Ruscus aculeatus is an evergreen shrub native to Eurasia. Found in woodlands and hedgerows, and have flat, leaf-like cladophylls which bear a small pale green flower followed by red berries. Traditionally it was used to clean butcher’s chopping boards due to its antibacterial properties and its effect of contracting veins thus improving blood flow.
- stimulates blood circulation
- prevents dilatation of veins
- increases the elasticity of veins
Aloe barbadensis is a succulent plant originating from the Arabian peninsula. The leaf gel is a natural moisturiser and a natural filter against UVB. IT has a slight astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It has wound healing and antibiotic properties and fights irritations. Nahrin AG are members of the International Aloe Science Council, a non-profit organisation set up to share best practices and shared research into Aloe products.
- Regulates the moisture content in the skin
- Improves blood circulation in the skin
- Reduces irritations
Achillea millefolium, a native plant to Eurasia, flowers from May to July and has feather like leafs. The flowers have a strong sweet scent which is similar to Chrysanthemums. Traditionally used for its astringent effect.
- Reduces cramp like pains
- Fights varicose veins
- Fights menopause related problems
The seed of the Prunus armeniaca is used as an exfoliant therefore replacing the need for plastic microbeads which are oceans and entering out food chain. THe oil is moiturising and rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
- Activates skin metabolism
- Rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes
Prunus dulcis, a native of the Mediterranean, is a classic base oil for massage products. It has caring and nourishing properties and quickly penetrates the skin. It is suitable for all skin types especially sensitive rough and dry skin.
- Caring and nourishing
- Penetrates the skin quickly
- Suitable for all skin types
- Ideal for sensitive, rough and dry skin
Hamamelis virginiana, introduced to the English garden by Peter Collinson from its native North American. Its leaf and bark are popularly used as an astringent and for its cooling properties. It can be used externally on sores, bruises, minor skin irritations and skin care.
- Skin protecting
- To care for rough and chapped skin
Cera alba, a natural wax produced by honey-bees. Used by the Egyptians for mummification and in the middle ages, it was seen as valuable enough to be used as currency. Beeswax has soothing properties and protects the skin from dryness without preventing it from breathing. It also works as an emulsifier.
Calendula officinalis, a member of the Asteraceae family, is native to southern Europe and is an aromatic herbaceous perennial. The florets are edible and can be added for colour to salads. Extracts have anti-viral, anti-geotoxic properties.
- Wound healing
- Cooling (especially after burns)
- Cramp reducing
Melissa Officinalis is a native plant to south-central Europe. The leaves have a mild lemon/mint scent and during the summer they put out small white flowers. Popular culinary use in teas and ice creams, it is often used by herbalists to aid sleep and digestion. Its essential oils contain citronellal, geranial, linalyl acetate and caryophyline.
- Against sleeping disorders
- Reduces fever
Dacus Carota Sativa, also known a wild carrot. Its leaves and tripinnate has a fine and lacy appearance. It is often planted as a companion plant to crops to attract pollinating insects.
- skin healing
- UV protection
Brassica oleracea italica is a member of the cabbage family and native to Europe. The seeds contain over 50% unsaturated fatty acids which is mainly made up of erucic acid (omega-9), oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6).
- rich in minerals (calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron)
- rich in vitamins (mainly C, E but also B-group)
- rich in secondary plant substances (flavonoids)
- contains unsaturated fatty acids as active ingredients
- skin and hair caring
- flattens rebel hair
- water repellent
A chemical compound present in botanical extracts of the comfrey plant. Has softening and moisturising properties. It increases water content in the top layer of the skin. It helps promote wound healing and is soothing has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. It improves cell regeneration and smooths rough and chapped skin.
- Improves cell regeneration
- Smooths rough and chapped skin
- Helps healing of cuts
St John's Wort
St John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum a herbaceous perennial plant native to Eurasia. The plant has reddish stems with narrow oblong leaves with scattered small translucent dots. The flowers are yellow with five petals speckled with black. It gets its name from the timing of its blooms which appear in late June when it is harvested in time for St John’s Feast Day on 24th June. Traditionally the herb was hung up in houses and stable doors during the feast to ward off evil spirits and safeguard people and livestock from sickness and harm. It has been used in herbalism for centuries.
Plant extract benefits are:
St John’s Wort is an ingredient in the following products:
- Nahrin Tea Tree Cream
- Nahrin Mallow Cream
- Nahrin Chamomile Cream
- Nahrin Arnica Cream
- Nahrin Hair Conditioner
Beta vulgaris, a native plant of Europe and the Mediterranean coast and the roots and leaves have been used in traditional treatments for a wide range of ailments. It is known to improve skin hydration and help reduce wrinkles.
- skin protecting
Sage – Salvia officinalis is a native Mediterranean plant. This evergreen dwarf shrub has woody stems, distinctive greyish leaves and blue to purple flowers. Used since ancient times, it is known for its culinary uses and well-established medical uses. The Romans referred to it as the ‘holy herb’ and used it in their religious rituals. They also used it as a local anesthetic for the skin and healing values. Sage infusions were also recommended for washing hands at the table due to its antibacterial properties. In past centuries, it was also used for hair care, insect bites and wasp stings. Its essential oil contains many beneficial properties.
- Reduces perspiration
- Reduces fever
Nahrin products that contain Sage:
Arnica montana has often been associates as a remedy for bruising and sprains. The root contains essentail oils which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Found throughout Europe in moist, peaty siliceous soils. Generatiions of Swiss mountain guides chewed arnica leaves to prevent fatigue whilst climbing.
Arnica Montana is native to Alpine meadows. It is known as a reliable bioindicator for nutrient poor and acidic soil.
- Improves boold circulation
- Wound healing
Melissa indica is native to Europe. The name Melissa comes from the Greek meaning ‘honeybee’ referring to the richness of nectar secreted by the flowers. Oil is obtained by steam distillation and is know for its calming effect. The leaves are rich in terpene which acts a relaxant and has an antiviral effect.
- helps with sleeping disorders
- reduces fever
Chamomilla matricaria also known as German Chamomile has a strong aromatic scent. In fact the word Chamomile come from the Greek for eath-apple because of its apple like smell. This popular herb is often found in teas to help with stomach disorders and calming effect. Its oils contain many active ingredients such as bisabolol.
- Pain reducing
Elettaria Cardamomumis, known as the queen of spices, a herbaceous perennial plant native to southern India. It produces a green pod that contains black seeds. The seeds are ground and used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Cardamom is known for its anti-inflammatory properties
- fights infections
- rich in vitamins A, B and C
- helps digestion
- fights cramps
Cardiospermum Halicacabum also known as the balloon plant because of its lantern like fruits is a tropical and subtropical climbing plant found in Africa and Asia. It iis mainly used in homeopathy as it has an effect similar to cortisone and is therefore anti-inflammatory. The main effect of the balloon plant originates from the polysterols which are of great help to treat all type of skin problems
Leontopodium alpinum, is associated with the Alps, prefers to grow in the rocky limestone high altitude habitat. Its leaves and flowers are covered in fine white hairs and grows in the wild to 3-20cm. The common name comes from the German compound word ‘edel‘ – noble and ‘weiß‘ – white.
Edelweiss enjoys the following properties:
- Prevents sun burn (due to its high content of tannin)
- Absorbs sun light (natural UV light protection)
Bisabolol is a natural substance which is a primary component of German chamomile essential oil. It has a subtle floral scent and is known for it’s skin healing properties.
- extract of chamomile