It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15 to October 15, we recognize and celebrate the beauty of Latinx culture. From the fashion, food, nationalities, rituals, and history, Latinx culture is diverse and filled with amazing practices that are incorporated all around the globe.
The world of skincare is no different; its formulations and targeted skincare blends are only reflections of the centuries-old remedies and elixirs crafted with Hispanic herbs and ingredients. Here at Earth-Kissed Beauty, our products are handcrafted with some nourishing ingredients that originate from Latinx culture.
Take for instance, sage. It’s one of the numerous herbs used by the Aztec civilization for medicinal purposes. Sage is commonly used in Mexican traditional medicine for its antibacterial and astringent properties. Dried white sage is also commonly used to “smudge” or purify a person or place of negative energy and spirits—a sacred ritual originated by indigenous people. We use this versatile plant in our Hand Sanitizer.
Another Hispanic herb is spearmint. In Latinx culture, it is known as “yerba buena” (good herb). This herb is mostly used for relieving gastrointestinal issues like nausea and constipation. Its essential oil is beneficial for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. We also use spearmint in our Hand Sanitizer.
Chamomile, or manzanilla, is known as the calming flower. It is used in teas to alleviate stress and anxiety and calm stomach upset. These benefits also transfer to topical use. We use the flower in our Serenity Body Butter as it soothes irritated skin. Chamomile also fights acne breakouts and overall calms the skin. These benefits are mostly seen in our Flora Cleansing Grains and Mellow Rose Face Mask. The calming flower is filled with antioxidants that promote collagen production to keep skin firm and reduce the development of wrinkles. It’s a must-have ingredient in our Renewal Night Cream, Hibiscus Glow Face Mask, and Blue Tandy Body Scrub.
A globally-known herb that is heavily used within Hispanic culture is aloe vera. This “planta milagrosa” (miraculous plant) is full of vitamins and minerals and is commonly used for its medicinal properties. Aloe vera originated in the Arabian Peninsula but currently thrives in Southwestern United States and Central America. Aloe Vera is a succulent and is distinctly recognized by its fleshy, thick leaves. Inside those leaves are juice and gel that is used for medicinal and topical purposes. Aloe vera is commonly used topically as a natural remedy to soothe burns. Medicinally, people drink aloe vera juice to ease stomach upset and arthritis symptoms. For skincare, aloe vera provides moisturizing, antiseptic, UV-ray protecting, and superb healing properties that are unmatched. Find aloe Vera in our Sea Matcha Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer.
We’re honored to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and hope you learn more about how the Hispanic culture has Positively influenced us globally.
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- Plants used in Mexican traditional medicine. https://www.utep.edu/herbal-safety/_Files/docs/Plants-Used-in-Mexican-Traditional-Medicine-July-04.pdf
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- Spearmint (Mentha Spicata). Retrieved September 15, 2020, from UIC Heritage Garden website: http://heritagegarden.uic.edu/spearmint-mentha-spicata
- Euterpe oleracea, Matricaria chamomilla, and Camellia sinensisas promising ingredients for development of skin care formulations. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0926669015305240
- Surjushe A. Vasani R. Saple DG. Aloe vera: a short review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/