Black Currant

The ABC’s of Indie Lee Beauty

(Agriculture, Botany and Composition)

Family Grossulariaceae. This perennial bush grows up to about 5 feet tall, in damp soil and is cultivated mainly for its fruit, but its leaves are also popular for their medicinal benefits. Its hanging yellow flowers blossom between April and May and its small, round, black berries ripen in July and August. Geography: This plant grows indigenously in European forests of the UK, France and Nordic regions and in Asia especially in Manchuria, Armenia and Siberia and the Himalayas.

Historical Uses

History of this plant goes back as far back as the Greeks and Romans. Through the centuries it was often used after bug bites.
It can be found in creams, sunscreens and serums to hydrate and remineralize skin. This fast absorbing, not greasy, antioxidant, rich ingredient provides toning and hydrating properties.

Stories & Legends

According to Iranian legend, the first human couple were born from a Blackcurrant bush after they received their soul. In the 1840s its cultivation expanded quickly, especially in France where it could be bought in fine apothecaries as “a long-life elixir”.