Traditional Medical Uses and Suggestive Research for South African Botanical Oils

It’s no secret that natural botanical oils from Southern Africa have a noticeable effect on the skin, however many of their potential benefits often go overlooked due to the lack of funding for research on these types of oils.  The past decade has resulted in various studies on natural oils and has explored the claims of traditional medical uses as well as discovered connections between the oils and various medical benefits.

The next few weeks, we will be sharing some claims, traditional uses or indicative research that shows a correlation between our oils and alleviated symptoms of various skin conditions.  As a disclaimer/emphasis on the above, the information included in these posts are classified as suggestive connections and are not meant to be interpreted as scientifically proven results of applications.  With that, these claims are compelling, and hopefully with further research on these oils, humans can soon find absolute clarity on the medical benefits of these oils.

Marula Oil

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 11.22.23 AMThis nutritious oil, that is being referred to as the “miracle oil,” has been the center of various studies with researchers hard at work, exploring the many potential benefits of this oil. Here is a list of medical claims that have been made in regards to Marula oil:

  • Transepidermal water loss remedy – Occurs when water from respiration passes through the layers of skin into the surrounding environment at higher rates than normal, thus leaving the skin dry and unhealthy. A study done by four scientists in South Africa found that due to the occlusive effect of Marula oil on the skin, moisture content is shown to remain in the skin for longer periods of time than normal after Marula oil has been applied.
  • Treatment for staphylococcus, pseudomonas and salmonella skin rashes – Due to the oil’s high phenolic content, scientists from Southern Botanica claim that the oil displays mild anti-bacterial action which works against the growth of Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas and Salmonella.
  • Reduction of swelling, redness and irritation of the skin – Research done by Phytotrade and Southern Botanica both indicate that Marula oil contains restorative properties that reduce inflammation of the skin as well as help return irritated skin to a natural tone.  Furthermore, Phytotrade documented that Marula oil was traditionally used on pregnant women in Swaziland to reduce stretch marks.

Marula Oil Is The Big Beauty Trend For 2015, But What On Earth Is It?

WE came across this article by Natasha Hinde from last year (17 April 2015 of HuffPost Lifestyle

Two beauty editors, Jenna Rosenstein and Cat O’Neill from Allure, offer a nice video on Marula oil. We are delighted to see some of our customers’ products being exhibited!
Enjoy the video here: Watch video

Evolution of sensation – why sensory matters so much now

We found a great article in
Evolution of sensation – why sensory matters so much now
By Belinda Carli, Institute of Personal Care Science, 14-Jul-2016
“Touch has such a big impact on human emotions. Have you ever noticed how the feel of your personal care products can have a similar effect? In this guest article from an industry expert, Belinda Carli takes a look at the evolution of sensation in beauty.”

Every time we receive a new sample or batch of oil, our staff here at DLG Naturals have to try it. They look at it then pour a few drops into a hand. They rub their fingers in it. They place the oil on their skin, smell it, and see how if feels, if it absorbs, how greasy it is. Does it feel good? Does it have a pleasant odor?

Carli notes, “Consumers have come to expect certain products to feel a certain way on application and indeed measure this as a mark of quality….” In fact, those products offer an emotional appeal, as well. We feel better about a product that feels good.

And so our staff have to try them all. After all, we are customers, too. We like feeling good about the products we use on our skin and hair.