I have been gardening for over 10 years. It all started as a 8 raised bed garden and grew into a little under an acre of vegetables, herbs, fruit bushes, and trees.
Over the years, my love of herbs grew. I grow most of my herbs from seed and sprinkled them through the beds.
So the little garden that could became a small farm. One day as I continued to expand sections of the farm, my husband said to me, “where are you going with all these plants?”
I replied, “I will start selling my dried herbs.” (As if it was that simple…)
So in 2015, I established an Etsy shop selling dried herbs.
My Little Herbal Biz Was Born
I decided to make herbal tea blends from the herbs after looking at what I was buying in the grocery store. The tea bags contained herb dust which wasn’t very aromatic. In addition, the color of the herbs looked so different than the color of my herbs.
Worse yet, most herbal tea blends in the grocery store contained natural or artificial flavors. So the flavor I was tasting was not necessarily the herbs but the flavor added to the teas. I had no idea how those flavors were being made even if they started with synthesizing it from a plant. To me, they were chemicals.
Even herbs bought from reputable organic wholesalers just looked pale compared to the vibrant colors of my dried herbs. Plus, the those herbs didn’t taste as good.
So I decided to make my own herbal teas without any flavoring. My goal was to create teas with great fresh taste which could stand on their own without the need for added flavors.
I source my herbs in this order: my farm, locally, then regionally, then from the US. I only partner with other certified organic herb farmers that share my same methods of growing. We only harvest when the herbs are at their peaks, they are slowed dried, and then vacuum packed to stay fresh.
If my sources don’t vacuum pack their herbs, I sort out the sticks and then vacuum pack them for later use.
Some of the herbs I do need to buy from organic wholesalers since they are not grown in abundance in the US. I am still looking and have a lofty goal of sourcing only from the US.
As the local movement grows, I hope that more herb farms spring up in the United States.
As for the products,
- All my hydrosols are distilled by me using a copper achlemic from fresh herbs from the farms.
- The salts are comprised of Himalayan salt and dried herbs which comes from my farm. I talked another one of my US certified organic herb farm partners into growing more lovage for me since I can’t grow enough for the demand.
- All the ingredients of the salves come from my farm and the beeswax comes from a local bee keeper. As we switch to certified organic production, I will have to source only organic beeswax which unfortunately, can not be obtained from the US.
- All flower essences are created from the flowers and herbs grown in my garden. In addition they are aided in their healing powers by a Genessa crystal and crystals in the farm.
Our farm and production was certified organic in August, 2019. However, we will be slowly rolling out organic products since I still have stored herbs from prior years. Anything that was grown before certification can not be deemed as organic. As I mentioned above, all my sourcing partners were certified organic. My farm was the weak link to certification. I always adhered to organic standards when growing the herbs and producing the products.
Why the Name Change?
So in 2018, I changed the name of the company to the Naked Botanical to reflect my diverse product line. I wasn’t just an herb company anymore.
The name, the Naked Botanical reflected my desire to let the plants’ taste and beauty to speak for themselves unencumbered by man-made scents or flavors and pesticides.
Plus the name had the right type of whimsy which is keeping in line with my goofiness in choosing the names of the teas.
My hope is my products will make you feel and look better–unlocking the key to your radiance–your naked awesomeness.
This is what Mother Nature intended. I am just the luck conduit who gets you deliver her awesomeness to you. So get naked, and be happy.`