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Meet Our Ingredients: Alkanet Oil

Welcome to the 13th edition of "Meet Our Ingredients". Each month we will showcase the ingredients we use in our products to keep you informed of what you are putting on your body, why it is so powerful, and how it works to give you amazing skin.

Hawaiian Healing Skin Care prides itself on using only natural and organic ingredients in each of our products. We don't include any chemicals or synthetic ingredients – only item coming directly from nature. We like to say nature knows what you need, so we are giving it to you in each amazing Hawaiian Healing Skin Care product.

This week’s showcased ingredient: Alkanet Oil

What is "Alkanet"?

Alkanet (Alkanna tinctorial) is the general name of several related plants in the borage family (Boraginaceae). The ingredient used in Hawaiian Healing Skin Care's moisturizing cream is derived from the dark red roots (with a blackish appearance which is external, blue-red inside, with a whitish core), and the upper and lower leaves, which are stalked and can grow up to six to eight inches in length.

Oil made with alkanet is an emollient that is soothing and softening to the skin.

All around the world, for centuries dating back to Greek medicine, alkanet oils have been used to heal a variety of skin conditions. “Hippocrates, the Greek physician reported that the A. tinctoria root can be used for the healing of various dermatological diseases, and the botanist Theophrastus [a Greek native, successor to Aristotle] recorded that it could be utilized as a medicine and dye. Moreover, the Greek pharmacologist and physician Dioscorides also suggested A. tinctoria for treatment of various dermatological diseases.”




In more recent history, alkanet oil has been helpful with:

  • skin fungi (such as phlegm, ringworm, and eczema)

  • improving nail health when used on the hands, as it is beneficial in preventing the cracking of nails and reducing inflammation. (Regular use of this oil along your nails/nailbed stops nail from being irritated, sore, or infected

  • protecting the skin from any infection and reduces the inflammation

  • being widely used to treat burns since it has the natural ability of anti-inflammation (as well as a cooling sensation) to absorb the heat out of the skin

  • effective at soothing sun burns do to its cooling effect and absorption of heat

  • having antibacterial, antipruritic, astringent properties

  • used as an astringent

  • treating varicose veins, indolent ulcers, bed sores and itching rashes

  • having properties to help heal as an antiseptic for skin diseases such as eczema, itching and scabies


Interesting fact: Many years ago, French women also used alkanet powder as a form of temporary makeup.

Alkanet Oil is used in our most popular product, the Pure Revitalizing Cream, along with 18 other high-quality, all-natural and organic ingredients. Its many healing properties are most commonly used to help heal and protect the skin’s surface, but are undoubtedly accommodating in repairing the most stubborn, and most times unsightly, skin conditions.


Hawaiian Healing Skin Care Products are FILLED with the finest natural and organic ingredients. Our glass and bamboo packaging help to support sustainability and are eco-friendly. By having some of the most luxurious ingredients sourced directly from the islands of Hawai’i, and all over the globe, Hawaiian Healing Skin Care is able to provide your skin with the best all-natural and organic skin care products available. 

Check out our other blog posts for more information on these super ingredients.  For questions or comments, feel free to contact us on Facebook, through our website at, or email us directly at

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