Iris Gage, RH (AHG)
Iris Gage is a clinical herbalist, aromatherapist and wilderness first responder, who professionally practices in Central Vermont. Iris is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and graduate from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a three year clinical herbalism training program, where she works as a clinic supervisor. Iris is also the owner of Grian Herbs Apothecary, a retail herb shop in Montpelier, where she serves her community full time as an herbal educator, practitioner, consultant and manufacturer of herbal products.
About Grian Herbs
Grian Herbs is a small batch herbal products company and retail apothecary located in picturesque Montpelier, Vermont. At Grian Herbs, our passion is tending our ever expanding medicinal herb gardens and traversing the local woodlands and fields in search of high quality plant material which we then process into ecologically sound liquid extracts and formulas. We provide the highest quality medicines while protecting and caring for the Earth which sustains us.
Most of our herbal ingredients are grown in our organic garden, roughly an acre in size. Other ingredients come from local organic farmers and other organic farmers. We use only certified organic alcohol, carrier oils, glycerin, and apple cider vinegar in our products.
Our mission is to handcraft the highest quality herbal products. To emphasize awareness to the local movement and to promote alternative health care.
Grian Herbs has made a commitment to monitor the local populations of At Risk or endangered medicinal plants and to cultivate those plants in our field and woodland gardens. You will not find endangered or threatened plant materials in our products unless organically grown from seed or root stock.
When Was Grian Herbs Founded?
Grian Herbs was founded in 1997 by Guido Mase’ and Anne Dougherty, as a part of a broad vision for gentle, sustainable and effective system of healing not only for individuals seekingmore control and understanding of their healthcare choices, but also for our local environment and, eventually, the planet. Their dream started in the woods and meadows of Vermont, during long hikes together where they would marvel at each new discovery and rejoice at the abundance still present in the forest around us.
Guido & Anne
What Does Grian Refer To?
Finally, many of you have asked, “what does Grian refer to?” The answer is two-fold: first, it is a Celtic word which means ‘sun’, the life-giving energy all plants need. As an extension, the second meaning is that of ‘Sun Goddess,’ for Grian was a faery Queen in Irish lore. She represents the warm fertility of Spring, and traditionally brings blessings to all herbal works.
We hope to inspire you a new relationship with herbs and alternative health!