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Wild fennel, herbal tea and cosmetics
Fennel, scientific name Feoniculum vulgare, is an aromatic plant of the Apiaceae family. There are two variants of fennel, the first, of which we will speak in the post, is wild fennel, a spontaneous variety, while the second is the sweet or cultivated fennel. Fennel, properties - Compared to sweet fennel, the wild one shows a stronger antioxidant activity thanks to a higher quantity of phenolic and flavonoid compounds (Faudale et al, J Agric Food Chem, 2008). The main active ingredient of wil...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 13, the wisdom of India
How many creams rich in ingredients we apply on our skin every day, often without reading the INCI, the label that, by law, must contain the substances that make up a cosmetic product. However, it is possible to resort to ancient traditions and realize that, often, in just a few steps and with a few simple ingredients we can create very powerful cosmetics. Today we let us be inspired by the wisdom of Indian women who have always taken care of their beauty with what the earth offers them, herbs, ...
Orange flower water
Through steam distillation of the flowers of bitter orange, citrus aurantium of the Rutaceae family, two very interesting products are obtained, the essential oil, called neroli essential oil and characterized by a fascinating fragrance, and a special water, the orange flower or orange blossom water. Both, essential oil and water, are used for cooking to aromatize desserts, just a few drops are needed, but they are also powerful cosmetics. Orange blossom water, cosmetic properties - Orange blo...
Slow cosmetics, yogurt and milk for a luminous and soft skin
Let’s learn to pamper our skin! There is a movement, called Slow Cosmetique, born in Belgium and that has the aim to bring back our attention to the actions we take to take care of our beauty and also to the products we apply on the skin. The idea of Slow Cosmetique is that sometimes our cosmetics really have too many ingredients, and not all of them are beneficial, in fact they are often the cause of so many problems such as acne, blackheads, wrinkles, gray and dull skin. But we can make some s...
Natural cosmetics Part 5, the kitchen is the best beauty shop
SOS dull skin? Or did you wake up this morning with eye bags and you are looking for a fast and efficient remedy? And what about if you have finished the face powder and you have an important date? The solution is often your kitchen that may become an amazing beauty shop by letting you prepare by yourself natural cosmetics without taking care of INCI or irritant substances. Let’s see some ideas. Cacao and rice starch – The cocoa powder you bought to prepare the cake or the pudding may be reall...
Beauty cosmetics? Now they are supplements, Part 2 zinc and astaxanthin
Against wrinkles, acne and dull skin we can do a lot not only with face and body creams and natural remedies but also with diet and supplements. The scientists (Vollmer et al, Int J Mol Sci, Oct 2018) are focusing their attention now on the protective and repairing effects on the skin of some substances that act from the inside once they are introduced in the body through diet or supplements. In the previous post we have seen the benefits, if some precautions are used, of collagen and beta carot...
Naturally beautiful Part 4, how to remove the pollution from the skin
We live in very polluted cities, especially in the cold period, due to cars and exhaust gas, heating and industrial fumes, and this can affect health but also the appearance of our skin. It has been shown that pollution, by depositing on the epidermis, can cause skin inflammation, worsen acne and oxidative stress by increasing free radicals and triggering skin aging processes (Puri et al, Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol., Jul-Aug 2017). The skin may appear dull, with spots and sensitive, in ac...
Naturally beautiful Part 2, the cosmetics against wind and cold
Not just sun and sea, a problem for skin and hair may be also wind, cold weather and temperature changes, pollution, dry indoor air and outdoor humidity with the result that in Autumn and Winter our skin may become grey, dull, dry, with redness and wounds and the hair may appear brittle and less luminous. How can we protect hair and skin in this period of the year? The cosmetic products are really helpful but, instead of purchasing creams, serums or hair masks, that too often contain chemical s...
Naturally beautiful Part 1, The Autumn Cosmetic
Autumn brings the first cold days but also the marvelous colors of nature that becomes deep red, bright orange and light yellow. But this period of the year brings also amazing ingredients to take care of your beauty in a natural way, simple but effective. And you don’t have to be worried about INCI, the label that, by law, should list all the substances used in a cosmetic product, because you have full control of all the ingredients. Let’s see how to take advantage from the gifts of Autumn in o...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 5, beauty milk
The articles we are dedicating to INCI, the label that by law should list the ingredients of cosmetics, make us understand that behind creams, serums and lotions that we can buy in shops and that promise miracles for our skin and beauty there are often chemical substances, derived from petrol, sometimes even irritating, that clog the pores and suffocate the skin. And the skin may react by becoming dry, dehydrated and acne, blackheads but also wrinkles may occur. And what about if we try to prepa...
In order to move and craw easily snail produces a gel, the snail slime, that is also helpful to attach better to the surfaces and to heal wounds caused by moving. But snail slime is also a very powerful tool that we have to counteract acne, wrinkles, worry lines and crow’s feet, skin spots and stretch marks. In fact snail slime has smoothing, elasticizing, healing, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and these benefits were already known by Hippocrates, a Greek physician of the fifth century...
Slow Cosmetique, How to hydrate your face skin Part 2, the face creams
Slow Cosmetique is to give importance to yourself, to your skin and also to accept some imperfections. But it means also to be conscious of what you are applying on your face. We go further in this world and we focus our attention on how to correct hydrate facial skin. In a previous post, we’ve seen that it is possible to use plant based oils in order to nourish the skin and give it essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. But there are also creams, that are an emulsion of a fat part, c...
Slow Cosmetique, How to hydrate your face skin Part 1, the plant based oils
This is another chapter dedicated to Slow Cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium that focuses the attention on the wellbeing of the skin and the ingredients of the cosmetics going beyond the brands of creams, serum and soap that often are very expensive but not really beneficial. On the contrary, some cosmetics may cause irritations, pimples and eczema because they use comedogenic ingredients that aren’t tolerated by skin. Today we will see how to hydrate facial skin, in a safe, cheap and effi...
Slow Cosmetique, How to clean your face Part 1, Oil cleansing
Slow Cosmetique is a movement born in Belgium thanks to Juliet Kaibeck but its fame is growing very fast with the aim to make people more conscious about the cosmetics that they are using on their body. Knowing the ingredients used in the products in order to avoid those considered dangerous or irritating such as silicones or mineral oils and to prefer those that respect hair and skin, but also appreciating all the body without trying to change it with invasive actions, this is slow cosmetique t...
Apricot kernel oil
From the kernels of apricots, through cold pressing, a delicate oil with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties is obtained. This oil results useful for external application and is a valuable ally in cosmetics for the beauty of the skin, of face and body, mature or sensitive or even inflamed and dry. Apricot oil is characterized by the presence of vitamins, including E and A, oleic acid and phytosterols with anti-inflammatory action, against free radicals and able to support the microcirculation...
Pistachios are the seeds of the tree Pistacia vera belonging to the Anacardiaceae family. Today we will not speak about the seeds of the plant, already described in a previous post, but we will learn the properties of another, very interesting, product obtained, through cold pressing, from these seeds, namely the pistachio oil. This oil is naturally rich in antioxidants, in particular vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and tocopherol, brings omega 3 fatty acids and is well appreciated also in cosm...
Rosa rubiginosa, also known as Rosa mosqueta, sweetbriar rose or eglantine, is a shrub of the Rosaceae family, widespread in the Andean region, particularly in Chile, it is also possible to find it in Europe. The fruits of this plant are very rich in seeds, which are cold pressed to extract an oil, the musk rose oil. This oil, for external use, has important anti-aging, healing and regenerating properties. In fact, this oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, such as linoleic...
Rubus chamaemorus, known also as cloudberry, is a perennial plant of the Rosaceae family native of the Arctic tundra and boreal forests, it can withstand up to -40 ° C. Its fruits are berries from red to orange-amber color, depending on the level of ripeness, and with the characteristic shape similar to raspberries. These berries can be eaten fresh or dried as well as jam, they are rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, vitamin A and very high concentrations of vitamins...
Parsley is used to flavor and garnish dishes: from salads to omelets, side dishes and fish. The plant is rich in vitamin C, A and K, mineral salts such as calcium, phosphorus, copper and is a stimulant for the appetite and digestion. Parsley also has diuretic and cleansing properties for blood and liver and, thanks to the vitamin C contained, parsley promotes the iron absorption, for this reason it is recommended for those who suffer from anemia. Parsley helps also in case of inflammations of th...
Rowan berries, the fruits of sorbus, also known as rowan, are rich in vitamin C and have astringent, diuretic, inflammatory and soothing properties. They find application either against diarrhea or in case of acne. Decoction - To treat diarrhea try to boil 5 gr of dried fruits in a cup of water for a few minutes, filter and drink. Mask - You can use the pulp of the fruit to create masks to apply on facial skin in case of irritations, enlarged pores, dull skin but also in case of wrinkles and...
Avocado is a fruit rich in fibers, proteins, vitamins such as vitamin A, B, D, E and K, mineral salts such as potassium, helpful to reduce high blood pressure, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, and Omega 3 fatty acids, important to maintain elastic the walls of blood vessels and to protect the health of hearth by helping to control cholesterol levels. Thanks to these characteristics the avocado results a powerful antioxidant to fight the process of aging and the free radicals. Avocado is suppos...
Like the raspberry, also in case of strawberry it is possible to use leaves, roots and fruits thanks to the healthy properties of this plant. Some people are allergic to strawberries with symptoms such as hives, itching, rash, but these effects are often due to the powerful detox property of strawberry. Fruit – Strawberry is rich in vitamin C, A, B1, B2 but also phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium. In addition to this, the fruit (the real fruits are the seeds!) contains also antiox...
This particular type of salt is mined until 5000 meters deep below the Himalayan mountain range, for this reason this salt is pure, without pollutants inside it. Himalayan salt is completely unrefined and the quantity of sodium chloride is lower than that in other types of salt. On the contrary Himalayan salt contains also 84 trace elements not contained for example in the common refined salt. Among the minerals contained in the Himalayan salt we find also iron, that causes the typical pink co...
As herbal tea – Infuse 1,5 tablespoon of jasmine flowers in one liter of boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and drink. Jasmine is a powerful painkiller so jasmine tea can be a remedy in case of headache or other types of pain. Jasmine tea is also useful in case of anxiety, stress and insomnia. Try it also if you have problems of poor digestion. As essential oil – try to mix 1 or 2 drops of jasmine essential oil in the cream of face and body and apply this on the skin. This has a firming, an...
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