WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR SUPPLIES? All of the products here are made by hand in small batches or individually as custom created blends and products. I use organic ingredients as much as possible, I am conscious to purchase from companies with fair trade or social justice oriented ethics. I use all plant based ingredients and so most products are vegan/vegetarian (my son has severe dairy and mammal allergies). I am an organic herb grower. I grow hundreds of varieties of herbs in multiple gardens that are all grown using organic practices, but they are not certified organic. I dry all of my herbs in my dedicated herbal studio using Excalibur dehydrators.
WHAT IS HERBALISM? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), herbalism is the use of crude plant material such as leaves, flowers, fruit, seed, stems, wood, bark, roots, rhizomes or other plant parts, which may be entire, fragmented or powdered. The term herbalism refers to the long historical use of these medicines to support the healing function of the body. As herbalists we cannot diagnose, treat, or prescribe, but we can partner with you to review your wellness goals and needs, and work together to devise a plan to support those goals. We work with you so you can learn about foods, spices, herbs, and lifestyle changes that can impact your overall wellness and wellbeing. Herbal Consultation discussions can include tinctures, infusions, tea, salve, soaks, supplements, recipes, and more.
DO YOU USE ANY ANIMAL PRODUCTS? I do not use any animal based ingredients, and I always check and double check that carriers and bases are plant based/dairy free, as my own son has severe allergies to all mammals, their meat, and their milk. I do use local Wisconsin beeswax for 1 product, but generally utilize butters and oils to create the consistency desired.
CAN I USE ESSENTIAL OILS ON MY CHILDREN? Kid safe products contain lower % of essential oils than those for adults. There are many oils that are contraindicated for young children, and child safe blends take that into consideration and use what is safe by age group. Extreme caution should be used for children under 3, and great care should be used for children under 5. For an overview of safety of using essential oils with children, please visit http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/aromatherapyforchildren.asp
There are alternatives for children which are applicable and work very well - hydrosols, for example. I always include lower child safe amounts and oils in my child line blends. Please email me with any specific questions if someone has recommended you use essential oils on your babies or young children and you are unsure about safety.
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY? On the NAHA website, it is defined as " the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing. As the practice of aromatherapy has progressed, over the years, it has adopted a more holistic approach encompassing the whole body, mind and spirit (energy)." ~National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy
AND REMEMBER: Please keep your essential oils and herbal products away from children and pets. Essential oils and infused oils can “go bad” so it is best to store them away from direct sunlight in a cool dark spot.