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My Lil’ Bean Q&A: Karin from Homestead Herbals

Among the many benefits of working with small business owners, one of the great things is hearing their very personal stories of how they came to make the amazing products that you see in our baskets. As part of a series we’d like to share those stories with you. We’re thankful to have Karin as our first guest!

How did you begin making your own soap and massage oil?

I have been studying/practicing herbalism for more than 15 years, both through mentorships and more formal education routes. Herbalism is a passion that grew out of my love for organic farming, interest in working with healing plants, and desire to create healing herbal remedies for my own family. Soap making was a natural extension of herbalism for me – it combines both art and science, and I can incorporate botanicals from my gardens, and pure essential oils into each soap batch for added medicinal and aromatherapeutic value.
I am also trained as a post-partum doula and have been providing several local midwifery clinics with herbal healing products, like massage oils, baby salves and herbal bath blends, for their clients to use.

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