Sunday, March 15, 2015

March @ MoonMaid

It has been a long cold winter.  I felt "frozen," literally.  Keeping home warm, the lavenders covered up and the rosemary inside. At times, it felt like "survival."    One day when I was iced in.....I had a little fun.  And made it through.....without too much difficulty.

Now there is a bit of Spring beginning to sprout around the Gardens.   It is wonderful to see.  I do believe the sunshine will inspire me to put words to these pages.....a bit more often now.

This Saturday I am teaching my Art of Simpling Class.  It will be a fun day of creating everything from herbal potpourri's to creams.  I offer this class 4 times yearly @ MoonMaid's production facility in Cosby.  Looking forward to sharing the day with some wonderful ladies from North Carolina.  We will take a jaunt out to the Gardens as well!!

I trust you are beginning to notice Spring in your neck of the woods.  It's about time!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

February - month two of our 20th anniversary Celebration!!!

It is hard for me to believe it is February.  Ground Hogs Day and ole' Punxsutawawney is not seeing his shadow in this neck of the woods.  Cool windy grey day.  But......the peepers have begun peeping and soon there will be a big patch of eggs.  This is a shot of the mass in the pond last year.
Frog eggs in the pond 2/2014
We had some snow as I got the last of my raised beds set.  I used these "found" cinder blocks as the frames which are perfect for the "lasagna" method of creating raised beds.  I laid a layer of cardboard, nature dropped a lovely layer of leaves.  I'll now do a layer of newspaper or shreds, then peat moss, and then a layer of compost.  I compost everything here at the Sanctuary and have a very intensive recycling program.  Makes me feel good.

Our February special will be posted in a day or two.  This month I want you to treat yourself. To encourage you to that end, we are giving away a sample of our soap, our bath salts or a trial size of our newest FaceSerum.  This is a formula loaded with anti-oxidants Vitamin C, E, and A with organic blueberries and MSM.  I call it "Bliss" and would love your feedback.  Get the details here.  I am continuing to offer consultations @ half off, get the details here



This evening I present my podcast, Women of A Certain Age and....
This evening I will chat with Morgana Rae of Charmed Life Coaching, author of Financial Alchemy and leader of Money Goddess programs in Bali.  She has an interesting idea about how to "think of" and "approach" abundance that I find fascinating!!!  Listen @  or call in to the show 646.200.0217

I have created a great bunch of Boards on Pinterest.  Check them out, let me know what you think.

Have a blessed week!!!  This is the month of Love!!  As Louise Hay says - it starts with loving yourself!!

Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Celebrating 20 years in business!!

Yes!!!!!  It is remarkable.  I started MoonMaid Botanicals 20 years ago.  Little did I know that 20 years later, I'd still be at it.  At my office, my co-worker Shirley and I create the personal care and skincare creams and salves that are MoonMaid Botanicals.  In addition, MoonMaid  has become a advocate for endangered herbs by protecting our land within a plant sanctuary network.  I am also busy with consultations with women and their menopause or other hormone issues, teaching, or I am researching and writing about herbs.  This is a full service business!!!

         It is amazing to look back to see from whence I came.  The "new" and the "old."                

We started out in a trailer @ MomsHead Gardens and now we are located in our Cabin in the Woods.  With a production facility too!!!

Some days I do not know how we get it all done!!! Our distributors and the many practioners we work with keep us busy.  Not to mention web orders and the phone orders and questions I take daily.

At the end of the day, it feels good to know that I am able to offer an effective wild yam cream that seems to help so very many women!!!  Thanks for being my loyal customers!!!  I appreciate you.

Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It is the New Year and the celebration of our 20th year in business!!!  

I find this an incredible time for reflection and planning.  Sort of a "pre-New Year" gift to yourself.  I have a little "pink book" in which I jot my ideas, my plans and my dreams.  Often in my thinking I am wondering how I can serve you better.  I want to help make your menopause a beautiful transition not a time of dis-ease.  This "IS" a time for we menopausal women to dive deep into our souls, a time for reflection, sit by a fire, pray, listen for the messages in the quiet. This is a time to honor ourselves.  That is what I think "menopause" is.  We have been the caretakers of our "world" and now it is time to care for ourselves.  Please read more about this and other topics related to menopause here.  Share you thoughts with me here.

Free shipping and a free gift for another two days!!

I hope you have had a wonderful Holiday Season!!!
or call me.  I love chatting with you!!!  In depthconsultations available too!!


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 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 know we can help you out @  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