Gifts From the Earth offer suggested uses for our products, based on traditional uses and properties of the herbs, oils and other ingredients; we do not in any way purport to be a medical or prescriptive guide.
The descriptions given for the herbs, oils and other ingredients are a selective listing of healing properties as they pertain to our product line. The listed properties are meant to be used as a reference guide only. Any reference to medicinal or health benefits is not meant to treat or diagnose any problem and is not meant to replace professional medical advise and should not take the place of any medication that has been prescribed by a physician.
We suggest you always use caution when taking any herb and if pregnant or nursing please consult your physician before using the products. All herbs, lotions and other herbal products should be kept out of the reach of children.
Aniseseed - Pimpinella anisum
Used in babies to relieve colic, flatulence or indigestion. Also effective in treating muscle aches and pains.
Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Used to treat bronchitis, headaches, mouth ulcers and gum infections, also a digestive aid. Used to encourage positivism, clarity, cheerfulness and integrity.
Benzoin - Styrax resinoid
Used externally to treat cuts and irritable skin conditions.
Bergamot - Citrus bergamia
Antiseptic good for acne, boils, oily skin, eczema, psoriasis, cuts and insect bites. This oil inhibits viral activity. It is also a powerful antidepressant for balancing moods. Bergamot brings us freshness and illumination, eternal youth and happiness. Assisting us in opening our heart to cosmic joy.
Black Pepper - Piper nigrum
In skin care it is used to treat chilblains, muscle pain, arthritis and stiff joints. Black Pepper also assists us in listening to our inspiring inner voice.
Cardamom - Elettaria cardamom
Traditionally used for digestive disorders. It is also a stimulating and refreshing tonic which can relieve fatigue and soothe stressed nerves. Helps to clear the mind. Assisting us in stimulating our spiritual senses by helping us to see with our hearts the virtues of man and nature.
Chamomile - Anthemis nobilis
Contains anti-inflammatory substances, good for treatment of eczema and skin rashes. Chamomile also allows us to connect with our inner childfor us to feel comfort.
Cinnamon - Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Anti-infectious and antiseptic. In skin care it is used to treat teeth and gums, warts and lice. Also used to treat poor circulation. Cinnamon helps us to transform sadness into happinessletting us know that love is always there for us.
Clove Bud - Eugenia caryophylatta
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-infectious. Clove bud oil can be used to treat acne, athletes foot, bruises, burns, cuts and wounds, toothaches and ulcers. Assists us in reaching completion and onenessawakening our senses.
Elemi - Canarium luzonicum
Used in skin care for aged skin, infected cuts and wounds, inflammations, rejuvenation and wrinkles. Antiseptic. Elemi allows to become quiet so that we can hear our soul speak to us.
Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus globulus
In skin care used to treat burns, blisters, cuts, insect bites, skin infections and wounds. Antiseptic and anti-infectious. Used to assist us in awakening our own inner healer. Encourages emotional balance, concentration and centering.
Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare
Traditionally believed to convey longevity, courage and strength. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. Used for mature skin, bruises, dull and oily skin. Fennel assists with clearing the auric field of outside energies.
Geranium - Pelargonium graveolens
This oil is astringent, antiseptic, and regenerative. Used for acne, bruises, burns, congested skin, cuts, dermatis, eczema, mature skin, ring worm and wounds. Works on the same vibration as Mother Earth and assists with transformation of energy.
Ginger - Zingiber officinale
Antiseptic, fortifying and carminative. In skin care used to treat arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, sprains and strains. Assists us in breaking out of our shell to be free.
Grapefruit - Citrus paradisi
In skin care it is used to treat acne, congested and oily skin, tones skin and tissues, also promotes hair growth. Grapefruit can assist us in reconnecting the mind, body and soul.
Lavender - Lavandula officinalis or Lavandula augustifolia
This is the most versatile essential oil. Known for its soothing and healing properties in skincare. A powerful relaxant used for calming and relieving headaches, antimicrobial antisepticgreat for treating cuts, wounds and burns. Lavender embodies the warm protective love of Mother Earth and works within our auric fieldit is caring and nurturing assisting in letting us know that we all have a destiny of goodness to fulfill.
Lemon - Citrus limonum
Stimulates the immune system to fight infections. Antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal. In skin care it is used to remove warts and can clear up herpes blisters. The oil also has a tonic effect on circulation. Enables us to have deeper meditationsencouraging clarity, awareness and concentration.
Lemongrass - Cymbopogon citratus
Antiseptic, antimicrobial, bactericidal, fungicidal and a deodorant. This oil is used to treat acne, athletes foot, excessive perspiration, and used as a skin toner. May also be used for muscular pain, poor circulation and muscle tone. Lemongrass assists us in clearing regrets or shame, encouraging forgiveness, upliftment and balance.
Lime - Citrus aurantifolia
This antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal oil works to stimulate the immune system to fight infections. In skin care it helps treat oily skin, acne, boils, and warts. Also increases clarity, concentration and mental alertness.
Myrrh - Commiphora myrrha
Ancient Egyptians burned Myrrh middayin praise of the sun god Ra. In skin care is it used to treat athletes foot, chapped and cracked skin, eczema, mature skin, wounds and wrinkles. Also has a healing effect on sore gums and mouth ulcers. Myrrh assists us in letting go of our old wounds to forgive and move forward.
Nutmeg - Myristica fragrans
Nutmeg is one of the oldest cultivated plants. It is anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic. In skin care, used for arthritis, muscular aches and pains and poor circulation. It assists us in reconnecting with our spirit. Used to encourage peace, visions, dreams and comfort.
Orange Sweet and Bitter - Citrus aurantium and Citrus bigaradia
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, fungicidal. In skin care, used for dull and oily skin and mouth ulcers. This oil brings happiness to those who need it. It also brings newness and regeneration. Used to encourage joy, lightheartedness, creativity, and self-confidence.
Peppermint - Mentha piperita
Cooling and anesthetic when applied to skin, great for pain relieving balmsincreases blood flow to the area applied. Also used to treat acne, dermatitis and toothaches. It is also analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent and a nervine. Raises our spirit to greater understanding and appreciation of our mysterious future. Brings alertness to our dream state so that we can remember our journeys to other worlds.
Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
Used in skin care for acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, and varicose veins. Promotes hair growth. It is analgesic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, fungicidal, Rosemary helps us to remember who we are and what our place is in our life plan.
Sandalwood - Santalum album
Traditionally one of the most important fragrances used in Indian religious practices. Sandalwood is traditionally used to assist meditative statesit brings our wisdom into this meditative state. In skin care, used to treat acne, dry, cracked and chapped skin. Helps in regenerating tissues. Great for an aftershave and as a moisturizer. It is astringent, bactericidal and insecticidal. (In serious limited supply, currently not using in products)
Vetiver - Vetiveria zizanoides
Antiseptic and a stimulant, used in skin care for acne, cuts, oily skin and wounds. Also used for arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains and stiffness. This oil calms any inner disquiet and in the calm state may come the answers we are looking for.
Ylang Ylang - Canangium odoratum
A sedative and antidepressant and a tonic for the nervous system. This oil helps to rebalance sebum production in oily skin and acne. Can calm irritated skin. Traditionally known as an aphrodisiac. It assists us in opening our hearts so that we may enjoy the passions of our spiritual beingness.
Alfalfa Medicago sativa
High in chlorophyll and nutrients, detoxifies the body, promotes pituitary gland function. Also contains antifungal agents.
Anise Pempinella anisurn
Eases indigestion, flatulence and colic. Because of its relaxing and expectorant properties it is useful in treating tight coughs.
Arnica Arnica montana
Used for bruises and sprains. Never apply to broken skin.
Borage Borago officinalis
Sweat inducing in tea—good remedy for colds and flu, especially when it affects the lungs. Makes a good cough remedy.
Calendula Calendula officinalis
Antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial that promotes healing. Excellent first aid as a compress or cream for burns, scalds and stings. Infusing an oil with calendula is known traditionally to heal wounds, sooth skin eruptions, eczema and damaged skin.
Catnip Nepeta cataria
Soothes the nervous system and will help a restless child fall asleep. As a tea, Catnip will promote sweating and is excellent for colds, flu and other infectious childhood diseases.
Cayenne Capsicum annum
Used externally in creams and ointments as a counter irritant to treat muscle pains, arthritis and neuralgia. Internally it causes sweating and supports the body’s immune system. Cayenne is rich in Vitamin C and is antibacterial.
Chamomile Matricaria recutita
Used for insomnia, anxiety and digestive problems. Encourages wound healing and is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and mIcrobial and antifungal. When used externally it promotes the healing of burns and will soothe eczema.
Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum cassia
As a medicine it has traditionally been used to treat colds and gum disease, warms digestion and eases flatulence.
Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Promotes the growth of connective tissue, bone and cartilage. It is easily absorbed through the skin. Assists in healing minor burns and bruises.
Damiana Turnera diffusa
Opens our senses for an enhanced dream state. A stimulating nerve tonic used for depression and lethargy. Too much Damiana can cause insomnia and headaches.
Dandelion Leaf Toraxicurn officinale
One of nature’s greatest medicines. The leaves are a powerful diuretic. As a diuretic it will not leach precious potassium from the body since itself is rich in potassium, it replaces what the body looses. Also used as a digestive tonic for constipation, liver and gallbladder disease. Cleanses the blood and tissues and is helpful in treating skin conditions.
Echinacea Echinacea purpurea
Used medicinally as an immune enhancer and for skin diseases and infections by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Used as a blood purifier and is very effective on boils and abscesses. Antiviral and antibiotic.
Elder Flower Sambucus nigra
As an ointment it is very effective on skin irritations. As a tea, the flowers induce sweating, reducing bronchial and upper respiratory ailments.
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
Used to soothe digestion and Is a good tea for colic in babies. Used externally as an eye wash for tired and sore eyes.
Ginger Zingiber officinalis
Warming and stimulating great at easing digestion. Stimulating effect is good to warm up cold hands and feet Ginger tea is good for colds and flu.
Goldenseal Hydrostis canadensis
Traditionally used in Native American Indian medicine as a strong antibacterial and antiviral. May also be used in soothing and healing eye lotions.
Hops Humulus lupulus
Mainly used to treat insomnia, nervous tension and gastrointestinal spasms. The flowers are known for inducing sleep.
Horsetail Equisetum hyemale
Rich in minerals, it is good for broken nails and lifeless hair. Its astringent action stops bleeding—useful in treating stomach ulcers.
Kava Kava Piper methysticum
Used as a diuretic, urinary antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory. Useful for cystitis. Externally used as an analgesic in skin salves.
Kelp Ascophyllum nodosum
High in minerals and rich in iodine. Used externally as a compress to reduce inflammation and pain of arthritis.
Lavender Lavendula officinalis
A favorite herb of our company. Good for calming, anxiety and tensions. Excellent herb for healing cuts also used to treat burns and stings and has strong antibacterial properties. Used traditionally to treat headaches, coughs, colds and chest infections.
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Used for colds, flu, depression, headaches, and indigestion. Taken as a tea after meals, it eases digestion. Due to its antihistaminic properties it may help those with eczema.
Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra
Used to treat sore throats, coughs, heartburn and ulcers. Due to its sweet flavor Licorice is used in herbal blends to mask the taste of bitter remedies. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritis effects are similar to cortisone. A gentle laxative, lowering stomach acid levels. Avoid licorice if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease or are pregnant.
Linden Flower Tilia europea
Strengthens the nervous system, improves digestion, induces sweating and reduces a fever.
Marshmallow Root Althea officinalis
Useful in treating Inflammation and ulceration of the stomach and small intestine and to soothe urinary and respiratory tracts. Also used as a poultice for healing and drawing out.
Milk Thistle Silybum marianum
Strengthens and cleanses liver and gall bladder.
Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca
Used to regulate menstruation. Valuable in treating anxiety after childbirth or at menopause. Do not take during pregnancy.
Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris
Used to regulate menstruation. Activates the digestive process and stimulates the liver. Do not take during pregnancy.
Nettles Urtica dioica
Rich in vitamins and minerals, which makes for a great tonic in the spring. Very useful in treating eczema. Used in shampoos and hair rinses to make hair soft and shiny.
Orange Peel Citrus sinensis
High in Vitamin C.
Parsley Petroselinum crispum
A strong diuretic used for treating urinary infections, stones and water retention. Rich in Vitamin C and iron. Strengthens digestion. Avoid medicinal use during pregnancy.
Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata
Used to relax the nervous system, it has non-addictive sedative properties.
Peppermint Mentha piperita
Antispasmodic and antibacterial. Good for digestive system and for colic in babies. Peppermint also stimulates the liver and gallbladder. Used externally to cool the skin, increasing blood flow to the area. Also used In pain-relieving balms.
Raspberry Leaf Rubus ideaus
Traditionally, known to prepare mothers-to-be for childbirth, toning the uterine and pelvic muscles. Taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Rich in nutrients.
Red Clover Triflium pratense
Used in treating coughs and bronchitis it is a relaxant and expectorant. Useful for treating eczema and psoriasis.
Rose Hips Rosa canina
High in Vitamin C. A mild laxative, mild diuretic and mild astringent.
Roses Rosa centifoila
Useful for healing wounds and a mild laxative.
Sage SaIvia officinalis
Used to treat sore throats, colds, indigestion, hot flashes and painful periods. Contains antibacterial phenolic acids and is a strong antiseptic.
Skullcap Scutellaria lateriflora
A great tonic for the nervous system. Excellent treatment for anxiety, depression, insomnia and nervous headaches.
Slippery Elm Ulmus rubra
Made as a poultice is one of the most effective healing agents for ulcers, wounds and boils. One of the best soothing remedies for inflammation, lubricating gastro-intestinal irritation.
Spearmint Menta spicata
Has similar properties as peppermint.
St. Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum
Effective as a compress on wounds. During the Middle Ages it was used to heal deep sword cuts— antibacterial. Soothing to burns because it lowers the temperature of the skin. A diuretic and expectorant for treating bronchitis. Most commonly used to treat depression and calm the nervous system.
Uva Ursi Arctostaphylos uva ursi
Used generally to soothe, tone and strengthen the urinary system.
Valerian Varleriana officinalis
Used for nervous tension, insomnia and headaches.
Yarrow Achillea mullefolium
Medicinally used to treat colds and flu, and wound heating. Best known herbal remedy for fevers, a hot tea induces a therapeutic sweat, which cools fever. Taken orally may cause sensitivity to sunlight in some people.
Oils, Butters and Other Liquids
Very high content of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, potassium, rich in proteins and fatty acids. Great nourishing properties needed to treat dry, dehydrated or damaged skin. This oil is known to regenerate cells and soften body tissue.
A natural emulsifier that will not become rancid and in addition it has germ killing properties. It forms a protective barrier on the skin to lock in moisture and guard against environmental irritants.
Provides a protective layer that holds moisture to the skin, making it a soothing emollient to soften skin.
A mild and gentle oil that is good for sensitive and baby skin. It preserves the skin by providing a protective layer that locks in natural moisture.
Evening Primrose Oil
A rich source of GLA, discourages dry skin and ensures that skin cell membranes are strong and stable. Since are body does not produce the essential fatty acid GLA we need to include them in our skin care products. Easily absorbed into the skin this oil encourages the transport of these essential fatty acids. May retard the aging process and encourages skin healing with those who have eczema.
Full Moon Distilled Water
Setting the water outside during the full moon to infuse lunar properties creates this water. Lunar properties include reflection, introspection and search, assisting us to see and experience our own beauty within. Using distilled water discourages premature mold growth.
Fine textured oil used for all skin types.
Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid plant wax. It last longer than other carrier oils without becoming rancid. It closely resembles human sebum and is good for inflamed skin, eczema, dry skin and acne.
Macadamia Nut Oil
Easily absorbed into the skin. A luxurious oil that may have anti-oxidant properties, protecting cell membranes from deterioration.
Attracts external moisture while holding the moisture close to the skin to prevent loss of internal moisture. Olive oil does not block the natural functions of the skin.
High in anti-oxidants and skin nourishing properties, this butter also provides natural protection from harmful UV rays.
Absorbs readily while holding moisture to the skin leaving skin feeling velvety smooth.
Protects the body against harmful pollution. Important vitamin for healthy eyesight and mucous membranes. Ability to build resistance to infections.
An oil soluble and deep moisturizing vitamin with excellent anti-oxidant properties, it acts as a natural preservative and helps prevent rancidity.
Nuts, Mineral Clays and Salts
Ground almonds rich in vitamins, minerals and beneficial oils which are used to cleanse skin.
Neutralizes acids and has exfoliating properties.
Dead Sea Clay
Dead Sea clay help tighten pores and stimulate circulation so your skin is left with a smooth, healthy glow. High mineral content allows cation exchange to detoxify the skin. They help revitalize, exfoliate and purify the skin.
Used to alleviate muscular aches and is mildly astringent.
High in Omega 3 fatty acids flaxseeds create an emollient gel when water is added used to soothe, nourish and heal the skin. Flaxseed also balances sebum production.
French Green Clay
Regarded as a useful treatment for stimulating the skin and removing impurities from the epidermis. The clay works by adsorbing impurities from the skin cells, by causing dead cells to slough off, and by stimulating the flow of blood to the epidermis. As the clay dries on the skin, it causes the pores to tighten and the skin to feel firm.
Contains amino acids and trace elements that are highly soothing to inflamed and irritated skin. Oats are very gentle as a facial scrub for sensitive skin.
Rich in minerals and aids in healing the skin. Overuse of salt can be very drying, always follow up with an emollient lotion.
Rich in trace elements, this clay draws impurities from the skin, exfoliates and remineralizes, great for sensitive skin.
By definition vibrational essences work on a mental and emotional level, to encourage the healing process, balance the energy in the body and help strengthen our connection to the energy of the planet and the universe.
Flower essences and usually gem elixirs are prepared in water and preserved with alcohol. Historically, flower water and the morning dew collected from flower petals were thought to be imbued with magical properties. That flower essences and gem elixirs work is indisputable; they do not work in any biochemical way, and because no physical part of the plant or gem remains in the remedy, its properties and actions cannot be detected or analyzed as if it were a drug or herbal preparation. These essences contain an energy or imprint of the plant or gem from which it was made.
When a flower essence or gem elixir is ingested or used as a salve they follow a specific path through the physical and subtle bodies. They initially are assimilated into the circulatory system and the nervous system. Then it enters the cellular level and imbalanced areas of the physical body. This entire process takes place instantaneously but usually takes awhile to experience the results.
Through repetition, people get this stuff in their cells. Rituals call upon nuances and wisdom buried deep in our bones; we usually don’t recognize what It is completely. We do it because somewhere inside us we know it is important to the understanding of who we are and why we are here.