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What is the definition of Phytotherapy?

Phytotherapy, as the name suggests is a treatment (therapy) by plants (phyto).

It is one of the oldest medicines in the world. The druids of old Europe (600 years BC), made common use of it and were aware of the virtues of mistletoe against sterility.

Our grandmothers knew how to use chamomile to revive blond hair, rose to lighten the complexion, borage to cleanse skin.

In fact, plants are rich in minerals and trace elements which are carried by the sap. Their therapeutic properties are due to the active ingredients located in their different organs: Leaves, fruits, flowers, roots, rhizomes …

In recent years, we have noticed a thirst for balance, and returning to nature, it seems that herbal teas, capsules, essential oils and flower essences have never been so successful.

 We are going back to basics.

In cosmetology, essential oils are often used, a steam distillation of aromatic plants to extract the essence. These active ingredients are used in the composition of products for the face and body, in creams, masks, massage oils, wraps, etc.

Plants are complex, but with time we have gotten to know many of them and their beneficial properties.

Check out more about phytotherapy research here:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/10991573/homepage/productinformation.html

For example:

Use Aloe Vera activates hydration, softening, calms burning effect on our skin after sunbathing

Chamomile is Soothing, softening, lightening, relaxing compress, rinsing water, products

Anti-inflammatory, stimulating and antiseptic

Juniper (Juniper) Calms tired feet

Ivy to counter cellulite and fatty deposits Weight-loss treatment

Peruvian creeper: to counter cellulite and fatty deposits Weight loss treatment

Witch hazel: Circulatory problem in the case of varicose veins or heaviness in the legs

Horse Chestnut: Circulatory problem in the case of varicose veins or heaviness in the legs

St. John’s Wort: astringent, softening, protective, regenerating

Green tea: hydrating, demineralizing, antioxidant

Red vine: Circulatory problems help to reduce superfluous bulbs

Top 7 Brilliant reasons why Adaptogenic plants are becoming increasingly popular.

You’ve heard the term many times by now, adaptogen! Ingredients such as mushrooms, CBD oil they are adaptogens. Here’s why

 

1• They help the body and mind adapt to all stressors.

2• They strengthen and reinvigorate the immune system.

3• They offer sustainable energy.

4• They support the adrenal glands.

5• They restore the hormonal balance.

6• They relieve fatigue and anxiety.

7• They improve mental performance, physical stamina, fertility, circulation, and are an excellent tonic of the central nervous system.

Top 4 skin changes that come with menopause.

  1. Breasts: They begin to have small greasy clusters separated by fibrous bays, come to inhabit almost the entire breast. Paradoxically, the subcutaneous fatty tissue is reduced and the skin of the breasts becomes thinner. This development accentuates sagging

 

  1. Skin aging is accentuated and becomes more visible. It results in a thinning of the skin, a distension and a fragility at the origin of a digging by the wrinkles. Collagen and elastin fibers are fewer and less effective.

 

  1. Skin Dehydration is accentuated by a loss of hyaluronic acid and for certain skins, the disappearance of female hormones leaves the field free for male hormones and acne.
  2. The most common disorders include vasomotor erythema (redness), rosacea and pigment spots

 

 

Top 10 tips to prevent and treat dry skin

  1. Use moisturizing products adapted to your skin, ideally based on urea.
  2. Apply your moisturizing product to your skin while still humid/ wet
  3. Regularly and generously apply a moisturizing product to the face, hands and the rest of the body.
  4. Use a neutral or slightly acidic cleanser
  1. Opt for showers to baths, lukewarm (or cool) water in hot water. Space them and limit their duration.
  2. Pat dry your skin after a shower rather than rub
  3. Wash your hands with cold water.
  4. Dress appropriately especially during extreme weather conditions: winter, sunny and dry weather, etc.
  5. Humidify the interior of your house and ventilate it regularly •
  6. Adopt a balanced diet and drink regularly.

What makes a plant an adaptogen?

To qualify as adaptogens, plants must meet the following three criteria:

  1. To have no toxicity, even in long-term use.
  2. To produce a non-specific response, i.e. a general increase in resistance and adaptation of the body to stress of physical, biological and emotional origin.
  3.  To have a normalizing effect at different levels, whether nervous, immune or endocrine, thus helping to maintain the homeostasis of the body, (too often precarious) balance.

At the moment, there are close to twenty plants can take advantage of the glorious title of adaptogens .The majority of them come from the Chinese pharmacopoeia, such as Astragalus, Codonopsis, Reishi and Schisandra, as well as from the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, such as holy basil (also called tulsi), Ashwagandha, Shatavari and the Shilajit. This is because these two systems of medicine have similar concepts and work.

However, more and more discoveries are being made and plants such as Moringa and Mushrooms such as Djondjon (originally from Haiti) can also be qualified as adaptogens.

Djondjon contains many vitamins B’s and protein and calcium that help to relax the body as Reishi Mushrooms.