If you’re passionate about your skin care and health, you may wish to consider this method of both cosmetically and providing nutrients to your skin. Beauty starts from the inside out, so always have a healthy plant based diet, for best results.
Over the past year we’ve been experimenting with the best way to apply and absorb skin creams and oils for the delivery of healthy benefits of the ingredients.
Base: Start with a standard, well performing skin cream. For this, keep it simple. I recommend our standard formulation of skin cream: Rice Bran oil, bees wax, Shea butter, Mango butter, and distilled water (you may add some Monoi oil for scent).
Cover Oil: Infused oil. Start with a good carrier oil like Rice Bran oil, Olive oil, Walnut oil, or Avocado oil. Then add your choice of nutraceuticals (Amla, Black Seed, Aloe, Vanilla, Oregano, Coffee,etc.). The botanicals will naturally extract using the induction mixer system with SwissMixIt and the carrier oil draws out the essential oils and terpines (flavonols).
Why this method? While you can combine everything into one cream, it is easier and more effective to have a wide variety of types of infused oils, specific to your skin and health needs, instead of having a multitude of creams. This way you have a base, then can target areas which need improvement. For example, the feet may need some Oregano oil treatment, while the arms need anti-aging and hydration, while hands need age spot reduction, and around the eyes for less wrinkles. This method gives you the best of both worlds.
Keep infused oils separate: We recommend keeping your infused oils separate, then doing the pump-top dispenser for the ingredient needed for that area.
Faster Results: In general, you’ll see faster results.
Best Flexibility: Do extractions separately, then combine when needed for specific formulations.
Research and Science: From all the research we’ve read, the number one defense is starting with eating healthy. Your skin and appearance is first effected by what you intake and filter through your body, which includes fresh water, and food. You can fine tune that process by apply skin creams and oils. Skin creams and oils are no substitute for healthy living. If you smoke, drink alcohol, and eat animal products, or overweight, you can expect age spots, glycation, wrinkles, and a host of other maladies. The application of skin cream and oil may only remediate some of the symptoms, and not the underlying problem. Instead of supplements, get your nutrients though whole-food plant-based products. They are absorbed better, and you know that it is the source. You have no idea what is in supplements, purity, grade, etc. (unless you have confirmed ingredients though your own lab testing).
Utilization: This new strategy allows you to have one skin cream, which applies to every use.
Travel Size: Instead of lots of bulky skin creams, it makes more space efficient sense to have one base skin cream, and then small ampules of targeting oil.
Astragalus is an ancient traditional Chinese herbal medicine that is derived from roots of various Astragalus species that are native to China, Korea and North America. Called Huang Qi in Chinese traditional medcine, it is purported to have immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antiviral and cardiotonic activities and is used to treat stress, fatigue, pain, memory loss, viral infections, hypercholesterolemia, cancer, heart failure, and kidney and liver disease. It is also used as a general tonic to increase energy, reduce fatigue and counteract the effects of aging. Its efficacy in these conditions has not been shown in controlled prospective studies, but it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and is currently becoming a popular herbal product in Western countries. Astragalus extracts have multiple chemical constituents and the specific active ingredient responsibility for its activity has not been identified. Constituents include triterpene glycosides, saponins (astragalosides), sterols, fatty acids, isoflavonoids and polysaccharides. Extracts of astragalus are often supplied as tablets or capsules which are taken once to three times daily. Astragalus is also supplied as liquids and teas. Side effects are uncommon and have not been clearly defined. Large doses can cause gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, probably because of direct irritation to the intestinal mucosa.
Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Astragalus tribuloides Delile. Root Extract: Characterization, Antioxidant, Antibacterial, and Anti-Inflammatory Activities: [ This has an impact on potential delivery options to the body. ] Today, the green synthesis of metal nanoparticles is a promising strategy in material science and nanotechnology. In this research, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized through the high-efficient, cost-effective green and facile process, using the Astragalus tribuloides Delile. root extract as a bioreduction and capping agent at room temperature. UV-V spectroscopy was applied for the investigation of the reaction proceedings. Considering the anti-inflammatory activity, the greenly synthesized AgNPs showed a stranger effect than the A. tribuloides root extract (82% versus 69% at 500 ug/mL). Generally, the AgNPs that were fabricated by using the A. tribuloides root extract had appropriate antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory activities and, therefore, can be considered as a promising candidate for various biomedical applications.
UV-B Radiation Largely Promoted the Transformation of Primary Metabolites to Phenols in Astragalus mongholicus Seedlings: [ This may have impact on raising sprouts, to give them an extra nutrient punch (like sprouting in cooler temperatures). ] Ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation (280-320 nm) may induce photobiological stress in plants, activate the plant defense system, and induce changes of metabolites. In our previous work, we found that between the two Astragalus varieties prescribed by the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, Astragalus mongholicus has better tolerance to UV-B. Verification experiments show that the response of phenolics in roots to UV-B is activated by upregulation of relevant genes rather than phenylalanine. Overall, this study reveals the tissues-specific alteration and mechanism of primary and secondary metabolic strategy in response to UV-B radiation.
The Use of Natural Agents to Counteract Telomere Shortening: Effects of a Multi-Component Extract of Astragalus mongholicus Bunge and Danazol: A link between telomere shortening and oxidative stress was found in aging people and patients with cancer or inflammatory diseases. Extracts of Astragalus spp. are known to stimulate telomerase activity, thereby compensating telomere shortening. We characterized a multi-component hydroethanolic root extract (HRE) of Astragalus mongholicus Bunge and assessed its effects on telomeres compared to those of danazol. The rate of cells with short telomeres (<3 kb) decreased in lymphocytes from all donors after exposure to either HRE or danazol, telomere elongation being telomerase-dependent. These findings suggest that the HRE could be used for the management of age-related diseases.
Chemical Discrimination of Astragalus mongholicus and Astragalus membranaceus Based on Metabolomics Using UHPLC-ESI-Q-TOF-MS/MS Approach: [ Astragalus membranaceus (MJ) has stronger pharmacological activities than MG. ] Astragalus mongholicus (MG) and Astragalus membranaceus (MJ), both generally known as Huangqi in China, are two perennial herbals widely used in variety diseases. Of them, the contents of 36 components including Astragaloside I-III, Astragaloside IV, Agroastragaloside I, etc. in MJ were significantly higher than those in MG. On the contrary, the contents of 17 other components including coumaric acid, formononetin, sophoricoside, etc. in MG were obviously higher than those in MJ. The results showed that the distinctive constituents in MG and MJ were remarkable, and MJ may own stronger pharmacological activities than MG. In a word, MG and MJ may be treated as two different herbs. This paper demonstrated that metabolomics was a vitally credible technology to rapidly screen the characteristic chemical composition of traditional Chinese medicine.
Study on Hypoglycemic Effect of the Drug Pair of Astragalus Radix and Dioscoreae Rhizoma in T2DM Rats by Network Pharmacology and Metabonomics: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a metabolic disease accompanied by a series of diseases such as diabetic nephropathy. The drug pair (HS) of Astragalus Radix (HQ) and Dioscoreae Rhizoma (SY) was designed by Dr. Shi Jinmo to improve the treatment of T2DM. Metabolic profiling indicated that the metabolic perturbation was reduced after HS treatment. The results found 21 biomarkers. According to the network pharmacology, we found that the regulation of T2DM was primarily associated with 18 active compounds in HS. These active compounds mainly had an effect on 135 targets. Subsequently, combining network pharmacology and metabonomics, we found four target proteins, which indicated that HS has potential hypoglycemic effects through regulating monoamine oxidases B (MAOB), acetyl-CoA carboxylase 1 (ACACA), carbonic anhydrase 2 (CA2), and catalase (CAT). In conclusion, the result showed that these four targets might be the most relevant targets for the treatment of T2DM with HS. This study clarified the mechanism of HS in the treatment of T2DM and also confirmed the feasibility of combining metabonomics and network pharmacology to study the mechanisms of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In the future, this approach may be a potentially powerful tool to discovery active components of traditional Chinese medicines and elucidate their mechanisms.
Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Combined with Supplemental Light Improve Growth and Quality of Plug Seedlings of Astragalus membranaceus Bunge and Codonopsis lanceolata Benth. et Hook. f.: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge and Codonopsis lanceolata Benth. et Hook. f. are two medicinal species used to remedy inflammation, tumor, and obesity in Eastern medicine. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and supplemental lighting are two methods to enhance the growth, yield, and quality of crops. The results showed that the supplemental lighting (LEDs, MH, and HPS) greatly improved the seedling quality with greater dry weights (of the shoot, root, and leaf), stem diameter, leaf area, and Dickson’s quality index (DQI) than those of the control in both species. An enriched CO2 at 1050 umol mol-1 accelerated the growth and development of plug seedlings, evidenced by the increased root and leaf dry weights, stem diameter, and DQI compared to the those from the other two CO2 enrichment levels. Moreover, LEDs combined with 1050 umol mol-1 CO2 not only increased the contents of soluble sugars but also the starch content. However, an enriched CO2 at 700 umol mol-1 was more suitable for the accumulation of total phenols and flavonoids. Furthermore, LEDs combined with 700 or 1050 umol mol-1 CO2 increased the chlorophyll, quantum yield, and stomatal conductance at daytime and nighttime for A. membranaceus and C. lanceolata, respectively. In conclusion, the data suggest that LEDs combined with CO2 at 1050 umol mol-1 is recommended for enhancing the growth and development of plug seedlings of A. membranaceus and C. lanceolata.
Identification and Isolation of Active Compounds from Astragalus membranaceus that Improve Insulin Secretion by Regulating Pancreatic b-Cell Metabolism: In type 2 diabetes (T2D), insufficient secretion of insulin from the pancreatic b-cells contributes to high blood glucose levels, associated with metabolic dysregulation. Interest in natural products to complement or replace existing antidiabetic medications has increased. In this study, we examined the effect of Astragalus membranaceus extract (ASME) and its compounds 1-9 on glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) from pancreatic b-cells. The data suggest that two isoflavonoids (2 and 3) and a nucleoside (compound 5), isolated from the roots of A. membranaceus, have the potential to improve insulin secretion in b-cells, representing the first step towards the development of potent antidiabetic drugs.
Astragalus polysaccharide (PG2) Ameliorates Cancer Symptom Clusters, as well as Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Metastatic Disease, through Modulation of the Inflammatory Cascade: Improving patients quality of life (QoL) is a principal objective of all treatment in any clinical setting, including oncology practices. Cancer-associated inflammation is implicated in disease progression and worsening of patients QoL. Conventional anticancer therapeutics while selectively eliminating cancerous cells, are evaded by stem cell-like cells, and associated with varying degrees of adverse effects, thus reducing patients QoL. This necessitates novel therapeutic approaches with enhanced efficacy, minimal or no treatment-related adverse effects, and improved QoL in patients with cancer, especially those with metastatic/advance stage disease. Results: All 23 patients with metastatic disease treated with either low or high PG2 experienced reduced pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue, as well as better appetite and sleep, culminating in improved global QoL. This was most apparent in the high dose group, with significant co-suppression of pro-inflammatory interleukin (IL)-1b, IL-4, IL-6, IL-13, IL-17, monocytes chemotactic protein (MCP)1, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), tumor growth factor (TGF)-b1, interferon (IFN)-y, and immune suppressors IL-10 and IL-12. Univariate and multivariate analyses revealed that IL-1b, IL-13 and GM-CSF are independent prognosticators of improved QoL. Conclusion: This proof-of-concept study provides premier evidence of functional association between PG2 anti-inflammatory effects and improved QoL in patients with advanced stage cancers, laying the groundwork for future larger cohort blinded controlled trials to establish the efficacy of PG2 as adjuvant anticancer therapy in metastatic or advanced stage clinical settings.
Focus on Formononetin: Anticancer Potential and Molecular Targets: [ Reduction of inflammation linked to cancer survival of neoplastic cells, and improved chemo. Formononetin extract can be a therapy for malignancies and molecular targets. ] Formononetin, an isoflavone, is extracted from various medicinal plants and herbs, including the red clover (Trifolium pratense) and Chinese medicinal plant Astragalus membranaceus. Formononetin antioxidant and neuroprotective effects underscore its therapeutic use against Alzheimers disease. Formononetin has been under intense investigation for the past decade as strong evidence on promoting apoptosis and against proliferation suggests for its use as an anticancer agent against diverse cancers. These anticancer properties are observed in multiple cancer cell models, including breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer. Formononetin also attenuates metastasis and tumor growth in various in vivo studies. The beneficial effects exuded by formononetin can be attributed to its antiproliferative and cell cycle arrest inducing properties. Formononetin regulates various transcription factors and growth-factor-mediated oncogenic pathways, consequently alleviating the possible causes of chronic inflammation that are linked to cancer survival of neoplastic cells and their resistance against chemotherapy. As such, this review summarizes and critically analyzes current evidence on the potential of formononetin for therapy of various malignancies with special emphasis on molecular targets.
The Effects of Astragalus membranaceus Active Extracts on Autophagy-Related Diseases: Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved self-eating process that maintains cellular, tissue, and organismal homeostasis. New studies on autophagy, mediated by subsets of autophagy proteins, are emerging in many physiological and pathological processes. Astragalus membranaceus (AM), also named Huangqi, is one of the fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine and its extracts have been proved to possess many biological activities related to autophagy, including anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, anticancer, anti-photoaging, and improvement of cardiomyocyte function. Evidence suggests that AM extracts can have therapeutic potential in autophagy dysregulation-associated diseases because of their biological positive effects. Here we will review the literature concerning the effects of AM extracts on autophagy dysregulation-associated diseases.
Small-Seeded Legumes as a Novel Food Source. Variation of Nutritional, Mineral and Phytochemical Profiles in the Chain: Raw Seeds-Sprouted Seeds-Microgreens: Growing public concerns about health haves prompted the search for novel food sources. The study is focused on the seeds, sprouted seeds and microgreens of Trifolium pratense, T. medium, Medicago sativa, M. lupulina, Onobrychis viciifolia, Astragalus glycyphyllos and A. cicer species as a potential source of value-added food ingredientsr. The samples were analysed for nutritional (wet chemistry, standard methods) and mineral (atomic absorption spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectrophotometry) profiles, isoflavones (ultra-performance liquid with diode array detector UPLC-DAD), coumestrol (UPLC-DAD), condensed tannins (CT) (vanillin-H2SO4 assay) and triterpene saponins (UPLC with triple-stage quadrupole MS). In our study, each species displayed high, but species-dependent nutritional, mineral and phytochemical value. All counterparts of legumes were mineral and protein rich. A. glycyphyllos samples, especially seeds, were abundant in iron. Trifolium spp. were found to be important sources of isoflavones, Medicago spp. of coumestrol and saponins, and O. viciifolia of CT. The protein and phytochemical contents increased and total carbohydrates decreased from seeds to microgreens.Our findings proved for the first time that seeds, sprouted seeds, and especially microgreens of small-seeded legumes are promising new sources of ingredients for fortification of staple foods with bioactive compounds, minerals and nutrients.
Interference of Quercetin on Astragalus Polysaccharide-Induced Macrophage Activation: [ Quercetin may inhibit macrophage active by Astragalus (do not take together). Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid). It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. Johns wort, American elder, and others. Buckwheat tea has a large amount of quercetin. ] Polysaccharides, which exert immunoregulatory effects, are becoming more and more popular as food supplements; however, certain components of ordinary foods could be reducing the polysaccharides beneficial effects. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in common fruits and vegetables, is one such component. This study investigated the effects of quercetin on Astragalus polysaccharide RAP induced-macrophage activation. The results show quercetin decreases the NO production and iNOS gene expression in RAW264.7 cells, and it inhibits the production of cytokines in RAW264.7 cells and peritoneal macrophages. Western blot analysis results suggest that quercetin inhibits the phosphorylation of Akt/mTORC1, MAPKs, and TBK1, but has no effect on NF-kB in RAP-induced RAW264.7 cells. Taken together, the results show that quercetin partly inhibits macrophage activation by the Astragalus polysaccharide RAP. This study demonstrates that quercetin-containing foods may interfere with the immune-enhancing effects of Astragalus polysaccharide RAP to a certain extent.
LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury: Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine used as a general tonic and treatment for many conditions including diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, heart disease, hepatitis and cancer. Astragalus has not been associated with serum enzyme elevations during therapy nor in causing clinically apparent liver injury. Astragalus is considered generally safe and without major adverse effects. In the few human studies that have been published there were no reports of serum enzyme elevations occurring during therapy and no mention of serious adverse events or hepatotoxicity. It has been shown to have hepatoprotective activities in animal models and has been used to treat liver diseases, although with uncertain efficacy. There have been no published reports of hepatotoxicity from astragalus, but it is present in many multiingredient products and the purity and potency of commercial preparations are not rigorously regulated. Thus, clinically apparent liver injury attributable to astragalus must be rare if it occurs at all. Astragalus has not been reported to cause clinically apparent liver injury. Because of its possible effects on CYP activity, its potential for herb-drug interactions should be considered before it is used.
Anti-Aging Implications of Astragalus Membranaceus (Huangqi): A Well-Known Chinese Tonic: Astragalus membranaceus (Huangqi) is a major medicinal herb that has been commonly used in many herbal formulations in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat a wide variety of diseases and body disorders, or marketed as life-prolonging extracts for human use in China, for more than 2000 years. The major components of Astragalus membranaceus are polysaccharides, flavonoids, and saponins. Pharmacological research indicates that the extract component of Astragalus membranaceus can increase telomerase activity, and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, anticancer, hypolipidemic, antihyperglycemic, hepatoprotective, expectorant, and diuretic effects. A proprietary extract of the dried root of Astragalus membranaceus, called TA-65, was associated with a significant age-reversal effect in the immune system. Our review focuses on the function and the underlying mechanisms of Astragalus membranaceus in lifespan extension, anti-vascular aging, anti-brain aging, and anti-cancer effects, based on experimental and clinical studies.
A Review of Recent Research Progress on the Astragalus Genus: [ Crude extracts of Astragalus, as well as isolated constituents showed anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, antioxidative, anti-cancer, antidiabetic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and antiviral activities. ] Astragalus L., is one of the largest genuses of flowering plants in the Leguminosae family. Roots of A. membranaceus Bge. var. mongholicus (Bge.) Hsiao, A. membranaceus (Fisch.) Bge. and its processed products are listed in the China Pharmacopeia for qi deficiency syndrome treatment. However, more and more researches on other species of Astragalus have been conducted recently. We summarize the recent researches of Astragalus species in phytochemistry and pharmacology. More than 200 constituents, including saponins and flavonoids, obtained from 46 species of Astragalus genus were collected for this article. In pharmacological studies, crude extracts of Astragalus, as well as isolated constituents showed anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, antioxidative, anti-cancer, antidiabetic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and antiviral activities. The goal of this article is to provide an overview of chemical and pharmacological studies on the Astragalus species over the last 10 years, which could be of value to new drug or food supplement research and development.
Astragalus membranaceus Extract Activates Immune Response in Macrophages via Heparanase: [ AME may increase the release of immune response mediator and cell migration via HPA to activate immune response in macrophages. ] Astragalus membranaceus (AM), a traditional Chinese medicinal herb, has immunoregulatory properties in many diseases. We investigated the effects and mechanism of Astragalus membranaceus extract (AME) in the macrophage migration and immune response mediator release. The viability of Ana-1 macrophages treated with AME was evaluated by the MTT method. The secretion and mRNA levels of IL-1b and TNF-a were measured by ELISA and RT-PCR, respectively. Macrophage migration was assayed by transwell assay. The activity of heparanase (HPA) was determined by a heparin-degrading enzyme assay. Our results didnt show any toxicity of AME in macrophages. AME increased the activity of HPA, cell migration, mRNA levels and secretion of IL-1b and TNF-a in macrophages. Pretreatment with anti-HPA antibody reduced cell migration, secretion of IL-1b and TNF-a did not change the mRNA levels of IL-1b and TNF-a significantly in AME-treated macrophages. This suggests that AME may increase the release of immune response mediator and cell migration via HPA to activate immune response in macrophages.
Astragalus Polysaccharide Suppresses 6-Hydroxydopamine-Induced Neurotoxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans: [ Protective effect of astragalan against 6-OHDA neurotoxicity, from alleviation of oxidative stress. ] Astragalus membranaceus is a medicinal plant traditionally used in China for a variety of conditions, including inflammatory and neural diseases. Astragalus polysaccharides are shown to reduce the adverse effect of levodopa which is used to treat Parkinsons disease (PD). Together, our results demonstrate that the protective effect of astragalan against 6-OHDA neurotoxicity is likely due to the alleviation of oxidative stress and regulation of apoptosis pathway and cholinergic system and thus provide an important insight into the therapeutic potential of Astragalus polysaccharide in neurodegeneration.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous): Astragalus comes to us from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it is first mentioned in Shen Nung Ben Cao Jing, a 2000- year-old classic as Huang Qi. Huang Qi means yellow leader and astragalus is considered a most important tonic. Traditional uses include lethargy, colds, flu, appetite (lack of), stomach ulcers, and deficiencies of chi (namely, general weakness and fatigue). Other Chinese uses include diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and water retention.
The Extracts of Astragalus membranaceus Inhibit Melanogenesis through the ERK Signaling Pathway: Melanin is a normal production protecting skin from environment-causing damage. Plants produce some agents in response to their environment. These agents could be applied in cosmetic production. Some Chinese herbals have immunomodulatory activities and modulate the symptoms of several diseases. Melanogenesis represents a complex group of conditions that are thought to be mediated through a complex network of regulatory processes. Previously, some studies found that the extracts of Astragalus membranaceus (PG2) regulated immunity and supported hematopoiesis. Herein, we want to determine the molecular mechanisms by which PG2 inhibits melanogenesis in B16F10 melanoma cells. The cellular melanin contents and expression of melanogenesis-related protein, including microphthalmia associated transcription factor (MITF) and tyrosinase were significantly reduced after PG2 treatment. Moreover, PG2 increased phosphorylation of ERK, without affecting phosphorylation of p38. These results suggested that PG2 as a new target in reducing hyperpigmentation through the ERK signal pathway. PG2 has potential for cosmetic usage in the future.
Anticancer activity of Astragalus polysaccharide in human non-small cell lung cancer cells: [ APS has a significant antitumor activity in human lung cancer cells A549 and NCI-H358. NF-kB inhibition may mediate the antitumor effect. ] We have reported that Chinese herbs Astragalus polysaccharide (APS) can inhibit nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kB) activity during the development of diabetic nephropathy in mice. NF-kB plays important roles in genesis, growth, development and metastasis of cancer. NF-kB is also involved in the development of treatment resistance in tumors. Here we investigated the antitumor activity of APS in human non-small cell lung cells (A549 and NCI-H358) and the related mechanisms of action.
Astragalus saponins induce growth inhibition and apoptosis in human colon cancer cells and tumor xenograft: Astragalus memebranaceus is used as immunomodulating agent in treating immunodeficiency diseases and to alleviate the adverse effects of chemotherapeutic drugs. In recent years, it has been proposed that Astragalus may possess anti-tumorigenic potential in certain cancer cell types. In this study, the anti-carcinogenic effects of Astragalus saponin extract were investigated in HT-29 human colon cancer cells and tumor xenograft. These results indicate that AST could be an effective chemotherapeutic agent in colon cancer treatment, which might also be used as an adjuvant in combination with other orthodox chemotherapeutic drugs to re- duce the side effects of the latter compounds.
Antiviral, embryo toxic and cytotoxic activities of Astragalus membranaceus root extract: Antiviral activity of Astragalus membranaceus aqueous and methanol root extracts was determined against Avian influenza H9 virus. Two concentrations (400 and 200ug/mL) of methanol extract showed cytotoxicity. It was concluded that aqueous and methanol roots extracts of A. membranaceus have antiviral activity and concentrations which were safe may be used for treatment of Avian influenza H9 virus infections.
Astragalus Capsule: 3000 mg of Astragalus extract per capsule, and 200 capsules in each bottle. Supports and maintains Cardiovascular Health. Supports healthy Immune Function and healthy Aging Astragalus root (huang qi) has been used as a popular herbal tonic in Asia for many centuries.
Premium Quality: Natures Answer Alcohol Free Astragalus Root Fluid Extract is a concentrated herbal extract made from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus. It offers tremendous benefits of 2000 mg of dried root per serving. Pro-Tips: Put extract into skin cream formulations.
Astragalus root is Guyang County in Inner Mongolia, a basin on Mongolian Plateau. It’s an excellent heat-accumulating original place which cultivates high quality astragalus membranaceus. Also, abundant sunlight and rainfall at the same period of a year help formation of astragalus polysaccharides, astragaloside, isoflavones and other trace elements in astragalus membranaceus. For herb tea: Astragalus root tea is a popular herbal tea. 15g for a cup of tea. It will be better to steep it in boiling water with red dates to make a cup of nutritious tea.Packed tightly with a labeled resealable bag. Pro-Tips: Make your own extract using the roots in the SwissMixIt system. Put root cuttings into jar of oil and turn on the SwissMixIt system.
SwissMixIt Launching Soon: Micro Botanical Oil Extractor and formulation system (SwissMixIt), using the most advanced induction mixing technology. From farm to table, this oil extractor is perfect for full spectrum hemp and other nutraceutical and essential oil botanicals. Patented silent solid state technology allows touchless extraction and mixing, in the same dispenser, for topical use. Buy organic botanical material, (including hemp, moringa, gooseberry, oregano, etc.), grind, put in dispenser/extractor to process, and you have a finished project ready to use in a standard Mason jar and dispenser pump. This is perfect for organic botanical powder which cannot be otherwise easily extracted because it is in powder format, which is hard to contain. The powder and Chlorophyll (green bitter pigment) do not go through the high filtration system. This is a method of in-situ extraction using a solid state touchless mixer using magnetic induction.
SwissMixIt: The system gives you a DIY solution to make essential oils, creams, soaps, craft vinegar, fermentation, and a host of other solutions which you make yourself to insure quality and authenticated ingredients.
Home use unit $449 USD: What’s in the box: Induction mixing base (US power cord 110V), extraction jar with pump dispenser, oil filtration unit (in-situ as part of the pump dispenser).
How It Works: Using a carrier oil (most vegetable oils work), touchless induction mixing and time, the oil in the botanical is pulled out and is attracted to the carrier oil. As a topical oil, this is the holy grail of extraction since it is simultaneously mixed with the oil as it can be applied to the skin in the same container with dispenser pump. For oregano oil (considered a hot oil), we recommend the bottom of the feet. For Amla (Gooseberry) we recommend anywhere on the skin. For hemp, topically on the body for aches and pains.
What’s in the Box:
Induction Mixing Base (110V single phase USA plug)
Mason Jar with Dispenser
In-situ Filtration System
Link to website for operation, use, sample botanicals, carrier oils, applications
Link to how to start an extraction business
Can I use this to produce commercial topical products ? Yes. This is perfect for DIY small business extractions. You can mix then put into standard Mason jars with dispensers which you can buy from Amazon. We will offer a DIY plans and Amazon links kit shortly.
Is this better than commercial processing ? Yes. From farm to table, you control the extraction, without any unknown processing. If you are buying hemp, buy from a reputable farmer, and confirm they are on the state registered grower list. Request a COA (Certificate of Analysis) to confirm it’s legal, and has all the components for a good quality oil extract. Buy a dried product. If you purchase a wet or freshly harvested product, you’re buying 50 percent water weight. Buy the material by the pound. Do not buy based on a points system or other confusing redirects. You should be able to buy quality hemp for $30 or less per pound (we’ve seen it as low as $2/lb). You’ll find groups trying to sell smokable hemp for up to $100 a pound. Buy fresh, or a properly dried hemp flower product from last fall. Do not buy any product from the prior year harvest unless it was properly dried and stored and comes with certification (COA).
How efficient is the carrier oil extraction process ? The process varies depending on mixing rate and time, but expect around 80 percent or higher. This method produces a full spectrum high quality craft oil. The best part of a in-situ extraction is that the consumer gets the entire product, and it only gets better with time. 100 percent of the botanical and extract are in the same Mason jar container, which is also the extraction and pump dispenser device. The magnetic touchless induction base mixer reduces oil infusion time from weeks to a few hours or less.
Why can commercial ethanol hemp processing be bad ? The problem with fly-by-night ethanol processors is that you don’t know what you’re getting. Ethanol processing can be a sketchy processing method. Many unreputable ethanol processors use charcoal filters to filter out chlorophyll (green color and bitter taste). Unfortunately, this also filters out the primary healthy medicinals (CB D) from the hemp, which renders the medicinal effects of hemp virtually useless and hoodwinking the consumer.
Can the stainless steel filter be reused ? The food-grade stainless steel filtration element can be put in a dishwasher (or ultrasonic cleaner) and reused. The standard filter element used for topical use, should be clean after each use.
Do you offer discounts for volume purchases for those who want to make a business or resell products ? Yes. Please contact us for details.
What sizes of Mason jars are there ? Standard Mason jars come in 8 oz, 12 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz. sizes. You can then sub-divide the extract solution into small 1 oz bottles for retail sales.
Can this be used for other antioxidant botanicals ? Yes. We actually recommend Oregano, Amla (Gooseberry) and other similar botanicals rich in antioxidants, and which are considered superfoods. You can grow herbs yourself (dry and grind), or purchase certified botanicals in dried format (grind prior use), or purchase organic and certified powder.
Can I use this for saponification and making liquid soap ? Yes. The benefits are mixing the solution in a pump dispensor Mason jar. You must not re-use the container for any food products. As an added benefit, you can mix in botanicals, including black tea, which has been shown to have an effect on Covid-19 (when ingested which would only effect mouth and throat – not lungs). “We reviewed the antiviral activities of two polyphenols derived from tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) from green tea and theaflavins from black tea. Both green tea and black tea polyphenols have been reported to exhibit antiviral activities against various viruses, especially positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses. Theaflavins (TFs) are another class of polyphenols found in abundance in black tea… and are being researched for their bioactive properties and are known for their broad-spectrum biological properties, like anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-bacterial properties. After extensive studies on these polyphenols regarding their specificity, activity, bioavailability and safety, there can be considerations on their use in treatment of viral infections including COVID-19.”
Can I use this for making craft or artisanal vinegar and fermentation ? Yes. With the optional fermentation kit and air pump, you can make craft vinegars. Vinegar is a liquid of acetic acid with trace ingredients including flavoring. Typically produced by the fermentation of ethanol or sugars (with the help of yeast) by acetic acid bacteria. Types of vinegar are made depending on source ingredients. This first step usually results in a alcoholic product like beer, wine, and mead. The second step turns those into vinegar with the help of acetic acid bacteria, and gives vinegar its sour flavor. Slow fermentation can take months, or even years to finish. However you can reduce this time to a matter of hours by pumping in oxygen into the solution which promote faster fermentation. This is done with the Cosmetpod by replacing the pump device with a simple air pump (same as used with aquariums). The ingenious Cosmetpod stainless steel filter can also be used to breakup pumped air into thousands of small air injectors, which increase fermentation in the Mason jar solution. The stainless steel filter element can be used both for filtering and oxygen injection. Best of all, the same Mason jar platform can be used to extract antioxidants and then use those with vinegar to make a truly revolutionary food product, with even more nutritional benefits.
Can I use this for making artisan sourdough bread and proofing yeast ? Yes. With the optional fermentation kit and air pump, you can use this to rapidly rise yeast.
Montreux Cosmetics is now developing a collagen enhancing skin cream formula, which not only improves your skin appearance, but actually helps to bolster antioxidant activity to revitalize your skin. All skin creams are made within one week of your order. Backed with science, this new formula helps to tighten your skin naturally, and help reduce wrinkles to provide a more youthful appearance, while building skin protection.
Montreux Cosmetics uses eco friendly water extraction in some of its processing of botanicals. The SDR X hydrodynamic process involves short burst UV light and heat energy which (when used correctly) sanitizes the solution in-situ.
When used as part of a GMP SOP, this process can be used as a biocide.
This method of touch-free extraction provides a quality sanitized product to the consumer, while retaining the full spectrum characteristics of the botanicals.
Less processing means a better quality product for the end-user. Many cosmetic companies need to add ingredients to their formulas, since their heavy processing removes those quality vitamins or polyphenols, which was in the botanical plant material from the start.
Our processing retains those valuable nutrients, so we don’t need additives.
Montreux Cosmetics has developed a one-step touch-free extraction process using its market-proven 10L Infinity Supercritical CO2 Extraction system.
Supercritical CO2 extraction sanitizes the botanicals in-situ. With its one-step extraction, that allows the processor to produce a full spectrum quality hemp oil extraction, the craft extract can be bottled directly from the machine (mixing with carrier oil) into a bottle and ready for sale.
This provides a touch-free, sanitized product to the consumer.
Establishing a daily routine gives your body a the best dose of strength to provide a vibrant appearance and attitude.
Morning Beverage: Mix together green tea and black tea. Then add in 1/4 teaspoon of Amla powder. Instead of tossing the used teabags, rub them over your hands first, and wring out the moisture and nutrients. Antioxidants work on the inside, and topically on your skin.
Exercise: A body that is in motion increases blood flow, a healthy heart, bone density, and other factors that increase your immune system and ability to ward off the effects of sickness and environmental damage. Ever notice how fit people just look better ?
Late Afternoon Beverage: Mix together green tea and black tea. Then add in 1/4 teaspoon of Amla powder.
Providing your body with a simple daily regime gets your appearance off to a great start.
We cite science with all our products, so you can see the interaction and results.
Whole Body Wellness
Montreux Cosmetics is reinventing the cosmetics and whole body wellness industry, by combining appearance with nutrition and internal wellness.
Your skin and appearance are a touchstone of your whole body health. That begins with nutrition.
For example, in America, if you eat dairy, there’s a good chance you’ll get acne. Instead of trying to cover up the symptoms, why not eliminate the problem ?
In some cases (such as age and external factors like sunshine), your skin will take a weathering. For those cases, we are offering solutions to help mitigate environmental and time factors.
There’s no free pass in life, and we’re trying to give you solutions to approach appearance and whole body health. If you put in the work, you will be amazed.
Most things that are processed, have less effectiveness. That’s why we’re developing methods to deliver botanical solutions with minimal processing. We want to bring the healthiest product to your skin, and provide you with the science of why it works.
While corporate greed and misinformation are rampant, we’ll do our best to back up our products with a commitment to your health first. We’ll show you the science behind our formulations, so you know some thought has been put into products that you will bring into your life.
Protect against external factors. While you can’t control everything, you can do small things to bolster your health and appearance.
Premature wrinkles. The biggest factors to prematurely age your skin are exposure to sunshine, drinking, and smoking. Dehydration and depletion of Vitamin A causes wrinkles and irritation to the eyes.
Air filter. If you live in a city, consider a quality air filtration system.
Water filter. Distill and filter your water at home.
Enhance factors which you can control, such as sleep and a healthy whole food plant based diet.
Education. Read up on how your body works. Knowledge is empowerment.
Science. Lots of studies have been done on most things that make your body fail. We’ll try to provide scientific study results (unbiased) that back up our skin treatment products, as well as nutrition to make your whole self, healthy.
Montreux Cosmetics is now developing a luxury line of fragrances, mixed and matched to your body DNA. This matrix will be a proprietary blend of organic terpenes, such as organically produced Tahitian vanilla, and other botanicals. Fragrances will include products such as perfumes, body spray, and other illusionary aerosols to tempt the imagination and senses.
Montreux Cosmetics in cooperation with Infinity Supercritical is developing a touch-free botanical extraction dispenser, which allows you to enjoy the benefits of farm-to-table botanical oil extraction at home. The unique product allows you to put in raw botanicals and extracts into a common dispenser. There is a touch-free mixer to enhance the liquid as well as extraction of oil. The first product will be a rich antioxidant skin anti-aging formula, with Black Seed and Gooseberry (off the charts antioxidant). Mixed with a carrier oil, this collagen enhancing topical skin formula not only rejuvenates the skin, but moisturizes at the same time.
Mono’i and coconut oil blend. The fresh smell of gardenias with Tahitian overtones from the South Pacific. Development of pure organic oil blends and skin care products. These botanicals promote procollagen production that inhibits a matrix of skin issues. These extracts work effectively in therapeutic and cosmetic applications, through the control of collagen metabolism to not only improve your skin appearance, but also promote anti-aging.