While visiting my daughter in Mexico I became enthralled once again by its open-air markets teaming with locals selling all kinds of herbs with each having its unique purpose and remedy for whatever may ail you.

During what seemed like an endless drive back together across the boarder to the Berkshires, we spent the entire trip planning how we could use local resources to bring the feel of the open-air markets into the homes and hearts of our neighbors.

In Mexico, herbs are used mostly in medicines and teas but we’ve never been big tea drinkers.

Perhaps, we mused, there was no need to ingest the herbs after all, for as we left our memories in the rearview we realized it was the scent and tactile herbal qualities that infused our souls. Calming lavender, energizing peppermint, the healing power of mugwort and comfrey.

We would make soaps! Aromatic essential oil formulas that softly lather to sustain us through the winter’s chill … unique varieties to wash off the sweltering days of summer … hand crafted, organic, herb infused soaps, that’s what we’ll create.