About Earthly Delights
Nature is its own technology. Looking back is also looking forward. Humans have thrived for thousands of years with only their natural environment to serve as their drugstore and the wisdom of their elders to heal their bodies.
My name is Marie-Elena Bigelow and I'm the founder of Earthly Delights. My training as a nurse and educator, my landscaping experience, and my ancestral roots in the Micmac tribe are the reasons I love sharing the forgotten and powerful healing that dwells in our woods and fields.
The health and beauty products I create are a labor of love and ongoing research. The signature ingredients of Earthly Delight's offerings—Chaga and jewelweed—are harvested carefully by hand. Then I combine these with other natural products to create Earthly Delight's tinctures, creams, scrubs, sprays, and balms. I am excited to share what I know with you and to offer you new ways to be nurtured by the natural world.
About the Chaga Mushroom
The Chaga mushroom grows on birch trees in northern climates. It contains an extraordinary broad-spectrum nutrition profile. It contains in exceptionally large amounts the enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase), a natural antioxidant greatly desired in skin care formulations.
Chaga also has polysaccharides, antioxidants such as beta glucans, polyphenols, sterols, amino acids, and vitamins B2 and D2. It also contains minerals such as manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, iron, and calcium, to name a few.
Because this mushroom contains some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in nature in the world, our Chaga products are highly anti-aging and immune-supporting, both in cream form for the skin and in a tincture for internal systems.
About Our Process
I harvest a portion of the Chaga mushroom growing on birch trees and then use multiple processes to create the powdered Chaga base used in Earthly Delight products.
The mechanical process of changing chaga so that it can be absorbed by the body involves good old-fashioned elbow grease as you can see in this video.
Jewelweed (Impatiens Capensis) is best known for its skin healing properties. It works by counter-reacting with the chemicals in other plants that cause irritation. It has long been recognized by herbalists and Native Americans as a prophylactic against plant-induced rashes, such as poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak rash, and as a treatment after the eruptions have occurred. It is also useful in relieving other types of dermatitis, soothing bug bites, and refreshing sun-exposed or tired skin.
About our process
To make the jewelweed spray, I start by pulverizing the flowers and leaves in a blender. I then extract the juice from the pulverized mixture and combine it with witch hazel and therapeutic grade essential oils to create the finished product.
In this video, you can see the beautiful hue of jewelweed flowers in the mixture once it's processed.