Plants have inspired Herbfarmacy co-founder Paul Richards since childhood. His passion for their power, properties and provenance led him to establish his own organic farm and the Herbfarmacy name over ten years ago.
Tucked down a narrow country lane, our five-acre farm is home to a range of skin-conditioning herbs and flowers. From the rows of bright Calendula to the soothing fields of our signature herb Marshmallow, time and patience is our secret to harvesting the finest ingredients to use in our award-winning skin care range.
In early Spring, wrapped up against the last of the winter chill, we sow our herbs by hand using seeds collected from the previous year’s crop. It’s a slow, delicate process but well-worth the time taken; almost all will germinate in the pale Spring sunshine. When the nights are warmer, we’ll carefully plant out the seedlings in our fields. Rows of fragile new-green shoots, surrounded by rich soil, over-looking the Wye Valley.
Carefully tended by hand-hoeing between each one, the seedlings soon grow into strong, healthy plants. The fields are vibrant with colour; butterflies, bees and other small creatures vie for attention. In the glorious, long summer days from June to September, a small team of enthusiasts hand-pick several hundred kilos of herbs and flowers. We pick by hand to help preserve the delicate petals and to protect and respect the integrity of each plant.
The flowers and herbs are gently dried, then carefully steeped in oil to lock-in the very best herbal benefits. Using recipes that we created ourselves, we take small batches and gently blend the herbal oils with other ingredients, before slowly filling our distinctive green bottles and jars by hand. Purity is key. It takes time and is a labour-of-love but each of our balms, oils and creams is unique and hand crafted.
When you use a Herbfarmacy product you share in our philosophy. There is comfort and reassurance in knowing that nature has been allowed to provide its very best to the ingredients, that plants and wildlife have been treated with respect and that the products you use are individually made with care.