Ahhhh ... finally feels like spring is here. Let the foraging begin! 🌷🌼🌿🍁🌲
It's the kick off to our favourite time of year, when we head out into the woods, meadows, and bogs ... and onto the beaches and coastlines.
We're already seeing early signs of a plentiful year for icebergs. Undoubtedly one of the most magnificent natural resources accessible in Newfoundland, they play a leading role in all of our water containing products!
Created from compacted snow that fell long before the Industrial Revolution, it's the cleanest, purest water source on the planet. And if that's not enough to hook you, there's also the fact that iceberg water is the most earth-friendly, sustainable water choice for us because it means we don't have to ship water in to create our formulas. It literally comes to us. 🙏
We've also been tapping the maples, and often enough in one week to last us a full year! 😲 Extracts from the sap of the sugar maple are used in skin care products due to the high concentration of active components, including up to 24 antioxidants that can prevent and treat inflammation and dryness!
Spruce tips began to bud out in April, while the fireweed and Japanese knotweed shoots, as well as the dandelions and nettles, get ready to make their appearance throughout May and June.
Black Spruce tips are antibacterial, antiseptic, and a potent traditional skin cleanser. They are also a powerful anti-inflammatory and can reduce redness and blemishes.
Both fireweed and Japanese knotweed are also known for helping relieve common skin irritations due to their rich antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
When it comes to dandelions, here's yet another ingredient that's great for the skin! They are rich in antioxidant and de-toxifying properties, which can help reduce inflammation and encourage the growth of new skin cells.
Following close behind is one of the most nutrient-dense wild plants we forage, wild nettles. They are highly astringent for helping to tighten pores, and also have strong anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce free radical damage.As well, we're pretty excited about possibly starting to use a new flower in our product line-up this year, also for its anti-inflammatory claims. It's called coltsflower and it's often mistaken for a dandelion. It's actually the first flower that pops out in the spring, with the flowers emerging before the foliage.
So, fingers crossed that we have another ingredient for our wildcrafting toolbox! 🤞
All of that before we even start talking about summer. What a bounty! 😍
As much as we're ramping up and raring to go, we are also always keeping in mind our duty to protect the natural landscape and the wild ingredients that make our skincare products so unique. 💚
High five for spring!