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Especially helpful for pets who need to get the most of out of a diet of highly processed food. A proprietary mix of beneficial plant-source enzymes, All-Zyme helps to support digestive tract function, supports absorption, and helps to maintain proper gut flora and pH.
A time-tested first aid remedy. Allantoin is found in Comfrey Leaf, which has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. Allantoin’s ability to increase water retention in cells accounts for its exceptional brightening effects on the coat, as well as supporting skin.
Extracted from the pressed nut kernels, Almond Oil carries both astringent and emollient properties. As a mild astringent, it gently cleans the skin and coat without harsh residue. As a superb emollient, it helps maintain normal shedding. Full of nutrients, it nourishes the skin, boosts coat appearance, and soothes hair follicles for comfort and softness.
This flowering succulent is originated near Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Aloe Vera has been used to soothe, moisturize, and cool when applied to the skin ever since the time of ancient Egyptians. Pictures of Aloe plants can be found in the ruins of their temples. Aloe Vera’s thick, juicy leaves contain a thin, clear gel that is used both topically and internally. This abundant juice is what makes it the perfect moisturizer.
Defenders against cell damage! Antioxidants are substances that are thought to clean up damaging free radicals before they can do harm to the cell. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or by environmental exposures. In this way, antioxidants are believed to play a role in removing free radicals from the body. They are found in many foods: fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, as well as in some meats, poultry, and fish. Antioxidants include: beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium among others.
Native to South America but also cultivated in Africa, Central and North America and Israel, this rich oil is loaded with lipids and Vitamins A, D and E. These emollients are easily absorbed deep into the skin where they are believed to help retain moisture and fortify the skin’s resiliency. The antioxidants and fatty acids condition the coat to a luster, work to support and healthy hair cortex and protect skin cells from free radical damage.
A relative of the blueberry, Bilberry has been used as a beneficial herb since the 16th century. It contains Vitamins A and C, which provide antioxidant support to fight free radical damage. Bilberry also carries vital constituent that support the eyes and vascular system. This is important because poor vascular function may affect circulation to connective tissues.
Native to India, Boswellia, also known as Frankincense, is an herb extracted from the gummy resin of the Boswellia Serrata tree bark. It contains beneficial properties and has been used in India for centuries. Boswellia contains substances known as boswellic acids, and research has shown that these acids can support a normal inflammatory response.
This hardy annual, also known as marigold, thrives in the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Calendula is widely used to support healthy skin.
Chondroitin Sulfate (porcine)
A major component of cartilage, Chondroitin Sulfate is important in maintaining its structural integrity and provides much of its resistance to compression. In fact, loss of Chondroitin from cartilage is a major cause of of age related mobility concerns. Its beneficial use in veterinary offices has become pervasive.
Its aromatic, natural oil helps to support a healthy skin and coat. The ancient Chinese name for chrysanthemum is “Chu.” The Chinese city of Chu-Hsien (which means Chrysanthemum City) was so named to honor the flower. So taken were the Japanese with this flower that they adopted a single flowered chrysanthemum as the crest and official seal of the Emperor.
Bugs, bugs, go away. This oil, derived from dried, cultivated grasses, originated in Sri Lanka. It is now extensively cultivated on that country’s southernmost tip. Citronella is often used by herbalists to clear the mind and soften the skin.
Bad news for flea and ticks, good news for dogs and dog parents! Also known as Eugonol, Clove Oil Extract, an essential oil from the pungently aromatic bud of the Clove plant, originated in the Spice Islands of Indonesia. For centuries, civilizations have used cloves for their homeopathic, medicinal, and culinary benefits. This is the good news for the ears. But, most importantly, Clove Oil is believed to be one of the most effective natural ingredients used to kill fleas, ticks and other pests. Not to mention, Clove leaves things smelling fresh every time.
Funky dog ears, be gone! An important oil from the pungently aromatic Red Clove plant, Clove Oil originated in the Spice Islands of Indonesia. For centuries civilizations have used cloves for their homeopathic, medicinal, and culinary benefits. But most commonly, Clove Oil is and has been for many years, used to support a healthy ear canal.
Cool, calm and collected. Our Oatmeal Proteins are micronized, making them more quickly absorbed by the skin. That’s how their power is unleashed to do their fabulous work. They soothe and calm skin, naturally moisturize skin, and rich with Saponins, they cleanse skin gently. Oatmeal is definitely one of Mother Nature’s miracle workers!
Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble substance present in every mammal’s cell and supports heart health. It was discovered by Dr. Frederick Crane in 1957 and studied by numerous scientists. One of them was Dr. Peter Mitchell of England, who unraveled the mechanism of CoQ10 function in energy production and won a 1978 Nobel Prize for its biological significance. Many foods such as red meats, as well as soybean oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts are naturally high in CoQ10.
The leaves of the mountain Cranberry bush contain a substance which supports a healthy urinary system. It is also a rich source of antioxidants which can benefit healthy cardiovascular and immune systems.
Fresh smelling and effective. Extract from this popular vegetable is an amazingly beneficial natural moisturizer and cleanser. Evidence indicates that the cucumber has been cultivated in Western Asia for more than 3,000 years. Cucumber is a concentrated source of silica, which contributes to the strength and flexibility of connective tissue. Connective tissue is what holds the body together. Cucumberscan also be used to calm and soothe the skin.
We use only the purest, first pressing of this natural ingredient in the oil derived from the fragrant rind of citrus fruits. Its properties as a natural cleansing agent add to its benefit of supporting vibrant and healthy skin.
Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 + 6, Linoleic Acids and other essential fatty acids are proving to be powerful additions to shampoos and conditioners. They are believed to deeply infuse the skin layers with moisture, work to strengthen skin cells, support normal shedding, and condition the coat. Nothing but good for skin!
With its vivid yellow blossoms over 5 inches across, Evening Primrose is a wildflower that grows throughout the United States. The plant gets its poetic name from its flower that blooms and lasts only one evening long. The oil is found in the plant’s seeds and is high in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Native Americans ate the boiled, nutty-flavored root and used leaf poultices from the plant to support skin health.
Found in fish and other sea creatures, Omega-3 fatty acid supports health in systems throughout the body. Fish Oil is packed full of DHA, which is required in high levels for a healthy brain. It supports healthy brain function and eye health.
Since ancient times, cultures around the globe have used this common and delicious spice to support digestive health. Ginger ale and Ginger beer have been recommended stomach settlers for generations in countries where the beverages are popular. Ginger Root aids in the process of digestion.
Found in the shells of shrimp, crab, lobster, and other sea creatures. Glucosamine HCL is easily absorbable and helps to sustain cartilage and levels of synovial fluids that lubricate the joints. Cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones in a joint. Natural glucosamine levels normally drop with age, often leading to age related mobility issues. There’s currently a growing body of evidence that Glucosamine in supplements can support healthy joints.
This extract is pressed from the seeds of grapes and is an abundant byproduct of winemaking. It helps the skin retain its normal structure, and helps support healthy skin moisture. It contains a number of fatty acids and is rich in Vitamin E compounds.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Proteins are known as the basic building blocks of living cells. Hair and skin just soak them up. And Wheat Protein is a healthy grain source of Cystine Amino Acids. It absorbs easily into the skin and coat to create a strengthening shield that absorbs water and supports elasticity. It penetrates the hair strands to maintain healthy moisture and strength.
Kukui Nut Oil
Originating in the Polynesian islands, the Kukui Nut tree was so adored in Hawaii, it became their state tree. Babies there are traditionally anointed with Kukui Nut Oil to protect their skin from the sun and sea. The fact that it can penetrate deeper into the skin layers than other oils makes it an exceptional, fast-acting moisturizer and leaves the skin less greasy. Kukui Nut Oil contains Vitamins A, C and E, providing antioxidants that help to protect and rejuvenate the skin as well as the coat.
This natural lactose-free peptide derived from milk promotes a sense of relaxation, reduction of stress, and supports healthy brain and nerve function.
Its calming effects are more than folklore. Lavendula officinalis is native to the Mediterranean region and south to tropical Africa. The essential oil extracted from its fragrant flowers is frequently used by herbalists to support calm and for its wonderful aroma.
Helps turn fat into energy! This amino acid plays a role in healthy muscle function, regulation of normal protein balance, and maintenance of a healthy heart. The highest concentrations of L-Carnitine are found in red meat and dairy products.
Wonderful scent, sour taste. Lemons entered Europe (near southern Italy) no later than the first century AD, during the time of Ancient Rome. Later, in 1493, Christopher Columbus brought Lemon seeds to Hispaniola along his voyages. Extracted from the rind of the Lemon, the extract possesses an aroma so appealing it is used to enhance all sorts of products from perfumes to floor polish. In its concentrated form, however, its powerfully tart taste is an effective taste deterrent.
This mineral is found in large quantities in both plant and animal matter. It is commonly combined with Glucosamine to support absorbency, and supports bone, cartilage and joint health.
Found growing in damp, wet areas including meadows and marshes of Europe, the Marshmallow plant now grows in the U.S. Both the root and leaf contain mucilate, a mucus-like substance that causes Marshmallow to swell and become slippery when wet. Preparations of the root are also used for local irritations, support the immune system, promote a healthy cardiovascular system and slow down lung congestion in sore throat with dry cough, and support a normal inflammatory response of the mucous membranes in the digestive tract.
A native of the Northwest United States and Canada, Meadowfoam is named from its bloom resembling white foam blowing on the sea. Pressed from the seeds of Meadowfoam, its oil is widely preferred for naturally based cosmetics – massage oils and skin creams to shampoos and conditioners. It soaks into the skin easily to soothe, moisturize and protect. It boosts shine and softness to the coat and combats dryness.
MSM is one of the building blocks of healthy joints. A component of bones, teeth and collagen, MSM works to support joints and cartilage, balance blood flow, and boost mobility. MSM is also touted to help relieve symptoms associated with As an important cell binder of soft tissues, MSM is needed by the body to support a healthy immune system and maintain normal histamine levels.
Native to India, aromatic Neem Oil contains a variety of qualities that support healthy skin. High in Vitamin E, rich in emollients and fatty acids – Neem Oil supports the skin’s natural elasticity, soothes the skin, and promotes healthy, even skin tone.
A warrior against allergies. Native to Europe, northern Africa, Asia, and North America, Nettle Leaf, Urtica dioica, is pervasive and among the most versatile of herbs. Believed to cleanse, nourishes the skin, and supports a healthy immune system.
Skin itch miracle! Oatmeal proteins that are micronized are the most quickly absorbed. That’s how their power is unleashed to do their fabulous work. They soothe and calm skin itching, as well as moisturize the skin naturally and nurture skin health. Oatmeal is definitely one of Mother Nature’s miracles.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Found concentrated in fish, they support healthy bones, heart, skin and hair. Omega-3s are what are known as fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, such as salmon, tuna and halibut, other marine life such as algae and krill, certain plants (including flax), and nut oils. Research indicates they support healthy skin and cardiovascular health.
A healthy digestive start. The Papaya fruit supports a healthy digestive tract. Papain is a proteolytic enzyme designed to break down dead proteins in our diets and to regulate protein function in the body.
One of the most common herbs, Parsley is likely the most underappreciated. It has the most vitamin C, for antioxidant support, of any vegetable – 3 times as much as oranges! Parsley is a good source of Iron Manganese, Calcium and Potassium, promoting normal digestion and gastrointestinal function.
Heavenly to the nose, deadly to fleas. Most sources agree that Peppermint has been applied as a natural pesticide for millennia. The peppermint plant is native to the humid, shaded environments in Europe and Asia. As it buds, its leaves and their flowering tops are collected and dried so the fragrant oil can be extracted. You’ll find it in shampoos and soaps that infuse hair and skin with a lovely minty scent and clean, fresh feeling. When applied topically, Peppermint has a cooling, calming effect, which adds to the relief.
Perilla Leaf Extract
An annual herb that is a member of the mint family, it grows in the hills of China and Japan. It is widely valued in herbal supplement across Asia. Crushed, dried Perilla Leaf is commonly available at many herbal shops and Asian markets. It helps maintain overall skin health.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in fresh pineapple. It is often used for muscle and joint discomfort and to support healthy digestion.
Legendary for appearing in the Garden of Eden, the Pomegranate has been used as a healthy supplement for thousands of years. Known to have a high concentration of polyphenols and flavonols, some of nature’s most effective antioxidants, Pomegranate supports healthy cartilage and normal tissue throughout the body.
A potent source of fiber. Psyllium Seeds come from a species of plantain that is native to India and Iran. Europeans have valued it for intestinal health since the 16th century. Each plant is packed with up to 15,000 tiny, gel-coated seeds. Psyllium Seed is a soluble fiber that supports digestive health.
Pumpkin seeds have a diverse mixture of antioxidants (i.e. pro-oxidant enzyme lipoxygenase (LOX) and phenolic antioxidants) that help to remove damaging free radicals.
The Pygeum Africanum is an evergreen species that grows in Africa at altitudes of 3,000 feet or higher and supports digestive health.
A soothing extract from the plant’s yellow and white flower, Roman Chamomile helps manage and soothe discomfort associated skin issues.
The extracted oil from the aromatic Rosemary plant carries soothing properties that help relieve occasional muscle discomfort due to exercise or activity. Rosemary is an antioxidant, that when taken internally, is thought to supplement overall health of the circulatory and nervous systems. And, like all antioxidants, it combats free radicals that may cause damage. Applied topically, Rosemary oil is sometimes used to help muscle soreness and discomfort.
Rose hip oil is pressed seed oil, extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush in the southern Andes, and can be used to support skin health.
For thousands of years, Sage has been treasured for a variety of culinary purposes. Native to the northern shores of the Mediterranean, today the herb supports skin health.
Salicylic Acid is extracted from the bark of White Willow. It is gentle and effective for supporting healthy, hydrated skin and skin health.
Supports a healthy digestive system and also helps to support a healthy urinary tract.
Extracted from the seed of the Shea Tree, Shea Butter has been used moisturize healthy skin and coat to a healthy luster and softness. Shea Butter is an alternative to petroleum-based oils.
Slippery Elm has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries, and helps to support a healthy digestive system, as well as provide antioxidant support to remove free radicals that may cause damage.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae rich in antioxidants. No other algae have been tested so extensively. Studies have found that it supports the immune system and healthy heart function.
Tea Tree Oil
This fragrant oil from the needles of an Australian shrub has been used by the Aborigines for thousands of years. Tea Tree Oil is loaded with properties that help support skin health.
Helps to support brain health as well as provide antioxidant support to remove free radicals that may cause damage.
Tryptophan must be obtained through the diet or a supplement to provide the body with its needed levels. Its use may help to ease stress and tension, as well as to support relaxation.
A natural wonder. A member of the ginger family, Turmeric is native to tropical South Asia and has been used for over 2,500 years in India. The active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin which provides antioxidant support to remove free radicals that may cause damage.
Valerian Root may help to ease stress and tension, as well as to support relaxation.
Vitamin A provides antioxidant support to remove free radicals that may cause damage.
Among its many health benefits to skin, topical Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is thought to reduce water loss through the skin, helping skin retain its moisture, form and function.
Ascorbic acid contains antioxidant properties that help reduce free radical damage which is associated with aging and cell damage. It also supports the immune system and helps the body absorb iron.
Vitamin E provides antioxidant support to remove free radicals that may cause damage.
White Willow Bark
Hypocrites wrote about Willow Bark in the fifth century. It contains salicylic acid, which helps to relieve occasional discomfort associated with every day exercise.
Wild Yam has been used to support a healthy reproductive system.
Indigenous to Great Britain and sometimes called The Enchanter’s Nightshade, Willowherb Extract provides antioxidant support to remove free radicals that may cause damage.
Yucca supports healthy joints, relieves occasional discomfort due to exercise, and provides antioxidant support to remove free radicals that may cause damage.