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Adaptogens increase the plants resistance against environmental stress, therefore avoiding harmful damage and allow the plants to thrive and offer exceptional benefits for the body and hair. Having survived the Ice Age by adapting to one of the planet’s most severe environments, they possess rare qualities which help to enhance general well-being, and when used therapeutically, are renowned for slowing ageing processes of the skin.
Helping the body adapt to different negative environmental factors (cold, heat, lack of oxygen etc.) they increase the working capacity without a negative effect on the body. Originating from the word “adaptation” as treatments they enhance adaptogenic abilities in people.
There are about only 12 types of adaptogens in the world.
1. RHODIOLA ROSEA ( RHODIOLA ROSEA).
Highly esteemed for its exceptional adaptogenic properties, there are about 20 species of this plant, and thanks to such active components as rosavin, rosarin and rosin, which, according to many researches, are found only in Rhodiola rosea is considered one of the best treatments for slowing down ageing processes.
The Nenets (indigenous peoples to the Northern Artic) use the roots of this plant as a medicinal treatment in the form of teas and infusions in order to invigorate the body, fight fatigue and muscle weakness.
Rhodiola rosea extract is well known as a treatment for ageing skin. It is actively used in order to reduce wrinkles and loss of firmness. It has an explicit toning activity. In cosmetics it is used for face, neck and low neck skin.
Found in: Altai, the Urals, transpolar Yakutia, Alpine regions of East Siberia, West Siberia and the Far East, on the coast of the White and the Barents seas.
Products containing Rhodiola rosea: Natural Hydrating Cream Soaps, Revitalising Bath Salts.
2. SIBERIAN GINSENG
– is a bush, which is able to resist even the most extreme Siberian winters.
This plant is famous for its adaptogenic abilities. Research conducted indicated that ginseng, which grows on Siberian territory, contains up to 30% more active components than other types of ginseng.
Having a beneficial effect on metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, ginseng extract improves skin condition. Also it helps restore epidermis cells, regulates water amount, protecting skin from dehydration. Ginseng also has a nutritive effect.
Thanks to all these properties, ginseng extract can be effectively used in cosmetology for treating fading, ageing and sensitive skin.
Found in: the Far East of Siberia
Products containing Siberian Ginseng: Extra Firming Hand Cream
3. SCHISANDRA CHINENSIS (LIMONNIK NANAI)
– is a Siberian plant, the fruit of which looks like cherries and is widely appraised for its healing properties, which make it one of the most famous adaptogens on the planet.
Limonnik Nanai is extremely rich in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, Vitamin C, minerals and essential oils, which are so good for skin and hair.
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.
In skin care products the biological activity of Limonnik stimulates the metabolic processes, enhancing the skins 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, improves hair structure and appearance.
Limonnik extract has an explicit antioxidant and immune-stimulating properties.
Found in: the Far East of Siberia, Sakhalin, the Kurils.
Products containing LIMONNIK NANA: Extra Firming Hand Cream, Lifting Hand Cream
4. MANCHURIAN ARALIA (ARALIA MANDSHURICA)
– is a plant-adaptogen, whose healing properties of which are very well known in alternative medicine. The Nanai use herbal tea with Manchurian Aralia roots as a general invigorating treatment.
In cosmetics, extract of Manchurian Aralia helps protect skin from climatic conditions, improves blood circulation, invigorates and energizes skin.
Treatments containing aralia wonderfully rejuvenate and fortify skin helping it resist negative environmental factors.
Found in: the Far East, Primorski Region, Sakhalin and the Kurils.
Products containing Manchurian Aralia: not available in USA – coming soon