The Earth Mother & her Flower Children.
Updated: Jul 3, 2020
Hello, and welcome to the first blog post on the new website !
I'm Shannan, and I am the creator of Earth Mother Flower Child. I have always been a lover of all things natural, beginning as a small child. I am also a mum to two young boys - my 'Flower Children'. When I became a Mum, I wanted products for my babies that were free from toxins and preservatives and as natural as possible. That proved to be quite the challenge as when I took a closer look at the ingredients in products that were marketed as 'natural', 'plant derived', 'free from...' and 'organic', I was disturbed to find that many weren't as 'natural' as they were made out to be. And even more annoying was that the products I could find that were honestly 100% natural were often expensive, so I set out to make my own.
I first studied aromatherapy as an apprentice florist more than 20 years ago (where has the time gone?!) I was fascinated with how essential oils were made, and wanted to improve my knowledge about the healing properties of the flowers and plants I was working with. I became an avid user of essential oils, and also used my knowledge about flowers and plants to create 'healing' floral arrangements. I would create little hand posies with a mix of herbs and flowers that had different healing benefits, whether it be for comfort, calming or uplifting. I created 'chakra' hedge arrangements, where I would arrange rows of flowers one after the other in the seven chakra colours and using flowers with associated healing benefits.
The education I have covering floristry, aromatherapy & herbalism has blossomed, quite literally, into a deep love for, connection to and understanding of the power of plants, and that shows through in the products I now make.
Many of the plants used in my products are grown organically in my home garden. My two boys, who have also embraced their mums' love of gardening, flowers and plants, help me in the garden caring for and harvesting the plants. It's a really wonderful thing to share with them.
I infuse my own oils, and I also create tinctures, with the homegrown plants for my family’s personal use. If I don't happen to have a particular plant or flower in my garden, I will only use Certified Organic product suppliers in it's place.
My method of oil infusion, and for tinctures, follows the Wise Woman Tradition, or Wise Woman Way. This is the oldest known healing tradition on our planet. For oil infusions this means leaving the mix to sit for anywhere from 6 weeks when using fresh plant matter, to 12 weeks minimum when using dried plant matter. There's no speeding up the process by using sunlight, crock pots or double boilers. Please note that this is simply my personal choice of method and not the only effective method. I'll cover more about the Wise Woman Tradition in another blog post.
I am committed to creating products of integrity and purity. It is my mission to provide you with pure products that you can trust, are affordable and a joy to use.
Earth Mother Flower Child was born from a mother’s love and I am honoured to share the fruits of that love with you.