After years of working with sensitive and problematic skin, we have come to the understanding that a majority of the problems in our skin originate in the soil.
As Dermal Therapists, we have been working with clients and their skin problems for the last 11 years. After much exploration and research, we came to realise that many skin problems were the direct result of how we live and what we eat.
This is when our skin clinic took an unusual turn and we decided to venture into creating our own little herb garden; developing it solely to Permaculture Design Principles.
We now grow our herbs and botanicals on a 1-acre site situated in the beautiful surroundings of Karangahake Gorge. There we are working with local soil specialists to rebuild our land with the right nutrients. The herbs and plant botanicals that we grow, are then macerated into our skincare line which has been designed to ” feed ” the skin with specific nutrients and minerals that our modern diet is currently lacking.
People often comment on how quickly their skin absorbs our ” topical skin nutrition ” and how great it looks afterwards.
” It feels like my skin is saying thank you ” F. McCallum
THE SKIN, OUR HEALTH and OUR SOIL
There is a close association between our skin health and the health of our digestive system.
After much research, which will be published in our blog and social media sites, we have come to the understanding that food intolerances play a key role in interrupting our gut health. Its not unusual to see outbreaks ( pimples, inflammation, reactions etc ) present in the skin when our digestive system is struggling to process foods which it either cannot recognise ( synthetics, preservatives ) or has built an allergy or an intolerance to. ( Visit our online store to find out more about our intolerance tests )
So, why Permaculture ??
After an in-depth conversation with an environmental scientist regarding the increased levels of eczema, I came to the understanding that what and how we are consuming foods is having a direct impact on our gene pool. Our soils are now so depleted in vital nutrients and minerals that our bodies are struggling to process the alternatives that we are feeding it.
I personally define Permaculture as the study of the relationship between people and the land. It is not just the practice of gardening or food forests. Permaculture is how we garden, how we consume, what we are consuming and discusses how we as a community choose to live our lives. After years of working in the health and wellbeing industry, I can say from experience, that how we are currently living is most definitely having a negative impact on our health and our wellbeing.
As the planet earth plays a vital part in our health then we would be hypocrites if we didn’t keep the environment in mind as we developed our products. Mother Earth is sacred to us, and as a result we try our best to ensure that we have minimal impact on the environment. No one is perfect but we are most definately heading in the right direction !
Our SKIN TINS have been specifically chosen having the least negative impact on the environment. We have just started to upcycle wine bottles for our candle packaging, we source our water by rain harvesting and collecting from the roof. Our distillery uses no sprays and we work the land to regenerate it holistically.
DONT FORGET .. our Skin Tins at worst can be recycled at best you can re use them them at home or ( if you are local ) bring them back, in good condition, to us at the expos or markets and we will either refill or replace them.
The good news is that it can be a simple solution. Follow us on our social media sites and our blog ( you can sign up for emails on our home page ). There we share our own journey to sustsainable living, including how we get our soil tested, how we test our plants for nutrients and where we sourced our nutrients from to rebuild our soil levels.
We also share tit bits on plant extracts, skin care remedies and of course specials on skin care and aromatherapy products xx