Dream Balm – aromatherapy in a tin

July 13, 2011

Dream Balm What’s a Dream Balm? I often get asked this question when people check out my products and come across this Lovely in an aluminum tin. Quite simple! A Dream Balm, or a Tranquility Balm, as I sometimes like to call it, is aromatherapy in a solid form.

The balm is an effective way to utilize the power of pure botanicals for aromatherapeutic uses: rub on the temples or under the nose to ease tension headaches, ease into sleep or a state of calm, relieve anxiety and stress, use in ritual manner to induce a state of relaxation. I find this an incredibly effective balm for all of these reasons, and more.

It can also be used as a lip balm or body balm. And it is certainly safe for children. In fact, children love the nighttime ritual of a scented balm to ease them into dreamland. It is perfectly safe for babies, especially those infants who get fussy at the dinner hour or at bedtime. Just rub a little onto their temples or perhaps a little dab under the nose. You may even treat patches of dry skin or eczema on children, babies, and adults with this great skin salve.   

The base of the Dream Balm itself is made from nourishing natural oils and waxes (beeswax). Safflower and sunflower oils, are not clogging and have a nice consistency and shelf life. The oils have been infused with organic herbs, including lavender, chamomile, rose, and mugwort. Rosemary oil extract & vitamin E are added as potent anti-oxidants to protect the balm.

Chamomile provides wonderful anti-inflammatory action (topically) and has aromatherapeutic qualities all by itself. It’s a remarkable, calming herb that not too long ago deserved a post all its own.
Lavender is one of my absolute favorite herbs for all reasons, and its aromatherapeutic, calming activity is well-established. Topically, lavender is an analgesic, which means that it helps relieve pain. Lavender is a wonderful herb and essential oil for topical application to scrapes, insect bites, and burns, and I include it in my All-Purpose healing salve. Need I say more? The balm smells strongly of lavender.
Mugwort is a wonderful herb that grows everywhere here in the NorthEast, favoring waste places and empty lots. However, it’s an herb with an old history as a “dream herb”. People would hang it over their beds to bring good dreams at night, and the dried herb has traditionally been stuffed into dream pillows. I have a special love for this fragrant member of the Artemesia family.
Rose imparts a feeling of comfort and well-being, lifting the spirits and easing the mind. It’s a romantic touch to the Dream Balm, and a welcome addition.

Once again the balm is an excellent, alll-purpose body salve, so you can *certainly* use it to soothe the skin, including insect bites, scrapes and scars, dry skin, and eczema conditions. Lavender is excellent on burns for its analgesic properties, as noted above. The infused chamomile also makes the balm anti-inflammatory. So I tend to think of it as a medicinal balm that also has aromatherapy — these plants give us gifts from all angles, as you can see.

SALE! In honor of the lovely Dream Balm, you can purchase a nice 5 oz container of it in my Etsy store right now for $11 ($3 off!). This size tin will last a long time and travels well. You’ll love it!


Musings for Change

May 12, 2011
Facial Cleansing Grains

Facial Cleansing Grains

Hello my dear readers. Oh, I wish I could blog more often. The intensity of my full-time day job combined with a busy craft season (actually, every season feels really busy) makes it tough. I am so looking forward to what amounts to an “herbal retreat” for me this June, the Medicines of the Earth Herb Symposium , Black Mountain, North Carolina. Check out the cool PDF brochure if you’re interested. Not only can immerse myself in the world of herbs for a nice, long weekend, but I also get to learn from some of the greatest herbal teachers of our time.

When I begin to shift into a new paradigm or even have some ideas for changes to be implemented, it seems that it takes me a very long time to migrate into a new place. I muse about changes for what seems like months, even years, before I make a move.  A true taurus! I confess. This slow drifting towards change can extend from new curtains to new Lilith’s Apothecary products, to new life practices. Why is this? I’m not sure, but I’ve come to accept that it is just my process. On the flip side, I’m also impressionable. When I read about great ideas, hear convincing arguments about ideas, growing practices, food, and so forth, I can internalize them with a passion. But I don’t flit from one thing to another; rather, I deeply internalize things that make sense to me until they become part of my own personal tapestry. And I’m finding that unlike Athena, who sprang from Zeus’s head fully formed in all her philosophical, conceptual, and ideological glory, it’s taken me 34 years to get me to where I am now. Maybe that’s just how it is for we mortals. Given my nature, I fully anticipate changes ahead to be a gradual, growing process. This is why I fully believe in the power of the third phase of life, the Crone’s stage, as one’s potential arrival at wisdom. Before that, it’s not really possible (as I see it anyway), though we try. We do.

I have some goals for the future of Lilith’s Apothecary. I will begin to slowly move towards the accomplishment of these goals over the next year, following my last craft shows of the Spring, The Art Star Craft Bazaar and the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival Last summer was a time of rest. This summer will be a time of careful implementation of new practices in my business.

1. I am going to move away from the use of Plastic. Yes, the plastics I use are all recyclable, but it just doesn’t make sense. I will probably keep certain components, such as pumps, caps, or mister tops, because at the moment, I don’t really see a way around it.

2. I am going to be focusing my product line much more exclusively on Facial Care. This is my area of expertise, and in an effort to keep my customers happily contented, I have often created products that are not really in this sphere. As they are lovely products, too, it’s hard to part with them! I have far too much diversity in my offerings, however, and I am spread too thin in production, which means that people often need to wait for staples such as facial creams and serums. What I may do is offer certain body creams, lotions, etc on a limited basis from time to time, but they may not be as regularly available. An exception to this is my Chamomile & Calendula lotion, as far too many people depend on this lotion to treat various dry skin conditions.

3. I’m going to have to eliminate my Tea line, which I have been pairing down for the last few years. I am still available as an herbal consultant to make specialized blends for pregnancy, post-partum, breast feeding, insomnia, anxiety, etc, however. Feel free to contact me directly, but realize that custom orders can sometimes take up to 4 weeks.

4. By paring down my offerings, I will be able to put more time into the development of new products that fit into my Facial Care line, such as creams that address skin discoloration (in development), products specific to acne issues, and others that have been bouncing around in my head for months!

5. I’m going to invest the necessary time in the development of my website, www.lilithsapothecary.com which was started over 2 and a half years ago, but for which I have rarely felt the ability to devote the necessary attention and time.

So, there are exciting changes ahead! And as I progress along my learning curve as a business owner and developer of natural bath and body products, I hope all my learning shows!

The main thing is that I love my business and I want to continue working on it in a way that is sustainable for myself, for my customers, and for the earth itself. I always welcome a dialogue with my readers and customers and would love to hear about your own personal experiences as well as favorite products. Thank you, as ever!


SPRING SALE! 10% off all orders

March 2, 2011

"Empty Nest" by Bucks County Frames on Etsy

"Empty Nest" by Bucks County Frames on Etsy

SPRING SAAAAALE!

I know it’s not really spring yet, but I’m ready for it to be! I’m celebrating the coming of Spring with this store-wide sale. Take 10% off your entire order using the Coupon Code: SPRING2011 in my Etsy Shop.

Shipping will not be included in that 10% off. Stop by! http://www.lilithsapothecary.etsy.com

Silk Kimono Body Whip

Silk Kimono Body Whip

Try out some of my most popular Body Formulations, including my luscious Silk Kimono Body Whip and the ever-popular Chamomile & Calendula Body Lotion, a wonderful formula for anyone suffering from dry skin, allergies, eczema, or for someone desiring a fragrance free, healing & safe formula for sensitive skin or children. I also have some lovely soaps available, including my Rosemary Mint soap and a Tea Rose & Sandalwood goat’s milk glycerin bath bar.

Rosemary infused Honey

Rosemary infused Honey (organic)

This is a great time to stock up on needed items to get you through to Spring, such as the Herbal Vapor Balm (a natural, healing version of “vick’s”), my Immuni-TEA herbal infusion, the airway-opening Herbal Facial Steam,and the last two bottles of Immune-boosting Herbal Syrup, a tasty syrup concoction of astragalus root, medicinal mushrooms, and ginger for great immune system stimulation.

NOTE: The lovely fine art photo above, “Empty Nest” can be found at Integrity Studio, or Bucks County Frames, on Etsy.


Labor Day Weekend SALE!

September 2, 2010

herbal salve

Yup….i love these sporadic sales to celebrate the holidays! Here’s another long weekend S A L E

Friday – Monday 12 midnight
10% off all orders before shipping
convo me to issue you a new invoice OR I will just refund you via paypal.
If paying by check/money order, just convo me for the adjusted total or write to lilithsapothecary@gmail.com

Just mention “Labor Day” in the Message to Seller box in my etsy store.
Visit me at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lilithsapothecary


Special Custom order discount for my customers!

July 29, 2010

facial mask kit

facial mask kit

Yup, that’s right. In effort to thank my many repeat customers who come to me for their skin care needs time and time again, I’m offering a special 10% off DISCOUNT on any custom orders placed today! (okay, and probably tomorrow too, if you mention this post…I’m pretty accomodating). I am going to be going on vacation again for two weeks straight, which means I need to take care of everyone’s needs now! So while I’m in Montreal on a terrace sipping Cheval blanc, or sitting at the Jersey Shore reading that novel I always have to put aside, I want to know that my customers have had their needs met and aren’t desperate for their favorite facial cream or mask. So pop on by my etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/lilithsapothecary


Steamy Summer Sale!

July 16, 2010
"Clouds Today" by Dalia House Studios on etsy

"Clouds Today" by Dalia House Studios on etsy

Well, some of you have been waiting patiently, and here it is! The Steamy Summer Sale, right at the height of summer here in Philadelphia. With temps in the 90’s and humidity about there too, we all can use a little refreshment and pampering. I am happy to offer my delightful blog readers, facebook fans, and Etsy devotees, as well as local customers, a discount on all orders placed today, Friday, July 16th, until Monday (midnight), July 19th. Stop by my Etsy shop to see what’s new!

STEAMY SUMMER SALE
10% off all orders over $25
10% off all orders over $50 PLUS a free BATH BOMB of your choice (based on stock at time of ordering): Lemon Mandarin, Eucalyptus Mint, and Lemongrass Cedarwood ~ all natural bath fizzies scented with pure essential oils that can be used in the bath or shower. Also safe for kids!
NOTE: the order totals above are for products only and do not include shipping.

Simply type in the code SUMMER in the “Note to Seller” box during Etsy check-out.

I realize that I am out of my Geranium Citrus and Sea Mineral toners (alas) but part of the proceeds of this sale will go to stocking up on the necessary ingredients! Lol! In any case, I’ve made a very special substitution just for the special days of summer — a Rose Sandalwood toner that smells so divine, thanks to the loveliness of all natural rose hydrosol. I am also more than happy to package my Cucumber Aloe or Lavender Chamomile facial mists in classic toner bottles in cobalt blue glass, as both of these formulas are marvelous toners and will do a world of good for your lovely face!

I am going to be out and about this weekend, so if there is something you want to purchase and it isn’t listed (due to a purchase or otherwise), just convo me and we’ll be sure to take care of you! You can also go ahead and purchase your other products and we can add the additional items on later with some simple paypal transactions. Thank you, my dearest fans!


Earth Day Sale! One day only

April 21, 2010
dream journey bath tea

Dream Journey Bath Tea

Yup! I can’t resist. One day only EARTH DAY SALE on all day tomorrow (24 hrs), April 22, 2010. If you want to place a custom order for local delivery or pick-up at Cornerstone Market in Fishtown, just let me know. Otherwise, make your purchase in my etsy store, as usual, and I will reimburse 10% of your order (excluding shipping) via paypal. This refund will probably occur on Monday, as I am participating in Fishtown’s Shad Fest this weekend.


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