Summer newsflash- Peppermint

Summer is the time for feisty Peppermint!

Eyes wide open, back up straight, a sense of focus and refreshment in the air. The cooling grace of Peppermint oil is upon us.

Commonly used in the fragrance and flavour industries, peppermint is one of the most recognizable and sought- after essential oils. Its cooling effect decreases irritation and inflammation, helping relieve various digestive disorders, muscle pain, and infections.

Peppermint’s hearty freshness is an excellent concentration aid, deflecting mental fatigue and inspiring creativity. I will never forget how good I felt when my music teacher had the class sniff a small bottle of peppermint oil before our final exam!

Named after the beautiful water-nymph, Minthe, the use of this fragrant oil is bound to get people’s attention. Greek mythology narrates that the nymph was turned into a plant by a jealous Persephone and that it was because Hades still loved her that Minthe received the aromatic fragrance that we all know so well.

So add a little minty stimulation to your formulas and mixes, the summer needs some tingling playfulness and cooling tonic.

Contact us to order your batch today!

Helping you prepare for spring- part 2

4. Tamanu Oil Madagascar

Tamanu oil, from the nuts of the evergreen Calophyllum Inophyllum tree, is an inedible vegetable oil known for it’s unique ability to quickly regenerate and heal skin from acne and scars. Tamanu oil is gaining popularity in the Western world for it’s accelerated wound healing abilities predominantly due to it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cicatrisant properties. This is a must for teenagers with acne, and those tired of living with eczema and psoriasis. It can be used on it’s own or mixed into body lotions, face creams and even hair conditioners. Tamanu oil is also a fantastic remedy for sun burns.

5. Vanilla Oleoresin from Madagascar

One of the most popular scents world-wide vanilla oleoresin is derived by solvent extraction from cured beans of the Vanilla planifolia (common vanilla) plant. Native to Mexico and Central America, the plant is now cultivated mainly in Madagascar and Mexico.

The dark brown, viscous, and sweet liquid is non-toxic, blending well with sandalwood, vetivier, benzoin, balsams, and spice oils. It is primarily utilized for fragrance and flavouring.

 

As always, Plant Power goes out of our way to provide the highest quality and most sustainably sourced natural products to fit your needs.

For prices and quotes, email: contactus@plantpower.ca

For a complete list of essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils, please see our products.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Helping you prepare for spring

Dear reader,

Welcome to the first issue of Plant Power Newsflash!

With winter well under way and spring just around the corner, cleansing, toning, and dry skin remedies are more eye-catching than ever. From families looking to escape to warmer climates to stay at home moms, athletes, and business owners spring makes everyone look in the mirror and desire a brighter, clearer reflection.

This is why we at Plant Power are very excited to present you with some new additions to our list of available natural products and raw materials. To help you get your business prepped for Spring!

Take a look at our five featured extracts from around the world:

 1. CISTE water (Cistus ladaniferus) from Spain

Made of fresh twigs and leaves, this orange-brown flower water has a resinous odour and a comforting attribute that relaxes the spirit, soothing nervousness and insomnia.

In skin care, it is best known for it’s regenerative, healing, and astringent properties. CISTE water is useful in oil-based skin care products, anti-wrinkle creams, and tonics. Also known as rockrose, Labdanum, or gum rockrose, this shrubby plant produces a warm resin which was used among others in the mummification process by the ancient Egyptians.

2. White Sage Hydrosol from Eastern Canada

Locally harvested and known to be used for cleansing (smudging) rituals by Native North Americans, White Sage distills into a highly aromatic water that is astringent, antiseptic, and clarifying.

The hydrosol can be used as a room spray to get rid of negative energy and purify the air.

It can also be used topically to treat skin abrasions, irritations, and infections.

 

3. Cedarwood leaf (Thuja occidentalis) Hydrosol from Eastern Canada

From the fresh leaves and twigs of this indigenous coniferous tree comes a refreshing, camphoraceous hydrosol. Thuja water is an energizing skin toner, helping tighten, warm, and detoxify tissues and blood vessels. This is due to Thuja’s astringent, expectorant, diuretic, and anti-rheumatic properties. It also makes a mild insect repellent.

Traditionally, Thuja leaves have been used to treat fever, coughs, and intestinal parasites as well as numerous decorative and ritualistic purposes.

Since it’s essential oil counterpart is an oral toxin only to be used for fragrance and flavour, the hydrosol is a safe yet effective alternative, providing all the benefits without the high thujone content.