Fresh Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)
Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a native of the arid desert regions of Northern Africa. However, it grows wild in dry areas of Southern Europe, West Africa and West Asia, too.
It is part of the lily family, and it is related to onions and garlic.
Greeks and Romans used it to cure the pain of toothache and it was cultivated as early as 200 B.C.
The Indian species is called 'shatavari' in Ayurvedic medicine, meaning 'she who possesses a thousand husbands,' as it is believed to have a powerful effect on the female reproductive system.
Its phallic shape gave rise to the belief in its aphrodisiac qualities.
It contains asparagine, a compound capable of breaking down tissue waste, readying it for elimination.
Asparagus also contains rutin, a compound that helps to prevent the rupture of small blood vessels. Its enzymic qualities are excellent for use on the skin.
We use it fresh, blended directly into products.
In our Ayesha Fresh Face Mask, we use asparagus to gently benefit the skin with its high nutritional content.