Berliner Zauberkraut are beautiful, handmade, artisanal products that are good for people and nature alike.
We rely on the traditions of witchcraft to source local ingredients to make useful products, stripped down to the essentials.
We make use of unwanted fruit skins and fallen fruit as well as luxurious pure essential oils.
Our ingredients and techniques are traditional, tried & tested, and have been used for generations.
Our packaging is plastic free, refillable, reusable and recyclable.
APPLE CIDEr VINEGAR
Vinegar is a natural product that is biodegradable, has an antibacterial and disinfecting effect and very effectively removes residues from surfaces. That is why we use homemade vinegar as the basis for our products. We make our apple cider vinegar by hand from unsprayed fallen apples from Brandenburg farmers, as well as leftover fruit peel from DAHEIM MANUFAKTUR. We want to contribute to the complete recycling of valuable, high-quality food. We therefore use fruit that can no longer be sold and would have ended up as waste. In the first fermentation stadium, natural bacteria take the sugar out of the fruit and convert it into alcohol. In the second step, the acetobacteria take over and break down the alcohol further to acetic acid, so that a golden vinegar is formed.
The acidity gives our vinegar it’s cleaning power, as most germs cannot grow in such an acidic environment. It also helps to effectively combat lime deposits. Our vinegar is not pasteurized, which means the bacteria stay alive in the bottle and can continue to work for us. They settle on the cleaned surfaces and thus reduces the re-colonization by germs.
We reuse, recycle
& source locally....
We round off the composition of our household cleaners by adding carefully selected pure essential oils. We use the scents of local plants and, if special properties are required, supplement with essential oils from Europe. They give our cleaning agents a lovely scent, often have an antibacterial or antivirual effect and their specific properties support the cleaning power.
A touch of magic ...
NATIVE WITCH HERBS
Witches herbs are herbs and medicinal plants, which were, by folkloric belief used by druids and so-called herbal witches. These plants were rumoured to have magical powers in the Middle Ages. Today, many of them are still valued and used in alternative medicine. We are also fascinated by the history and traditional use of our indigenous German witches herbs. Many of these magical herbs and trees grow besides our pavements and often go unnoticed. We pass them almost daily in Berlin and its surrounding areas: nettle, birch, linden flowers, yarrow, etc.
We add a magic witch herb to each of our products to create protection, keep evil away or attract love and warmth.