Choosing insect and pollinator friendly oils like novel oil seeds crops, grown in the English Countryside, can help to offer a life line to wildlife and insects in the U.K.
The way food is being grown to cope with the need for a large, constant and fast supply, has affected the practises of agriculture.
New methods of farming like flattening wildflower meadows, and blanket spraying insecticide, are being used instead of finding natural solutions to pests. To keep people fed we plant vast fields of monocultural single crops, and this has been very disturbing for the bee and insect populations.
Pollinators are already dealing with issues caused by climate change and building and development, forcing them out of their natural habitats. This means the loss of Insects that are absolutely crucial for crop pollination.
The end result could be scarcity of certain flowing fruits, and the total disappearance of some food species, that rely on pollination from wild bees, wasps, beetles, butterfly’s and bats. Choosing oils from more diverse flowing crops allows pollinators a chance to flourish.
It is absolutely crucial to be vocal about preventing the use of pesticides, with their blanket affect on all of nature, as we are killing things without even knowing their role in the eco system.
What’s different about U.K. grown oils?
We have some amazing botanicals grown in the U.K. with incredibly skin nutritious qualities.
Looking at the fatty acid content of oils rather than the hype, means you can find amazing oils that work really well with similar benefits as the oils sourced from warmer climates.
For example Argan Oil is similar in fatty acid profile to Camelina Seed Oil which grows in the U.K. Camelina is hardy and naturally weed resistant, yet it still provides exactly the right nutrients to nourish your skin. its diversity and local sourcing can be hugely beneficial for the environment.
Creating an ethical beauty regime.
This Means choosing diverse ingredients that are grown sustainably and ethically, that also support your skin.
Purple fruits oils like Blackcurrant and Elderberry seed oils are by products of the fruit industry and offer twice the antioxidant capacity of many oils as they are packed with lipid soluble anthocyanins (antioxidants). These scavenge and mop up free radicals, helping to counteract the effects of weather and pollution induced damage to skin naturally.
Flower powered formulas like White Poppy Seed and Starflower Oil, combined can naturally contain the following constituents: Vitamin E, polyphenol's and Vitamin C, B and folic acid, to keep the skin hydrated, firmer, and healthy looking.
Certified Organic Thistle Seed Oil is sustainable and feature tocopherols other than vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and plenty of linoleic acid which helps regulate the skin and reduce acne problems, a much needed fatty acid that cannot be synthesised by the human body.
Corn Crowell Seed Oil had skin conditioning elements, from high levels of Linoleic and Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids, (vitamin F), also known as an essential fatty acid (EFA), along with Stearadonic Acid (SDA’s) that makes the other fatty acids more active and easily absorbed.
The reason why these fatty acids are amazing is they contain natural skin identical ceramides and are thought to convert to prostaglandins when absorbed through the skin (PGE), which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration.