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Herb Guide

St John's Wort


Salvia officinalis, a native to the Mediterranean, this evergreen dwarf shrub has woody stems with distinctive greyish leaves and blue to purple flowers. Popular for it’s culinary  use it also has well established medical uses. Its essential oil contains many beneficial components. It is popularly used in many respiratory preparations.

  • Bacteriostatic
  • Astringent
  • Reduces perspiration
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces fever


Arnica montana has often been associates as a remedy for bruising and sprains. The root contains essentail oils which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Found throughout Europe in moist, peaty siliceous soils. Generatiions of Swiss mountain guides chewed arnica leaves to prevent fatigue whilst climbing.

Arnica Montana is native to Alpine meadows. It is known as a reliable bioindicator for nutrient poor and acidic soil.

  • Improves boold circulation
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Wound healing
  • Disinfecting


Chamomilla matricaria also known as German Chamomile has a strong aromatic scent. In fact the word Chamomile come from the Greek for eath-apple because of its apple like smell. This popular herb is often found in teas to help with stomach disorders and calming effect. Its oils contain many active ingredients such as bisabolol.

  • Calming
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Caring
  • Disinfecting
  • Pain reducing
  • Antispasmodic


Leontopodium alpinum, is associated with the Alps, prefers to grow in the rocky limestone high altitude habitat. Its leaves and flowers are covered in fine white hairs and grows in the wild to 3-20cm. The common name comes from the German compound word ‘edel‘ – noble and ‘weiß‘ – white.

Edelweiss enjoys the following properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Prevents sun burn (due to its high content of tannin)
  • Absorbs sun light (natural UV light protection)



Dead Sea Salt


Calendula officinalis, a member of the Asteraceae family, is native to southern Europe and is an aromatic herbaceous perennial. The florets are edible and can be added for colour to salads. Extracts have anti-viral, anti-geotoxic properties.

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Wound healing
  • Disinfecting
  • Cooling (especially after burns)
  • Cramp reducing
Tea Tree
Dried Milk
Honey Extract
Rice Extract
Coconut Extract
Vanilla Oil
Mandarin Oil
Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe barbadensis is a succulent plant originating from the Arabian peninsula. The leaf gel is a natural moisturiser and a natural filter against UVB. IT has a slight astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It has wound healing and antibiotic properties and fights irritations. Nahrin AG are members of the International Aloe Science Council, a non-profit organisation set up to share best practices and shared research into Aloe products.

  • Regulates the moisture content in the skin
  • Improves blood circulation in the skin
  • Regenerating
  • Calming
  • Reduces irritations
Wheat Protein
Bamboo Extract

Bamboo Extract

Bambusa vulgaris native to Indochina and one of the biggest of the bamboo species.

  • moisturizing
  • anti-inflammatory
  • astringent
  • cooling
  • rich in silicon acid (important for skin, hair and nails)
  • gives volume to fine hair, as well as elasticity and brilliance without making it heavy
Pantenol (Vitamin B5)
Broccoli Seed

Broccoli Seed

Brassica oleracea italica is a member of the cabbage family and native to Europe. The seeds contain over 50% unsaturated fatty acids which is mainly made up of erucic acid (omega-9), oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6).

  • rich in minerals (calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron)
  • rich in vitamins (mainly C, E but also B-group)
  • rich in secondary plant substances (flavonoids)
  • contains unsaturated fatty acids as active ingredients
  • skin and hair caring
  • flattens rebel hair
  • water repellent
Orange Blossom
Linden Blossom
Mountain Pine
Wintergreen Leaf
Ylang Ylang
Cedar Wood
Sandal Wood
Black Pepper

Black Pepper

Piper Nigrum is indigenous plant to south India and has been used for flavouring and in traditional medicines for many centuries. Black pepper is made from the green unripe drupes which are cooked in hot water briefly to rupture the skins before drying. Oil is then extracted by crushing them.

  • a warm and spicy essential oils
  • helps to warm up the body and mind
  • relieves sore muscles and joints
  • strengthens the immune system
  • improves the micro-circulation in the skin
Siberian Fir
Coriander Seed


Elettaria Cardamomumis, known as the queen of spices, a herbaceous perennial plant native to southern India. It produces a green pod that contains black seeds. The seeds are ground and used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Cardamom is known for its anti-inflammatory properties

  • fights infections
  • rich in vitamins A, B and C
  • expectorant
  • helps digestion
  • fights cramps
Swiss Pine
Norway Spruce
Silk Extract
Scots Pine
Horse Chestnut
Apricot Kernel

Apricot Kernel

The seed of the Prunus armeniaca is used as an exfoliant therefore replacing the need for plastic microbeads which are oceans and entering out food chain. THe oil is moiturising and rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

  • Caring
  • Moiturising
  • Activates skin metabolism
  • Rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes
Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana, introduced to the English garden by Peter Collinson from its native North American. Its leaf and bark are popularly used as an astringent and for its cooling properties. It can be used externally on sores, bruises, minor skin irritations and skin care.

  • Astringent
  • Skin protecting
  • Stimulating
  • To care for rough and chapped skin
Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Melissa Officinalis is a native plant to south-central Europe. The leaves have a mild lemon/mint scent and during the summer they put out small white flowers. Popular culinary use in teas and ice creams, it is often used by herbalists to aid sleep and digestion. Its essential oils contain citronellal, geranial, linalyl acetate and caryophyline.

  • Calming
  • Virustatic
  • Strengthening
  • Antispasmodic
  • Against sleeping disorders
  • Reduces fever
Sun Flower


A chemical compound present in botanical extracts of the comfrey plant. Has softening and moisturising properties. It increases water content in the top layer of the skin. It helps promote wound healing and is soothing has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. It improves cell regeneration and smooths rough and chapped skin.

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves cell regeneration
  • Smooths rough and chapped skin
  • Helps healing of cuts
Vitamin E
Salicylic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid


Bisabolol is a natural substance which is a primary component of German chamomile essential oil. It has a subtle floral scent and is known for it’s skin healing properties.

  • extract of chamomile
  • calming
  • anti-inflammatory
  • caring
Silk Powder
Devil's Claw


Prunus dulcis, a native of the Mediterranean, is a classic base oil for massage products. It has caring and nourishing properties and quickly penetrates the skin. It is suitable for all skin types especially sensitive rough and dry skin.

  • Caring and nourishing
  • Penetrates the skin quickly
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Ideal for sensitive, rough and dry skin
Bishop's Lace

Bishop's Lace

Dacus Carota Sativa, also known a wild carrot. Its leaves and tripinnate has a fine and lacy appearance. It is often planted as a companion plant to crops to attract pollinating insects.

  • anti-aging
  • anti-oxidant
  • skin healing
  • moisturising
  • UV protection
Purple Viper's-Buglos
Carob Tree
Swamp Paperback
Field Horsetail
Cayenne Pepper
Chilli Pepper
Green Cardamom
Marsh Mallow


Beta vulgaris, a native plant of Europe and the Mediterranean coast  and the roots and leaves have been used in traditional treatments for a wide range of ailments. It is known to improve skin hydration and help reduce wrinkles.

  • moisturizing
  • caring
  • skin protecting
Rhodope Haberlea
Cistus Incanus
Balloon Plant

Balloon Plant

Cardiospermum Halicacabum also known as the balloon plant because of its lantern like fruits is a tropical and subtropical climbing plant found in Africa and Asia. It iis mainly used in homeopathy as it has an effect similar to cortisone and is therefore anti-inflammatory. The main effect of the balloon plant originates from the polysterols which are of great help to treat all type of skin problems



Ruscus aculeatus is an evergreen shrub native to Eurasia. Found in woodlands and hedgerows, and have flat, leaf-like cladophylls which bear a small pale green flower followed by red berries. Traditionally it was used to clean butcher’s chopping boards due to its antibacterial properties and its effect of contracting veins thus improving blood flow.

  • stimulates blood circulation
  • prevents dilatation of veins
  • increases the elasticity of veins
Clary Sage


Cera alba, a natural wax produced by honey-bees. Used by the Egyptians for mummification and in the middle ages, it was seen as valuable enough to be used as currency. Beeswax has soothing properties and protects the skin from dryness without preventing it from breathing. It also works as an emulsifier.

  • caring
  • protecting
Star Anise
Balm Mint

Balm Mint

Melissa indica is native to Europe. The name Melissa comes from the Greek meaning ‘honeybee’ referring to the richness of nectar secreted by the flowers. Oil is obtained by steam distillation and is know for its calming effect. The leaves are rich in terpene which acts a relaxant and has an antiviral effect.

  • calming
  • antiviral
  • strengthening
  • antispasmodic
  • helps with sleeping disorders
  • reduces fever
Damask Rose
Lilly of the valley


Achillea millefolium, a native plant to Eurasia, flowers from May to July and has feather like leafs. The flowers have a strong sweet scent which is similar to Chrysanthemums. Traditionally used for its astringent effect.

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Disinfecting
  • Reduces cramp like pains
  • Fights varicose veins
  • Fights menopause related problems