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A Glimpse into the Inner Glow Skin Care Creation


Earlier this month I had great pleasure of interviewing one of Chattanooga’s successful licensed aesthetician’s, Dorothea C. Johnson, owner of Inner Glow Skin Care Service, and through our informal meeting she gave me a glimpse of how she turned her skills into her passion for helping individuals conquer their skin ailments, and she elaborated upon the current growth of the aesthetic industry.

Following her passion in the growing field of aesthetics, Dorothea C. Johnson, licensed aesthetician reminscenced when she left her job after working 12 years as an Acquisition Analyst at Unum Provident in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was afraid to leave her full-time job, so she continued working at Unum while attending school at night for 2 years. Dorothea was also working as a part-time make-up artist at Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Encouraging words from Dorothea’s customers helped engage her thoughts for her affinity of having a healing touch for aesthetics lead to a career search and the enrollment in the aesthetics program. Also, under the prompting of Dorothea’s hairstylist she felt compelled to share her God-giving gifts of healing through physical touch to help individuals, create authentic community within her profession, and opened a rental space at Heavenly Styles Salon and Day Spa leading her forward to pursue her dreams. Dorothea explained how her bachelors of science degree in advertising, with a double minor in psychology and speech communication has been put to good use within the field of aesthetics.

How did you come about choosing the career aesthetics, and for how long have you been practicing?
My hairstylist, Debbie Newsom and her business partner, Veronica Bradford at Heavenly Styles Salon and Day Spa encouraged and offered me a chance to work at their establishment and use their massage therapist room for aesthetic services. I worked at Heavenly Styles Salon and Day Spa for 3 years, and because they down-sized, because I no longer had a place to perform my aesthetic services. I received approximately 5 calls in 1 week to perform aesthetic services, but I didn’t have a place to perform them. I started working as an aesthetician at a hair salon on Brainerd Road called Glitz. Then, I decided to go back to aesthetic school to become a teacher. I received my junior instructor license at Miller Motte.

It was at this time Dorothea’s sister informed her about an extra room to work her aesthetic services at The Health Nut alongside owner, Joyce Holt, a nurse practitioner of 23 years through her sister’s business affiliation network. In addition to working at the Health Nut, Dorothea worked as an account representative for Lindsey Skin Care Supply were she trained and informed students of the use of C. A. Botana Skin Care Product line. Cass Gardens Salon and Day Spa was one account that loved C.A. Botana product line and hired Dorothea where she worked as an aesthetician for one year. She then received a call from Virginia College to be a junior instructor, and while in the process of teaching she found a new location to do her facial business at Four Seasons Wellness.

Dorothea taught school for 2 years and was laid off by Virginia College, and currently has been working in this location 4 years. Dorothea further states, “After being in business for 7-years, that she loves the business. God creates us all to serve, and we are vessels used to serve God’s people.” Dorothea seems wise beyond her years further stating, “the power of touch should not be mistaken.”

How do you feel about the growth of aesthetics, and natural cosmetic care industry?

The growth of aesthetics is booming, and nurses and doctors are seeing the money that can be made in aesthetics. The industry is not only growing as it has in the pass, but aesthetics is used as an add-on services. The Tennessee State Board states “aesthetics is looked upon as a professional, more so than a trade. This is why aestheticians can work in doctor’s offices.” Research from the International Dermal Institute stated that seventy percent of individuals will not stay in the field of aesthetics, because they will not allow themselves a chance to build their business. Many individuals simply do not have a plan in place to grow or anyone to help them in the industry. Dawn Ventruss, my mentor has always been a positive light for me for over 12 years. I could not have made it without the Lord and a strong mentor.

What are the types of techniques that you perform the most as an aesthetician?
The type of technique that I would say that I perform the most is my signature 1- hour Heavenly Facials. The facial consist of a cleansing, toning, exfoliation and a mask. Aromatherapy and reflexology are also added to the facial. In the fall and winter, I do a lot of glycolic and lactic acid peels, and the sugar and salt scrub business also increases in the winter months due to those clients who have dry and itchy skin. Please refer to to view other services available.

What are some of the most problematic skin issues that you see from your customers?

Some of the problematic skin issues that I see are: acne, acne scars, hormonal and middle aged skin issues; however, aging skin and sun damage skin are also an issue.

What are some of the basic hygienic upkeep one can do to keep their skin supple and clear of issues between aesthetic visits?


A.) Thoroughly cleanse your face and neck in the morning and in the evening
B.) Use a toner on your face following a cleanser to balance out your skin’s pH (Potential Hydrogen)
C.) Gently exfoliate your skin once or twice a week
D.) Apply a good moisturizer and/or night cream daily
These are the main things that can be implemented for almost any skin type and with any skin care products.

What are your hours of operation and where are you located?
I work by appointment.
My business can be found at: Inner Glow Skin Care Services located inside of Four Seasons Wellness, 6237 Vance Road, Suite 4, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421 on the back side of Nutrition World on Lee Hwy. Phone: (423) 290-5023. I can always be found doing demonstrations at Nutrition World working as a contractor for supplemental companies.

Dorothea C. Johnson licensed aesthetician also comments on three important points of view regarding
entrepreneurial-ship, and going into business.
1.) Pay off ALL your bills before you start a new business.
2.) Give yourself enough time to build a successful business
3.) Always stay on top of the knowledge in your field.


Michelle’s Herbal Products is a nominee for Martha Stewart’s 2013 “American Made” Contest.

Martha Stewart - American Made 2013 - Nominee Badge


Hello ALL,

This is a very exciting time for Michelle’s Herbal Products, as we are a nominee in Martha Stewart’s contest for small businesses to become 2013 winner of “American Made”, and we would greatly appreciate if you take a moment toview this page, and vote for a us, and help support small businesses. I am a small business owner of Michelle’s Herbal Products who manufactures 100% pure hair and skin care products formulated with the recognition of the old cultures in mind, and with organic and wildcrafted herbs, botanicals, aloes, essential oils and absolutes, hydrosols (floral waters), butters, carrier oils, extracts, tinctures, and juices. I am looking to further expand my business to get a Demeter & Organic body care certification, a sustainable working botanical community herb, botanical, fruit & vegetable garden to supply my business with the necessities for more independent production, and eco-packaging.

Currently, I am a participant in Martha Stewart’s contest for small businesses to become 2013 winner of “American Made”, and I would greatly appreciate if you take a moment to view my page at Michelle’s Herbal Products, and vote for a good cause, and help support small businesses. I would appreciate it if you “TAG” or “SHARE” this post and “VOTE”, I would be grateful!


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Healthy Regards!

Is the commodity that makes your life tick running out?

Bushel of Elderberries



It’s this one thing..On some nights that I’ve noticed just as soon as darkness of midnight comes, then I hear the singing crickets or chirping birds, and before I realize an eyota worth of sleep or much needed restful slumber, then the dawn’s sunbeams are softly piercing at the crack of my eyelashes.   But, I have nothing but gratitude to always be grateful to be amongst the living, no matter how much delirium I experience throughout my precious days.  There is always something more to do regarding the precious commodity of time within our 24 hour days.  Our schedules have been skewed towards a state of acceleration with the world’s constant accessibility to our lives.  The drive that pervades us towards more excellence has orbited way out of  control, and has greatly tipped the scales between our personal and business lives.

It was one day recently that my imbalances almost tipped my scales over, and then the notion hit me to go along with life walking in prayer; although, I was determined to be diligent, persevere, and continue my goals regardless of  what situation arose, be it,  a broke down car , financial issues, health issues, or inability to meet someone for an appointment, my determination was always there, but having an idea of not doing these tasks solely alone within my own strength, never dawn upon, until I had to rely solely upon God’s strength.  This journey  lead me to my faithfully believe…be cool and roll with it,  be diligent about being at one with God, and not knowing the outcome for every situation.  Learn to be ok with relinquishing a certain amount of control in times of uncertainty.  Stay close at the breast plate of God’s word to help guide my path.  In these days, especially, there are always lessons to be learned about the proclamation of taking great liberties over one’s physical and spiritual health, having the blessing that is garnished within the ashes of tribulations, and in its return creates great beauty, and that is the consolation that God’s word has given me.

These unforeseen occurrences made me rely more on my creator,  more accepting of the openness of friends, the ability to embrace my vulnerabilities, transit on rural transportation, and learn to be content in the mist of the chaos.  My financial reserves were low, and reality hit that I didn’t even have a working vehicle to resort to the most mundane experiences such as collecting loose change from the bottom of my car’s dashboard or washing and waxing my car.  I’ve  had that kind of feeling for my vehicles, but believe me these lean experiences are ones that I have no shame in admitting, they are ones that I believe mold and fortify great character.  Learning to exist with your God-given pace, and the ability to soothe your soul during the times of your wilderness will go a long way to help revitalize and rebound from your illnesses; some good habit forming tasks could be, spending time  listening to music, craft-making, drawing and/or painting, absorbing scenic views on driving excursions, reading a great book, learning to play an instrument or just being silent and at one with yourself with a cup of tea.  A cup of herbal essence was always nice in my household to help set the tone of rejuvenation and revitalizing you for the next day.

Add a cup of herbal essence to increase your rejuvenation to help ease your anxiety and create an atmosphere of slowing down time. 

Detox-a-cup is always nice!

  • 1-quart of boiling spring water
  • 1-tsp (teaspoonful) dried Dandelion (liver cleanser/kidney) *
  • 1-tsp (teaspoonful) dried Yellow dock (integumentary/skin cleanser)
  • 1-tsp (teaspoonful) of Milk thistle (liver/gall bladder cleanser)
  • 2-Tbsp (tablespoonful) of Pau d’ Arco (blood-builder and purifier from Peruvian jungle).
  • 1-tsp Licorice (bitter/sweet purifies the liver)
*Caution for those who uses medications that acts as a diuretic. Dandelion is a natural diuretic, and is wonderful as a hair rinse. These herbs help increase circulation.

Are you trying to get over the sniffles or horrible sinus drainage?  I have noticed that most people I’ve encountered, even my chiropractor had a case of the sniffle attacks.  Not good when doing body work on a customers for sure!  But here’s a sure fire way of helping your bod overcome what ails you.

  • 1-quart of spring water
  • 1-tsp (teaspoonful) of dried Elderberries
  • 1-tsp of dried Elderflowers flowers**
  • 1-tsp of dried Plantain leaves
  • 1-tsp of dried Mullein (cooling herb; acts as a lubricant for the lungs and expels phlegm from the lungs and relieve excessive coughing)
  • 1-tsp of dried Yarrow root

**Add the concoction only AFTER you removed the pot of a from the heat source, the chemical constituent in Elderflowers is violate and will dissipate if boiled.)

Wanna know how to acclimate your immune system, so going from one season to the next doesn’t affect you?

Do you want to know how to combat the attacks from ragweed, and other particulate?

How about introducing yourself to ragweed, but…gently!

I love buying local, but it really comes in handy to know who your local farmers are, particularly when you need honey.

  • 1-tsp of dried German Chamomile flowers*
  • 1-tsp of  local honey

Just before the fall season begins, make you a cup of herbal Chamomile tea in one approximately 16 oz of boiling water, but

  1. Be careful not to boil the Chamomile, just place about 1-tsp of dried Chamomile flowers in the hot water,cover, and
  2. steep for 5-10 minutes.

The dried Chamomile flowers will be like an inoculation for your immune system within your body and become acclimated to ragweed, but if you exposing and introducing yourself to the pollen and offending culprit, this will cause your body to produce an inflammatory chemical, histamine, and if your body does not create enough antihistamine to block the irritation, then this is why you experience, yet another allergic reaction.  But if you proceed with gentleness, and take the proper protocols to encourage your body’s natural filtering processes; instead, of masting the symptoms, then you will eventually become acclimated to the seasons new chaotic lashing particulates.

Natural Immune Boosters!

  • Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis works well alternatively with Echinacea, it is one of my favorite herbs to use when boosting my immune system, good for the respiratory and lymphatic systems, and gastrointestinal systems, but is so strong that it should definitely not be used for prolong periods.

Those who are pregnant, nursing, and have high blood pressure should not consume this herb.  Goldenseal chemical constituents has drying attributes, that has a tendency to dry up mucous membranes of excess phlegm

  • Stinging Nettles, Urtica diocia its called stinging nettles because on the edges of the leaves its small prickly like needle type of shapes.  It acts as a powerful antihistamine which is good for the immune system, respiratory, inflammatory issues, kidney issues, has been studied that it is good for arthritic issues, allergic reactions, and hay fever.  Stinging Nettles is high in many vitamins, particularly iron.  It is good to consume a couple of weeks before the season begins.  It also can be used as a beautiful hair rinse, great for those, particularly with dark tresses or locks.

Next year when the season comes around you shouldn’t have not ONE sinus issue!

Do you need a natural antibiotic?   Try taking raw garlic.

Would you like to try a high vitamin C rich herbal concoction?


Dried herb

3 Tbspful of Hibiscus Flowers or Sorrel (High in vitamin C)

3 Tbsp – Mullein (helps clear mucous build-up in the lungs)

3 Tbsp of Yarrow,(a diaphoretic herb (induce perspiration), research shows to clear up congestion of cold, flu, and other respiratory infection; clears up toxins, and heat)

3 Tbsp of Plaintain,

1 Tbsp of Elderberries (it has been said that this the most effective herb for preventing upper respiratory issues, boosting the immune system with the active component (Sambucus nigra agglutinins), decreases nasal congestion, successful in helping bronchial issues, and alleviating nasal passages.

You don’t have the patient for a long recipe list of herbal remedies, then


1- Quart of boiling alkaline water (spring water),

Add the 1 -Tbsp of Chamomile (Only for those who are NOT allergic to ragweeds),

1 Tbsp of Elder Flowers (Only AFTER you removed the pot of a from the heat source)

Do you have a problem with a hacking cough or you can’t stop coughing?

First off, go get check out with a alternative and/or conventional practitioner, before adding or changing a regimen.

For Adults Try a few drops of Cod Liver oil (they are many wonderful brands out there) I use a Tablespoon (Tbsp) of juice, and down the hatch!

The remedy varies with children (this often depends on the body weight of the child), so inform your pediatric physician of what you would like for your child to consume on a daily basis before beginning any new remedy.

Watch out!  I originally wrote this piece at the beginning of  fall and school was beginning session, so between season’s changing and hectic school schedules here are some different ways to  revitalize with botanicals.  Believe it or not the atmospheric conditions since Hurricane Sandy has caused many extreme difficulties amongst people’s breathing patterns to say the least.

Create your own salt bath.

  • 2C of Dead sea salts
  • 1 C of Himalaya salts
  • 2 Tbsp (Tablespoonful) of dried Lemon Balm leaves
  • 5 drops of Lemon verbena essential oil
  • Carrier oil Camellia tea seed oil, or Grapeseed oil (less expensive)

Lemon verbena, herb of grace is good for rejuvenating the mind, (calms, sedates, counters stress), physical, (eases muscular aches and pain, ability to expel kidney stones, acts as an antispasmodic, and can be used in cooking, and as a digestive stimulate),it can be used to heighten your spiritual wellbeing (heighten euphoric essential oil).  Bath salts can be used as a sea salt exfoliant or as a bath/muscle soak.

****This information on this site is purely to inform individuals of  the uses of botanicals, supplements, and herbs, it is for this nature solely, and is not to advise, diagnose, and /or treat any symptoms.  If you are experiencing symptoms and or ailments always seek professional care with a licensed alternative and/or conventional practitioner.  Herbs and herbal remedies can contraindicate with medications, so  always be sure to research the contraindications between the herb or botanical and your medication, and be sure to inform your practitioner.  Each herb or botanical works differently for each individual, as each person has different biological and chemical genetic makeup, so each person will have a different response.  Learn to read your body!  Herbs and botanicals within their purest forms are potent, and react quickly with many drugs.  So always be aware!

****Use Caution!

Try your hand at creating something that will encourage your body to begin to heal itself or to maintain good health.  Research for yourself, always stay in the know!

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Michelle’s Herbal Products’ Sale!



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Whether you’re a small business owner or a customer, everyone can help spread the word about Small Business Saturday.

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Do you need time to refresh? revitalize or rejuvenate?

At what expense do you allow technology, power drinks (all-natural or not), chocolate (Godiva or not), caffeine to keep you going?

How much time do you truly rest?  Do you believe in resting your mind, body and soul?

  • What do you do to revitalize, restore, rejuvenate, or recover from your daily meetings with yourself at the door?
  • Do you realize the early signs of being overstressed?

Take a Commercial Break!

Have you notice advertisement agencies are poking fun of us humans becoming too accessible? The popular vehicle commercial has four guys going through, mountains, valleys, turns, and wooded hilly areas, stopping and starting their vehicles constantly checking to see if they are out of bound from their phone coverage.

Then…walla! Once they found a spot without coverage; they then unpack their vehicle and tented up.

Very Interesting! Ayah!

Recapped Weekend Notes:  Relaxation Station

The brilliant sun beams shined down upon us in East Tennessee’s pastures this weekend with above average temps for the month of January spring-like ( month of Reflection), February (month of Balance), and now March (Vitality), while for at least two weekends prior Tennesseans experienced unusual rain, rain, and more rain leaving picturesque cloud formations capping our great ridges.  Then, we experienced yet another hit of unprecedented tornadoes, and grand clean ups.  While observing the precepts and habits of many people in their pleasure taking mode and after-storm life evaluation; mainly, recapping due to the unusually warm weather, torrential rains and hail, I noticed the need to refresh (emotionally, spiritually, and/or physically) or to obtain restoration.  The forms of taking restorative measures come in many variations.  Many individuals have adapted towards therapeutic efforts such as: aromatherapy, drinking herbal teas and juices, prayer, creating authentic community, walking or various forms of exercises (hiking, yoga, pilates, P90Xers, Montenegro Method, Zumba, Insanity, canoeing, swimming, dancing), and painting, drawing, listening to music, et cetera.

The observation brings me to ask a pertinent question, “Why do we rip-and-run or stay on the go?”  Is it, because we live in what I call, “Living the 21st century’s accessible lifestyle”, and when we live  life in this way, then it makes for a drained dismal existence, creating fatigue, lacking true perspective for self-analysis, creativity, and exploration.  In this state of fervent “being-on-the-go”,  constantly re-evaluating our efforts to make good choices and lacking self-confidence, we lose our balance of what life’s essence should be about in the first place.  With America’s constant  yearning to strive to stay on top and globalize we would all  like to consider our country with an A+ (S & P – Standard & Poor’s) credit ratings and with increase educational competitiveness, and with exponential growth from one day exceeding into the next, and living in the age where technology out-grows itself day-to-day the reality of living over-scheduled lives makes for an imbalanced lifestyle and overstressed individuals.

Take a moment of quiet time!

What do you do to revitalize, rejuvenate, refresh, or just plain and simple…be you?

Having such accessibility should sit in the back seat regarding improving your well-being and taking care of your body.  I listened to a sermon of how to live life intentional and with a peaceful life through God’s  restorative spirit  in the place of worship. It was said that they are only three main things that individuals want: joy, peace, and contentment or a justification (purpose) for their life’s existence.

Are you a caregiver or a person who has too many roles, and are stretched to your limit?

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Always consult your conventional or alternative practitioner before beginning any change in lifestyle regimen.  Always thoroughly research herbal remedies and present them to your physician, especially if you have been administer medication and have health issues. 

While these brands are good, each person is different with different energy levels, and what works for one, might not work for the next person due to potency levels, your body’s environment, and genetic make-up.

Cleansing is a beautiful thing!  It puts your body in good working order for beginning the New Year.

Royal Tea

  • A beautiful aromatic tea that consist of four herbs that thoroughly cleanses your body at a cellular level.  It  is important to always when trying a new regimen to get the consent from your physician and drink plenty of alkaline water, and eat a well-balanced diet free of trans unsaturated fatty acids, such as tallow (beef fat), lard, too much red meats (monounsaturated fatty acids), but  this is not consistent of good monounsaturated fats are, but not limited too: avocados, sesame, safflower, sunflower oils, camellia tea seed, and grape seed oil.

The Candida Yeast Answer

  • This company has therapeutic remedies that balances your body’s natural beneficial  flora “friendly bacteria”.


  • This company harvest  blue-green algae  from Klamath Lake, Oregon.  It is a wonderful super food with a reservoir of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals from fresh water and volcanic ash.

Everyone needs to replenish amounts of prebiotic and probiotic that are needed to keep good hygienic elimination, improve your immune system, help skin issues, brain acuity, increases your body’s ability to make vitamins used for food absorption , and obtain a restful sleep.   It isn’t enough to look good only on the outside, especially if you have chronic issues that exist from within.  These issues that you have experienced from within or the lack thereof could be making you sick, tired, irritable, or have brain fog.

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Body Balance is a nutrition powerhouse formulated with SeaNine,

  • a proprietary blend of nine wild, sustainably harvested sea vegetables, and certified organically grown and processed Aloe vera.
  • The Aloe vera alone contains over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 12 vitamins, 20 minerals, and 18 amino acids.
  • Life Force uses the inner leaf fillet Aloe vera in Body Balance which is carefully harvested under low temperatures to protect the key polysaccharides or natural sugars.

My parents have used the Body Balance, and my mother has had great success using this product for her IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), an effect ascertained after she was treated with conventional treatments for cancer.

Are your sinuses attacking you?  Are you consistently being plagued by colds, flu, and sinusitis?

Enzymedica Digestive Enzymes

These enzymes are wonderful for dispersing undigested proteins (AAs (Amino Acids), caseins), sugars, fibers, and others elements of your diet.   When these elements are digested in your body this increases your body’s immune system, and frees up the body’s energy to become available to work on another body system. 

How many body systems do we have? 

First 5 customers with the correct answer get 30% off Michelle’s Herbal Products      (offer good until Friday 3/16/2012).

Collidal Silver

Collidal Silver was widely used before WWII for therapeutic uses.  Many of the collidal silver brands have been ionized or charged from 50 to 230 parts per million and suspended in an acid base such as fulvic acid.  But strong collidal silvers can not only destroy overgrowth of yeast, fungi, bacteria and viruses, but it can also destroy beneficial bacteria in your colon.

Check out Life Force’s Pau D’Arco

  • Check out Taheebo, it originated and has been highly prized for centuries by indigenous people of the Andes for its life-sustaining vitality.
  • The Lapacho tree (also known as Pau D’Arco) remains remarkably immune and inhibits  common fungal spores that infest and typically kill many neighboring trees in the rain forest. Lapachol, a key active component in Taheebo, has demonstrated broad-spectrum immune support.  The indigenous people of the Andes, Peru, and various parts of South America use the inner bark of Taheebo (Pau D’ Arco)  as a staple.
  • It has been used to balance the overgrowth of yeast, bacteria and fungus infections.

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Improve your body’s absorption!

Garden of Life, Primal Defense Ultra

Jordan Rubin has overcome great odds, and has helps millions of individuals understand how changing  their body condition and its functions is not rhetoric, but is attainable with the use  of wholesome live products in additon to using good dietary habits, proper hydration, and getting appropriate rest.

Good Books

  • Patient Heal Thyself
  • The Maker’s Diet
  • Live Beyond Organic

Masseys Medicinals

Massey Medicinals are therapeutic grade proprietary blend of a Bacillus coagulan (15 billion/gm CFU), Aloe vera gel 200:1, Alpha lipoic acid blend.  Non–dairy formula.

Renew Life Products

Brenda Watson, ND, Certified Nutritionist opened a clinic to help individuals better understand the importance of good internal cleansing, detoxifying, and food absorption to achieveing over-all good health.  PBS has hosted Brenda Watson many times to help people learn how to heal their body naturally with the use of probiotics. 

Amasai Fermented Dairy Drink

If you have ever over eaten and your parent told you to take bitters or apple cider vinegar to help digest your foods, then you are somewhat aware of how our digestive system works.  And by the same token if you have ever waited too long to eat, and have taken sodium bicarbonate or baking soda, then you know that this was used as an anti-acid, heartburn reliever, alleviating gaseous molecules, because you missed a meal, but the stomach’s gastric acid should be 100,000 times acidic than water, and these anti-acids can cause havoc on our body’s system if not attended appropriately to. 

Eating fermented foods is one way of introducing a normalization to your stomach’s system.   It is the fermentation of our drinks and condiments (hot sauce, marinara sauce, tzatziki sauce, yogurt, salsa, hoisin, tartar sauce, fish sauce, Korean kimchee, sauerkraut, horseradish), that helps us to break-down our foods, and when we cannot break-down our foods they become allergens swimming as undigestible molecules that causes issues.  Amasai is a  dairy drink has been produced by old world methods keeping the dairy temperature under 101 degrees; thereby creating a product where lactose in the presence of fermentation can break down more easily.  This product is similar to kefir types of drinks which are high in vitamins, over 30 probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and digestible proteins. 


It a beautifully aromatic salsa that is more like a slawsa type of condiment that helps to digest your foods, and is a local company.

Cod Liver Oil

DHA/EPA are omega fatty acid components that come from oceanic or cold water fatty fish such as salmons, herring, sardines, et cetera.  Both of these components have been researched to help with various body functions, but particularly brain functions.


Try oiling your body is used in the Ayurvedic culture to normalize high stress, over-exerted individuals.  But the technique can be used for all personality types. Oiling is the use of basic massage techniques, kneading in a circular pattern towards the heart. It can be done at the end of the day or during moments of relaxation.

Try healthy snacks!

Real Energy bars:

A bounitful of natural mouthful goodness!  LoAdebar is an energy bar that does not use filler or binders to bind ingredients, just a full range of organic nuts and dried fruits to satisfy your hunger.   Norma at LoAdebar is diligent about keeping the integrity of the essence of wholesome food, so people cannot only be  blessed physically, but once they taste the blessings that is bestowed upon this company they are blessed spiritually as well.  You just can’t hide good quality!

Try Michelle’s Facial/Body Oil!

A therapeutic blend that naturally helps increase relaxation of muscle tension and encourages your body to heal through natural measures with therapeutic essential oils and absolutes.

Camellia Oil Refined Camellia japonica, aka,  “tea oil”. Green, white, oolong, and black tea leaves are extracted from this plant.   This oil is very high in monounsaturated oleic acid making it rich in omegas 3, 6, and 9; also, it is low in saturated fats it help reduce LDL the “bad cholesterol” and for this reason is widely used for cooking.   

  • Also rich in tocopherols and Polyphenols. Its healing properties include that of skin care helping with the complexion.
  • Moisturizing the skin, it softens wrinkles, conditions scalp and skin after shaving. It also helps protect from UV rays and well as healing scars.
  • It is known to promote hair growth and well as to maintain a healthy PH.

Carrot Seed oil

  • Contains carotene. Effective for skin irritations. Said to reduce wrinkles.

Maracuja oil

The high content of essential fatty acids and light texture of Maracuja Oil (Passion Flower Oil) makes it a valuable component for nourishing the skin.

  •  Maracuja Oil is highly recommended in scalp and hair care products to encourage healthy hair growth and increased vitality.
  •  Maracuja Oil is calming and sedating, and is suitable for inclusion in bath care products and products intended to promote relaxation.
  •  It has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and sedative properties which makes this oil of choice for use in massage applications and formulations intended to ease muscular aches and swelling.

Plus many more good oils.

Learn about true wholesome essential oils! 

  • Simplers are herbs (barks, various parts of the plants, roots, flowers, seeds) that can be used as one herb at a time or one oil at a time.  The one component can be used one species at a time to find the greater intimacy or reaction of the herbs chemical constituents to better understand a deeper level of efficacy that will enhance relaxation and clarity of the mind. 
  • Aromatherapy often works with the sensors within the olfactory system, “smell” receptors in your nose that communicates with your brain (amygdala and hippocampus). 
  • When the herb is blended into a tincture with glycerin or alcohol, extract or an oil macerated(transfering the therapeutic parts of the plant into the oil) or solvent extraction, water, steam distillation , and hydrosol infusions distillations to create enfleurage, hypercritical carbon dioxide CO2 such as calendula CO2, the blend combination makes for a more effective remedy.

Always use appropriate recommended dosages as essential oils are more concentrated, and has a therapeutic level; meaning that at certain dosage of the recommended amount could be because of the concentration of the chemical constituents of the oils.

When trying essential oils is always advisable to conduct a  patch test:

Patch Test

Place a small quantity of product onto the skin on the inside of your elbow. Leave it there for at least 10 to 15 minutes if possible (of course if irritation ocurrs then wash off immediately). After 24 hours if there is no sign of irritation ont the skin then the product is safe to use. If any irritation continues seek medical advice.

It is not recommended for Essential Oils or Absolutes to be used for internal unless suggested by a licensed  Alternative Practitoner.

Essential oils are to NEVER be used as a substitute for necessary medical care. Always consult a qualified health professional.

 Only the 100% unadulterated essential oils from companies that test essential oils through a gas chromatography or mass spectrometry to test appropriate chemical constituents to make sure of the quality of the essential oils.

 Use less rather than more.  Always stay below the low therapeutic level of the recommended essential oil dosage.

 Always keep all essential oils out of the reach of children and out of sunlight and moist places.

 Do not apply essential oils neat (or undiluted) to the skin or mucus membranes or do not use near the eyes.

 If skin rash develops, discontinue use, and wait a day or two and try another oil.

Drying Brushing

Use a dry natural soft bristle brush, and brush your skin softly (always moving towards your heart).

Keeping our priorities Straight!

Your Spirit, Mind and Body needs to be a pristine working machine!  If one component falls out of alignment they all will eventually will fall.  Honor your ability to maintain your inner self.  Taken up any new hobbies anyone?!?!?

My father coins living in the fast lane and dwelling upon your inadequacies as, “re-living our daily struggles over and over”,  or “living on the edge”, and he and my mother greatly understands that rushing to-and fro everywhere is not truly how to live life.  My parents always stated, “if you take care of your body when you’re young, than you don’t have to worry when you get older” .  They are  living testaments that this is a TRUE statement.  You can overcome ALL unorganized or imbalanced lifestyles with the proper changes!  Even my mother and father having various professions (nursing profession, fine and commercial artist, licensed pilot, and road engineer) throughout their years, and this didn’t keep them from settling down and taking proper life breaks.

Check out how Jake Reilly limited his time with technology, and see how he  gained meaningful time that he never knew that he had.

Do you eat on the go?  Do you eat while driving or watching TV?

Statistics show that individuals who dine socially eat slower and have greater satiety, and digest their food better, than eating on the go or in front of the TV.

Would you like to reverse your lifestyle or obtain proper rest?

Would you like  time to breath and stop feeling tired or fatigue? 

Is your life accelerating at full-throttle at a constant perpetual force?

Does  your life signify the equation: F(Force) = m (mass) * a (acceleration)

Have  you answered “Yes” to any of these questions?

Then, check more of these therapeutic resources to improve your life!

Disclaimer:  Therapeutic Considerations

These remedies posted on this blog do not replace conventional health practitioners’ care nor should they be intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any “disease”.  This information is solely to inform you of benefits of aromatherapy, botanicals, and herbal remedies, and their benefits when supplemented with a  healthy lifestyle of diet, exercise, and proper rest.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or have any pre-existing conditions use caution and seek the advice of a licensed alternative or conventional healthcare practitioner before starting a new regimen.  Always educate yourself about the cautions and contraindications of each oil, herb, or botanical before consuming as a supplement; particularly when receiving medication from a physician.

Check out more therapeutic remedies (botanicals, healing and muscle/skin salves) in the next posting! 

Let’s talk about exercises!

Garden and hydrosol time!

Live a life of manageability with a healthy scalp and hair naturally!

Have you ever wondered how to get the manageability of your beautiful locks, recover from scalp and hair damage, or obtain a beautiful grow out? 

Try using Michelle’s Herbal Shampoo/Cleansing Conditioner and   Michelle’s Herbal Hair Tonic (ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar) combination.

Michelle’s Herbal Shampoo/Cleansing Conditioner thoroughly cleanses while normalizing your scalp and hair pH levels.

Check out these awesome attributes of Michelle’s Herbal Shampoo:

  • Black Soap with Conditioners – Cleanses the scalp like a cleanser instead of a shampoo without striping the skin of its natural protective barrier, called the acid mantle which has an average pH of 5.5.  The acid mantle is a part of the skin’s natural barrier function on the epidermis.  It protects us from irritation and transepidermal water loss (TEWL), the water loss caused by evaporation on the skin’s surface.
  • Native Herbal Mixture, Plant, Extra Virgin Coconut oils (High Essential Fatty Acids)- Stimulate and increase blood circulation to promote hair growth.
  • Promotes manageability for your hair and detangles.
  •  Rid the scalp of problematic issues, itchy and dry scalp.
  • Stop hair loss and helps thicken thinning hair penetrating deeply into the hair shaft.
  • Neem – acts as a powerful microbial and anti-fungal agent.
  • Baobab oil – excellent moisturizer benefits good for healing skin regeneration and elasticity, renews skin cells, and research shows that it is excellent to improve eczema and psoriasis.
  • Argan oil  (Moroccan oil) – Helps condition chapped and cracked skin issues, excellent for the hair.
  • Michelle’s Herbal Shampoo/Cleanser has been used by many customers as a therapeutic body wash!

What are the benefits of Michelle’s Herbal Hair Tonic (Apple Cider Vinegar herbal infusion)?

  • ACV balances the scalp and hair’s pH levels by its natural amino acids; thereby, making the hair (and cuticle) soft and smooth.
  • Aloe Vera Gel promotes the body to heal itself, increases manageability, decreases irritation and  increases the  hydration of the scalp; thereby acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
  • ACV has powerful natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal agents.
  • The amino acids that naturally occur in the ACV brings the hair to normal pH levels protecting and conditioning the hair follicle and shaft eliminating brittle hair.
  • Native Herbal Mixture – aids thickening thinning hair and hair loss, and promoting hair growth, hard to rid tough scalp issues, dandruff, and patterns of hair loss.

Always do a patch test behind your ear or on your forearm before using products if you are extraordinarily sensitive to products or have skin allergies before beginning any new regimen.

An essential oil blend is used in the Hair Tonic, so if you have a pre-existing ailment, such as hypertension, or suffer from epilepsy, are pregnant, and/or nursing please consult your physician before using these products.

Do you need a lotion or butter that would be good for both your skin and your hair?  Why purchase multiple products to get quality effects?

Try Chelle’s Whipped Shea Butter Emollient*!

Chelle’s Whipped Shea Butter Emollient* has multiple uses, and has an oil blend that is based on Ayurvedic Medicine.

  • Chelle’s Shea Butter* is a light, but absorbent lotion-like mixture that quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it soft and supple, which over a period of time with daily use changes the integrity of the skin, helping your body to nourish and fed your glands naturally.
  • A small amount goes a long way!  So, you will definitely save on using this product!
  • Avocado – good spreadability, making an excellent moisturizer and soothing agent.  It is high in oleic and linoleic acid, lecithin, and vitamin D.  It is especially beneficial in helping hard-to-heal sores and eczema.
  • High in vitamin F; good usage for acne or oily, skin issues. (it sounds counterintuitive to cleanse oily skin with oil, but these are 100% natural oils w/o fillers or binders added, so they resembles your body’s own oil producers).
  • It can be used as a hair butter or a hairdressing oil; especially for those who have natural curl patterns.  Try this butter with its wonderful aromatics or clean scents (Lavender and/or Lemon scent).  People will enjoy the bouquet of your natural scent all day!

* Shea Butter comes from the Karite tree, (Butyrospermum paradoxum) and has been used for soothing irritated skin issues, but if you are sensitive or prone to have allergies, please always do a patch test before using any products.

Michelle’s Herbal Products never uses commonly used synthetic chemicals, carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents in her products such as, but not limited to:

sodium laurel sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petroleum products or by-products, and any other synthetic compounds.

All of Michelle’s Herbal Products are made in small batches to ensure Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and are diligently made therapeutically to help your body to heal itself through ONLY 100% naturally wild-crafted and organic herbs, tinctures, fruit juices, carrier oils, hydrosols, aromatherapy, flower essence, other essential nutrients, with a host of biblical herbs and essential oils, folk-lore, family and cultural recipes including:  African, Native American, Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese, Hawaiian, and Western Herbalism to make the best products with one main ingredient ALWAYS recommended…LOVE!

Healthy Regards,


Stay healthy all year long using herbal remedies.

Do you find when seasons change your immune system is compromised, and you catch a cold?

Give it a go, and try your hand at concocting some warm therapeutic remedies that will boost your immune system.

Want to prevent a cold?

1-part Coltsfoot (used for energy or neutralizing the body)

1-part Mullein (cooling herb)

1-part Loquat (cooling herb) (leaves expels phlegm from lungs and relieve excessive coughing) Chinese remedy

1/2-pt Yarrow (neutral & assisting herb)

1/2-pt Honeysuckle (cooling & assisting herb) seasonal herb

1/2-pt Licorice (supporting herb)

1/2-pt Lobelia (supporting herb)

1/2-pt raw ginger (warming)

In 1-Quart of boiling water, turn  of heat supply and steep tea for 15-20 minutes

If you do not have assess to these herbs posted above due to OOS (Out Of Stock) ; not in season or you live too far from the local herb store.

Try this herbal concoction:

Dried herb

3 Tbspful of Hibiscus Flowers or Sorrel (High in vitamin C)

3 Tbsp – Mullein (helps clear mucous build-up in the lungs)

3 Tbsp of Yarrow,(a diaphoretic herb (induce perspiration), research shows to clear up congestion of cold, flu, and other respiratory infection; clears up toxins, and heat)

3 Tbsp of Plaintain,

1 Tbsp of Elderberries (it has been said that this the most effective herb for preventing upper respiratory issues, boosting the immune system with the active component (Sambucus nigra agglutinins), decreases nasal congestion, successful in helping bronchial issues, and alleviating nasal passages.

1- Quart of boiling alkaline water (spring water),

Add the 1 -Tbsp of Chamomile (Only for those who are NOT allergic to ragweeds),

1 Tbsp of Elder Flowers (Only AFTER you removed the pot of a from the heat source)

Do you have a problem with a hacking cough or you can’t stop coughing?

For Adults Try a few drops of Cod Liver oil (they are many wonderful brands out there) I use a Tablespoon (Tbsp) of juice, and down the hatch!

The remedy varies with children (this often depends on the body weight of the child), so inform your pediatric physician of what you would like for your child consume on a daily basis before beginning any new remedy.

Try Natural Sweeteners

If you need sweeteners try stevia, raw turbinado sugar,agave,or Manuka (New Zealand honey, which has a natural peroxide factor that inhibits bacteria) Ohia Lehua honey, and/or your local raw honey.

Try Hawaiian honey (which is therapeutic for the body)some of the Hawaiian honey taste very tropical like passion fruit; such as, Lilikoi a “tropical”  tangy passion fruit.

Check out:

From Kaunakakai, Hawaii

To order from Molokai Meli LLC, Meli Meli is in Molokai, which means “honey” in Hawaiian.

Or try Teavana, they have lovely aromatic teas and honey.

Always drink proper fluids throughout the day; especially when you are ailing.  Fluids help flush out toxins; particularly water.

Check out my next topic:

Enhancing your body and beauty with the benefits of various botanicals.

Learn how to protect and improve your body and skin.

Disclaimer:  Therapeutic Considerations

These remedies posted on this blog do not replace conventional health practitioners’ care nor should they be intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any “disease”.  This information is solely to inform you of benefits of aromatherapy, botanicals, and herbal remedies, and their benefits when supplemented with a  healthy lifestyle of diet, exercise, and proper rest.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or have any pre-existing conditions use caution and seek the advice of a licensed alternative or conventional healthcare practitioner before starting a new regimen.  Always educate yourself about the cautions and contraindications of each oil, herb, or botanical before consuming as a supplement; particularly when receiving medication from a physician.

Welcome – A Letter About My Aunt Michelle

Welcome to Ask Aunt Michelle, a blog about natural, herbal products. I hope you find the information contained here helpful Please send any questions you have about herbal products and let Aunt Michelle advise you on the healing properties of natural herbs.

If you want a remedy for almost anything that ails you….

Ask Aunt Michelle

In this day and age people do not think of using home remedies; unless, it is a last result or if they use them any at all.  But from my great-grandmother Ruth’s generation sometimes using the creation of herbal remedies is all they had to depend on for what ailed them.  My Aunt and her siblings all are gifted and have knowledge of herbology, and therapeutic remedies, but Aunt Michelle studied extensively.  Since my Aunt Michelle is so gifted with creating therapeutic herbal remedies for just about anything that ails you, it is quite apparent that this knowledge was passed down to her.

My sister and I grew up spending our summer vacations with my Grandpa and Grammie.  My sister and I were always experiencing some of Grammie’s latest concoctions due to having kindred spirits that lead us to do great exploratory outdoor adventures on my grandparents acreage.  Grammie was always creating therapeutic herbal teas, tonics, gargles, and other cure-all that helped us stay on top of things.  As I grew up I became more aware of just how extensive Grammie’s diligent knowledge was to help our immediate and extended family stay well.  Family members call my Grammie for many a remedy for one ailment or another.  Witnessing the success of these helpful remedies and there remarkable results enlightened me how powerful these remedies are, and I began to have great respect for their therapeutic uses.  One particular incident happened that proved to me the amount of knowledge that my Grammie had was when, Grammie had a stethoscope and took my Grandfather’s blood pressure.  I exclaimed, “Grammie, you’re a doctor!”  she responded, “No, no I am not a doctor”, I said, “Yes, Grammie you ARE a doctor!” But she confirmed in an assuring voice who she was, but to me she has always been one of the wisest persons that I know.

Healthy Blessings,


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