Finlay's Garden: Herbal Treats for the Heart & Soul by Joanne

Creative Grief Work: Tending Finlay’s Garden, Embracing Herbalism

Since the heart-breaking departure of my baby boy Finlay in 2014, I have been cultivating a Creative Grief Practice, following my impulse to learn more about the natural world through the study of organic gardening, permaculture design, and herbal medicine. This study has led to the creation of Finlay's Garden. I began Finlay’s Garden by crafting herb-infused raw honeys. Since then, I have begun blending Herbal Teas and other Botanical Treats. I hope that each of my care-fully made products will nourish your body, mind, and spirit! 

Inspired by the Heart-Healing powers of Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and the Medicinal and Magical properties of Honey, I've been experimenting with different herbal combinations to support healing & grieving, to relieve stress and anxiety, to improve digestion and boost energy, and to promote holistic wellness.

CHAI blend ready to partner with honey…

CHAI blend ready to partner with honey…

The fruits of my experimentation comes in the form of 3 MAIN VARIETIES of HERBAL HONEY: 

  • CALM (#1): lavender, chamomile, skullcap

  • WARM (#2): cassia cinnamon, ginger

  • HEART (#3) rose petals, hawthorn berries

Gorgeous Foraged White Pine spring tips! Such a delicate flavor, refreshing aroma, and warming energy. Perfect for honey.

Gorgeous Foraged White Pine spring tips! Such a delicate flavor, refreshing aroma, and warming energy. Perfect for honey.

I also carry limited supplies of SEASONAL VARIETIES of HERBAL HONEY available for a short time:

  • CHAI (#4): cassia cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns, cardamom pods, star anise (1 LEFT)

  • SASSAFRAS (#5): wildcrafted sassafras roots (SOLD OUT)

  • WHITE PINE (#6): wildcrafted white pine spring tips (SOLD OUT)

  • ELDERBERRY (#7): delicious elderberries (MORE COMING SOON!)

  • HIBISCUS (#8): sweetly tart hibiscus calyces (part of plant that supports its flowers)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS thoughtfully made with love:

  • CALM TEA BLEND (#1): lavender, chamomile, skullcap

  • HEART TEA BLEND (#3): hawthorn, linden, rosebuds, hibiscus

  • ELDERBERRY TEA BLEND (#7): dried elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, clove

  • ROSE GLYCERITE: heavenly-scented damask rose petals infused in vegetable glycerin (1 LEFT)

  • GRIEF BITTERS: dandelion root, hawthorn berries, mimosa bark, and orange peel infused in NC-made apple brandy

To Learn More About & To Purchase these Delicious Herbal Medicinals, please visit my Etsy Shop at:
If you prefer NOT to purchase through Etsy, please send me an email at: finlaysgarden [at] with your Order. Once confirmed, I can accept payment via Paypal, Venmo, or Google Pay!

I am grateful to my friend Dave Croy for designing such creative and heartful labels! And I extend thanks to my teachers at Midwest Permaculture and the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine who continue to inspire me to "make tiny changes to Earth" (Scott Hutchison). And my heart swells with thanks to my sweet son Finlay Emilio who guides me from the other side and encourages me to deepen my own healing and to extend healing and compassion to others!

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Some AMAZING Medicinal Plants to get to Know & Love!

Today, herbalism continues to flourish as a people’s healing art.
— Rosemary Gladstar, Medicinal Herbs