Lingonberry essential oil is a key unique ingredient in Ageless La Cure organic certified Extreme Hydrating Cream which has been rated "Excellent Moisturizer," the highest score, by the Swiss Skin Test Institute. Lingonberry contains high levels of a variety of phytonutrients and is hailed for its anti-aging properties. For these reasons it is considered a superfruit, is valued for its antioxidant potency and is utilized as a skin conditioner and humectant in discriminating cosmetics.
The lingonberry is also known as the mountain or alpine cranberry, cowberry or bilberry (to name only a few) but it’s far more potent than the mere cranberry, containing five times the level of type-A procyanidins as cranberry. (Procyanidins are a sort of super-antioxidant with the powerful ability to scavenge free radicals, strengthen capillaries and connective tissues, reduce inflammation and suppress allergies while restoring skin's elasticity.)
Red alfa lingonberry is used in Ageless La Cure products as an anti-wrinkle agent by giving the skin what it needs to retain hydration, elasticity and density and to heal, regenerate and revitalize. Lingonberry is very soothing to the skin. You can enjoy the benefits of lingonberry essential oil in Ageless La Cure’s Extreme Hydrating Cream.
Sometimes referred to as arctic berries because they are native to the boreal forest and Arctic tundra of the northern hemisphere, lingonberries contain plentiful organic acids, vitamin C, vitamin A (as beta carotene), B vitamins 1, 2 and 3, and potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Lingonberry is extremely rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9 (for moisturizing and anti-aging action) and in tocotrienols (antioxidants more powerful than vitamin E) which facilitate cell growth. Rich in gamma linoloeic acid (GLA) which is vital in helping the skin to maintain its balance of moisture, Omega 3 contributes to glowing healthy skin while Omega 6 fights inflammation and supports circulatory energy. All these components of lingonberry are essential to lingonberry’s own survival in temperatures as low as minus 50°C.
Used medicinally for centuries, Alaskan native Americans have used lingonberries as remedies for headaches and sore throats. In folk medicine, lingonberry has been used as an apéritif to stimulate appetite, an anti-inflammatory, an astringent, an antihemorrhagic, an anti-debilitive, an antiseptic, a diuretic, and a nervous system tonic. In traditional Austrian medicine, the lingonberry jelly or syrup is taken internally for gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections and to treat fever.
Lingonberry is widely slightly more known for its culinary uses. They’re shaped like blueberries but are acid like cranberries and are pleasantly tart when eaten ripe. They’re high in benzoic acid so they have a long shelf life in the kitchen and though they can be eaten raw, most people enjoy their sharp distinctive taste more in sauces, preserves, jams, jellies, syrups, candies, ice creams, pastries, cocktails, wines and liqueurs.
In Scandinavian countries lingonberry sauce and relish are mainstays served with pancakes, omelets, puddings and meats. And after reading this article, just imagine the nutrition they’re getting!
One final note: many Pinterest boards talk about lingonberry for weight control and blood sugar and cholesterol management. They point to the positive effects lingonberry has on a high fat diet. One statement says: “Lingonberries almost completely prevented weight gain.”
The stories posted may be purely anecdotal. We did not find the data to support these claims in all the research we did to write this article. Nevertheless, the number of boards on the topic seem to say there may be something to it!
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