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Lichen Extract: A Natural Deodorant

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Lichen Extract: A Natural Deodorant

As we engage in outdoor activities, we wish we had a deodorant that was not full of synthetic chemical. Something natural, eco-friendly, and gentle on the skin. In last fifty years, researchers have identified some excellent biological sources that can be added to deodorants. Thanks to lichens, we have a natural alternative to synthetic chemicals. But what is a lichen? Is it an herb or a mineral?        Lichen is a special organism. It is formed by an interdependent relationship or the symbiosis between a fungus and an alga. Lichen usually grows on trees, rocks, and also non-fertile...

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Cypress Oil: Is it only used for its fragrance?

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Cypress Oil: Is it only used for its fragrance?

Cypress fragrance is remarkable. As the holiday season approaches, we experience various fresh, warm, healing winter scents. The woodsy scents from various coniferous trees set a relaxing mood for the holidays. The cypress tree is one of the coniferous trees that has a pleasant fragrance. Hence, it has been used in soaps, and medicines since ancient times. But is cypress oil used only for its fragrance or does it have any other medicinal properties? There are many varieties of cypress, including “coffinwood”. Most varieties, when classified botanically, belong to Family Cupressaceae. Italian Cypress or Cupressus sempervirens is the most commonly...

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Olive Oil: A Natural Emollient

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Olive Oil: A Natural Emollient

Olive oil is a time-tested remedy. It has been used by mankind since we formed civilizations – for over 7000 years. Not only have Greeks and Romans used olive oil for cosmetic purposes but in many cultures, it is used by priests in religious ceremonies and also by healers to treat various ailments such as fever and malaria. Today, one would find olive oil as an ingredient in many personal care products such as soaps, shampoos, or lotions [1]. Olive oil is extracted from the fruit of an olive tree (botanical name Olea europaea). This tree is a native plant...

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Lanolin: Does it really soothe the skin?

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Lanolin: Does it really soothe the skin?

Perhaps you noticed the word ‘Lanolin’ for the first time when you were reading the fine print on a cosmetic label. Lanolin is used in making shampoos, creams, soaps and even lipsticks. The word ‘lanolin’ has Latin origin - lana (wool) and oleum (oil). Lanolin, also known as wool wax or wool grease, is a fat-like substance that forms a protective covering on wool. This wax can weigh up to 25% of sheared wool [1] Lanolin has been used for centuries. Greeks, who had been using lanolin since 700 BC, developed a method of obtaining lanolin from wool washings. In...

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Rosemary: A Wonder Herb

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Rosemary: A Wonder Herb

Even Shakespeare could not resist rosemary. In his famous play Hamlet, he makes references to this ornamental plant. This delicate looking herb charms us by its fragrance. Currently, rosemary is used in many shampoos, soaps, lotions, and creams. But we wonder about its medicinal properties and the effects on the skin. Is it an old wives’ tale, or just millennials’ fad or is it truly worth buying rosemary products?          In recent times, the active principles of rosemary have been studied in a scientific manner. Rosemary aqueous extract has several beneficial chemical compounds such as rosmarinic acid...

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