Products you didn’t know with plant origins by A J Arnold BSc
In this ever-more-sustainable world, we look to natural alternatives to products. Rubber gloves, amongst many items, are made from Latex. Havea brasiliensis Natural Latex, or “caoutchouc” is farmed from trees in India,Indonesia,Singapore ,Malaya -Malaysia,Brasil, and at the turn of the century a larger production previously Congo sadly with appalling atrocities by the colonial power leader King Leopold 11 of Belgium
In developed countries, about 25% of prescriptions contain materials isolated from plants, such as the well-known Aloe Vera plant. The aspirin tablets you buy over the counter, are actually synthesised copies of naturally occurring chemicals (acetylsalicyclic acid )from the Spiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet )or modified from the original plant product the Salix (willow tree bark ) which produces Salicin which the body converts to salicylic acid and was used in herbal medicine.
While many of today’s gum brands have transitioned to synthetic substitutes, they got their idea from long, long ago, where the chicle sap from the Sapodilla tree (Manilkara zapota) of the Sapotaceae was used for thousands of years named after yellow sapote .This tree is desirable for fruit and is a long growing handsome looking and popular plant called Chikoo and is known to prevent colon cancer
A safer, natural alternative to chemical based hair dye can be found from the Lythraceae family the Henna tree (Lawsonia inermis) the sole species . The crushed leaves create a striking orange/red colour, while tree bark is used to create different colours.Also known as hina ,mignonette ,Egyption privet
Move over Lush, more and more companies lean even further into natural alternatives rather than toxic substances to give you a hand with your beauty regime. Including roses, calendula and jojoba.
Products you didn’t know with plant origins
THIS SCIENCE SNIPPET FROM ALEXANDER JOHN ARNOLD LONDON JUNE 2020