We love talking about the stuff that makes our gel so special. Raw's formula starts with one of the worlds oldest and most trusted natural anti inflammatory: Aloe. We start our formula from premium aloe leaf extract grown on a farm in South Texas. This premium aloe leaf extract gives us our unique base. Did you know most other brands start with water or add water to their formula? Theres one major reason they do that: cost. It's a lot cheaper to use water in your formula than premium aloe leaf and essential oils. We refuse to go the cheap route! We are proud to use premium and proven ingredients in Raw!
When applied topically Aloe Vera leaf extract is said to help speed healing by improving blood circulation. It also has some antibacterial properties and is said to be regenerative, which means it is youth enhancing and prevents cell death by preserving the life of a cell.
After our premium aloe leaf we add peppermint ethanol oil and glycerin. Peppermint oil is great for many things including our awesome scent, and glycerin is our natural lubricant.
Then we add Menthol. Menthol is obtained from mint oils by macerating the mint leaves and extracting the essential oils from the leaves with a solvent (normally ethanol) and concentrating the mixture until only the oil is left. Menthol has local anesthetic and counter-irritant properties and also acts as a kappa opioid receptor antagonist (Kappa opioid receptor is a protein in humans that binds opiate like compounds and mediates the effects of these compounds. These effects include altering the perception of pain, consciousness, motor control, and mood.). Menthol also triggers a cooling effect when it activates the TRPM8 receptor, which can be a substitute for ice.
The rest of our ingredients are a variety of essential oils or plant and tree extracts and each has a purpose in helping soothe or repair your body.
Peppermint oil is an herbal extract from the peppermint plant (mentha peperita). The oil produces a cooling effect when applied topically and this essential oil is a great homeopathic treatment for stress and helps calm the mind.
Cinnamomum Camphor Bark Oil is steam distilled from the bark and leaves of the cinnamomum camphora tree. Camphor is readily absorbed through the skin and produces a cooling sensation similar to menthol, and acts as a slight local anesthetic, and antimicrobial substance. In traditional medicine camphor is used to treat sprains, swelling, and inflammation.
Chamomilla Flower Oil is better known as chamomile oil, which is extracted from chamomile plants. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties along with emollient properties which increase the skins moisture content by reducing the amount of evaporation on the skin.
Comfrey Extract is the common name for plants in the genus Symphytum. These plants produce small organic molecules called allantoin. Allantoin is suspected of stimulating cell growth and repair while depressing inflammation. Traditional medicine originally called this the knitbone plant due to it being used to "fix" bones.
Dehydroxanthan gum is a polymer that is derived from xanthan gum. Its main use is as a thickening agent. Dehydro means "without water".
Cinnamon Cassia comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum Cassia tree. This produces a strong local stimulant effect, which increases the blood flow to the area. This brings the HEAT to our Raw® HEAT formula and your skin. We recommend testing it on a small area first and waiting 15 minutes to make sure it isn't too hot for you.
Methyl Salicylate is an organic molecule produced by wintergreens. Methyl salicylate is a rubefacient which is a substance that produces redness of the skin by causing dilation of the capillaries and increasing blood flow. It also has analgesic (pain reliever) properties due to the fact that it is metabolized to salicylic acid in the body, which is an NSAID (non steroidal anti inflamatorry).
On top of all of our great ingredients, we are just as proud of our manufacturing partner. We partnered with a company here in the United States which pays there workers well above the norm and often gives their team 3 day weekends. We think paying associates well and letting them have time off with family and friends is as important as our ingredients!
Thanks for reading about our ingredients now go get yourself some Raw®!