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Why We Are Different

 

Why We Are Different!

Over the past several years purchasing herbal products has become more and more confusing. Often times products that use the word “herbal” are anything but. There are so many companies out there offering so many different products that it’s hard to know which products are of high quality and which ones aren’t. We understand how confusing it can be, and we hope, after reading this page, you will have a better understanding of who we are, what we do, and why we are very different from other companies that offer similar products.

Our Process

1We grow and ethically harvest the majority of the herbs and flowers that make up our products. Herbs that can’t be grown on our farm are purchased from suppliers who share our deep commitment to organic growing and harvesting practices. This means NO pesticides or chemicals of any kind.

Since herbs and flowers are the basis of our products we take special care in preparing them. When we harvest our herbs in late summer they are placed in special racks and air-dried over a period of several weeks. This is different from larger companies that kiln-dry their herbs (which is admittedly faster). The problem with drying herbs in a kiln is that the process reduces their natural potency and as a result their medicinal properties. Simply put, kiln-dried herbs are not as potent as ones that are allowed to air dry. Much like a fine wine, herbs are much better when allowed to dry naturally over time.

2Once the herbs have been dried properly, they are stored whole, until they are ready to be used. Grinding herbs too early also contributes to reduced potency. It is true that ground herbs take up less space and are easier to store, but we choose to wait to ensure that the full potency of the herb is preserved.

Many of the larger companies out there immediately grind their herbs up for efficient storage. This leads to an inferior product in our opinion and is one of the reasons they are able to offer products at lower price points. But the truth is…..  you get what you pay for!

You Are What You Eat… and Wear!

This old saying is very true… Everything we eat, drink, and put on our skin eventually makes its way into our bloodstream and can have a profound effect on our health and how our bodies function. When looking at a typical label for many off-the-shelf cosmetic products it seems you need a degree in Chemistry to understand the ingredient list. Things like Polyethylene glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Triclosan, Parabens, Phthalates, and Formaldehyde are rampant in everything from cosmetics to “gentle” cleansers.

Chances are you are already somewhat familiar with the myriad of incomprehensible ingredients that make up many of the everyday products we use. This is one of the reasons the herbal market is growing so fast. People intuitively know that these chemicals aren’t always benign, as the larger companies would like you to believe. Many of the negative impacts related to these chemicals occur over time with repeated use. It is this realization that is fueling the increased interest in all-natural herbal alternatives.

Unfortunately, many companies, seeing this trend, have begun marketing their products as “all natural” or “herbal”.  They use vague wording and pretty packaging to gloss over the fact that their “all natural” products are anything but. Trust us, this is pure marketing spin for a great many of them, and a quick scan of their ingredient list will reveal that.

When we say “all natural” we mean it… literally.

3100% of the ingredients in our skin products are natural. No chemicals, artificial fragrances or preservatives are ever added . We harness the natural properties of our botanicals to create products that are clean, effective and, in our opinion, far superior to the ones marketed by the big companies.

To be sure, it is a challenge to make effective, all natural, products that work, are pleasing to the senses and yet reasonably priced. We trust that if you choose to buy from us, you will agree we have succeeded!

Thank you for reading!

-Mary Joan