Monday, April 6, 2015

Silver Bells and Dogwoods....

Silver Bells are delicate trees with a bell like blossom, they are so delightful...and brief. The appearance of the flowers lasts only a week or so....and then they are gone.  We had a tragedy here in my neighborhood of the felling of an old tree by a road crew....so thoughtless.  I am grateful for the three I find here @ MoonMaid's Woodland Sanctuary.

And then the lovely Madam Dogwood.
Dogwood in Full Moonlight
The trees create canopy that protects the herbs growing below - wild yam to be precise.  MoonMaid would not exist without this wonderful woodland medicinal that is the main herb in our products; ProMeno Women's Wild Yam Cream, Vital "V" Wild Yam Salve and ProAndro Men's Wild Yam Cream.



There are flowers of many colors of course....but there do seem to be an abundance of white varieties.


                             
Tulips and daffodils give way to Silverbells and Dogwoods.  It is shaping up to be a very beautiful Spring here on the mountain.

Until next time - Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring has sprung @ MoonMaid...

Spring has sprung!!!!!  Winter was a little bit hard and I find myself especially grateful for the flowers that are everywhere.


It has been an absolute cascade of colors.

Violets
I have been taking lots of photos of the flowers and a whole bunch of medicinal plants that I will write about as the days go along.


Many of the woodland medicinals that are native here @ MoonMaid Botanicals Medicinal Plant Sanctuary, are the very ones we use in our products.

Vital "V" Wils Yam Salve


ProMeno Women's and ProAndro Men's Wild Yam Creams

       






I trust you had a beautiful day......I look forward to writing about the abundance of beauty that will emerge each and every day.       Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chickweed...

I have been outside in the garden the last few days...so much is growing.  Today....the chickweed kept popping out.  Growing everywhere there is a tad bit of sun.  Lush and green, I could not help picking some, munching on it....and then I got the idea to whip up a quick cream.  No beeswax here at the house, but I do have coconut oil and shea butter.  I used witch hazel, instead of water.  As this is a "live plant cream" I am doing everything I can, with what I have in my kitchen and medicine cabinet, to create a "kitchen remedy."



Instructions

I gathered the chickweed, placed it in a narrow mouth mason jar, added one cup witch hazel. Attach the "blade attachment" to the jar and blend slowly, blending well, the chickweed with the witch hazel liquid.

When blended well, I added 3 tablespoons coconut oil and 3 tablespoons shea butter, 1/2 cup olive oil,  and 1/2 tsp essential oils to the jar.
Capped tightly with blade attachment, I blend on the slowest speed.  The mix will start to emulsify and "choke" the blender.  Remove and stir and blend again - until you achieve a smooth consistency.  This cream must be used "sooner then later" because of the live plant material.  It smells wonderful, is full of calcium, magnesium and vitamin k.
Super Green Cream
Treat yourself to this luscious green treat after a soak in the bath - perhaps with MoonMaids's BathBliss Soaking Salts.
Until next time - Cynthia @ MoonMaid Botanicals


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 @ http://bit.ly/15Tw7ZW  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.

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