Wild harvesting, also known as foraging, is the intricate practice of harvesting plants from their natural and "wild" habitat. This applies to uncultivated plants wherever they may be found and is not necessarily limited to the wilderness.
In simple terms, there are no farms, no plantations just wild growing herbs and plants. Mountainlife makes sure our wild harvesting is done ethically and is sustainable for all the regions we source from. Once a herb/plant has been picked the harvester will replant there and then in the ground where the last plant was taken from.
This age-old process allows a completely natural growth cycle to begin with the specific harvested plant or herb.
Organic plants are not exposed to environmental stressors in the way that wild harvested plants are, because they're grown in a commercially controlled environment. Due to this "Controlled" protected environment, organic plants do not fully develop nutrients and phytonutrients, reducing their nutritional value.
Wild harvested plants are grown naturally, without any human intervention, therefore are supported by compatible plants and eco-systems in soil that is teeming with abundant life and nutrients to support their growth and nutritional content. They are truly wild, native and organic by their own nature, and retain the positive attributes of plants grown in their natural habitat.
Understanding the difference between wild harvested and organic ingredients could make your shopping decisions so much easier.
Organic: Grown in commercially, unpolluted soil not 100% free from pesticides, fertilisers or herbicides. Some organic certifications in the UK & EU allow a percentage (around 5%) of sprays on their crops doing a specific crop rotation.
Wild Harvested: Grown completely in the wild, with no external support being completely organic in their own, unassisted nature. Wild harvested wildlife harbours a higher level of nutrient content due to its stressful environment of which it must naturally adapt.
We try and obtain wild harvested products over organic products. We understand there is a place for organic produce in our world, however we prefer to send a message that we do no want any sprays (of any kind good or bad) being used on our products.
Mountainlife is proud to say all of our plants & herb extracts are completely wild harvested.