If you are a fan of old western movies, you are certain to see cowboys wrangling up a bottle of Sarsaparilla in the saloon. Maybe you have tried the Rootbeer style soda for yourself. If so, you would love Sarsaparilla brewed as a tea. The plant grows in the southern US and in Central and South America. The perennial vine is covered with thorns and red berries and expands up to 160 feet. Every part of the plant has been used for centuries for beverages and snacks.
For skincare its anti-fungal, anti-microbial and antibacterial agents cleanse the skin of impurities, strengthen tissue and assist our skin in protecting itself from external pathogens. Sarsaparilla is rich with actives such as Steroidal Saponins, antioxidants like Quercetin and Flavonoids with Ferulic Acid that protects our skin from irritants and early aging while promoting rapid wound recovery. Those with acne prone skin benefit from its ability to fight the bacteria responsible for blemishes.
Sarsaparilla is a fantastic anti-inflammatory agent that addresses chronic skin conditions, rashes and itching. Studies show that Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis respond positively to the minerals naturally found in the plant that include Copper, Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Vitamins A and E. These phytonutrients firm, tone and slow down the aging process. Sarsaparilla contains fatty acids that make it perfect for moisturizing and combating the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. It is gentle enough to use on delicate under eye tissue and everywhere else on the body. You will see Sarsaparilla in our Men's Skin Care products launching this March.
A tonic of the plant has been used for centuries by Native American medicine men for purifying the blood and for cases of impotence. In South American countries it is used as a kidney and liver cleanser, for headaches, colds and flu relief, fever, and digestive complaints. Today, it is favored among herbalists as an antioxidant-rich, detoxifying agent that is used to bind to the impurities in our bloodstream and flush them out. It is also used for a low libido, joint and muscle pain, allergies and headaches. The best variety for blood purification and inflammation is from Jamaica. At Sweet Life Spa, we craft 39 Apothecary Botanical Solar Oils for our Organic Skincare. Jamaican Sarsaparilla is included in the following products for purchase online at SweetLifeSpa.com
Botanical Body Oil
Sarsaparilla is the perfect addition to our Botanical Body Oil and is quite difficult to find elsewhere on the market, especially of this quality. Men love the Sweet Orange, Frankincense and Vanilla Bean scent of our after shower body oil and the 24 hour relief from dry skin our Botanical Body Oil provides. Our long lasting body oil is light and not greasy on your skin. It is exceptional for Eczema and Psoriasis and those with sensitive skin, scars and sagging skin. It absorbs quickly infusing your dermal layers with healing herbs, petals and roots instead of just sitting on the skin's surface. Organic Rooibos Tea, Lemon Balm. Papaya Leaf and Elderflowers give your skin a radiant glow and brighten for a youthful appearance.
Organic "Sweet Relief" Burn Serum
Our "Sweet Relief" Burn Serum contains Sarsaparilla and numerous other Botanical Solar Oils such as Nettle, Marshmallow and Horsetail to the strengthen skin, hydrate and ease the intensity of any type of burn including sunburns, kitchen burns and those suffered by radiation treatments. There is be a separate blog with photos on the amazing success my husband had during 33 radiation treatments using this serum made specifically for him. We also recommend our "Sweet Relief" Burn Spray to take with you for use immediately after treatment if you or a loved are dealing with cancer. Our heart goes out to you!
"Sweet Relief" Arnica Massage Oil
Every good spa skin care line needs an effective massage oil for use by the couple, to take to a professional massage or to simply massage into any place you have overworked muscles and joints for hours of pain relief that lasts for hours. The wonderful scent of Arnica and Helichrysum Petals, Citrus Peel and Rosewood relaxes the body and mind for a true spa experience at home. This oil was the brainchild of our founder who suffers with chronic pain on a daily basis. She has been incorporating German Arnica Montana into her pain management for 15 years. Our generous 4 ounce bottle will provide dozens of applications and contains no synthetics or menthol, which can irritate the skin.