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Bella Eden Farms: the name

Since officially establishing Bella Eden Farms (way back in 2018), people often ask how this name was chosen. Beautiful Eden and, for my Southern roots, farms. Bella means beautiful and devoted to God.

When I was little, I’d take my chemistry set that I got from Santa down to the creek. I tested water, plants, and mud… anything that nature showed to me that day. I studied them through microscopes, but I wanted more. I needed more. I needed meaning. In high school, my part time job brought that interest to the forefront through pharmaceuticals. In addition, I had a wonderful chemistry teacher and won awards for my chemistry projects.

I attended a private Christian college where a deeper understanding of pharmacognosy was taught. It isn’t simply that plants have therapeutic properties for various conditions; it is comprehending a much grander picture of God’s provisions and meaning in everything He created. I made soaps and lotions for my friends and family as gifts. Something made by hand, in my opinion, has meaning. It brings intentional thought and planning, along with love.

Fast forward to today, I thirst for the magic that God created in nature. While my day job requires my knowledge of science, therapeutics, and pharmaceuticals; I yearn to learn anything that He reveals to me. Hopefully, I can share it with you as I discover new combinations that make you feel the joy of nature and God’s provision. Our home and skin products are forces of nature and science combined.

Genesis 2:1 So the heavens and the earth were completed, and all that is in them.

Ezekiel 28:13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared.

The Garden of Eden was pure but not necessarily complete. It was pure and pristine but not yet everything that God had in mind for His creation. It was abundant but not expansive. Eden was headed somewhere, towards glory. The boundaries would continue to grow, and He would continue to reveal knowledge.

Hard work in the garden keeps the garden plentiful and fruitful. God had a clear rhythm of work and rest, but not unending rest. At Bella Eden Farms, we hope that you find rest in our faithful work.

We know that Heaven is a place, a literal place where we should be making plans to one day travel. We know that Earth was fashioned after Heaven, only Heaven is much more beautiful.

Luke 23:43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

While the Garden of Eden was pristine, it was not secure. As we consider Satan inhabiting the body of an ordinary serpent and brought death, we see that the Garden of Eden was vulnerable to evil and deception. In Revelation 21, John takes care to assure us that this will not happen in the greater garden to come. While Adam and Eve ate from the tree of life/ the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God’s intention to dwell with a holy people in a holy land could not be thwarted by human sin. God had a plan for us to be made clean and holy in order to live in his presence.

Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord comforts Zion; He comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Revelation 2:7 speaks of eating of the tree of life being granted to those who “overcome” or “conquer.” Revelation 22 reveals that the opportunity for God’s people to eat of the tree of life is not gone forever. Instead, the tree of life is gloriously planted in the center of the greater garden to come. In Eden, the trees bore fruit in their season, which means once a year. But in the new and better Eden, the tree of life yields a new crop of fruit every month. In Eden, the tree of life grew in the midst of the garden. But in the new Eden, the tree of life grows on either side of the river. It seems to have multiplied and expanded, implying that everyone will have access to it; all will be welcome to eat their fill. And it’s not just the fruit that will feed us; the leaves of this tree will heal us. In fact, they will heal everything. As good as Eden was, we’re not merely headed back to Eden as it once was. We’re looking forward to a home that will be even better than Eden.

Choosing the name Bella Eden Farms was obvious to me. Pharmacognosy, chemistry, and nature together create a way to healthy skin and rest from our faithful work. We strive to learn and move forward in life, but joy and peace must be present. Come to Bella Eden Farms and take your skin on a journey to joy, health, and rest.

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