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Archive: June, 2013

Watermelon Seed Oil

(Citrullus vulgaris)

Historians trace the watermelon origin back to the Kalahari Desert of Africa. China is now the world’s largest watermelon producer.
Watermelon seed oil is a light oil, that is pale or colourless.
Watermelon oil contains high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids, with rich amounts of linoleic and oleic acids. Because of this, watermelon oil

Raspberry Seed Oil

(Rubus idaeus)

Raspberries are thought to have originated from Asia, with Roman records going back to the 4th Century AD.
Raspberry seed oil has a dark yellow-orange colour, with a mildly sweet, fruity odour.
Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B, folic acid and iron.
Raspberry seed oil is said to be beneficial for skin

Moringa Oil

(Moringa ovalifolia)

The origin of moringa is Arabia and India. Today, the tree is common to landscapes all over the tropics of the Old World, from South Africa to West Africa.
Moringa oil is clear, and is odourless.
Moringa oil is rich in vitamin A, which claims to help build collagen fibres within the skin. It is also rich in vitamin C, which is said to act as a

Lavender Oil

(Lavandula Angustifolia)

The origin of Lavender stems from the Mediterranean, Middle East and India, and has been used for more than 2,500 years.
Lavender oil is clear in colour, and has a light, fresh aroma.
Lavender oil has a calming scent that claims to help with nerves, treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression and emotional stress.
It is also

Evening Primrose Oil

(Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose oil is native to North America and was introduced into Europe in 1619. It is now common in the Mediterranean, and is also cultivated in the UK. Evening primrose oil is yellow in colour, and oxidizes when exposed to light and air.
Evening primrose oil claims to be useful in the prevention of heart disease; this is because the oil

Castor Oil

(Ricinus communis)

Castor oil originates from the south eastern Mediterranean Basin in Eastern Africa. The castor oil plant has been cultivated for at least 6000 years, and is one of the few major crops with an African origin. Castor oil is a viscid fluid, almost colourless when pure.
Castor oil claims to be a purgative for millennia and diarrhoea caused by food

Carotene Oil

(Daucus carota)

Carotene oil is said to have originated from Afghanistan, but these days it is mainly obtained from wild carrots, usually found in Europe.
Carotene oil is a clear, orange coloured liquid.
Carotene oil is said to have a detoxifying effect on the liver and helps to fight jaundice, while cleaning the digestive system and the body as a whole.

Brazil Nut Oil

(Bertholletia excels)

Brazil nuts are native to the Amazon rainforest of South America. They are now grown in Guianas, Venezuela, Brazil, eastern Colombia, eastern Peru and eastern Bolivia.
Brazil nut oil has a light texture, and a sweet, nutty aroma.
Brazil nuts contain a dietary source of selenium, and research suggests that proper selenium intake is correlated

Black Cumin Seed Oil

(Cuminum cyminum)

The black cumin plant originates from India, however cumin is native to Egypt. Today cumin is grown in many countries including Malta, India, Sicily, Mexico and China. This oil is quite dark in colour, and has a sharp, spicy flavour with a warm aroma.
Black cumin oil is said to regulate intestinal functions, and have a positive influence on allergies.

African Black Soap

African Black Soap originates from West Africa, where is has been used for centuries by Ghanaians to help with skin issues.
Indigenous techniques of creating African Black Soap have been passed down from generation to keep the natural black soaps close to Mother Nature.
African Black Soap is a natural source of vitamin A, vitamin E and iron.
The soap is used all over the world, as it claims to help reduce