Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hi! Welcome to the first post here at MommyTyme's words of wisdom.... Before we start, let me just say that I am by no means an expert! I have learned as I went, and fortunately found some really knowledgeable teachers along the way. I have some fantastic suppliers who are truly experts in their areas, and if I need to know something, that is where I go.

Today I want to introduce some herbal products, make suggestions for their uses, and maybe dig up a recipe or two! Then Introduce my Store Opening Contest that I really need everyone's input for!

I'd like to give a plug to one of my fantastic suppliers who is beyond an expert in her area of essential oils. At her web site you can find a ton of information regarding each oil that she sells. She has a site on etsy, Ebay, and her own web store. You can find Cassandra, The Organic Witch, at :


TheOrganicWitch.etsy.com

From there you can be directed to shop or look for her at her other stores! So, that is my shout out for the Week! Thanks Organic Witch!

Let me introduce you to a tantalizing little herb called Peppermint. Peppermint is actually one of my absolute favorite herbs. I love to smell it growing in the garden, I love to cook with it, I love to flavor teas, coffee, and even milk with it! Peppermint is very versatile and has an immense amount of uses.

Peppermint was first found in the United States, England, France and Italy (Worwood, S. Essential Aromatherapy. New World Library).

Peppermint is a perennial, so each year after your first planting you get more and more.... Peppermint can be purchased at most garden stores where herbs and/or perennials are sold. It is a flowering plant, but for use you want to use the whole plant before flowering occurs. So, plant some for use and some for show!

Now here is a little tid bit you may not know (or really care about) but...
Perppermint, according to mythology of the Greek, was named for a nymph, Mintha, who allegedly was seduced by Pluto. Pluto's wife found out, became very enraged and turned the nymph, Mintha, into a plant. Pluto was very upset, so he changed Mintha from a plant into an herb knowing that she would then be appreciated for years to come as he had appreciated her. (Isn't that sweet?)
(Worwood, S. Essential Aromatherapy. New World Library).

Peppermint is valued for it's use with headaches, nausea, fatigue, apathy, bowel disorders, muscular pain, sinus problems, poor circulation, and depression.

For the skin, peppermint serves as an emollient, antiseptic, and muscle relaxant. However, applied straight (the essential oil) can cause skin irritation. So, best to use either the herbal plant form (dried or fresh leaves) or use a carrier oil with the essential oil. Carrier oils include jojoba oil, almond oil, avocado oil, etc. I personally prefer to use the jojoba oil or sweet almond oil as my carrier oils.

Currently I have listed in my stores a peppermint bath bar and a chocolate mint bar. See both below:

Who doesn't love the rich and playful taste of mint chocolate? Well, you probably shouldn't eat these soap bars, but they're the next best thing! Created with real herbal mint, chocolate oil, vegetable glycerin, and a natural glycerin base, your skin can have the "chocolate experience" as well! Each soap bar comes in hearts or stars, packaged in a decorator brown box
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Minty freshness and tingly scents permeate through this soap bar! Wake up your skin with peppermint oil--known to relieve pain, soothe your skin, and invigorate your mind--vegetable glycerin, almond oil, and peppermint herb, with a natural glycerin base! Cover yourself up in the rich lather and rise off for minty bliss!














Visit my stores at:
http://www.MommyTyme.etsy.com
http://www.MommyTyme.winkelf.com

You can also find Peppermint in my bath blitz that is currently for sale, and in the Herbal Facial cleansing bar. Since Peppermint acts as an antiseptic, it is beneficial to blemishes, acne, etc. Also in keeping open wounds, areas, clean.




On To the Contest:

I am currently looking for a great new bath product to help me with the opening of my new stores on Etsy, Winkelf, and FuzzyB! I am slowly (it is so time consuming... ) moving most of my products to these stores from my previous stores at www.mommytyme.org and valpoling.etsy.com. Currently at either of these stores you can receive 25% off all merchandise (to help me from having to move the items!). Simply email me prior, tell me that you want the 25% discount, and I will re-calculate the invoice before you pay. You can email me at the store sites or at Mommytyme70@yahoo.com
Back to the contest...
I need a great idea for a soap, bath product, hair care, ets. Something to really announce my new arrival...
In return, if I choose your suggestion, I will send you a free full size product, and let you name it! So, send me your item idea, description and suggested name! If I use it, you will get the first one made. If I don't use your idea, well, thanks anyway! I will keep you posted for future offers, and free sample sign ups!

You can post your ideas here at my blog or email them to me! Either is fine!

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