Plant and Herbs

Gromwell (Lithospermum erythrorhizon) root extract for Skin

Gromwell (Lithospermum erythrorhizon) root extract has extensive traditional history, dating to China’s Ming dynasty, and has been used for its skin benefits and utilization as a natural fabric dye.

Naphthoquinones, including shikonin, have been identified as the major bioactive phytochemicals and contribute to Gromwell’s unique colour and odour. GR and shikonin possess health benefits including repression of hepatic lipogenesis through AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPKα) regulation, neuro- and cardioprotective effects, treatment for autoimmune diseases, chemotherapeutic, glucose metabolism, and antimicrobial activity.

What are the benefits of using Gromwell root extract for skin?

  • It reduces inflammation, improves stratum corneum hydration, and increases ceramide production in people with atopic dermatitis.
  • Gromwell root extract designed for lip and skin applications, or in combination with avobenzone can provide potential broad-spectrum protection from the sun and can thus prevent oxidative stress and aging.
  • It improves moisturization, restores barrier function, and promotes wound healing.
  • Gromwell root has been used historically to treat eruptive skin lesions like psoriasis, measles, smallpox, eczema, dermatitis, and hives.

Who all can use Gromwell root extract?

Gromwell root extract should be suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and skin of colour, but do make sure to conduct a test patch to see if you are allergic to this extract.