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Last half of the year.

Posted by Bill on August 10, 2017

I keep saying I need to post more often, but I SERIOUSLY need to post more often.  Having two or three updates a year is far too few.  This one makes the third update for 2017, and I have so many things to share.

The spare time is occupied with the honey-do list at home, coupled with spending time at the workshop making soaps and other goodies along with planning and attending shows and events.  There are so many things to tell you of all that is happening.

Busy Work space

The workshop is open for business… kinda.  It is open by appointment.  The question I got the most was, “where are you located”?  For the longest time, I was not able to say that I had an actual location, but now I can.  We are located at 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Studio 241.  It is by appointment because while I can manage to be at the workshop, I also have a full time job and I can’t just leave.  But, I can meet you after work if you call and say, “I would like to meet you”.  I have soaps to smell, sage to feel, salt lamps to enjoy and other goodies you can find in my online shop.

I am also cutting out the Outdoor Summer shows.  During one event in June, my other half joined me for an outdoor event for both days.  Set up, tear down and everything in between.  The down side, while we were under a canopy, we were also in the sun in the middle of a field.  We were prepared as far as water, snacks, food, hydration, sun screen and rest.  We had a scare on Monday when he felt dizzy at work and finally went to the hospital for having very high blood pressure and was kept overnight.  Long story short this is a reason that people with high blood pressure should not spend time in hot tubs or saunas, and we were in heat all day.  With that, and heeding a warning, I am going to continue doing indoor shows year round, and limit my outdoor events to Spring and Fall.

I am also re-creating a vision for the yummy soaps I make.  While I have many best sellers in my collection for sale, it hit me that I want to have ALL of my soaps be best sellers.  If I make a batch of 60, I would like it to be sold out in a matter of months (or sooner) and not linger for a long time.  This is why I have several items on sale.  Not that there is anything wrong with these soaps, they are just not popular and I am worried they will run out of scent before they go home with someone.  So, I have cut the price, online and offline do they can go home.

I am also planning on two of my largest events of the year, and stocking up for these.  The Universal Life Expo in September and the Louisville Christmas Show here in December.  While they are several months away, they will be here before I know it.  As it takes nearly 2 months for a batch of soap to cure, I had better plan and stock up now.  🙂


As herbalists…

Posted by Bill on January 31, 2013

As Herbalists

As Herbalists

Some time in early 2012, I had someone, at an event I was attending, ask me a couple of questions about a client she was working on. As she was comparatively new to the community, she asked me about herbs and remedies and started throwing terms that made my skin crawl.

Like, “prescribe” and “treat” and “cure” and “medicine” in reference to the remedies I work with and other herbal remedies. My fear was that she was going to say a wrong thing in front of a wrong person (doctor or zealous client) that could get her in some serious hot water.

Because most of us do not have the correct combination of letters behind the name (nor the debt usually associated with said letters) we cannot say a handful of terms.  I have compiled a short list from memory during our conversation:

As herbalists:
We can suggest, but not recommend.
We can offer, but not prescribe.
We can assist, but not treat.
We can complement, but not take over.
We are herbal practitioners, not doctors or pharmacists.
It’s a remedy, not a medication (personally, I like “Magic Potion”).
We can hint at, but not say for certain.
We can offer relief, but not cure.
We have clients, but not patients.

Wounded Healer

Posted by Bill on May 17, 2010

In Greek myths, Chiron was the wisest of the Centaurs and the archetype of the Wounded Healer

He was accidentally wounded by an arrow that had been dipped in the blood of the Hydra

In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others

In teaching others the healing arts, he found a measure of solace from his own pain

The Wounded Healer understands what the patient feels because he has gone through the same pain

The suffering patient can be cared for by the Healer and be instrumental in the Healers own healing

Each encounter between Healer and patient can be transforming for both

The lesson of Chiron teaches us is that we can overcome pain and transcend into knowledge

That each of us can become a Wounded Healer