Apis was born out of a desire to learn how to harness the power of herbs, and to get back to more natural products.
Inspiration began when I started working at a local organic farm and took a class from an herbalist. She showed me the power that herbs can have on the body, and where to start. I began experimenting with creating my own lip balms. The creativity involved was exciting. My studies expanded, and so did my product line. More classes, followed by more books, gave me the knowledge to formulate healing recipes. The feedback I receive from my customers is now my inspiration. I love hearing how well a product works for someone when nothing else would help. Creating natural products for the community is fulfilling, and I am glad to be able to reach out to you all.
Our healing herbs are grown in our own gardens. We harvest and dry everything- which means that the herbs are as fresh as possible, and there is no plastic packaging or shipping that goes into our product inputs.
Our gardens also are home to all varieties of pollinating species and beneficial insects. We plant flowers and vegetables as well as herbs, and use organic gardening methods. Having a continual variety of plants in bloom with no added pesticides guarantees pollinators a secure habitat. The gardens are home to a wide variety of native bees, beetles, moths, wasps, and other beneficial insects.
The dried herbs are infused into organic oils. They sit for 2-4 weeks to translate their properties into the oils, and then are strained out.
To make our salves, we blend the infused oils with local beeswax and vitamin e. Herbal oils and essential oils are selected to heal certain conditions based off of their unique properties.
Our products are packaged with minimal plastic (most lids still come in plastic). Our sales are focused locally- we supply many local stockists with goods, as well as sell at the Boise Farmers Market and other local markets.