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Product review: Meadowlark Botanical Pain relief balm, Headache balm, Foot balm, & Hand cream

Product Review:

Holistic Balms from Meadowlark Botanical

Meadowlark full set

 

One of the resources I have been taking advantage of as a member of the Pagan Business Network is the use of trades.  I will trade some of my products with members of the network for some of their products and or services.  The other part of the exchange is that I write a review about my experiences with the products and then share it around.  The products in the above photo are some that I traded for and this is my review.

Customer service

Before I get into how the products worked for me and my experience with the products I want to spend some time talking about the customer service this company provides.   One thing I asked about was if they planned on getting different labels that included the ingredients on them.  They responded happily with a thank you for the suggestion and that it was something they had in fact been thinking of doing.  When I mentioned to keep the information insert as well they were happy to know that the information on the sheet was useful in educating people about the reasons behind why the herbs worked for this product.

The best experience I had with this business was when I asked about a specific product.  I get headaches frequently while I am working.  Its not just from the stress but also from my eyes, anxiety, caffinee and or lack of water.  So I wanted to have the balm with me at work.  When I opened it for the first time this balm was essentially liquid.  It exploded basically everywhere.  I lost a bunch to my clothes and the counter.

I asked the owner about this.  She was shocked to hear about it.  As soon as she was able to she sent me another batch of the balm.  This time when I opened it I could use it and it was solid.  The fact that she sent me a brand new free batch was great.  I was thrilled.  I tried it later that night and was happy with the results.  So I have to give them two thumbs up on customer service.

 

Pain Free Balm

Meadowlark Pain releif cream

At first I was disappointed in this balm.  It did not have immediate effect which is what I am used to.  A similar holistic product I use has an almost instant relief to it without needing a deep massage.  I decided though that I would give it an extended try.  During this extended trial I applied the cream with a massage to the very specific location rather than the general location.  Once I started applying it with a massage and to specific points rather than general points I was able to get the relief that I was used to.  It lasts for me about 4-5 hours.  After that I need to apply it again.

My issue with this item is that it stains.  Before I used this cream I had no yellow stains on my blanket.  This cream left stains on the blanket.  This was with me rubbing it and massaging the balm into my skin and the effected areas as much as I could.  Even then the little oil left on the top layer of skin still stained my blankets.  It also stained my underwear long the edges where my legs would have touched it.

The other issue I have was the strong menthol scent.  It was overpowering.  One day I applied it to my knees before work so I could be comfortable at work.  My fiance’ commented that the scent was too strong and to not use that again.  I have tried to use less, but the scent is still overpowering.  Yes it is effective but its stronger than the almost pure menthol product I buy for my fiance’ from the store.

You can get your Pain Free cream here

Foot Cream

Meadowlark foot cream

With my day job I am on my feet all day.  I run around the store helping customers find what they are looking for.  When not putting away stock, putting away put-backs /unpurchased items, or helping customers find products I am standing in place at the register.  My feet are sore after a days work.  This product here is a wonderful treat for my feet.

I have found that this helps relax my muscles after a day of working.  It doesn’t relieve the pain persay but it does help my feet to relax.  By rubbing my feet with this balm after a long day of work I also relieve some of my stress from the shift.  A lot of stress is held in the feet.

In order to relieve the pain I am feeling in my arches I typically add a small batch of the pain free balm that was mentioned earlier.  I’d actually like to see the two combined so you have stress and pain relief that can be applied to all muscles not just the feet.  Perhaps they will take that into consideration.

Get your Herbal Foot cream here

Headache Balm

Meadowlark Headache balm

This year I have started to deal with headaches far more often than I ever did before.  One of the main headache issues I have had have been sinus related.  This balm when I tried it in a liquid form was the only thing that has worked for my sinus pressure and pain without congestion. I applied a small drop to the bridge of my nose and felt instant relief.

The menthol and mint oils are high in this mixture so my eyes did water a bit.  My suggestion would be to find a variation on this recipe that uses a little less mint and menthol and maybe add a few congestion or sinus oils.  That way you can have a product for sinus headaches and sinus pressure as well.

The only other thing I have to say is that it works just as well for day to day headaches.  I apply a bit to my temples, the base of the neck, and my third eye.  For me this helps me release all my pressure for my headaches.  Often times they are in the front of the brain which is why I use the third eye chakra as a position to place the balm in.  I only use a little bit though as too much wil make your eyes water from the mint and menthol.

You can get yours Headache balm here

 

Lavender Hand Cream

Meadowlark lavender hand cream

This is an item that was actually a surprise for me.  It was not an item that I had asked for in the trade.  She included it as a free gift sample for which I am very thankful.  I will probably be ordering a batch of this for myself when my sample size is done.  I’ve had this sample for months and I am still working with it.  Its hard for me to find hand or body lotions that I can actually use due to my sensitive skin.  This is one of the ones I can use.  I’m glad I have it.  I will use it for a while longer.  Like I said it is one of the few lotions I have been able to find for myself that works and I enjoy the scent and feel of.

Get your Lavender rich Handcream Here

Conclusion & Remarks

Many of the issues I had are my own for not reading the directions as best as I could.  The owner of this business did send paper work on each of the products given to me.  While it doesn’t mention that the Tumeric in the pain relief cream can stain, it does mention its best applied to specific points rather than a general area.  Had I paid more attention to the entire paperwork I would have had faster results with the Pain Free Cream.  They also warned about the peppermint in the headache balm and not going near the eyes for that reason.

This business owner is very well educated on their products and services.  The information sheet goes into detail about the herbs chosen for the products and why they work.    In some cases they even mention this history of the herbs use in medicinal practices and from which cultures they were used in.  They know not only their products but their particular service well.  They are very professional and work hard to get their business seen and known.

If you are looking for vegetarian organic homeopathic products then this is the company for you.  Its well made and the containers are perfect for the product.  Packages are neat and professional looking.  Everything works as they say it does, just be sure to read the directions carefully or you may miss information like I did.

Check out the rest of their products here: Meadowlark Botanical

Product Review: Flippin Fibro/ MAGI balm set

Magic Balm and Flippin Fibro set

 

I love homeopathic products.  I love natural healing.  This company had great products that are easy to work with.  They smell nice and they are highly effective.  These two particular items are going on my favorites list and are used in most of my day to day life in some way shape or form.  In many cases lately I would not have been able to sleep through the night without one or both of these!

I got these two items for review.  I was looking for something to help with my bruises (I bruise very easily) and my restless legs.  I was sick of waking up every morning with new bruises on my legs from kicking myself in the night.  I was sick of getting strange looks and stares at my legs when I wore shorts or shorter skirts.    Most of all I was sick of kicking my fiance’ in the night and not knowing it.

Many people posted products and suggestions for me to try.  For some reason these were the two that spoke to me the most and now I know why.  They work!  They work great as a set and quite well individually.  I am really glad that I got to try these two items, and I know I will be buying this set myself.

Flippin FibroI use this for my restless legs and it works great.  When I first got the oil I used one dropper per leg every night for two weeks.  The restless legs basically stopped.  Now I feel like I no longer need to apply it to my legs every night.  I lie down in bed and if after 5 minutes my legs are settled and not restless I know I wont need to apply the oil.  If my legs wont stop moving or can’t seem to get comfortable then I know I need to use the oil.  In the two months I have had this oil I went from needing it every night to now once or twice a week maybe.  I can say that thanks to this I now have restful nights sleep 🙂  You can get yours here: Flippin Fibro Aromatherapy Oil

Magi BalmThe Magic balm is probably the most used out of the set.  As the balm says its great for muscle pain.  I use it on my feet and arches before and after work and it keeps my feet from being incredibly painful after shifts at my day job.  I’ve used it on my fiance’ when his legs were bothering him and it helped him quite a bit.  Which is great as his skin is incredibly sensitive and he has no reactions to this product.  So if you have sensitive skin then this product could work well for you.

What I did like was trying this to help prevent my heat rashes from developing.  Right in the underwire during the summer I tend to get bad heat rashes there.  They itch and they drive me insane.  The only thing I’ve been able to use in the past to help them is baby powder to keep them dry.  Well not any more.  Now I have this Magi balm.  I applied a small bit when the rash started and the next day it was essentially gone.

If you get rashes, have sore muscles, or have arthritis I suggest you get yourself some of this balm and try it our yourself!  You will not regret it!  Get yours today: Magi Balm

 

Product Review: Nasal Decongestant By Sages Aromatherapy

Nasal DecongestantToday I am going to be talking to you about one of my favorite products.  This is a holistic and natural herbal remedy that works great.  I’ve tried many different products to help with my congestion and other issues.  None of them have worked as well as this one balm.  Sages Aromatherapy knew what they were doing when they started to create this blend.

This year has been terrible for allergies for everyone.  Its been worse for people like me who suffer from asthma as well.  So I’m always a bit wheezy and stuffy from my asthma and general environmental allergies.  My allergies and congestion are so bad at times that I end up feeling like I am going to puke in the morning in order to get rid of everything that slipped down in the night.
To be honest the only thing that ever actually helped me get rid of phlegm and congestion before was the max dose of Mucinex.  And I’d have to take it everyday when they even recommend not taking it more than 7 days without seeing doctors. I would mention it to my Doctors and nothing would help and they continued to say if the mucinex works just keep working with it.  Not only is the stuff expensive but it can also taste terrible if it gets stuck on the tongue while you try and swallow the large pills.  I grew really tiered of taking it twice a day to just be able to breathe and live without feeling physically ill every morning.

Hot shower before bed were one thing I tried but with post nasal drip it just seemed to give the nasal passages more phlem for the following morning.  In the middle of the winter I started to try working with Eucalyptus oil alone and that helped quite a bit but it still felt like there had to be something better out there that was natural like Eucalyptus oil that I could use and have it be more effective.  The Eucalyptus oil helped me be able to breathe at night but there was still phlem in the morning, breathable and non ill feeling phlem but it was still there.

Now a few months ago I was gathering raffle items for the Maine Pagan Unity Day in Portland Maine.  Many members of the Pagan Business Network sent items to be sold at the raffle for a fundraiser for Maine Pagan Unity Day.   As I was gathering several items together I personally snagged a few items from various providers that I personally was attracted to and wanted to give a chance.  This Nasal Decongestant was one of the few small items I grabbed for myself.  And I am so glad that I did.

I applied I little to my chest only at night for a week and the results were amazing.  Not only could I breathe but I didn’t feel like there was any phlem there.  I coughed a little in the morning but there was no phlem.  No sounds of gurgling and not sounds of hacking.  I actually felt healthy and like I was normal.  A week later I added the balm to my feet as the jar suggested and I couldn’t believe how much it helped me.  I felt like I was a different person.  It seemed as it there were no barriers to my breathing at all.

The more I used this item the less I seemed to need my controller inhaler and my rescue inhaler.  In fact most days now unless its extremely humid I really only seem to need my controller just in the morning.  Even my use of the rescue/exercise inhaler has dropped substantially.  Unless I am going to be doing a lot of physical work (exercise or vacuuming the CVS I work at) I really dont need either of them in my day to day life.  I am not advocating to stop using inhalers if you use them.  Far from it.  Mine are still essential to my life, I just relay on them maybe once a day instead of 4-5 times a day.

The last few weeks allergies have been dull and down so I have not used them as much as I have in the past.  However in the next few weeks fall allergies will be all over.  So I know I will be using this balm for myself again.  I don’t leave home without it.  Its in my daily meds and first aid I carry with me everywhere.  Just knowing that I can use the balm if and when I need it is an amazing relief.  And it feels relaxing when you put it on too!

If you would like to own your own decongestant balm you can order it here:Decongestant Salve

Book Review: The Wiccan Wellness Book

Wiccan Wellness Book

The Wiccan Wellness book is one of a kind. If you are looking just for spells and rituals for healing then this book is not for you. If you are looking for herbal remedies and solutions to your health issues this is not the book for you. If you are looking for ways to increase your health in all areas mental,physical, and spiritual this book is perfect for you. While the author comes from a Wiccan perspective the book is geared towards any and all philosophies or religious views. The goal of the book is to provide simple tools to allow a person to have optimum health in the mind, the body, and the spirit.

Right now my biggest complaint is that the book seemed to be too short and was missing a conclusion. I felt like the final chapter just left us hanging for more. I wasn’t thinking another chapter, even though another chapter would have been useful but maybe a final word or two to tie everything we had read about in the book together. It just ended with no real tie to put it all together.

The rest of the book is great. There is excellent material in here. Several of the tips in one chapter have already made a huge difference in the way I approach my day to day tasks and my day job at the local CVS. It may be small but there is alot of information packed into this one book.

The book begins with an introduction. Here the author covers both her reasons for writing the book and how she connected her spiritual path with health, healing, and wellness. It is also here that we learn that the author wrote this book not just focusing on Wiccans but having it be open to any one open to holistic natural healing and natural spirituality.

The first chapter really sets the tone for the book. This is where the real concept of holistic person is. Right of the bat the book hits you with the biggest concept of all: Thou Art God and Thou Art Goddess. This is part of the concept core to the book. The belief that we have an inner divine spark and we can control how we heal and live. This is also how we learn we can serve the Gods we work with through our daily lives by honoring that divine spark within you.

The author gives us a few questions to think about right off the bat like how we react to stress and what sorts of foods are we eating in our diet. She asks us to take a look at how we stand and what our relationship with our body and the world really is at this point in our lives. After this the author discusses the Wiccan Rede and how it can be a part of healing the world around you and yourself. The chapter ends with a definition of what the path to health really entails.

The second chapter is one that you don’t find in a lot of health books. This is a chapter on using writing or more specifically journaling as a healing tool for the mind, body, and spirit. I’ll be honest. I originally laughed at the chapter concept having done some health journals before I wasn’t convinced that it deserved to be in a book on wellness and healing.

After reading through the exercises I can see how it works in this context. This journal is more than a healing journal. It is a connection to your mind, your body, and your spirit. I found the spirit letter to be the most useful of the exercises in that section of the book. It is something I am going to start including in my practice. There are other exercises in this section that may be useful to others. Some I have tried and some I have not. I do advise at least trying the daily journal exercise if nothing else.

The exercise chapter is the third chapter in this book. The author gives us right off the bat an exercise to do in order to deal with the excuses people seem to come up with for not exercising. This was something I found useful as I know I am guilty of coming up with excuses not to do exercise.

The second part of the chapter goes over several types of exercises that can be done. Some at home with DVD’s and minimal or no tools and others with joining classes or going to the gym. Two of the exercises she mentions I have to support which are the martial arts and yoga both of which have spiritual traditions behind them in many cases, which means you can exercise your body, your mind through awareness, and your spirit all together.

Chapter four is the one that I got the most about. This is a chapter about healthy surroundings. This chapter covers a technique/style that is often used called Feng Shui. That was something I expected. What I didn’t expect was a detailed section on bringing joy, happiness and well being into a day job like working for CVS.

The section on bringing well-being into my day to day job was wonderful. The author mentioned two things that I took to heart and am now trying to do in work. Each of these items was a simple task that doesn’t take much time. Together they provide a powerful spiritual and emotional exercise for day to day life.

The first is dedicate one single task during the work day to service of the Gods. The other is find one thing positive about your job (not thinking about paychecks, but other aspects like something you enjoy about your job). For me when I realized why I enjoyed my job at CVS was because I get to help people I was able to find much more enjoyment out of my shifts and it feels much more productive while I work. I have not done a task with the Gods in mind yet but I am going to try to do that during my next shift.

The fifth chapter is one that I found very useful. This was the section on versions of natural healthcare and health alternatives. Here the author covers several methods of health services some that we can practice ourselves with little or no formal training and others that require certifications and or licenses. The best part of this chapter was that is covers some traditional methods like acupuncture and herbalism but also covered Reiki and Polarity therapy. With each section of type of natural health care the author provides a resource so that you can find a practitioner in your area!

My favorite sections of the book though are the last two chapters. Chapter six is all about finding an herbal spirit partner to do healing work with. For me this gave me several ideas on ways I can connect to herbs I use in healing oils, incense, and tinctures better. For anyone interested in working with plants as magical and spiritual aids this chapter is really for you.

The final chapter is a chapter on several different healing rituals. This is where the religious/and spiritual connection really fits into the book. Most of these rituals have a Wiccan flair to them as the author is Wiccan herself. However if you don’t follow Wicca but work with other Gods or No Gods you can still work many of these rituals with minor alterations.

In the end the best thing I can say about this book is not only does the author have an extensive bibliography she also added a book or two at the end of each chapter for the material in that chapter. This is where I am most impressed as there were minimal Wicca/Witchcraft books referenced and many healing and health or spiritual journals and books listed showing that author really did take a wide approach to spirituality, healing, and the connections that exist there.

Reading Progress
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