Sophora Japonica, also known as the Pagoda tree, is one of the super ingredients with which I Coloniali has achieved excellent results with molecular cosmetics. This includes its Mattifying & Pureness face care line. Its extract has powerful soothing and anti-ageing effects, ensuring a double benefit for all those women who have to combat oily skin on a daily basis.
Sophora Japonica: healing properties
The cosmetics industry has been showing a growing interest in Sophora Japonica since it was discovered that the extract of the tree’s flowers has anti-irritant, antioxidant and anti-ageing properties.
When analysing the traditional pharmaceutical preparations containing this herb, the anti-ageing properties were discovered. The cosmetics industry has therefore started to introduce them into skin care products. For the same reasons, there has recently been a growing interest in the use of formulations based on Sophora Japonica leaves.
As the extract of Sophora Japonica flowers is a source of antioxidants it is useful for fighting free radicals. Its high mineral, amino acid and flavonoid content helps to nourish the skin and stimulates its regeneration so preventing wrinkles.
In medicine, the high sophorin and tannin content make it an invaluable as a hypotensive agent.
The main bioactive constituents of the extract of Sophora Japonica flowers are the flavonoids. Rutin and sophorose form another significant compound with high bioactivity, which can cure many inflammatory conditions. In addition, it also possesses astringent and antioxidant properties.
Research has shown that extracts of the fruit of the Pagoda tree help the blood to clot. In addition, the ethanol extract made from the flower buds has a powerful antibacterial action against many strains harmful to humans.
Sophora Japonica: history and symbolism
In the most ancient of times Sophora Japonica was also used to indicate the presence of Buddhist monks’ graves. The tree also had some negative connotations, as it was believed to be inhabited by demons. Sophora acquired this unfortunate spiritual association because of its link with the legend of the death of Chongzhen Emperor, a descendant of the Ming dynasty. The emperor hanged himself from a Pagoda tree when he lost his palace during the revolution of 1644.
The Sophora Japonica tree has some edible parts and is often used in traditional Chinese medicine as a cooling herb and to stop bleeding. All parts of this tree, including the shoots, are used as medicinal remedies throughout Asia, with a higher prevalence in Japan and Korea.
The benefits of the Sophora Japonica go beyond the medicinal ones. The seeds of the Pagoda tree are also used as a dye, because of its yellow tincture, whilst its seeds and fruits are a source of sophoricoside and rutin, which are members of the flavonoid family. Its bark was ideal for shipbuilding, furniture and agricultural tools. Thanks to its large size and its rapid growth, the tree is still used in gardens and parks to obtain shaded spaces.
The Sophora Japonica’s charms have inspired many artists; there are poems and paintings dedicated to its enchanting appearance.