Holistic Balms from Meadowlark Botanical
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Today 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
Formula 4T3 by Doctor Hawks Cures and Conjure
Today I am going to be reviewing a phenomenal product by Doctor Hawk. I’ve already spoken about his Achilles Balm which for me works better than Neosporin on any of my wounds and has also helped my rashes and issues with ingrown toenails. This product is event better than that. THis is one that I wish more people knew about. This is one I am actually going to be keeping in stock on a regular basis.
I have a few chronic issues for my health that run in my family. Sinus pressure and pain (with out obvious congestion) is a big one and personally I have had issues with my ears in various forms since I was less than 3 months old. My ear problems have run from chronic ear infections to both excessive earwax and too little earwax. Though I would have to say my most annoying problem from my ears would be the constant ringing when there is silence.
I also tend to get any and all versions of the cold and flu that go around. As an asthmatic (its mild but colds and flus make it worse) I am open to these issues more than other people (at least that is how it seems to me). For myself because of the asthma I often get a large build up of phlegm and it can be difficult to deal with without the use of Mucinex or other over the counter medicines. Not so much any more.
This medicine the Formula 4T3 has created a major change in my life. I can appreciate the silence of the night. I can site outside and listen to the wind, water, and crickets without any issue. I can actually be at peace with the true music of the night. For once I can enjoy true natural silent meditation in nature and really get something out of it.
I no longer have a constant state of ringing in my ears. I can sleep every night easily. If I wake up and there is no music going I can fall asleep without dreading the return of ringing ears. I’ll put it this way. The ringing in my ears was so bad that if there was silence it would make itself louder and louder until it was almost deafening. Now the only time this seems to happen at all is if I missed a dose.
I do not have the phlem build up that I used to. I actually seem to hardly ever need to use either of my inhalers anymore. They seem to only be required once a day for the controller (instead of twice) and the as needed only when its unbearably humid or I have been much more physically active than my norm. I dont need to use it when I vacuum at work anymore. This is a good thing.
I was getting two sinus headaches a week with pain. Since I have started this treatment there are no sinus pressure headaches. The sinus pressure and pain were actually a new thing for me. They were bad. It was so painful that I only felt that sleeping and lying down could cure it. Again it seems that the only time I get these issues anymore is if I happen to miss a dose. This past weekend I was away and forgot to take it with me. Monday I had the onset of a sinus pressure headache. To fix that I took a dose of this and it went away almost instantly.
These are some of the main physical ailment ways that this product has helped me heal and be more aware of myself and my life. There are several mental health issues that I deal with on a daily basis as well. Some of these issues were the inspiration for several of my aromatherapy baths. However I have found that this has done the job very well.
Since taking this I am starting to remember my dreams more often and dream more vividly. My emotions are much stronger than they have been in a while. I feel my power as a witch flowing much freer than it has in a long time. I feel like I am returning to myself. Which may be one of the unknown spiritual effects of this product.
I can’t comment on the spiritual aspects of this product myself as I have not used it for that purpose yet. Doctor Hawk’s products all come with a practical aspect as well as a spiritual aspect to them. For him it is essential to treat the whole person. This is one of the reasons I recommend you talk to him and ask about his products yourself. He really is a true Root Doctor who treats the body and spirit as if they are one for they really are one.
To see more of his products and to order them for yourself contact him through his Facebook pages
Doctor Hawk’s cures and Conjure: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doctor-Hawks-Cures-and-Conjure/1428801757335612
Or talk to the man himself on his personal page
Ray Hess: https://www.facebook.com/ray.hess.9066
Today I am talking to you about the first set of Crystal Essences I am reviewing for Charissa’s Cauldron. This is one of the first trades I have done with The Pagan Business Network I was sent a set of twelve Crystal Essences. Since I do work with crystal magic I though that these essences might be another way for me to work with crystals and I was right. This review is going to focus on a set of 4 Crystal Essences. Since there were so many in the trade I have decided to try and work with them in sets of 4. This will give me time to really experience the essences.
So to start with I’m going to post an excerpt about what essences are from her website: Lady Charissa: About Essences
Essences are infusions that carry the energetic properties of plants or crystals. They address the emotional and mental aspects of health and well being. The most well known essences are Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies. He discovered the first 38 remedies in the 1930’s. There are many more available now.
These essences interact with our life energy on an emotional and mental level. They work best on the deeper emotional issues we have rather than the resulting feelings. In choosing essences look for the deep causes or roots of these emotions. These issues keep you from reaching a state of mental and emotional well being. This can cause you to put up roadblocks and keep you from reaching dreams and goals in life.
Essences do not create euphoria or banish conflict or pain. They actually will help you bring buried feelings to the surface and deal with them so you can move towards a state of health and wellness.
Essences can be taken orally or used in a mist sprayer, a cream base or in a bath. The standard dosage is 4 drops 4 times daily. Essences do not contain toxic substances and only contain such minute traces of the physical substances of the plants that there is no concern for an allergic reaction. They work on an energetic vibrational level. The main ingredients of essence bottles are water and the alcohol that is used as a preservative. You would have to drink large quantities of essences to be affected by the alcohol content.
Crystal Essences are crystals that have their energetic properties charges into the alcohol (in this case Vodka). The 4 Crystal essences I am working with and reviewing right now are: Carnelian. Blue Onyx, Citrine, and Jade. Alone I’m sure they are each very effective. Together I have found a powerful get me to be myself set.
I started working with the essences by mixing 4 drops of them in my water. After a day or two I did the first two doses right on the tongue and the other two in the water. Before each drop was added to the drink or to my tongue I said a prayer and an affirmation about the crystal essences in order to strengthen their work and my work with them.
I use all four at a time as I felt that the balance of the energetic forces with these four would help me start making some changes in my life, and let me tell you they have. These essences are powerful and effective. I have been using them only as directed and found this internal magic to be very effective. For me the first changes we make should be internal magic and these essences allow for that practice.
The first essence up is Carnelian.
Carnelian Crystal Essence
There are aspects of my life that I have had difficulty expressing in any way. Over the last four days as I have been playing with the essences and working with them that has changed. I’ve been ale to express my needs and just go after them. I’ve also been highly motivated and found a renewed sense of passion. These are all aspects that the Carnelian essence can help you with. Carnelian Crystal essence
The next essence is Blue Onyx
I’ve been using the Blue Onyx Crystal to be an enhancement for the spiritual work I am doing within the Feri tradition. The work in the Feri tradition is about claiming our spiritual selves and our spiritual strengths. What stood out for me with this crystal is its spiritual strength attribute.
When you combine that with the stress relief and the increase of self control you get an essence that helps us find balance within ourselves and can claim our own power. It also grounds us which allows us to find that power and strength. This essence is all about inner strength and peace.I’ve had a lot of stress the last week because of the short notice for the event this Saturday. This crystal essence has been a huge help in grounding me and using my spiritual strengths to find ways to deal with the stress. Blue Onyx Crystal Essence
The third Crystal Essence is Jade:
The Jade essences effects were the first that I really noticed. While I have always had dreams I had not always remembered them. With the Jade essence I was able to start remembering aspects of my dreams. I’ve also started to feel more connected as a person. This is another essence that has been an effective addition in the Feri tradition alignment work I do as its also about uniting the mind and body and mind and spirit as one. To me this has been happening through the dreams which is why I have been able to remember them more clearly and why they have had more of an impact on me.Jade Crystal Essence
Finally and last but not least is the Citrine Essence
Citrine has has been keeping me very optimistic about the event and a few other things happening in my life. I have also been using it to break through my blocks and to bring me success and abundance. I had a sale since I started to use this essence which for me is a sign that the success and abundance is coming. I’m feeling good despite the various stresses in my life and I feel that everything will be fine which also shows that one of my blocks to success and abundance is being overcome (over worrying). Citrine Crystal Essence
The best thing about these essences is that everyone ordered has a paper that comes with it explaining the different attributes of the crystals that the essence works towards. This will allow you as an individual to be able to pick out which essences you feel will work best for your health and your situation.
I can’t wait to try the other 8