What is Nettle leaf extract and where does it come from?
Nettle is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, which means it flowers once a year and has leafy, rather than woody stems. Nettle is easily found in the wild in many locations, but is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and western North America. There are over 500 varieties of nettle.
What properties does nettle leaf extract have?
Rich in minerals and vitamins, nettle has many uses in organic skincare as well as natural hair products. When used in natural skin care products, the extract’s rich consistency of silicium and magnesium are extremely beneficial for various skin concerns like blemishes, acne and sunburn as well as because of its anti bacterial and sebum regulating properties. It also has a high vitamin E content and is packed with a wide spectrum of amino acids, antioxidants and carotenoids so it is a great ingredient for general skin health.
How is Nettle leaf extract derived, to be used in organic and natural beauty products?
The extraction method differs according to the function of the oil but the whole plant has therapeutic benefits. Only a small dosage is needed and therefore, often diluted when used in skincare products. The leaves are soaked in a liquid, or steam extracted.
INCI: Urtica dioica
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