Product: Horse Chestnut Seed Powder
Latin Name: Aesculus hippocastanum syn. Aesculus asplenifolia, Aesculus castanea, Aesculus memmingeri, Aesculus procera, Hippocastanum vulgare.
Plant Family: Sapindaceae
Other Names: Horse-Chestnut, Chestnut Tree, Bark Bongay, Buckeye, Conker Tree, Konker Tree, Aescin, Aescine, Châtaignier des Chevaux, Chestnut, Escine, Faux-Châtaignier, Marron European, Marronnier des Chevaux, Venostasin Retard & Venostat.
Description: Horse chestnut is a deciduous tree, native to the Balkans, western Asia and the Himalayas; it has been introduced and now grows in much of the temperate world. It reaches a height of 35 metres. The leaves are opposite and palmate with 5-7 lobes with pointed tips and serrated edges. The flowers are white, sometimes pink, with 4-5 petals, they grow together in panicles. The fruits most often referred to as conkers dark-brown, glossy with creamy-brown ends, housed inside a green spiny husk.
Unprocessed (raw) Horse Chestnut Seed, leaf, bark and flower are toxic to due to the presence of esculin, alkaloid saponins and glucosides. Do not consume this product in its raw state.
A decoction or infusion of the herb powder can be added to lotions and salves for tired and aching legs. Powdered horse chestnut can also be used to wash silk and woollen fabrics, it will clean the fabric due to the natural saponins and also help brighten the fabric as well.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.