This month we are celebrating blueberries from the wild! Wild blueberries and cultivated blueberries are not the same fruit. At Indigena, we always use hand picked wild grown blueberries. Wild blueberry ( vaccinium angustifolium ) grow wild in Newfoundland on the heathlands, barrens, in forests and on exposed rocky hills. There are 7 species in Atlantic Canada and it is a well known boreal botanical superfruit to the locals. They are a low growing scrub (2-24 inches in length) that form dense colonies. You know you have found a great berry picking patch when the ground looks blue from afar! The season for picking ranges from mid August to early October.
Wild blueberries are a great source of Vitamins A & C, niacin, manganese, carbohydrates and dietary fibre. There has been extensive research on the benefits of blueberries for health and beauty.
They contain salicylates which are antibacterial and boost natural exfoliation in skincare treatments like our Blueberry Bliss Facial Masque. We have an absolute lifelong love affair going on with wild blueberries! These are our products that have this amazing wild berry.
Why are we so obsessed with wild blueberry? The antioxidants present in blueberries combat free radicals from sun exposure, which can cause damage to our skin over time and speed up the aging process. Blueberries contain significant amounts of zinc and iron, both skin-friendly ingredients for cellular renewal and protection.
Wild blueberry ingredients in our products help defend the skin against redness, improve immune reactions in sensitive skin, brighten, soften, firm and nourish all skin types. Blueberry based products are amazing for acne control and prevention of premature aging of the skin.
Skincare maintenance is easy using our Blueberry Bliss Facial Masque. Let's take a look at the benefits of this super fruit masque.
1. Quick Exfoliation is yours with a 10 minute Wild Blueberry facial masque. Simply mix 1/4 of a tsp with 1/2 tsp of Rooibos Tea Cleanser or 1/4 tsp of water and 1/4 tsp of Sea Veggie Face Lotion mix to a lightly whipped paste and apply to your skin going as close as possible to your eye area, yes... you read that correctly, which takes us to number 2
2. This is an effective treatment for underage puffiness and dark circles. Enlarged blood capillaries cause dark circles to stand out, this masque will reduce inflammation thus reducing the capillaries and the antioxidants in the masque reduce oxidative stress (free radical damage) thus keeping capillaries firm and cells healthy.
The puffiness often seen under the eyes will see a marked reduction with the masque as well due to the kaolin clay base which firms and tones gently.
3. The antibacterial nature of this masque reduces bacteria significantly without destroying your microbiome ( healthy oils on skin which maintains skin pH) The is a very effective acne treatment. Use twice weekly for the best results.
Wild blueberries boast nearly twice as many health-boosting antioxidants as their cultivated counterparts. Research shows the berry skin has highest concentration of the antioxidant anthocyanin and because our berries are tinier than the cultivated blueberries they are much more potent due to more berry surface skin. They are more time consuming to pick but the tiny ones taste the best! There is nothing like eating them while you berry pick.You can enjoy the free-radical neutralizing benefits of these super fruits as a healthy snack with just 80 calories in a cup. Eating 1/2 a cup a day will reduce skin sensitivities. Beauty from within is definitely the best place to start on your healthy journey to beautiful crystal clear skin.
These wild grown fruits have been growing in Atlantic Canada for over 10,000 years now they are Canada's #1 fruit export
This super fruit may not be easily accessible in your neck of the woods so we have included some links to companies that sell wild blueberry food and beverage outside the Atlantic. Below are Lisa's favourite products from local Atlantic producers.
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