Our Herbs and Ingredients
At Isla Botanica we believe that the herbs and other ingredients (base oils, butters and waxes) in our products are of the highest quality. As the consumer of our products you have the right to know what is in the products you use. The chart below shows the classifications of the ingredients we use, from locally-grown lemon balm leaves, to organic and fair-trade certified tea leaves. We hope this brings you the confidence and trust in our products that we feel you deserve, as well as a discernment regarding herbs and ingredients you may be exposed to elsewhere.
Classification of our Herbs and Ingredients
The herbs, oils, waxes and other ingredients we use fall into one or several of these categories:
Locally Grown – these herbs are cultivated without the use of chemicals but are not certified organic, though they probably could be. They are grown either 1) by us on San Juan Island, or 2) by other farmers on San Juan Island or in the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon states). We prefer to use herbs that are locally grown to herbs that come from remote places because we have a greater connection with and effect on how and by whom they are grown. Additionally, we think it is more ecologically and economically sustainable to support local plants and growers.
Locally Wildharvested – these herbs are harvested from “wild” or uncultivated places such as mountainsides, stream-sides, or meadows on San Juan Island or in the Pacific Northwest, areas that are free from heavy local foot, car or boat traffic. They are thus unexposed to the pollutants associated with heavily trafficked areas. These are herbs we harvest ourselves or purchase from other herbalists we know and trust, and they are always harvested with awareness and care for the long-term health of the ecological communities associated with the plants.
Organically Grown – these herbs and oils are certified organically grown and are thus guaranteed to be free of harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals. They may come from the Pacific Northwest or the far reaches of the planet because they cannot be grown more locally (for example, ginger root is only grown in tropical or semi-tropical locales).
Sustainably or Ethically Wildharvested – these herbs and oils are harvested from “wild” or uncultivated places such as mountainsides, stream-sides, or meadows that are unexposed to the pollutants associated with heavily trafficked areas. These are herbs we purchase from local herb-sourcing companies we trust to be concerned with the long-term health of the ecological communities associated with the plants. These herbs may be harvested from the Pacific Northwest or the farther reaches of the globe.
Fair-Trade – these are herbs and oils that are sourced from companies whose workers are treated fairly by earning a livable wage and receiving just compensation for their work.
If you have specific questions about the origin of one or more ingredients in our products, we would be happy to discuss this further. Just contact us.