I have a friend who's taken another job and is leaving soon. She's known for her love of Peppermint essential oil and her propensity for always having chocolate candy on her desk (never mind her dry wit and nursing skills)! So I'm making her a body butter with a base of Cocoa butter, Shea butter and Apricot Kernel and adding essential oils of Peppermint and Vanilla Bourbon. It's wonderful - sort of like dipping your body in chocolate and peppermint with a hint of vanilla coming through. I'm pretty confident that she will love this.
Preparing to teach classes at CSN is a whole lot more involved than I imagined, and I imagined it would be time-consuming! Each class is only two hours so I can't go into a lot of detail. However, I can give them more information in handouts that may prompt someone to study herbs or essential oils on their own. We'll be discussing three herbs for each of the following: tonics/nervines, alteratives, expectorants, sedatives, laxatives and stimulants. Additionally, I'm giving them handouts with another 20 useful herbs and more classifications so they'll won't feel limited. Then in the salve class, I'll include a few different herbs and some of the essential oils, butters and fixed oils I like to use. The tincture class will be fun when they get to learn how simple they are to create and how useful to have on hand and, last but not least, the body scrubs class will show them some practical and some fancy salts they can use for body scrubs and teach them a little bit about essential oils and how to use them safely. Even though it's a lot of work getting prepared, I love seeing enthusiasm as students learn new skills that will serve them well all their lives.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.