There is a saying in Japan describing the grace of a beautiful woman: “Sitting like a peony, walking like a lily.” The sumptuous blossom is referred to as the “Queen of Flowers” for its luxurious beauty. Peony symbolizes romance and longevity, and offer superior nourishing properties.

Science

Peony extract is valued for the Paeoniflorin active, which has an anti-oxidant effect similar to Vitamin E. The botanical prevents lipid peroxidation in the epidermal cells for healthy skin. Its extract has been used medicinally for centuries to boost microcirculation, treat inflammation and relieve pain.

History

Peony is referenced in TATCHA’s inspiration book for its powerful microcirculation-boosting properties. It was recorded as an essential extract in the Materia Medica during the Han Dynasty (2nd century B.C.E.). It is listed in over 30 formulas in the Shang Han Lun, a classic text of early Chinese medicine.

Provenance

Paeonia albiflora, native to northern China, blossoms in late spring and is prized for its medicinal properties.

Did you Know?

Peony is named for the Greek mythological healer, Paean, a student of Asclepius and a physician to the gods.