The word Fragaria (like the word "fragrance") comes from the Latin word fragrare, meaning to "emit a pleasant smell" - an allusion to the fragrant flesh of the fruit. There are many stories about the strawberry and its benefits. Fontenelle, a reputed gourmand and writer of the 18th century, attributed his longevity to his passion for strawberries. Strawberries have excellent nutritional value and have been used in medicinal applications, although the plant is more frequently used for the astringent properties of its leaves.
In beauty products, strawberries are used for their exfoliating, moisturizing and purifying properties. Strawberries contain tannins, which makes them an effective astringent - for a more even complexion.