The Aevi Edit: Biodynamic Skincare
Organic, sustainable, wild-harvested, biodynamic – you may have read about these terms in the Aevi Journal and see them inscribed upon the products in our online store, but what do they mean? Over the next few weeks, we will be decoding some of the most commonly used terms in natural skincare to help you navigate your way through the world of green beauty, enlightened and empowered. First up, we divulge the beauty of biodynamic…
The birth of biodynamic
Considered by many to be the most advanced and holistic form of farming, biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920’s by renowned Austrian philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner. A pioneer of the organic farming movement, Steiner first began developing biodynamic farming methods in central Europe; a practise that is now utilised on more than 350,000 acres of farmland in 47 countries worldwide. Embracing a holistic view of nature that is by definition organic, biodynamic farming goes one step further – incorporating biodiversity and astronomy as integral facets of its constitution.
Crafted with care
At the heart of biodynamics are the methods utilised in managing the diverse and varied makeup of a farm’s landscape – including the land, fields, woods, wetlands, plants, animals and people – as a self-sustaining, self-contained organism. Biodynamic methods are designed to stimulate and maintain a farm’s integral fertility, health and lifespan through the integration of crops and livestock and the use of natural alternatives in place of the detrimental GMOs, fertilizers, pesticides and synthetic chemicals used in conventional farming practises.
This alternative method of plant preservation and growth stimulation used in the biodynamic farming process favours the use of nine preparations made from fermented manure, herbs (yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion, valerian and horsetail) and the mineral silica. The biodynamic preparations are used as field sprays and in the making of compost to stimulate specific processes within the farm.
Where biodynamic differs most significantly from organic is in the finer detail – the mindful cooperation that the farmers consider when planting, harvesting and nurturing the soil, largely based upon the influences and rhythms of the sun, moon and planets.
The influence of the celestial bodies
If you’re at all acquainted with the influence of astronomy on the earth, you’ll be familiar with the moons impact on the tides in our oceans, but that is not all that astronomy governs in our day to day. Biodynamic theory states that the growth and development of plants and animals are best cultivated based on several biodynamic calendars that offer indications for optimal times for sowing, cultivating and harvesting. These indications are based on the cyclical changes that influence the shifting positions of the sun, moon and planets in relation to the earth.
In addition to a reliance on astronomy’s powerful guise, biodynamic farmers work to develop their capacity to sense and observe the subtle forces at work in nature, using their own insights to further enhance the vitality and lifespan of their farms. Based on the ever-changing essence of the celestial bodies and individual forces, biodynamic methods remain in an ongoing state of evolution and individualisation.
Biodynamic farming goes beyond common organic practises to ensure the most natural herbal and plant extracts with maximum ‘life-force’ and no residual, unnecessary chemicals are used within the growing or distilling process. This attention to detail not only ensures maximum vitality and potency of the ingredients, but is also particularly beneficial for those who struggle with sensitive and easily irritated skin from lack of purity in their beauty products. Instead of just sourcing organically grown ingredients, the nature of biodynamic plants used within biodynamic skincare has been produced with holistic practices that work in harmony with the seasons and the cycles of the planets to rear crops that are harvested at their peak, a process that natural skincare practitioners agree is the most in line with the seasonal cycle of our skin and wellbeing.
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