unfortunately, you will need to rely on the trainer to freeze the value from lowering beyond the default 10. as for hex editing the values of each item, you will need to do a whole lot of searching in hex. i'm not sure many of us are doing that at the moment, and we are relying on the trainer to do what i previous stated above. sorry, i can't help you there.
i know for a fact that browsing around my saved game in hex, i came across some "components" -- the word and not the name of what those components were. as for the alchemy crafting, i haven't seen them nor browse for them, yet.
Thanks very much for the tips, I've been poking around this morning for trainers outside of cheathappens but there are like 100 trainers out there all for different version of the game. I have retail, def don't have the steam version, and therefore having a hard time finding which is the right one. Any tips as to locating the proper trainer for this specific version? I assume that retail and Origin are the same right? I mean when I used the install disc all it really did was start a download from Origin anyway.. Sorry this is my first Origin game so was all new to me as is trying to mod any PC game other than WoW. I'm running 220.127.116.11 Origin if that helps any. Thanks again for all your help