Iâ€™m Kelly Beth, owner of twig & leaf botanicals.
I started working with plants several years ago, I knew it was my passion from the moment that I could help my friends by making them teas and tinctures with properties that healed their illnesses, weaknesses & ailments. I decided to go to school for it, have studied & am currently studying Clinical Herbal Medicine and Botany, as well as childrenâ€™s medicine.
A couple months ago I realized I should offer cooking spices & herbs as well as medicinal plants for teas. Cooking spices can also help us health-wise, and I try to bring that to light in our etsy shop. One thing Iâ€™m not modest about is my awesome cooking skillsâ€”I love love love to cook & bake vegan! Which brings me to what Iâ€™m currently working onâ€”spice blends! My fiancÃ© and I have been eating a lot of delicious food to ensure that the spice blends Iâ€™ve been making are versatile & forgiving. So far I have listed a vegan cheese seasoning made with nutritional yeast for a healthy cheesy flavor, a savory breads booster that is amazing in baked goods, a vegan potato seasoning that I donâ€™t even have words to describe. We love potatoes, eat them every day from baked, scalloped, boiled & friedâ€”and we sprinkle this on it every timeâ€”yum!
Iâ€™ve been slacking putting up the rest of the spice blends, but theyâ€™ll get there, and itâ€™s really an endless process. Of course I gear everything toward vegan & vegetarian cooking & baking, which means â€œcheeseâ€ and bouillon need to be tested and true for a flawless, animal-free meal every time.
All of our products come in 100% recycled glass, and every container can be washed & reused for many years. Our Earth is already so full of stuff that will never go away, like plastics, and I strive to make my companyâ€™s footprint a teeny-tiny one. The pump-tops for our lotions & soap nut detergent are made from recycled plastic, and 90% of our lids are renewable cork. A more recent idea I had was to eliminate waste by making my own vegan formulation of chalkboard paint for labels on our herb & spice jars. Most businesses use stickers for labeling, which means there is paper waste from the backing. I take this backing, re-pulp it, and add plant fiber and herbs to it, making my own gorgeous paper which I then use as packing slip paper & wrapping for our soaps & candles. This means twig & leaf botanicals is 100% waste-free!
Twig & leaf is my full-time job, and I love it! Each day consists of a ton of research through an increasingly ridiculous herbal book collection, making delicious teas, testing herbal properties, taking care of my plants, cooking & baking with different herbs, using twitter, blogging and making candles. I have a slight addiction to candles. I have several accounts with local businesses for our herbal teas, lotions, soap & soap nuts! This keeps me on my toes, as itâ€™s my responsibility to walk around Boulder and keep an eye on tea levels, etc. keeping true to the eco-friendly lifestyle, neither my fiancÃ© or I own or drive a car.
When Iâ€™m not crafting, you can find me writing for an online vegetarian & vegan publication called This Dish is Veg.