Beauty Glossary G – Garlic to Ginkgo and Ginseng

Health and Beauty terms and meanings beginning with G. This section covers beauty glossary terms ranging from garlic to ginkgo and ginseng to green tea

Beauty Glossary (G) terms & meanings from garlic to green tea

Beauty Glossary G - Garlic Uses and BenefitsGarlic … is fantastic as an anti-microbial. It fights bacteria, viruses and alimentary parasites.

  • Garlic oil is used to counteract lung infections such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, recurrent colds and influenza.
  • It is also useful in fighting infections and aids in digestion, respiration and cardio-vascular functions.
  • In addition it can help lower both blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
  • Garlics actions include: anti-microbial, diaphoretic, cholagogue, hypotensive, anti-spasmodic.

Geranium … A mild astringent with antiseptic properties; promotes healing.

Ginkgo … Ginkgo is also known as maidenhair. It increases moisture retention in the upper layers of the skin, and soothes irritation in sensitive skins.

  • Its actions include: anti-inflammatory, vasoddilatory, relaxant, digestive bitter, uterine stimulant.
  • Traditionally known as an anti-microbial and anti-tubercular agent, new research has shown a profound activity on brain function and cerebral circulation. Clinically it is proving effective in a range of vascular disorders.
  • Ginkgo is available in a number of different forms and has been suggested for the following conditions:
  • Vertigo, tinnitus, inner ear disturbances including partial deafness, impairment of memory, concentration, anxiety, insufficient circulation, depression and dementia.

Ginseng … Considered to be a tonic. Believed to be nourishing due to its vitamin and hormone content. It is taken orally and is also felt to have energy boosting capabilities.

Glycerin … Used in moisturizers due to its water binding capabilities.

Glycolic Acid … Glycolic acid is found in young plants and green fruits.

  • The acid helps reduce the build up of excess dead skin cells.
  • Mainly derived from sugar cane juice, it is also used to adjust the pH in products.

Glycolic Peel … Used to help peel or exfoliate the skin, making it appear more youthful.

Golden Seal … Herb used as a mild antiseptic

Grape Seed Oil … Has moisturizing and nourishing properties due to its high linoleic acid content.

Beauty Glossary G - Grape Seed ExtractGrape Seed Extract … An excellent anti-oxidant and rich source of proanthocyanidins, a flavenoid type molecule that protects capillary walls and inhibits enzymes that break down collagen and elastin.

  • Grape Seed extract helps Vitamin C enter the body’s cells, strengthening the cell membranes and protecting the cells from oxidative damage.
  • Research has shown that proanthocyanidins (bioflavonoids) serve as an anti-inflammatory, antihistamines, antiallergenicand as major free radical scavengers.
  • The proanthocyandins possess up to 50 times stronger antioxidant activity than Vitamin C and E, Beta-Carotene or Selenium.
  • Proanthocyanidins also help promote tissue elasticity, help heal injuries, reduce swelling and edema, restore collagen and improve peripheral circulation.
  • Proanthocyanidins also prevent bruising, strengthen weak blood vessels, protect against atherosclerosis and reduce histamine production

Green TeaJapanese Green Tea contains two active groups of chemicals known as…

  • xanthines – ingredients that suppress inflammation and irritation and reduce cellulite
  • polyphenols – or catechins which contain powerful antioxidant properties, that are 20 times stronger than Vitamin E.

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