Use the powdered extract at 0.5% in your cool down phase after dissolving or add the liquid extract at 2 to 10% (or the suggested suppliers' usage rate) in the cool down phase. (The liquid extract appears to be a hydrosol mixed with the extract, but check your supplier for information).
Honeysuckle extract is reported to have all kinds of wonderful properties - anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-irritant, and anti-bacterial. It can help exfoliate your skin, and may help with eczema and psoriasis. How does it do all these wonderful things? Why with vitamins, polyphenols, catechins, tannins, and glycosides!
Considered to have some of the highest levels of polyphenols in all the extracts, honeysuckle is considered an excellent anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory, up there with green tea extract, aloe vera, and chamomile. It contains a lot of Vitamin C, always a welcome addition to any creation as it is a good anti-oxidant and chelating ingredient, as well as a possible stimulator of the synthesis of collagen in our skin.
Honeysuckle contains quercetin, a great anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral ingredient, and rutin, a better anti-oxidant, that works well for UV protection and circulation. Caffeic acid is a very good anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal ingredient, that may protect skin after sun exposure.
Where honeysuckle shines is with the chlorogenic acid - up to 10% of the powdered honeysuckle extract can be composed of this polyphenol - which offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, as well as acting as a good anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Honeysuckle contains epigallocatechingallate, which you might remember from green tea extract. EGCg seems to be a wonder ingredient. It is an anti-inflammatory that provides protection from photo-damage. One study showed it could inhibit an essential bacterial enzyme by binding to it, thereby behaving as an anti-bacterial. Another, albeit small, study showed EGCg s effective against tooth decay! It is a very powerful anti-oxidant, up to 200 times more powerful than Vitamin E in in vitro studies.
Apigenin is another fantastic feature of honeysuckle extract. It is a very very powerful anti-oxidant that offers anti-inflammatory and exfoliating features to our products.
Take a second to compare these two molecules. The only difference is the extra -OH on the top right molecule. Just one little -OH can make all the difference!
Luteolin is another great component of this extract. It is considering a very soothing ingredient, a very powerful anti-inflammatory on par with some good pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories. It is also an anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger.
To sum up - honeysuckle extract is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient, one of the best, with great free radical scavenging and chelating abilities. It offers good during and after sun exposure qualities and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. In short, if you've got reddened or irritated skin, honeysuckle may be the extract for you!
As with all botanical extracts, try it before using it in everything you make as some people can be sensitive to it.
Join me tomorrow for fun formulating with honeysuckle!