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GMP’s, FDA and Reformulating Everything!

Hi everyone, thanks for being here. The latest on my business journey (and it’s delay) is learning about the current Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMPs) Wow! Apparently, making stuff and selling it is more complicated than I remember. When my mama and I had a shop these laws weren’t around.

Don’t get me wrong, I think they are necessary to prevent accidental bacteria and/or harm for the buyer, but the pendulum swings, because now it is nearly impossible to follow every single guideline and be legal.

For example, to sell homemade teas and tinctures, which are considered dietary supplements, an herbalist is supposed to make these from a commercial kitchen. this makes many of us functioning illegally from our home kitchens.

After a recent class on Rules and Regulations I hit a bit of depression, questioning if I should remain on this path. Inner conflict arose, as the herbalist in me wants so badly to help heal and shout these plants from the rooftop, but legally, I am not allowed. I am forbidden to make any type of claims, and can’t even have testimonials on my products!

I am sad I won’t be able to sell my herbal chest rub, because it is considered a Drug and has even more rigid guidelines. I really love this chest rub and it has helped me so much. It feels a bit of a conspiracy to not be able to offer people alternatives in healing, but thanks to Freedom of Speech, I am able to educate with posts and I encourage you to do research on plants and their many gifts.

Meanwhile, to be on the safe side, I will be focusing on my herbal creams and aroma sprays. These CAN be made in my home under the Homemade Cosmetic guidelines. I took down the post on my Nourish cream because I had stated the possible healing benefits. I also am reformulating this recipe to add an all natural preservative, so I can extend it’s shelf life for you without it developing any microbes/bacteria/molds, I will make a new post on this fabulous cream as soon as I have perfected a new formula.

With all of this being said, please see my disclaimer on the bottom of my welcome page and know that I am still dedicated to and holding my path. I look forward to making safe and improved products that I know will serve you well.

pic credit @jplenio

For more info on cGMPs start here:

Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics: Fact Sheet | FDA

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Guidelines/Inspection Checklist for Cosmetics | FDA

My Mama, My Guide

With Mother’s day just past, I thought it would be a good time to present my mama, Cara, (meaning friend in Irish).
She was the first to introduce me to plants, using chamomile for my diaper rash, parsley packs for injuries, and peppermint to soothe my belly aches.
She loved nature and raised me close to Mother Earth.
She told me stories of my great grandmothers, one part Miqmaq and the other an incredible healer&witch.
When my dear mom passed, she took a piece of my heart and soul.
In exchange a part of her is within me eternally.
She has always been and still is my guide.💚🌹

Spring and the Dandelion

Spring has Sprung! Slowly but surely I am shaking off the lingering cold of winter and my body is trying to warm up. Feeling a bit sluggish, I am glad I have a dandelion leaf and root tincture made to assist in detoxing leftover stale energy and heavy foods of last season. Spring is such a great time to cleanse away what is no longer serving us.

I know for many this little flower is a nuisance but to me, it is an ally. I look forward to their arrival every Spring. Did you know that dandelion (taraxacum officinale) is full of good stuff for us? You can use the root, leaf, bud, and flower! The entire plant is highly nutritious. The flowers are high in antioxidants and can be used in salads, fritters, and wine, just to name a few. The greens contain vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They can be eaten raw or cooked. I like to make a dandelion pesto. The root is full of soluble fiber and can aid in digestion and help treat liver problems, and is delicious as a tea.

For more on dandelion, see my Dandelion Monograph

So, the next time you are thinking about mowing over them, pause and ask how you can benefit from its medicine. If you are wildcrafting them, make sure they are free from pesticides, 10ft from the roadside (where they are exposed to toxic fumes) and take only 1/3, and always ask permission.

Happy Spring! Happy Wildcrafting! Happy Healing!💚

dandelion pic credit: Natalia Luchanko

Dandelion Monograph

Common Name: Dandelion

Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale

Family: Asteraceae or Compositae

Part(s) Used: Root, Leaf, Flower 

Actions: Diuretic, Cholagogue, anti-rheumatic, laxative, tonic, hepatic, detoxifying, bitter, nutritive, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal 

Constituents:  Leaves are high in vitamins and minerals including Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, and Vitamins A, B, and C. Roots contain inulin, mucilage, latex resin, and teraxicin.

Indications: The leaf is a powerful diuretic, and because it is high in potassium it replaces this loss that other diuretics don’t. Dried leaf tea is a folk laxative and remedy for anemia and blood purifier. The root makes an excellent tonic herb, especially for impaired digestion or constipation. As a Cholagogue it may be used in inflammation and congestion of the liver and gallbladder. Other common uses; kidney failure, stones, bladder infection, yeast overgrowth, and scant pale urine.

Preparation & Dosage: Leaves may be eaten fresh in a salad, as a cooked green, or in a tea or tincture. The root may also be eaten fresh and stir-fried, tinctured, or dried and for tea as a coffee substitute. Flowers can be eaten fresh or made into many recipes including fritters and wine. For liver and gallbladder problems it may be used with Barberry or Balmony. For water retention, use with Couch grass or Yarrow. Decoction, put 2-3 tsp of the root into one cup of water, bring to boil, and gently simmer for 10-15 min, drink 3 times daily. For tincture take 5-10 ml 3 times per day.

Description: Thick dark brown, almost black taproot with white and milky within, long jagged leaves with tooth-like edges, earning its French name dent de lion, or lion’s tooth. These grooved leaves funnel rain directly to the root. Leaves are hairless and grow in a rosette form. The stem is hollow and contains a milky white substance called latex. Flowers are yellow, and there is only one flower per rosette. The flowers open in the morning sun and close in the evening, and in gloomy weather. The flower becomes a white poofy “wish ball” and spreads its seed this way.

Habitat and growing conditions: Dandelion has followed the footsteps of pilgrims for millennia. The genus with over 250 species, grows all over the world. It thrives just about anywhere. It also improves soil quality, as the root draws minerals up from deep layers of the earth, concentrating them in the whole plant. When the plant dies back it deposits these minerals into the soil. It is found in virtually every kind of habitat, from openings in deep woods to cultivated fields, from rocky hillsides to fertile gardens and lawns.

Status: Not endangered, Common weed

Cautions and Contraindications: Do not handle if you have an allergy to latex, which may cause dermatitis.

Notes: Root can be used as a dye for a magenta color

Magickal Uses: Dandelion is associated with the planet Jupiter and the element Air.

A tea of the flowers and leaves may be drunk to increase psychic ability.

Puffy seed heads can be blown to make a wish!

Resources: Botanical.com, Ediblewildfood.com, Witchipedia.com, The Herbal Handbook by David Hoffmann, Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants&Herbs by Steve Foster&James A.Duke, and my Materia Medica

Self-Love and Bath Salt Recipe💗

Happy Valentine’s 2021! If you read my welcome page, you already know how much I encourage self-love. I truly do believe in healing and loving yourself, you blossom into the best&highest version of yourself, then reflecting that light and wholeness into the world ripples through and helps heal humanity😁⭐.

For a better world, it’s our responsibility to be the light, we want to see&to be the love we hope to receive!💗🌹

On that note, I wanted to share my Self-Love Bath Salt recipe, in case you missed it on my media pages. I hope your day is filled with love 💖