Doreen brought all the ingredients, tools and containers that would be needed for the participants to make their own bar soap, a calendula and shea butter lip balm, calendula salve and a beeswax hand lotion which everyone got to take home with them. Everyone enthusiastically dove in as soon as we’d gotten the basic instructions…it was an entire room of mad scientists!
The Community Health Room at the Wellness Center is a wonderful space for workshops and meetings. It offers a full kitchen, plenty of tools and a huge table to work at. The Language Initiative workshops are sponsored by Heritage Canada, and are all video-taped. They will be translated into Maliseet by Henrietta Black and posted on the Negotkuk Language Initiative website.
Doreen brought a large jar of calendula petals that had been steeping in olive oil for 3 weeks. We then mixed this with coconut oil, shea butter and then beeswax to give the lotion some body. Everyone then added the essential oil fragrance they liked best, and voila! We all hand our very own hand made lotion that contained all natural ingredients.
Doreen owns and operates Majestic Moon New Age Store. She closed the downtown store last year,
but still sells New Age tools, books, stones, incense and so on from out of her home on Till Road.
Last year she attended the Wild-crafting Herbal Workshop at Falls Brook Centre in Knowlesville and became hooked on the idea of making her own lotions and body care potions. They would be economical to make, easier on the environment because they contain all natural ingredients, and so much healthier for personal use.
Doreen told me that this insect repellent even kept the flies away in Riley Brook! Yet it’s safe even for kids, as it contains no toxic ingredients, just stuff that the blood-sucking critters hate such as citronella, garlic, lavender, cloves, baby oil, alcohol and bay leaves.
You simply spray it on lightly and rub it into your skin.
She also makes her own specialty tea blends using all organic ingredients. Restful Sleep Blend contains lemon balm, St. John’s Wort, chamomile, hops, valerian and lavender. Her Mind Calming Blend contains lemon balm, valerian, St. John’s Wort and red clover.
Doreen makes a point of shopping local, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from our community shops. Our own local supermarkets carry a variety of vegetable oils, and she uses local organic honey and beeswax.
She plans to relocate her shop up on her property on the Tobique River later this year, where she will plant an organic herb garden so she can grow her own medicines and ingredients. She will offer classes and workshops at the store as well.
Doreen emphasizes how important it is to make products as pure as possible. Everything that goes on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. Most, if not all, commercially made body products contain dangerous chemicals, synthetic ingredients, dangerous dyes, preservatives and allergy causing scents.
It is far safer for our bodies and our health to use products that are actually safe enough to eat! A caveat, though. Although some natural ingredients in these products, such as vitamin E, have preservative qualities, in general organic body products have a much shorter shelf life than commercial products.
So you want to buy or make small batches, and use them up within 6 to 12 months.
Doreen sent me home with a tub of lovely “Thunthine Body Lotion” which is a beautiful skin emollient, and a supply of Pine Bark Salve to help ease my joint pains.
You may call Doreen at 273-6162 to find out more, inquire about classes or order products.