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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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Rosemary: An Aromatic Medicine

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Rosemary: An Aromatic Medicine

Perhaps the most commonly heard use of rosemary is to garnish food. With its upright stems, pale white or blue flowers, dark green small slender leaves, and unique fragrance, it indeed is a nice finishing touch to a meal. You may have also seen rosemary in bridal bouquets, or for decorations for baby cribs, or as a moth repellent for closets [1].   Rosemary is one of the herbs that has been studied since ancient times. Rosemary’s botanical name is Rosmarinus officinalis. (Rosmarinus means “Dew of the Sea”). It is a shrub native to the Mediterranean region but is also...

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Aloe Vera: A Vital Element of Hair Care

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Aloe Vera: A Vital Element of Hair Care

Aloe vera has been used for herbal treatments since ancient times. Apparently Egyptian queens such as Cleopatra, Nefertiti used aloe gel in their daily beauty routines. It was used by people from ancient civilizations in Mexico, India, and China [1]. The popularity of aloe vera continues in present times. Today millions of users are documenting their use of aloe for skin and haircare on social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest etc.   But is there any scientific basis to use aloe vera in hair care? Or is aloe vera a ‘fad’? The effectiveness of aloe vera for hair care has...

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