December 2023 Newsletter

December 2023 Newsletter


“Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. Thinking of you this holiday season!” –T.A. Barron

Well, that came quick. It seems like yesterday we were talking about Sun Butter. Now we have Christmas Tress and colds and viruses are starting to kick in.

It has been a great year at Faeve. Next year shows so much promise for us and we can’t wait to share news with you as things are confirmed.

This year, we have exceed our goals in some areas, and fell behind in others. That is how I sum up the year. In the midst of it, I am grateful for all of you, my teams at both companies and the honor we have in serving you.

May your holidays be fill of joy and many many healthy blessings.


Aromatherapy for the Mind

For the past few months, Meredith has been taking a course called “Aromapsychology” taught by Robert Tisserand, the leader in the US and possibly the world in Aromatic Chemistry and research.

This class was dedicated to understanding how the brain interreacts with essential oils for mood disorders, cognitive function, and scent memory.

It was an intense class with an astounding amount of clinical research that is so beneficial to the marketplace today. These are important lessons in chemistry, blending and formulation.

Meredith has decided to give an overview of what she learned in this class: FOR FREE. She knows that Faeve’s population is overtly concerned to what happens to our mind as we get older, and she wants to share what she has learned.

The class will be 2/15/2024 at 6:30 pm on Zoom. There will be a general overview, some recipe ideas and a Q and A forum for all.

You do not have to attend live to receive the lecture. However, you do need to register. Please click here to register for this amazing information session.  

Herb of the Month: Yarrow

Yarrow, scientifically known as Achillea millefolium, is a herb with a long history of medicinal use. Its benefits stem from its rich composition of bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, and volatile oils. Here are some detailed benefits of yarrow:

  1. Wound Healing: Yarrow is renowned for its ability to staunch bleeding and aid in wound healing. Its astringent properties help constrict blood vessels, promoting clotting and reducing bleeding. It contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds that can prevent infections in wounds.

  2. Digestive Health: Yarrow has traditionally been used to support digestive health. Its bitter components stimulate digestion by increasing bile production and enhancing the appetite. It can help with issues like indigestion, bloating, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Yarrow contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This property can be beneficial for conditions like arthritis, muscle pain, and inflammatory skin conditions.

  4. Immune Support: The herb has been attributed with immune-boosting properties, potentially aiding the body's defense against infections. Its antimicrobial effects might help fight off certain bacteria and viruses.

  5. Menstrual Support: Yarrow has historically been used to alleviate menstrual cramps and regulate menstrual flow. It is believed to have properties that can help balance hormones, making it beneficial for menstrual health.

  6. Respiratory Health: Yarrow's expectorant properties make it useful in promoting the loosening and expulsion of mucus, which can help with respiratory conditions like coughs, colds, and bronchitis.

  7. Skin Care: Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities make yarrow beneficial for various skin conditions. It's used in topical applications for treating acne, eczema, rashes, and minor skin irritations.

  8. Antioxidant Effects: Yarrow contains antioxidants that help combat free radicals in the body, potentially reducing oxidative stress and its associated damage to cells.

  9. Mental Health Support: Some anecdotal evidence suggests that yarrow may have calming effects on the nervous system, potentially helping with anxiety and stress.

Yarrow can be consumed in various forms, including teas, tinctures, capsules, and topical applications. However, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before using yarrow, especially if you have any existing health conditions or are taking medications, as it may interact with certain drugs or have contraindications for specific health situations.

Why We Don’t Use Sandalwood Oil in Faeve

Weekly we get asked why we don’t carry Sandalwood Oil in our store. We do, but it’s in a locked cabinet in the back and only used in the rarest of circumstances. This is because of the past harvesting issues of this plant. Some quick facts on this tree and the oil are as follows:

  1. Sandalwood oil comes from the heartwood of the sandalwood tree (Santalum album or Santalum spicatum), which grows primarily in India, Australia, Indonesia, and a few other regions. The tree takes a long time to mature; it can take 15-20 years or even more before the heartwood develops the rich aromatic oils that are used in making the essential oil.

  2. Overharvesting and illegal logging have significantly reduced the population of mature sandalwood trees in the wild. Moreover, due to the slow growth rate of the trees, they struggle to keep up with the high demand for sandalwood products, leading to scarcity.

  3. Sandalwood oil is highly valued for its fragrance and therapeutic properties. It's used in perfumery, aromatherapy, skincare, and religious ceremonies. The increasing demand, coupled with limited supply due to slow tree growth, has contributed to its rarity.

  4. To counter the decline of sandalwood trees, various regulations and conservation efforts have been put in place, limiting the felling of mature trees. These regulations aim to protect the species from extinction and promote sustainable harvesting practices. However, this further restricts the availability of sandalwood oil.

  5. Pure sandalwood oil is expensive because of the lengthy maturation process of the trees and the complex extraction method. The market also faces challenges with adulteration and the sale of synthetic or lower-quality oils labeled as pure sandalwood, contributing to the rarity and high price of authentic sandalwood essential oil.

It is also interesting to note that many that smell pure Sandalwood oil are disappointed because they think they will be getting the same scent as the fragrance oil.

If you are in want or need of this oil, please feel free to contact us and we can give you other options that may fufilll your needs.

Holiday Hours

We will be closed on the followings dates in order to spend time with our family:

Sun December 24, and Sat December 25th. We will reopen the 26th at 10 am.

We will be closed December 28- January 1, 2024

We will reopen Tuesday January 2, 2024 at 10 am.


We have spoken to a local charity, Hands of Mercy Everywhere and will be working with their residents to give them a starter course om Aromatherapy and Herbs.

This organization helps teen mothers and victims of domestic violence. We are collecting the following materials for them to give to them after Christmas. If you would like to drop any items off, please feel free and we will make sure it gets to them.

For those that have already donated….I have spoken to one of the volunteers and they are so thrilled. Thank you so much!  

Preliminary Class Schedule

Our soap, salve and lip balm classes for January March are now listed on the website. We will be doing an informational session on Carrier Oils and Hydrosols in March for free. Please keep your eyes peeled.

Our December Monthly Winner is: Marlana S with a phone ending in 9023. Please call  to get a $15 gift card or online code for purchase. Congratulations and thanks for your support!

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