Friday, April 5, 2019

Business Spotlight: Siochanta Farm, LLC

By Lorraine Glowczak

Essential oils have become recognized by professionals, as well as the thoughtful consumer, to aid and support healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Specializing in USDA approved organic, pure and fair-trade ingredients, Siochanta (pronounced she-HON-ta) Farm, LLC located in Windham has the mission of creating products that are pure and natural – from the moment the product is planted in the ground to the moment it arrives in your hands.

Co-owners David and Suzy Palmer
“We provide – to the best of our ability – products that are made locally or in the United States and are USDA approved to be organic, pure and sustainably sourced,” explained Suzy Palmer, co-owner. For many years, Suzy has believed in the “power of nature” and the need for chemical-free, essential oil-based fragrances and skin care products.

Suzy, who retired in June 2018 after teaching third and fourth grades for 27 years, could not retire from learning, growing and living life fully. As a result, she and her husband David, a middle-school science teacher and co-owner, established Siochanta Farm in January 2019. Suzy decided to live her life passion surrounding the beneficial properties of essential oils.

We want to support the overall wellbeing of adults,” Suzy began and then added, “Now, I have the time to pursue my passion by studying essential oils and creating unique products too. As educators, David and I always seek to learn, to care, and to nurture. Creating this business has given us an avenue by which to pursue this vision.”

Essential oils are known to relieve stress, exfoliate impurities, assist in the healing of the muscular, circulatory, endocrine, respiratory and immune systems. According to an online article from Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, “Essential oils are a fantastic way to help with myriad issues such as sleeplessness, nausea, anxiety, allergies and pain,” stated Michele Mack, LMT, CPMT.

Suzy explained that it is through education they learned about the importance of using oils that are certified pure, therapeutic grade and the truth about the marketing strategies. “There is no governing body in the U.S. that regulates the effectiveness, quality or purity of the oils,” she explained. 

“Because of this, essential oils can be marketed as pure when they contain only 5% of the oil.” “However, we purchase our essential oils from companies that have put effort into carefully planning each step of the production process. And, as we use these oils in our creations, we use them with knowledge and awareness of their strength.”

The Palmers are so thoughtful in their business, that they carefully source everything from the ingredients  to the paper bags and twine.

 “When I am asked to make a product sample basket for an individual or create a product, it is important that I think about the individual or the use of the product as I am working. I want to make sure that all products are created with a personal touch. That’s how much I believe in the healing powers of essential oils.” Suzy explained.

The word, “Siochanta, means “peaceful” in  Gaelic. There is no denying that the scent and/or use of essential oils can offer emotional and healing support. “It can relieve the intense stress we all experience in our everyday lives,” Suzy said. “It is my hope that my products can be used during the day – taking a 30 second breather, reminding us to stop and “smell the roses” for just a short while – enough to move on throughout our demanding day, creating - if only for a moment - a sense of peace,” Suzy said.

To purchase everything from the variety of gift baskets, to sugar scrubs, roll-on blends, hand sanitizers, lip balm, body wash, lotion bars to gift certificates and more visit their website at You will also find Suzy and David at the Windham Farmers Market this summer, located at Turning Leaf Drive beginning May 25th – every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until October 14.

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