Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Big Hearts

Hooray!  Within 48 hours of launching my limited edition Survivor Butter By Ellisyn (Jasmine/Vanilla), I sold out!  I wasn't sure what type of response to expect, and was "under-prepared" for the outcome... But I am so pleased at the love that has been shown! Thanks to all the big hearted people (who now also smell good! =) )
That being said, I am (literally) whipping out more Survivor Butter as fast as I can, so tell your friends! Tell your neighbors!  Tell your friends' neighbors!! Remember that $5.00 from every purchase goes to help offset Elli's medical bills... And I want to write a big fat check!
As a small and still fairly new business, this experience helped me realize some of the kinks that I need to work out as well, so...
I have included a "buy now" button on Ellisyn's page and there you can pay with paypal. (See tab at the top of this page titled Ellisyn.)
If you are local (Salem area), go ahead and leave a comment at the bottom of this post or send me an email at phytotherapy@live.com and I will arrange delivery.  Please type Survivor Butter in the subject line.
Feel free to ask me any questions or let me know if there is anything else I can do.
Don't forget to check out other Phytotherapy "flavors" of butters as well, both on Poppy Swap and Etsy.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Help A Sister Out!

Ellisyn is a 5 year old family member of mine who is vibrant, brave, and beautiful!  In March, she was Life Flighted to the hospital with a tumor on her kidney that had ruptured.  Since then she has been battling the nasty beast that is cancer.  She is so brave and so determined, and did I mention beautiful?
Well, my heart wants to do soooooo much more for her and her family than my purse strings will allow.  That's when I had the idea that the very fashion forward Ellisyn could help me design a body butter with a scent she likes and name it.  So that's what we did, and that was the birth of "Survivor Butter By Ellison" which boasts a very light, loverly scent of Jasmine~Vanilla:

$15 plus shipping
These amazing limited edition butters will sell for $15.00 each and $5.00 from each sale will go to help Ellisyn's family with all of the financial obligations that go along with this battle. If you are interested in buying a butter that will "help a sister out" and help you "smell well" as Ellisyn's mom would say, then please send me an email with your order to phytotherapy@live.com.  You can also purchase one at my Etsy Shop.  There is a $2.50 shipping charge, but if you note in your email that you are local, I can arrange a delivery.  Thanks so much for your support!

Kassi (mom) and Ellisyn at our Thanksgiving gathering.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


One thing my family loves to do in the summer is go camping.  I love camping!  I hate bug bites!!  So as part of the pre-trip ritual, I am preparing bug repelling sprays and itch relieving balms.
Tea tree oil is a well known bug repeller.  By simply adding several drops to 1 cup of water, you can pour this mixture into a spray bottle, mix well and spray on skin and even your hair.  Very inexpensive and very effective.  But NEVER apply tea tree oil directly onto skin!  (That goes for just about any essential oil~  these are highly concentrated oils that can burn your skin.)
Another great bug spritz recipe I found from Aura Cacia, that's a little more spendy but really great, goes a little something like this:
12 drops Citronella Essential Oil
12 drops Geranium Essential Oil
12 drops Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
12 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil
4oz water
Pour into a mister, shake well and apply!

Now, anyone who camps or gardens knows, there is always that one bug that finds that one place you didn't spray.  Go figure!  For that I usually make a really simple balm with plantain.  That's right, that yucky weed is good for something! 

Begin by infusing 1/2 cup of dried plantain into an oil like grapeseed oil.  You do this by placing both ingredients into an oven safe bowl.  Coat all of the plantain thoroughly with the oil and place in a 200 degree oven that has been turned off.  Leave in oven for about 3 hours.  Once the infusion is complete, strain the herbs with cheesecloth and allow the oil to collect back into the bowl.  Squeeze the cheesecloth so you can get those final and potent drops out of the herbs. After that, add about 2-3 Tablespoons of beeswax and allow to melt.  (The more beeswax you use, the firmer your balm... Likewise, if you use less you will have a creamer salve.)  While it is still in liquid form, pour into a tin or other container and allow to cool and harden.  Make sure you label before storing in your first aid kit.
This balm is great not only for bug bites but also bee stings!

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Where it all started...

A couple of years ago I was really searching for ways to take care of my family's physical health in a much more natural way.  My intention was to find a way to study herbalism without all the new-age hullaballoo.  I was praying that I could find something biblically based~ but wasn't actually expecting to find anything...  Well, I should know God better than that!  If he put the desire in my heart, surely he had a plan.  In my search, I was SO blessed to discover the Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health.  VR has so many different programs concerning natural health and they are all biblically based, and all designed for the busy mommies and daddies who may not be able to study on a regular basis.

It has completely changed my life and my family's.  While I am currently a Family Herbalist, I am still on my path to becoming a Master Herbalist.  Thanks to Vintage Remedies, Phytotherapy was born and I'm able to reach for dreams/goals I didn't even realize I had!  If learning these amazing skills, even if just for the sake of you and your family, sounds like something you might be interested in, I highly recommend you check it out!