Lesser celandine’s yellow flowers start opening in March! Recognisable by its shiny, heart-shaped, green leaves and its numerous star-like flowers, lesser celandine also flourishes underground thanks to its root system. Its vegetative reproduction allows it to spread quickly, to form sometimes dense carpets at the foot of trees on the forest edge. Its secret? Tubers (modified roots) which are particularly active, mainly thanks to the saponosides they contain. And it is these same molecules that explain why lesser celandine is listed in the French Pharmacopoeia as a remedy for venous insufficiency.
In Touraine and Anjou, between the end of flowering and the death of the leaves (late April to late May), lesser celandine tubers intended for Laboratories Yves Rocher are hand picked using small tools. In fact, this is when bulblets achieve optimal maturity. Of course, not all of the roots are taken! That way, the plant retains enough tubers to resume growth and colonise the site once more.
Lesser celandine is a pioneer: it has been used by Yves Rocher in a decongesting ointment since 1959! In addition to being recognised for improving venous tonus, lesser celandine root extract has since proven its effectiveness in stimulating in vitro angiogenesis, the mechanism of forming new vessels constituting the blood and lymphatic networks. This botanical active ingredient thus helps stimulate cutaneous microcirculation. Because of these exceptional virtues, Laboratoires Yves Rocher uses lesser celandine in their SOS Heavy Legs care product as well as for their skincare products. Lesser celandine helps combat redness by activating cutaneous microcirculation!