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower – for reducing inflammation and bruising to muscles, immediately after injury.
Symphytum x Uplandica or Officinalis (Comfrey) Leaf and Root – for penetrating to ligament and bone, support cellular growth and recovery for acute injury.
Prunella Vulgaris (All Heal or Self Heal) Flower and Leaf – for systemic skin issues
Bixa Orelana (Annato) Seed – for yellow, orange or red colors
Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus) Leaf – for anchoring essential oils in terpene family, aiding in muscular penetration.
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower – for adding depth to essential oil blends, calming the skin
Capsacum Frutescens (Cayenne) Powder – for warmth in winter salves, orange color
Beta Vulgaris (Red Beet) Powder – for tinting lip balms with rosy, cool red tones
Sassafras Albidum (Sassafras) Root – for anchoreing sweet aroma, soothing irritated skin
Unula Helenium (Elecampane) Leaf – for sinus-clearing tea
Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf – for earaches, for lung-clearing tea, cowboy toilet paper
Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower – for skin calming, relaxing, apple-like aroma
Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Berry – for immune support, raises body temperature to help fight infections
Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Powder – for blue-green color in soap products
Chlorella Vulgaris (Chlorella) Leaf – for bright green color in soap products
Indigofera Tinctoria (Indigo) Leaf – for denim blue color in soap and bath salts
Kaolinite (Rose) Clay – for detoxifying, pore-tightening and pink color in soap
Montmorillonite (Bentonite) Clay – for toning the skin, removing impurities, detoxifying lymph nodes