Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm: Morganville, NJ


 Today 2 of my Soapy Pals, Donna from Ekoaromas and Eva from Soapistication and Gnosis Body Care went on a day trip to Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm located in Morganville, NJ. Eva and I were traveling in from Astoria, NY and it took us no longer than 1 hour and 15 mns. Of course these 2 city girls missed the right hand turn we needed to make and then of course we found our way and again missed the farm which was on the left hand side. We just laughed and realized GPS is so important for moments like this!! Donna was already there awaiting us and luckily didn't have to wait too long.

We were so happy to be out of NYC and enjoy NJ air, lavender all around us, 10 acres of greenery and great people. Ellen and her husband were gracious and hospitable. Their daughter made amazing sugar lavender cookies which were sooooo gooodddd!!! We also had a great lavender infused lemonade and lavender infused butter with bread.
We cut lavender and bought some soap, and received samplings of their soap and culinary lavender. We sat for about 2 hours on the tables and chairs just talking and relaxing. It was a perfect day and a great opportunity for us to build our friendship.

We look forward to going back!

XOXO
Melissa

Monday, June 13, 2011

Third Root Community Health Center - Herbal Foundation Level 1

As many of you know, I have been throwing myself into the wonderful world of herbs and their medicinal properties. For about 2 years, I have read books, followed Susan Weed, took a course with Robin Rose Bennett, watch John Gallagher from learnherbs.com and thought about actually going to school for Herbal Studies. A friend of mine, who I refer to as my "Green Sista" introduced me to Third Root located in Brooklyn, NY. I decided to make the investment in taking the level 1 foundation course. It was a long 12 weeks and there were times where I wanted to give up. To be honest, my frustration was more due to the mass transit system in NYC being so wacky on the weekends, that traveling from Queens to Brooklyn on train would sometimes take 2 hours. I am glad to say I stuck it through!! It was a wonderful experience and like many of my classmates want to take this year to absorb the 30 herbs we studied, learn more about them, and grow. We will be back for Level 2, hopefully next Spring 2012.

I will share that we had to do presentations on whatever we wanted. I decided to do Skin and Herbs and my little paper and presentation left me feeling good but I felt better when both of my teachers stated that I am doing Level 3 work! Woo Hoo!! Holy Cannoli, was I surprised by that! I am truly humbled and grateful to them.

(I will post a pic of my certificate later on today)

XOXO
Melissa