Founded by elders of the Warningakalina community, Bush Medijina uses traditional knowledge and bush medicine practices to make a range of modern skincare products that are all harvested, produced and packaged by hand in the Warningakalina community. This remote community is located 600 kilometres from Darwin on the Groote Eylandt Archipelago islands. The products – which include balms for the lips and body (from $14), clay and ochre scrubs ($12), body butter ($22), soaps ($12) and hair oils ($35) – are created with traditional methods and knowledge passed down by generations of mothers, aunties and grandmothers. Every product is infused with hand-harvested native botanicals like the leaves of the Dumburumba tree, which have been used for their skin soothing properties for centuries, and the Mamaburra (wild peach tree) whose rich red bark gives many products a ruddy, earthy colour. Governed by an all-female board, Bush Medijina does not just create jobs, the business is part of a wider mission to support women, girls and elders and create positive change for the entire community.
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