The great antioxidant and healing properties of plants and herbs have been used for centuries to enhance our beauty. So what are some of nature’s most powerful beautifiers? Try these five unique organic wild harvested herbs and flowers to make you glow…
You might not have heard about cosmetic brand Natura Siberica, but all the European beauties love it. Natura Siberica is the first brand of organic high-quality body, hair and skincare, and cosmetics made from Wild Harvested Siberian herbs and flowers, which possess powerful antioxidant properties. ‘Wild harvested’ means they are gathered in their natural environment in Siberia at the right time, to ensure herbs and flowers are rich in nutrients and active components, at their most resilient, and in their purest form. Then, under strict EU guidelines, Natura Siberica create products that retain the amazing natural properties and transmit their beautifying powers to us.
New to the Australian market, Natura Siberica was launched in Australia in September 2015. And they’ve gone from success to success, winning a string of local beauty awards in a matter of months – and have a long list of international awards up their pretty sleeves.
So, I had a chat to Natura Siberica spokesperson Jill Wilson to find out what nature’s finest wild herbs and plants are to get glowing. Here’s her top five picks…
Altai Sea Buckthorn
What is it? “Altai Sea buckthorn, or Hippophae Rhaimnoides, can be found growing wildly only in the Sayans and in Altai regions of Siberia,” explains Jill. “It has a yellowish/orange berry. Medicinal properties of Sea buckthorn were known since ancient times. In ancient Greece, Sea buckthorn was given to warriors in order to increase their strength and stamina. Sea buckthorn is a unique plant, because the vitamin C in its fruit does not get destroyed, even under the thermal influence, which is explained by the absence of ascorbic acid oxidase in its berries. Since ancient times, oil of Altai Sea buckthorn has been considered as one of the best treatments for skin health.”
How does it work? The medicinal and therapeutic benefits of Altai Sea buckthorn are widely known. “It is rich in vitamin C to repair and regenerate, rich in vitamin E to deeply moisturise and prolong youthful skin appearance, and it’s rich in vitamin B group vitamins to stimulate and restore skin structure,” explains Jill. “Thanks to a high content of vitamin C, it helps speed up regenerating processes – with the help of Sea buckthorn oil, people can reduce the appearance of old scars, as it invigorates and strengthens skin. Vitamin E deeply moisturises and prolongs a youthful skin appearance, while B group vitamins stimulate protein metabolism and restore skin structure.”
Siberian Cedar Pine Oil
What is it? “Huge plantations of cedar trees grow in the Siberian Taiga, said to be the ecologically purest area of the world,” explains Jill. “The virgin forest of the Taiga has never been treated with chemicals or artificial fertilisation, nor abused by agricultural machines. Siberian Cedar Oil, or Pinus Sibirica, is several times richer in vitamin E than olive oil, and has vitamin F at a higher concentration than cod liver oil does. It also contains vitamins A, F, B2, E PP and fatty acids Omega 3-6-9, amino acids and micro elements. Not only are these extremely skin enhancing, the Siberian Cedar Oil harvested by Natura Siberica also fortifies the effect of the other active components in each of the products – ensuring the benefits of each reach the skin in the most efficacious way.”
How does it work? “The oil extracted from the Siberian Cedar tree is said to effectively smooth and nourishing for the skin, improves the immune system of the skin and has a powerful anti-ageing effect,” Jill explains. “It has antioxidant properties, rejuvenates, improves skin turgor and helps to prolong youth and maintain healthy skin and a fresh complexion. It also stimulates hair growth, restoring the integrity of the keratin layer to give it a healthy shine and well-groomed appearance, and eliminates dandruff. Due to its effect on the lymphatic system, essential oil of cedar also effectively reduces cellulite.”
What is it? “Rhodiola Rosea (commonly known as golden root) is a perennial flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae. It grows in cold regions of the world on sea cliffs and on mountains at altitudes up to 2280 meters.”
How does it work? “Rhodiola Rosea extract has a great rejuvenating effect on skin – with its adaptogenic properties it stimulates metabolic processes, enhances skin protective functions, is resistant to environmental factors and saturates skin with vitamins,” says Jill. “Another main virtue of this plant is its ability to make skin soft and smooth, as well as to resist skin ageing. It has a unique quality which makes Rhodiola extract indispensable when it comes to building strong protection against face skin supercooling, which enables to guard skin from cold without damaging small blood vessels. Golden Root (another name of Rhodiola rosea) is also known in the Altai region as a treatment that is able to enhance stamina and work capacity in people.”
Never Heard of Adaptogens? Me neither. “Adaptogens are unique to Natura Siberica,” explains Jill. “Simply put they are a natural substance found in plants that have survived since the Ice Age. Adaptogens increase the plants resistance against environmental stress, therefore avoiding harmful damage allowing the plants to thrive and offer exceptional benefits for the body and hair. There are only 12 plants found in the world with adaptogens in them and four of those plants are found in Siberia. Natura Siberica Australia has three products containing adaptogens: Rhodiola Rosea, Siberian Ginseng and Limonnik Nanai.
What is it? “Siberian ginseng (also called Panax Ginseng Sibirian), is a bush, which is able to resist even the most extreme Siberian winters. This plant is famous for its adaptogenic abilities. A wide range of ginseng medicinal properties are preconditioned by the variety and complexity of chemicals, which are proper only to this type of ginseng. Research indicated that ginseng, which grows on Siberian territory, contains up to 30% more active components than other types of ginseng. All parts of the plant contain organic acids, essential oil, alcaloids and other nitrogen-bearing compounds, pantothenic acid, B group vitamins, heterocyclic compounds, niacin, phenolcarbonic acids and pigments.”
How does it work? “Siberian ginseng extract improves skin condition. It also helps restore epidermis cells, regulates water amount to protect skin from dehydration, and acts as a stimulator fortifying blood circulation,” explains Jill. “Also, ginseng has a nutritive effect. Thanks to all these properties, ginseng extract can be effectively used in cosmetology for treating fading, ageing and sensitive skin. Having a beneficial effect on metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, ginseng extract improves skin condition.”
What is it? “Limonnik Nanai is a Siberian plant, the fruit of which looks like cherries. It is well known for its natural healing abilities, making it one of the most effective adaptogens on the planet. The fruit (berries) and seeds of Limonnik contain high content of vitamins C and E and essential oils. Every part of the plant has an essential oil with a lemon aroma, which is an effective invigorating and toning treatment.”
How does it work? “In skincare products the biological activity of Limonnik stimulates the metabolic processes, enhancing the skin’s protective functions and relieves inflammations. In shampoos and hair treatments Limonnik extract strengthens hair roots and stimulates their growth, relieves irritation and itchiness, nourishes and regenerates scalp, and improves hair structure and appearance. Limonnik extract has an explicit antioxidant and immune-stimulating properties. Due to its antioxidant properties, it is highly beneficial for the hair. It is also high in vitamin E, C, minerals and essential oils.”
ABOUT: Natura Siberica is a new organic and natural beauty range for hair, body and bath made from Wild Harvested Herbs, flowers and plant adaptogens sourced from the unspoilt continent of Siberia. The range was launched in September 2015 offering high-quality products and optimal skin and haircare at an attainable price. Natura Siberica is available at Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies and health food stores nationwide.