For centuries, people in the north have used herbs for various reasons. Herbs are a common term for several plant species, but mainly plants used for food, flavorings, medicines, or perfumes.
Botanically, it is plants that produce a stem that is not persistent, and which reproduce by seed and die back after the end of the growing season. At Prosana, we have included relevant Nordic herbs as key ingredients in several of the products. The Nordic herbs used in different formulations are well documented and contribute to the uniqueness of the formulation.
We have focused on Nordic herbs since we believe that the herbs you find in the Nordic region are well suited for the population living in this part of the world. Natural ingredients without additives and pesticides suits also well in preserving the environment.
Here are some of the herbs we have used in our products:
Roseroot is a Nordic herb acting as an adaptogen, helps to stimulate nervous system. Helps organism to adapt for emotional stress, physical effort, has beneficial effect in fatigue and headaches induced by stress & beneficial for the sleep difficulties.
Rhodiola rosea grows in cold regions of the world, including much of the Arctic, the mountains of Central Asia, scattered in eastern North America and mountainous parts of Europe. It grows on sea cliffs and on mountains at high altitude. In Russia and Scandinavia, R. rosea has been used for centuries to cope with the cold Siberian climate and stressful life. It is also used to increase physical endurance and resistance to high-altitude sickness, but the scientific evidence for such benefits is weak. The plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called hóng jǐng tiān.
Rose hip is a Nordic herb that helps maintain joint mobility. Rose hip contributes to enduring strength of joints.
The Roman naturalist Pliny attributed the name dog rose to a belief that the plant’s root could cure the bite of a mad dog. It is known to have been used to treat the bite of rabid dogs in the 18th and 19th century. The flesh (shells) of rose hips from dog roses contain high levels of antioxidants, mainly polyphenols and vitamin C /ascorbic acid, as well as carotenoids and vitamins B and E along with natural sugars, organic acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, phenolics, and essential oil, making them excellent for consumption.
Horsetail is a Nordic herb for skin health – improves skin, hair, and nail condition.
The plant is widespread in the northern hemisphere, growing as far as 83° North in North America and 71° North in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia and as far south as Texas, India, and Iran. It is less widespread in the southern hemisphere, but it occurs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Madagascar, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. The plant contains several substances that can be used medicinally. It is rich in silicon (10%), potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus, phytosterols, dietary fiber, vitamins A, E and C, tannins, alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, glycosides and caffeic acid phenolic ester promotes hair growth and strengthening.