December 2021 Newsletter

December 2021 Newsletter

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December Newsletter
Peppermint Oil and Chemotherapy

As what we have all gone through with the global pandemic isn't enough, here at the store we have had many people recently diagnosed with some kind of cancer. They are coming to us looking for adjunct therapies to their treatment protocol. Meredith has some clients where she works together with an oncologist but other than that we tend to stay away from this topic. There could be so many unwanted side effects. So when this study came through email we wanted to share it with all of you. Wee think it's great information and an inexpensive way to support those going through chemotherapy. 

The name of the study is "The Effects of Peppermint Oil on Nausea, Vomiting and Retching in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy: An Open Quasi-Randomized Controlled Pilot Study"

In this study tested the effects of peppermint oil on the nausea and vomiting associated with 5 common chemotherapy drugs. The study was to find out if adding one drop of peppermint oil under the nostrils 3 times a day would assist in alleviating some of the ugly side effects experienced with chemo. 

The conclusion of this study is as follows:. "The results of this study reveal that one drop of peppermint oil applied to on the spot between their upper lip and their nose (on their philtrum), three times a day for the 5 days following chemotherapy administration reduces the frequency of nausea, vomiting, and retching; feelings of distress caused by these symptoms; and the severity of nausea."

Please note that if you choose to do this for yourself or a loved one, please use one drop of carrier as well. This will protect your skin from any type of potential skin issues using the oil neat. You will get the same reaction.

For the full study please click here:


Ashwagandha, what is it and why do people keep talking about it?

Ashwagandha is the newest "hot herb" out there. College kids are taking it to help with anxiety, older adults to help with their adrenals and people are putting the powder in their smoothie? So what gives?

Ashwadandha otherwise known as Withania somnifera has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since 3,000 BC as a nervine tonic. It is sometimes known as Indian Ginseng and is a member of the nightshade family. We commonly know it as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is an herb that helps the body maintain homeostasis during stress.

According to Dr. Jean Bokelmann, MD who has done copious amounts of research on this herb has stated that Ashwagandha, either alone or combined with others can support diabetes, female sexual dysfunction, male infertility, osteoarthritis, cognitive impairment, ADHD, schizophrenia, stress and immune function.

Sounds pretty cool huh?

Side effects of this herb are mild including possible headaches and nausea. Most probable in larger amounts. This herb may increase testosterone levels in the blood. No high does have been associated with toxicity however, this herb may cause abortion and should not be used in pregnancy, 

It is also important to note that this herb should not be taken with MAOI inhibitors and may make other sedative herbs and pharmaceuticals more potent.

It is important to note that many herbs have side effects and contraindications with pharmaceutical medications. Before starting any type of herbal program, it is important to speak to your primary care physician, naturopath or herbalist to make sure there aren't any unwanted issues with your herbal protocol. 

Winter Classes for 2022 will be on the website 12/15!  Take a look for new additions such as Understanding our Endocannabinoid System and Kitchen Medicine. We are super excited about these! We will also be hosting out two most popular Aromatherapy courses online this session as well. 
The Modern Apothecary Box is here for purchase! Come down to the store and feel and touch and smell all the goodies inside and give a great gift this season! If you have preordered, they are ready for pickup. 
From the Lab:

We have been fortunate enough to get a tincture machine. This means you can get your own tincture made in 5 hours! While as herbalists, we love the whole energetic part of natural maceration, sometimes you can't wait 8 weeks. Have something going on? If you now what you need and want it fast just give us a call! If you need us to make you something we're only a phone call away.

We are currently seeking a part time sales associate to work a few weekends a month and a few hours during the week. Total hours is about 10-12 a week. If you know someone or would like to apply yourself please send an email to
A note from Meredith:

To our dearest clients, customers, friends and work family,

This is the time of year to sit back and look at what we have accomplished in this year. A time to be thankful, meditative and quiet. 

It's hard to believe that it's been 9 months since we opened the doors to the store (enough time to have a baby)! It hasn't been without difficulty or challenges. Opening on the tail end of Covid hasn't made opening any easier. I personally have learned valuable lessons and while I have owned businesses for most of my adult life, this one has been the most challenging. I have had to experience a lot of self growth in this business and understand the importance of so many things. 

I want to personally thank my loved ones for picking me up when I wanted to stay down, to my employees for putting up with my sometimes nonsense and to all the Faeve customers and clients that have made this trip well worth it. When you come in and say that you can't live without a product or one of my formulas worked for you, you make my heart glow and give me the understanding to my purpose. 

So thank you. Your support of me, Faeve and my crew have given us gifts that I didn't think we could attain in insurance for employees, a new tincture machine, additional machinery to make our classes bigger and better, software to keep our business more streamlined. 

We work for you and we will continue to do so. Thank you for everything you have done to help us attain these goals. 

As my mother would say:

Go raibh míle maith agat
May you have a thousand good things

Please stay safe and calm this holiday season. Enjoy it all. 

With deep gratitude, 

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