Sometimes it's hard to realize that something no longer serves the purpose it did when you first got involved and it's hard to let go and move on but I've reached that point. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy has, for me, been a bit of a joke for the past couple of years. Although I held the title of Nevada Director, the only thing I ever did as a Director was attend monthly computer meetings where the members who attended (seldom more than about 4-5 people) did nothing more than exchange recipes. To top that off, there was such horrible morale due to a lack of communication and petty, nasty communication when there was some, it grew increasingly frustrating. Although it sounded really good at work to tell everyone I was a Director of a national organization, I knew it was a waste of time and nothing more than a title. So I finally decided to move on. As much as I've done nothing for the organization, they've done nothing for me either. I didn't learn anything I couldn't have gotten elsewhere and, in fact, in many cases I did just that. Now the question is whether or not I even want to remain a member as there's a better organization that's run better and its Directors and committees actually communicate and appear to get things done. So .... I'm heading off in a new direction and staying in the background for awhile.
I had a bit of an upset tummy all day yesterday and decided that was the perfect excuse to create an herbal digestive tea for my medicine cabinet. I made a great blend of Ginger root, Peppermint leaf, Lemon Balm leaf and Chamomile flowers. Tasted great and succeeded in calming my stomach. I may just offer it on the web site soon.
To add to my medicine cabinet, I've made a skin salve that's soothing for all manner of cuts, scrapes, wounds, rashes and, in my case, cat scratches. I started with an Olive Oil base (about 4 oz) and about 1/2 oz each of Rosehip Seed Oil and Sesame Seed Oil - added 2 tablespoons each of Chamomile flowers, Lavender flowers and Calendula flowers. I let it simmer on very low heat for about a half hour, strained the mixture and then added about 1/8 cup of beeswax, 20 drops of Lavender essential oil and 6 drops of Helichrysum. I made sure it was the consistency I wanted by putting a few drops on a plate and letting it cool in the freezer before pouring it into a 4oz container and labeling it once it cooled. If you noticed I started with 5 oz of oils and ended up with 4, it's because some is absorbed by the herbs and some is lost in the straining and pouring process. It ended up a perfect 4oz container and a wonderful, solid but scoopable salve.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.