Answer: Cool question! Purslane is one of the oldest and widely used medical plants. It is found throughout the world in warm climates and is a popular vegetable in the Middle and Far East. Purslane is packed with minerals and vitamins including, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene. But wait there’s more. Purslane has the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids found in a vegetable. Seriously.
Studies have shown that purslane preperations made from dried leaves have significant anti-inflammatory and anti- pain properties. To my mind this makes a purslane the perfect treatment for a sunburn or after a date with a laser. Researchers have also found that a concentrated purslane extract can speed wound healing, making it a great tool for cuts and scrape. Despite these benefits, I was surprised how few brands included this mightly green in their formulations. Happily, Dr Jart brand uses uses purslane in a number of products including Dr Jart V7 Relief Vita Drop and Ceramidin Cream.
DIY Purslane Products
You can make up for the lack of commercial purslane products in your own kitchen. Pick up some purslane supplements that contain dried and powdered leaves. Empty 4-5 capsules in a cup and pour on 1/2 cup boiing water. Stir and let the mixture rest for 1 hr. Strain and bottle the resulting purslane extract. For a sunburn, pour it in a spray bottle, add 1 cup of water and I teaspoon olive oil. Shake and spray for genuine sunburn relief.
You can also use the purslane extract as a base for a mask.. For dry skin whip up one teaspoon extract with an egg yolk. ( for oily skin, use the egg white in the same way.) Pat the egg mixture on the face and alow the mask to dry for 30 minutes. Rinse off and enjoy a cool, calm complexion.
Purslane– Its Not Just for Your Skin
Purslane offers equally impressive benefits when added to soups, smoothies and salads. Fresh crisp puslane leaves can replace lettuce on your sandwiches and spinach in pastas and stir fries. Sadly its not widely available and expensive if it is sold. Happily it is easily grown in a pot if you have a sunny window ledge. Its worth the time and money to get purslane into your diet. Michel Pollan, author of the bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma, dubbed purslane one of the two most nutritious pants on earth.
But I still haven’t answered the question. Actually I could not any reliable research on anti-aging properties of purslane. However this impressive plant offers other significant health and beauty benefits and is worth a spot in your diet and skin care plans.