Hey folks! I have some exciting news to share. I’ve decided to pursue a dream I’ve had for many years. On top of creating our sustainable farm, I’ll also be producing botanical products! In the coming months I’ll be rolling out some of my summer and year round products.
Here’s a little info about what sets my products apart from most others on the market. First and foremost, I’m committed to making the whole process as sustainable as I can. This means I’ll be growing as much of the plants I use as possible. What I have to purchase will always be USDA certified organic. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that reducing packaging and waste is very important to me. Any packaging I do use will all be reusable and returnable. I’ll be offering discounts to customers who bring back their bottles, jars, and tins.
I’ll also be essential oil free. Now before I explain why, I want those who sell or use essential oils to know that I have nothing against your choice to do so. After a lot of research and thinking, I’ve made this choice for me personally. To begin with, the production of essential oils does not align with my ethics of sustainability. The amount of plant matter that it takes to produce a tiny bottle of oil is more than you’ll ever naturally encounter in your life. For example, distilling 2500 pounds of flowers produces about a pound of rose oil. Plus, all of that has to be shipped all over the country or world and the bottles are never reused. Again, I’d like to restate this since some have already taken this personally, this is not an attack on the people who use or sell essential oils. I’m also against diet soda products, but it’s nothing personal against those who drink them or have to sell and distribute them for a living.
A huge misconception is that EOs have the same medicinal properties as the herbs they are produced from, but they can actually be toxic due their level of concentration. A lot of injury occurs because of this. There is some evidence that EOs, such as lavender and tea tree, can even be hormone disruptors due to their phytoestrogens (like soy). There have been cases that suggest they can cause gynecomastia in young boys. More research needs to be done, but exercising caution is wise when it comes to our health and the health of our children. (source)
Even when diluted in carrier oils, EOs are still not as safe as whole plant herbalism. An herbalist I have learned a lot from, April Woods, describes EOs as the wonder bread of herbalism. They’re convenient and easy, but not exactly good for you. I also recently learned that EOs can disrupt your gut flora as much as a round of antibiotics. Even breathing them in from your diffuser can have negative impacts. I was pretty bummed to hear this because I thought I was making a healthier choice by replacing our candles with EOs and a diffuser. My husband, however, was not bummed at all. He haaaates EOs. Their smell is just too potent for his nose.
So this is why I have chosen to craft my botanicals from seed to finished product. I’m bringing the herbs back into herbalism and creating beautiful, safe products for the whole family.
Here’s a list of the products I’ll be offering soon. Without EOs it takes at least 6 weeks for me to turn whole plant matter into a finished product. If you’re interested in reserving anything ahead of time, please email me at email@example.com
- Sunburn & Pain Relief Salve (2 oz. and 4 oz. tins)
- Bugger Off! Insect Repellent (2 oz. amber glass spray bottles)
- Lavender & Rose Body Powder
- Spray Deodorant
- Shampoo Bars
This is just the start! I’m cooking up an exhaustive list of products that I’ll begin working on as soon as I finish my first five. If any of my vegan friends are interested in a product that isn’t currently vegan friendly, let me know! If there is a demand for a vegan friendly product, I will gladly make it happen.
One last thing… we’re picking up our ducklings next week! Eeee! I’m so excited to add them to our little farm. If all goes according to plan, I’ll also be selling duck eggs this summer! So stay tuned folks! Lots of excited things are happening around here!