August 2023 Newsletter

August 2023 Newsletter


“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” —Sarah Kay

As I sit on my desk here on July 31st, I realize that although there are articles in my inbox, notes from Rachel and new things we wanted to tell you, we never got to our July Newsletter. For this I apologize.

In 2021, it was reported that 41.7 million people in the US went to some sort of mental health therapy and/or counseling. I was and currently am one of those 41.7 million people in the US.

When you run a medical practice, own a retail store, sit as a Board member for an international non-profit, all while trying to be a Mom and having relationships with your friends and family….it gets exhausting.

My therapist told me I needed a hobby. I laughed right in his face. My mind was tired, my body was tired. That type of tired that you know mentally, physically and spiritually you are empty. Nothing to give. I needed a break, not a hobby.

So as the Universe always does things, it forced me into break time. My cousin got married in Connecticut where I got to see my very large extended family and have a blast. I was beyond grateful to spend that time with them. Then I found myself in Greenport, NY with childhood friends and their children that also brought me great joy. There is no friendship like friendship with people that knew you before adulthood. It’s so incredibly special.

I came home for 4 days. Bless my staff for their understanding as all of this landed on my plate. The next week I found myself with my kids and my best friend from childhood and her family at this big house in the Panhandle. I saw my “nieces and nephews by choice”, my daughter and her daughter rekindled from toddlers to now teens. Our boys are now men. Life moves fast.

It was there I realize I didn’t need a hobby. I needed to laugh. My best friend and I have over 30 years of friendship and can read each others minds without even looking at each other. This results in a lot of laughs. The type of laugh that you feel deep in your belly, that you can’t breathe and when you do, you snort and it starts all over again. The types of laugh that if you are a woman with bladder issues isn’t always good. For one week, I laughed like that. So hard I was crying. I didn’t need a hobby, I needed a week with my best friend and family.

Then I sped into town to put out some fires before leaving for Huntsville, Alabama where my daughter went to US Space Center Space Camp for a week. This gave me some down time in the deep South, where I was able to sit and think about the future while enjoying life in a quaint little town. I was able to refocus and breathe once again.

So here I am, at the end of the month, going wow, where did it all go. I walked into Faeve and said, oh how I missed you. Your scent, your energy. I felt welcomed back with the scents and the herbs just staring back at me.

I also heard something deep in my subconscious in the quiet. I looked in my lab, at my board. I saw where we Ieft off in June.

The Universe said, I gave you time to heal, now get back to work.

I didn’t need a hobby. I needed rest, in every capacity.

Now it’s Rachel’s turn. She is gone for most of August. When she gets back, we go back to full swing. We look forward to showing you all the plans and ideas coming your way.

We only have one life, make memories with those you love, as after your gone, that’s the only thing that is remembered.


What do Doctors Think About Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is now commonplace terminology. You read online that Aromatherapy can help with mental health issues, digestive issues, pain, and more. But how much of this is based in actual science vs anecdotal information?

Personally, we have seen more “Integrative” practitioners sending people to us for “Aromatherapy Prescriptions” as have many of our colleagues. However, many in the medical profession doubt their effectiveness.

At the end of the day, Aromatherapy is about chemistry. It's about understanding what chemicals the essential oil produces and then what happens when those chemicals interact with the human body. This is where the issue lies.

Dr. Marian Reven, Ph.D., a personal friend of Meredith’s and one that works closely in the Aromatherapy research world has been dissecting this for a bit. 

Much of this comes down to research, another large part is the marketing campaign some essential oils companies have to strictly sell oils. This leaves the true Aromatherapists, the ones with thousands of hours of study, stuck in the back of the social media land. We are constantly studying and always practicing with our clients and patients that are coming to us for help. We are not marketing machines, we are actual practitioners of an art that is crafted in science and research.

What does this mean to the lay consumer? It means that there may be interactions with your pharmaceutical medication. That some herbal and aromatic remedies may not actually be good for you to use. We urge you to tell your primary care if you are using essential oils as a therapy, especially, if you decide to ingest. This may be the piece of the puzzle that they are looking for. This makes our job as Aromatherapists easier, and therefore easier to get the right information and education out there.

Dr. Reven’s very concise but powerful article addresses these issues and more. We urge you to take a read. To read the article click here.


Continuing our fee information classes for your readers and customers, our next up on the docket is Top 10 Herbs for your Home to be hosted on August 3rd, 2023 at 7 pm on Zoom.

In this online class, we go through a presentation on what herbs you should keep on hand for a variety of ailments. Many of these are also easily grown in gardens across the US, making this an interesting class for gardeners as well.

If you cannot attend but would like to see the presentation at a later date, please register anyway. The recording will be available for a month afterwards for your viewing pleasure.

The best part of this class is that it is free. The class is located on Zoom and scheduled for Thursday August 3rd at 7 pm.

If you register before then by clicking here.

For More Information….

It’s been a little while since we last posted these logos. However, if you are seeking to purchase from a certified herbalist or aromatherapist, please look for these logos on people’s website. These are trade organizations. These are our version of being “board certified” AMA etc. We pay the money in order to be certified by these organizations. In order to become a member, you need to prove your education. Please make sure you are getting the right info on your natural plant journey.

Product Testing: Menopause

Perhaps it’s the heat this summer, which seems warmer than normal, or that I am noticing a new age group coming into peri and post menopause, but it seems like the “m” word is popping up in our store, in conversations and our clients are desperately looking for natural solutions.

Truth is, we don’t have them. We have the science and the research to know what “should” work, but what works on one, does not work on another. Is it the plant material? Genes? Types of carriers we are using? There are so many variables. However, we have now decided to really look at this issue and figure something out.

We are going to be making a Menopause Support Kit. We will have 3 small items in each kit that have different plant material in the, with the auspice that one may work, or all will work depending on your body and chemical makeup.

However, we have about 45 formulas we want to try. We don’t want to waste time and energy manufacturing something that only works for 1% of the clientele.

That’s where you come in. We are offering this kit (which will retail about $50,.00 the lowest at quick glance) for $25.00 to try the products as they come out an report on them. These will come out late August or early September 2023.

You will receive 3 random samples based on your preferences (we will keep the data don’t worry). You will then have a multiple choice form to fill out week 2 and week 4.

Interested in knowing more? Please fill out this form by clicking here and we will be in touch with you within a month via email.

Thanks for your help and letting us use our knowledge to help you!

Summer Aromatherapy Recipe For When It’s too Hot to Bear

1- Rollerball

Carrier oil (Jojoba, Coconut, Olive)

10 drops Peppermint essential oil

20 drops Lemon essential oil

10 drops Spearmint essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

Put essential oils in a rollerball. Add carrier to bottle. Shake very gently. Enjoy!

Our Summer Class Schedule is now out! Please click here to see what’s going on!

Our July Monthly Winner is Madison L.. with the last 4 of phone number 8534.

Our August  Monthly Winner is Sharon S. with the last 4 digits of 0376.

Please call the store at 352-753-3787 or email to get a $15 gift card or online code for purchase. Congratulations and thanks for your support!

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