Just in from the south of France!

Just in from the south of France!

Cornflower Water

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Plant Power’s latest and greatest floral water is distilled from a deep blue flower, Centaurea cyanus that has been used for centuries for its beautifying properties and decorative features in food and fashion. The cornflower plant is often thought of as a beneficial edible weed, and is used in tea blends and as a colourful addition to summer salads.

Cornflower water can be used and marketed as a natural (alcohol-free) toner for devitalized skin, a component in hydrating facial masks and creams, and as a healing agent in products designed to treat swollen, itchy eyes. Mixed with peppermint, it may help cool menopausal hot flashes. This refreshing cleanser has mild astringent and antiseptic properties, making it gentle enough for use on children and people with delicate skin. It is not recommended for women in their first trimester of pregnancy.

Cornflower’s blue colour stems from the protocyanin, which in roses is red. Steam distillation of currently blooming flowers happens between June and August so order yours while it is at its most brilliant freshness!

Fun fact: Cornflowers were thought to be a symbol of a man’s love. The longer they remained fresh while worn in a young man’s chest pocket, the stronger his love for his girl.

 

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Calendula Officinalis (also known as Marigold) is a daisy-like flower that blooms from late spring until the first winter frost. It is a therapeutic flower used for centuries in treating skin problems and scars. It remains quite popular with today’s holistic healers.

A calming tonic, calendula has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and regenerative properties. A bath with a few drops of calendula taken on a regular basis calms psioriasis and slows the spread of the disease. Likewise, it can be used in mouthwashes and gargles, cosmetics, lotions, creams, ointments, and even baby wipes. This viscous, musky oil is completely non-toxic. It can be used to treat bruises, cold sores, cuts and wounds, dermatitis, frostbite, acne and chicken pox scars, as well as abdominal pain and dysmenorrhoea.

Calendula blends well with Lavender, Rose otto, Frankincense, and Lemon essential oils. Simply add a few drops to carrier oil such as jojoba, a drop or two of one of the above oils, and you’ve got yourself a powerful healing blend.

Fun fact: Calendula is referred to as “poor man’s saffron” as its orange petals can be used as dye for cheeses, butters, savoury dishes, and even fabric. Petals are sometimes used as decoration and can be eaten in soups and salads.

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.