About us – Our Story

About Us

A family owned and operated business located in beautiful southern Vermont, Natural Patches of Vermont creates aromatherapy body patches specially formulated to enhance the body’s natural desire for equilibrium and to promote a sense of balance for the body, mind and spirit.

As the Original Essential Oil Body Patch, Natural Patches are very easy to apply and provide discreet personal aromatherapy where-ever and when-ever you need it. The inherent portability of Natural Patches makes them perfectly suited for use at home, at work, at play and at rest – any time and any place you seek to enjoy the benefits of personal aromatherapy.

As our name would imply Natural Patches are just that – essential oil body patches made using only the finest natural ingredients available. Natural Patches contain no artificial fragrances or colorings and are both preservative and latex free.

Our Story

Originally founded in 1999, Natural Patches of Vermont and our unique body patches are the brainchild of entrepreneur and ex-professional drag racer Hurley Blakeney.

Following a high-speed racing accident, in the summer of that year, Hurley sought respite from the resulting pain and, to this end, tried a variety of OTC ointments and lotions. The greasy residue and overpowering smell of these products, however, limited their use.

A visionary with an extensive medical products background, Hurley embarked on a project to apply advanced hydro-gel technology and manufacturing processes in order to create body patches infused with ingredients similar to those found in OTC balms and liniments. For by encapsulating the desired compounds into gels, one could enjoy the benefits while eliminating the greasy and odorous nature of existing products.

Possessing a strong interest in natural remedies, and noting an absence of reliable products in the marketplace, Hurley commenced development of patches that contained infusions of natural components. Given the inherent beneficial properties of essential oils and the comfort that they could provide in these specialized patches, the combination was obvious and Natural Patches were born.

Company associates, friends and colleagues praised the benefits of Natural Patches, as did health spas, massage clinics, therapists and others who tried the initial products. By early 2000, Natural Patches of Vermont’s offerings had expanded to a line of six revolutionary aromatherapy body patches. Over the years the line has grown and now includes a range of essential oil formulations intended for a variety of common issues and discomforts.

On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene roared through Vermont carving out a path of destruction, flooding and damaging beyond repair of our former Natural Patches facility. Refusing to accept defeat and rising to the challenge, with the aid of our dedicated employees, family members and friends, we regrouped and relocated to our present location in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Natural Patches of Vermont has, since its inception, been committed to working with alternative care providers, natural products retailers and health spas, with the goal being to provide comfort, peace and satisfaction for all individuals and health professionals seeking user-friendly, natural aromatherapy alternatives to enhance their lives.