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The Salvarae Story

How holistic healing met self care and became the art of modern healing


Growing up in a small Northern California town, Salvarae Founder Bonnie Borgeson was no stranger to cannabis and its uses. She always knew it was a powerful medicinal force, but it was an experience over a decade ago where she saw the staggering benefits that CBD (cannabidiol, a natural analgesic found in the cannabis plant) could bring.

At the time, she was working at a non-profit for Cerebral Palsy patients, who suffered from frequent, crippling pain. “These patients would struggle to say their names and it was just heartbreaking to watch,” Bonnie recounts. But after the patients were given high concentrations of CBD medicine, they were able to relax their tense, clenched muscles and their ability to speak was vastly improved. Blown away by the immediate relief this provided, a seed was planted and Bonnie began researching the potential benefits of CBD as a topical treatment. Diving into holistic medicine and cannabis studies, she made her first batch of salve using high quality CBD in a crock pot at home. 

Soon, what started as an after work hobby quickly became something much bigger. Everyone who tried it — from friends who would use it for everyday backaches, menstrual cramps or insomnia, to those who would apply it to severe psoriasis or even to treat HIV pain — kept coming back for more. “You can’t stop making this!” they would tell her. And so she didn’t. She started creating different versions of the salve, using aromatherapy principles and organic botanicals to enrich the salves with therapeutic scents. This became the foundation for our Soothing Original and Cooling Mint salves, and launched Salvarae to becoming an LLC in 2016.

“Everyone experiences pain, and everyone wants relief,” explains Bonnie. As a luminary in holistic health and self care, she recognized the importance of multiple mediums to most effectively deliver CBD’s healing powers in order to meet the many ailments of her customers. Continuing to make her salves in small batches and with the highest quality, broad spectrum CBD flower, Bonnie broadened her product offerings from topical salves and bath soak to sublingual CBD drops, for both humans and pets.

As Bonnie’s recipes and product line grew, so did Salvarae’s brand awareness, distribution and team. From direct to consumer sales online, to wholesalers making products available at their own retail locations across the country, Salvarae has become a household name for self care. With integrity and mindfulness, our products will continue to be made with the highest quality ingredients and most importantly, with love. Salvarae’s mission is to make CBD an accessible alternative to all those who seek natural and safe relief from everyday ailments. Welcome to the art of modern healing!