Podcast 18. Botanical Skin Care

Discover how a skin balm shifted the tides of war over 2000 years ago and what it can teach us about skin repair and rejuvenation.

Show notes:

:27 Story of silk washers

5:51 Moral of the story

6:35 History of research on Huang Qi (Astragalus) skin care

7:20 Pharmacology of Huang Qi (Astragalus)

11:44 Quality of botanical skincare

13:15 How to make Huang Qi (Astragalus) facial cream

14:29 When to use Huang Qi (Astragalus) cream

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2 thoughts on “Podcast 18. Botanical Skin Care

  1. Hi I am really interested in the Huang Qi cream, but a few questions if I might…
    So I boil the same huang qi slices 3 times and combine the liquid at the end before mixing with alcohol? What volume of liquid to alcohol? (I have 96% ethanol) So after 24hrs I boil again before mixing with a carrier oil; after this treatment will the water / alcohol solution readily mix with a carrier oil? I would normally expect it to split.

    Thanks & regards.
    Mark.

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    • Hi,

      So I boil the same huang qi slices 3 times and combine the liquid at the end before mixing with alcohol?
      —yes

      What volume of liquid to alcohol? (I have 96% ethanol)
      —96% is great. For home made small amount, you could skip it.

      So after 24hrs I boil again before mixing with a carrier oil;
      —After 24 hours, there will be precipitate. Filter it. Keep the liquid. Build the liquid down to paste-like semi-liquid.

      after this treatment will the water / alcohol solution readily mix with a carrier oil?
      —Depends on how thick the final liquid you have from the last step. I would use glycerin and/or vaseline for home-make.

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