Edelweiss extract comes from Edelweiss flowers, which are short lived perennials.  Edelweiss is a German word which means noble and white.  The Edelweiss flower is found at altitudes which range from 1,700 meters to 2,700 meters, general in areas with light soil, good drainage and southern exposure.

In ancient times the Edelweiss flower was sought after by men who wished to prove their bravery.  Because the flower grew at such heights and was often on cliff sides and in dangerous areas many people were known to have been injured, or even killed in pursuit of this flower, which led many men to wear it in the lapel as sort of a badge of honor.  Of course, the fact that the Edelweiss flower was the favorite of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, the Empress Elizabeth also gave it prestige.  The flower became so popular among hikers that the governments of Austria, Germany and Switzerland took steps to protect it in certain parts of the Alps.  Today Edelweiss is grown on many continents and is no longer in the danger it once was.  It became even more popular however the 1960's when a song called Edelweiss in the popular stage play and film The Sound of Music sang its virtues and beauty.

For centuries Edelweiss extract has been believed to have positive health effects.  Edelweiss teas have been popular as well as use of Edelweiss extract in hot milk, often sweetened with honey.  Diarrhea and dysentery were two ailments that it was believed Edelweiss extract could cure.  People also believed that it could help fight ailments such as diphtheria  and tuberculosis.  Today research by the pharmaceutical industry indicates that there was something to these ancient beliefs.  Used in high quality anti aging and anti wrinkle cosmetics.

Edelweiss extract is an ancient folk lore remedy that modern science is making popular once again.  They have also discovered that the ultra violet light absorbing chemicals this plant has developed from high altitude growth makes it a good additive to sun blocks.  Pharmaceutical researchers also are interested in the way some chemicals in the plant prevent amplification  of oxides, which are tied to the aging process.

The future of research into Edelweiss extract looks as bright as the high Alpine sun, and the popularity of Edelweiss extract as an ingredient in high quality cosmetics means the plant will remain popular for many years to come.

We are all born with a great skin, but years of neglect and bad habits are the starting points to an aged skin. That is a skin that looks blotchy, full of wrinkles, sagging skin, and lacking in skin tone and vitality.

It has been proven that good skincare can retard and help rejuvenate old tired looking skin.

Makeup is useful, but can never replace essentially healthy skin, which glows with vitality.

There are many different types of skincare products and regimens on the market, but we have found the herbal way to be the very effective, as herbal compounds offers all the miracles of nature while not using strong chemicals and preservatives.

The skin is a wonderful barometer of our health, and although good skincare will go a far way in helping us preserve youth and vitality, we also need to look after the body to achieve this anti-ageing look.

For this reason, a healthy lifestyle is also required to maintain that youthful look.

Some very aging habits are:
  • Excessive sun tanning
  • No skin care, or bad skin care
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Consuming too much alcohol
  • Repeated fad diets
  • Smoking
  • Junk food (or too rich foods, or no food)
  • Too much caffeine
  • Too little exercise
  • Too little rest and sleep
etc. etc. ..........… does any of this sound vaguely familiar?

The skin starts aging when the cells die off faster than the body can replace them. Sickness, stress, anxiety and depression also add to the aging of the skin.

To help fight these modern day ills, have a look at aiding your body with alternative herbal remedies.

A good diet (nutritional plan), with sufficient vitamins, as well as proteins are also needed to maintain the elasticity of the skin. The body must function properly to get rid of waste products effectively, in order to keep the body, and also the skin in particular, looking its best.

An excellent herbal product to assist in cleaning and detoxifying the body, as well as assisting to fight constipation, and keeping you regular is our herbal health capsules.

While wrinkles form easier on dry skin, hereditary factors also add insult to injury – therefore a healthy vital skin is only achieved when a couple of factors are in sync, but a skin can never look its best without proper skincare.

Facts about your skin

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and protects the body from injury, infection, dehydration and harmful ultra-violet rays.

The skin consists of two main layers:
  • an outer layer (epidermis)
  • an inner layer (dermis)
There is a constant action of cells dying and cells regenerating in the skin. The more nutrients the cells receive at this stage from an outside source, the longer the cells will take to degenerate, the more youthful your appearance will be. This is why the skin needs a deeply penetrating moisturizer to nourish the cells where they divide and form.

The skin should be exfoliated at regular intervals to help remove dead skin cells from the surface in order for your skin to have that radiant look. An effective moisturizer will assist nature to keep your skin hydrated and can help stimulate new cell growth.

The dermis gives the skin its elasticity and strength, but it also needs to be protected from the sun and other environmental elements.

The loss of elasticity of the dermis is a feature of aging, characterized by sagging and wrinkling of the skin and here skin exercise can be greatly beneficial to help tone the muscles. They do not "build" muscles like a regular gym session, but rather firm them.