Reseach team comes up with cosmetics made of invasive plants

Reseach team comes up with cosmetics made of invasive plants


Warm weather makes it perfect for flowers
to bloom, but it’s also a peak time for weeds to grow as well. As invasive plants cause various environmental
and health problems… researchers in Korea has come up with a constructive way to deal
with the issue. Cho Sungmin introduces to us how the team
turns them into something useful. The buffalo-weed and daisy fleabane are among
some of the invasive species that are disrupting Korea’s ecosystem. The buffalo weed is known for containing pollen
that triggers seasonal allergies and rhinitis,…while the daisy fleabane boasts fast growth speed
that hinders indigenous plants to thrive. “Daisy fleabanes are not fussy about soil…so
they are everywhere. There are probably more of them here than
any other plant. They also prevent some crops from growing.” Due to these reasons, the use of artificial
herbicides has been increasing by the year, posing health and environmental concerns. To tackle this, a domestic research team has
developed nine cosmetic products that use these two plants as the main ingredients. The research team says the cosmetics are made
based on polyphenol, extracted from the plants. Polyphenols are natural chemicals that help
prevent skin-aging and hypertension. And according to studies, the buffalo weed
and daisy fleabane contain more than two times the amount of polyphenol than blueberries. The team’s plan is to export the products
to ten countries including China and Japan after patent registrations are completed. Researchers also plant to study other invasive
species to find ways to turn them into commercial and useful products. Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.

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