Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drawings, Free Shipping and general holiday festivities....

It has been a festive week at MoonMaid Botanicals.  You all loved our "free shipping/pick a free product" special!! We sent out a lot of orders!!! A drawing of names from all those boxes was done and the winner got a bunch of goodies.  A drawing each weekthrough the end of the year for everyone who places and order of any amount!!!

It is the time of year when we can get run down, catch a cold, miss out on a bit of sleep....so it was time to decant the FireCider!!!  There is still a battle going about the "unfortunate trademark" of that name.  I have been calling it FireCider for 20 years and don't intend to stop now.

I am still missing my sweet dog Delilah who passed away a week ago.  The newest addition to the clan always brings a smile to my face.  I have never had a calico cat - and this one is a gem!!

Get my Ebook - The Art of Simpling for 50% off or get it free when you sign up here.
It is full of great herbal recipes that make wonderful gifts.  No time to make them....you know we can help you out @ www.moonmaidbotanicals.com  Bath salts, RadiantRose Cream, GoatMilk Soap and more.

I am working on our antioxidant rich face serum with our special blend of essential oils and other "SignatureScent" products..........will have it ready by Valentine's Day!!!  My "SignatureScent" is a blend of essential oils that include clary sage, geranium, rosemary and others.  These will be special products...I promise.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  We are.  Our free shipping/free gift special continues throughout the year.  Details here

Have a blessed week.
Until next time,
Cynthia, the MenopauseHerbalist @
MoonMaid Botanicals

Friday, December 5, 2014

Our Dear Delilah

I, we (my creature family and friends of the Sanctuary) lost our "best gal" - Delilah this week.  She was quite an amazing dog!!  She guarded me, traveled with me over many many miles, she kept all the other creatures in line, and towards the end of her life, she had her little brother come along.

Delilah came to me when I was first putting together the cabin @ MoonMaid Botanicals Native Woodland Herb Sanctuary.  She, and a "pack" of dogs came through every day wanting treats!!  A black lab, a wolf mix and little Delilah.  She had to be quick to keep up with the "big" dogs.........and she was!!!  Once I officially moved on to the land, and was there full time, starting Labor Day of 2003, she parked herself on my deck and would not go home.  I called the Mom of her "alleged" owner, took her down to Terri's house, yet before I even arrived back home, she had hustled through the woods and was waiting.  I am YOUR dog she said - and at that moment - I knew it.  You see, there is more to the story.

I had had a dog many years before - his name was Butch.   And he looked exactly like Delilah.
Exactly!  Can you tell the difference?  In realizing this, I scooped her up, brought her in the house, and we have been together ever since.  I strongly believe that Butch returned to me as Delilah.  He and I also did a lot of travelling, he was with me through some very tough times, and always at my side, just as Delilah would be these 11 years. He has always been watching over me - and he/she still is.

I will miss her almost more then I can describe.  Nissan and I walk through the woods, and can feel her at our side.  She is resting in peace now right out in the garden, the one she loved so well.

Thanks so much for all the warm wishes, condolences and prayers!!!  I appreciate it immensely.

Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals
The Menopause Herbalist

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Specials just for you....

I have begun the 20th year anniversary celebration of serving the women who have decided on a different direction then pharmaceuticals or bio-identical hormones!!!  Lots of you!!   To show my appreciation for your support, starting now and continuing throughout CyberMonday, call me @ 877.253.7853 with your order, I will give you free shipping AND a free product of your choice, with an order of $15 or more!!! Now that is "special" don't you think? Good until midnight PST Monday December 1st.  If you miss me by phone, shoot me an email and I will call you back.    Check out our other products here.

In January I will be presenting a couple of new products.  A face serum, a sugar based face scrub and a salt body scrub.  All have MoonMaid's "signature scent" that is a combination of essential oils I have been using since the beginning.  We will be giving out samples as our January monthly special.  Go here to make sure you get this monthly newsletter.  Always a "free something," a DIY recipe and a little bit about our "herb of the month."  

MoonMaid has always used essential oils in our blends, because I have an allergy to fragrances. My favorites include clary sage, rosemary, patchouli, and lavender.   All of these plants I am fortunate to have growing in my cultivated herb beds.  In 2015 I hope to begin making my own essential oils and hydrosols.  It would be so satisfying to create these essential elements of MoonMaid products in the kitchen from flowers and herbs growing in the garden.

I look forward to taking your calls starting now through Monday.
Cynthia @ MoonMaid 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Celebrating 20 years in business!!!

That's right.  20 years ago.   MoonMaid Botanicals was a just being born. It was in December 1995 that I printed my first labels and got some business cards.  I have come a long way.  MoonMaid has come a long way.  It is now a team effort.  Shirley, assists with product production.  I have a gardener who helps out mowing the lawns and keeps up the garden beds at both our office production space and at the Sanctuary.  This year, we counted overy 100 Ginseng plants in the woodland gardens.  It is exciting to seem them multiply each year!!! 

Ginseng with berries.  We propagate these naturally by spreading them downhill of the plant, pushed gently into the soil.
MoonMaid started out on MomsHead Farms in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County in California.  It was an incredible spot for an herb business. This tiny trailer is where everything happened..   Surrounded by all manner of herbs, creatures and whacky gardens, it was a very inspiring place.  I definitely picked up a flair for the whacky as you can see in the beds throughout MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary.  

We have been getting spruced up at the Sanctuary in preparation for new classes and events in 2015.  I will be offering classes on the medicinal herbs of the Smokies as well as "whipping and stirring" instructions at the Cabin in the Woods.  If all goes as planned, we will also break ground on the a Cottage that will serve as an office and "bunk" space for apprentices as well as an Air B and B for travelers interested in native herbs.  

I am very excited to announce the launch MoonMaid Botanicals Signature Scent Line.  This includes our very popular BathBliss Soaking Salts, our goatmilk soap and now a face serum as well as a roll on perfume so you can take the scent of MoonMaid with you everywhere.  The face serum is a blend of jojoba, borage and arghan oils Vitamin C/E/MSM and Blueberries to help you look your absolute best.  More on these new products in our newsletter in December.

We are joining small businesses everywhere promoting SmallBusiness Saturday.  Shop small and support your community.  We will celebrate by giving you gifts!!!  From Thanksgiving through CyberMonday - everyone who order's will be entered into our drawing for a ThankYou gift.  December will be full of giveaways and free products.  Sign up for our newsletter to get the details!!  A grand prize on CyberMonday, weekly drawings in December, free products with every order and a GrandPrize drawing on NewYear's Day!!!  Don't miss it!!

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My EBook - The Art of Simpling is full of herbal gift ideas.  It is now available on my website.

Is there anything you want to know about herbs for menopause?  Let me know @ moonmaidbotanicals@yahoo.com or schedule an appointment


Friday, October 17, 2014

The Sun is Shining!!!

We have been in deep rain here in the South.  No sun, windy rainy days.  It was getting a little bit depressing!!  Now it is very sunny, you can see the lovely fall colors.......and it gets me in the mood for Halloween lights, hats.....and a bit of candy.  I don't eat much chocolate as a general rule, but as I have entered #menopause, I find it far more enticing then I use to!

My Ebook - The Art of Simpling - is flying out the door.  This is the last month I will be giving it away.  It is a great little tutorial on how to make herbal goodies of all kinds....from powders to creams.  Check it out and send me an email if you would like to have one.   http://bit.ly/1pkzko9

Last month I began offering Herbal Consultations for my customers who need a bit more then just a phone call for their menopause symptoms.  This is a 45 - 60 minute consultation that includes the remedies I suggest.  The regular fee is $90.00.  Through the rest of 2014 I am offering it @ 50% off.  That's right!!  A consultation and remedies for $45.00  Check it out here

I have been doing some incredible podcasts too!!!  Just did one with Dr. Serena McKenzie of the Institute for Healthy Sexuality.  Last month I interviewed Dr. Tirso del Junco about hysterectomies.  Coming up in a couple of weeks, Shea Vaughn, an expert on keeping ones body and mind healthy as we age.  Check out these shows and get information about upcoming shows here.  

Until next time, I wish you herbal blessings from MoonMaid Botanicals.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast Health Awareness Month around here.  My friend and peer Daya Fisch, of the Breast Health Project taught me to think that way.  She and I did a great broadcast on just that topic.  She is incredible.  Here are links to her on YouTube and a link to the Women of A Certain Age and.......BreastHealth.

We are giving free BreastBalms with your orders in October to.  Put "BB" in the "COMMENT" box at checkout.

BreastBalm's main ingredient is Poke Root.  It is a valuable herb with incredibly potent lymphatic cleansing abilities.  It helps to break up congestion in the body and will move it out.  It can be very toxic when consumed so please consult your favorite herbalist when using this herb.  As a salve, it is also effective in relieving swelling and cystic areas.  A great emollient for breast massage.  You are doing that.....right?  Daya talks about it here.   Watch and learn to love your breasts!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Equinox

I have suddenly realized that I love to talk, and I also love to write, and just as suddenly it occurred to me that I have lots to say - particularly about Menopause.  How appropriate during this "Menopause Awareness Month" that I would finally have this realization.  I have been "blocked" at blogging  I know this is the best tool I have for sharing - this new way of thinking has really opened me up.  I will start blogging more - maybe every week day. Often...anyway.
It does not have to be so scary.  Promise!!!

I have been at this business of MoonMaid Botanicals some 20 years now.  Amazing to consider to me.  My work has brought me in touch with hundreds, maybe thousands of women who are all experiencing some sort of "discomfort" related to menopause.  As the years have gone on, I have heard from and worked with more and more younger women experiencing "discomfort" which seems related to hormone imbalance, hence PMS, infertility, fibroids and cysts.  In the last few years I have been working with more and more men who are experiencing what seems to be "feminization" of sorts, as they are growing breasts and experiencing breast lumps and cancer.  Throughout all of this, I have noted that the obesity epidemic, to me, seems somehow directly connected to hormone imbalance.  Don't many of our young people look like they have "middle age spread?"

I connect many of the "chemicals" that we should avoid, that are making us sick, to hormone imbalance.  Many of those chemicals, for instance, are "estrogenic" upon entering the human body.  These are called "xeno-estrogens."  They are everywhere in our world, not matter how clean and pristine your life.  It certainly helps to be choosy, careful about what you use, what you eat, what you drink.  The mere fact that growth hormones in our meat, pesticides on our fruits and vegetables, gas fumes, drug residue in water from urine (both human and animal), and off gassing of plastics are ALL estrogenic substances in the human body, gives one pause.  So many toxins, and not just any toxin, estrogen, chemical estrogen.  If these estrogens are making women "sick" with menopause etc........what are they doing to men, children, pets?  A little daunting to think about.

I did a show with Big Blend Radio on Sunday, and we talked about plastics.  This crazy mother and daughter team of Lisa and Nancy have me on monthly and we always find something to "go on" about. Listen to the show.  We chatted about two things related to plastic, the movie Plastic Paradise that exposes so much about plastic.  You must see it.  Info here  We also chatted about an innovative guy who made an island out of plastic bottles and lives on it in the Gulf of Mexico.  Check him out here.  Pretty amazing.  We also talked about wild yam, and how it is a main ingredient in my products ProMeno Women's Wild Yam Cream and Vital "V" Wild Yam Salve.  These are my products for menopause.  They have helped a lot of you gals!!


Oh, and nettles.  My other best remedy for your menopausal symptoms.  Find instructions here.

Joe Cross of the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead offered some great advice about eating healthy in this short video I came across.  I think you will find it inspiring.  20 minutes or so.  Enjoy here

Autumn Equinox
And I did have a lovely fire last evening for the Equinox.  It was lovely and warm.  First chilly night and was well appreciated.
Enjoy your evening.  I'll be back here soon.
Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals