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Philosophia Botanica was established in Cape Town by Chinese Medicine practitioner Francesca Canzano-Franklin, and was born from a moment of inspiration and from her passion for well-being, plants, herbal remedies, aromatherapy and anything natural and botanical!
Inspired by the Cape indigenous flora, the wilderness of the African plants and botanical oils, the magnificent nature surrounding the Atlantic ocean as well as our Founder's passion for eastern therapies, wellness, beauty and therapeutic treatments, she wrote a list of everything she needed to follow such a path and the Philosophia Botanica range was born with products and rituals inspired by a fusion of African botanicals and eastern traditional techniques.
Philosophia Botanica is sourced from a variety of ecological sources around Africa. Each source promotes traditional plant-based knowledge, represents an inspiring story of organic agriculture, sustainability, economic upliftment, and wherever possible the preservation of botanical culture. We strongly believe in supporting sustainable agriculture; especially within Africa so that we can contribute to local economic development for generations to come.
We also believe that botanical treasures like essential oils and flower essences can have a significant positive influence on our mental, physical and soul wellness as well as on the economic health of small communities throughout the world.
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Welcome to Philosophia Botanica.
Francesca Franklin x
Now more than ever, self-care and skincare seem to go hand in hand! Face Gua Sha (pronounced Gwa Sha) is the original form of at home self-care! Traditionally it is a technique used in traditional Chinese Medicine in which a tool, usually made from Jade ( or Rose Quartz, or a Bian stone) is scraped across the skin to redirect energy flow, in order to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and stimulate the lymphatic system to promote healing in the body.
Face Gua Sha on the contrary helps to decongest the skin and improves blood flow and circulation, as well as assisting in clearing sinus congestion, prevent acne, dark skin pigmentation and puffiness or dark circles under the eyes.
Our stones, APHRODITE© + GODDESS© + ADONIS© have been professionally designed by Francesca Canzano-Franklin, Founder & Master Trainer at Philosophia Botanica. Every angle, every indentation, every curve, have been designed with YOU in mind! Designed to assist the lymphatic drainage to de-puff your face, shaped to assist in melting facial muscle's tension, designed to tone, lift and sculpt! And above all, to beautifully flow through your face.
Jade Nephrite stone has a natural composition that transmits heat and promotes circulation. Energetically, it helps balance the body and mind. It removes toxins, rebinds skeletal and muscular systems, and improves the flow of Qi (life force).
Rose Quartz is the stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. The perfect self-love stone!
Bian was first found in ancient China as one the first medical application tools and is said to be the ‘Ancestor of Gua Sha’. Bian stone contains more than 40 trace elements and minerals, over half of these trace elements and minerals are said to have anti-aging properties.
Copper is an essential element for skin health and immune health. It also detoxifies by drawing out acidity in the skin.
Made with high grade Rose Quartz, Bian, Copper (and soon Jade Nephrite)
Bespoke + Copyright © Gua Sha designed by Philosophia Botanica
Designed with different angles and curves to tone, sculpt, lift the facial muscles
Design to assist in reducing the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and fine lines
Ethically Made Product
Vegan & Cruelty-Free
HOW TO USE:
Using gentle pressure, begin massaging from the neck upwards and from the center of the face move outwards towards the mandible, the cheeks, under the eyes, and on the forehead. Use 10-15 minutes daily
To help our bespoke Gua Sha stones glide across the skin with ease, smooth a few drops on clean skin with one of our facial oils
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