Artemisia vulgaris is a very popular herb in skin care products. In Asia in particular, artemisia is commonly used in cosmetics. Artemisia herb is not very well known or used, although it is easily found in nature. In this article, I will tell you about one of the most effective plants in cosmetics. This herb should be used much more and therefore I try to increase its popularity.  I recommend you to read this herbal story. You will be surprised at the effects of artemisia on skin care.

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What kind of plant is artemisia?

Artemisia belongs to the Asteraceae plant genus. There are plenty of plants around the world which belong to Asteraceae family. In this article, I deal with Artemisia vulgaris aka the mugwort and I will call it simply Artemisia. That name is also used in international cosmetics (INCI name).

All Artemisias have slightly similar properties to artemisia vulgaris. However, Artemisia vulgaris is the most familiar and easiest to find in nature.

Artemisia vulgaris is not actually a poisonous plant. However, it is very rich in strong plant chemicals. For example, the thujone contained in artemisia is harmful to the body in high doses. Therefore, Artemisia vulgaris should not be enjoyed internally at all.

There are reasons for avoiding Artemisia in cosmetics

 Artemisia vulgaris is better known as mugwort. Mugwort is a powerful allergen that is considered to be harmful. However, avoiding a mugwort is useless unless you are allergic to it. Birch trees, apples and carrots are also commonly used, although there are actually many people who are allergic to them. I see no reason to avoid any plant that does not cause symptoms to you.

Artemisia is very powerful herb. Some people are very sensitive to it. They may suffer from headaches, insomnia and other symptoms. These symptoms are not necessarily caused by allergies but by sensitivity to many plant chemicals in artemisia. In this case, reduce the amount of artemisia in the product or stop using it completely.

Artemisia has been used for many purposes

Artemisia cosmetics are popular in Korea and Japan

Korean skin care benefits from many herbs. Artemisia is very popular in Korean cosmetics. In Korea, Artemisia-containing cleansing oil was awarded the best Korean cleansing oil last year. Also, award-winning Japanese Shu Uemuran Porefinist2 Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil contains Artemisia. So, the best cosmetics laboratories in the world trust the artemisia. That’s why we’re now going to take a look how artemisia can treat your skin.

Benefits of Artemisia for the skin

The main property of Artemisia is cleansing. Artemisia cleanses the skin by penetrating deep into the pores. Artemisia contains many phytochemicals that help cleanse the skin. After artemisia cleansing, skin worms and other skin impurities disappear from the skin.

In Asia, it is important that the skin is very clear and pale. Artemisia brightens the skin and evens the skin pigment. Artemisia contains a lot of antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial effects are characteristic of all members of the Artemisia family. The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently investigating the Artemisia annua (sweet wormwood) in the prevention of COVID-19.

Artemisia contains incredibly effective plant chemicals. A total of 24 of them have been found. Here are some of the key ones

Artemisia has been used for centuries to treat a variety of diseases. That is no wonder. The large amount of active ingredients makes this plant one of the best natural herbs.

What products is Artemisia vulgaris suitable for?

When can Artemisia vulgaris be picked?

Artemisia vulgaris is at its best from July to August. Very small and young artemisia is not good. the plant should be clearly flowering. The plant is at its best when the flowers have not yet bloomed. Of course, leaves and roots can also be picked up. The harvest time for the root is late autumn. Leaves can be collected throughout the summer. The leaves are not as strong as the flower buds.

Artemisia is easy to dry

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Artemisia is a very dry plant in nature. It is one of the easiest herbs to dry.

I myself pick up artemisia at the beginning of the blossoming time and hang it in thin bundles upside down to dry in a dark place. Depending on the temperature and humidity, the plants will be dry in a couple of weeks. Once the herbs are dry, you can remove the leaves and inflorescences from the stems. Store the leaves and inflorescences in a glass jar for later use.

Artemisia also dries on the table in a few days. Use a cloth under them and remove leaves and inflorescences from the stems. I myself never use stems.

You can also dry artemisia in a plant dryer. I have no experience in using a dryer for Artemisia.

Dried artemisia lasts a long time. I’ve been using up to three years old herbs. An outdated herb is identified by the scent. If the herb no longer has its natural scent, it is ineffective.

Here is my article about artemisia, the mugwort. I hope you dare to try it in your own cosmetics. Artemisia vulgaris is a wonderful herb that should be more common in skin care.

Have you ever come across cosmetics containing artemisia?

Carrot oil is a well-known and respected skin care product. Many of us rely on carrot oil’s healing properties in spring season.

Carrots are considered as symbols of a healthy life. It’s hard to come up with any other plant that is so famous for its healthy effects. The carrots are also considered as an example of sustainable vegetable production because they are usually locally produced. They are also easy to obtain in organic quality and fresh. So why not use such a good plant in cosmetics? What are the ingredients in carrot oil and how is it made? What are the skin care effects of carrots? Carrot oil has many good properties. A variety of very different products are sold under the same name. Let’s see what carrot oil is.

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Carrot oil means many different products

The carrot itself is not an oil plant. You cannot squeeze oil from the carrot root. This is a good thing to remember when you are going to buy carrot oil. Orange carrot oil is a mixture of carrot and some oil or extracted liquid from carrots. For the extraction Either dried or fresh carrots are used for extraction and some carrier oil is added. The carrier oil is often sunflower oil, soybean oil, avocado oil, corn oil or other neutral vegetable oil. Usually a mixture of several oils is used in carrot oil.

There are also other, added ingredients in many carrot oils. Glycerol and essential oils can be found in many products sold under the name of carrot oil. Carrot oils are thus refined cosmetic products. Some of them  contain many other things than just carrots. Therefore, there are big differences between the carrot oils on the market. When purchasing ready-made carrot oil, always look at INCI very carefully. Then you know what you are buying and what you are paying for.

Carrot seed oil is not the same thing as carrot oil

Carrot seed oil and carrot oil are very often mixed together. However, they are two completely different products. Carrot seed oil is squeezed from tiny little carrot seeds. It is a very valuable oil that is full of antioxidants. Carrot seed oil should be used in small quantities for particularly nurturant creams and facial masks.

The myth about the UV-filtering effect of carrot seed oil and carrot oil

Carrot oil is sometimes used as a tanning and sunscreen product. Reason for that is the skin colouring effect of carrots and the carotenoids it contains. However, carrot oil does not contain any ingredient that will prevent the skin from burning under the sun.

Carrot seed oil contains a large number of antioxidants. These antioxidants are said to prevent skin burns. Carrot seed oil is even given an SFP (Sun protection factor) of 40. That would mean incredibly effective UV protection. However, this is not the case at all. Applying carrot seed oil to the skin does not prevent sunburn. It is just a waste of expensive oil and the result will be disappointment.

A good sunscreen is really difficult to make by yourself. Large, multinational manufacturers have for decades been trying to develop good sunscreens. The development efforts of sunscreen have required huge financial sacrifices and years of testing for them. You cannot make reliable sun protection at home. So do not even try. Just buy it from the store and stay with reliable manufacturer.

Next time someone offers you carrot oil for sun protection, first look at the official SFP label on the product. In some products it could be, say 15. The SFP 15 is not very high number in sun protection, and with such a low quality sunscreen it is better to stay under shadows of trees on a beach.

The effects of carrot on skin

I am talking about the carrot and its benefits for the skin only. Let’s talk about carrot seeds at another time.

Carrot contains skin-friendly ingredients such as carotenoids and vitamin C. Carotenoids are plant pigments. They give the plants their characteristic colour. Carrot’s bright orange comes from beta-carotene, a carotenoid.

Beta-carotene is a potent antioxidant

The skin benefits of beta-carotene have long been known. Carrot benefits the skin both internally and externally. Carrot juice is healthy, but if you drink it too much, it may colour your skin yellow. However, this is not dangerous.

In external use, beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant on the skin. It fights free radicals, preventing the skin from oxidizing. This keeps your skin youthful.

Carrot carotenoids help the skin regenerate. Old skin cells are removed and make room for newer, younger skin cells. This process makes the skin look younger.

Carrots are naturally antibacterial

Carrot soothes the skin and prevents excessive bacterial growth. Therefore, it is advisable to use carrots after sunburn, when the skin is irritated and red.

Carrot lycopene helps treat impure skin

I also recommend to use carrot for oily skin. Not only does carrot soothe acne skin, it also balances and moisturizes oily skin. Lycopene in carrots is an important antioxidant in the treatment of oily skin. Therefore, many products mentioned for oily and combination skin contain precisely lycopene.

How to make carrot oil yourself

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Carrot oil is really easy to make by yourself. I wrote you a simple recipe for making your own carrot oil. Nowadays I try to put all my simple recipes in the “recipes” tab. It is easy to find them from there. You don’t have to look for them in the middle of blog text.

Have you already bought a sunscreen for becoming summer or perhaps for a holiday? What is your favourite sunscreen product?

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