Our Founder

Mahara profile

MAHARA ASHLIE, founder and formulator of WELSTAR products



With a background in alternative healing, visual arts, care givingand art therapy, Mahara combines her talents to bring wholeness to body and soul. Having suffered for years from severe environmental allergies and asthma, which at their peak required multiple hospitalizations, Mahara was determined to find a way to help her body heal itself. She tried many alternative treatment modalities and progressed to studying aromatherapy, herbology, nutrition, reiki, and chakra balancing, reflexology and massage therapy.


Mahara fell in love with aromatherapy, herbology and nutrition. She began her own herbal consulting practice. Mahara also created her own skin care and herbal products for gifts, and soon family and friends were asking her to customize blends for them. Encouraged to sell her creations, Mahara became an entrepreneur and has been selling her line of healing formulas since 1989. The positive experience she has had supporting others to heal themselves continues to inspire Mahara to create products that foster wellness.


Mahara is licensed and trained as an Aesthetician, Massage Therapist and Doula (childbirth assistant). Her education also includes Herbology, Aromatherapy, Nutritional Consulting, Reflexology (Advanced), Reiki, Color and Light Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Graphic Arts, Art Therapy and a Nurses Aide certification. It is from this background that she draws her knowledge of wellness therapies and has adopted her philosophy of “Treat it with Love”

Mahara is passionate about educating for a healthy planet.  Mahara's goal is to provide natural vegan products that have a positive effect on both you and our planet earth.


Mahara lives with her family on beautiful Cape Cod in Orleans, MA.


Mahara shares the story of how she began making her healing products.