Welcome to Shamjo Gardens

Shamjo Gardens began October 2016 at my new family home. I had a 1/4 acre section, energy, enthusiasm and determination to make a living from my land while practicing natural and sustainable methods.

Companion planting has been the basis of my gardens success. The only pest management tools I use now are my herbs. Not only do the herbs produce my Lare products, but they act as pest repellents, attract beneficial insects, enhance the properties of other fruit and vegetables close by, act as trap plants, fix nitrogen in my soil, concentrate potassium and copper and can even remove heavy metals.

It is with this same approach that I have developed my Lare range of salves. The majority of ingredients are from my garden, the ingredients I need to bring in are organic and as locally sourced as possible. I source my raw beeswax less than 3 kilometers from my home, product packaging is made in New Zealand and labeling has low carbon miles.

What is the difference between a Balm and a Salve?

The primary difference between a Balm and a Salve is how the plant material is prepared. A common method of preparing ingredients for a balm include applying heat or not removing the water content of the plant before infusing in oils.

With a salve, herbs are dried at low temperatures – applying heat of over 35 degrees can damage or reduce the plants medicinal properties. By drying the herb first you are achieving two goals; removing water content (thereby preventing bacteria from growing), and concentrating the herbs medicinal properties. After this process the herbs are infused in high grade Olive Oil and left to bask in the warmth of the sun until ready.

While some of my products may be labeled as a balm e.g. Calendula Lip Balm, I always infuse my oils as preparing a salve.


There are currently 3 places you can purchase Lare products:

Here, on line. Payment method is via online banking.

Kete Aronui is a beautiful gallery in Opunake, among other local artisans products you can find a small selection of Lare salves.

Markets, follow Shamjo Gardens on facebook. I post once a week letting people know what local market they can find me at that weekend. I always have a full range of Lare products with me, as well as other treasures from my garden.