Meet Our Botanical Superstars

date: 16 October 2019

We take product formulating really seriously at Apothem. We don’t believe in using anything but the very best quality, and that goes for the hemp we use to create our CBD to the botanicals we blend it with. It’s also means we’re diligent about what we blend together. Our formulas have to do what they say they’re going to, and they have to do it well. Luckily, we’re fortunate enough to work with some of the very best aromatherapy and botanical experts around who really know their stuff. And it’s why you’ll find that every one of our products contains only botanical extracts that really work to enhance the CBD within. We call this combination Botanical Synergy and it’s something you’ll hear us talk a lot about. 

It goes without saying that we’re proud of our CBD (you can read all about how we create it and all of our products here) but we’re also just a little bit obsessed with our roster of brilliant botanicals too. We source everything we use from reputable, trusted suppliers who abide by strict vegan and anti-animal cruelty policies, so you know that what you’re getting is the best of the best. We’re so excited by these powerhouses that we wanted to share with you a small selection of some of our favourites. Read on to discover some of the superheroes in our midst who really define the idea of plant power… 

 

1. SHIITAKE MUSHROOM 

 

What is it?

An edible mushroom native to East Asia.

 

Why is it so good?

Not only are they delicious to eat, shiitake mushrooms have the potential to boost heart health as they contain three compounds which help to lower cholesterol: eritadenine, sterols and beta glucans. Another healing benefit of these super shrooms is their ability to boost the immune system because they contain beneficial polysaccharides and terpenoids.

 

What else is it used for?

If you haven’t already, try cooking with shiitake mushrooms. They’re absolutely delicious with a strong umami flavour and you can find them fresh and dried in any good supermarket. Shiitake mushrooms are also sold as a food supplement, which is usually made from an extract and turned into tablet or capsule form.


Where and why have we chosen it?

While most people assume that they’re merely a tasty addition to a stir fry or risotto, we knew better. We believe their immune-boosting potential is so great that we were sure our super boosting DEFENCE drops would be incomplete without them. 

 

2. 5-HTP

 

What is it?

5-HTP is an amino acid that our bodies naturally produce. It’s the precursor to serotonin, a vital neurotransmitter that carries messages between nerves and it plays a role in sleep, appetite, and pain sensation. It’s also found in an African plant called Griffonia simplicifolia, which is how we incorporate 5-HTP into our formulas.

 

Why is it so good?

There are many conditions that are thought to be influenced by low levels of serotonin, such as depression, sleep disorders, anxiety and weight gain. 5-HTP helps our bodies produce serotonin, so it has the potential to reduce the symptoms.

 

Where and why have we chosen it?

5-HTP is the first in a vital chain of chemicals that our body needs to function well. 5-HTP is converted into serotonin and then serotonin is converted into melatonin, a hormone that controls our sleep-wake cycle. No sleep-inducing blend would be complete without 5-HTP which is why it takes pride of place in our bedtime booster LIGHTS OUT.

 

3. MORINGA OIL

 

What is it?

An oil produced from the seeds of the drumstick tree which is native to South Asia and is well-known for its hardiness and proliferative abilities.

 

Why is it so good?

Moringa is bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and it’s been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. The goodness doesn’t stop there either, it also has the ability to retain skin moisture and speed up healing, which is why it’s been used across the world for thousands of years.


What else is it used for?

The oil in its raw state is unsuitable for human consumption but it can be found in powder or capsule form in many health stores.

 

Where and why have we chosen it?

Moringa oil is an essential component of any quality skincare product that boasts invigorating, anti-ageing and moisturising abilities. Seeing as that’s what our incredible body oil SCULPT is all about, we had to include it.

 

4. ARNICA

 

What is it?

A herb that grows in temperate climates, mainly in Siberia, central Europe and North America. Its beneficial properties are found in the flowers.

 

Why is it so good?

It’s known to treat aches, pains, bruises and improve circulation, and as Arnica contains lots of terpenoids and flavonoids, humans have instinctually been using it in traditional tonics and tinctures for hundreds of years.

 

Where and why have we chosen it?

Arnica is an ancient skin elixir, well-known for its restorative properties. Knowing that our UNPLUG bath salts had to focus on soothing sore muscles and banishing aches, we knew it was a necessary addition. 

 

5. EUCALYPTUS



What is it?

A tree that’s native to Australia but that can be grown across the world. The leaves are where you find its medicinal properties.


Why is it so good?

Eucalyptus is high in antioxidants, is a decongestant, has anti-inflammatory properties and has a significant ceramide content. Ceramide is a type of fatty acid in our skin that’s essential to maintaining and retaining moisture. Eucalyptus is also thought to have analgesic and stress-reducing properties as well.


What else is it used for?

Dried eucalyptus leaves can be made into a tea, but fresh ones can’t because our bodies aren’t able to break them down.

 

Where and why have we chosen it?

The purpose of our luxurious body cream RECHARGE is to target tension and provide your muscles with soothing relief, so we knew cooling, calming eucalyptus had to feature.

 

6. GOTU KOLA

 

What is it?

A herb used in traditional Chinese, Indonesian and Ayurvedic medicines.

 

Why is it so good?

Gotu Kola has a wealth of skin-focused benefits. Not only is it anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing and contains antioxidants, it can – wait for it – improve circulation, reduce varicose veins, reduce swelling, reduce and prevent stretch marks, promote wound healing by increasing collagen production, prevent scarring and relieve joint pain (phew).

 

What else is it used for?

It can also be taken as a dietary supplement to improve brain function and reduce stress.


Where and why have we chosen it?

Our super balm MULTI is a suits-all skin salve for dry, irritated, sensitive skin, so we needed a powerhouse plant that could tackle all of those skin conditions and restore skin back to its healthy, supple best. Including gotu kola was a no-brainer. 

 

Thanks to Colleen Quinn, our resident plant and aromatherapy expert for selecting these heroes and sharing why they are such important players in our Apothem formulations.