Evening Primrose – Freshly pressed and produced exclusively for our line, this California-made oil reduces inflammation with its vast essential fatty acid profile, while it aids in reducing the appearance of fine lines and scarring.
German Chamomile – This azulene-rich plant is a cooling relief to red or irritated skin of any kind. It is a potent anti-inflammatory that provides soothing, gentle regeneration. This plant often gets confused with Blue Tansy, sometimes referred to as Moroccan Chamomile, but German Chamomile is actually much gentler and soothing to the skin and poses less opportunity for reactivity.
Baical Skullcap – As lovers of herbal medicine, this is by far the most potent anti-inflammatory that we have found. It has a strong antihistamine-like effect and supports the skin to work through reactivity with ease. This vibrant yellow root is also specific to allergic reactions and supports skin that often flares up in response to food and environments.
Helichrysum – Freshly distilled in the Pacific Northwest, this little yellow flower is as gentle as it is potent. It strengthens tissues and supports healthy cellular activity; reduces the appearance of scars and broken capillaries. This plant is a true healer, and a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Lemon Balm – This nutrient-rich green leaf, also known as Melissa, is high in delicate antioxidants that work swiftly to reduce free radical damage. It is specific to mending and soothing inflamed and problematic skin, and it also has a lymph and immune system affinity that has a regulatory effect. This plant speaks directly to the name of this Serum, Unburden, because its Rosmarinic Acid content can have a reduction and positive effect in lymphedema.
**This serum also contains plants that have been studied for their ability to support our skin against UV damage, such as Red Raspberry Seed, Cranberry Seed, and Jojoba.**
Full Ingredient List: Jojoba Oil˚, Evening Primrose Oil˚, Pomegranate Oil˚, Almond Oil˚, Rosehip Fruit + Seed Oil˚, Borage Seed Oil˚, Olive Oil˚, Red Raspberry Seed Oil˚, Chia Seed Oil˚, Tamanu Oil˚, Cranberry Seed Oil˚, Sea Buckthorn Fruit + Seed Oil˚, Rosemary Extract˚; House Made Whole Plant Extracts of Baical Skullcap˚, Licorice Root˚, Marshmallow Root˚, Calendula˚, Astragalus˚, Chamomile˚, Gotu Kola˚, Comfrey˚, Lavender˚, Nettle˚; Essential Oils of Helichrysum˚, Myrrh˚, Lemon Balm˚, Roman Chamomile˚, German Chamomile˚
˚organically grown ingredient
Put 3-5 drops onto fingertips and press onto clean face and neck. Apply Elixir first for hydration, followed by Serum and then Balm. This product works as a treatment serum, a moisturizer, and it strengthens your skin’s response to the sun.
Use within 6 months of opening and by the recommended use-by date, which is found on the bottom of the bottle.
Science: Our lymph system is an intricate network of tissues, vessels, and fluid that has many tasks. One task that is closely associated with skin health is it rids the body of metabolic waste, commonly referred to as ‘toxins’. The lymph system can easily get stagnant when health or diet is poor, if we are stressed, or we experience a lack of physical (or even emotional or spiritual) movement. Even just with normal aging, the lymph system can become more burdened, stagnant and slowed down. When lymph is not flowing smoothly and ridding the body of waste effortlessly, this shows up as dull, lifeless skin that functions poorly and can contribute to secondary symptoms such as acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation.
Essential Oils as Medicine: There is so much controversy in the industry today over essential oils, and whether or not they should be utilized in skin care. The truth is that essential oils are misused. They are one of the most potent medicines that herbalists have in their arsenal, but most herbalists would never recommend how they are being used today: undiluted, improper concentrations, ingested, etc.
Our products are quite different. We use essential oils with great care and caution, and they are a part of the plant medicine that makes our formulas so effective. The total percentage of essential oils in our Unburden Serum is .25% (one quarter of one percent). This is considered a ‘micro-dose’ and does not have a negative impact on the skin’s barrier or the microbiome. In fact, we find that all our products that contain microdosed essential oils have a positive effect on both.
Ritual: I believe in the power of lymph for beautiful skin and do what I can to support its functioning. The Unburden Serum is a product that supports and stimulates lymph functioning quite significantly, in a slow and steady kind of way. I use this product in conjunction with warm towel compressing as well as gentle and slow face massage; in particular with Gua Sha tools or Jade Roller tools which also help to give our lymph a gentle nudge. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an incredibly valuable type of massage that many of our partnering estheticians are trained and skilled in. I highly recommend this type of facial massage for a new approach to healthy aging and skin wellness.