Taking time to reflect on the past year as we launch into the future ~January is the a time of New Beginnings!
Reflecting on the past year, I must acknowledge the challenges I have faced with my small business in 2023. However, I also recognize the incredible strength and resilience of my customers, who have continued to be the backbone of my business. Your feedback has been instrumental in helping me understand how I can improve your experience with Raven Hill Botanicals. Your insights have guided me in identifying areas for improvement, and I am thus committed to taking meaningful steps to address them. The last three years, beginning in 2020 with the worldwide pandemic, have taught us many things. However, the main lesson for me, after so much loss, has been to find strength and to realize what I have endured is tantamount to climbing Mount Everest and walking a tightrope of trepidation while navigating the uncertain waters of the issues all of us faced as we come out of three years of the pandemic.
This year is the tenth anniversary of when I launched Raven Hill Botanicals! There have been ups and downs, and it has remained a small business because I have had the challenge of running a business through the pandemic without much assistance. Nonetheless, I persevere and strive for the standards of excellence that have always marked my way thus far!
I love what I do, and creating and sharing these fantastic formulas is my life's work, along with energy healing, aromatherapy, wildcrafting, gardening, and sharing the art of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, the mindful practice of absorbing the calming atmosphere of natural places like the forest in which I live! Last year, I re-launched a program I started in 2003 after my return from Europe called Come Home to the Forest ~Nature gatherings for young and old alike to reconnect with nature and their spirits. To gather around the campfire, not hike, but stroll and learn to be still and listen to the forest. Join us this summer! Meanwhile, enjoy the gift of the forest, meadows, and garden herbs in each bottle or jar of my skincare and whole body care salves and body butters. I also offer consultations in skincare, aromatherapy, and energy healing.
Some of us don't want to be tough alpha leaders.
Some of us just want to write and wander the garden
and breathe in the sky and nourish and nurture
and quietly create new pathways
and live our lives as our art.
To know the earth as poetry.
~Victoria Erickson ~
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring ..
~ Elizabeth Coatsworth ~
Today is September 14, the New Moon is in Virgo. We enter a new phase of the year as we prepare for Autumn days. I find it hard to believe we are already nearing the end of summer after a phenomenal Summer of Joy! The birds are gathering to take their journey to their Winter habitat. We are harvesting the last of the summer herbs and flowers for our formulas, taking our last walks in the shimmering summer light. September brings us the Autumnal Equinox Sat, Sep 23, 2023, (12:49 AM Mountain Time). The Autumnal Equinox in September ushers in a change of season. It is observed annually when the sun can be seen directly overhead along the equator. The day marks the end of summer and beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.
August brought us 8/8–Lion’s Gate and the message of August was - The Roar of the Lion! On that beautiful day on the 8th August 2023 we began a new spiral cycle of Time and Space. The past falls away and we activate the NOW moment. Aligning with our Holographic Light Body we focus on what we dream and desire for the next cycle. Have a magical and miraculous days as you focus on LOVE, PEACE, HARMONY and GRATITUDE. The Roar of the Lion will power our transit through the Lions Gate.
The New Moon in Virgo provides us with an opportunity to detoxify ourselves of any thoughts or beliefs that we are not worthy or not good enough. Let this New Moon in Virgo help you feel good enough. Good enough for your dreams. Good enough to share your talent. It is not always easy to toot our own horn, but I invite you to share your amazingness to the world. Here are a couple of my major accomplishments for the Summer:
1. My Limited Edition Wild Rose Skincare Collection was a hit; in fact it sold out in a week. I will try to make one more batch before the Fall Equinox. What went into the amazing handcrafted Wild Rose Day Creme? - Read More in my August Blog: What Makes Our Wild Rose Day Creme so Special what-makes-our-wild-rose-day-creme-so-special.html
2. Balm of Gilead Healing Salve with Copaiba Essential oil
The herbal compound behind this formula starts with our Signature Herbal Healing Salve Formula blended with Balm of Gilead and Copaiba Essential oil: Infusion of organically grown, garden-fresh Comfrey Leaf, Flower & Root, Common Garden Plantain & Organic Goldenseal Root, Wild Geranium, Red Clover blossoms, Wildcrafted Yarrow in a base of Organic Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balm of Gilead Oil, with Organic Coconut & Golden Jojoba Sweet Almond, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Montana Bees Wax with doTERRA's Copaiba Essential Oil.
3. 4 oz Heavenly Body Butters are back in Stock Choose from Blue Lotus, Pure Joy!, Euphoria, Cheer Up, Unscented and more... also we have 8 oz Pure Joy for a limited time.
4. We are gearing up to make our Goat Milk Soaps...coming soon with beautiful new soap forms!
The Wild Rose brings this quote to mind: