My Organic Story

I grew up on an island in Lake Erie, called Put-in-Bay and am a fifth generation Island Girl. My great-grandmother raised her 12 children there. She made a medicinal salve, that we simply referred to as "Gramma's Salve." We didn't have fancy Neosporin for cuts and scrapes, but instead, we had the salve. It was gooey and had such a distinct medicinal scent and anytime I scraped my knee or wrecked on my bike, this bottle of salve would come out of the medicine cabinet. It always made me feel better and healed all our family's ailments.

​Much later in my life, I was teaching elementary school and raising my two daughters on the island, and my oldest, Anna became very ill. She was allergic to many foods, preservatives, and colorants. Even fluoride! During this healing journey, I also realized I had high levels of mercury in my body, most likely due to the fact that I grew up in Lake Erie, that at one time, was heavily polluted. Something had to change.

During this healing journey, I started bringing myself to the TRUTH of what is in our food, cleaning products and finally, body and skin care. The journey toward better health began.

​I also became more away of environmental pollutants. I remember getting rid of our processed food, changed the way I cleaned (vinegar became my best friend!) and, decided to buy different bath and body stuff, instead of the usual products purchased at the big stores. However, even the "natural" stuff wasn't so natural after all. I had to really read and educate myself. And, because my family and I used bath and body products EACH AND EVERY SINGLE DAY, these chemicals were being absorbed into not only my body, but my young daughters, too.

​I recalled my great-grandma and how they must've all lived on the island all those years without the products we'd all been using. So, I called my mom, who called her sister, (both still lived on the island) and I got the secret family recipe for my Gramma's healing Salve. I thought this would be a better product to use, versus other store bought "healing" ointments. After gathering the ingredients, I made it and that familiar healing scent came back to me, bringing back my childhood memories along with it. This gave me confidence. I could make stuff and control the ingredients myself!

​At first, I shared my products with teachers and even my students. It was my students who convinced me to sell my stuff. So, I did! I left teaching to focus full-time on creating & my business.

​Years & many trials later, Your Only Earth was born and now has over 40 products with more being created on the mainland near Cleveland, Ohio.

Love, Christie

 

Our Team

Christie

Founder & Owner


Founder, owner, and Your Only Earth creator from Put-in-Bay, a small island in Lake Erie. When not in her gardens cutting lavender, drying mint, or cultivating jewelweed, she can be found in her laboratory mixing new concoctions. Her inspiration comes from her two daughters, Anna & Meredith.

Anne

Ohio Operations Manager


Anne manages Your Only Earth creations in Ohio and product distribution on the mainland. She can often be found hosting Your Only Earth pop-up shops in area businesses or at local festivals. When not busy creating in the kitchen, she can be found at a function for one of her three children or sailing the Great Lake Erie. Her favorite Your Only Earth product is Lavender Balm as two of her children are active swimmers and bring home a lot of chlorine.

Natalie

Bookkeeper


Natalie is Your Only Earth bookkeeper and Christie’s favorite little sister. She is hyper-intelligent with numbers and a former member of the US Air Force. We are grateful for Natalie’s service and the experience she gained while in the military. When not crunching numbers, she is a loving mother to two strong daughters and military wife to a Colonel.

Lauren & Christine

Website & Customer Tech Support


Lauren & Christine make up the all-women team behind SharpFinn Creative. They built the Your Only Earth website and joined the Your Only Earth team to help support customers with online orders and assist with any technical issues. They have also fallen head over heals with Your Only Earth products. Lauren lives by Lavender Balm and Dry Shampoo, and Christine protects herself from the sun with their reef-safe Da Balm Sunscreen!