The magic of this plant.
Tasmanian mountain pepper berry is a unique spice that is not only used in culinary dishes and traditional medicine but also in skincare. The spice is known for its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties, which can benefit the skin in several ways.
For us, we selected this gorgeous ingredient for two main reasons. It was locally sourced which supports our own farmers and economy, and for its naturally occurring antioxidant qualities that soothe, calm and brighten the skin.
Bit of Background.
Tasmanian mountain pepper berry, also known as Tasmannia lanceolata, is a unique spice native to the cool temperate rainforests of Tasmania and southeastern Australia. This small fruit has a strong, spicy flavour and is used in traditional Indigenous medicine and contemporary cuisine.
Health Benefits - It is high in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. The spice also has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to help reduce pain and swelling.
Culinary Uses - The spice has a unique spicy and pungent flavour with a solid eucalyptus-like aroma. It is often used to flavour meat dishes, such as game meats, and in marinades, sauces, and garnish. The spice is also used in baked goods, such as cakes and biscuits, and can add flavour to chocolate and ice cream.
Aromatherapy - It is believed to have a range of therapeutic properties and a warming effect on the body and can relieve pain and tension. The oil is also thought to have anti-anxiety properties. It can help to promote relaxation and a sense of calm.
Traditional Medicine - The spice has been used to treat various ailments, including colds, flu, and stomach problems.
Sustainability - It is a native plant of Tasmania and southeastern Australia. It has adapted to the local environment over thousands of years. The plant is hardy, grows in harsh conditions, and is typically produced by small-scale farmers and producers who use sustainable farming practices.
Here are some skincare benefits of Tasmanian mountain pepper berry in skincare:
1. Anti-Ageing Skincare - High in antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals can contribute to premature ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Sensitive Skin - The anti-inflammatory properties can help to soothe and calm irritated or inflamed skin. This makes the spice particularly beneficial for those with sensitive or reactive skin, as it can help to reduce redness and irritation.
3. Antimicrobial - It has antimicrobial properties and may be effective against certain bacteria and fungi. This makes it a beneficial ingredient in skincare products that treat acne or other bacterial skin infections.
4. Brightening - Contains compounds that can help to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots or hyperpigmentation. This makes it a perfect ingredient for products designed to even out skin tone and improve overall skin radiance.
5. Moisturising - It is also a natural moisturiser, thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids can help to hydrate and nourish the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and supple.
In conclusion, Tasmanian mountain pepper berry is a versatile ingredient that offers a range of potential benefits for the skin. Whether used to protect against free radical damage, soothe irritated skin, treat acne, brighten the complexion, or moisturise and hydrate the skin, this unique spice has much to offer in skincare.
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Much love as always
Tam @ ETL x