Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How it looked like a 16th century Italian pharmacy where the herbal remedies were normally sold.

For centuries Italian alchemists and herbalists have relied on the healing properties of natural plants and flowers to heal dry skin and to ameliorate the effects of aging. It is an age-old practice that perhaps hasn’t been improved on.

Smoothens, helps enhance appearance of skin


Softens the appearance of skin

Mild antiseptic properties; take bath for urinary tract infection, prevents and clears skin impurities and blemishes. Deodorizes and protects from dehydration and hard water, improves elasticity and maintains firm, soft and clear skin. Responds well to inhalations. 

Skin conditioner


Popular in Europe as a scalp treatment. Applies to improve hair strength, shine and body, help reverse scalp conditions such as dandruff and combat hair loss It is also very effective in promoting the renewal of healthy skin cells, giving you a luminous glow immediately.

Topical skin conditioner firms, internally supports vein health

Skin conditioner, nourishes, hydrates and protects from drying effects of hard water, heals dry and flaky skin, increases elasticity.

Smoothens and tones appearance of skin

Topically helps soothe skin; Soothes irritations and helps strengthen capillaries fragility, diminish redness, improve circulation while hydrating and preventing premature formation of fine lines.

Traditionally used to prevent age spots and skin discoloration.

Natural cleanser, emollient

EUCALYPTUS: Natural essential oil for cleansing and deodorizing

Emollient, conditioner, ease bruises and speed wound healing, wide range of healing powder

Delays loss of elasticity giving an immediate fresh and luminous appearance. Geranium is also good for irritated skin such as eczema and dermatitis. Regulate hormonal imbalances treating all hormone related disorders. Female essence helps with menopausal problems, hot flashes, etc.

Helps blood flow more easily

Skin conditioner

Helps strengthen capillary cells and reduce fluid leakage helps maintain water balance

Emollient, moisturizer

Stimulates, helps relieve muscle tension

Used as an anti-inflammatory, fades scars, eczema, burns, rashes, severely dry skin, dark spots, chapped lips, stretch marks, wrinkles, and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis. Studies have shown it to reduce the effects of UV damage on the skin.

Soothes irritations, and clarifies the skin, balances, tones, clarifies combination and sensitive skin with blemishes, prevents dehydrations while refreshing and revitalizing the skin

Brightens appearance of skin

Calms, soothes

Enhance appearance of skin; Linden calms irritations and reduces visible puffiness, improving the appearance of dark circles under eyes

Treats conditions of the hair and scalp

Antiseptic, astringent and deodorant properties

Skin conditioner; Mallow is soothing, hydrating and toning, revitalizes dull and relaxed skin, maintains an even and regular skin tone .

Used to cure wounds and burns, diminish scar tissues, and act as an antibody to prevent the proliferation of bacteria. It is also a great anti-inflammatory. As a key sunscreen ingredient, it protects skin, preventing dehydration, helps repair sun damage and improve elasticity. Powerful antimitotic (anti-fungal) that helps eliminate and prevent white spots caused by bacteria present in sand, pools and daily environments.

Highly hydrating and toning with anti-oxidant effects. Soothes irritation, refines pores and restores a clear and luminous complexion. Regeneration of skin cell, helps reverse existing skin damage.



Improves blood circulation, producing a positive effect on circulatory system. It also makes capillaries and veins stronger.

Used to treat eczema

Soothing, mild astringent and anti-inflammatory. Reduces redness due to capillary fragility, refines skin texture and counteracts the damaging effect of tap water. Minimizes fine lines and helps fade skin discoloration.

Topical moisturizer, internal antioxidant, purifies clogged pores and refines skin texture

Refreshes and clarifies giving a smooth, firm, and younger skin tone. Helpful in calming irritated condition of rosacea and dissolve fatty deposits under the skin.

Conditions, softens


Nutrient, emollient

Aromatic agent

Great soothing properties, heals burns, sunburns and calms different kinds of irritations and allergic reactions. Regenerated damaged skin cells, increases skin elasticity while revitalizing mature skin and preventing dehydration.

Emollient, lubricant; renowned for the emollient, nourishing, calming, refreshing qualities and for the total absence of irritant effects

Skin protectant

Moisturizer, protects skin

Anti-inflammatory, purifying, one of the lightest and least drawing clays, especially suitable for sensitive, dry and mature skin types, and for children.

The information provided on this site is for education purposes only and is not intended to assess, diagnose or prescribed for any medical condition. Always seek the counsel of a qualified health care practitioner for concerns

By combining those ancient recipes with the most innovative cosmetics development techniques and womens expertise in beauty,Erbe has created an innovative multi-use curative line of products for the care of the face based on the authentic Italian beauty cult ure tips, designed for all skin types, to target specific problems and perform many important functions, contributing to the health and beauty of the skin.

Carmen Miraglia,owner and founder of Erbe can proudly state;“Since 1988,my work has been the testimony of an ancient tradition of Italian Herbalism in the U.S. From a dream of quality, herbs and alchemy came a business.” 

Ms Carmen Miraglia-Erbe founder 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So excited to be at BOOTH 201, Nov 8-10th, Spa and Salon Show, Hickory NC!

The authentic Italian beauty culture with its exclusive skin and body care lines will be at BOOTH 201, Nov 8-10th, Spa and Salon Show, Hickory NC; when you come by the booth tell us you saw this on linkedin, twitter or FB and receive a free gift

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Entering inside a 15th century Italian baronal castle we get new inspiration for our next skin care line

“Since 1988,my work has been the testimony of an ancient tradition of Italian Herbalism in the U.S.”. “From a dream of quality, herbs and alchemy came a business.” - 

Ms Carmen Miraglia-Erbe founder 

Ms Carmen Miraglia was born in the Southern Italy and lives in Rome.As Erbe founder she answers an interesting question;

What was the catalyst for you to start your company?

“My work is the testimony of an ancient tradition of Italian Herbalism.From a dream of quality, herbs and alchemy came a business. Born into a centuries old tradition I refined my knowledge studying herbs and their therapeutical benefits for the health and beauty, with herbalist monks in the Italian country side.This allowed me to discover and access a vast library of information and philosophy of the Authentic Italian Beauty Culture, with all its history, practices and work of herbalist monks and physicians from the 15th century. Part inherited part collected, I accumulate a considerable knowledge and methods of the phyto/aroma cosmetics, improving and optimizing classic formulations, combining science with nature to make the world’s finest cosmetics and perfumes. After spending several years working in the family pharmacy, where each cream was made of fresh fruits, essential oils and herbs with no preservatives that expired after two to three weeks. I remember as a young girl in the summer my aunts making me creams out of fresh herbs and fruits and how amazing that was every summer. I expanded into making custom cosmetics for some of Italy’s leading families. These custom cosmetics caused a sensation, being that each product was custom blended specifically for each client’s skin type. Of course all was done on a small scale and before I dedicate my entire time in developing ERBE, I collaborate part time as a product developer for some of Europe’s most prestigious cosmetic companies, I found myself frustrated with the synthetic nature of the products I was developing under request, so I decided to do what my ancestors have been doing for centuries and put it in packages and sell it on a larger scale.”

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Italian soap makers at work

This is the type of cosmetics  production culture we have been committed to exporting in the U.S. for decades 

The techniques of preparation of scented oils by maceration of flowers, herbs and spices in vegetable oils has remained largely the same over the centuries, until the development of the process of distilling the essence which  allowed to replace at least part of the long process of maceration, giving also aromatic
oils therapeutic efficacy and safety of use unknown before.

The therapeutic properties of the essential oils in pharmacology are also the foundation of their special and profound action in dermo-cosmetics.
That branch of aromatherapy known as  aroma cosmetic uses the power of penetration through the tissues of the essences to establish beauty treatments that are not limited to the surface of the skin, but to be correct in a stable cells renewal process.

The antiseptic power of the essences is active, not only for lesions, wounds and sores, even for a general time-disinfectant action to rid the skin of microinfection that cause pimples, eczema, rashes, etc..
Essential oils perform the function of stimulating the exhausted tissues, promote cell renewal and maintain constant the level of purification.
The best results are obtained with blends of essential oils that work in synergy with  oils or creams or emulsions.

The most recent research has developed dermo-cosmetic functional products based on specific essences for various treatments that integrate the therapeutic aspect-base with the aesthetic.
More practically, the plants can be considered as a laboratory containing many chemicals, extractable in different ways depending on the method used. From each of these methods it is possible to obtain a final product with specific requirements and characteristics, with specific therapeutic indications. The extractive techniques applied to material of vegetable nature, are employed as well as for obtaining the pure active principle, removing unwanted components from the plants.
Aromacosmetics are based on the therapeutic action of extracted herbs and flowers and essentials oils.
The sources and quality of the row natural ingredients play a primary role, harvest must occur in season and in the (balsamic time) when the plants offer the most of their therapeutic properties

 How essential oils are treated in the Italian monasteries? 

Parts of the fresh plant are placed in an airtight container and covered with almond oil or other base oils for 30 days

After this period the oil is filtered and transferred into another container and skips to the pressing plant mixed with oil that contains most of the functional substances in the plant itself. Two more days of resting, then a second screening and other purifying processes occur  before the oil, filtered and pure, is ready for distillation.

Essential oils are obtained by steam distillation. The pressurized steam is introduced into the lower part of the distiller and passes through the plant parts or oil to vaporize the volatile oils contained in them.  It is a method that applies to most of the aromatic plants and exploits the physical properties of essences, in particular their volatility.It is to separate the essential oil from the plant origin using a jet of water vapor, which invests plant tissues and "carries" the essence. From the process you get two final products: the distillate and the aromatic water. This is the water that comes from the condensation of the same steam, scented by a small fraction of essence dissolved in it.

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