Most of us know the edelweiss flower from a Sound of Music song but in real life it is a powerful mountain flower and has been part of alpine home remedies for centuries. Teas and salves compounded with edelweiss have been used to relieve chest pains, arthritis, digestive problems, bronchitis and even cancer. Eueopean mountain villagers knew that edelweiss based care just worked. In recent years researchers have demonstrated that this yellow and white flower works because it contains anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant chemicals.
This daisy like flower grows in montain regions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It blooms only in August and September and has become so popular that in 2004 Switzerland created plantations of edelweiss to meet the demand. A few years later it was declared a protected species.
What Makes Edelweiss so Effective?
Like Buckhorn and Arctic Cloudberry, these small flowers had to develop strong defense against a harsh environment. Mountain winds, heavy snows and high altitude UV rays forced this alpine flower to develop powerful defense mechanisms to survive. And even beter, like many natural igredients, it can provide real benefits without toxic side effects.
Adding Edelweiss to Your Beauty Routinue
The sun protective and anti inflammatory powers of edelweiss make it a valuable anti-aging ingredient. If you are battling dry skin and fine lines look into Kiehl’s Ultra Deep Facial Moisture Balm ($27) and Origins A Perfect World Defense Moisturizer with White Tea ( $44). White tea ia another excellent antioxidant and we all need a wide range of antioxidants. FYI In addition this well formulated day cream offers a 40 SPF. Nice.
You can also DIY edelweiss products in your skin care routinue. Look for Edelweiss extract online and mix in 10 drops of extract to four ounces of a simple moisturizer. It will save both your skin and your budget.