"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose we know not, though sometimes sense it. But we know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends." - Albert Einstein
I am very happy to introduce one of my other passions - Garden of Simples, healthful body enriching soaps and salves.
Somewhere deep inside of me is this yearning to conjure up healing products. My Grandmother Cora McCauley used to tell stories of walking through meadows, collecting plants with her Grandpa Morgan, a pharmacist who lived in Michigan. He was a devout Quaker who spoke in thee's and thou's whilst creating an Apothecary of healing simples and tinctures.
I take great pleasure in growing and collecting herbs, infusing and combining them into salves. There's great joy in hand-pouring a soap that is all natural and scented with essential oil. Then there's the naming of them, and designing a label to wrap them in. Here's the Hellebore Smock that I do my lab work in. All creations are overseen by a gentle doggy guy mask that hangs on the wall.
I welcome your comments and questions. Visit the Garden of Simples shop at
With a $20.00 purchase of Garden of Simples product, you'll receive a complimentary Lydia McCauley CD.