ABOUT WILD LEAVES
Bringing more herbs, plants, fungi and OHM into your daily life.
WE GET YOUR WILD & YOUR OHM
The rejuvenating freshness of walking into the forest and connecting to nature is often missing in our daily lives. When work and the daily grind take up most of our day, going out into nature feels so far away, like something for dreamers (raise your hand, dreamers! I see you), especially if you're living in the city
When life gets really busy I dream about hopping on my bike and riding off to faraway places for days with friends, or a trip to the sea where a day feels like a short eternity in the best way possible. But my ambitious pragmatist isn't always on the same page with my nomadic dreamer. Maybe you know the way.
Having more herbs, plants and nature at home is closer than you think. At Wild Leaves, we're here to bring nature directly to you. Our earthy Adaptogen Mushroom drinks nurture more focus, health and performance as part of your daily ritual. While our natural skincare sheds light on the power of European plants, and nourishes your cells with vegan, cruelty-free and locally sourced ingredients. Wild Leaves is for you if you're craving more herbs and plants in your daily life - even if all your have time for is applying your favorite plant skincare or enjoying a warm, soothing drink. Nature most definitely has a place in our homes.
Mushrooms have got a bad rap in the past, but believe me, mushrooms are your pals. A fun fact about mushrooms is that they are more closely related to humans than plants! It's hard to believe but it's true. One of these similarities is demonstrated by this simple kitchen hack: place your mushrooms in the sun for 15-20 minutes and they will absorb and retain the vitamin D (just like the human body) and transfer it into your system when you eat them!
Edible mushrooms are generally found in 3 categories: culinary mushrooms in the kitchen, psychedelics and medicinals. Adaptogen mushrooms fall under the category "medicinal mushrooms" - that you can also use in the kitchen! So what are adaptogens? Adaptogens are a category of herbs, plants and mushrooms that help restore cells back to their natural healthy state. Basically, they help stave off stress in our cells and form a broad target group, meaning they can reach basically all cells (rather than just targeting cells in certain areas of the body).
Our Adaptogen Chai and Adaptogen Gold drinks are loaded up with Lion's Mane, Reishi, and Tremella to help drive focus, clarity and performance. Studies even show that Lion's Mane is a key ingredient in preventing and even reversing diseases like Alzheimer's, for example. Combined with plant roots and seeds known for their anti-inflammatory properties like ginger, turmeric, anis, celery seeds and cloves, our Adaptogen drink line can be integrated into your morning or evening ritual as a coffee alternative without the crash-and-burn effect of caffeine.
Mushrooms are having a moment and you don't have to be a mycophile (= mushroom lover) to enjoy the benefits of Adaptogen Mushrooms. If you want to find out more, we've put together a free e-book for your reading pleasure.
The relationship between gut balance and clear skin came to light around 1930, when dermatologists John H. Stokes and Donald M. Pillsbury first proposed a gut-brain-skin unifying theory, connecting emotional states (stress, depression, worry, and anxiety) to altered gastrointestinal tract function (changes that cause alterations to the microbial flora). This can, in turn, promote local and systemic inflammation, showing up as skin conditions such as acne.
There are generally 3 root causes for skin issues: systemic or local inflammation, gut imbalance and hormones - all of which are influenced by how we nourish our bodies and minds. A healthy gut is where 70-80% of your immunity is so the state of your digestive will ultimately affect every area of your being.
The right skincare can provide external protection and locally help the skin microbiome maintain a balance, while Adaptogen Mushroom drinks with ingredients holding anti-inflammatory properties nourish the gut and mind.
It's all about the right rituals - and we have you covered.
As your body's largest (detox) organ, your skin provides a surface and exit point for toxins that want to get out. When digestion is off, or the toxins are not being eliminated properly, your skin will often show signs in the form of a rash or skin problem. If eyes are the mirror to our soul, then the skin is the window to our inner world. It can provide insight into what is going on in our gut, our emotional state, and our other organs.
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FOUNDER & CEO
- THE ROOTS
Originally from Detroit, I bought a one-way ticket to Germany in 2005 with just $300 in my pocket. The chances of a 23-year-old without a visa, job, or apartment succeeding in a foreign country (and with a rapidly dwindling $300) were exactly as they sound: not good. Even back then I had a knack for working through challenges. And succeeding. In 2015, I launched my freelance business, with the same confidence, drive, and entrepreneurial mindset. The same enthusiasm for life, that I've always had, is how I'm making Wild Leaves.
Based on the outskirts of Berlin, I created Wild Leaves natural skincare for all of us longing for some more nature in our daily lives – even if sometimes all we have are the simple morning and nighttime rituals of enjoying a soothing warm drink or applying our favorite plant-based skincare.
My experience and passion as an herbalist-in-training, skincare formulator, athlete, foodie, and nature advocate have led me here. Wild Leaves is how I live and I want to share my knowledge with others so they can benefit, too. I want to help create a space for people craving more transparency in their products, a connection to nature, and a holistic approach to more self-care. Want to read more? Click the button below to find out the gritty details behind founding Wild Leaves.