Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A cool July -

It has been amazingly cool around the Smoky Mountains this summer.  It is not that there have not been hot days.  There just have not been many.  Or, hey have been interspersed with cool days.  It is only 58 here this evening.  I have on a light coat - in July.  Weird.  But, so it is.  The gardens have loved it.  Grass has grown slowly.  There has been a splendid array of color.
The goldenseal and ginseng are showing berries.  Bright red on the goldenseal - still green on the ginseng.  I await the "turning" of color so I can spread the red berries around the hillside.  This year on the land I have counted over 50 ginseng plants.  I love this plant.  It is magical.
This gourd plant appeared at the office garden.  Planted by birds I imagine.
It is getting so big it may need it own parking space.  It makes me smile.  I love the feel of these gourds.  Smooth and bumpy.  And such cool colors.

As July turns to August I begin my birthday month.  Anyone who knows me knows that I celebrate "me" the entire month.  That means I take care of myself.  Get my teeth cleaned, get a facial, or a massage.  Meet friends for lunch.  And go somewhere I have not visited in my 11 years here in the Smoky Mountains.  And there are many places.  I have been busy "setting up camp" so to speak these years and not appreciated the wonder of the surroundings all around me.  I have begun the exploring.  This year Cades Cove.

MoonMaid is now on Instagram.  I take pictures constantly and it encourages me to share them more then I had previously.  It is easy and I am enjoying this format.

I got early drawings of the CottageClassroom building from my friend Corvus.  It is exciting to be in the planning stages of this new structure that will serve as classroom, guest cottage, and office.
I hope to be started with deconstrution of an existing building by late fall.  It won't be done in time for the Gals Glampout, but it will be in progress.  GlampOut you say.  What's that?  Fancy camping here @ the Botanical Sanctuary, which has officially been named MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary - Preserving, Protecting, and Propagating Native Medicinal Species.  It has taken a long while to find something that just rolls off the tongue.  I think this does.  Back to the GlampOut, You can find more information here.    We will provide you with all the gear and food you need to enjoy a night or two here with me and learn about this living breathing classroom.  There is info about other classes as well.  I am also excited to be the herbalist for a Women in Wilderness Weekend with my friend Vesna Plakanis of A Walk in the Woods.

I hope you will sign up for my newsletter.  I have a monthly special that is always worth taking advantage of.  A free product, free shipping, or who knows.  This month it has been 20% off all wild yam products and free shipping.  You still have a few days to take advantage of that.  The discount is automatically given @ checkout.  I will never share your information nor will I bombard you with emails.  Just one email at the beginning of the month and a reminder 1/2 way through.  I think you will appreciate the specials.

That's the news for this week.  I it is a good one for you.  Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Art of Simpling - a DIY Manual to create you own herbal goodies is now available

Sign up for MoonMaid's monthly newsletter and receive this Ebook The Art of Simpling - a DIY Manuel of Herbal Goodies for Free!!

We offer it for $9.99 on our website. Now can get it now just for signing up.  It is a great little tutorial that will coach you through how to make herbal goodies of many kinds.  Everything from a room spritzer to an herbal cream.  It is fun and easy.  I have been wanting to offer this for years and now I am.   

The newsletter is a once monthly email detailing our monthly specials.  A free product, a sample of something new, free shipping or who knows.....   In July we are offering 20% off all wild yam products and free shipping!  Join the list here and take advantage of the offers.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July on the Mountain

It was a wonderful holiday weekend on the Mountain where MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary resides.  Located at the top is the Cosby Sound Chamber.  Here we had a sacred fire presented by Bo Deatherage and a sweat lodge presented by Marty Jones and Trei Hill in a South African format.  Different, yet the same, as a traditional Native American sweat lodge.  I love heat, I love to sweat, so this was a great gift to me to have it all so close to home.  I gave my very first plant walk through the woods and the cultivated gardens.  Here are some pictures of what we saw.

The woodland gardens are in glorious splendor.  Blackberries, raspberries and gooseberries are all ripening.  Ginseng is getting ready to berry, as is the goldenseal.  It is amazing how it all changes each and everyday.  As I walk with my dog, listening to the birds who are always singing, I am immensely grateful that this California girl found her way to the mountains to become a wise woman of the Smokies.  I feel grounded here.
Wild Yam
MoonMaid's monthly special for July was just announced today.  20% off and free shipping when you order one of our wild yam products; ProMeno Women's Wild Yam Cream, Vital "V" Wild Yam Salve and ProAndro Men's Wild Yam Cream.  These products are my hormone and chemical free alternatives to bio-identical products.  They are a great benefit to women who want something completely "natural" and "hormone free" if they have, for instance, experienced cancer or fibroid issues.  See the latest newsletter here and sign up for future publications here.

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It is a great gift to have my land, my products and YOU my customers!!!!  I thank you for all the gifts you give me with your phone calls of praise, your emails and comments on Facebook!!  Until next week - Cynthia

Monday, June 30, 2014

Flowers Flowers Everywhere

There has been a bounty of flowers around MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary this past week!!!  Lots and lots of color everywhere.  As we turn to the Summer season, I look forward to the long nights of weeding and exploring all the surprises that continue to amaze me.  We have had lots and lots of rain so I anticipate mushrooms arriving soon.  Chantreles being my favorite!!
Day Lily
                 Bee Balm

We are featuring MoonMaid's Signature Soap and BathBliss Bath Salts in July.  You can try one of these products by writing "soap" or "salt" in the "COMMENT" box @ checkout.  They contain our SignatureScent that is a mix of clary sage, lavender, rose geranium and more!!  We love it and think you will too!!  It is also available in our TubKit.  If you want to be informed about our monthly specials.  Sign up here.
Our podcasts continue on BlogTalk Radio on most Monday evenings @ 7PM ET.  The newest format is a 30 minute call in show where you can ask your questions about menopause and related topics.  I am looking forward to it!!  Click here for information on the next show.


                           Until next time - I send you bright Summer blessings from MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary.    Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Friday, June 20, 2014

Endings and Beginnings

It has been a time of endings....my cousin Chris died suddenly.  A year younger then me.  It makes you think........
Chris and Jeri

And beginnings....my niece Lydia just graduated and is preparing to enter college @ Eckerd University.  She is a very talented artist.  She will be near her Aunts, Kim and Karen, my sisters, and her cousins.  I am sure this will include the start of new traditions in the events of family.  I look forward to that!!
Lydia Johnston
she had this to say about her years in school......

"I don't think I'll miss being a part of a system that is more concerned with how much information I can regurgitate on paper and how many hours I sit, idly or not, in a building under the guise of learning. I don't think I'll miss the Americanized, industrialized form of public education that has enveloped the last 13 years of my life and has nearly burnt out my motivation, my curiosity, my creativity, and my general desire to learn and explore. I'll miss caring educators like Paul Gantt and all of the other mentors, family members, and friends that have encouraged me to grow, though I don't think I'm alone in saying that graduation has been long overdue for some time."

I found her comments a bit sad and hope her new beginnings @ college inspire her quite a lot more.
We are beginning the start of the Summer season.  My season!!!  I love summer, it includes my birthday.  I will be entering the end of my 50's.  I have ended a long term relationship.  I am getting to know my self, by my self again.  It feels like I have spent a lot of my life alone, searching for "that perfect something."  The events of these last several weeks have enlightened me.....life is happening now!!!  Don't Wait!!  Go for it, start now, appreciate every moment.  It is the time of Day Lily's and Rhododendrons strong and resilient.  Bright.  I love that too!!

At MoonMaid we are going through changes as well.  We are discontinuing a couple of things and are making new items.   Our face serum is almost complete.  You love our soap, it is flying off the shelves, so we have created BathBliss Soaking Salts in the very same unique scent - our special combination of essential oils and flower essences.  If you have enjoyed Dianne's Homemade....get it now @ 50% off.  Write "50%" in the "COMMENT" box @ checkout.

Our podcasts on BlogTalk Radio continue monthly.  On July 7th my guest will be Gia Combs-Ramirez speaking on Crystalline Consciousness.  Get the show and call in details here.  On July 14 I will be hosting my first MenopauseChat.  For 30 minutes I will take your calls related to menopause, aging, nutrition and helpful herbs.  Details for this show are here.

We have a product giveaway each month AND we do a monthly drawing.  Sign up for this newsletter here. This month, every person who orders will be entered in our drawing for a BathBliss Tub Kit.  You'll love it.  Our giveaway in June is a sample of our SignatureSoap, an organic goat milk blend with our special essential oil blend and flower essences.  Like I said, flying off the shelf.

Check out our new website and all of our products @ www.moonmaidbotanicals.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Monday @ MoonMaid Botanicals

It is Monday!!  And it is June!!!  Whew.....where is the year going.  As one of my nieces said - "It's June?  It was only Christmas last week."  And wait until this new graduate notes how much faster time will begin to fly as she enters college, her 20's and beyond.  It flies.  And, I had the "slap in the face" reminder that "you never know when your time will come."  One of my cousins passed away very suddenly this past Saturday.  A healthy guy, taking good care of himself, drops dead @ 58.
It is so true......you never know.  So.....love life to it's fullest each and every day!!!

The mountain laurels are blooming and the wild roses and honeysuckle fill the air with sweetness.

We are featuring our BathBliss Tub Kit this month and giving a free sample soap with every order. Put "soap" in the "COMMENT" box @ checkout.

I am also doing a BOGO special of Dianne's Homemade.  It is the perfect trail snack!!  I am sure you will love it as much as I do!!              

 I am doing my podcast - Women of A Certain Age and.....monthly.  Mondays show was about "Getting Outdoors" with my dear friend Vesna Plakanis of A Walk in the Woods.  Not only does she have this fabulous hiking and guide company, she is working with the crew that is filming the movie A Walk In The Woods in our area. A Robert Redford project!!  When in the Smoky Mountains, this is the company you want to make your trip and experience of the best kind!!!!
In two weeks, on Monday, I will be launching Menopause Chat on the same platform.  A 30 minute call in show where I will take your calls related to menopause.  Products, nutrition, and remedies will all be offered for you!!  Call in details here.  7 PM ET Mondays as the summer goes along.

As the days grow longer and longer approaching June 21st, the Summer Solstice, I trust you will feel the abundance all around us!!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

It is Memorial Day.  A day to remember those lost.  I lost a friend this last year, who suffered side effects to Agent Orange, from the Vietnam War.  His loss, all loss of life, is sad, there is someone on any side who is grieving.

When I think of loss of life - the many animals that perish on this planet, for our tables, for our floors, for our pleasure.  Just going along living life - and WHAM.  Death, grief, saddness to some being.

When I spend time in my garden, I am reminded that there is a circle to life.  With one loss, comes new life.  Plants remind me of that.  They remind me to be mindful when I prune, plant, or pick.
I talk to my plants - they talk to me.  It is a relationship that goes round and round.  And they sure are beautiful.


I  hope you have had a lovely long weekend if you are so graced to have one.  I long for the days when on a "holiday" like this - everything, even gas stations, are closed.  

Through the rest of the month, I am including a sample size SignatureScent Soap or BathBliss Bath Salts with every order.  Put "soap" or "salt" in the COMMENT box @ checkout.

My podcast, Women of a Certain Age and......is broadcast monthly on the first Monday of each month.  On June 2 @ 7PM ET, I am doing a show with my two dear friends Vesna Plakanis of A Walk in the Woods and Elaine Miller a long time supporter of the Smoky Mountain National Park. on Women, MotherNature and Camping ( in style!!!).  Vesna is a hiker, backbacker and wild food enthusiast and Elaine is the "glamping queen" and will be the chef extraordinaire for MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary Gals Glampout, coming up in the spectacular Fall season at the Sanctuary.  Details here.  

I am also the herbalist for Vesna's Women In Wilderness Weekend Retreat on September 12th thru the 14th.  Details here.

Have you signed up for our newsletter?  Every month we have a giveaway of a one of our products.  You never know what it will be.  We won't bombard you with email.   I write a bit about an herb, what's new @ MoonMaid and always include a few pictures of the garden. I send it out 2 times monthly.  Stay informed.  Sign up here.

Until next week - may you be blessed with good health, good work and a good life.