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SUSTAINABLY SOURCED NATURAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS

We are a 100% Australian family owned company dedicated to providing quality, sustainably sourced skincare products. Our vision is to share the benefits of the Australian Rainforest through our natural lemon myrtle skincare range.

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OUR STORY

Having recently taken over the Rainforest Remedies skincare company, developed 16 years ago in the tranquil and lush location of Northern NSW, Barbara and David bring with them many years experience in integrated complementary medicine and understand the importance of a natural, healthy lifestyle.

 

Their aim is to continue providing a range of high quality natural products and also share in their vast knowledge of the benefits of lemon myrtle in body care and in daily life through the Rainforest Remedies blog and social media.

 

The Rainforest Remedies brand has taken on a fresh and exciting new direction and will continue to expand with products such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and more in the near future.

 

The Lemon Myrtle used in all Rainforest Remedies products is grown in plantations on a hinterland plateau which is situated on the rim of the caldera of an extinct volcano. This plateau is noted for its rich red volcanic soil, high rainfall and lush growing conditions as well as rainforest remnants. Rainforest Remedies only sources from Lemon Myrtle trees that are grown using only organic fertilisers and without the use of chemicals. The leaf is harvested and the oil is distilled from the leaf using steam distillation. The oil is then used as a base and blended with other naturally derived ingredients to create an exclusive product range.

 

All ingredients are carefully selected for the products, cruelty free and sustainably sourced. Rainforest Remedies are a 100% Australian family owned company.

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The Lemon Myrtle Story

Amidst the growing awareness of the value of Australian native rainforest plants, Lemon Myrtle stands out for the rarity of its fresh fragrance, and its medicinal and germicidal properties.

 

Indigenous Australians have long used lemon myrtle, both medicinally and in cooking. The oil has the highest citral purity; typically higher than lemongrass. It is also considered to have a “cleaner and sweeter” aroma than comparable sources of citral–such as Lemongrass and May Chang.

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The Lemon Myrtle tree was given the botanical name Backhousia Citriodora after the English botanist, James Backhouse back in 1853. The high citral content of the oil extracted from the leaf – 90% to 97% – was ascertained some 100 years ago, but it is only in recent years that its commercial potential is being realised.

 

The essential oil distilled from the leaf has strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. The Rideal-Walker test assesses the anti-microbial activity of a plant by examining the phenol co-efficient of a number of essential oil components such as citral, using bacteria salmonella typhii as a test organism. The test (in which the higher scores are best) awards Lemon Myrtle oil a co-efficient rating of 16, Tea tree a score of 11, while Eucalyptus citriodora scores 8.

 

Research at Charles Sturt University found that Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) has excellent antibacterial and anti fungal activity and  studies suggest that Lemon Myrtle oil has better anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties than the better-known Tea tree (Melaleuca alternantheria).

 

Use of lemon myrtle oil as a treatment for skin lesions caused by molluscum contagiosum virus, a disease affecting children and immuno-compromised patients, has been investigated. Nine of sixteen patients who were treated with 10% strength lemon myrtle oil showed a significant improvement, compared to none in the control group. [1] A study in 2003 which investigated the effectiveness of different preparations of lemon myrtle against bacteria and fungi concluded that the plant had potential as an antiseptic or as a surface disinfectant, or as an anti-microbial food additive. [2]

SOURCES

  1. Burke, B. E.; Baillie, J. E. & Olson, R. D. (2004), “Essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum in children”, Biomed Pharmacother 245–247, doi:10.1016/j.biopha.2003.11.006PMID15183850
  2. Wilkinson, J. M.; Hipwell, M.; Ryan, T.; Cavanagh, H. M. A. (2003). “Bioactivity of Backhousiacitriodora: Antibacterial and Antifungal Activity”. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry76–81. doi:10.1021/jf0258003PMID 12502388.