Welcome to Lavinia Botanica.
My connection to botanicals began as a child. Being Italian we grew food and had lived an organic life long before it was a lifestyle choice or trendy. I learned how to grow plants with my beloved father and later borrowed or purchased herb books to read.
A Love Story
A turning point came after I met and married my husband. He suffered with debilitating panic attacks and so we went together to see a doctor in 1995. The doctor we consulted didn’t know much about panic attacks or its treatment. His advice was to live with it.
I couldn’t accept this and decided to visit the library and see if there was anything in the herb books about anxiety and panic attacks. I read many interesting books and this started me on a journey researching essential oils. I made-up my own combination of herbs and would rub this on his feet, back and chest every day.
We also visited a Naturopath who advised a diet of no caffeine, lots of vegetable, fruit and meat. We did this for a year and broke the cycle of panic attacks. This lived-experience strengthened my view on the power of herbs, essential oil blends and eating the right food. In combination they worked no small miracle for us.
I will never forget my first public-facing markets in 2009 at Picton as ‘Lavinia Soap,’ with my four types of soap! Today my range of products are made with different oils, essential oils and herbs. Essential oils are comprised of different chemical compounds, most of which may be beneficial or support more than one health condition.
As a cosmopolitan country, Australia’s herbal medicine has global influences as well as our First Nations plant wisdom. I have incorporated these influences in my products creating blends that are unique to Lavinia Botanica.
In my experience, essential oils can work on the physical as well as the emotional level. I believe a quicker recovery is aided by targeting the emotions. Addressing a calming of the emotions can translate to the body healing quicker. My passion is blending essential oils with other natural oils and herbs to create a new product that may provide you with emotional and/or physical relief and help you keep small problems under control.
It gives me great pleasure to hear my customers say how a particular product has worked for them. This is such a thrill to hear their experience and is extremely rewarding for me. I am proud of my products which is why the brand ‘Lavinia Botanica,’ today still incorporates my given name.
“Don’t You Deserve Chemical Free On Your Skin?”
I only use the best quality ingredients and have reduced my carbon footprint, becoming more sustainable by growing lots of fresh ingredients on the farm. I invite you to visit us at the farm where we have a farmgate shop, so you too can experience the inspiration for my products. The range is still evolving. I know it hasn’t reached its full potential as the new golden age of natural and chemical free wellbeing is upon us.
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