— An Indigenous bush medicine saturated with Vitamin C and antioxidants.
✎ Kat Guerrero
Light green in colour and bulbous in shape, the Kakadu Plum resembles a standard pear. Found in the rugged Northern Territory of Australia, the small, sour fruit is gaining notoriety in the health and wellness scene because of its healing properties and surprising skincare benefits.
Kakadu Plum is also known as gubinge, bush plum, billy goat plum and salty plum.
The plum was discovered in the Kakadu National Park, an ecologically-rich playground for flora and fauna. Kakadu plum has been used by indigenous communities for its medicinal properties and dietary sustenance for over 50,000 years. Because of the plum’s isolated location, the fruit is typically handpicked by Aboriginals, which supports their economy and sustains traditional knowledge. The fruit is locally harvested from March to June.
Kakadu’s plum’s key property lies in its high vitamin C content. That’s why you’ll find Kakadu Plum mixed into serums, moisturisers and skin products to correct dark circles, balance pigmentation, reduce age spots and boost wound healing.
Benefits of Kakadu Plum
Rich in Vitamin C
Kakadu plum contains over 3000mg of Vitamin C per 100g of fruit. It’s reported that the plum contains 55 times more Vitamin C than oranges. The Vitamin C in Kakadu works to produce collagen, reduce wrinkles, smooth out the skin and aid in general anti-ageing.
Kakadu National Park is situated in the dry, rugged Northern environment of Australia. Long days in the sun and minimal water have resulted in a robust defence mechanism. That defence mechanism means high antioxidant levels - around 5 times more potent than the blueberry. Antioxidants are crucial for stimulating collagen production and ensuring that skin remains plump and moisturised. High antioxidant levels additionally protect the skin against UV damage and external pollutants.
Kakadu Plum contains high levels of gallic and ellagic acids, which strengthen the epidermal barrier while encouraging elasticity and bounce. The acids are known for their antibacterial anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Additionally, gallic and ellagic aids reduce epidermal redness, skin inflammation, and irritation.
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