News — 2015

Elderberry Syrup recipe

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Elderberry Syrup recipe

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberries have been touted for years by herbalists to help the immune system fight off a cold a bit faster and reduce the symptoms you feel during a cold or a flu. 

Why does it work? Elderberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has antioxidant and immune boosting properties. They’re also a good source of vitamin C, betacarotene, vitamin B6, and iron. All important nutrients needed by the body especially during an illness.

Check out the rest of the blog post about more amazing properties of elderberries and a recipe for Elderberry Syrup.

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Which is more moisturizing for your skin? A butter, a cream, salve, oil, or a lotion?

Posted by Amy Beaith on

I used to think the richest product for our skin was a lotion, but surprisingly it's not and I'm about to tell you why. Lotions have a high concentration of water (generally 50% of the content), which makes them cheap to produce, but also hard to keep shelf stable without spoiling, hence they have lots of emulsifiers, preservatives, and stabilizers, many of which are toxic substances and known carcinogens. Yuck. 

Our bodies are 80%+ water, so wouldn't a water-based product be nourishing? Surprisingly the answer is no. The reason is, our bodies were meant to be hydrated from the INSIDE out through drinking fluids and consuming healthy, juicy foods. Our skin doesn't really like water. In fact, our skin has a layer of oil that our own body produces to protect us from the environment. It's called sebum. Without it, our skin cracks, and dried out from exposure to wind and water. Think of professionals who have their hands in water all day or must wash them several times a day such as health professionals, cooking staff, etc. If water were nourishing to our hands, they should have the softest skin of anyone! But they don't, not without slathering on lots of creams, all day long etc.

So, if lotion isn't the most nourishing for our skin, what is? Products that contain mostly oils, plant butters, and waxes are the best for our skin as they mimic the action of the sebum. e.g's being salves, body butters, body oils, creams (with a low water content). Body butters are excellent moisturizers that work hard and provide lasting protection throughout the day. Check out our rich moisturizers in our online shop such as our Whipped Cocolicious Body Butter. It smells like chocolate heaven! 

 

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Welcome to PLANTiful!

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Photo credit: Brick & Bubble You may have come to know our company over the years as Ameya Studio. We recently changed our name that we hope will better reflect the work that we do. We wanted a name and logo that captures our desire to promote the power of plants in healing and nourishing the skin. Our products are FULL of plant-based ingredients, such as our own herbal-infused oils, wild herbs, locally grown oats, pure essential oils and more! We have always strived to include as many locally grown ingredients as possible and will continue to do so under our new name.

As part of our rebranding, we are expanding our skincare line to include some new items as well as new packaging under our new brand. These new items include: 

  • Sunscreen (we call it Sunscream!)

  • Whipped body butters - The first one available is called: Cocolicious!
  • Our castille olive oil soaps will be wrapped in plantable paper filled with Canadian wildflower seeds! How fun is that?! You can start your own garden project at home! 

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Microbeads - what are they and how to avoid them!

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Microbeads are becoming an increasing concern for environmentalists and conservationists around the world. Why? They account for nearly 20% of plastic pollution in some of our water systems such as the Great Lakes. Yikes! This means our oceans and waterways are become a plastic soup which affects wildlife and their habitat. That fish you are eating, well they may have swallowed lots of plastic microbeads before being caught. yuck, right?! So, what are they and how are they getting into our water? They are tiny balls of plastic added to many cosmetic and personal care products marketed as exfolliators. They...

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