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Horse Chestnut tree Aesculus hyppocastanum
Place of origin: FranceThis tall tree is indigenous to the Balkans and not India as its French name might suggest. It was brought from Constantinople and introduced into France in 1615. The name Horse Chestnut came about as the Turks used to feed chestnuts to their horses. Its bark is extremely useful in phytotherapy, as it is highly effective in treating blood circulation disorders. For a long time now, Horse Chestnut flour has been utilized cosmetically to give the skin extra radiance. The pulp is also used for making soap. Horse Chestnut extract is one of the ingredients in Clarins exclusive "Anti-Pollution" Complex.