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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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Our Six Favourite Beauty Tea Fixes

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

One of the things that always amazes me about botanicals is how versatile they are in their therapeutic use. This also applies to herbal tea which can be used to brighten eyes, rejuvenate hair, relax as well as of course tantalising your taste buds.

 

Below our six favourite beauty “inside & out” applications of tea which you may not be aware of:

  1. Luscious Locks: EGG found in green tea has in studies been shown to stimulate hair production by promoting the health and boosting the activity of dermal papillae. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants which strengthens and protects the hair from UV damage. Rinse your hair with the cold brew after shampooing or leave the tea on without rinsing to further condition and nourish your hair. Choose Black tea as a rinse to thicken and strengthen hair or if you have dark hair and would like to restore its lustre. Choose Rooibos tea if you have red or light brown hair, either rinse you hair with the tea or use it as a leave in conditioner to promote a red tone. Chamomile tea is our favourite rinse for promoting shine and natural highlights. Our No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue tea is a beautiful tea taken internally to boost circulation to the hair helping to nourish and restore it.
  2. Bright Eyes: Both Chamomile and Black tea work wonders for relieving red irritate eyes. Brew the tea, cool, strain well and infuse a cotton cloth into the herbal tisane. Soak well, remove and apply onto the eye area as a compress for ten to twenty minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce itching and inflammation whilst the antimicrobial properties of chamomile assist in combating microbes that may be present in the eyes.
  3. Puff Away: Cucumbers are traditionally the go-to home remedy for puffy eyes. However Peppermint, Chamomile and Black tea bags work wonderfully to reduce puffy and swollen eyes. Soak the bags for about ten minutes in boiling water, remove, place in the fridge until cool and then place on closed eyelids for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce inflammation, depuff and revive tired eyes. If you wish to always have a natural remedy at your finger tips, brew green or black tea and place in ice cube trays. Place the ice cubes in a thin cloth and on the eyes for an immediate cure to swollen eyes.
  4. Acne Away: Acne is often associated with an imbalance in hormone production for which liver cleansing teas such as Dandelion Root & St Mary’s Thistle and androgen calming teas such as Licorice and Peony root work effectively to combat the internal turmoil often creating acne. We have the blends ready to go in our No. 1 Green Goddess Detox and No. 4 Golden Glow Tea.
  5. Sinus Clear: Ginger, Chilli and Yarrow are my favourite herbs for stimulating the sinuses, boosting circulation and combating the common cold. You cannot go past the combination of teas found in No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire for powerful sinus and fever fighting action.
  6. Circulation Boost: Poor circulation, cold hands and feet and a slow metabolism need not be something you need to put up with. Seep some grated ginger in hot water or reach for some ginkgo tea or better still our No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire to get that blood rushing.
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Edible Beauty on the Fly - Must-Have Tips for Beautiful Skin on the Go

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Long haul flights and aeroplane food are not often synonymous with gorgeous glowing holiday skin. We are here to provide you with ten easy ways to ensure you are glowing when you arrive at your beautiful destination and when you return to reality!

  1. Keep it Up – Travel is not a good enough reason to stop your basic skincare routine. Ensure you continue to cleanse, tone, apply serum and moisturise when you are on the go. Our & Edible Beauty on the Fly kit provides you with travel friendly skincare products which make this as easy as packing them into your carry-on bag.
  2. Spray Away – One of the easiest ways to prevent your skin becoming dehydrated and dull is using a hydrating mist. Ensure your mist is alcohol-free (to prevent further drying) and rich in antioxidant-rich fruits and botanicals (try our No. 2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist) to give you immediate radiance. For best results give yourself a spray every two hours. Your skin will be so thankful!
  3. Plump it Up – Our No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum is rich in antioxidants and wildcrafted Australian botanicals which work extra hard at protecting your skin from the oxidative damage that cabin air can cause. It has the added benefit of providing instant plumping action, being rich in Beta Glucan and Hyaluronic Acid which attracts 1,000 times its weight in water.
  4. Miracle Masks – Hydrating Masks provide instant radiance and nourishment, taking away from any lines, redness or irritation that creeps up on the face. Apply a hydrating mask such as & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair as a thick layer on the skin. Leave for 20 minutes and then remove with a washcloth or cotton wool. This mask works wonders at dissolving signs of any wine or chocolate that may have snuck into your holiday diet.
  5. Stay Hydrated – Hydration is the key to getting to your destination with a glow. Stay away from alcohol, coffee and sugar-laden drinks. Instead opt for pure water. Bring along a lemon or your favourite herbal tea and use these whilst on board for additional hydration. Ensure you maintain your “greens” intake when you’re on the plane. To ensure you get your veggies, bring along some chopped carrots, celery and cucumber sticks – they will stay fresh for at least four to five hours when on the go.

 

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How to Create Your Own Home Apothecary

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When it comes to the home, many of our household cleaners can be as toxic as our skin care. By overhauling some of the main cleaning products we use, we can ensure our families’ health is not being impacted by harsh chemicals.

Chemicals in everyday household cleaners have been linked to the onset or worsening of asthma, a narrowing of blood vessels, headaches, shortness of breath, nausea, and prenatal exposure may be linked to attention deficit disorder or even autism in children. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier and placenta, VOCs can depress the central nervous system; irritate the eyes, nose and throat; and reduce pulmonary function.

The good news is that you don’t need to rely on these toxic chemicals for a clean home. You can power through most household dirt with inexpensive and effective homemade cleaners. You can also customize your cleaners with beautiful smelling bacteria-busting essential oils.

Baking Soda: A truly multitasking cleaner, baking soda is a perfect substitute for cleaning powders that scour sinks and tubs without scratching. It’s also great for wiping down and deodorizing the fridge. Combined with an equal amount of vinegar, baking soda can freshen drains and prevent them from clogging.

Distilled White Vinegar: White vinegar is great at clearing grease and removing odour. Due to its neutralizing properties, white vinegar is also good for washing windows, cleaning kitchen counters and shining bathroom fixtures. Simply dilute 1 part vinegar in 4 parts water. Vinegar is also natural antibacterial due to its high acid contents so it makes a great alternative to caustic cleaners on toilets and floors.

Salt: Perfect for cutting through the grease in ovens, salt also works well for soaking up fresh carpet stains such as red wine, coffee or ink. Pour salt on the wet stain. Let dry, then vacuum.

Vegetable Oil (Castille) Soap: This natural soap is great for floors and all-purpose cleaning when combined with vinegar or even warm water. For an all-purpose cleaner, add 1⁄2 teaspoon of soap to 2 cups of water.. For floors, combine 2 teaspoons of soap with 6 cups of water. Make sure to rinse well to remove any dulling residue.

Lemons: Lemon’s citric acid content makes it perfect for cutting through stubborn grease and makes your home smell fresh. Lemon juice is also a natural bleach, especially when combined with the sun. Freshen cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. Lemon also works well for banishing fish and egg odors. Undiluted lemon juice can also be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits.

 

Recipe: All-purpose cleaner and disinfectant

Just as effective as popular antibacterial cleansers, this formula is perfect for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

2 cups hot water

¼ cup white vinegar

½ teaspoon baking soda

15 drops tea tree essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a reusable spray bottle and shake well. To use, spray on surfaces, especially cutting boards, countertops and toilets. Wipe with a dry cloth.

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Why Every Woman Needs An Eye Cream

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

When it comes to investing in skin care, we can often get away with being minimalist in our daily regimes. With so many products on the market it can be difficult to discern what it is that we actually need. However, the one product which I recommend you don’t leave out is an effective eye cream. The main reasons I recommend using an eye cream daily are:

1. Serums and Moisturisers Don’t Cut It

Serums and Moisturisers are designed to plump the skin which is the last thing that we want for the eye and under eye area. Regular moisturisers are often not designed to target inflammation as intensely as eye creams. Therefore they are not as effective in providing the protection and anti-inflammatory action that our eyes need.

2. Puffiness and Dark Circles Need Special Attention

Fluid retention commonly occurs under the eye area resulting in thicker more prominent capillaries which manifests as dark circles. Eye creams normally contain products which reduce fluid retention (such as coffee and cucumber), hence reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.

3. The Eye and Under Eye Area Wrinkles Quicker and Has Less Oil Glands

The eye area can be more delicate than the rest of the skin which is why it is often the first place on the face to reflect fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains a lower number of natural oil glands which is why it may dry out a little more than the rest of the face. Intense hydration therefore becomes critical in preventing fine lines and protecting the moisture balance of the skin.

Our Golden Rush Eye Balm is a must-have in your daily beauty regime. Here are three reasons why:

1. Edible Gold – Eye Bliss.  

Edible gold leaf is bliss for the eye area. Little particles of the gold seep into the eye surface to deal with fine lines and dark circles. Gold is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties working to reduce puffiness, decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten the skin and promote skin firmness and elasticity. Gold has been used throughout history for its luxurious and beautifying properties. Cleopatra was thought to have slept in a gold mask every night to enhance her captivating beauty. In ancient Rome, gold salves were used for a variety of skin problems and in ancient Chinese medicine, the queen of the Ch’ing dynasty used a gold massage roller on her face daily to maintain her youth.

2. Ultimate De-Puffing Action.

& Gold Rush Eye Balm contains a number of botanicals which along with gold work to de-puff the eye area. These include Coffee Extract, Cucumber and Horsetail Extract, diuretic and anti-inflammatory ingredients which constrict inflamed blood vessels near the eye area whilst cooling and calming inflamed skin.

3. Refine, Brighten, Moisturise.

Several antioxidant rich herbs and botanicals provide the ultimate radiance boosting and hydrating action. Blueberry Oil is rich in antioxidants that reduce dark circles and hydrate the skin. A potent source of tocopherols, carotenoids and natural antioxidants, it is also high in Omega 3 fatty acids, providing ultra-hydration. Passionflower is abundant in vitamins A and C, essential fatty acids, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and carotenoids. This means it is a wonder botanical for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing inflammation, protecting against free radical damage and hydrating the skin. Gotu Kola works to repair and heal connective tissue around the eyes whilst Linden flower works to deeply nourish and hydrate the eye region. Our eye balm is in a base of coconut oil, the ultimate skin hydrator.

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