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Pasque Flower

  • Scientific Name : Pulsatilla pratensis
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Helps alleviate psoriasis. Has antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties.
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Papaya

  • Scientific Name : Carica papaya
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  • Component : Juice from unripe papaya is mainly papain, mix of proteinases, lipases and phosphateses. Also has polyketide alkaloids like carpane, glucosinolates, saponins and ficin.
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Helps reduce signs of scars. Has anti-ulcerative, antimicrobial and antihelminthic properties.
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Peanut

  • Scientific Name : Arachis hypogaea
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Helps to alleviate dermatitis. Has anti-inflammation properties. Cares for skin.
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Peelu tree

  • Scientific Name : Salvadora persica
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Known for healing properties in ayurveda
    Has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Astringent.
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Peppermint
  • Scientific Name : Mentha piperita
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Known for healing properties in ayurveda
    Has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
    Astringent
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Periwinkle
  • Scientific Name : Vinca minor
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has anti-inflammation properties
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Peruvian Balsam
  • Scientific Name : Myroxylon balsamum
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  • Component : Benzyl benzoate and benzyl cinnomoate (50-75% by weight). Resins consiste of cinnamic ester polymers make up 20-30%. Volatile oils (nerolidol).
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Helps alleviate wounds and burns.
    Has antiseptic and antiparasitic properties.
  • Reported Precautions : Can cause allergic reactions, photosensitivity and photo toxicity. Risk of renal failure with topical use. 
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Pitcher Plant
  • Scientific Name : Sarracenia purpurea
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antibacterial properties.
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Psyllium

  • Scientific Name : Plantago ovata
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antibacterial properties.
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Pineapple

  • Scientific Name : Ananas comusus
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  • Component : Made of five cysteine proteinases like bromelain. Fibrinolytic and proteolytic activity. 
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Helps alleviate wounds and burns. Has anti-inflammatory and antineoplastic properties.
  • Reported Precautions : Can cause skin irritation on contact. 
  • Common Applications : General skin care products. 
Pomegranate
  • Scientific Name : Punica granatum
  • History : Used in ancient Egypt for inflammation of the skin and joints.
  • Component : Active compounds may contain more potent antioxidant mixture than grapeseed. 25-28% tannins (punicalagin) polyphenols (ellagic acid, ascorbic acid, niacin, potassium, piperidine alkaloids and phytoestrogens. 
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Astringent. Known to have photoprotection for UBV.
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Poplar

  • Scientific Name : Populus species
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  • Component : Active compounds are salicylic acid glycosides and esters like salicin and populin. Flavonoids like propolis and chrysin, zinc lignans and volatileoil caryophyllene.
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Poplar leaf buds helps to alleviate wounds, burns. Has antiphlogistic, antibacterial, analgesic properties.
  • Reported Precautions : Not recommended for people allergic to salicylates, pervian balsam and propolis. Can cause allergies and irritation.
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Poke

  • Scientific Name : Phytolacca americana
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antifungal properties.
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Poria

  • Scientific Name : Poria cocos aka fu ling
  • History : Used in Chinese medicine
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Prickly Pear

  • Scientific Name : Opuntia streptacantha
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  • Component : Composed of mucilages with mucopolysaccarides, sucrose, lignans and fruit acids.
  • Benefits/Characteristics : Juice of prickly pear soothes wounds, burns and dermatitis.
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  • Common Applications : Many topical formulations.

Purple Gromwell

  • Scientific Name : Lithospermum erytrorhizon
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antibacterial properties. Helps alleviate inflammation of the skin.
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Purple Loosestrive

  • Scientific Name : Lythrum salicaria
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  • Benefits/Characteristics : Has anti-inflammation properties.
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    Pumpkin

    • Scientific Name : Cucurbita pepo
    • History : Used for folkmedicine 
    • Component : Active compounds include fatty oils (50% of weight), linoleic acid (55% of fatty oils), oleic acid (25%). Rich in gamma-tocopherol, carotenoids (lutein), sterols, and amino acid curcuritin which is antihelminthic active. 
    • Benefits/Characteristics : Has antiphologistic, antioxidant and antihelminthic properties.
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    • Common Applications : Chemical peels