Who Are Helen + Hildegard?

What's in a Name? 

For us, it's the legacy of two highly spirited & deeply loving women from two very different corners of the globe.  Born in the early 20th century, Helen D'Cunha & Hildegard Thun represent a generation of wise women who were the heartbeat of the community, understanding inherently how to use healing plants for the health of themselves & their family. 

 Helen D'Cunha
India, circa 1935 


Moving forward through time, after working for over twenty years in the fields of Natural Product Development & Sustainability, their granddaughter, traditional herbalist Sonya D'Cunha, founded the Toronto-based Herbal Apothecary & Artisanal Beauty Boutique in 2015 to provide an inclusive & rich space offering beautiful & ethical products inspired by the world of applied botanicals. 

Hildegard Thun
Germany, circa 1937


In naming the shop Helen + Hildegard, Sonya honours her two amazing grandmothers & the millions of women around the world who have been knowledge keepers of the arts & sciences of global plant medicine.

Sonya with her Grandma & Omi
Sonya, age 11, with her Grandma Helen & Omi Hildegard
Toronto, 1983
Sonya in her Dispensary
Sonya Dispensing Custom Teas at H+H
Toronto, 2015
Sonya and her daughter Tessa
Sonya & her daughter, Tessa, the Design & Media Manager at H+H
Toronto, 2015
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