The other afternoon, I met with Teviot and Nicole — two lovely and intelligent writer ladies — to brainstorm copy for new boxes of Paul Penders products. The setting was inspiring — we sat together in a vegetarian restaurant at the gorgeous Straits Quay mall overlooking a marina filled with dreamy yachts. A good place to dream up ideas!
“Care, love, homemade…”
That what was said on the poster on the wall above us. Those words seem so appropriate to the story we want to tell about Paul Penders products for the packaging.
We want to share with the world just how special this company is. Our products are truly unique – herbs and other botanicals grown on small farms and estates all over the planet, with oils pressed from fresh flowers and leaves.
All Paul Penders products are mixed up in small batches supervised by our scientist and cosmetics expert, Senior Cosmetic Scientist, Dr. Gatot. He ensures that our formulas are always the best that natural cosmetics can be, and are always free from any animal products or by-products.
Also as part of the “PIF’s”, the newest strict European laws require additional safety information on all of the packaging as well. Therefore, soon new copy will appear on the boxes and labels.
You can be assured that Paul Penders products are always updated with the necessary information as required by laws, in all the countries where our products are sold.
This is the twentieth part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is one of nature’s outstanding herbs. It possesses anti-oxidant properties, but is mostly used in cosmetics to tone, strengthen and heal skin.
The herb can be recognized by translucent dots on its leaves (see picture below) and, when it blossoms between late spring and early to mid summer, by its yellow flower petal with five flowers in it.
Originally, St. John’s Wort was native to Europe, but early colonists brought it to North America. The herb can now be found in temperate areas in the Eastern United States and California, in Australia and New Zealand, in Eastern Asia, and in South America.
St. John’s Wort has been known for its medicinal properties as far back as in the Roman times – 2,000 years ago. On the battlefield, it was a much used remedy that promoted healing from trauma and inflammation, as well as it quickened the healing of wounds, bruises, ulcers, and burns.
In Germany, St. John’s Wort it is licensed and used as a mild anti-depressant, and sold from pharmacies, mostly as capsules (300-500 mg). Scientifically, this effect seems to have been confirmed, predominantly in German studies.
The herb has a calming effect, is good in easing tensions and anxiety, and also used to soothe women’s mood swings during menopause. In Germany, it is as well licensed as a treatment for anxiety and sleeplessness.
A warning might be on its place here. If you consider using St. John’s Wort medicinally in the above mentioned dosage (300-500 mg), please contact your medical doctor first, since an oral intake of this size can influence on, and affect the use of other medicines.
In cosmetics, St. John’s Wort is perfectly safe to use, since the quantity of the herb used here is only a fraction, compared to when the herb is being used medicinal as mentioned above.
St. John’s Wort is not used in traditional cooking, because of its very bitter taste.
In Paul Penders LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract, though, organically grown St. John’s Wort is a highly valued ingredient, due to its skin strengthening effect, and, most of all, its healing abilities – not to forget its calming effect on “a stressed” skin.
This is the sixteenth part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
Pegaga (Centerela Asiatica) – also known as Indian Pennyworth – is a herb with antibacterial, anti-psoriatic and genuine wound-healing properties.
Known throughout Asia as “The Miracle Hero of the Rainforest”, pegaga is a member of the parsley family and grows wild alongside ordinary grass.
It is native to a large area, from Iran in west to the northern part of Australia in the east, including certain areas of East Africa and Madagascar.
About the size of a thumbnail, its clover-like leaves are inconspicuous, but this belies their true capabilities. When used topically or orally, pegaga leaves possess several qualities that cause a chain of beneficial effects in the body.
Pegaga is considered quite nutritious. It can be eaten raw or cooked. The taste is slightly bitter and leafy and the herb is often used in Asian cooking. In rice and curry dishes as finely chopped leaves, or as whole leaves in various salads. In most Asian countries pegaga is also used as an ingredient in herbal drinks, for example in India where it is a part of the summer drink “thandaayyee”
Pegaga has been used since ancient times, especially in the Ayurvedic medical system of India and in Chinese traditional medicine.
Traditionally, pegaga has been used for treating asthma, bronchitis, dysentery, gastric acid, kidney trouble, urethritis, as a blood purifier and as a cure for indestignation, nervousness and dysentery. Extracts of pegaga helps stimulating the blood flow and is a remedy for skin problems.
Furthermore, pegaga is believed to have a direct action on lowering the blood pressure and is often referred to as a rejuvenating medicament.
Pegaga is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the most important medical plant species to be conserved and cultivated.
Paul Penders use pegaga particularly in our Pegaga Scalp Cleanser to reduce dandruff, eczema and itching.
When applied to the skin in the form of cleanser, toner, moisturizer or other topical products, pegaga increases blood flow to the area, promoting cellular renewal and healing. This, in turn, results in fresher, healthier skin. Pegaga is also believed to help promote collagen production, leading to firmer and more toned skin.
Organic grown pegaga is, of course, a very important part of Paul Penders LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract.
This is the seventeenth part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
Peppermint Essential Oil (from Mentha Piperita) is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves. The essential peppermint oil possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory characteristics that cools and soothes skin.
The peppermint plant is a cross between two types of mint – water mint and spearmint. It grows to about 60-90 cm (2-3 feet) tall, and bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny purple flowers among its fragrant, dark green leaves.
Peppermint is native to Europe and Asia, is naturalized to North America, and grows wild in moist, temperate areas. Some varieties are indigenous to South Africa, South America, and Australia.
Peppermint oil has been cultivated since ancient times, having been found in Egyptian tombs as far back as 1,000 BC. Historically, the herb has been known for its medicinal uses. Hence it is often termed as the world’s oldest medicine.
The leaves and stems, which contain menthol, are used medicinally, as a flavoring in food, toothpaste, chewing gum, tea, ice cream, as well as in cosmetics.
Unlike many other herbs and essential oils, numerous health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proved by the scientific community. As a result, peppermint oil is also sold in the form of capsules and tablets.
Essential peppermint oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients including manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, and copper. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract. As a result, the oil is used in numerous cold rubs.
Peppermint oil is a good home remedy for nausea and headache. Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to remove headache.
The muscle relaxing property of peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome. This has been validated through preliminary scientific research though the exact mechanism is still unknown.
Peppermint oil can be used externally for providing relief from pain. It is believed that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil aids in removing pain. It is cooling in nature and therefore helps reduce fever.
Peppermint oil increases immunity to diseases and therefore helps in preventing a number of diseases. It also improves the blood circulation.
As mentioned, peppermint oil contains menthol, which is good for skin, because it gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.
In hair care, peppermint oil is very useful as it gives a cooling effect to the head.
Only the best natural organic peppermint essential oil finds its way into Paul Penders’ LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract, on which all Paul Penders products are based.
This is the seventh part of our series where we take a look at all the 22 ingredients in Paul Penders’ patent pending LevensESSENTIE Gold® herbal extract which is a part of all Paul Penders products.
Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) strongly stimulates circulation, and is known as an adaptogen, which means it increases resistance to physical, chemical, and biological stress and builds energy and general vitality.
Panax Ginseng (Asian ginseng) grows in the Northern Hemisphere in Eastern Asia (mostly northern China, Korea, and eastern Siberia, typically in cooler climates. It is a slow growing plant with fleshy roots; it requires years for a ginseng root to reach maturity.
In China, ginseng is as well used particularly for dyspepsia, vomiting and nervous disorders. A decoction of 1/2 oz (14 g) of the root, boiled in tea or soup and taken every morning, is commonly held a remedy for consumption and other diseases.