Burdock (Arctium lappa) extract

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Burdock, officially called Arctium lappa, is a biennial herb belonging to the composite family within the Tubuliflorae subfamily and is considered a healthy and nutritious food in China. In addition, Arctium lappa was used as a medicinal herb in Europe, North America, and Asia for centuries.

Almost all parts of the burdock - roots, seeds, and leaves have been used in oriental medicine. As active materials, Arctium lappa root includes carbohydrates inulin, mucilages, polyphenols (chlorogenic and caffeic acids), and phytosterols. It also contains an essential oil comprising polyacetylenic compounds, hydrocarbons, and Arctic acid. It also presents a bitter matter called lapaline.

Active ingredients in the roots detoxify dermal cells and increase blood flow to the skin surface, improving the texture and curing conditions like irritation or eczema. Burdock root also contains antioxidants protecting cell membranes from oxidative stress. For example, Arctium lappa extract helps remedy skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

It is valued for cleansing, antiseborrheic, and sebaceous gland regulatory functional properties in skin care applications and is also known for its ability to relieve bruises and inflammation. In addition, it is used for dry, itchy scalp and improves the luster, body, and strength of the hair shaft.

Seeds comprise active compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. The active compounds from Arctium lappa leaf extract can restrain the growth of harmful micro-organisms on the skin's surface. So, it is suitable in preparations for antiseborrheic, eczematous, with fat and impurities skin. In addition, it emphasizes its good qualities in treating fatty, seborrhoeic, and prone to fall hair. However, burdock extract may cause an allergy, including contact dermatitis and other allergic/inflammatory responses, so always test the product containing it on a small area before applying the first time.

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