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Horse Chestnut

Definition: Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut has been showing up in more and more products lately. Why, you ask? Because, when used for cosmetic purposes, this botanical has been known to add vibrance and radiance to the skin.

Medically, it has been prevent to help with blood circulation and to treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids and leg cramps.

Horse chestnut is a sturdy tree that originated in Constantinople and has migrated to France over the past few centuries. It has a dark, scaly bark and a full life cycle growth beginning with buds that turn into leaves, then four-petalled flowers that eventually develop into fruit with a spiny green shell.

Extracts of the, bark, leaf, fruit and root can be found in skin care products as well as various herbal medicines.


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amh678 amh678 9 years
I've never heard of horse chestnut before. One more thing I have to look out for! I actually have to be really careful about the body products that I buy because I am allergic to nuts (except peanuts - technically they're not a nut, they're legumes - but that's another story...). A lot of products are using nut extract now, so I have to read every single label before I buy something I've never tried before - especially those claiming to have "natural" ingredients. And I have to check everything, including lotion, face wash, body wash, even shampoo and conditioner. :( It's a pain...
Notting-Hill-res Notting-Hill-res 9 years
Dr.Hauschka use it in some of their products. It's supposed to be effective.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
Seeing that picture brings back memories of nature walks when I was in primary school.....
Tech Tech 10 years
Thanks for that post. I've seen this a couple times and had no idea!
glamorouswink glamorouswink 10 years
Well, take a look at that.....
mrflibble mrflibble 10 years
Beware! This is a toxic and not edible chesnut. Only for cosmetics or medical use.
Chiquita-82 Chiquita-82 10 years
I'm from Turkey, i definitely know horse chestnut; Constantinople is our biggest city's old name. Now it's Istanbul where i am from.
suzewah suzewah 10 years
They use this in France in pill form for blood circulation problems, especially to keep legs beautiful and spider-vein free, or so they say! The French women have beautiful legs, so maybe this is one of their secrets!
lemurian lemurian 10 years
I have one of these trees in my yard, its branches hang over my patio. It's not so great to have one of those spikey pods fall on your head.
Diorable Diorable 10 years
i have these nuts growing in tress on my street! Not sure if they're the same ones buts...they look the same *shrugs*
sugababee sugababee 10 years
I've never seen it as one of the ingredients on my cosmetics
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