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Why We Love Wildcrafted Botanicals

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 We use the term “wildcrafted” frequently when it comes to describing the ingredients in our skincare. Wildcrafted is often used interchangeably with “organic” or “natural”, however the properties of wildcrafted botanicals are rare and these special plant extracts can ramp up the anti-oxidant profile of your skincare regime in a very unique way.

What are wildcrafted ingredients?

Wildcrafted means that a plant has been grown in nature without any human intervention and in their natural habitat. No commercial farming methods have been used in the cultivation of wildcrafted botanicals. Furthermore, they are harvested in an environmentally friendly manner that doesn't affect their source or environment in which they naturally grow. Only the leaves, stems or flowers are normally extracted with the living plant left intact. This method of harvesting means that often wildcrafted ingredients cannot be classified as organic despite being in essence the most organically grown ingredients one can find.

Wildcrafted ingredients differ to organic ingredients which are derived from plants that are grown with the assistance of humans, where the environment is carefully treated with conditions for optimum growth, but without harming the plant or any other aspect of the growing process. It is also a little known fact that certified organic growers are permitted to use certain chemicals up until three months before harvest, at which time they must cease their use. By that time, any substance used on the plants has been absorbed by the whole plant and at minimum, chemical traces may be found. Even so organic growers are not required to claim use of any chemicals. Only wildcrafted plants grown in pristine environments are truly chemical-free. 

Why do we love wildcrafted ingredients?

There are several advantages to using wildcrafted ingredients in skincare.

  • Supercharged Anti-oxidants. One of the key benefits of wildcrafted ingredients is that they are found growing in some of the most remote and untouched parts of the world. In this case of our skincare range, this is Australia. This means they have a very rare antioxidant profile. Their exposure to near-constant and extremely harsh conditions forces them to develop a highly efficient self‐defence mechanism in order to survive.  This defence mechanism is created in the form of an abundant and diverse range of antioxidants which protect the plant but provide us with a power house of unique nutrients which nourish the skin. This means we are provided with incredibly powerful anti-ageing ingredients which protect our skin from external and internal damage whilst also repairing and rejuvenating our skin.
  • Therapeutic Efficacy. Wildcrafted botanicals are also considered to be superior to commercially grown organic herbs because when nature produces them in their ideal environment and under ideal natural conditions the plants are able to develop their full medicinal potential. Growth in their natural habitat is also thought to enhance the energetic qualities of wildcrafted plants, activating their therapeutic potential.
  • Highest Purity. Lastly, they are truly toxin free. Since they grow in their natural protected environment they are grown organically without the use of pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers. 
  • Supporting Indigenous Communities. We feel strongly about ensuring that our wildcrafted botanicals are sourced from Australian companies committed to corporate & social responsibility, positive environmental practices, undertaking initiatives to support the development of new primary industry markets & the empowerment of growers & indigenous communities.

Where can you find wildcrafted ingredients

Wildcrafted ingredients can be found in all Edible Beauty skincare products. Our favourite wildcrafted ingredients include Desert Lime, Kakadu Plum, Davidson Plum, Wattleseed and Snowflower Seed. The products which contain the highest level of Wildcrafted Ingredients include our:  No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist, No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum, & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil and & Desert Lime Micro-Exfoliant.

Read our post on our favourite wildcrafted ingredients to find out more!

https://ediblebeautyaustralia.com/blogs/news/our-favourite-wildcrafted-ingredients

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Butterfly Pea Beauty Smoothie

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

This beauty smoothie really does take your beauty food to the next level. The superstar ingredient of this smoothie is the latest tea in the Edible Beauty range. No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea. This tea blend is teeming with antioxidants and skinfood nutrients. High levels of quercetin and anthocyanins provide Butterfly Pea flowers with their spectacular blue hue, a feature of this tea blend.

The addition of avocado, providing fatty acids to nourish the hydrate the skin and a trio of antioxidants, including kiwis, blueberries and acai powder make this recipe a stand-out brightening, skin glowing and skin boosting recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea - brewed and chilled
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon acai powder or macqui berry powder

Method

  • Blend all ingredients in blender or vitamix.
  • Serve immediately. Reserve any extra smoothie in a glass jar in the refrigerator. it will last for approximately two days.
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Fountain of Youth Elixir Recipe

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Edible Beauty teas make the perfect base for smoothies, adding an incredible depth of flavour and enhancing the nutrition of your favourite liquid delights.

One of the most versatile teas for this purpose is No. 2 Fountain of Youth Tea. This tastes wonderful hot, iced with a squeeze of lime and/or frozen berries or as a base of an ultra antioxidant rich smoothie blend.

The recipe below is simple yet efficiently combines super-charged antioxidant-rich ingredients to create a potent youth and beauty boosting cocktail. The three ingredients which make this smoothie unique include:

  • Hibiscus: Hibiscus has been used as a traditional remedy in many Asian, African and Caribbean countries for years. Hibiscus is high antioxidants, which fight cellular damage and support the immune system. The natural chemicals in hibiscus also are known to benefit cardiovascular health, promote digestive and bowel regularity.
  • Pineapple & Papaya: This tisane contains the fruit superstars of anti-ageing. Pineapple and Papaya are abundant in natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) and regularly feature in many anti-ageing skin formulas. Papaya also contains papain, a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal and cell turnover to provide an all over glow.
  • Maqui Berry: Maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) is an intensely purple berry that grows wild throughout parts of southern Chile. Maqui berries contain unusually high levels of anthocyanins (antioxidants) called delphinidins. The delphinidins demonstrate potent anti-inflammatory activity, and a powerful ability to fight against oxidative stress. Studies show this compound is what gives the berries the ability to assist in regulating blood sugar levels, protecting against bowel cancer and assist weight loss. The berries have a wonderful sweet tart flavour described as a combination of blackberries, blueberries, watermelon and acai. 

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of No. 2 Fountain of Youth Tea brewed and cooled
  • 0.5 cups of frozen mixed berries
  • 0.5 cups of frozen cherries
  • 0.5 cups of chopped pineapple (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of Maqui Berry powder
  • 1/4 vanilla bean either whole or beans scraped

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. Serve cold garnished with fresh berries and a sprinkle of Maqui berry powder.

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