|Botanical name||Terminalia chebula
|Origin||India, China, Sri Lanka|
It is an Ayurvedic herb generally used in powder form. It is very suitable as a hair mask to strengthen the hair, tone it, revitalize it, cleanse it and hydrate it. Harad (also called haritaki) is astringent and antibacterial, which means it has cleansing and anti-blemish properties. Traditionally, in India, this Ayurvedic powder is used to wash the hair, bring suppleness and shine, get rid of dandruff or as a mask to replace conventional conditioners. It was sometimes used in the formulation of oils (dried plant macerated in vegetable oil) that people used to guard against small scalp infections, such as dandruff, but also to promote healthy hair growth. and strong. Today, it is part of the composition of certain quality vegetable colorings, combining henna and plants with the objective of care (purify the scalp, bring shine and softness, have a detangling effect, smooth, sculpt curls and curly locks, make the dye last longer, cover white hair …).
The nopal or barbarian fig (Opuntia ficus indica), is a widely distributed cactus but mostly founds in Mexico and Mediterranean area. It produces edible fruits with many seed from which we extract oil (see our prickly pear seed oil here) from which we can also produce jams. In numerous dietary supplements, the Nopal pulp is used claiming a positive effect on the blood sugar regulation.
Lastly, the extracts obtained from the cladode (which include the pulp) are used as a fat-absorbed in order to manage the weight.
Elderberries have been used for their medicinal benefits for thousands of years throughout North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. In the Middle Age, it was considered as a Holy Tree due to its ability to improve health and longevity. Elderberries are full of powerful nutrients and have some interesting health benefits.
Elderberries are a dark blue, purplish berry that is both rich in colour and nutrition. These berries contain very high amounts of the polyphenol anthocyanin, which give them their dark colour. Anthocyanin's antioxidant ability allows the berries to survive periods of intense UV light radiation from the sun.
Elderberry has a very high ORAC score: over twice as much as blueberry and cranberry. Elderberry also contains trace minerals and has more vitamin C than oranges.