A genus (a class of items such as a group of animals or plants with similar traits, qualities, or features) of approximately 70 species and several subspecies of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae.
A polyphenol or micronutrient found in fruits and vegetables that supports healthy metabolic function, intestinal health, and inflammatory response.
A noncosmetic substance. It softens or soothes the skin, often coming in the form of creams, ointments, lotions, and gels. To learn more about emollients, click here!
The ratio of the percent of one enantiomer (one molecule of a pair that are mirror images of each other) in a mixture to that of the other.
The collection of glands that produce hormones regulating metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. To learn more about the endocrine system, click here!
Substances and processes that originate or grow from within a system, such as an organism, tissue, or cell.
Enzymes naturally produced within the body that facilitate important biological processes.
Specialized proteins that function as catalysts in almost all cellular functions and chemical reactions throughout the body. To learn more about plant enzymes, click here!
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Nutrients required for many key functions in the human body, including cell growth, brain development, muscle activity, immune function, joint health, and so on. To learn more about EFAs, click here!
The lipid-soluble (dissolvable in fats and oils) mixtures of volatile (easily evaporated at normal temperatures) chemical compounds from plants.
Estragole (Methyl Chavicol)
A phenylpropanoid molecule. Also known as methyl chavicol, it occurs in fennel and basil essential oils and has a licorice-like, spicy, green, herbal aroma.
A colorless alcohol made from grain and sugar that’s volatile (easily changes to a gas) and burns easily. It’s used in medicines and other substances, like alcoholic drinks.
A manmade chemical used primarily to produce ethylene glycol (a chemical used to make antifreeze and polyester).
Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether (also called Butyl Cellosolve)
Also called Butyl Cellosolve. This is a manmade chemical used in the production of cleaners, degreasers, water-based coatings, and solvent-based coating systems.
A phenylpropanoid ether and colorless to pale yellow liquid extracted from certain essential oils, especially from clove oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, and bay leaf. Possesses significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cardiovascular properties. To learn more about eugenol, click here!