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
Garlic … 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.
Grape 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 Tea … Japanese 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.