Since time immemorial, the peoples of the forest regions of Canada have used the juices of Canadian Willowherb™ (Epilobium angustifolium) as skin cleansers, fresheners and soothers for irritated areas of the skin. There are abundant ethnobotanical anecdotes concerning the beneficial effects of this substance on irritated skin. Contrary to what the name might imply, Canadian Willowherb™ is a non-willow plant that “soothes the forest” by quickly reclaiming areas scorched by forest fires. Ethnobotanical reports reveal that traditional healers used extracts of this plant to “soothe the human forest”as well. Clinical research has recently verified these reports further characterizing the potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory activity of this extract and its component.
The principle bioactive molecule found in Canadian Willowherb™ extract is Oenothein-B. This molecule has been patented for its wide ranging bioactivity including anti-viral, antitumour, and anti-hyperandrogenic applications and also has demonstrated free radical scavenging ability. Canadian Willowherb™ has also been shown to effectively kill the P. Acne bacterium associated with acne.
In-vivo testing: Anti-irritant Clinical Studies
The potent and wide ranging bioactivity of our Canadian Willowherb™ products make them a vital component of almost any natural therapeutic product. Canadian Willowherb™ extracts provide safe, natural plant-derived functionality as strong as that of the best over-the-counter anti-irritants and anti-inflammatory products available. Action is exceptionally fast and the extracts are highly potent, so that high-efficiency formulated products are readily obtainable even with low levels of ingredient.
|Canadian Willowherb™ Whole Extract ||- ||a whole plant aqueous extract |
|Canadian Willowherb™ Clear Extract ||- ||a colour refined aqueous extract that is amenable to formulations requiring little to no colour |
|Canadian Willowherb™ Extract in Glycerin ||- ||a refined extract in a glycerin-water carrier |