September 2023 Newsletter

September 2023 Newsletter


"We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost." -Henry Rollins

Some of you know about Faeve’s relationship with Mulberry Integrative Medicine in The Villages, FL. My ex-husband Chris Cheshire and I own that practice. Dr. Cheshire actually also owns Faeve, which many people didn’t know. Between the business and our children, our lives constantly cross. For a few years, we both lived on our own island - me at Faeve, him at Mulberry. We co-parented and co-existed.

Somewhere in the past few years, healing had started. We realized we have always been excellent business partners. One day, Dr. Cheshire walked into Faeve and told me “it’s time to be partners again.”

Both of us make our living in the healing arts. We had come to the epiphany if we couldn’t heal ourselves, how could we heal others. This sat with us for a long time. Then one day, our anger was gone. Our ideas started to align.

But the true epiphany came from a tree. When we got together what seems a million years ago, we bought a baby baby tree in Chinatown in NYC. It was a Jade “Money Tree”. During the beginning of our business and personal relationship, we decided that the tree was going to be the symbol of Mulberry Integrative Medicine. We would base our business decisions based on the health of the tree. If the tree was growing healthy, we were in the right direction. If it started to die, we were going the wrong way.

The 4 inch baby tree eventually became 7 ft tall. It lives in my backyard. When we started Faeve, we got another baby Jade tree. It is now 4 ft tall. As Chris and I were going through our personal crisis together, they both started to lose leaves.

After our separation personally and we went our separate ways, the Mulberry jade tree all but died. I was pretty sure I would have to dig it up and throw it out. The Faeve tree however, was doing okay. Still alive but not nearly as full as it once was.

One day when he came to drop off our daughter he saw the tree. He said something to me and I just said “it is what it is”. Our behavior to each other had affected the business and there was the proof.

It was soon after that we decided for the sake of our children and employees that we needed to heal. To come out of this different than other divorced couples, to stop hurting ourselves and each other. There was a lot of deep conversations. Healthy boundaries created.

After one particular deep conversation, I went down to the tree. There were small almost non existent leaves starting to poke out from the dead branches. It was indeed, still alive.

I took a picture and sent it to him. I didn’t have to say anything. I knew he knew. So then we started working together even more. Healing, understanding. Looking at our relationship as adults, not bitter children. Every time we had of of these “talks” the next day the tree would grow back more leaves.

The picture above is the tree during that time, and the pictures I sent him. Since we started talking about growing the companies again and working together as business partners and friends, the tree has exploded. We have learned that in this life, there are people that are meant to be in your life, just not maybe in the way you thought. When you start to look at people and relationships from a spiritual nature vs a societal nature, things change.

Then the trees grow.

So below you will learn what this means for the practices, and most importantly, for your health. Now that we have healed, we can do our job to you even better than before.



“Functional medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.” Institute of Functional Medicine

For over 10 years, Dr. Cheshire and Meredith were trained in Functional Medicine by Douglas Hall, MD. However, due to the logistics of their health care licenses, they were only able to perform small scopes as compared to what they used to. This was because Dr. Hall had retired.

Robert Bloome, DO has now taken over as our Clinic Director. With this new addition, we are now able to offer the following:

  • Acupuncture for chronic low back pain for Medicare beneficiaries

  • Functional Medicine and Herbal Consults with Meredith and/or Dr. Cheshire

  • Nutritional Consults with Dr. Tatyana Bloome

  • Osteopathic Manipulations with Dr. Cheshire and Dr. Bloome

Please call 352-430-2720 to set up an appointment. Your first Consult will be with Robert Bloome, DO and his assistants to come up with a plan of care based on your health history. You will then be scheduled with the appropriate provider(s) based on your needs.

We will now also be able to do full functional nutrition testing, pain scale testing and have new digestive and inflammation protocols plus more!

New Retail Supplement Line

While we have been building our new line of services at Mulberry, we have also changed Faeve’s supplement vendor. Starting October 1, 2023 Xymogen, the country’s leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical quality vitamins and supplements will be available at Faeve.

We will be stocking their Top 10 products plus some of their exclusive formulas that we are really fond of.

While we will also be holding stock in Mulberry, many of you are used to our special ordering program. Since we are in the square, these will now be available when you don’t want to stop at the office.

Aromatics and Human Brain Function

Mental Illness. Anxiety. Depression. ADD. ADHD. Parkinson’s. Alzheimer’s. Insomnia.

What do all of these conditions have in common? The common organ that these conditions come from is in the brain.

Robert Tisserand is one of the worlds leading aromatherapy researchers. In the industry, he is probably the most revered and well known expert in the areas of research and safety.

Recently, Mr. Tisserand launched the first Aromapsychology course that teaches his students ALL the research that has come out on this topic Neurotransmitters. Synapses. Cell birth. Cell death.

And how Aromatics is becoming cutting edge in these topics. Meredith is currently taking this in depth course and should be finished by the end of the year. Once she is finished, she will be putting together an online informational session to share what she has learned.

Keep your eye peeled here for the date and time in January.

Fall Sale!

As the weather starts to cool off, it’s starting to be to be that time for tea!

To celebrate the season we are offering our Always Tea Time line of herbal teas as buy 2 get 1 free. These are also wonderful holiday presents! Stock up while you can!

The code for this on our website is FALLTEA

For More Information….

Many of you have joined our free online classes. Due to the change in Vitamin Distributors, these classes will now change as well.

Our in person classes are on our website now. Next month we will list the new free online classes.

Please note that those who love our soap classes, prices have just jumped again for materials. We will be holding current prices until the end of December. Then we will have to raise them. We apologize but we can’t control our vendors.


This plant is currently TRENDING on social media, HOWEVER….

We do not carry Blue Lotus flowers at this time. There are many sellers online, but none of the reputable name-brand businesses, like Mountain Rose Herbs, Frontier Co-Op, Monterey Herb Co., Starwest Botanicals, etc., we source our herbs from have Blue Lotus in their inventory. There are countless sellers like this on sites like eBay and Etsy. This is a red flag in our line of work. Although herbs are not FDA-approved, most herbs that can be bought are regulated to have information such as: 

  1. the Origin of where the plant was grown,

  2. the Latin Binomial to represent that specific plant's taxonomy,

  3. and a Certified Organic emblem, at minimum.

Blue Lotus is not regulated, meaning anybody can sell something they claim to be Blue Lotus, and for the uninformed shopper/user, that can end badly from numerous factors such as the specimen being sprayed with artificial ingredients, pesticides, or even illegal or legal drugs. If the item has all 3 of these data points, it may be more likely to be safe for consumption or ingestion, but there is no guarantee. If you choose to purchase this herb on your own, we recommend making sure it has those pieces of data attached. For your research purposes, Blue Lotus's botanical name is Nymphaea caerulea, and it is native to the Nile River valley, so its origin should be based around that geographical region, as well as Egypt and certain parts of Asia. Most people are asking us about Blue Lotus flower for its mildly psychoactive properties and euphoric effects, so if that's what you're looking for, there are other, potentially safer, alternative herbs to choose from if you would like to go that route. Many users report similar effects when working with Mugwort, Damiana, Linden, and Catnip, to name a few that we carry in our store. As always, we are here to educate and provide answers to your questions, so feel free to reach out anytime to or call us at (352) 753-2787.

~Rachel Jennings

Our September Monthly Winner is Sue S. with the last 4 of phone number 5223

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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