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.