Soulful Earth Herbals began from a passion for learning how to create personal products and simple herbal medicines without the use of chemicals and other potentially harmful ingredients. It began with the idea of a connection between nature and the ability to listen to our body.
My herbal journey began in 1999 with a small herb garden that sparked a desire to learn more about the properties and uses of each plant. This expanded to an interest in making medicine and topical ointments to replace the commercial products I was currently using. The first lip balm I made was really bad, but it encouraged me to do better. I kept reading books, trying new recipes and crushing up new herbs. When I ventured into making soaps and lotions, I was again disappointed with what I had made, but I learned from my mistakes, and kept making a better and better product.
I became a label reader and educated myself on the ingredients found in common personal care products (the ones you can’t pronounce). I seemed to have a feel for breaking a product down and figuring out how to make it safe, but still effective. I loved to share the products I would make and the information I learned with friends and family. It became a joke because I was always saying, “Don’t buy that, I can make it!”
Eventually I started sharing my healing diaper rash ointment with the Birth Center where I birthed my youngest son. Many families commented on how well the ointment worked for them, so I began selling what would become ‘Bohdi’s Balm’ to other families in the natural birthing community. With this success, Soulful Earth Herbals was a bud ready to open in the spring of 2005.
After strong encouragement from a close friend, and huge support from family,I found a space at the local year-round City Market and began to share Soulful Earth products with the public. People started buying my products and I received a constant flow of praise. I was helping people heal and move away from commercial chemicals. Soulful Earth Herbals became real.
I formulate all Soulful Earth products, and fully research the raw materials I useto craft my products. Much of my time is still spent experimenting with different ways to create new formulations. All Soulful Earth infusions are made with organic (and preferably wildcrafted) herbs. Organic raw materials are used wherever possible. No parabens or petrochemicals will be found in any Soulful Earth products!
This has been an amazing journey and I continue to find many wonders on this path. I learn more each day about our resources and how to use them in a peaceful way for ourselves and the Earth we all share. I am forever grateful to all the people who have supported my journey, and for the knowledge I have gained from those who have used Soulful Earth products. I look forward to continue learning and growing with all of you.