Herbal Harmony and its journey.....
Herbal Harmony was founded by Catherine Marshall,
a Medical Herbalist from Dorset. Here's her story:
'After completing my degree in Herbal Medicine at the
University of Central Lancashire in 2003, I joined the National
Institute of Medical Herbalists and set up practice as a
herbalist in Dorset.
Having particularly enjoyed parts of my degree course that
involved designing & creating products, I decided that I
wanted to be able to make my own natural & herbal
skincare products for my patients which were free from
the chemicals that could irritate and harm the skin and
our health (SLS, SLES, parabens, Petroleum derivatives etc)
so I set about learning, reading and experimenting to create
my product range.
The range initially started with a few skin creams, ointments
and teas and over the years as the demand for natural cosmetics
began to grow, I started to create bath products, shower gels,
cleansers, face moisturisers, traditional cold process soaps
and more recently felted soaps.
With the interest in natural products increasing, my journey
also took a new path into teaching in 2009, something I
would never have imagined myself doing, but now enjoy
immensely, and it's wonderful to be able to help people create
their own cosmetics for friends & family.
In recent years I have also started creating products for
Salisbury based charity Horatios Garden, who build beautiful,
accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.
As my business has now grown to the point that I am
working full time making products and teaching classes,
I have stopped practicing as a herbalist for the time being
but continue to use the knowledge I gained
from my training throughout my business and personal life.
After a short time living in Monmouthshire, Wales, I moved
back to Dorset in 2018 and now live and run my business
from the Mapperton Estate in west Dorset'