Orchid (Orchidaceae)

  Orchids are nature’s most interesting flowers. They come in many verities, shapes, sizes, designs, color combinations, and fragrances. They grow in many places on earth, even above the Arctic Circle. Some orchids that grow naturally are in danger of disappearing from Earth. In places like Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand orchid flowers are very important, people enjoy orchids as decorative plants and cut flowers. Not all orchids grow from the ground. Some are “air plants” that grow on trees. The world has an estimated twenty-five thousand kinds of orchids. Costa Rica has one thousand five hundred species. The United States has seventy. The far northern nation of Greenland has four. It is illegal to collect orchids growing in nature. But poachers often do so. Orchids reproduce with difficulty. They depend on birds, bees or insects to spread their pollen to another orchid flower. Orchid seeds grow slowly. Sometimes they take months to develop inside the seedpods. The very small seedpods contain as many as three thousand seeds. The seeds float in the air when the pods break open. But they do not begin growing just anywhere. The seeds need to be near what is called a mycorrhizal fungus. The seeds lack nutrients, and the fungus feeds them. But the fungus is rare, and some of its habitats are threatened. Human development or natural disasters can change that environment. The orchids cannot reproduce if birds and insects are no longer living in the area. The loss of forests and climate change are part of the problem. Many people who love orchids consider them the most beautiful flowers on Earth.
These highly decorated flowers are acknowledged as a symbol of beauty, refinement and love. Often utilized in perfumes and fragrance products, the use of orchids has branched out into skin care, hair care and even color cosmetics as the demand for natural ingredients is constantly increasing. Surprisingly, orchids are an ideal ingredient for personal care products; they have been used in Asia for centuries, mostly for their reparative and protective properties.
The orchid extract comes from the pulp of this exotic flower and is used as an anti-aging product prolonging longevity. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property helps slow the process of aging on your skin. The essence of Orchid flower increases cell regeneration can in all types of skin. Having been characterized with an ability to absorb and retain moisture, the orchid is currently used in personal care products to help plump the skin. It helps regulate skin pigmentation, fighting aging caused by free radicals, retrieving and maintaining natural skin color. Orchids contain minerals such as calcium, copper, iron; magnesium and zinc that are nourishing to the skin, helping it to stay young, clean, bright and soft. The nutrients form Orchid help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, moisturize, soothe, and conditions the skin for bright and radiant complexion and flawless skin tone.
Orchid leaves contain anthocyanins that help fight UV radiation, temperature extremes, and environmental stressors that negatively affect your skin. These also work as free-radical scavenging agents and antioxidants, improving the healthy tone of your skin and boosting skin immunity.
The orchid extract is said to help repair damaged hair, prevent moisture loss and promote health and manageability. It is thought to assist in repairing damaged hair, preventing additional moisture loss, restoring manageability, and soothing the scalp, and promoting health and volume.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein  is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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