Common Garden Health is a natural plant-based business that offers an eclectic range of naturopathically-formulated organic herbal tea blends, first aid balms, skincare, hair and body products, mum and baby care, aromatherapy massage oils, and more.
With a strong focus on ethical and environmental sustainability, all our packaging is designed to be reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.
Each product has been individually formulated by me - Naabi Methé. I'm a tertiary qualified Naturopath (read more about me below), and I grow as many ingredients as i can to optimise the potency and purity of each herbal extract.
Normally, you can find Common Garden Health at the Queen Victoria night market in the general merchandising sheds, and a variety of local artisan markets and festivals around Melbourne. But for now, in the time Covid 19, we have moved online.
Deliver high quality products with ingredients that are locally grown, ethically and sustainably sourced.
To offer health conscious consumers handcrafted vegan botanical first aid ointments, herbal teas and body care products that are effective, affordable and naturally plant based.
I have always been fascinated by the healing power of nature and the ingenious ways that people have used and depended on plants throughout history. In particular I often gravitated toward the tactile and sensory nature of working with living materials and the notion that in many ways we can fulfil our basic needs from our local environment. Although I have worked within health and wellness disciplines for over 25 years, I only came to Naturopathic studies after having my 2 kids and supporting my husband through his medical training. I started making botanical balms as a way of getting hands on with the herbs I was learning about, and relished every moment of it.
I broadly experimented on my friends and family and then adapted my recipes to be suitable for my vegan friends that were excluded from using beeswax based botanical balms. During clinical practice I soon discovered that what had started as a fun hobby, and then side hustle, had morphed into an essential respite from the emotional isolation and physical inertia that commonly accompanies one on one clinical practice. It also helped to stem my dissatisfaction with the often expensive and inaccessible nature of private clinical care.
Creating this broad range of vegan botanical products provides me with the endless gift of diverse activity (gardening, harvesting, manufacturing) creativity (new product formulation, product and label design, web development etc) and vital social interaction and connectivity with the broader community. It also allows me the opportunity to share the healing power of nature in a much more affordable and accessible way than I ever was able to do in clinical practice.
I named my business in homage to a women's co-operative cafe that my single mum and many of her closest friends worked in in Fitzroy in the 80's called the Common Garden Cafe. Just as that place offered equitably priced food and employment for the local community, so too do I hope to offer herbal medicine that is affordable and sustainable within our broader community.
Yours in good health,