our story

frances at portland rose garden 2012Greetings ~ My name is Frances O’Halloran and I am an herbalist,  wildcrafter, mother, medicine maker, passionate kitchen witch, teacher, reiki master, gardener, foodie, baker, and yogini.  I have been working, playing, crafting and meditating with plants for two decades. My lifelong passion for optimal health, plants, exploring, and gardening, along with a dream of living a more herbally abundant and creative life, led me to create LoveJoy Botanicals. I am truly fulfilled by sharing my herbal creations and assisting people in reconnecting with the healing powers of the plant ‘queendom’.

Since 1999 I have been living, learning, loving and teaching the herbal way.
I am blessed and grateful to have this connection and calling that is deeply healing and fulfilling. It is an honor and a pleasure to share my knowledge and wisdom with you and others.

I believe that love is by far our greatest power and teacher.
Participating fully in creating a life of beauty, grace and love is truly transformational,                                                      and the closest thing to magic I know.

Some of my outstanding teachers are–

~ my father jack who was most peaceful in his rose garden and who showed me discipline, faith, loyalty + love and who taught me along with believing in myself, that generosity, honesty, kindness, love + determination make for a successful life.

~ my mother donna who offered sweet unconditional love, a sharp wit, and possessed a deep acceptance for people of all walks of life, especially the disadvantaged. she displayed bright humor in the face of adversity and will always be a true inspiration for me.

~ my daughter emma shea who awakened my intuition and who is a shining example of beauty, love + grace.

~ the plants who continue to reveal their potent and beautiful healing powers, and who bless my life daily.

~ rosemary gladstar ~ suki roth ~ dana simerly ~ lea clayton ~ olynda smith ~ kim calhoun

~ john coleman who showed me to look for the best in everybody.

~ joe mancini, my dear friend + fellow traveler who keeps me laughing, and is an unwavering spring of support.

~ brother barrett who I have unconditional love for.

~ all the wise women + herbalists who have walked this path before me.                                                                                      i thank them for sharing their wisdom + stories.  i am blessed to be part of this healing continuum.

 

Herbs play a vital role in our health and well-being. Not only are herbs important both nutritionally and medicinally, but they also form a direct link with intuition and higher intelligence. Far more than just “green matter,” herbs have an inherent ability to channel life energy and to connect with those places in us that are “disconnected” and in need of healing. Herbs contain chemicals that have no apparent function for the life processes of the plant. However these very chemicals have a direct and positive influence on the human body. Is some divine plan at work here? Perhaps it is true that humankind’s oldest system of medicine offers a form of healing that transcends the physical and connects us directly with a higher consciousness.
 – Rosemary Gladstar