Organic products and botanicals for hair care are on the rise as there is heightened awareness of the benefits of key ingredients in these products. It is a matter of going “back to Eden” as some people like to say.
This is not a new concept. It may appear so because of the wide variety and huge market for non-organic products. Marketers use skillfully crafted advertising to steer customers away from natural products.
The hype now is “going organic” and customers are catching on. It is harder to entice eco-friendly and health-conscious customers away from this trend.
What are Botanicals?
The first picture that comes to mind depicts creatively designed, well-maintained exotic gardens with endless views of flowers, shrubs, and trees. We also think of the related study of these organisms … botany.
So, you close your eyes and start daydreaming …
… this must be paradise!
Birds are everywhere, but not just any birds. Bright red with tinges of yellow, speckled with black, chirping a tune that invites you to follow.
You notice some of the others as you look around in amazement. Hummingbirds in all sizes, some with long, swallowtails, others with iridescent colors that change with every minuscule movement.
Then there are the flowers and trees in every direction as far as you can see. Awestruck and delighted, you find that you’re still standing at the entrance to this amazing garden.
Your friend, the bird, is eagerly waiting to chaperone you around this paradise. Your feet begin to move you along the rows and rows of colorful flowers and avenues of well-laid-out trees.
The fragrance is indescribable, but you recognize hints of …
… jasmine, roses … as the breeze gently streams them across your nostrils and your hair keeps in tune with the movements of the flowers and branches from the trees.
The arched bridge made of wood and cobblestones catches your attention. At the same time, you see the small stream underneath. Before you know it, your sandals are in your hands and your feet experience its cooling sensation.
But wait, there’s more …
… you’re seated in front of your desktop, laptop, or have the phone in your hands reading this article. It’s beyond amazing! You went to paradise and back, but that’s fine. You’re on a mission.
Back to the article …
Somewhere in the “Garden of Eden,” there must have been these three plants that are still widely used in different ways.
The words organic, natural, botanical are usually used interchangeably; however, the meanings are not the same.
- Plants are natural, yet, they may not be grown organically without pesticides and whatever other environments that make things organic.
- Plants and trees are botanicals. Their environment may not be organic.
- Sometimes plant-based products may also have synthetic ingredients.
Botanical ingredients come from plants or trees. Aloe Vera, hibiscus, and pomegranate are examples. Many botanical hair care products include these three with a combination of vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients.
Botanical #1: Aloe Vera … Sinkle Bible
This succulent green plant, as its name suggests, is a panacea for many ailments. It is believed to be one of the best remedies for burns, sunburn, and other skin treatments.
It grows well in warm semi-tropical, tropical climates, and indoors as a potted plant in various parts of the world. It is plentiful in the wild as it grows and spreads very easily.
Its popularity goes back to ancient times when it was used as a common skin remedy. Aloe Vera is also a key ingredient in …
- Hair care and many other products.
In Jamaica, it is also known as Sinkle Bible because of how effective it is claimed to be as a remedy for several ailments of the body or just as a natural drink.
In hair care, Aloe Vera provides moisture and also works as an anti-frizz control.
Botanical #2: Hibiscus … Shoeblack
We think of a flower that comes in a wide range of colors and shapes. The hibiscus is a sub-tropical and tropical plant found in several parts of the world.
Some colors are red, pink, peach, white, orange, purple, and blue. The shapes vary from trumpet with five petals to very unusual.
Many people use the hibiscus as hedging around their homes. Some hotels have it on their properties, even showcasing the different types.
Other uses include …
- Table decorations at hotels, restaurants, and other events.
- Patterns on fabrics used for clothing, household, and industrial accessories.
Jamaicans, in some parishes, and people from other countries call it shoeblack. Maybe you can shed light on this if you know why it is called by this name.
In hair care, the ingredients found in hibiscus add volume because it increases the hair’s elasticity.
Botanical #3: Pomegranate … What’s in a Name?
Think of bright reddish-purple, teardrop-shaped, succulent seeds enclosed inside a hard, bulbous fruit. Its tart flavor causes saliva to flow even before it reaches your taste buds …
…you guessed it! That’s a fairly reasonable description of the pomegranate. It is found in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere at different seasons, as well as other parts of the world.
As with all fruits, the pomegranate has vitamins and minerals, some of which are …
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- An assortment of minerals.
There are quite a number of seeds in each fruit … quite a number … 200-1400! The juice is very popular in stores.
In hair care, the pomegrante’s ph balance is excellent for the scalp and hair.
From the Garden to Common Practice
Three different plants nurtured by the earth produce ingredients that have become key elements in hair care products.
The Aloe Vera, hibiscus, and pomegranate … a succulent plant, a flower, and a fruit are combined to offer one favorable end result …
… beautiful, more manageable, healthy hair.
They can all be found in gardens, backyards, farms, in the wild, and have been known as favorites due to their individual attractiveness or benefits.
The awareness of the importance of botanicals as a more wholesome way of life is catching on. It is now considered common practice for many people around the world.
This article and website are not intended to give medical advice on any products or ingredients.
You can find all kinds of botanical products in brick and mortar as well as online stores. CLICK HERE to learn more about some of these amazing hair products!
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