Acerola is the fruit of a shrub indigenous to South America, Florida and the Caribbean. It looks like a small cherry. Its flesh is brick red when ripe and it has a very pleasant taste.
Acerola contains particularly high vitamin C levels. It also contains flavonoids, many trace elements such as iron, calcium and phosphorus, but also vitamins A and B. It is traditionally used to combat transient fatigue, in particular during the winter. The vitamin C that it contains stimulates the body's natural defences.
A number of studies have demonstrated the protective, antioxidant and anti-ageing role of acerola.
Aloe vera is indigenous to North Africa and was introduced to America. Crops have recently begun to flourish in the subtropical states of the United States (Florida, Texas, Arizona).
Aloe vera contains two usable parts: latex (yellow sap) and pulp (aloe gel). The gel consists mainly of water, amino acids, polysaccharides such as acemannan, and secondarily sterols, lipids and enzymes. Aloe vera helps reinforce the body's natural defences, thus enabling it to combat everyday aggressions (stress, transient fatigue, unbalanced diet).
Thanks to the many digestive enzymes that it contains, aloe vera enables better digestion. Its bitter yellow sap, obtained from the outer part of the leaves, is an intestinal tonic, able to regulate sluggish transit.
Originally an Eastern plant, anise is not widely cultivated in Europe. It greenish-grey fruit develops a flavour similar to that of dill, fennel or caraway.
Because it contains a specific substance, anethol, anise is ewll-known for promoting digestive work and for fighting against gas and bloating.
Anise has a beneficial effect on digestive spasms.
The argan tree is endemic to South-Western Morocco. It is a woody and spiny tree that can grow to a height of 8 to 10 m and live for 150 to 200 years. Argan oil is extracted from its fruit, the kernel, a green berry.
The skin benefits of argan oil are due to two important elements: vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helping to combat ageing, and unsaponifiables, equivalent to avocado oil, that play a restructuring role.
Applied topically, argan oil is naturally rich in essential fatty acids, that contribute to maintain the skin's barrier function and moisture.
Argan oil is applied to soften and protect the skin and to nourish the hair, without rendering the skin greasy. This oil is recommended by internal route for the diet of persons wishing to keep a healthy heart and arteries.
Ash is a large tree with a very deep taproot. It can be found in temperate European regions. It prefers deep, cool, clay soils.
Ash is known to facilitate the body's excretory functions, thanks to its draining properties (leaves) mediated by mannitol. It contributes to urinary comfort.
Ash bark was used as a tonic and as an appetiser plant. It is reputed for its ability to soothe painful joints. It also facilitates digestion.