Mount Pleasant Herbary is a charming shop specializing in handmade botanical products made from homegrown herbs. The shop owners grow the herbs for their products on their two-acre organic farm 20 minutes north of Honesdale.
The herbs from the garden are the main components of a beautiful stock of handcrafted herbal soaps and salves and a variety of herbal tea blends.
The distinctly European vibe of the Herbary is enhanced by the stone patio out back in lovely Maude Alley, where you can enjoy a cup of their tea and their homemade baked goods.
Shop owner Gurdun Feigl explains the genesis of the shop: “After moving from Germany to the US in 2002, I desperately missed the wide selection of herbal tea blends I could choose from in my home country – so I started growing my own. My friends loved my teas and wanted more – that’s how Mount Pleasant Herbary came to life. Shortly after I added botanical soaps, salves, and buckwheat pillows that can be heated up in the microwave. Creating natural, nourishing herbal products is truly what I love to do, and I believe your senses will notice the effort, creativity, and love I put into my creations.”
“My best seller is the botanical soap. It is a cold process soap that is vegan (the base is olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter & castor oil), and made with essential oils only (with the exception of coffee soap), and herbs from the Mount Pleasant Herbary Garden. All soaps are made with botanical “chunks”: dried herbs are ground to powder and added to triple-milled soap. After hardening, the herb-infused soap will be cut into strips and added to a fresh batch of soap (while it is still liquid). This process is gentle on the herbs and keeps their beneficial properties intact.” Read more about Gurdun Feigl’s process here.
While you’re here in Maude Alley, check out the neighbors – it’s a shopping paradise. First stop – The Velvet Maple.