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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.~ Kahlil Gibrah
 
 
 
My old-fashioned custom handcrafted handmade natural products are created in small batches using a variety of natural oils, butters & botanicals.
 
I work with herbs of least contradiction. I try to create recipes for people that have persistent or chronic conditions. Most time are already on loads of medication. 

My products are designed so that the client can some relief  without adding more medications or to decrease the symptoms of the ones they are already on.
I create them as a cocktail to help balance the ones that they are on. A Botanical Band aid so to speak. A gentle hug to help them feel soothed and relief.
 
I try to use only ethically harvested ingredients. And am continuing to switch over to organic. At times this can be difficult.
Most essential oils are in danger due to over use and over harvesting. I try to be very respectful when I am using those oils. I will continue to find a renewable source when possible for these essential oils.
 
I only use Organic palm, Rosehip, Evening Primrose oils in my herbal products.
So, rest assured, with the use of organic palm you will not be a contributor to deforestation of tropical regions. The hempseed oil is wild harvested. The beeswax is local to Catskill NY. 
 
 They are made with the very best Essential Oils. Most are organic and I am continuing to switch over.
 
They are made for people already stricken with terminal illness or serious issues  or when they are having trouble adjusting or adding medications, or where medication is not working. I would appreciate it if you would honor my work and look into the herbs and oils I use before buying my products.
 
All soaps, salves and lotions  have been made with the finest ingredients available and are 100% natural. No chemicals or artificial ingredients will be found in these bars.
  
Marita A. Orr
Professional gardener, Herbalist, Reiki Master, Soap Maker, Plant Lore Historian, Creator of fine cuisine, Wife, Mother, and lover of all things found in nature.
 
EDUCATION:
 
Gardening and Herbalism:
 
New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx:
Herb Garden Design, History of Herbalism, Container Gardening, Botanical Latin and Overview Gardening Classes.
 
 
Rosemary Gladstar
 
Apprentice Program Fall of 2007 and Summer of 2008.
 
Science + Art of Herbalism Home Study Program.
Natural Cosmetics, Creams, Lotions and Medicinal
Preparations. 2007-2008
 
Ecstasy of Teaching Intensive Program. Fall 2009
 
Women Shamanism Spirituality and Healing Plants with Rocio Alarcon, Dona Enriqueta Contreras, and Rosemary Gladstar Fall 2010
 
Susun Weed
Herbal Medicine Chest Hands and Herbal Medicine/Summer: Identifying, Harvesting, Making Herbal Remedies, Teas, Infusions, Vinegars, and Tinctures.
 
Reiki
Received Reiki 1: From Rhianna Essential Reiki Master and owner of the DREAMING GODDESS SHOP of Poughkeepsie, New York.
Reiki 2 and Master: From Kat Manaan at THE WOMAN WILD (TM) SCHOOL OF REIKI A non-traditional approach to Reiki incorporating the intuitive wisdom of the Wild Feminine.
 
Duchess Community College
Received 52 credits with a GPA of 3.52 in Accounting as major and Business as a minor.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
 
I Worked under Julie Helberg, an amazingly patient perennial gardener from 1996-1999 as her assistant. When she dissolved the business she gave me the commercial sites.
 I began my own business Boxes and Borders in 1999. It consists of commercial as well as residential accounts. It has been a wonderful experience working in the public eye. I love being able to bring the flowers and plants to people to live amongst in their own sacred space.
 I have been learning to plant with intention for over 5 years. It is exciting to be able to create sacred space for myself and others. I find it very fulfilling and purposeful. I believe that the gardens I tend to help all those that visit them.
 I worked in the Food Service Industry for over 20 years. Including, Putnam Hospital Center as sanitation supervisor. EFCO of Poughkeepsie as a lab tech in their kitchens.
 Adams Fair acre farms 10 years in the Deli Department - involved with platters and catering .I also assisted in some recipe formulation, Creator of the Marita's Sesame noodles. Which by now has been adapted. I also spent 4 years  working in the Meat department utilizing the fat from the animals to create moisturizing soap, salves and lotions.
 I am also a Professional Stained Glass Artisan. I apprenticeship with Joanne Guarante owner of the Kaleidoscope Glasswork in Poughkeepsie in 1986-1989. I have sold some large pieces on my own and got to work on some outstanding pieces as well. It was an honor to be able to study with some one so talented.
Press:
Wrote articles for The Essential Herbal titled With Seeds of Intention May/June 2008. Wrote a column titled The Herbal Global 2009-2010. Is currently writing a column called Herbal connections Jan 2011 to present 
Articles written about Marita: The Taconic Weekend May 3-9, 2007 edition written by Mark Adams in his Let's Grow column titled Flower Power.
 Family:
 My maternal grandparents were both very gifted with the plants and vegetables as well as cooking . The owned there own tavern. My grandfather was an old Irish farmer and taught me how to use the gifts from the ocean as fertilizer for my gardens along with his stories of capturing mermaids and understanding the Celtic ways. My grandmother Was an amazing cook as well as flower gardener. She loved the smell of roses and a good pot roast cooking. She was the first person to bring the flowers to me. Along with my late Uncle and God Father, Val Gallagher, founder of The China Trade Bonsai Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1998. He taught me everything is possible by teaching me how to make a big tree fit into a small pot. My late God Mother Bernadette Gallagher Conahan, gave me confidence and courage. Always supporting me and loving me through it all! Good and Bad!
 My paternal great great grandmother was a medicine woman of the Mohegan long house. Her daughter as well as granddaughter were both very gifted. They were active horticulturist winning many awards for their gifts.
 The biggest influence on me was my parents. My Mom was the most amazing horticulturist I knew. People came from miles around to see her gardens and receive her maternal support. She brought the flowers to me to learn from. She was also the most amazing cook. I still count on her recipes,they are tried and true. She also taught me compassion and dedication. 
Up to the day he died, my Dad was and will always be my sweet heart. He gave me unconditional love and support and a few of his cynical ways. Their lives taught me to steadfast and believe, But most importantly how to love my children with all my heart.
 I have a beautiful and supportive Husband. We have grown together like an old tree since 1981. We have two amazing sons Brian and Matthew. They are totally awesome inside and out. Last but not least Madison Jane Orr was born on June 5, 2009 to Brian Orr jr. what a gift to be given.
 
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