Not only does Pau d’ Arco Powder lend a nice mocha brown colorant to your soaps and cosmetic care recipes — but the topical use for this herb shouldn’t be overlooked. Calming and soothing, this bark is recommended for the prevention and healing of psoriasis and other similar related skin issues.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center: Scientists have identified two active chemicals in pau d’arco. These chemicals are called naphthoquinones: lapachol and beta-lapachone. In lab tests, these chemicals killed some types of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites, and both chemicals showed anti-inflammatory properties. This is great news when considering this herb for a topical application! I bet Pau d’ Arco Powder, when combined with something like witch hazel, would make one excellent anti-inflammatory product!
When added to soaps, it will lend a light brown with a hint of red tone. To use in melt & pour, simply add to warm glycerin or a bit of the melted soap. Stir, and once it has released a bit of color, add drop by drop back into your melted soap until the color has been achieved.
Cultivation: Wild harvested. This means that this plant material was found in areas that were not from a farmed plantation, most often well away from highly populated areas, making it an extremely nil risk of being chemically treated. In our opinion, wild harvested products are sometimes better than organic, because it was grown entirely by nature without the intervention of mankind.
INCI: Tabebuia impetiginosa (pau D’ Arco) bark
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