Horse Chestnut – Known for its great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, vasoprotective, astringent, and analgesic properties

114 Adina Scurtu Horse ChestnutHorse Chestnut is known for its great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, vasoprotective, astringent, and analgesic properties.

Herbalists often recommend Horse Chestnut Seed Extract to treat

varicose veins,
varicose eczema,
frostbite, bruising,
rheumatoid arthritis,
sprains,
muscle tension,
edema (swelling that is caused by fluid retention).

Due to its astringent, anti-rheumatic, and antioxidant properties, Horse Chestnut is often used in

shower gels,
shaving products,
sun care products,
creams and lotions,
compresses for painful muscles
varicose veins.

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COSMETICS

Horse chestnut extract can be found listed as an ingredient in some skin cleansers. The high level of saponins in horse chestnut extract makes it an effective skin purifier. Bath oils and infusions sometimes contain horse chestnut extract due to its skin softening properties.

Eye creams containing horse chestnut extract effectively lighten dark circles under the eyes by thickening the skin and strengthening fragile capillaries.

153 Adina Scurtu Horse ChestnutANTI-AGING TONER

Due to the antioxidant properties of Horse Chestnut, it is often recommended as a great anti-aging toner. By inhibiting enzymes elastase and hyaluronidase, horse chestnut extract helps the skin to battle the signs of aging that deplete collagen and elastin from the skin. Reduced levels of collagen and elastin are a primary cause of wrinkles and sagging skin that are typical of aging skin.

Also, since Horse Chestnut extract promotes blood circulation and helps tone and strengthen fragile veins and capillaries, it is used in many high quality lotions and skin creams for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite.

It is also used in many toning, slimming, and firming skin products. For healthy and glowing skin, simply mix 5-10 drops of Horse Chestnut Seed Extract into a 50ml bottle of Vitamin E oil or into your favorite face moisturizer and apply it each night before bed. Adjust the number of drops of Horse Chestnut based on your skin sensitivity levels (for example, start with 5 drops if you have very sensitive skin).

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TIRED AND HEAVY LEGS

A simple home remedy for tired and painful legs is to massage Horse Chestnut Oil into your legs and then wrap the legs in a blanket for 15-20 minutes. A few drops of Grapeseed Extract can also be mixed to provide faster relief.

149 Adina Scurtu Horse ChestnutSIDE EFFECTS

Oral consumption of Horse Chestnut, especially its seeds, is considered unsafe and toxic. Consult your doctor as soon as possible if ingested. However, its topical use has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of many health conditions. In some individuals, topical uses of Horse Chestnut can cause allergic skin reactions.Therefore, it is recommended to apply it on a smaller area to test for any adverse reactions before beginning to use Horse Chestnut extract or oil on a regular basis. Horse Chestnut is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and patients with kidney or liver problems. Also, if you are using any other medicinal skin product, consult your healthcare provider before using this oil.

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