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Horse Chestnut

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Aesculus hippocastanum

 

 

 

The Horse Chestnut tree grows in Europe, Asia and the USA and the seeds, leaves and bark have traditionally been used in folk medicine.

 

The seed of the Horse Chestnut tree is antioxidant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and contains the component known as aescin, a saponin which helps to absorb UV rays. It is believed to be useful in anti-inflammatory and anti-wrinkle treatments.

 

Horse Chestnut contains toxic substances, and for this reason the herb is usually taken via commercially-produced fluid extracts or tinctures which have been properly processed. It should not be used where the skin is broken or ulcerated.

 

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