Laurel is first and foremost a plant-loving herbalist, who naturally gravitates towards all things healing. She possesses great passion for nature, organic farming, health, earth science, and resorts & spas. It was these passions and Laurel’s struggles with her own health that brought Laurel Whole Plant Organics to life.
At the young age of twenty-three, Laurel’s health was suffering, specifically her digestive system and endocrine system. Acting on a recommendation from a friend, Laurel sought the advice of a holistic nutritionist. At the conclusion of her first visit with the nutritionist, Laurel left with a prescription for oregano, reishi mushroom, fish oils, milk thistle, and a very clear directive to spend twenty minutes a day in the sun without sunscreen. Although her skepticism was high, her interests were peaked. Laurel followed the advice and within sixty days her health was restored and her energy level had literally never been better: all without the use of synthetic or conventional western medicine. From this day forward, Laurel was sold on the power of herbal medicine.
Laurel took this newfound knowledge of herbs and applied it to her everyday life. She began reading labels on everything – from food to skincare to shampoo – and when doing so she quickly learned that so many common everyday items contained chemicals that she could hardly pronounce. At the same time, her mother was also experiencing different forms of endocrine disruption, as well as liver problems. A thorough review of what her mother was using for skin care and sunscreen offered further confirmation that what she was ingesting was possibly adding to her ailments, and from there a vision for clean skincare was born.
Laurel went on to study at the California School of Herbal Studies, where her knowledge of plant physiology and herbal material medica blossomed. She studied with the intent of using her knowledge to create the cleanest skin care line possible, and began testing formulas all throughout school. Several years and hundreds of formulas later, Laurel launched Sequoia Beauty, an organic, locally grown and handcrafted facial care line. These same standards for the highest quality ingredients and use of local sources remain at the forefront of her namesake line, Laurel Whole Plant Organics.
Currently, Laurel lives in northern California with her love and their two adorable dogs. Her most treasured time is spent with them enjoying a leisurely day with a good movie, surrounded by nature, gardening, cooking, traveling, and of course visiting resorts, spas, and restaurants that possess the same core values of Laurel Whole Plant Organics.