Living up to 150 years old, the Beech tree is nicknamed “tree of eternal youth”. Its buds, harvested once a year, are rich in regenerating actives.
Beech trees are common in Europe and Western Asia but have fallen into disuse in herbalism until the rise of gemmotherapy, an area of phytotherapy that uses buds and young shoots of trees and shrubs.
From the tree bark, once used in pharmacy, could be extracted a creosote syrup, used to disinfect respiratory tracks.
Its acorn-shaped fruits are edible and are a source of oil.
Its buds are harvested over a very short and precise period of time (1 to 2 weeks) when they are particularly rich in phytostimulines, plant hormones stimulating the blooming and growing of the buds.
The buds are harvested on the lowest branches so the tree further development is not slowed down.
Discovered by Dr. Henry, a homeopathic doctor from Brussels passionated about alchemy, beech buds harbor growth hormones gifted with stimulating properties on the cellular metabolism and allowing the bud to shift from its dormant state to full bloom.
This could explain the potential action of the buds against cell aging, specially within the endocrine system.
Beech bud extract also has a draining effect on the lymphatic system, and is often used in cosmetics to fight against cellulite and water retention.
But the more spectacular results are with no doubt its rejuvenating and smoothing effect on the skin by stimulating the renewal of the upper layers of the epidermis.
And like all plant buds, beech buds offer an antiaging action thanks to its protein-rich composition and plant growth hormones.