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Get to know the plants from which the principal active ingredients of the Natura Ekos line come. Plants with scents, colors and textures from the forests, plains and woods of Brazil.



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A giant tree native to the Amazon, the Andiroba can grow up to 130 meters (over 350 feet) tall. Its bark, leaves and oil from its seeds are used in popular medicine to prevent worms and to lower fevers. Candles made with Andiroba are excellent insect repellents. Cosmetics: Andiroba oil's emollient properties leave the skin smooth and silky.
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A palm tree typical of the savanna (Cerrado), the burity is frequently used by the people of the backlands. Medicinal remedies are made from its roots. Its trunk makes houses and fences, while the fronds are used for roofing. Oil is extracted from its pulp which is also used to make sweet conserves and cosmetics. Rich in fatty acids, burity oil has emollient properties that are excellent for the skin.
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The cacao bush originally came from the Amazon, but has been cultivated in the coastal state of Bahia for over three hundred years. So precious that in colonial times its seeds were used as currency, a more common use is for making chocolate, which when drunk is considered by many peoples to be a "gift from the gods". It is used in popular medicine for burns, as well as chapped and dry lips and skin. Cosmetics: cacao butter has highly emollient properties, and is used to moisturize the body, face, lips and hair.
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A plant originally from Europe, camomile adapted well to Brazil and is now commonly found. One of the world's most popular aromatic herbs, camomile tea has been recommended by grandmothers since time immemorial for pre-menstrual tension, and as a tranquilizer and natural sedative. Cosmetics: used all over the world in beauty products, principally to lighten hair color, as well as to soften and bring back luster. Rich in oil essences, extract of camomile is used in various kinds of cosmetics as an anti-allergy agent.
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A native of the Amazon, the brazil nut tree can live for a thousand years and reach heights of 50 meters (150 feet). Seriously threatened with extinction, it is now protected by law, and its felling is a punishable offense. For many hundreds of years indigenous peoples have used the brazil nut as an important food item. Its medicinal properties include selenium, an important antioxidant. An infusion made from its shell is used to treat liver complaints, and the liquid found inside the pulp is used to treat hepatitis. Cosmetics: its oil has emollient, moisturizing and lubricant qualities.
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A tree found on the limits between Amazon forest and Cerrado savanna, its fruit is used in juices, conserves and candy. Butter from its pulp alleviates burns. A paste is made from its nuts similar to that from cacau, used to make chocolate and cocoa butter. Cosmetics: copuassu butter is an excellent moisturizer, helping to restore the skin's suppleness.
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Originally from the Amazon basin, Guarana has been used for its medicinal properties since long before the arrival of the Portuguese. It contains caffeine, a vasodilator, and tannin, used to regulate the intestines. Guarana's properties as an energy tonic and mental stimulant are scientifically proven. Cosmetics: its astringent and toning properties give a sensation of vigor during and after bathing.
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A bush found in the plateau regions of the South and Southeast regions of Brazil, the yellow flowers of the wild camomile are used to stuff pillows to prevent respiratory allergies. An infusion made from its flowers and leaves has a calming effect and is used to treat digestive problems. Cosmetics: extract of camomile holds flavonoids and oil essences that act in an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic manner, protecting the scalp.
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A climbing plant with large flowers, the passion fruit comes from the Atlantic Rain Forest. Its fruit, rich in vitamins, mineral salts and fiber is used to make sweet conserves and juices. It has calming and sedative properties. Cosmetics: oil from the passion fruit has fatty acids which help to form a fine protective layer over the skin, leaving it soft and silky.
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Found in the Atlantic Rain Forest, the Indians drank an infusion of this plant as a stimulant and to suppress the appetite. It was also used in bathing as a natural beautifier for skin and hair. Cosmetics: Rich in tannin and a powerful astringent, mate-verde (green-tea) leaves the skin feeling fresh and soft. Applied topically, the steeped herb is used in exfoliation.
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Originally also from the Atlantic Rain Forest, the pitanga is a small tree with a small red fruit used to make conserves, jam and juices. Tea made from its leaves is used to treat throat infections. Cosmetics: extract of pitanga, with its astringent qualities, helps control oily hair, and its wealth of vitamins restores the hair's vitality.
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