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Sadhu Rose, Comfrey and Rose, for busy Creative hands and hearts

Comfrey and Rose a magical mix for hands

Whether you Knit, Crochet, Weave, Spin, Paint or make Pottery. There is a time of the day when your hands get achy and you feel as though you’ve lost your sense of time working your craft.

Rose Comfrey Ointment

Sadhu Rose, helping me with a big knit project!

It’s true, time flies when you’re having fun!

Now you’re racing against the clock wanting to finish a project. Knowing you won’t have the same amount of time tomorrow as you have today.
 
Let’s be honest, when we are busy making and creating, all we want is to be able to do so uninterrupted for as long as possible.
 
So, overworked hands get achy, tired and wane. And that my friends, is why I made started making my Comfrey ointments in the first place. With my mum’s arthritis and my own RSI (repetitive strain injury), I wanted relief.
 
I dread the aches, especially when they get between me and whatever craft I happen to be working on.

The Birth of a new Floral Rose Scented Ointment

 
Sadhu Rose, Comfrey Ointment

Sadhu Rose, Comfrey Ointment

When, a crafty friend, Juanita Tortilla, asked for a rose scented comfrey ointment rather than my walk in the woods version: Wayfarers Magic. Who was I to disagree?

 And hence, Sadhu Rose was born, and the name kindly thought up by another dear friend. Where would we be without crafty creative friends ;-)

So what’s the difference between the regular Comfrey Ointment and Sadhu Rose?

 One of the biggest questions I get at the markets is what’s the difference between the two ointments?
 
The only difference is in the Essential oils which do have their own set of benefits:
 
Wayfarers Magic: Rosemary, Lavender, Cedar, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Juniper.
 
Making it more suited to provide relief for inflammation, swelling, cuts, and burns due to the antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.
 
Sadhu Rose has: Rose, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Palma Rosa.
 
Sadhu rose comfrey ointment

Big heart, worn dyed worked hands…

Which is great for the skin as it softens, soothes and rejuvenates.  And the smell is good for the heart!

 Both have the benefits of herbs in the ointments of which the main herb is Comfrey. And the extra benefits of beeswax, organic Shea and Cocoa butter.
 If you are looking for relief for inflammation: muscle ache or arthritis, tennis elbow, RSI, burns then Wayfarers Magic is the go to Ointment.
 
For, creative hands and tired muscles: Sadhu Rose is the one for you. hits floral scent it’ll keep those hands weaving their magic longer and farther.
 
Now if only there were a solution for the interruptions from the rest of the world….

Fiber Friends, you need this (Sadhu Rose: Comfrey + Rose Salve) in your life to keep your hands nourished (mine get so dry and cracked) the comfrey helps my poor creaky knuckles...

Julie @Littleloom

Julie @Littleloom

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To use or not to use… Beeswax, is it ethical? Why I’ve chosen to use it

To use or not to use?  Is something that I had asked myself, when I started on this journey. Knowing my use of beeswax would be questioned, and vegans would not buy my Wayfarer’s Magic and Sadhu Rose Comfrey Ointments.

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

For a start, I don’t eat unethical animal products or support the treatment and misuse of animals for our consumption, production or testing.  So how, do then carry my values over into my products and business?

To answer this, I set about researching the question, is beeswax ethical? And should I be using it?

I came to the decision to use Beeswax, and here’s why;

1. Ethical Beeswax does exist;

I get my beeswax from a local beekeeper – it’s a beekeeping family, their native bees and are wild and are free here in central coast wilderness of New South Wales. It’s an excess bi-product of the honey that is ethically sourced; meaning there is always more than enough for the bees. Unlike in hives that are in mass production, and they are not tricked of forced to produce honey/ wax in excess.  Happy bees = Happy Honey = Ethical Beeswax.

2. Beeswax is also healing

Beeswax itself it uber beneficial to the skin and the healing process. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-bacterial. Due to this, it contributes to the healing quality of the ointments. It soothes and softens the skin, and forms a protective layer that still allows the skin to breathe and heal.  It is also a ‘natural’ product, that has not undergone industry processing.

Bees Natural Green Home turf

Since I’ve moved to the Central Coast I’ve also been using the wax from the same local beekeeping family that I get my honey from Suesse Honey‘. If you are ever at the Entrance market be sure to buy some of their honey! Their  ‘Raw honey Lemon, Ginger and Cinnamon’ blend – which also has Lemon Myrtle – tastes as good as it is healthy – I am completely unshamedly addicted.

For those that aren’t aware, Raw honey is packing with nutrients, it contains; 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. If you add to this the benefits of Ginger, Cinnamon, Lemon and Lemon Myrtle, you have a most delicious healthy treat.

I do empathise with the dilemma of using or not using animal products.

I remember the moment, that I learned the big-eyed gentle cow in the paddock could end up as a steak dinner. It’s the same moment I secretly vowed to never eat animals again.  As soon as I grew up and left home, that’s what I did and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.

Though, I am not a vegan, and I do have a few pair of leather shoes and a jacket.  Which I often get flack for funnily enough from meat eaters.  However, as one wise friend once said, ‘is it more ethical to have a sturdy jacket that lasts you 50+years that is biodegradable, or a jacket that is made from synthetic material, that has gone through industry processing to be created and then never degrades and pollutes the environment?’

Tough questions, that we need to face and ask ourselves when we aim to live a conscious life.

While I abhor the way humankind treats the animals on the planet, and how they are treated as a commodity rather than a sentient being.  It’s good to see that research is now supporting what many of us already know, that insects have emotions and sentience, as do plants and trees.

I do believe that as Robin Wall Kimmer states so wisely in her @onbeing interview,  we should be aiming for a reciprocal relationship with the world around us.  I love that idea!  It takes sustainability to the next level.

Lavender Bees

Lavender Bees

If we work to look after bees and their environment, it becomes a collaboration with them. In taking this reciprocal approach, we can create a better world, for everything – plants, animals and humans. We just need to start asking, how can we contribute – what do we have to give?

When we are not doing this, which we can see reflected in much of the world around us right now, we are out of balance with the natural world around us.

I am thankful for my Ethical Healing Beeswax, from happy bees that share their wares with us. And I hope that we, in turn, can share and work to protect them and their environments and well-being.

We can do this, by asking ourselves how we can contribute to living in a ‘Reciprocal’ way with the world around us. Can this be reflected in our daily decisions  i.e. buying heritage seeds, not supporting/using monsanto products, doing bio-dynamic gardening, growing flowers and plants that bees love.

In doing so, we take conscious steps, to live in a conscious way –  in balance and harmony with the world around us.

I do have two vegan products:
Bedouin’s Charm: Comfrey+Coconut+Grapefruit Body/Bath Oil
Eternal Serenity: Comfrey+Hemp+Argan Face Oil

And the products that contain Organic/ Ethically sourced Beeswax:
Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment
Sadhu Rose: Rose+Comfrey Ointment

Note:
All my products and ingredients are Cruelty-free, and not tested on any animals (only myself, and consenting family and friends).

Further Reading:
The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man