Wild Orchise - A Rare and Exotic MC2 Experience

MC2 Orchise Serum – Is a rare skin treatment interpretation that uses the particular health promoting flavonoid properties from the wild and the spotted orchid. Extracts from several orchid species together are moisturizing, hydrating, UV protective, anit-oxidative (fighting free radicals), skin immunity boosting and highly anti-wrinkle.  Since its antioxidative, astringent and smoothing properties, Orchise can increase tone while minimizing oxidative stress and delivering a soothing aesthetic. This family of antioxidative species can have up to four times greater that vitamin E and C.

Delicate, exotic and graceful. An elevated description of orchids. These highly prized flowers are acknowledged as a symbol of beauty, refinement and love. Often utilized as a fragrance in products, the use of orchids has branched out into skin care, hair care and even color cosmetics as the demand for natural ingredients is constantly increasing. Surprisingly, orchids are an ideal ingredient for personal care products; they have been used in Asia for centuries, mostly for their reparative and protective properties.

Spotted orchids have tuberous roots full of a highly nutritious starch-like substance called Bassorin. Spotted Orchids, so named because of the characteristic coloring of its leaves, contain orchicyanin I, orchicyanin II and cyanin, all of which belong to a group of plant pigments called anthocyanins. These anthocyanins are part of the plant’s protective mechanism as anthocyanins are synthesized in response to environmental stressors such as UV radiation, temperature extremes, drought, disease and pollution. Anthocyanins are also part of a larger group of phytochemicals called flavonoids, which are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Certain flavonoids including anthocyanin pigments have Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)-scavenging abilities up to four times greater than vitamins E and C.2

They have been used in Asia for centuries, mostly for their reparative and protective properties. Extracts of Orchis maculata were still prescribed in Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century as a treatment for tuberculosis.

Very common throughout Europe, the spotted orchid, Orchis maculata, can be found growing in a variety of habitats from woodlands and meadows to marshes and alongside lakes and rivers. The abundance of spotted orchids was advantageous, since they were held in great repute in herbal medicine, being largely employed as a strengthening and soothing agent.

As a matter of fact, extracts of Orchis maculata were still prescribed in Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century as a treatment for tuberculosis. Spotted orchids have tuberous roots full of a highly nutritious starch-like substance called Bassorin. The roots are dried and ground and made into a drink called salep. Known for its nutritive, expectorant and astringent properties, salep originated in the Middle East, India and parts of China. Salep has been used as a very nutritious diet for children and convalescents; one ounce of salep is said to be enough to sustain a person for recovery. For this reason, it was particularly popular in Europe during the Middle Ages until the beginning of the twentieth century when its popularity faded.

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