earth-friendly soaps & botanicals for the whole family

Kitchener, Canada · 380 Sales


earth-friendly soaps & botanicals for the whole family

Kitchener, Canada 380 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Homegrown herbals: An eco micro-herbal farm in the city

More than 15 years ago I started to learn about herbalism when I came across a wonderful book on herbal healing for women by Rosemary Gladstar. Her simple, respectful approach introduced me to the effective beauty of herbal healing. I still prefer to use her "simpler's" method, using minimal but carefully selected herbs grown organically and locally to promote the body's own efforts toward healing.

Since then I have completed various herbal studies, including master herbalist and chartered herbalist. I provide herbal products to various local midwifery clinics, and have a special interest in creating beautiful products for mama & baby during pregnancy and post-partum.

My husband & I started a micro-farm on 1/3 acre in the city, including large organic vegetable gardens and herbal plots where I could grow what I needed for the small herbal business I wanted to found. On our urban farm we use the principles of permaculture as our guide, and aim to leave this small parcel of land healthier and more vibrant than when we arrived. Part of our goal in the city is to connect with the broader community by providing educational opportunities and tours of our homestead. Since 2007 we have offered a slate of ongoing workshops year-round related to herbal healing, soap making, permaculture, organic growing, and hands-on homesteading activities like bread baking and cheese making - we hope that by offering these opportunities for reskilling, inspiration, relationship-building and transformation we can do our little part to help build resilience as we approach a post-carbon world.

On our property we built a passive solar greenhouse where we grow many of the seedlings used in our gardens. We live in a small eco addition to our house made of strawbale construction and natural earthen plasters. We power our home with 100% renewable energy through a green energy provider. Here is where Homestead Herbals is based! A small homegrown herbal business using herbs grown organically and/or sourced from local organic farms wherever possible. We focus on simple healing herbals for the whole family, but I have a specific love for creating effective products for mama & baby. Here in our city I work with several midwifery clinics and doulas to provide their clients with post-partum healing kits and other pregnancy related herbals.

Homestead Herbals has evolved over the years to include natural soaps as well as healing herbal products such as salves, massage oils, lipbalms and loose-leaf teas.

Every item in our shop is made by hand in small batches with much love and care. I package everything with attention for detail, beauty, and an eco conscience. Products come in recycleable or refillable containers or bags, soaps are wrapped in post-consumer recycled papers. I absolutely love working with herbs, providing effective healing and education for my community. I am happy to share this love through my products on Etsy.

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  • Karin Kliewer

    Owner, Creator, Herbalist

    I've been fascinated with herbal healing for more than 15 years. Apprenticeships on organic farms & formal herbal studies led me to start my own micro-farm in the city, and a small home-based herbal business focused on natural soaps & herbals.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 22, 2016
Welcome to the Homestead Herbals shop! If you wandered through our garden you'd find lush patches of herbs growing - sage, calendula, yarrow, echinacea, fennel, rosehip, sweetgrass, raspberry leaf, comfrey, arnica, lemon balm to name a few. If you joined us here in our farm kitchen you'd see herbs infusing in olive oil, large jugs of locally produced hemp oil, batches of soaps curing in neat rows, and smell gentle wafts of sweet orange, lavender, peppermint and lemongrass essential oils...

At Homestead Herbals we create quality handcrafted herbal products & soaps using organic, natural ingredients that provide nourishing, healing effects for you & the planet. We use local ingredients wherever possible, including herbs grown in our own gardens and Ontario hemp oil! Most of our products are vegan, but occasionally we do use local honey, beeswax or goatmilk and these will be clearly labelled.

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PAYMENTS: Please pay within 48 hours of placing order or your transaction will be cancelled. If you need special consideration or arrangements please contact us in advance.

PRICING & TAXES: All prices as listed in US Dollars. All taxes are included in list price.

FREE LOCAL PICK UP: If you live locally and would like to pick up your order at our location, please use the coupon code "LOCAL" at time of placing order. Then I'll contact you to set up a convenient time for you to pick up your order.

CANCELLATIONS: If you need to cancel an order, please contact us to do so within 24 hours so that we don't ship your item out to you.
SHIPPING: We ship as quickly and affordably as possible. Generally orders are ready to ship in 3-5 business days. Please note that custom orders of soap can take 4-6 weeks, as the soap needs production and curing time. Custom wedding soap orders should be allowed at least 8 weeks to prepare.

We ship items by Canada Post Expedited Parcel using the most cost effective method possible. This comes with a tracking number, and can take from 1-7 business days to arrive.

Please note that we are unfortunately not able to ship to the US or internationally at this time.

If you do need a rush order, please send me a note and I will get back to you with a quote.

Shipping costs are greatly reduced if you combine purchases of multiple items (this makes a huge difference in shipping costs for the Small Packet items).

You will receive a confirmation email once your item has been shipped. Local customers who have chosen local in-person pick up will receive an email to set up a convenient pick up time.
Refunds and Exchanges
RETURNS: Due to the nature of our personal care products we cannot accept returns or exchanges. However, if you are truly unsatisfied with your purchase please contact us prior to leaving feedback and we will do our best to resolve any issues! We aim for top quality service, communication and customer satisfaction.

LOSSES: Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for items lost in the mail. Please ensure you send us your correct mailing address! We use the mailing address that comes with your paypal/etsy information at time of your order.
Additional policies and FAQs
We are happy to take custom orders for soaps. Please send a note with your requests and we'll be happy to set up a custom listing for you.

WEDDING CUSTOM SOAPS: We love making custom guest sized soaps which can be used for wedding or shower favours, and offer lovely simple environmentally-friendly gifts to your guests at a reasonable price. You can order wedding soaps from our usual list of soap scents, or discuss a special combination with us. Minimum order of 50 wedding favour soaps for $150. Guests soaps come hand-wrapped with customized gift tags. Convo us with your ideas and we will set up a special listing for you. Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery (including consultation, production time, curing and shipping). 50% non-refundable downpayment is needed before we begin your custom order. We generally do this by setting up a custom listing for you in our shop. Once this has been paid we start your custom order.

Homestead Herbals lists all ingredients in the product description for all items that we sell. Persons with allergies should read the ingredient list carefully. Nut butters and nut oils are commonly used (our work space is not a nut-free facility). Herbs and herbal products should be used with knowledge and caution. Always check with a qualified health practitioner before taking any herbs. We will not be held responsible for allergic reactions, rashes, etc. If you are pregnant or lactating please consult your herbalist/doctor before using our products.