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What Are Botanicals And Why Should You Use Them?

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What Are Botanicals

It's time to swap out your products filled with toxic chemicals in favor of formulas created with natural, feel-good ingredients. From herbal teas to plant-based skincare, products infused with botanicals can nurture and nourish your body the way it deserves.

At a glance

  • Botanicals are ingredients derived from plants that have certain health and therapeutic benefits.
  • The Indonesian wellness customs of Jamu often utilize various botanicals in herbal tonics and medicinal remedies.
  • Common botanicals include candlenut oil, chamomile, ginger, and countless others.

Botanicals are plant derivatives often used for their health benefits and medicinal properties. From ginger root to Schisandra berries, certain herbal remedies can refine skin, promote healthy digestion, and soothe inflammation.

Keep reading, and we'll share everything you need to know about using botanicals for health and wellness.

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What are botanicals?

Botanicals are plant parts that can offer certain medicinal benefits. Unlike herbs, which can be any leafy part of a plant, botanicals can come in the form of berries, roots, fruits, seeds, flowers, spices, and more. They also have unique therapeutic advantages that can be used to treat a variety of ailments. 

If you're looking to part ways with over-the-counter meds pushed by big pharma, you can turn to botanicals. Botanicals are the medicine offered up by Mother Nature, used extensively throughout history for a number of reasons.

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Botanicals have been an integral part of herbal medicine for thousands of years

For example, rumors state that Cleopatra used cumin seed oil as a skin-brightening beauty treatment, in addition to milk and honey facial masks.

Botanicals are also a cornerstone of the ancient Indonesian wellness traditions of Jamu.

Jamu is all about feeling good inside and out. These health customs use unique combinations of herbs, roots, plants, and fruits in anything from skincare rituals to medicinal remedies.

The botanical-based ancient traditions of Jamu

Over 2,000 years ago, these traditions started with healing Jamu tonics prepared by community leaders and female family members. But over the years, it's evolved into a holistic practice built around plant-based ingredients and natural botanicals.

Our Jamu Wellness Gift is the embodiment of all things Jamu. This trio features our best-selling luxurious Candlenut Body Creme, our "Jamu Lifestyle" book written by JUARA founder Metta Murdaya, and the soothing herbal elixir Tolak Angin.

Discover an abundance of botanicals in this "Get Well" Jamu drink

Tolak Angin is known as the "Get Well" Jamu. It's made with only the purest and most natural ingredients, complete with health-boosting botanicals like mint leaves, ginger, and fennel fruit. Combined, these soothing ingredients can boost your immune system and calm the body.

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Common botanicals and their uses

Botanicals can come in the forms of roots, bark, dried flowers, and leaves. Any plant part that can potentially be used to treat ailments can be considered a botanical!

There are nearly endless types of botanicals from star anise to John's wort, each with a unique purpose and set of benefits. Let's review some of the most common, and the ways you can incorporate them into your daily life.

#1: Candlenut oil: For softening the skin

Candlenut oil is a botanical oil that is hailed for its moisturizing abilities. Also referred to as Kukui nut oil, it is a popular ingredient in Indonesian cooking and beauty treatments.

It's one of the primary ingredients in JUARA's Jamu-inspired Candlenut Collection. It's at the center of our natural and plant-based skincare formulas.

Here at JUARA, we prioritize a unique blend of Eastern botanicals and Western science. We infuse our luxurious skincare products, like our anti-aging hand cream, with timeless botanical elements to promote healthy and glowing skin.

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#2: Chamomile: For calming the mind and body

Chamomile is a healing herb that has been used in Europe and Western Asia for generations. German Chamomile is chock-full of flavonoids and can be used to treat inflammation, eczema, and other rashes.

Research even shows that when applied topically, chamomile is 60% as effective as hydrocortisone cream.

From essential oils to dietary supplements, there are many ways to enjoy botanical benefits.

Many botanicals can be used in different forms. For example, there are many botanical dietary supplements and botanical drugs available in pharmacies.

Chamomile, in particular, can be used as an essential oil. The resulting fragrance can be especially calming, helping to dispel anxiety and tension in your mind and body.

#3: Ginger: For promoting healthy digestion

Ginger is a popular ingredient in many body-polishing skincare products, such as our Radiance Enzyme Scrub & Enzyme Mask. This skin-refining formula is packed with natural ingredients like apple enzymes and even contains a rich botanical blend of turmeric, clove flower, and more.

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However, ginger can be used beyond your skin. It can be consumed dried, fresh, or infused into your favorite culinary dish. It can alleviate gastrointestinal problems and support menopause, like other botanicals such as red clover and black cohosh.

#4: Green tea: For relaxation and happiness

Green tea extracts are rich in catechin, a potent antioxidant. Green tea has amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be useful when combating acne, reducing signs of aging, and relieving anxiety.

For a self-soothing and relaxing experience, try our creamy Soothing Island Comfort Green Tea. This antioxidant-rich botanical blend features pineapple, ginger, and turmeric for a delicious and refreshing flavor.

Final thoughts

Herbal products infused with botanical ingredients can do a lot for you. With the right all-natural elements, you can finally nurture and nourish your mind, body, and soul the way you deserve.

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