GaiasGardenHerbals

Gaia's Garden Herbals

Fryeburg, Maine · 117 Sales

GaiasGardenHerbals

Gaia's Garden Herbals

Fryeburg, Maine 117 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(23)

Announcement   Gaia's Garden Herbals offers luxurious herbal skin care products, medicine cabinet staples, and unique Botanical Perfumes. I make everything in small batches using the best ingredients I can find. Most of the herbs used in my products are grown in my beautiful organic garden or wildharvested in the woods and fields nearby. Herbs that I don't grow or wildharvest, are certified organic or ethically wildharvested and sourced from reliable suppliers. Other ingredients, such as carrier oils, waxes, hydrosols, clays, and essential oils are obtained from reliable suppliers and are mostly organic.

While not all perfume ingredients are certified organic, I make every effort to ensure that they pure by purchasing only from suppliers I trust. As I learn more and make more connections, I'm finding awesome suppliers who work directly with harvesters (of resins, for example), as well as small distillers. I also make some of my own tinctures from organic, wild-harvested resins, as well as from herbs and saps I grow or harvest myself. The 190 proof alcohol in my new eau de parfum offerings is made from organic corn and distilled in Maine, where I live.

I grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, not far from where I live now. Some of my fondest childhood memories are early spring days seeking out the first wildflowers in the woods behind my home: Mayflowers (trailing arbutus); purple and white violet;, painted trillium and the big red ones too; pink, white, and yellow ladyslipper orchids; and wild lily of the valley (maianthemum canadense). I loved the musky fragrance of the spring damp earth, the softness of deep green mosses under my bare feet, and the comfort of being surrounded by tall white pine trees.

When my mother gave me a small plot for my own garden, I had a hard time weeding. Those little unwanted plants intrigued me. And I felt they had as much right to thrive as the nursery starts I planted. Little did I know that those little weeds - like purslane, chickweed, plantain, lamb's quarters, and cleavers would one day be welcome herbs in my yard (though not necessarily in the garden).

I started learning about and using herbs in my early 20s, first in teas, then salves and tinctures. I read, took classes and workshops, gardened when I had the space, and generally increased my knowledge through practice and experience. I also took an extensive home study course offered by Rosemary Gladstar.

When I moved to my current home in Fryeburg, Maine over twenty years ago (with views of the mountains of my childhood from my backyard), the first thing I did was plant a large garden - for veggies, certainly, but my main goal was to grow as many of the herbs I use for healing and cooking as possible. This is when I started making creams and salves in greater variety for friends and family, and eventually I got very good at it. I love creating new formulations to meet a variety of skin care needs. Many of my products are the result of special creams or salves made for specific skin issues or with a friend's love of a particular scent in mind.

In 2010, at the encouragement of my family, I started Gaia's Garden Herbals. My first product (still available) was Moisturizing Skin Cream that was created origionally for my ex-mother-in-law. She loved it and I still send her several jars at Christmas. This etsy shop was created in 2011, but I didn't keep it up - dealing with computers wasn't my forte, and between my job at a local health food store, gardening, and making products for local folks, I was busy enough. When that little store closed its doors for good, I expanded my product line and in the fall of 2014 I resurrected my etsy shop, adding new products, and eventually my botanical perfumes.

My products have no chemical preservatives added. Some essential oils and other ingredients (like Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Rosemary antioxidant) do have preservative qualities (as well as being good for the skin). However, once a jar of cream is opened, it should be used within 3 - 5 months, and stored in a cool, dark place. Creams may be stored in the refrigerator (but do not allow to feeze) to prolong shelf life. Unrefrigerated, unopened creams kept in a cool place should last from 4 - 10 months depending on the product - some creams will last longer but I make no guarantees. Salves have a shelf life of 2 to as many as 5 years depending on ingredients. They should be stored in a dark, cool place as well. And never stick dirty fingers into a jar of cream or salve. Tinctures and elixirs contain alcohol (tinctures more than elixirs which also contain raw honey). Tinctures can be stored in a cool place and will last for many years. Elixirs stored in a cupboard will last a year or so, maybe longer. If stored in the fridge (which will thicken the honey so shake well before using), elixirs will last much longer. Please follow storage and use directions provided with each product for best results and longest shelf life.

My Botanical Perfumes are made from pure essential oils, absolutes, resins, attars, and other natural ingredients such as my own fragrant resin/herb tinctures and infused oils, and (unless stated otherwise) are created in the traditional way - the top, heart, and base accords are blended and aged seperately before the final perfume is created. If you purchase a sample of a perfume and decide to get the regular size bottle of the same fragrance, I will deduct the price of the sample from the price - you'll have to remind me because etsy doesn't have a code that would work.

I have great confidence that you will love whatever your order. When your order leaves me it is fresh and in good condition. All packages are insured in case of loss or breakage, and if I ship the wrong item I will happily ship you the correct item. I do not accept returns of opened or used items.

Please feel free to contact me with questions. Special orders are also welcome, especially with regard to tincture blends, elixirs, and infused oils. For special request of creams or salves, a minimum number of jars may be required.

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Last updated on Mar 6, 2017

Gaia's Garden Herbals offers luxurious herbal skin care products, medicine cabinet staples, and unique Botanical Perfumes. I make everything in small batches using the best ingredients I can find. Most of the herbs used in my products are grown in my beautiful organic garden or wildharvested in the woods and fields nearby. Herbs that I don't grow or wildharvest, are certified organic or ethically wildharvested and sourced from reliable suppliers. Other ingredients, such as carrier oils, waxes, hydrosols, clays, and essential oils are obtained from reliable suppliers and are mostly organic.

While not all perfume ingredients are certified organic, I make every effort to ensure that they pure by purchasing only from suppliers I trust. As I learn more and make more connections, I'm finding awesome suppliers who work directly with harvesters (of resins, for example), as well as small distillers. I also make some of my own tinctures from organic, wild-harvested resins, as well as from herbs and saps I grow or harvest myself. The 190 proof alcohol in my new eau de parfum offerings is made from organic corn and distilled in Maine, where I live.

I grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, not far from where I live now. Some of my fondest childhood memories are early spring days seeking out the first wildflowers in the woods behind my home: Mayflowers (trailing arbutus); purple and white violet;, painted trillium and the big red ones too; pink, white, and yellow ladyslipper orchids; and wild lily of the valley (maianthemum canadense). I loved the musky fragrance of the spring damp earth, the softness of deep green mosses under my bare feet, and the comfort of being surrounded by tall white pine trees.

When my mother gave me a small plot for my own garden, I had a hard time weeding. Those little unwanted plants intrigued me. And I felt they had as much right to thrive as the nursery starts I planted. Little did I know that those little weeds - like purslane, chickweed, plantain, lamb's quarters, and cleavers would one day be welcome herbs in my yard (though not necessarily in the garden).

I started learning about and using herbs in my early 20s, first in teas, then salves and tinctures. I read, took classes and workshops, gardened when I had the space, and generally increased my knowledge through practice and experience. I also took an extensive home study course offered by Rosemary Gladstar.

When I moved to my current home in Fryeburg, Maine over twenty years ago (with views of the mountains of my childhood from my backyard), the first thing I did was plant a large garden - for veggies, certainly, but my main goal was to grow as many of the herbs I use for healing and cooking as possible. This is when I started making creams and salves in greater variety for friends and family, and eventually I got very good at it. I love creating new formulations to meet a variety of skin care needs. Many of my products are the result of special creams or salves made for specific skin issues or with a friend's love of a particular scent in mind.

In 2010, at the encouragement of my family, I started Gaia's Garden Herbals. My first product (still available) was Moisturizing Skin Cream that was created origionally for my ex-mother-in-law. She loved it and I still send her several jars at Christmas. This etsy shop was created in 2011, but I didn't keep it up - dealing with computers wasn't my forte, and between my job at a local health food store, gardening, and making products for local folks, I was busy enough. When that little store closed its doors for good, I expanded my product line and in the fall of 2014 I resurrected my etsy shop, adding new products, and eventually my botanical perfumes.

My products have no chemical preservatives added. Some essential oils and other ingredients (like Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Rosemary antioxidant) do have preservative qualities (as well as being good for the skin). However, once a jar of cream is opened, it should be used within 3 - 5 months, and stored in a cool, dark place. Creams may be stored in the refrigerator (but do not allow to feeze) to prolong shelf life. Unrefrigerated, unopened creams kept in a cool place should last from 4 - 10 months depending on the product - some creams will last longer but I make no guarantees. Salves have a shelf life of 2 to as many as 5 years depending on ingredients. They should be stored in a dark, cool place as well. And never stick dirty fingers into a jar of cream or salve. Tinctures and elixirs contain alcohol (tinctures more than elixirs which also contain raw honey). Tinctures can be stored in a cool place and will last for many years. Elixirs stored in a cupboard will last a year or so, maybe longer. If stored in the fridge (which will thicken the honey so shake well before using), elixirs will last much longer. Please follow storage and use directions provided with each product for best results and longest shelf life.

My Botanical Perfumes are made from pure essential oils, absolutes, resins, attars, and other natural ingredients such as my own fragrant resin/herb tinctures and infused oils, and (unless stated otherwise) are created in the traditional way - the top, heart, and base accords are blended and aged seperately before the final perfume is created. If you purchase a sample of a perfume and decide to get the regular size bottle of the same fragrance, I will deduct the price of the sample from the price - you'll have to remind me because etsy doesn't have a code that would work.

I have great confidence that you will love whatever your order. When your order leaves me it is fresh and in good condition. All packages are insured in case of loss or breakage, and if I ship the wrong item I will happily ship you the correct item. I do not accept returns of opened or used items.

Please feel free to contact me with questions. Special orders are also welcome, especially with regard to tincture blends, elixirs, and infused oils. For special request of creams or salves, a minimum number of jars may be required.

Susan Meeker-Lowry

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Susan Meeker-Lowry

Northern Woods Cream
$20.00
Amber Flowers & Spice Botanical Perfume
$25.00
Tranquility Aromatherapy Blend
$14.00
Breathe! Aromatherapy Blend
$14.00
Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Oil
$16.00
Forest Blend Body Oil
$22.50
Rose Skin Cream
$19.50
Moisturizing Skin Cream
$16.00
Calendula Body Butter
$16.00
Spruce Tip Body Cream
$19.00
All-Purpose Herbal Salve
$12.00
White Pine Salve
$12.00
Working Hands Salve
$13.00
St. John's Wort Salve
$12.00
Calendula Salve
$12.00
Lavender Face Wash w/African Black Soap
$17.00
Detoxifying & Remineralizing Facial Mask
$8.75
Dreamscape Botanical Perfume - Oil Based
$27.00
Ancient Forest Botanical Perfume - Oil Based
$20.00
Dreamscape (Eau de Parfum)
$37.00
Aquarius Botanical Perfume
$65.00
Nostalgia Botanical Perfume
$20.00
Yule Botanical Perfume
$25.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(23)
Tracy

Tracy on Jan 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
SenseForStyle

SenseForStyle on Nov 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love the scent. The name "Nostalgia" is soooo perfect because the scent reminded me of my very chic grandmother. This is something she would have used. She always smelled amazing. Thank you for taking me back... The seller is wonderful. Highly recommended!

pixiemom78

pixiemom78 on Aug 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Works great to heal my daughter's hands along with other scrapes we get around the farm. Thank you!

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Updates

The perfect cream for summer skin! And the fragrance is divine.

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Rose Skin Cream
$19.50
Valerian flowering! I harvest the roots in the Fall for tincturing. This is one of the ingredients in my Sleep Tincture.

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Fresh Herb Tinctures and Blends
$15.00
Baby calendula plants for this year's calendula flower infused organic olive oil. The main ingredient in this cream. Sooo good for summer skin!

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Calendula Body Butter
$16.00
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About

Sharing the gifts and spirit of Gaia, the Living Earth.

For most of my adult life I was an activist. I co-founded an environmental organization in Montpelier, Vermont with the mission of "creating an economy for the living Earth". I am a published author of a couple of books, and numerous articles in many places. But my vision was always to awaken people to the reality of a living, sentient Earth, and the relationship we have with Earth whether we are aware of it or not. I was always saying that we need to fall in love with the Earth like we love our children, husbands/wives/lovers, friends - and in so doing our actions will become less destructive and more healing. But the reality of our current society, the corporate destruction, the way the global economy depends on that destruction, profits from it, and the pain all around me - in the forests and rivers and mountains - became too much and I retreated to my garden, leaving activism behind, to devote my energy to growing and learning from the plants, especially the healing herbs that I have loved for decades. I was taking my own advice to "listen to the Earth".

Over time I realized that even if I couldn't change the way people necessarily think or perceive of the Earth and their relationship with it, I could bring the Earth to them through the body care products I made. And in a kind of subversive way, the spirit and energy of the Earth would penetrate their bodies, become a part of them. This loving, Earth energy is something I am always aware of as I mix and blend and pour; as I take photos that become pictures on labels, even as I sit surrounded by tiny bottles of essential oils and create a fragrance, drop by drop, until the result comes close to my intention.

I love creating new creams, learning about the various qualities of carrier oils and essential oils, blending them to create a product that is both effective and luxurious. Every cream I create doesn't necessarily become a product in my line. Sometimes they're made for a particular season or holiday or for my Herbal CSA members - a one time thing.

Over the past 3 years I've been creating Botanical Perfumes, inspired by places I've loved, dreams, and most recently my oldest son, who died in May of 2013. Jason was a wonderful, handsome, hardworking, compassionate man with two young sons who lived in Vermont. He worked on an organic dairy farm and also had his own logging business for several years. One of the things his oldest son said after his father died was that he loved the way "Papa" smelled when he came in from work at the end of the day. It was a mix of hay, fresh air, wood resin, good organic manure, leather from his boots, a hint of tobacco (because he smoked American Spirit). It was his unique smell. After he died I knew I wanted to create a perfume that captured it. It was a labor of love and ultimately I created a heady, masculine, deep perfume. A few months later, after it had aged nicely, I shared it with my grandsons and their mother. We were sitting around the kitchen table sniffing our wrists, enjoying the complexity, and suddenly his youngest smiled and said, "I GET it!" It was a moment I will never forget. This perfume doesn't have name yet and it hasn't been offered for sale. One reason is because it has castorium as an ingredient, which isn't botanical. It was a gift from my perfume teacher after I explained to him what was missing from the fragrance - that barny manurey smell. It was exactly what the fragrance needed!

The point of this story is to share that I love creating fragrances inspired by people, places, dreams, visions. I don't just sit down and decide to make a perfume. Or a new cream for that matter. The ideas percolate, sometimes for weeks or, in the case of a fragrance, months. Then one morning I wake up and know "today is the day". It's a process of creativity that I imagine is not unlike that of a painter or sculptor. A perfume can come together as if by magic, as Dreamscape did, or it can take several sessions to get it right. Either way, the aging process is part of the alchemy - it's amazing what a few weeks, and especially months, do to the depth of a perfume!

Aside from making things, my real passion is being in my garden, watching things grow, doing what I can to make it happen, talking with the bees and butterflies, beetles and worms. I get such joy from watching bees feast on my flowers, though, sadly, their numbers have decreased dramatically over the 20 years I've been gardening here. I do my part to grow what they love and welcome them with open arms and heart, each day!

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    Herb lover, organic gardner, mother, and grandmother. I'm happiest on a sunny day in the garden, getting dirt under my fingernails. I delight in making yummy, effective herbal products that nourish body and spirit - yours and mine!

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