- Connie & Susie's Great Harvesting Adventure
I'm visiting my mom and dad at their cabin in Northern Wisconsin. On our way to Mass this morning, I "saw" a patch of red clover! Mom and I decided that after we got home from church, we were going to go back and harvest them. I also noticed patches of common yarrow and was really excited to go harvest. Once we got home and changed, Mom announced that she was not going into the woods because she was not going to get a tick. I agreed and stated that we would only be harvesting from plants on the side of the road and wouldn't be wandering into tall grass into the woods. We grabbed some containers, scissors and gloves and headed out. First off, I have NO IDEA what I thought I saw, but there was no red clover to be found ANYWHERE! But there was a lot of beautiful yarrow. And this is where the fun began. MOM: What's that dinging? ME: I took my seat belt off so I can jump out when we get close. I also put the hazards on so cars can go around us. MOM: When you pull over make sure you pull over onto grass. ME: (Pulling onto grass) MOM: NOT HERE!! This is somebody's lawn!! ME: (Pulling up further next to yarrow) ME: Mom, look at all this yarrow. Can you see the ferned leaves? MOM: I'm not getting out of this car. Do you see all these bees? ME: Mom.. MOM: CLOSE YOUR WINDOW! Don't you see all these bees? ME: Okay, I'll be right back. (I cut a good handfull of yarrow everywhere we stopped so as not to take all so they regrow) ME: (Opening back door): Mom, look how pretty. MOM: DID YOU SHAKE THOSE OUT? I don't want any bugs crawling in this car ME: (Now laughing so hard I can't breathe) Mom, I did. MOM: Get in the car, there are tons of bees over here. MOM: Let's drive down this road and see what's here. What's that dinging? Is your door open? ME: (Laughing so hard I"m crying) MOM!! I don't have my seatbelt on. (LOL) ME: (stopping car) Mom, look that's a Mullein... MOM: YOU CAN"T PARK HERE ON A CURVE! ME: Mom! We are on a side road with no cars in sight, I'm just stopping to take a picture for my plant ID app. I want to make sure it's Mullein. (Get's out of car to take picture) MOM: Do you see all the bees on that?? Hurry up! ME: (Getting back into car and gives mom the phone as we wait for the app to work which it didn't because we couldn't get internet). MOM: What's that dinging? ME: MOM LOL MOM: You're going to need a saw for that. ME: We just need the younger leaves and flowers MOM: (You're going to need a saw) Turn here, TURN HERE! Me: Why?? Mom: Because that's where the cabin is ME: LOL (We are laughing hysterically at this point) We decided we had enough for today and would make another trip out tomorrow. Not only was it wonderful spending the morning together, but I absolutely loved being able to harvest from north woods! I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!! Hoping your Sunday was half as fun as ours! Be Well!
- Super Pain Relief for a True Super Hero
Eli was just 4 years old in 2016 when he was diagnosed with stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma...a solid tumor childhood cancer. He underwent 16 months of intense treatment, which included chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell transplants, radiation, and immunotherapy. In August 2018, one year after his initial treatment was completed, Eli relapsed. He began more immunotherapy, chemo, radiation, and then a Neuroblastoma vaccine trial. These treatments were done in hospitals both in WI and NYC. Unfortunately, he relapsed again in June 2019, and the journey to healing will now take him to Chicago to begin another trial. Through it all, he has been incredibly brave and has a true zest for life. Eli’s grandma, Bonnie, is my cousin. Our family is incredibly huge so all of my cousins’ children (and their children) are my cousins. With a family this big I don’t have time to sort through 2nd, 3rds, once removed etc. We are all just family. Eli’s mom, Jamie, and I had talked earlier this spring about something to help with Eli’s leg cramps. Because this young sweetheart has been through so much, I did a LOT of research to come up with a gentle salve that was still going to have a powerful effect. I infused dried rosemary, ginger, dandelion and calendula into sweet almond oil and added 350mg CBD Isolate. Plants that all have anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties and enhance the CBD Isolate to work better. There is no scent, so it wouldn’t make him nauseous. I also made sure that none of the products used would break the skin barrier and enter the blood stream since his system is already dealing with lots of other medications. The family had great success with the salve:“Eli experienced frequent and painful leg cramps at night during his treatment. Massaging this salve into his leg helped with the pain immensely and the cramp resolved very quickly. He now asks for the salve if he is having a cramp or any kind of pain. When he had intense pain from his tumor - which ultimately required a few radiation treatments to get under control - we rubbed the salve on his cheek and around his eye where pain was most intense to provide some short-term relief. We have used this salve for other people in the family as well, mainly for headaches or body soreness - the kind of soreness that typically accompanies a misalignment and requires a visit to the chiropractor. The salve has significantly reduced or completely stopped the discomfort in all cases.” Eli is a superhero to so many. His strength and determination are unmatched and I wanted to make sure this pain salve met his expectations. Eli’s Super Pain Salve with 350mg CBD is now available for purchase with 15% of all sales going to “Gold in September (G9)”. I ask that you keep Eli in your prayers. That the Good Lord blesses him with complete healing and he grows to be a wrinkly old man. May God Bless you and your family Super E!
- Desperately Seeking September
People who know me, know that any day that it snows is my favorite day. Don't get me wrong, I love the days that I can be out in my garden or walking in the sunshine or at the lake with a warm summer breeze. But the days when sparkles fall from heaven and blanket the ground in white....[peaceful sigh]...those days are magic for me. So, in order to get to those days, I look forward to September: autumn is coming, cooler days will soon be here, harvests are happening. It's also my birthday month and am I blending up a wonderful celebration for us all! As I continue on my journey towards earning my next aroma therapy certification, I want to share with everyone the valuable things I've learned. I'm blending new things just for you that will feature these healing benefits I've learned and help you begin a healing journey. While many people are getting back into a hectic schedule of work and school, September will be a month of self-care for us. Self-care is defined as taking care of one's self without medical or physical consultation.* In health, it includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. Taking care of yourself helps you do more. Leah Letson shared with us last week how important she feels this connection is, "I can accomplish so much more by staying healthy." She takes care of all aspects of her health in order accomplish more. It starts with self-care. For Self-Care September, each week in September I have a great blog planned that highlights the benefits of different aromatics and how they can be used for self-care. I'm also mixing up special products to help you with that self-care. One week at a time, one step at a time, we will treat ourselves better. We will feel better. We will be able to do more. It starts with one self-care act at a time. To join Aromatic Blessings Self-Care September: Sign up for the newsletter below. You'll be the first to get the information every Monday morning (plus the code for reduced shipping on products you buy).Say that you're "Going" to the Self-Care September event. You'll be invited to a private group where we can share our September stories and support each other. (Plus, product discount codes! Just sayin'.)Like the Aromatic Blessings Facebook page. Self-Care September messages will be posted on the page, too. Get your special bundle of self-care products at a special early-bird price before Self-Care September starts. Let's start this journey together, take it one step at a time. It'll be a celebration of us! Be kind to your self. You deserve it. Sue
"There is Beauty and Peace in disconnecting with the world and reconnecting with your soul" Ishita Ghosh People are put into your life for a reason. In one way or another, it's to help you grow. And if you're truly lucky, it's more then once. I met Michelle about 16(ish) years ago when her family moved across the street. She is a pillar of strength and patience. A genuinely beautiful soul. Michelle recently completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hour requirement for Registered Yoga Teacher through Healium Hot Yoga. Her classes are nourishing to the mind and the body. She explores the connection of breath and movement with a focus on gratitude, self-compassion, and loving kindness. Her classes are open to all levels and offer space to move safely. I was privileged to be a part of this journey. I worked privately with Michelle for weeks and it's helped IMMENSELY with my anxiety. So much so that we did Nidra Yoga and I didn't even know the dog was barking! Michelle is currently offering private sessions on Monday and Friday as well as yoga on Wednesday evenings from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. All classes are held at mke Mind Body Wellness located at 3174 S. Howell Avenue. Sign up for private lessons or for the class (pre-registration highly recommended as there are only 4 slots) via mindbody app. I encourage you to do so quickly. It is truly a physically and spiritually nurturing experience. Her classes offer a connection between mind, body, and breathe; mindfully flowing and connecting forms from one movement to the next with an emphasis on self-compassion. Loving Kindness and gratitude meditations will be offered at the end of each class. Follow Michelle on FB at Niché Yoga and on her blog at https://nicheyoga.blogspot.com/ Congratulations on this new journey, my friend. Namaste
- Monday Chat and A Cup of Joe - Perspective
It's been a while since we've had our Monday coffee together. I've missed it. After an encounter with a gentleman grocery shopping yesterday, I felt it was time for us to sit together again and chat. Yesterday was the first time in three and a half weeks I've been able to go grocery shopping. And I was crabby. Add it to the list of things that I haven't been able to do because of this ankle injury. We weren't there very long, but the half hour of standing and walking was getting to me and I was starting to feel sorry for myself. AGAIN. While Jeff was checking out I sat down on a bench near one of the exits. There was a gentleman there looking over his receipt. He started a conversation asking about the crutches and what I did. I told him about my injury and my frustration about not being able to move and the time it was going to take for this injury to heal. He told me that he had recently injured his rotator cuff. He's not sure how. But he can't comb his hair, he can't cut his grass, he can't help his kids with projects he used too. He shared how hard it is for him at the age of 76 to no longer be able to do things he used to. He has a garage FULL of tools that he can no longer use. All he can really do is go grocery shopping. He became silent and I noticed he was fighting back tears. I reached out and just held onto his arm for a few minutes. He smiled and told me that he realizes how lucky he is. He still lives in his home, he's still mobile and he loves his animals (3 beautiful cats that just made his face light up). I also got a lesson in economics and how important it is to watch prices at the grocery store because they typically overcharge at the check out :) As he left and I waited for Jeff (because they overcharged at the checkout and he was at customer service!!) the word perspective smacked me upside the head. Every week this injury is getting better. I would usually follow that up with slower then I like, or not as quickly as I want. But not today. Every week this injury is getting better. Very soon I will be doing things I used to do, a little slower perhaps, but I'll be doing them. Join me this week in finding perspective in the things going on in our lives. Let's focus on the positive, half cup full. And most importantly, let's be grateful that no matter what is going on in our lives, the Good Lord always drops in angel among us to teach and guide us. I met mine at Pick n Save. Keep your eyes open for yours! Be well
- Myths, Truths and Covid 19
WE NEED TO CHAT <3 Let me preface this discussion by saying I'm not a doctor, nor am I giving medical advice. If you are ill, if you are having symptoms related to COVID19 or have been exposed, please get tested immediately and contact your physician. With that being said.... I have been in contact with numerous people the last three days who have now tested positive for Covid 19. Most are struggling with pain in the chest, a low grade fever, an ugly cough and feel like they have had the crap kicked out of them. Some young, some not so young. We have been able to share some herbs to help with symptoms, to encourage movement and breathing exercises. After discussions with many about what they wish they knew or had done, I want to sort out some myths and facts. MYTH #1 Drinking hot water will kill this virus. FALSE. What it will do is help keep the fluids in your body moving and help to thin mucous. Drink warm/hot teas, soups, warm water instead of cold. Stay away from alcohol and sugary drinks. MYTH #2 Drinking a lot of fluids will flush out Covid 19. FALSE Once it's in there, it's in there. Once it's in your mouth or your nose, it's not leaving. Nasal inhalers aren't going to move them out nor is drinking copious amounts of water. Drinking alcohol at the bar isn't going to kill it. There is a reason why you're told not to touch your face unless you have washed your hands. You DO want to make sure you are getting enough fluids so you don't become dehydrated. MYTH #3 Elderberry Syrup will prevent me from getting Covid 19. FALSE What it will do is help to keep your immune system healthy. Taking Elderberry as a preventative is always a good idea unless you already have a compromised immune system. Then please discuss with your physician before taking. IMPORTANT If you begin having symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID 19, I would suggest that you stop taking Elderberry Syrup. There really is no good evidence that it helps treat Covid 19 and I personally believe other herbs/products would be more beneficial. I encourage you to do your own research and reach out if you have any questions. The news is all over the place. There are more cases, there aren't. This works, this doesn't. Testing is good, testing isn't being done correctly. Please! Keep washing your hands (although this should be a given!!) and use hand sanitizer if you aren't able to wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face. I know that wearing a mask is a personal decision. Only a few of the folk I'm helping right now wore masks. Did it stop them from catching it? No. But it very well may have stopped someone else from catching it. Please reconsider wearing a mask when you are out in public. For those around you who are parents of kids with cancer, sons/daughters of parents with compromised systems, people going through chemo. You know where I'm going with this. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids, cutting back on sugar, moving your body, eating healthy, taking normal dosages of Vitamin C and D. If you haven't started taking Elderberry Syrup or other immune supporters, I suggest you start taking it as a way to keep your immune system in great shape. Please PLEASE reach out if you are having symptoms or have recently been diagnosed. Stay healthy Blessed Ones. We are here if you need us. Susie
- I'm. So. EXCITED!
For Aromatic Blessings, it has been one of those weeks where, as a new business owner, there are many things to do and I want to do them all! From making new blends, to adding inventory, to enjoying the outdoors while harvesting more herbs/plants to make more products, on and on and on. More hours in a day, please. This week, I focused a bit on the business end. It's not necessarily my forte. Luckily, I have wonderful people all around me willing to share their talents, including Trish Borzon, my photographer. This weekend, in the glowing summer sun, we went outdoors to shoot the new photos you see on the Aromatic Blessings online store front. If you haven't checked it out, go there now: AromaticBlessings.net . Here's a few pics as well. Check them out. I'll wait... So, cool, right?! A big thank you to Trish! If you ever need a photographer - product shots, family shots, Senior photos, or group events, she's your lady. What a wonderful talent and beautiful spirit. I'm lucky to work with her. And I'm lucky to have such great support to help me grow this wonderful business. Watch for more updates. I have a great series of blogs coming up that you won't want to miss! Hope your feeling too blessed to be stressed, Sue
- Fighting to be Our Best
Nearly every day, all day, I’ve been tuned into the Olympics. I love that every four years the world’s best come together to compete and demonstrate great feats of sportsmanship to a global audience. I was particularly moved this year by the Olympics’ focus on sustainability, as well as peace and acceptance. Truly a lesson for us all. I also enjoy learning more about the athletes who train, and seeing how overall wellness is important to them: eating right, training hard, and self-care. Whether it’s meditation and pre-competition focusing routines, or recovery activities and treatments like cupping, an overall view of health is becoming more and more important to many people around the world. It is helping them to stay healthier and in top condition longer. I loved hearing about Kristin Armstrong’s third gold medal in cycling at age 42 (just one day before her 43rd birthday) and Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old gymnast competing for Uzbekistan is at her 7th Olympics. No longer is a single Olympics the pinnacle of an athlete’s career. Staying healthy by including self-care helps us all achieve more and reach our personal goals for a longer amount of time. I’m up for that. Closer to home, we focus on one athlete that is a fan of our Matt’s Best Defense Soap. Leah Letson has been an athlete from a very young age when she started Karate, earning advanced degree black belts in both Karate and Tae Kwo Do before she was 14. Today, as an instructor in kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), a Surveillance Technician in the Air National Guard, and an up-and-coming fighter in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), she just won her third professional match on July 30, with a first round TKO. This very smart and accomplished young woman knows the importance of focusing on all aspects of her health. In her own words: "Overall health is very important to me as a person and athlete. If I am not taking care of my body, I cannot perform to the best of my ability. I make sure to keep my body in peak physical condition by doing a variety of workouts, eating clean, and keeping great personal hygiene. If I don’t take good care of myself, not only does it affect my physical abilities, but it also negatively impacts my mental and emotional health. I tend to have significantly less motivation and energy while doing everyday tasks when I don’t take good care of myself. I find that I am a lot more productive in every aspect of life when I am healthy. Because I can accomplish so much more by staying healthy, I always encourage others to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that they too can feel good and accomplish their goals. “As an MMA fighter, I spend a lot of time in close contact with many individuals. Grappling/wrestling mats are known for harboring viruses and bacteria that can cause skin diseases. Even if the mats are cleaned frequently, when 30+ sweaty individuals are rolling around on the floor, it is very easy to develop skin conditions. Matt’s Best Defense is the only soap I have ever found that can prevent and clear up skin conditions like mat acne, ringworm and MRSA.* Therefore, I make sure to shower using Matt’s Best Defense after every training session. Since I started using Matt’s Best Defense, I have had absolutely no problems with infections or any other skin conditions.” We love to help Leah stay healthy so she can stay focused on her goals. Check out the story of Matt's Best Defense . For our younger athletes or if you need something gentler try Matt's Best Defense, Jr. Aromatic Blessings wants to be a part of your wellness goals. Our self-care products can help you with ailments, help you find relaxation, or help you treat your body with kindness so that it can achieve more. Fighting for your health, Susie *Aromatic Blessings Disclaimer: The statements made on this site are based on holistic documentation and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information shared on our website or through Aromatic Blessings is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care provider and should not be taken as medical advice. Reviews and testimonials on this site are from individuals and do not guarantee or suggest the same results.