From The Tennesseean
How did your company get started? I’m 58 years old and I’ve been canning since I was 26. I’ve been studying herbs since I was 28. Thirty years ago, this is how I fed my family. I was buying from farmers 30 years ago. I got a domestic kitchen license from Tennessee Department of Agriculture and started selling at the Nashville Farmers Market. I’ve always had things in stores but not like now.
Why these products? I wanted to make sure people had an alternative. A lot of people use sugar in their products. I wanted to make something a little healthier. I use stevia. Stevia is a plant and it’s a natural sweetener. I do have some products with sugar, but that’s just 10 percent.
The only preservative I use in my creams is vitamin E. And rosemary is a natural preservative.
Where are your products available? My lotion, green tea shea butter and the cream to go with it is at Cheekwood. There’s an herb store in the Global Mall at the Crossings called Shineworthy — I use their green tea and my lotion bars are there. I’m also at Hey Rooster General Store. All my products are at Green Wagon in East Nashville. The Master Herbalist has all my products. I do a market online called Stone River Market. Kundalini Rising Yoga of Nashville has my products.
Where are they manufactured? Right now I’m able to work out of my home. I have a domestic kitchen that’s licensed.
How long have you been making these products? It was early 2012.
What’s next for your company? What I want to do next is build more of an online community across the globe. Another thing is I’m getting ready for spring, so I have my bug repellant to add to my skincare line.
Is this a full-time or part-time job? I am a massage therapist as well. I have books, write about food and natural things and making products, and I do massages, so my massage clients will buy my muscle soaks and creams. I have something for everybody.
What’s your favorite Tennessee-made product aside from your own? Right now I think it might be that Short Mountain Moonshine. Not only does it taste good, but it cooks really well.
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