How to Incorporate These Powerful Botanical Oils Into Your Natural Skincare Routine
Since Ancient Egyptian times, people have used botanicals to protect their skin from the sun and fight wrinkles to keep their youth. Botanicals and flowers, such as lavender and elderflower, are praised for a range of nourishing and protective properties, including anti-inflammatory benefits. No wonder we continue to rely on them in modern luxury skincare. Keep reading to learn about the background and benefits of five flowers that Hälsa recommends to anyone who is interested in clean beauty products.
Chamomile is a daisy-like flower that comes from the Asteraceae plant family. It is commonly used in traditional medicine and in herbal teas. Chamomile has been known to reduce inflammation, help digestion and increase relaxation. Just how chamomile tea is known to calm the mind and body, it has similar effects on the skin.
The botanical name for chamomile is called Matricaria Recutita. It contains high levels of an antioxidant called apigenin, which explains why it is so good for the skin. When used in organic skincare, it helps protect the skin from free radicals and eliminates redness. The phytochemicals in chamomile are also known to speed up cell regeneration, which explains why it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and acne scars.
Elderflower is a white blossom flower that clusters into bunches on the Elderberry shrub. They have a sweet scent and have many uses throughout the world. Elderflower is commonly used in medicine to help with sinus relief, flu, and constipation. It can also be used as a mouthwash to gargle for coughs and colds. Many even use elderflower extract to flavor their foods and beverages. Less commonly known is how beneficial elderflowers are for skincare.
Elderflower, also known as Sambucas Nigra, is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E. These vitamins help to even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and improve complexion. Other nutrients found in this plant include Bioflavonoids, Choline, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, Pectin and Tannis. All of these components have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties which keeps the skin healthy and clear through balancing excess oils.
Evening primrose is the oil produced from the seeds of a flower native to North America called Oenothera. Evening primrose has many healing benefits due to its gamma-linolenic acid and omega-6 fatty acid content. It can be taken as a supplement or applied topically to treat bruises, heal sore throats and help with digestive issues.
Evening primrose has major anti-inflammatory powers for natural skincare. When put into an oil, the fatty acids help strengthen the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss. Because it promotes moisture, it facilitates wound healing, sustains skin softness and promotes elasticity. Evening primrose oil benefits for skin also include reducing fine lines, wrinkles and gives your skin a glowy and hydrated appearance.
Lonicera Japonica, also known as Japanese Honeysuckle, is a flower that has a vast history in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used to treat colds because it works to lower fevers, inflammation and swelling.
Research has proven that honeysuckle has more than 140 compounds identified with antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Because it is rich in antioxidants, it is known to improve uneven skin tone and dullness. Honeysuckle is also rich in saponins and flavonoids which can protect skin against free radicals, signs of aging, and skin damage. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, this ingredient is perfect to incorporate into your organic skincare routine!
Lavender is a flower that is mainly known for its vibrant color and scent. However, many people do not know of its impressive healing powers. Lavender oil comes from the aromatic parts of the lavender plant that grow mainly in France and Bulgaria. Lavender oil can be breathed in, taken orally or even applied to skin.
The main components of lavender oil include linalool, linalyl acetate, lavandulol, geraniol and eucalyptol, which all have major antibacterial and antifungal properties. When applied to the skin, it involves the process of killing bad bacteria which ultimately results in unclogging pores, clearing and healing acne and evening out skin tone. Lavender benefits for skin also include protecting from free radicals and preventing wrinkles and fine lines. This ingredient is truly great for all of your skincare needs!
Incorporate the benefits of lavender into your luxury skincare routine with Hälsa Breathe Arctic Kelp CBD Facial Masque and our Relax Golden Turmeric CBD Bath Salts. And for soothing sore or tired muscles, try Comfort CBD Salve!
Every Hälsa product contains botanical plant oils that are carefully selected for their specific skincare benefits. Combined with US grown hemp CBD, you get the additional nourishing and protective skincare benefits of CBD. While we can thank the Ancient Egyptians for discovering botanicals for natural skincare, today we amplify those benefits with CBD for even more powerful natural skincare.