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  • Using Willowherb in Cream/Lotion Formulation?

    Posted by spadirect on March 9, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    What has been your experience using willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract) in any type of formulation?  Is it easy to use in formulations?

    Some suppliers’ marketing materials suggest that willowherb has skin soothing, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties.

    Any suggestions, comments, opinions or discussion concerning the use of the botanical willowherb in formulations is greatly appreciated.


    Pharma replied 4 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • OldPerry

    March 9, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    In my opinion, if you are using standard humectants, occlusive agents, and emollients you will see no benefit from using willowherb. This is a “claims” ingredient that helps tell a story but doesn’t have a consumer noticeable effect.

  • Pharma

    March 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Traditionally, willowherb is used for different ailments such as prostate hyperplasia but there’s nothing in there which would back up any of these. Some antibacterial constituents have been found/isolated but there are probably more plants containing something which shows a somewhat activity in vitro than there are plants which really contain zip.

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