Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Breast Cancer

One of my very best friends has breast cancer.  It is still a bit of a shock.  When someone close to you receives such a "diagnosis" it can take a bit of adjustment.  The "helper, herbalist, and some might say; co-dependent or bossy nature" pushes me to "want to help" to "do something" to make it all better.  In this situation, I have become acutely aware that this is a process.  That it will take time.

B has participated in what one can only call, a "healing ceremony" for another friend, J,  some years back when we both lived in Miami. J had a rare form of bone/blood cancer and the prognosis was not hopeful.   It was a powerful event.  B gave J Reiki.  J is cancer free these 20 years later.

B was also involved, as I was, quite by co-incidence, in saving the life of an acquaintance, who has become a lifelong friend.  M also received Reiki from B.    We just happened in to this situation without really knowing we would both be there.  Yet there we were with this woman who truly had no one but us............Again, a rather powerful experience.

Now I find myself pulling together a circle, a community of women, to give back to B.  Giving a bit of themselves, their own unique gift.  I have not worked on something such as this for a long time.  The witch in me is stirring the cauldron, whipping up ideas and potions.  The same way I am when "crafting a new product" for MoonMaid.

My friend, B, is open to trying alternative "therapies" so I have been doing a lot of research.  I also have connections in the field, through my work with MoonMaid.  The Breast Health Project and more.  As I began to think of herbs, places, modalities for B I began to ponder - what would I do? What would I do, what action/s would I take if I was faced with this life crisis?  It got me to thinking, and this is what I came up with.
  • I would immediately get a bunch of super foods to add to smoothies.  It's a long list
  1. Spirulina
  2. Chia
  3. Hemp
  4. Maca
  5. Nettles
  6. Wheatgrass
  7. Lecithin
  8. Elder/Pomegrante/Blueberries
  9. Coconut Oil
  10. Bee Pollen
  11. Cacao
  12. Seaweed 
  • I would immediately assume a raw and juice filled diet.

  • I would begin using a rebounder (small trampoline) to help cleanse the lymph.
  • I would use BreastBalm for lymphatic drainage directly in and on the area.

  • I would use charcoal and clay poultice directly on the breast.
  • I would begin a 30 day colon cleanse  I like this Ejuva program.  Will try it myself.
  • after a weeks rest I would move on to a 2 week Parasite Cleanse. Ejuva has products for this too.
  • Wait two weeks and attend a program at program for cancer at the Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach..  They do intensive wheatgrass therapy and have a particular protocals for just this situation.  
This is approximatly a 90 day program. Sounds good doesn't it?  I wonder why we wait until we are ill to treat ourselves in such a kind way.  It requires discipline, no doubt, to follow these programs.  And some time, and money of course.  Worth it in the long run I feel quite certain.

Until next time - Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Warm late fall evening.....

The last few days of fall linger....and are warm.  Though it appears a winter chill will blow in just in time for solstice day - the shortest day of the year.

We have had some amazing skyscapes around the land lately.

This sunrise.

This sunset

This moonrise.

And a lovely moon setting

The fish in the pond have been enjoying the warmth.

We were gifted a butterfly house for the Botanical Sanctuary

Our 20th year in business has been a stellar one!!  Thanks to all for supporting MoonMaid.   I look forward to offering you many more herbal products, classes and other tidbits in 2017.

Happy Holidays!  Cynthia @ MoonMaid


Christmas House

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Changing seasons

There is definitely a change in the air.  We have had some brisk days.  The only color in the garden is from the many trinkets sprinkled here and there.

After plentiful rain for 3 days the creeks are running full!  The sound is marvelous!

The full moon this past week was absolutely spectacular.   As well as on evening's sunset.

I have was gifted with a sauna!!!  Yes a sauna.  It will be a wonderful addition to my Healing Room, to be located here @ MoonMaid's Botanical Sanctuary. Anyone who knows me at all knows I love heat and hydrotherapy.  A sauna is a wonderful cleansing tool and I am very grateful to have it!

Though not much has been said recently about my GoFundMe platform to build a green glamping site here on my botanical sanctuary, Plans are slowly coming together in the background.  It is exciting time as I look forward to 2016.

Here is a look at the sauna.

Here is the building we will put it in.  Old Hickory is the company, they are made in the USA and a dealer is local in Newport.

Here is the structure I have decided on for the forthcoming Airbnb.  It is called a Yome.  It is locally made in Western North Carolina.  There is a crew of local guys that come out and put them up!!  I could not be happier.

I am shooting for a March 21 launch.  A crowdfunding campaign has commenced.  Check it out here should you care to participate.

We are getting in full swing for the holidays @ MoonMaid.  I always offer a free shipping and free gift wrapping with drop shipment to friends and family members.  Shirley wraps a great gift and my customers have loved this detail over the years.

Write a review!!!  Get a gift.  We will send you a sample set of our BathBliss Products and this facial serum when you write a review on MoonMaid's website.  Visit your favorite product, add a review.  I will get a notice and capture your email.   I will then contact you for your address if I do not have it.  Write a review HERE

It's off to a happy warm and spicy holiday herbal bath for me. I am testing out a new "secret sauce" product....in development!!   Until next time - Cynthia
@ MoonMaid Botanicals

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Giving Season

We have come to that time of year.  A time when I am planning time with family, planning a annual Christmas party, and planning a trip to Florida to spend Christmas with my Mom and sisters and nephews and nieces.  A tradition.  Having not had a family of my own, my tradition has been travel, get together's and short trips to see "people, places and things."

It is a time of year that has been given the hash tag #givingseason      I like that.  It brings to mind many ways in which I can give, and give back...to my community, friends and to my customers.  I like the "things I give" to be special.  I don't send many cards - so I buy artisan cards which are a bit like a gift in and of themselves.  I Love! putting together "boxes of lots of things" inside, I use baskets too.

I give gifts to my brothers family at Thanksgiving since we spend that holiday together!  I have 4 great nieces, so  I have put together a big box of bath salts and soaps and creams.  They can choose what they want.  They love all of my herbal goodies so it will be fun to see what they pick


I cannot believe 2015 is nearly passed.  We have slipped in to cold weather and had a dusting of snow here in the Smoky Mountains.  The moon is nearly full.  The yard it lit up like broad daylight.  Even still, I just want to curl up in a hot bath under the moonlight and then hop in bed - probably before 8PM!   Decadent, and just the right thing to do on a chilly late autumn evening.

MoonLit evening with a dusting mid November 2015

Until next time - Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Working from the road....

It has it challenges.  Communication is a key factor.  Don't assume that the person you instructed "heard what you think you said."

Meanwhile - "communicating" directly with my customers, both individuals and stores was so rewarding.  The smiles that crossed the faces of women who were meeting the very woman who blends their remedies......was incredibly satisfying.

Some of the stores I visited have carried my products for over 15 years.

It is so rewarding to see my products on a shelf!

And it was great to meet with individual customers.  This in Oklahoma City.

I got to do in store demos!

These are some momento's from the trip of places I visited, gifts I received, things I got started.

It was worthwhile, satisfying, and gave me the spark to continue to offer women herbal alternatives to prescription drugs and other hormone products.

Until next time - Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Women on the road...

When I was on the road I was surprised to find many many folks travelling about, going all different directions in all manner of ways.

Erik on his bicycle.

New York to LA - now what.  Read more.  Awesome kid.

These folks on a Harley.

I saw Minnie Winnies, super big Winnebago's, buses, lots of "vintage" looking trailers.  I took a lot of pics but not to many of vehicles for some reason.

Another thing I noted were the number of women on the road, solo.  Just like me.  Lots.  I can think of  5 right off the top. We all had two things in common - we were in cars we felt secure and safe in and we all had dogs.

Here is one of my road friends.

I had many many friends, customers and folks on the road, tell me "how brave I was."  Hmmmm.  I never really thought of it that way.  I wanted to go and had no one to go with......what else is one to do.  The stark difference of my life, not only because I never married or had children, but also that I as an entrepreneur, march to a slightly different rhythm then most.  I may not be happy with every situation of my life in reflection, but being a business owner has taught me to "push on."  Everything will be alright.  I am not saying, by any means, that it is never stressful either.  I have learned in business, and on this trip I just made, that one must trust and ask for the help one needs, in whatever way that is.

It was a good lesson.
Until next time - Cynthia @ MoonMaid

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It was a wonderful journey

And....as you might imagine....good to be home.  No place like home.  Friends, family, kitties and the land.....all awaited me.  I drove 6942 miles.  In just under 5 weeks.  And I did not get to even 1/2 the places I wanted to.  There is another trip in me just down the road.

Nissan, my travelling companion, had quite a trip himself.  He saw the ocean for the first time, experienced the "big city" and made a bunch of friends.  He travelled really well.  I was so glad to have him along.
Nissan in San Francisco, his friend Ellie and Nissan again at the beach.

So many things "happened" I saw so much, I met so many interesting people, most of whom I will never see again.  I learned a lot about this country and most of all myself.  I challenged and stretched my capabilities and my sense of trust.  It was awesome, terrifying, confounding and Fun!!!

This kid, Eric, was riding from New York to LA - he made it.  It turned out, we were sort of on the same path, he even went to Redlands, where I had lunch with my brother.  I met him somewhere on Hwy 66 - where I veered off for a bit, in Texas I think. Hwy 66 run right alonside I40 and is an interesting bit of history itself.  That's another trip.

I started out in Arkansas and dinner with a new friend.

Off to Oklahoma City for dinner with a long time customer
Then to Santa Fe where I did a demo and chatted with customers
Then to the magical Sedona.  It was so beautiful and decided to play a trick with my car's air conditioning.  It stopped...and then started again just as suddenly as it quit.  Who knows.

In Sedona
I then went to Yuma for a evening with some a couple of women I have been working with for a few years.  Lisa and Nancy, mother and daughter team of BigBlend Magazines.  I left them off a bottle of Dandelion Wine which I understand they enjoyed very much.  It is indeed like sipping a bowl full of flowers.  Intoxicating.

Then to Los Angeles.  I spent a couple of nights in Long Beach with an old friend.  Most fun!!  I went to our family cemetery then off to a wedding and family gathering. I love hanging out with family.


The trip to the family cemetery kept me long while just sitting at my Dad's grave.  It was nearing the anniversary of his death, I now realize.  It felt good and healing.

I then found myself in Boulder Creek, near Santa Cruz.....after a brief visit with my very first love.  I wish I could say it was magical and exciting.  Instead,  it wasn't so I moved on to the great Redwoods to visit two old friends.  I got to spend a bit of real time.  I took the suitcase out of the car for the first time in two weeks.
Linda and Doug in Boulder Creek, CA
Visited a store that has carried my products for ever and ever in Santa Cruz!!  We go back to the beginning.

To Sonoma County and Santa Rosa to hang out for a week.  Got to have a quick visit with Mr. Michael Newman.   
We drove out to the coast watching for whales.  Did not see any but did enjoy a bit of sunshine and exhilirating ocean air.

I unwound here, for the second time.  Stayed a week.  Unpacked.  Went out to stores, saw old places.  I rested.  I healed some more, as one always does at MomsHead.  Karen and Vivien are the most excellent hostesses and friends.  They call me their "spirit daughter."  I always leave feeling like a highly valued princess.

I got to see my friend Scully too.  She plays music and is an extremely cool woman. I am extremely impressed.   She makes me smile!!

I left Santa Rosa and Sonoma County and headed to Redding.  This is a town where I have spent much time as a young person.  We had family in town, we camped on Shasta Lake.  It was a huge part of my life.  Spent a couple of nights with my Aunt Edna.  It was very very lovely.                                            
Aunt Edna
Off from here to Ashland Oregon.  Driving to Ashland requires a drive through Mt. Shasta City.  Mt. Shasta is a most impressive volcano.   It is a place I always take time to "veer off" to.  Catch the vibe of the mountain.  Visit the very cool natural food store and maybe even head to the town park where the Sacramento River begins.

Mt. Shasta
The Houstons
Ashland was a lot of fun with Tom, Stephanie and Olivia Houston, another couple of long time friends and their lovely daughter.   Again, I found we did not "do" much except spend time, visiting and hanging out at the homestead.  Making food and solving the problems of the world.  I found it a nicer way to "visit" then trying to cram a bunch of "stuff" into the itinerary.

It seemed like I had all the time in the world when I first set out.  As I clipped along from one place to another......it was clear, I was trying to pack a lot in. And suddenly, I had to turn home.  I had planned to go to Portland to see my dear friend Meredith...but sadly the time had come for me to turn East before I made it that far North.

                                              Shirley kept things going while I was away.

I jammed home.  I went from Ashland to Reno, NV. Then to Then to Little America Wyoming through Salt Lake.  Then North Platte then on to Columbia Missouri.  When I left Columbia I was pretty sure I would make the 10 hour drive on in to Cosby.  It was time to get home.  And I did.
Did you know that they really collect salt from the salt flats in Utah.  There was a great big Morton Girl Sign.  Nevada is really really flat.......you have to be careful not to fall asleep.  Wyoming smells like cows.  All of it.  It has never been 90 degrees in Salt Lake City, except the day I went through.  It was a really big deal.  The Sherwin Williams headquarters is just outside Reno.  There was a lot lot lot of natural gas, oil and railroad work going on.  If I were a young man.....I'd be working in the West. I am sure there are many more stories I am neglecting to include.  But this is it for now.

It was quite a journey.  Glad to be home.  Straight in to plans for an Air B & B here on the Botanical Sanctuary, as I really enjoyed staying in them myself.  I need a few things to get going so I started a GoFundMe platform called "EcoGlamping in the Smokies."  You can read about it here.

Just enough to keep me busy until it's time for the next journey, sometime in 2016......

Until then - Cynthia @ MoonMaid