Dr. Isidor Apothecary and Perfumery is dedicated to ancient and traditional formulas using natural and organically grown herbs, and organic oils. All products are preservative, paraben and phtalate free, and absolutely without any preservatives, additives, or unnatural chemicals. Production is always kept on a small scale to ensure freshness, and most potions may be formulated fresh by custom order.
Based ancient traditional formulas, Dr. Isidor Apothecary and Perfumery focuses on handcrafted calendula/marigold (Calendula officinalis) and basil (Ocimum basilicum) concentrates and infusions made from natural and organically grown herbs grown and harvested on the Appalachian Mountains in Northern Georgia.
Medicinal plants are traditionally used in folk medicine (ethno medicine) as natural healing remedies with therapeutic effects such as prevention of cardiovascular diseases, inflammation disorders, or reducing the risk of cancer as well as cosmeceuticals and cosmetics. They are valuable also for food and cosmetic industry as additives, due to their preservative effects because of the presence of antioxidants and antimicrobial constituents.
Basil, believed to have originated in Iran and/or India, is a popular plant grown extensively in many continents around the world, particularly Asia, Europe, and North America. Due to its wide range of phenolic compounds displaying various potent antioxidant and antimicrobial activities, basil has been revered as both a culinary and medicinal herb.
However, basil is the major part of many traditional apothecary formulas, ethno cosmeceuticals and perfumery products. Women in the Balkan Penninsula and Mediterranean countries have used basil in cosmetics for thousands of years by infusing it with fermented grape in tonics, serums, creams or lotions. My 86 year-old grandmother, who died with barely any wrinkles on her face, transferred the secret of these magical and therapeutic apothecary products to me. Basil is simply is the most potent inhibitor of aging, potent antioxidant and antimicrobial agent allowing everyone to age gracefully and wisely.
To commonly used medicinal plants with antioxidant activity known worldwide belong plants from several families, especially Lamiaceae (rosemary, sage, oregano, marjoram, basil, thyme, mints, balm), Apiaceae (cumin, fennel, caraway), and Zingiberaceae (turmeric, ginger). The antioxidant properties of medicinal plants depend on the plant, its variety, environmental conditions, climatic and seasonal variations, geographical regions of growth, degree of ripeness, growing practices, and many other factors such as postharvest treatment and processing. In addition, composition and concentration of present antioxidants, such as phenolic compounds, are related to antioxidant effect (Škrovánková S et al, 2012). Estragole as main component of basil exhibits antioxidant properties (Kfoury M. et al, 2015). Also basil contains a wide range of phenolic compounds displaying various antioxidant activities, but it depending on the basil species and cultivars as well as the time of harvesting following seasonal changes, lunar calendar and astrological calendar. There are significant differences in the chemical composition and amounts and kinds of aromatic components in the essential oils of basil depending on the species and environmental conditions of the cultivation location. Basil having dark green leaves and white flowers possesses a rich spicy, pungent aroma due to the presence of high percentage of linalool, methyl chavicol and 1,8-cineole. Basil essential oils include mainly the group of terpenoid components which includes monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes as well as their oxygenated derivatives (Pripdeevech P. et al, 2010), L- linalool (26.5-56.3%), geraniol (12.1-16.5%), 1,8-cineole (2.5-15.1%), p-allylanisole (0.2-13.8%) and DL-limonene (0.2-10.4%). The essential oil extracted in spring exhibited the highest antioxidant activity in comparison with the oils from other seasons (Al-Maskri A.Y. et al., 2011). In 2006, Viyoch J and colleagues exhibited that basil has a strong antimicrobial effect on Propionibacterium acnes and it is suitable for acne skin care. Scientific results indicate that antigenotoxic potential of basil derivatives could be attributed to their antioxidative properties. Thus, basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) has protective effect against oxidative DNA damage and mutagenesis (Beric T., et al, 2008). Probably one of the most important features of the basil oil is the fact that penetrates the skin and its effect are visible not only on the surface area of the skin but the deeper layers as well.
These characteristics of basil make this herb really unique for the process of formulation of ethnocosmeceuticals (folk cosmetics with potential healing properties), it requires a proper time of harvest, processing of the fresh parts of the plant and careful formulation into the apothecary products.
Dr. Isidor Apothecary and Perfumery offers to you a complete set of basil based facial skin care products including a facial wash, facial toner, facial serum / elixir, facial lotion, basil tonic, pure basil oil as well as healing hand and body lotion and cream.
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