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5-HTP is an amino acid extracted from the seeds of the Griffonia Simplicifolia, a type of shrub that is native to Africa. When ingested, 5-HTP increases a neurotransmitter called serotonin, responsible for feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

Serotonin also plays a role in creating melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep patterns. As well as working to improve mood in those with depression or anxiety, 5-HTP can help treat sleep-related issues such as insomnia by restoring the body’s biological clock.

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Arnica is a flowering plant that comes from the same family as daisies and sunflowers. It has been in use for the past 500 years for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

The flower heads are usually made into a cream or ointment and applied topically as they can be highly toxic when ingested orally. Arnica is traditionally used to help with bruising, swelling and muscle pain and research suggests that it is effective in treating pain and stiffness in those with arthritis. 

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One of the most celebrated herbs in Ayurveda, the ashwagandha plant grows in Asia and Africa and has been cultivated in many of India’s dry regions for centuries. The root’s strong horse-like odour gives it its name: ashva being the Sanskrit word for horse, and gandha meaning smell.

Ashwagandha is classed as an adaptogen, meaning it has proven beneficial in restoring equilibrium when the body is under stress, making it a safe and natural way to manage stress-related health impacts. The benefits of taking ashwagandha include improved cognitive function, stress relief, improved immunity and prevention of inflammation.

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This carotenoid occurs naturally in algae and is the pigment responsible for the pink colour of flamingos and salmon. With more powerful antioxidant properties than vitamin C, astaxanthin can fight off free radicals and prevent cellular damage.

Astaxanthin supports the immune system by helping to activate white blood cells which are crucial in fighting off infection. And because of its ability to reduce oxidative stress, evidence suggests astaxanthin can help prevent outward signs of ageing such as wrinkles in the skin.

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Beta-carotene is a pigment found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables and is responsible for their bright colour.

When ingested, the body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A which supports healthy vision, skin and immune system. As an antioxidant, beta-carotene helps fight oxidative stress keeping cells healthy and protecting them from damage.

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To gain the benefits that supplements can provide, we need to be able to absorb the active ingredients within them. The compound piperine is found in black pepper and is known to increase nutrient absorption, particularly of curcumin and beta-carotene.

Research also suggests that piperine has anti-inflammatory properties and can potentially stabilise blood sugar levels. Bioperine is simply a patented extract of piperine, we have included it in our supplements containing curcumin to create a more effective product.

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This heavenly smelling ingredient is produced from the fat of the cocoa bean and makes an excellent moisturiser. This ingredient is popular in both cooking and cosmetics with its use dating back to ancient Mayan civilisations.

Due to its high fatty acid content, cacao butter locks in moisture, nourishing and protecting the skin from external forces thus preventing dryness and leaving skin soft.

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Calcium is an essential mineral predominantly concentrated in our bones and teeth. A small amount of calcium is also stored in the blood and tissues in order to perform vital functions on a daily basis.

When these levels drop too low, the body triggers the release of calcium from the bones into the bloodstream and over time this causes degradation and damage to the bones, eventually leading to osteoporosis if left untreated. Having sufficient calcium is crucial to supporting healthy bones.

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Originally extracted from the camphor tree, but now often made synthetically, this ingredient is added to topical treatments for its ability to soothe inflammation. It is absorbed by the skin’s epidermis which is sensitive to temperature, if applied vigorously camphor can create a warming sensation yet when applied gently it produces a cooling sensation. By stimulating circulation and interacting with sensory nerves, camphor can be applied directly to the skin to treat muscle aches and pains the moment they arise.

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Not just for adding spice and flavour to food, cayenne pepper is an effective topical ingredient for relieving pain. The compound capsicum is what gives cayenne pepper its spiciness.

When applied to the skin it creates a warming or burning sensation signalling a neuropeptide to indicate pain to the brain, the neuropeptide soon becomes depleted in that area which subsequently reduces the underlying pain.

Cayenne has been used for thousands of years as a natural, accessible remedy for sore muscles, headaches, and pain associated with arthritis or injury.

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This flower has been used traditionally for its anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties. Chamomile flavonoids have a calming effect on the body, helping with sleep and relaxation, hence why a cup of chamomile tea is a common favourite before bed!

Its anti-inflammatory properties also make this flower a valuable ingredient in topical balms as it can soothe broken or irritated skin. Some women also report its effectiveness in reducing painful menstrual cramps.

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Warm, cosy and inviting, cinnamon essential oil provides an array of aromatherapeutic benefits. As well as reminding us of the festive season, cinnamon’s sweet but fiery scent is highly concentrated when made into an essential oil.

Adding it to baths or cosmetics creates a relaxing effect that fits perfectly into any self-care routine. Not to mention cinnamon's antibacterial and antifungal properties; when added to a carrier oil such as coconut and then applied to the skin it may help with skin rashes and some forms of acne.

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This terpene naturally occurs in citrus fruits and smells strongly of lemon. Citral has been used for many years in aromatherapy to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety; as well as in antifungal treatments and anti-inflammatory pain relief.

This natural preservative can be added to food, cosmetics and drinks for its aroma and taste.

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Coconut oil is the fat extracted from coconut palm fruit. This oil is used for cooking, cosmetic purposes and even dental hygiene.

Coconut oil has higher levels of antioxidants and Vitamin E when compared to other oils, making it a healthier alternative for baking and preparing food.

Due to its high fatty acid content and levels of Vitamin E and F, coconut oil makes an effective skin care treatment to moisturise and nourish dry skin and its antioxidants can help reduce inflammation.

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Turmeric has been used traditionally in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Curcumin, the active chemical compound in turmeric, can aid many ailments due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This compound helps to repair damage and fight off foreign invaders, more specifically, curcumin blocks the proteins that cause inflammation.

It is suggested that taking curcumin can prevent cancer, arthritis, heart disease and more due to its proficiency in protecting against oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.

In some studies, curcumin was shown to be more effective than prescription anti-inflammatory drugs and has substantially fewer side effects!

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Epsom salt gets its name from where it is found in the natural springs of Epsom in Southern England.

This natural exfoliant draws toxins out of the body and reduces swelling and inflammation; when added to a bath the salts break down into magnesium sulfate which help aid muscle recovery and alleviate stiff joints.

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This essential oil has a whole host of benefits due to its antioxidant, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and astringent properties.

When added to cosmetic products it can reduce acne breakouts, skin irritation and infection. It has even been suggested that aromatherapy using geranium oil may help with symptoms of PMS and menopause due to its ability to stimulate estrogen production.

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Ginger is a flowering plant native to Southeast Asia, its root (more specifically rhizome) is typically used to add a fiery spiciness to food.

Gingerol, the bioactive compound in ginger, is responsible for its medicinal benefits due to its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Including ginger in your diet as a whole food or as a supplement can help with weight loss, digestion, PMS, immunity, arthritis, and nausea - to name a few!

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Glucosamine is an amino sugar found in cartilage. As we age, glucosamine levels drop, causing a gradual breakdown of cartilage.

Not many foods naturally contain glucosamine, but it is a widely available supplement. And evidence suggests that supplementing with it could counteract the age-related depletion of cartilage, thus maintaining healthy cushioning of joints and preventing arthritis.

Glucosamine can ease joint stiffness, discomfort and swelling. It is popular among athletes who want to maintain joints optimal for sports activity.

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Derived from grapefruit peel, this essential oil can be added to cosmetics to support detoxification and provide anti-inflammatory qualities. As well as delivering a scent that is refreshing and invigorating, grapefruit essential oil has potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

It can help treat yeast and fungal infections as well as certain forms of acne. Its zesty aroma makes it the perfect addition to a morning bath or shower, helping you to feel revitalised and ready for the day ahead.

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A common ingredient in many perfumes, this dreamy sweet smelling essential oil is made from the white flowers of the jasmine plant. Jasmine oil is an aphrodisiac shown to improve mood when used in aromatherapy.

When diluted or added to cosmetics, jasmine oil can speed up wound healing and help with candida and oral thrush due to its antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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This amino acid occurs naturally in green and black tea, and like tea, it has the ability to calm and stimulate simultaneously.

Due to its role in supporting levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, Studies suggest that L-Theanine can help reduce feelings of anxiety.

Without acting as a sedative, L-Theanine promotes more restful quality sleep. Its ability to improve mood and feelings of satisfaction make it easier to fall asleep at night. L-Theanine has also been found helpful in reducing high blood pressure, likely due to its anxiolytic properties.

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Made from the purple flowers of the lavender plant, this essential oil is well-known for its relaxing qaulities. A few drops of lavender oil in a bath or diluted and sprayed on a pillow can promote a good night’s sleep due to its contents of a terpene called linalool which has a sedative effect.

Lavender is also an anti-inflammatory with antiseptic and anti-ageing properties. When included in cosmetics and applied topically with a carrier oil it can help improve wound healing, eczema, acne, wrinkles and even works as an effective insect repellent.

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This natural botanical comes from the same family as mint. Its leaves have a mild lemon scent, hence the name lemon balm.

Used in traditional medicine for thousands of years dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, lemon balm contains chemicals which appear to have a relaxing effect. People take lemon balm orally as a natural way to manage insomnia..

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This terpene naturally occurs in citrus fruits and is known for its fresh, zesty scent. Limonene can provide stress relief without inducing drowsiness, shown to help ease symptoms of both anxiety and depression.

This terpene can be added to drinks, food, supplements and cosmetics to add a pleasant scent or flavour.

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A regular in many holistic oil blends, linalool is a terpene that is found naturally in lavender. Characterised by a delicate floral aroma, linalool is best known for its pain-relieving and sedative qualities.

Therapeutic benefits associated with linalool include its anti-inflammatory effects, pain relief, antimicrobial properties and its ability to aid insomnia.

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This sulfuric compound naturally present in our bodies helps create connective tissue, collagen and glucosamine. Connective tissue includes the cartilage surrounding our joints, supporting and protecting them from damage.

MSM has anti-inflammatory properties shown to help with joint pain and swelling, and is also a powerful antioxidant that can reduce the amount of stress on joints caused by exercise, thus increasing recovery time.

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Naturally found in green leafy veg, nuts and beans, magnesium is an essential mineral involved in several bodily functions, ranging from regulating sleep hormones to supporting muscle and nerve function.

Making sure you get enough of this vital mineral can help to reduce stress, relax and lengthen sleep cycles due to its role in quieting the nervous system.

When our nervous systems are overactive we become vulnerable to developing illnesses and health problems. Magnesium applied topically can also reduce joint pain and inflamed muscles. 

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Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, it can be found in our skin, bones, and blood vessels - just to mention a few! It delivers nutrients to the bones and provides support for the growth and repair of cartilage tissue. As we reach our early twenties natural collagen production begins to decline, over time this can lead to joint issues, wrinkles, and general weakness and vulnerability.

Supplementing with collagen is thought to help restore the body’s levels, pushing back the consequences of natural collagen depletion. Although relatively new in the supplement market, marine collagen is the most bioavailable form of this essential protein.

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For immediate pain relief topical menthol can be rubbed onto sore muscles and joints. It works as a counterirritant, creating a cooling sensation that distracts from feeling aches and pains.

Menthol is commonly found in ointments and balms that provide temporary relief for bruises, arthritis pain, cramps and achy muscles.  

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This earthy terpene can be found in mangos and cardamon and is the most prominent terpene in most cannabis strains.

Myrcene has relaxing qualities, making it excellent for sleep-aid and relief from physical tension such as muscle aches. Research suggests this terpene has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

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NAC is a supplement form of cysteine, a semi-essential amino acid created in the body from other amino acids. Cysteine replenishes and builds the body's antioxidants, including glutathione - one of the body’s most vital antioxidants in helping to neutralise free-radical damage and protect cells.

Antioxidants work to counteract external and internal harm in the body, essential for longevity, immune health and defending the body from cancers.  

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Orange essential oil is used in aromatherapy to uplift and boost mood. Its sweet, citrusy aroma is pleasant on the nose and is down to the terpene limonene, which is said to quieten the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Orange oil has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, making it overall beneficial for health and wellbeing. Some studies even suggest it has anti-cancer properties due to its high concentrations of limonene.

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Otherwise known as Asian ginseng, Panax ginseng grows in the far east where its roots are harvested for their health benefits.

This adaptogen works to prevent the impact that stress has on the body, it can help with both cognitive function and cardiovascular health.

Adults may supplement Panax ginseng to prevent cognitive declines such as Alzheimer's and depression,  as well as for improved libido and sexual function.

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Potassium is an essential mineral required by all cells in the body. It is sometimes referred to as an electrolyte due to having an electric charge that activates various cell and nerve functions.

Involved in the excretion of excess sodium, potassium can help to lower blood pressure and counteract the damage of a diet that is too salty.

Potassium is needed for regulating heartbeats, muscle and nerve function, and converting food into energy. 

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Rhodiola Crenulata is a plant native to the cold parts of Europe and Asia. Its roots are used traditionally in Chinese medicine to increase energy, stamina, strength and mental capacity.

Rhodiola Crenulata is an adaptogen that can relieve symptoms of stress such as fatigue and irritability.

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To make Shea butter fat is extracted from the nut of the Shea tree native to Africa. This popular moisturiser can be used alone or added to cosmetics.

Shea butter works as an emollient, creating a layer on top of the skin that traps moisture, preventing dryness and leaving the skin soft. It can work to prevent ageing and soothe itchy or irritated skin.  

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Named after John the Baptist, St John’s wort is a plant that grows yellow star-shaped flowers and is native to Europe. It can be taken orally to treat depression and regulate mood, it does this by keeping levels of serotonin and dopamine consistent.

St John’s wort also has anti-inflammatory properties, it can be made into a tincture or balm and applied topically to heal minor wounds, bruises and burns and relieve the pain of sore muscles.

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Western science has only just begun to uncover the medicinal benefits that fungi can provide. The mushrooms in this blend have been chosen for their immunomodulating benefits; helping balance the body's immune system so it can work effectively.

Not to mention mushrooms are also a rich source of copper and B vitamins, important for the absorption of iron and red blood cell health among other essential bodily functions.

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When applied topically, this aromatic oil can help to heal wounds due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

As well as adding a lovely aroma, the linalool terpene found in thyme oil can help to soothe sore muscles and provide pain relief.

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Used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that can protect the joints by blocking the proteins that cause inflammation.

Turmeric is packed with antioxidants that provide numerous benefits for the whole body. When consumed regularly it can help to prevent arthritis, cancer, Alzheimers and more.

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A classic flavour for desserts, vanilla is rich in B vitamins and antioxidants that play an important role in maintaining healthy skin.

When added to cosmetic products, not only will the scent of Vanilla leave you smelling divine but its aroma has been shown to have a calming effect, so you can feel as good as you smell too!

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Also known as thiamine, vitamin B1 is essential for metabolising carbohydrates. This water-soluble vitamin is required to maintain proper nerve function. Deficiencies in vitamin B1 affect the central nervous system leading to fatigue, loss of appetite, and muscle weakness.

Although a variety of foods contain vitamin B1, it is heat sensitive and water-soluble so much of the vitamin content is lost in the cooking process.

Supplementing with vitamin B1 is considered a safe and effective way to keep levels sufficient. Since this vitamin is water soluble, any excess is eliminated when you go to the bathroom.

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This essential nutrient is produced by microbes in the soil. With the advent of industrial farming, increased pesticides and fertiliser have depleted B12 levels, meaning that fruit and veg no longer contain the amount of vitamin B12 they once did in the past. You can obtain vitamin B12 from meat and dairy or supplements.

Vitamin B12 is crucial for maintaining consistent energy levels, red blood cell production and central nervous system function.

As we age, this essential nutrient becomes more difficult to absorb and deficiencies can lead to anaemia, fatigue, weakness and headaches.

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Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is an essential nutrient found in grains, plants and dairy products. It helps to break down the food we eat and convert it into energy, absorbing the necessary nutrients along the way.

Like other B vitamins, it is required to maintain the body’s energy supply. We need a steady, regular supply of vitamin B2 because only a small amount can be absorbed by the body at once.

Symptoms of vitamin B2 deficiency include mouth ulcers and sores, dry skin and anaemia.

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Another member of the essential B vitamin family, B6 is involved in the process of converting protein into vital amino acids.

Taking B6 supplements can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression as it increases the body’s production of chemicals that block impulses in the brain.

Overall, vitamin B6 is crucial for brain development, immune health and energy level maintenance.  

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Found in almost all varieties of fruits and vegetables, vitamin C supports several vital functions in the body. It works as a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from free radical damage so healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage can be maintained.

Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron and is vital for wound healing, insufficient levels could lead to anaemia and scurvy. 

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Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin as such but a prohormone, meaning it is produced naturally in the body.

The liver and kidneys make vitamin D when UV light comes into contact with the surface of the skin, hence its nickname the sunshine vitamin. It can also be obtained from the diet via meat and dairy products.

Those living in colder climates should supplement vitamin D to prevent deficiencies which can  lead to health issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The sunshine vitamin is a vital component for the inner functions of our immune and nervous systems as well as an integral player in the upkeep of not just a healthy body, but a healthy mind. 

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This fat-soluble vitamin can be found naturally in oils, nuts and seeds. It has antioxidant properties which keep our skin, bones and immune system healthy.

Vitamin E is found in our sebum, creating a barrier that keeps our skin moisturised. Muscle pain and weakness can be a sign of not getting enough vitamin E.

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Zinc is an essential mineral required for multiple functions and chemical reactions in the body. It activates enzymes that break down invading bacteria and viruses, stopping them from spreading within the body and making you ill.

This mineral is not just essential for healthy skin and normal development - it is also considered a viable sleep aid.

Zinc helps those with disrupted sleep patterns due to its involvement in the cognitive functions that control sleep.

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