Wild Botanical Solutions for Beauty & Therapeutics

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Summary: Cultures around the world rely on plants for medicine, cosmetics and more. Learn how they can benefit you and your beauty routine."Mother Nature knows best." This is the mantra of the Wild Medicine Exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden, and of special guest and botanical expert, Dr. Michael Balick. Dr. Balick joins David to share the amazing benefits of plants when it comes to both medicine and beauty. Cultures around the world have relied on plants for medicine, cosmetics and more for hundreds of years. And now, scientists have identified over 1500 compounds in certain plants... all of which benefit you internally and externally. For instance, dark chocolate - which comes from the cocoa bean - can help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. And cocoa butter is a key ingredient in many cosmetic products. Chamomile tea is a relaxant and anti-spasmodic when ingested in internally, but can also reduce eye puffiness and even help you recover from pinkeye when applied topically. And, jewel weed can be extremely beneficial when treating things like sunburn and poison ivy. These are just a few of the over 500 different species that the Wild Medicine Exhibit covers, and a tiny portion of the plants that can be used as modern therapeutics. If you want to learn more about how these botanicals can benefit you and your beauty routine, you don't want to miss this informative interview.