One thing about working with essential oils for hospice patients - all the staff wants help, too! This weekend I made a small 1oz jar of creme with Peppermint, Lavender, German Chamomile and Patchouli as an eczema aid for a co-worker. I have a dry patch of skin on one elbow that has suspiciously returned after about a two-year hiatus. I threw a little of the creme on there but continue to put my herbal salve that I made for my recent back surgery scar. I love that stuff!
If you're a menopausal or post-menopausal woman who needs creative ways to get more calcium in your diet, I took this recipe for a high calcium treat from my herbal studies book, switched up a couple of things to suit my taste buds and made some treats similar to the ones in this picture. They're pretty yummy. I think I'd add a bit more honey next time but they're still good. I mixed 1 cup of almond butter (the one in the store also contained a little honey and some flax) with 1/2 cup of honey. Then I blended in 1/4 cup slivered almonds, 1/4 cup apricots, and 3 tablespoons of powdered calcium. I toasted 1/4 cup of sesame seeds and put about 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut in with it and set it aside. Then I went back to the base mix and kept adding powdered milk until it was bread batter consistency so I could forml it into balls (about 1 rounded tablespoon each). I ended up making 21 of them and rolled each one in the sesame seed/coconut mix. I then wrapped them individually in plastic wrap. I froze some for later and put the rest in the fridge to harden up a little more.
We had wildfires here not too long ago that affected many of us who were nearby with flu-like symptoms: coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy noses. I got treated for smoke allergies and everything went away ... except the tickly cough. So today, I dove into my herbal studies and put together a "cough tea." It has 1 teaspoon each of Marshmallow Root, Licorice Root, Ginger root, Elecampane and Pleurisy. There's also 1 tablespoon each of Comfrey Root and Spearmint and then a Cinnamon stick divided into 4 pieces. I mixed it all together and made 4 teabags. It turned out pretty good. I've only had one "dose" so far but will use each teabag twice and drink it twice a day for 4 days. Hopefully, that will do the trick.
I find that by far the hardest thing I have to tackle is marketing. I have this wonderful company with fabulous natural products for sale but no time to get the damn thing off the ground. When you work a 40-hour workweek, it's difficult to find enough time to create new products, photograph them, describe them on a web site that you also have to create, update and maintain and then you have to find a way to get the company noticed. Which way do you go? - Facebook, brochures, pamphlets, conventions, salons, spas, teaching classes, etc. I'm lucky enough to have a job that pays my bills so I don't have to depend on the meager sales I get from the web site but I would eventually like to be able to support myself from my company. That said, I keep plugging away with different ideas that might get me noticed but won't require too many hours. Tricky! My latest venture is to approach some of the spas here in Las Vegas and suggest making lotions from scratch in front of small groups of customers, letting them scent their lotions with my essential oils and then use their natural lotion in a massage. Win-win, right? We'll see. I often have ideas that I think are perfectly brilliant and sure-fire winners that flop big time.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.