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April 7, 2015 EDITOR

The humble, yet beautiful daisy – April’s flower

The humble, yet beautiful daisy – April’s flower

Did you know that the Daisy is officially the flower of April? Well now you do! And this most humble and unassuming family of flowers is actually one of the earth’s most precious and well used for health and beauty purposes, as well as many other uses.

 

The Daisy family, also known as the Asteraceae, composite or sunflower family is the second largest flowering plant family after the Orchidaceae.

 

This family has a remarkable ecological and economical importance thriving in pretty much every corner of the planet, from the polar regions to the tropics and providing local economies with products such as cooking oils, lettuce, sunflower seeds, artichokes, sweetening agents, coffee substitutes, and herbal teas (like chamomile).

 

The family also includes the gorgeous garden flowers, marigold, pot marigold (also known as calendula), various daisies, chrysanthemums, dahlias and many more.

 

Asteraceae are important in herbal medicine, including Grindelia, known as “gumweed”; Echinacea, thought to be an immune system booster and yarrow, which has a long history as a powerful 'healing herb' used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions.

 

Some of the Asteraceae however, like the dandelion, are now considered weeds, although dandelions are used as salad and to make herbal tea (they’re also great for feeding pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises!).

 

Our favourite members of this amazing plant family are, of course, the Calendula, Sunflower and Chamomile. We’ve already talked about the benefits of the sunflower, so now it’s the turn of Chamomile and Calendula. CHAMOMILE Chamomile-Benefits-A-Late-Night-Tea

Chamomile has a number of medicinal uses. Applied topically or drunk as a tea/infusion it’s used for treating hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasm, menstrual disorders, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorder and even haemorrhoids!

 

Chamomile is thought to contain anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties and could be used to treat stress and insomnia. Many people drink chamomile tea at night for this reason.

 

We use it in our Creative Chamomile Eye Shadow Duos, because its calming and anti-inflammatory properties are great for ensuring the most sensitive skin around the eyes is not irritated.

CALENDULA The flowers of calendula

Calendula (or marigold/ "pot" marigold) has been used traditionally as a culinary and medicinal herb since ancient times. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and can even be used to colour cheese or as a replacement for saffron.

 

In some of the earliest medical writings, calendula was recommended for treating ailments of the digestive tract and for detoxifying the liver and gall bladder. The flowers were applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing. In the American Civil War, calendula flowers were used on the battlefields in open wounds due to their anti-haemorrhagic and antiseptic properties.

 

Our Correcting Calendula Powder Foundation is a beautiful, effective, light, all-purpose and natural powder foundation that blends in well has great coverage but lets the skin breathe.

 

Ultra light in feel, texture and coverage, it’s perfect for everyone, but particularly those with oily, acne-prone or problem skin. Weightless, totally natural and chemical free, it’s made from GMO-free corn and contains no fragrance, cellulose gum, urea, lanolin, alcohol, SLS, panthenol, stearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, stearic acid, mineral oil or parabens, so it’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

 

Regardless of how you use them, April is all about celebrating daisies and other plants from their family, so when you see one by the road, path or in your garden, give it a little nod!

 

Margarita, La bella Flor de Abril

¿Sabías que la Margarita es la flor oficial del mes de Abril? Pues ahora ya lo sabes, esta sencilla flor es parte de la familia de flores más preciada sobre la tierra por su uso en la salud y belleza, así como también para muchos otros usos.

 

La familia de flores a la que pertenece la margarita, los girasoles y muchas otras plantas también se le conoce como Asteraceae o Compositae, y es una de las más abundantes y diversas en el planeta después de la Familia de las Orquídeas.

 

La familia Asteraceae tiene una gran importancia económica y ecológica que prospera en casi todos los rincones del planeta, desde las regiones polares hasta los trópicos.

 

Esta familia de flores y plantas provee a las economías locales productos tales como: aceites de cocina, lechuga, semillas de girasol, alcachofas, edulcorantes, sustitutos de café y tés herbales (como la manzanilla). En esta familia de flores también se encuentran varias flores de jardín incluyendo la maravilla, (también conocida como caléndula), varias margaritas, crisantemos, dalias y muchas más.

 

Las Asteraceae son muy importantes en la Medicina Herbal, la Grindelia también conocida como Equinácea se usa para elevar el sistema inmunológico, cuenta con una larga historia como “hierba curativa”, se usa también tópicamente para tratar heridas, cortadas y abrasiones de la piel.

 

Algunas de las Asteraceae sin embargo, como el diente de león, ahora se consideran malas hierbas, aunque el diente de león se utiliza como ensalada y para hacer té de hierbas (también se utiliza para alimentar animales como conejos, cuyos y tortugas).

 

Nuestros miembros favoritos de esta asombrosa familia de plantas son la Caléndula, el Girasol y la Manzanilla. Ya hemos hablado antes de los beneficios del Girasol, ahora es el turno de la Manzanilla y Caléndula.

 

Manzanilla

La manzanilla tiene una serie se usos medicinales, ya sea aplicada tópicamente o ingerida en té es buena para tratar la fiebre de heno, inflamación, dolores musculares, desórdenes menstruales y digestivos, úlceras e incluso hemorroides.

 

También se cree que posee propiedades ansiolíticas, por lo que se utiliza para tratar el stress y el insomnio. Muchas personas toman té de manzanilla por las noches por esa razón.

 

En Ere Perez la utilizamos en nuestras Sombras con Manzanilla por sus propiedades calmantes y antinflamatorias, de este modo aseguramos que la piel delicada alrededor de los ojos no se irrite.

 

Caléndula

La Caléndula se ha utilizado tradicionalmente como una hierba culinaria y medicinal desde tiempos antiguos. Los pétalos de esta planta son comestibles y se pueden comer frescos o secos en ensaladas, también se pueden usar para dar color a los quesos y como sustitutos de azafrán.

 

En algunos de los escritos médicos más antiguos, la caléndula se recomienda para el tratamiento de enfermedades del tracto digestivo y para desintoxicar el hígado y la vesícula. Las flores se utilizaban para detener el sangrado en cortadas y heridas, prevenir su infección y acelerar el proceso de curación. En la Guerra Civil Americana se utilizaron flores de Caléndula en el campo de batalla para tratar heridas abiertas por sus propiedades antihemorrágicas y antisépticas.

 

La Base en Polvo con Caléndula Ere Perez es una base de maquillaje efectiva y ligera, posee una gran cobertura a la vez que deja respirar a la piel.

 

Ultraligera al tacto, en textura y cobertura, esta Base en Polvo con Caléndula es perfecta para todos, en especial para los de piel grasa o propensa al acné. Ligera, natural, libre de químicos, hecha a base de maíz libre de OGM (organismos genéticamente modificados), sin fragancia, urea, lanolina, alcohol, SLS , pantenol , alcohol estearílico , propilenglicol , ácido esteárico , aceite mineral o parabenos , así que es perfecta incluso para las pieles más sensibles.

 

No importa cómo las utilices, Abril es el mes que celebra a las margaritas y demás plantas de su familia, así que cuando veas a algunas de ellas en tu jardín o por el camino, ya sabes lo valiosas que son.

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