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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 54, on the spices trade with cloves
Antimicrobials, antiseptics and antifungals, useful against itching, acne and pimples, prevent premature aging and protect the skin from UV damage, are anti-aging and also counteract hair loss, action against lice.
Today we talk about beauty cosmetics that take us back in time, on the spice trade. Large ships that sailed the seas, passing through the Moluccas, circumnavigating India until reaching Europe with their precious cargo of spices, especially black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and, finally, cloves. And it is precisely with these images in the eyes and exotic scents in the nostrils that today we retrace the path of spices. We will make wonderful, and beneficial, beauty cosmetics at home using cloves! L...
Slow cosmetique, chamomile gift from the gods
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antimicrobial, healing, soothing and calming, counteracts irritation, burns and dermatitis, also helps in case of anxiety, depression and headache.
In the British Library in London, one of the most important and well-known libraries in the world, under a thick glass case there is a parchment written in ancient characters. Here is contained a spell that, according to legend, was given by the god Odin to men so that they could cure infections and other skin disorders. Nine herbs are the essential ingredients of this potion and among these herbs, including nettle, mugwort, plantain, fennel, apple tree there is also chamomile, or matricaria cha...
Slow cosmetique, common marigold, the bride of the sun
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, soothing and healing substances, useful in case of dry, irritated, burned skin, in the presence of dermatitis, ulcers but also itching caused by insect bites.
A symbol of light, energy and freedom, the common marigold, or calendula officinalis, has always ignited people's imagination. Born from the tears of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, marigolds are also called the brides of the sun because they open their petals to welcome the warm sunlight and close the corolla in the evening, when the sun disappears on the horizon. And do you know what was the symbol chosen by Margherita d'Orléans to represent her? A marigold that went around the sun with the ...
Dandelion, the magic plant with a thousand uses
Anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating, digestive, tonic, diuretic, purifying, antidiabetic, liver support, anticancer properties, also useful to treat skin irritations and acne.
According to an ancient Irish legend, a long time ago, at the origin of the world, when human beings had not yet appeared, the gnomes and fairies were free to run in the meadows and woods. But everything changed when the humans arrived. The fairy creatures, to escape man's thirst for conquest, had to seek refuge in the woods, among rocks and bushes. But for the fairies it was different, with their bright clothes they certainly couldn't think of hiding! And here's the magic, the fairies turned in...
Mallow, the plant that cures all ailments
Powerful anti-inflammatory action useful to counter gastritis and cystitis, counteracts gastric ulcers, helps in case of cough, hoarseness, sore throat and inflammation of the oral cavity, excellent cleanser of acne-prone and impure skin, counteracts skin spots, psoriasis and couperose.
The Greek poet Hesiod laughed, in one of his poems, at those who did not know the properties of the plant, compared to real treasures. Orazio used to say that he ate only this plant, olives and chicory and Charles the Great ordered its cultivation in all the imperial gardens. We are talking about common mallow, a plant whose properties have been known since ancient times, so much that in the sixteenth century the doctors declared that anyone who drank a mallow tea for that day would chase away a...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 34, the Taj Mahal and the beauty traditions of Indian women
Chickpea flour absorbs excess sebum, counteracts skin inflammations and removes impurities, not only that, it acts by illuminating the skin and counteracting dark spots.
For its construction, Emperor Shah Jahan spared no expense as it was the symbol on earth of his love for his beloved wife Arjumand Banu Begum. We are talking about the wonderful Taj Mahal, described as a tear drop on the cheek of time. It is said that more than 1000 elephants and buffaloes were used to carry jasper, jade, turquoise, lapis lazuli and sapphires that were then expertly embedded in the white marble giving life to minarets, domes and portals. In all, it took 22 years to erect what la...
Essential oil of white thyme, the breath of Zeus
Antibacterial action, useful in case of acne and blackheads, soothes itching, irritation and insect bites, helps in case of gingivitis, stomatitis and canker sores, antitussive and antispasmodic properties, useful in case of cough and bronchitis, has been demonstrated its beneficial action in case of alopecia areata.
Thyme, scientific name Thymus vulgaris, is a plant known and appreciated for centuries for its properties. For the ancient Greeks the scent of thyme was considered the breath of Zeus and thyme was revered as a sacred plant. Today we can buy the essence of thyme contained in small bottles and obtained by steam distillation of the herb. From thyme, however, two types of essential oils can be obtained, the essential oil of red thyme, very powerful, and the essential oil of white thyme, obtained fro...
Mowrah butter, the butter that fights skin aging
Antioxidant and emollient, useful against wrinkles, stretch marks but also dry skin, soothes skin irritations and itching, makes the skin elastic.
Madhuca longifolia is a plant native to India. From the seeds of its fruits, a vegetable fat is extracted, called mowrah butter, with a yellowish white color and interesting cosmetic properties to which science has dedicated several studies. So let's try to understand what are the properties of this butter and how to use it for our beauty of skin and hair. Mowrah butter, properties - Mowrah butter is solid at room temperature but melts quickly as soon as it comes into contact with the skin. Th...
Natural cosmetics, such as kings and queens Part 32, peach skin
Peach oil is an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging cosmetic very useful against dry, scalded, irritated skin but also skin with dark spots caused by acne or sun.
It is said that when Alexander the Great ordered his army to cross the Ganges river and to arrive on the other side, where the enemy army was already lined up with elephants, his exhausted men refused. And one of the leaders and friends of Alexander the Great said to him, stop here Alexander, it is a sign of a great man to understand when enough. So it was that Alexander the Great had to retire and when death caught him, a few years later, at only 32 years of age, this gave to history the figure...
Slow cosmetique, the best natural remedies in case of sunburn
Chamomile, tea, calendula, coconut oil and aloe, here are the best natural remedies in case of sunburn, with a healing, soothing and anti-inflammatory action.
A beautiful day spent by the sea, in the mountains or on the balcony of the house and, in the evening, the skin appears red and warm. What to do in case of sunburn? Of course, the sun should be avoided in the middle hours of the day and you should always use a protective sunscreen cream, but once the damage is done, what to do? Let's see the best natural remedies that can come to our aid in case of sunburn, always inspired by the principles of slow cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium that p...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 31, the garden of the Hesperides
The beauty ritual we see today comes from Morocco and is inspired by the myth of the Hesperides garden. The treatment consists of several steps but it is very simple and can be performed at home to dedicate to yourself a fantastic evening cuddle, useful against wrinkles, skin blemishes, tissue aging but also acne and irritation.
In the west, where the sun sets, there is the garden of the Hesperides. A sacred garden, a gift from Zeus to Era for their wedding. The myth tells that guarding the garden were the Hesperides, three nymphs, who had to protect a very special tree, which, instead of fruits, had golden apples. But the nymphs could do nothing against the cunning of Hercules, who, in the eleventh of his labors, had to steal three gold apples from that garden. Hercules proposed to Atlas, the titan that, not far from t...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 30, the laurel dear to Apollo
Infused oil of laurel leaves and berries but also soap prepared with laurel oil, we discover the natural remedies useful in case of acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis but also sciatica, muscle strain and rheumatic pain.
The myth tells that Daphne, a young nymph daughter of Gaia, the Earth, spent happy days in the shade of the woods, singing and dancing among the streams of fresh water. Apollo fell madly in love with her. But, for a cruel joke of Eros, god of love, the feeling that Apollo felt for Daphne was destined not to be reciprocated. Daphne, as soon as she saw Apollo, ran away, frightened, and Apollo's pleas were useless. When Daphne realized that she had no escape and that Apollo would soon reach her, sh...
Floral waters, the essence of plants on the skin
Floral waters capture the essence of the plant and, unlike essential oils, are more delicate and can be applied directly on the skin making it brighter and more elastic, contrasting wrinkles, redness or acne, depending on the plant from which they are obtained.
Floral waters, waters of beauty! A small spray and here we are wrapped in the essence of rose, or lavender or why not orange or lemon balm. The skin becomes luminous and the amazing scent, which can be sweet, but also fresh, citrusy or relaxing, remains in the nostrils. Floral waters are excellent cosmetics, to be sprayed on the face after normal cleaning and before applying serums, oils or creams. But let's understand how they are produced, their properties and how to use them. Floral waters,...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 27, Ubtan, the Indian beauty mask
Ubtan, the beauty mask for face and body that makes the skin shine, fights dark spots and wrinkles, relieves redness, irritation and acne.
The beauty remedy we will talk about today tastes of spices and flowers, we’ll propose you a mask for face and body of the Indian tradition. This mask, called ubtan, is a true regenerating cuddle well known and appreciated by Indian women from ancient times to the present. And given its benefits, this beauty mask has been studied also by science, which has dedicated studies and research to it. Even the cosmetic industry has become interested in ubtan, in fact, several precious cosmetics are prod...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 26, the divine lemon balm
We see baths, toners and masks based on lemon balm, the plant that soothes irritated skin, that helps heal wounds and boils and that acts as an anti-aging and elasticizing agent.
In Crete there is a cave that goes down to the depths of the earth, you can reach it by foot or on the back of a donkey on a steep path. Once inside, only the light from the lamps illuminates the stalactites and stalagmites that accompany the visitor on a path that leads him to the origin of the myth. The legend says that Zeus, the king of the Olympians, was born in this cave. Rhea, in fact, to save the child from the fury of his father Cronos, who was afraid of being ousted, decided to give bir...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 24, the flowers of Aphrodite
Myrtle, calendula and dittany, the plants sacred to Aphrodite are fantastic allies of beauty, useful in case of wrinkles, skin spots but also acne or irritation.
The myth tells that Aphrodite was born from the sea foam. The goddess of love and beauty emerged on a shell of mother of pearl in the waves and was carried by the spring wind, Zephyrus, to the shores of the island of Cyprus. When the goddess set foot on the ground, immediately around her, green and delicate grass, lush plants and wonderful flowers sprouted. And are precisely the flowers, symbol on the earth of beauty, and the plants that are all linked in various legends to the figure of Aphrodi...
Marigold infused oil
Remedy in case of sunburn, dermatitis, eczema, acne and wounds, softens the skin and makes it toned, useful in case of wrinkles since it has an antioxidant action.
Now it is the time of marigold, scientific name Calendula officinalis, that, with its wonderful yellow flowers that look like many suns, makes its appearance in gardens, fields and vegetable gardens. Marigold is not only beautiful to admire but it is also an indispensable ingredient for the beauty and health of the skin. There are several herbal preparations based on marigold, today we see how to make and use marigold oil. Marigold infused oil, properties - Marigold flower extract shows anti-i...
Naturally beautiful, steam baths for a luminous face skin, against acne and blackheads
Rose, rosemary or mint steam baths, find out the best herbs to help you in case of acne, blackheads but also more mature or irritated skin.
Acne, blackheads but also dull skin, even in these cases nature can be really helpful. How? With the steam baths for the face to which you can add aromatic herbs and essential oils to give anti inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Today we talk about how to prepare steam baths at home and which herbs you can use for a clean, bright and toned skin. Steam baths for the face, properties - Steam baths help to open pores and free them from accumulations of sebum, make up, polluti...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 23, rose skin
The fragrance of the rose relaxes, counteracts anxiety but its extracts are also useful in fighting wrinkles, rashes, blemishes and skin irritations. Let's find out how to take advantage of these benefits by preparing a rose scrub.
The ancient Egyptians used rose petals to make heady scents. It is said that Cleopatra soaked the sails of Marco Antonio's ship with rose-water so that the scent could announce his return from battle. Roses have always been a symbol of beauty, their petals wrapped one in the other fascinate who stops to observe them and their scent relaxes and calms anxiety, as observed by scientific studies (Barati et al, Nephrourol Mon., 2016). So, let's try to let ourselves be inebriated by the power of the r...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 22, the beauty treasures of Polynesia
Coconut, pineapple and hibiscus, we discover the beauty treatments of Polynesian women for radiant skin and healthy hair, against wrinkles, dull skin, irritations and dandruff.
To travel you don't always need to take planes, trains or cars. Sometimes, just close your eyes and feel the scents of faraway lands, which taste of sun, sea and breeze. Like the sweet smell of pineapple, the exotic scent of coconut and the sour note of hibiscus that speak to us of the breathtaking landscapes of Polynesia, where the sea water seems crystal and the nature pulsing of life and colors merges with the sky. Polynesians love to take care of their beauty with the fruits that the earth o...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 22, the beauty masks that come from the garden
Masks for face and hair, let us be inspired by the wisdom of the ancients to make powerful DIY beauty cosmetics, with the ingredients that we can find in the garden or at the supermarket, against hair loss, for strong and healthy hair, for radiant and hydrated skin.
Scientific studies have been dedicated to the topic, do you know that taking care of your beauty helps to counteract sadness and depression and to support good health (Kawai et al, Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi, 2016)? It is not necessary to always have lotions with rare ingredients or expensive creams to feel and look better, but often small gestures and attentions, simple and self-created cosmetics with the available ingredients can be equally effective, sometimes even more! Moreover, the ancient...
Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic, useful in case of back pain, stiff neck and arthritis, counteracts acne and skin irritations, can be used to soothe cough and nasal congestion.
Copaiba oil is obtained by steam distillation of the resin of trees of the Copaifera species, belonging to the Fabaceae family. The oil that is obtained, available in herbalist’s shops and online, is arousing much interest among scientists and researchers thanks to its beneficial properties, which we will discuss in this post. Copaiba oil, properties - As shown by scientific studies, copaiba oil is anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antimicrobial, healing and analgesic (Guimaraes-Santos et al...
Peach tree, flowers and leaves
Hypoglycemic, laxative, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, useful in case of sunburn, dermatitis and skin irritation.
The peach tree, prunus persica, is a tree of the Rosaceae family considered by Asian tradition the tree of immortality. In addition to this, the peach tree is also the symbol of spring and rebirth when, during the flowering period, it is covered with wonderful pink flowers, represented by artists and painters in their works and an amazing attraction for tourists from everywehere. But peach is also a powerful natural remedy when flowers and leaves are used in the form of infusions and decoctions....
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 19, the precious kukui oil of Hawaii
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and moisturizing, promotes wound healing, soothes irritation, calms itching and nourishes dry skin, useful in case of acne, psoriasis and also on babies.
According to the Hawaiian tradition, Kamapua'a is the demigod of fertility with the ability to transform into a tree, but not just any tree, but in kukui nut tree or candlenut, scientific name Aleurites moluccanus of the Euphorbiaceae family, a symbol of peace and protection. Kukui nut tree is also the official tree of Hawaii and with its fruits, similar to nuts, wonderful necklaces are created by locals. These fruits, however, not only have an ornamental role but are also used to obtain a truly...
Cloudberry seed oil
Antioxidant, emollient and anti-inflammatory action, useful in case of sensitive skin, but also mature with wrinkles and itchy scalp, counteracts the damage of aging and smog.
Cloudberry, also called Nordic berry or lakka in Finnish, scientific name Rubus chamaemorus, is a herbaceous plant of the Rosaceae family that includes also the rose and fruit trees such as apple, pear, cherry and almond trees. The cloudberry is found in the Nordic countries, in America and Canada and from its seeds, through a cold pressing process, an oil is obtained which is considered a powerful cosmetic for the beauty of the skin of face, neck and eye area. Cloudberry oil, what science say...
Antioxidant, soothing, emollient and antibacterial, useful in case of dry and flaky skin, dull skin, sensitive skin and easily irritated.
Oat oil is obtained, as the name suggests, from oats, scientific name avena sativa from the Poaceae family. This oil is widely used in cosmetics thanks to its soothing, emollient and anti-inflammatory properties, it is easily absorbed and is especially indicated for dry, flaky and sensitive skin. Let us now see in detail its properties and its applications. Oat oil, properties - Oat oil is composed by about 40% linoleic acid and 35% oleic acid. Thanks to the high linoleic acid content this oil...
Useful in case of wrinkles, it helps to counteract premature aging, treatment in the case of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, chapped, irritated or dry skin, dry and brittle hair, split ends.
Shorea robusta is a tree of the Dipterocarpaceae family, also known as sal it is native to the Indian subcontinent. From its seeds a butter is extracted, the sal butter in fact, largely known in cosmetics as a stable ingredient, which does not go rancid easily and with emollient and antioxidant properties. But let's better understand the characteristics of sal butter, what this butter can do for our beauty and the possible applications. Sal butter, composition and properties - Sal butter bring...
Colloidal oatmeal, a cuddle of beauty
Moisturizing, purifying, cleansing, soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine, useful in case of psoriasis, skin rash, dry skin, atopic dermatitis, erythema, irritation.
Oats, scientific name avena sativa, are a very special cereal grain, rich in fiber, vitamins, especially E and group B, proteins, fats and minerals. From oats a flour is obtained that is not only used for cooking but also boasts a long tradition as a natural cosmetic helpful to treat some skin disorders thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Colloidal oatmeal is a type of oat flour that is obtained by finely grinding the oats. The ready-to-use product has become available si...
Litsea essential oil
Antimicrobial action proven by scientific studies, relaxing and anti inflammatory properties, useful in case of acne, inflammations, rheumatism but also able to purify the house and keep away insects, helpful in case of insomnia and anxiety.
Litsea, scientific name Litsea cubeba, is a plant belonging to the Lauraceae family native to Japan, Taiwan and China. From its fruits and leaves a lemony essential oil is produced through distillation. This essential oil is characterized by important healthy properties studied a lot by science. Litsea essential oil shows indeed excellent antimicrobial properties, it is anti inflammatory, anti fungal and it is also able to keep away insects (Su et al, Nat Prod Commun, Apr 2016 – Yang et al, Mole...
Turmeric oil, the amazing oil for beauty and health
For internal and external uses, results useful for the beauty of hair and skin, digestive, antifungal, anti inflammatory action, able to strengthen the immune system and to protect the brain, regenerates the tissues, healing action, useful in case of dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis.
Turmeric, scientific name Curcuma longa, is a plant native to Asia. Its orange root is characterized by amazing healthy properties and can be found as a powder or whole root. Thanks to an active substance, the curcumin, the spice shows antimicrobial properties, thus resulting useful to counteract virus and bacteria, and an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant and anticancer action. In addition to this, turmeric is also able to protect the brain from degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer...
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