Sigesbeckia orientalis L. (Eastern St. Paul´s wort) - an exotic plant of growing significance in the cosmetics industry and with a high therapeutic potential
Agnieszka Drożak, Ewa Skrzypczak-Pietraszek, Halina Ekiert
Katedra i Zakład Botaniki Farmaceutycznej, Wydział Farmaceutyczny, Collegium Medicum, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
The paper presents a brief botanical characteristic of the exotic species Sigesbeckia orientalis L. (Asteraceae) gaining more and more importance on the cosmetic market in Europe, including Poland. The chemical composition of the plant and composition-related broad cosmetic applications have been described. This information has been enriched with numerous examples of cosmetic preparations available on the Polish market. The biological activity and potential healing applications of the species have been characterized. Attention was also paid to the position of Sigesbeckia orientalis in traditional and modern Chinese medicine. In addition, another use of this species has been indicated - non-invasive soil detoxication. The aim of the article is to present a basic information about Sigesbeckia orientalis in the environment of cosmetologists and pharmacists.
Key words: Eastern St. Paul´s wort, botanical characteristic, chemical composition, cosmetic applications, potential therapeutic use, traditional and modern Chinese medicine, soil detoxication