Coconut oil is among the most nourishing plant oils. It's usage has been documented in Ayurvedic text more than 4000 years old. It remains an integral part of local foods and culture today in many tropical countries.
The unique aspect about coconut oil is it's fatty acid composition. Among plant oils, it has the highest saturated fatty acid content, with most of it being medium-chain triglycerides. This enables it to penetrate into the skin and hair, moisturising from within.
This unique property has enabled it to treat dermatitis and xerosis, in several cases showing better results than a control. By penetrating deeply, it has also been proven to protect hair against day to day damage.
Coconut oil also demonstrates anti-bacterial properties. Lauric acid, found both in coconut oil and human breast milk has been proven to kill acne bacteria. Aside from that, coconut oil has demonstrated to curb Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that causes dermatitis.
Therefore, coconut oil has a whole has been proven to have healing and nourishing properties. It has been demonstrated to speed up wound healing. When massaged on to babies, it has shown to be able to enhance growth, indicating that it has the ability to penetrate the skin and nourish the body.
Lemongrass is a widely used as a culinary and medicinal herb in Asia. Valued for it's anti-fungal,anti-bacterial, insect repelling properties as well as it's unique fragrance, it can be very beneficial when applied as skin care.
There are numerous studies showing that lemongrass as a powerful but natural antifungal, showing activity against a dandruff associated yeast. Lemongrass oil shows equivalent antifungal activity to pure citral (which is a commonly used compound for treating fungal infections), however, it has the advantage of being less of an irritant to the skin. Lemongrass is also shows strong antibacterial properties, showing effectiveness in curbing acne.
Rosemary originated from the Mediterranean, and is today a popular culinary herb. Known also as anthos, after the ancient Greek word for "flower", it is used in traditional remedies throughout Europe and the Mediterranean.
Rosemary has been shown to contain high levels of antioxidants from multiple sources, giving it anti-cancer and wound healing properties. It also shows antimicrobial and anti-fungal activity, which will protect the skin against harmful fungus and bacteria.
Aside from that, rosemary also demonstrates antidepressant-like effect, suggesting that it could aid in stress relief and general well being.
Tea started off as a medicinal drink in South-western China and was popularized during the Tang dynasty as a recreational drink. Today, after water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.
There is a growing body of research showing that applying tea topically has benefits for the skin. Many research suggests heavily that tea prevent the formation of sun-induced cancer cells, inhibiting tumor growth in the skin.
Tea consumption shows inhibitory effects on UV ray induced tumor generation, with black tea showing slightly better results than green tea. Tea, when applied on skin, protects the skin against DNA damage caused by the sun.
Finally, tea has also shown to curb acne when applied on the skin.