APR 2016

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30 DAYSPA | APRIL 2016 Lavender ■ Part of the mint family, there are nearly 40 plants that are technically classifi ed as lavender. ■ Because lavender grows and spreads so quickly, it's actually considered a weed in some areas of the world. ■ The lavender bud is covered in tiny hairs, which contain the plant's highly prized essential oils. Willow Bark ■ Most commonly, it is derived from the bark of a white willow tree, which is native to Europe and Central Asia. ■ White willow trees have inner and outer barks, which contain different compound concentrations. ■ Willow trees are often planted on the borders of streams so their interlacing roots will protect the banks against the water's erosive effects. Aloe Vera ■ There are more than 240 aloe vera varietals that grow in arid regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. ■ Aloe vera contains 18 amino acids. ■ Aloe produces two substances, gel and latex. The gel is the clear, jelly substance within the leaf; the latex is yellow and comes from directly underneath the plant's skin. The latter can be deadly if consumed in large quantities. Sea Buckthorn ■ Sea buckthorn—also known as sandthorn, sallowthorn and seaberry—is extremely dense, with stiff, thorny branches. ■ The leaves, fl owers and fruits of this deciduous shrub are used to produce medicine, skin care, jellies, juices, purees and sauces. ■ The plant naturally contains vitamins A, B 1 , B 2 , B 6 and C. Stonecrop ■ The stonecrop family consists of nearly 600 succulent species. ■ Stonecrops are low-growing plants that have tall, spiked blooms, swathed in rich nectar that attracts a variety of bees, moths and butterfl ies. ■ There is only one wild stonecrop plant—all others are cultivated. Licorice Root ■ Most licorice is grown in Greece, Turkey and Asia. ■ The plant's wrinkled, lengthy roots spread horizontally in the ground. They are harvested in the fall, two or three years after the seedling has been planted. ■ Licorice plants produce pale blue- purple fl owers; the fruits are contained in long pods with several seeds. Arnica ■ Common names for arnica include wolf's bane, leopard's bane, mountain snuff, mountain tobacco and sneezewort. ■ The plant produces bright yellow, daisy-like fl owers that are dried and used to create medications and skin care; the plant's root and rhizomes are also utilized. ■ Arnica can only be used topically—the plant is poisonous and can cause cardiac arrest and death if consumed. Ingredient Spotlight We're sure you've heard of this crop of fl ora, commonly incorporated into organic skincare formulations. But did you know these facts about each one? Lavender Sea Buckthorn Stonecrop © GETTY IMAGES Arnica

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