Ingredient Spotlight time!!! White Willow Bark Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Shea Butter are just a few of the many skin nourishing ingredients I use in my handmade bath products.
This week I’m highlighting White Willow Bark Extract!!! This natural ingredient is a great exfoliant, has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, and is a great balancing cleanser.
Who should use White Willow Bark? All skin types can find willow bark extract a useful additive to their skin care routine. Dry skin will benefit from willow barks exfoliating properties, oily skin will benefit from oil control and its astringent properties. All of this, and yet it's still gentle enough for sensitive skin. Will you be making willow bark extract a part of your natural skin care routine? #chelsearosecreations#smallbusiness#customcreations#handmadegoodies#bathtimetreats#whitewillowbark#skincareroutine#goodforyou#goodforthenoss#goodfortheskin#goodforthesoul
In North America, over 90% of the top 150 prescription drugs are based on natural sources, such as plants and fungi. A lot of the synthetic drugs, artificially made in labs, were also originally derived from plants. Menthol is a classic example of that. And while the list of synthetic remedies grows in our pharmacies here, throughout the world (like in parts of Europe for example), pharmacies still dispense herbs prescribed by physicians. I won't even go on about synthetic drugs... they are alien to the chemistry of our bodies and are separate apart from the careful crafting of evolution. Their side effects can be really bad and are often lethal. But I do want to talk about the tendency that drug companies have to isolate one single compound from a natural source to treat ailments. When we ingest single compounds we miss out on the beautiful healing synergy of nature. Herbs are holistic and their many chemical compounds work together to promote healing. A good example is Aspirine vs White Willow bark. Aspirin is well know for it's negative effect on the stomach. It's key ingredient, salicylic acid, is very irritating to the stomach lining. It can cause ulcers and stomach bleeding. White Willow bark contains salicin, which is converted in our bodies to salicylic acid. It can be used very similarly to aspirin, but it does not cause stomach irritation. This is because willow bark also contains compounds which protect the lining of the stomach. Whole herbs work in ways that we might never be able to understand, but their composition is based on millions of years of carefully crafted evolution. Apart from a few exceptions, they should be used whole to enhance healing and minimize side effects. @tincture_tonic_apothecary#askaherbalist#herbalmedicine#holisticwellness#apothecary#whitewillowbark#synergy#healing#evolution#dundaswest#roncesvalles#nutritionist#nutricaofuncional#brasileirosnocanada#brasileirosemtoronto#culpeper