At Little Golden Shepherd, we believe that God provided all that is necessary for health and wellness in the natural world around us. Furthermore, we believe that we are called to be responsible stewards of our bodies, and of the environment. By choosing natural products for wellness we can accomplish both directives, while demonstrating trust in the sufficiency of the Creator’s creation. At the core of all we do at Little Golden Shepherd are the following three belief statements:
- We believe in creating products that are all-natural and contain only the finest ingredients. Our raw ingredients are organic or wild harvested, prepared in fair trade conditions.
- We believe in simplicity. We will not add superfluous ingredients, scents, colors, or artificial preservatives. Every ingredient we choose is included for a distinct and specific purpose.
- We believe in supporting our community. We give back to community initiatives and strive to empower women entrepreneurs and micro-enterprise worldwide.
The Baby Who Started a Revolution
I wish I could tell you that I have been on this natural journey for as long I could remember. I wish I could tell you I always do things right, and that I am qualified to run this business because I have “arrived.” The fact is, I remember the exact day that my life and perspective changed- it was the day I found out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, Aurelya.
I had never spent much time considering what kind of parent I would be if I were ever given the chance. It wasn’t until I had the test (well, three tests) in my hand that I first began to wonder seriously. I did a lot of research (I really, really love research) and I stumbled, almost by accident, into the world of natural parenting. Radical ideas like cloth diapering, babywearing, and extended breastfeeding began filling my mind. I became exposed to the wonders of essential oils and the miracle that is coconut oil. As I fell down the rabbit hole something clicked in my brain and I found peace and clarity. It struck me that for thousands of years humanity has been finding relief with remedies cultivated from their gardens, forests, and pantries. Only in recent history have we begun filling our shelves with chemical copies of what can readily be found in nature. Whether it’s food, baby care, or pain relief, why should we need to look further than our own backyards?
I began purchasing textbooks on aromatherapy and would spend hours studying the benefits of natural butters and herbs, and how we could find relief from various ailments with the aid of essential oils. This newfound passion that had ignited in me needed an outlet, and I didn’t have to look far. All my life I have watched my loved ones suffer. Fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, muscle spasms, and depression run rampant in my family. Using what I was learning about nature’s pharmacy, I spent the next two years formulating a recipe for a massage butter that harnessed the power of arnica flowers and essential oils to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. A butter that would melt at skin temperature to form a massage oil, without leaving the user feeling greasy. A butter that provided powerful and fast relief, but that also smelled heavenly.
Eventually word got out and others showed interest in purchasing these butters. Suddenly I had an opportunity to bless more than just my closest relations, and I launched a small online store. This store needed a name. I thought back and realized that this had all started with a baby. A baby whose name is Aurelya Ciobanu, which roughly translates from Romanian into Golden Shepherd. Without a second thought, Little Golden Shepherd Natural Products was born.
Over the last few years our enterprise, and our family, has continued to grow. Every time we have another customer reach out and tell us that our product helped when nothing else did, we thank God for the gift of His creation, and the ability to harness it.
We pray that the fruits of our labor bless you and yours. We look forward to continuing with you on this natural journey, fellow traveler.
Blessings from Summer, Adrian, Aurelya, and Arwyn.