Sunday, October 19, 2014

Flower Essences for Pets

People have been experimenting with one of my newest products -- unscented flower essence formulas for pets! Based on them coming back for more I imagine they're pleased.

I find that flower essences can be even more effective with animals than with humans. No intellectual disbelief to get in the way. And no concern about a placebo effect either because they don't know what it's for.

My formulas for pets are all in spray form to make them the most versatile. You can spray their food (the easiest choice) or spray the area they sleep in. If you avoid their eyes and they like it you could even spray them or in the air around their bodies.

You'll find them in my Mama Love shop or on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wholesale Orders for Christmas!

Christmas is coming much earlier than usual. Both of my biggest wholesale customers stocked up this week (just in time for my birthday -- Happy Birthday to me!). Guess they're expecting an improvement in holiday sales in their stores this year. (Make it so! Visit The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe in Big Sur and Radiance Herbs and Massage in Olympia, WA)

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Mama Love Support for Troubled Times Healing Perfume Balm

The reasons I particularly wanted to make Support for Troubled Times into a healing perfume balm are fourfold: 1) I love the idea of being able to give a wonderful healing gift to someone going through a hard time, 2) it's so easy to take with you in your purse, 3) it smells wonderful (it really should be perfume!), and 4) it works.

Also available on Etsy.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Why Nicotiana Flower Essence (Flowering Tobacco) for Restful Sleep?

Nicotiana Flower Essence is made from Nicotiana alata, flowering tobacco, which is a close relative of the tobacco we use for cigarettes in the United States (and is used for cigarettes in Iran). Flower Essence practitioners make use of it in formulas intended to help people quit smoking, and I didn't know about other uses when my internal guidance picked it out to be used in the formula I call Restful Sleep.

To make sense of this suggestion it is helpful to remember what Native Americans used tobacco for. Tobacco was thought to be one of the most sacred of plants. Smoking it was a deeply significant ritual, bridging the physical and spiritual dimensions of life. It was thought to bring the user deep into harmony with the healing energies of the Earth, like the roots of the tobacco plant itself. The fire was the energy of life, like the healing fire of the sun. And with the smoke, the energy of a person's prayers and intentions could reach the sky. Sharing the ritual with friends (and enemies) allowed this sense of communion to spread to all who participated. The intention of honoring the relationship between Heaven and Earth (to put it in more Christian terms) was a sacred trust and treaties enacted in this context were never to be broken.  It was a powerful tool for peace and treated as such.

In the context of a healing remedy for problems falling asleep, I'd have to tell you first how I feel when I use it. Deeply, deeply grounded. I feel like my energy gets rooted deep down, low into my body, and since my chronic tendency is to be mostly in my head this has a significant effect. It can be surprisingly calming and if some part of me tries to fight with this energy shift I'll feel nauseated, as if the conflict is a big mistake (and, of course, it is). Best to go with the feeling and off to bed.

This is true for my Restful Sleep formula with or without essential oils added, by the way. My unscented spray version is just as strong.

In terms of what Nicotiana is actually healing, I guess I'd have to say it's the tendency to be tough and just soldier on. We don't have the deep sense of prosperity those who felt deeply connected to the Earth could find by banding together and living in harmony with Nature and with each other. We live with a more mechanized existence, frequently dependent on hierarchical structures that can be exploitative and harsh. Don't fit in? Can't find a job? "Don't come crying to me" our news commentators, politicians and even certain kinds of clergy say. "We're not here to 'enable' people by helping them out. (This isn't an 'Indian' tribe.) It's a failing of your 'moral' character if you're struggling. Suck it up! And better yet," if you're a tobacco company executive, "Suck it in."

Abuse the medicine. Abuse yourself. Until 1975 the troops used to get cigarettes in their rations while they were serving and the image of troops enjoying a smoke while resting on the battlefield is so indelibly etched in the public's mind that young soldiers smoke tobacco more than the general population even if they have to buy it themselves. Numb yourself, carry on. But when they get home, they're not guaranteed a job. Numb yourself and carry on.

When Tobacco was used as a healing power for good, it wasn't just used for its temporarily peaceful effects. It was used with healing intent. It was used to soften the heart and allow feelings to flow so healthful choices (instead of choices made from a numbed perspective) could arise. Choices made for the good of all in the group, for instance. Choices made in alignment with what was good for the Earth, choices made for the good of all concerned. Inner peace comes from the ultimate healing of this disconnect.

And that's what Nicotiana flower essence (a healing infusion of tobacco flower used in homeopathically small doses) is used for. (There is no scientifically detectable amount of nicotine in my formulas, in case you were worried! It's more of an energetic type of effect.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flower Essence-Enhanced Sugar Scrub!

Something new in my Etsy shop!

If you've ever used a sugar scrub you know how wonderful, soft and smooth they make your skin. It's an odd-sounding concept: rub a combination of sugar and oil all over your body? Who thought that up? But it's great! The sugar aids with exfoliation, the oils (I use coconut) leave your skin moisturized. They smell wonderful (even without anything added) and it feels great to pamper yourself.

I add flower essences and essential oils specifically selected to help you feel great about yourself. I mean, what do you want a sugar scrub for, right? To feel more beautiful! So why not add uplifting ingredients to help with that process?

Mama Love is unusual in this respect. There are very few (I only know one other) bodycare companies that even think to add flower essences to a sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs are "Bath and Beauty". Flower Essences are "alternative health". But what flower essences and essential oils do best is change how you feel on the emotional level and if what you most want to feel is better about yourself and how you look....

At the root of this is wanting to feel loveable so I add Holly flower essence to aid in the ability to feel loving about yourself. Pretty Face flower essence is for self-acceptance around physical appearance and for beauty that radiates from within. Pink Monkeyflower flower essence is added to counter any embarrassment or feelings of personal unworthiness when it comes to relationships with others. Pomegranate flower essence is for joyful expression of your female self. And the essential oils (Geranium, Rosewood, Palmarosa and Ylang Ylang) smell great and enhance feelings of attractiveness. The combination is luscious! And it's 100% organic.  It's the sugar scrub I use for myself and I highly recommend it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Facebook and Net Neutrality -- There Isn't Any There

A number of years ago Facebook insisted that you had to have a Business Page if you were a business on their service. And that was going to be a great thing! Build your Fan base, promote your brand: Social networking is the way to go to sell your goods and services online and just about anything... including a bill of goods.

At first it did seem to be working and many tiny mom-and-pop-preneurs were reporting wonderful success starting a business from scratch without the need for very much upfront cash and outside investment. An excellent example of boot-strapping your way out of poverty in today's horrifying "post"-Recession economy.

But several months ago something more horrifying started to happen. Facebook stoppped showing most Business Page posts to the Fans unless the Page owner paid to have those posts promoted. Case in point, I have built a Fan base of 995 people so far. Unless I reshare it or pay to "Boost" a post, my typical update is shared with 10-12 people. Sometimes even fewer.

I've expressed my concern and "Well," people say,"That's not very nice but poor poverty-stricken Facebook 'deserves' to make money somehow, don't they?" Umm... yeah... but...

The business strategy promoted by Facebook and all those so-called internet business gurus was to use Business Pages to build relationships. And relationships build slowly over time, especially in the sound-bite little blips we post via social media. If you have to pay for every post that adds up FAST. And is SO far from cost effective it doesn't make sense for anyone to do at all.

I'm not just whining, I've been doing the math. Even when I pay for posts -- and I did that for several months to give it a real test -- I have very little interaction on my Business Page, very few increased clicks to my websites, and not a single sale. But when I reshare one of my Business posts to my personal Timeline -- and even better, if my partner Paul does that -- the interaction increases, the hits to our websites increase and sales go up. Not consistently, not stupendously well, but it works the way the gurus say it is supposed to work: through tiny increases in attention and interaction and information sharing over time. Which is not at all possible for a mom-and-pop-preneur if you have to pay to boost the real way we build relationships over the internet-- not with ads but through the over time accumulation of every personal status update, cat video, or fun social-oriented share.

So Facebook has now built its own fast and slow lane on its social network. When it comes to Net Neutrality on Facebook, there is none. The wealthy can pay to promote their goods and services -- you see it in your newsfeed and in the sidebar every day. The tiny mom and pops who would have just kept sharing news about their business ventures on their personal Timelines with their Friends are
being made invisible. All their hard work in building a Fan base (and Facebook's supposed business value) torn down practically overnight when they changed the way posts were shared.

By the way, don't believe Facebook when they say the lack of visibility is due to so many more people joining the social network. We small business owners saw our stats shift dramatically overnight and we have records to show when it occurred. But enough on that.

Facebook is a mega-corporation that was making billions of dollars already at the time this new approach was put into action. Their greed is driving this action, plain and simple. And if you want to know what the failure of securing Net Neutrality throughout the internet is sure to look like...  all you need to do is talk to a small business owner who was duped into making Facebook a base for their internet presence to know what's sure to be coming almost as soon as Comcast and other mega-corps we already know and hate wind up in charge.

The FCC is taking public commentary on this important issue. Go to http://www.fcc.gov/comments. Go to 14-28. Leave a comment. In particular say that you want "Internet service providers classified as common carriers." That means they won't be able to discriminate or charge different access fees to have fast and slow lanes of service. Sure, I know, some of you will want to say that they have a right to charge for better services. But then the equal playing field we've all had will disappear. And that equal access is what the internet is all about.