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Natural Botanical Extracts

Botanicals are ingredients that are derived from natural sources, particularly from various parts of plants, trees, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

But sometimes you can’t just add these directly to your products. That’s where botanical extracts come in. For instance, you couldn’t add whole lavender buds to your new product. While lavender has wonderful healing and anti-aging properties, throwing whole pieces into any new product could ruin it. You also probably won’t get the full benefit of your botanical doing this, as much of the nutrients and benefits can be locked inside the fiber and cells of the botanical. So, that’s where extracts come in. A botanical extract is a concentrated liquid or powder, allowing you to add the wonderful properties of a particular botanical without affecting the overall consistency of a product.


Natural extracts have no detrimental side effects unlike most of the chemical-based ingredients used in personal care and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage products. In addition, the matter of ecological and natural sourcing of ingredients has gained top priority among manufacturers, especially in North America and Europe. Numerous overall health benefits associated with natural extracts are anticipated to drive the product demand in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications. These factors are likely to significantly impact the demands for the product in the near future.


Turmeric

With its brilliant orange hue, it’s impossible to miss a bottle of turmeric sitting on a spice shelf. Originating in India, turmeric is believed to have anticancer properties and can prevent DNA mutations.

As an anti-inflammatory, it can be taken as a supplement and has been used topically for people with arthritis who wish to relieve discomfort. It’s used worldwide as a cooking ingredient, which makes it a delicious, antioxidant-rich addition to many dishes. According to recent research, turmeric is also showing promise as a treatment for a variety of dermatologic diseases and joint arthritis. Turmeric has been used as a medicinal herb for 4,000 years. It’s a tentpole of an Indian alternative medicine practice called Ayurveda.


Gingko

As one of the oldest tree species, gingko is also one of the oldest homeopathic plants and a key herb in Chinese medicine. The leaves are used to create capsules, tablets, and extracts, and when dried, can be consumed as a tea.

It’s perhaps best-known for its ability to boost brain health. Studies say that gingko can treat patients with mild to moderate dementia, and can slow cognition decline in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research is looking into a component that can help diabetes, and there continue to be more studies, including an animal study that says it might influence bone healing.


The gingko tree is considered a living fossil, with fossils dating from 270 million years ago. These trees can live up to 3,000 years.

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