More About Gillian
Gillian and her partner Jonathan, building their straw bale home. In the background, their son, Jamie Yarrow, and the family dog, Koda.
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(photo: one of the gardens by our house)
~ More About Gillian
Hello! My products are all of my own creation and formulation. I believe strongly in the use of organic and ethically wildcrafted ingredients of the highest quality. My passion is in medicine making, and I value the use of safe, quality skin care products that do not contain chemical preservatives or fixatives. All ingredients in my products are listed accurately on the labels. I promote the use of medicinal herbs as an everyday 'food' item, encouraging people to include herbs in their daily diet as a healthy, preventative component of their life. I am a trained herbalist with a degree in Biology and Ecology, with schooling and internships ranging in location from Victoria, BC with Traditional Folk Herbalists Carol McGrath, Lynda Dowling of Happy Valley Lavender & Herb Farm, and Don Ollsin; to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Amanda McQuaid Crawford of the New Mexico Herb Clinic. I am also a constant student of the herbs and those who use them. My time is spent as a mother; as a community member; growing and harvesting herbs in our gardens, both at home and in the wild; as an occasional vendor at farmers' and craft markets, fairs and festivals; teaching beginner's herbalism and natural skin-care product making; teaching and dancing Nia (check out nianow.com for a fun way to move your body); and working one on one with apprentices WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and workawayers (workaway.info) who come to learn about herbs, and their uses.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions. Please also note that custom blending for many of the products is available, should you have special needs or desires. Mail orders are our specialty. Expect delivery between 1 and 3 weeks of your order being received.
(photo: a special display for my Soul Soother Tea)
Gillian's Herbs is a woman owned and operated business dedicated to making high quality, organic herbal products.
Everything we make, from luxurious skin care products to effective therapeutic herbal supplements, is created on-site and lovingly handcrafted by Gillian herself, occasionally with the help of apprentices and volunteers, in small batches to ensure quality and freshness.
The vast majority of the herbs used in our products are organically grown in our own BC Interior gardens. Others are gratefully wildcrafted from the wild herbal gardens around us, in the Southern Chilcotin Mountains, in unceded St'at'imc territory.
Ethical and ecological wildcrafting is not only our only method of harvesting from the wild, but also a way of life we promote and teach. It means the harvest of wild plants without harming or disrupting the natural ecology that supports them: no over harvesting, no waste or littering, and no harvesting near polluted soil, water or air. And we always give thanks in return.
Herbal tinctures, teas, and aromatherapy bath and body products are some of our most popular items. The tinctures are formulated by Gillian, a trained herbalist, to relieve such dis-ease as chronic immune problems, stress, insomnia, headaches, psoriasis, arthritis and herpes. Single tinctures are available for those who want to formulate their own blends.
We have teas for taste and nutrition, or for soothing the soul and nerves. We have exquisite aromatherapy mists also used as skin toners and chemical-free air-fresheners, each with their own special quality: refreshment, happiness, balance, calming. As of 2008, these are now packaged in glass as opposed to plastic, for your health and that of the planet. Spruce up a salad with Organic Basil, Thyme and Sage Vinegar, or try our ambrosial Raspberry Vinegar. Or Supplement your diet with minerals using our very popular and delicious Mineral Mix, with Spirulina, Nettle, Kelp, Garlic, Nutritional Yeast and Sesame Seeds - it's great on popcorn, just ask the kids!
(photo: a display of my Mineral Mix nutritional powder)
Herbs are continuing their tradition of enhancing our lives in body, mind and spirit. Gillian's Herbs is proud to work with and learn from the herbs, while providing effective and affordable organic herbal tinctures, teas, body care, and aromatherapy products to the public.
Visit Gillian's Herbs to access a world of lovingly crafted organic herbal delights for your body, mind and soul.
(photo: the johnny jump up plant)
(photo: my tincture collection at some point in the past !!! this image is for illustrative purposes only. please refer to the Medicinal Tincture collection pages to establish which items are actually available at present. you might also wish to visit my Special Orders page; I have posted there many items that are not in my current inventory but that I can offer to you via Special Order ... which basically means, drop me a line and I'll let you know if I can fulfill your order.)