The records if medicinal use of plants such as opium poppies,ephedra and cannabis found 60,000 years ago through excavation. One of the oldest writings about the herbal medicine dated 1500 B.C., is the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus. In India, dated 700 B.C.
For centuries, humans have experimented with plants to learn how they can be used to heal. In essence, people were doing ‘clinical trials’ with medicinal plants and recorded the results in the book of Shamanism. Herbalists began to emerge as first medicine men-doctors who used those writings in healthcare.
How did we learn about the power of plants?
It’s possible that the humans learn about the healing powers of plants from observing the animals use plants. Since the animals exposed to healthy pastures were stronger and lived longer it only made sense to explore this path of natural medicine.
Why Botanical Skin Care Is Better?
Herbal skin care or botanical skin care contains natural ingredients that are easily assimilated through skin. Today consumers are pretty savvy around the names of the ingredients and its uses, thanks to google. When purchasing skin care products make sure the first 5-8 ingredients listed on the label are those you recognize. Ideally water is the first on the list followed by herbs or natural oils, the minute you see an ingredient that is very long or you can’t pronounce assume it’s a chemical that you don’t want on your skin. Typically, better products are slightly more expensive due to purity of the ingredients. Never buy over-the-counter skin care products in your local pharmacy as they are mass produced and therefore poor quality.
According to records, morphine was isolated from opium back in the 1800s. This event marked the beginning of modern science and pharmacology. Eventually plants were replaced by synthetics to prolong the shelf life as well as make it less expensive. That idea gave birth to chemicals or fillers and that is now placed into the tubes of skin care and medicinal creams. Many of those chemicals are toxic TOXIC INGREDIENTS they make the skin sensitive or cause cancer.
Nanotechnology is a field of science that allows natural ingredients be broken down into nanoparticles so that they can combine with liposomes to deliver the nutrients to the deeper layers of the skin. Those skin care products are more expensive and well worth the investment over the low quality over-the-counter mass produced products found in the local pharmacy.
However, the true power of the botanicals is in its pure form. Yolanda Russo, esthetician at Speranzi Facial Spa recommends home remedies and facial masks whipped right in your kitchen. She believes in natural ingredients and our ability to create a moisturizing facial mask from avocado, or detoxifying facial mask from papaya and honey. She recommends epsom salt baths to detoxify the body and relax the mind.
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