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The use of herbs for cosmetic purposes throughout the world
Dennis R.A. Mans
Anton de Kom University of Suriname
Submission date: June 30, 2017
Publication date: July 30, 2017
Human beings have used plants, plant constituents, herbal preparations, and finished herbal products for centuries and for a variety of purposes, among others as foods; for clothing and shelter; as medicinal agents; as stimulants, narcotics, and hallucinogens; to prepare poisonous arrow- and spearheads for warfare and hunting; and as dyes, aromatics, and cosmetics. The latter use dates back to ancient times, and virtually all civilizations have extensively used herbs to enhance appearance and attractiveness, increase virility and fertility, prolong life and delay aging, enhance mental performance, improve hygiene, and preserve general health.
Herbal cosmetics are considered highly effective in beauty treatments with few side effects, and the demand for these products is growing all over the world. A few well-known examples are preparations based on Aloe vera, avocado, almond, henna, sandalwood, saffron, neem, and lavender. These products have been fairly well investigated with regards to their pharmacologically active principle(s) and safety. Various societies throughout the world use many other herbal cosmetics that are less known but are now, due to increasing globalization, rapidly finding their way to mainstream markets.
The Journal of Clinical and Medical Investigations wishes to dedicate a special issue to herbal cosmetics that are traditionally used in various parts of the world and that have the potential to penetrate world markets. Topics that would fit the special include:
- the use of herbal cosmetics by traditional peoples (for instance, those of South America, Africa, Australia, and North America)
- the use of herbal cosmetics in association with traditional medicinal systems (for instance with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Indian Ayurveda, or Indonesian Jamu)
- the production of herbal cosmetics
- the chemical composition of herbal cosmetics
- pharmacological effects of herbal cosmetics
- possible side- or undesired effects of herbal cosmetics
- the market for herbal cosmetics (for instance, the world market or that of Europe, North America, etc.)
- the use of herbal cosmetics to enhance appearance and attractiveness
- the use of herbal products to increase virility and fertility
- the use of herbal products to prolong life and delay aging
- the use of herbal products to enhance mental performance
- the use of herbal products to improve hygiene
- the use of herbal products preserve general health
In addition to this brief list of possible topics, we welcome submissions addressing other aspects of herbal cosmetics. We welcome research articles, research reports and research reviews. Articles for this special issue should be submitted by June 30, 2017. The manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines and the format of the journal.
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