cannot begin to describe the education I received from Napier/Culpepers.
I will be imparting that over many newsletters. At every
location they were totally hospitable, before they even knew who I was.
This information, in part, I share right on the site at no charge,
and at length in my books and videos. If my customers ever do
anything, I hope they at least look at the Napier or Culpeper sites and
consider purchasing something, to let them know our gratitude and that
we are a great "lobbying" group--as we are tired of the States throwing
pills at us. Click here to visit
and here to visit
Beyond the fact they were so courteous, it is clear they certainly do
wish to help people. Without going into private details of the
merger--part of their new corporate merger decisions include
examination of the mail order end and we sure want to send a message
to keep that intact. More so since we will use their products,
especially those we cannot get here in the United States, and we did
just find out about them. I want to send a message to please keep
their mail order operation as is--post merger. Just one small gift
from them to us is next. It is their Napier/Culpeper Winter Tea
Recipe, very high in antioxidants and healing properties. On
the right is Layla Neal who was my main mentor at Napier/Culpeper.
Simply upon arriving at the Covent Gardens I was greeted with their
musical quartet! A short film clip the the right, but what a Royal
Welcome indeed! I cannot help it, the church bells from St. Paul's
Cathedral were also awesome. I put them in London clips at the
bottom of this page--that had little to do with Herbal Healing!
And a small shot of the Queens horse knocking me in the head. For
a longer version of the Quartet, see the out takes clips at the bottom
of this page. That file alone is 10 Megs, for heads up.
Culpepers Winter Tea Recipe
by Layla Neal
Just one small gift from them to
us is next. It is their Napier/Culpeper Winter Tea Recipe, very
high in antioxidants and healing properties. We all know pomegranate
juice is very high in antioxidants and I love it! But it is
expensive, like $10 a quart in the States, so this recipe also allows us
a great way to enjoy the juice in a tea and make it last longer. Leane
Ketcherside loves Rooibos tea and finds it to be one of the most
effective teas on the market. She taught me a lot about this tea, and it
was great to hear Culpeper's was very much into it! Click the left
thumbnail to see a very small segment of the film, regarding this tea
Culpepers Winter Tea Recipe:
Makes 1 Quart
3 Rooibos Tea Bags
3 Rose Hip Tea Tea Bags
1 Cup of Pomegranate Juice
These teas are very easy
to find in the grocery store and both well prized in the UK.
Neither has caffeine. Steep into the boiling teas, in a removable
bag: 2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon of Powdered
Ginger, 1 Tablespoon of Cloves, (powdered or whole,) and 1
Tablespoon of Echinacea powder. Strain well. For
Echinacea powder you may have to open a few capsules. After
straining well, add the pomegranate juice and adjust to taste.
SoHo Smoothie Recipe
As I learned in SoHo, the Oriental
Medicine sector of London, Coconut Milk is awesome for the kidneys.
They could not emphasize enough the importance of Coconut Milk and all
of its essential fatty acids be incorporated into a daily diet. I
already make my rice with Coconut milk and it gives it a great
depth--although not sweet and does not really taste like coconut per se.
This recipe does need a drink mixer to tame the coconut milk. My
all time favorite drink, I make a quart of and love to drink each day is
below. I am positive it will also become your favorite drink along
with the Culpepepers Winter Tea Recipe above.
Mabel's SoHo Coconut
Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe: Makes 8 Cups
1 Cup of Coconut Milk
1 Cup of Pomegranate
4 Cups of Pineapple and
or Cherry Juice
4 Cups of 100% fruit
juice (to keep costs down)
Amending and Modifying Bath Bombs: Bath
In a pinch this past holiday, I
did not have time or energy to make the ton of "therapeutic"
bath seltzers I planned on making as gifts to friends that work very
hard all day. Friends that hear me talk about making bath
stuff--but never quite understood what I do. I wanted to make them
about ten each-so they could have ten awesome nights. At 4:00 AM
Christmas morning, I got up and drove to a pharmacy that had some cheap
$1 round bath bombs and some bath salts. I was praying my theory would
work and it did!
Just Add Essential
Oils to Already Made Commercial Seltzers!
My theory was that I could buy
an already made bomb that had the "citric" and the "baking soda" and
simply put drops of essential oils on them without them breaking apart.
They did not break apart! Not even close. And I was able to
do at least 20 drops of essential oils per bath bomb to make them TRULY
therapeutic for my friends and awesome. They came out marvelous.
So fragrant my friends did not want to use them---just leave them
open in their bathrooms. They were so great I took a few
back--designated as gifts. I selfishly felt I need the break also.
I also doctored up the pretty Yardley bath salts by adding a ton of
Bulgarian Lavender--which is really cheating in my book when I darn well
know how to make pretty salts.
Already Made Commercial Bath Seltzer
London blew me away so much with their use of dried
floral petals in as many bath products as possible. Not only do
petals and buds make the item more pretty, it is luxurious to watch them
float around in the bath tub! More so, the
"bath bomb/seltzer." To the right is a beauty they sell at
L.U.S.H. Click thumbnail to view detail. Since
I do not have a L.U.S.H. right around the corner, I had to see if I
could put some dried rose petals, or lavender buds on the already made
commercial ones. The only way to make this stay is to make a hole.
Yes, this technique worked out great also! I simply took a small
sharp object and carved a heart in the bomb. It did not affect the bomb/seltzer
at all. (I was afraid it would make it cave in.) When I
carved the heart shape out--I used a little melted cocoa butter or soy
wax with a small paint brush and quickly put the buds/petals in the cut out--before the cocoa butter or soy
cooled--which is pretty fast. But that helps secure any decoration
on with no problem. You could even put a cute cake decoration
piece on the bomb--which is a popular thing to do these days--such as a
hot pink daisy or crème wedding type rose. So, like I said, petals and buds are not
only beautiful on the product--they are relaxing to watch float around
in the bath.
It is cheaper by far to make your own bath bombs--but
when in a pinch--this certainly will give you more time to focus on what
the bomb does and how it looks than messing with making it. Below
is the long awaited Essential Oil Targeting Chart I forgot to insert in
the last newsletter before I flew out to London. I hope you enjoy
it, and YES, you can modify a bit.
Oil Targeting Chart
| Suggested essential oil
Click here for Essential Oils
|Per 16 Ounces of
Lotion Base, Oils or Salts in Drops
|Cold and Flu
||6 Eucalyptus, 4
Lavender, 4 Tea Tree & or Bergamot
||6 Lemon, 2 Tea Tree. 2
Litsea , 2 Fennel
||6 Orange, Grapefruit,
or Tangerine, + 4 Ginger, 2 Spearmint
||6 Lime, 4 Coconut, 2
Verbena, 2 Coriander
||6 Coffee, 4 Peppermint
||6 Peppermint, 4
Rosemary, 2 Lavender
||6 Rosemary, 2 Rose
Geranium, 2 Fennel
||4 Rose Geranium, 4
Fennel, 2 Rosemary
||6 Cardamom, 4 Vetiver,
||6 Jasmine, 4
Cedarwood, 2 Myrrh
||4 Clary Sage, 4 Cedar
||6 Palma Rosa, 4
Litsea, 2 Vetivert
||4 Rose Geranium, 4
||6 Rose Geranium, 4
||6 Bulgarian Lavender,
||6 Drops of Carrot Seed Oil
Essential Oils you should avoid in the
bath include but are not limited to basil, oregano, thyme,
nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and bay (Pimenta and Laurus).
Also avoid any oils that can cause sensitivity to your skin.
Testing On Line Videos
In the past, just a few people who bought my DVD/TV
Videos thought the DVD was to go in their PC when they got it.
They were distraught to report to me they had no TV/DVD player. I
never thought about that. It makes sense. I do know how to
create such for a PC, but I figured if I did that--I may as well deliver
immediately, via on line. Why bother with the mail? So, I
created a few segments and I will sell them in this newsletter to see how
they sell. These will be short form, to the point, and about 30
minutes in 5 minute segments as opposed to one hour TV type. This
is so you do not tie up PC memory on one video. They will be delivered upon purchase and operate like
the Video Clip above in the Culpeper's Tea Recipe. That will
give you an idea if this works for you. This medium will also give me a
fast and affordable way to get my material to the end user--Mabel
Customers. I will continue to sell the TV/DVD formats because
schools and youth programs love them so much. I do recommend you
buy the accompanying
or spiral bound
book to go along with the PC video because they document important
notes, charts and formulas.
to tell me if you think PC Video's sent via e-mail is a good idea!
PC DVD Video's e-Mailed
|Making Melt and Pour Soap
|Floral Design 101
|Floral Design 102
|Making Gift Baskets
for e-Books and
Here for Spiral
What is So Cool About London?
of all, it gives a new meaning to "Tea" and just the over all vibrancy
of life. They do not just "talk" about juicing, they all do it! If
they do not do it, they buy freshly juiced apples, berries and such.
You just do not see that over here in our corn syrup world. In
fact I do not recall ANY watered down juice in their grocery stores at
all. Not to mention the four letters words like Kool Aide.
Get your Champion Juicer out of the attic!
Londoner's not only work hard, they DO take
care of themselves. We tend to work hard, and just crash at
night--grabbing easy to cook starches. Or worse, ordering
My daughters in college showed me a film
called "Super Size Me" and it was a study of one American
who ate nothing but McDonalds for 30 days. He went from the utmost
health to heart attack material and the brink of serious liver
dysfunction--to prove to us all a big point. For those who care to
know. Well worth watching! In fact, most nutritionists will tell
you the only circumstances you should eat fast food is "in the event of
a nuclear holocaust."
Londoners plan their meal before the day starts and
this helps greatly avoid last minute dinner issues. Plus it gives them
something to look forward to, at the end of the day.
Taking Care of Yourself
I know this is hard to understand without feeling
"selfish." More so, because I am a Mother. I think we just
spend money on the wrong stuff to "make us happy" or "make our kids
happy" when we should find a thrill in the discipline of what "makes us
healthy." True friends also would desire whatever makes "us"
happy--toxic relationships do not. They thrive off the
But in taking care of yourself you become a better
individual no matter what role you play--not a "haggard"
individual. The Londoner's do understand to perform
better over all you have to take care of yourself. We buy a Tread
Mill at Sears and in four months sell it at a garage sale. I would
bet a homeless man in England would opt for one well rounded meal than
five fast food meals. It is simply the way they were raised.
They Find Beauty in the Simple Things
find time to take walks. It is not even a question. It is a way of
life. We tend to be spoiled here. We have so much land--we
can pay someone to do the walking for us. They make us look so
bad, in fact, I made a commitment to run and walk with my Golden
Retriever every day for at least an hour. It will not even be a
question, it will be a fact.
The demographics on the London female blew me
away. They tend to be hard working women who spend money
on themselves. Meaning they do not "wait around for some guy to
come along and make it all happen." Novel idea. As they told
me, "they spoil themselves." This has nothing to do with feminist
politics. It does have to do with basic good self esteem and they
guys can "love it or leave it."
Gold Bond Secrets and More
The name is "Bond," "Gold Bond." I cannot
believe that ugly mustard-orange colored bottle of medicinal "powder"
gets so many rave reviews--but it does. Customers love it--and
pharmacy chains, to such extent they even sell their "own" version using
the same atrocious coloration. Bad taste in color or not--this
strategy works for that company. It stands out like a sore thumb.
BUT, everyone I know says it does work and loves it. So, I bought
a bottle to see why it works so well. I did not know a major
component was zinc oxide, the powder for sun block we just started
carrying. Probably 5% zinc oxide, guessing.
First of all, it states "Medicated" on the powder
bottle. In it, it appears they simply sifted a few drops of the
following essential oils in trace amounts, meaning no more than 2%.
Eucalyptus Oil and Menthol Crystals, I am sure powdered
finely. Menthol gives that "cool" sensation. I cannot say
"Talc" is the main ingredient. I would venture it is 1/2 talc and
Rocking on the Pharmaceutical Companies
In his hilarious recent stand-up routine,
Bigger and Blacker, (well worth buying)
(adult) addressing modern day issues, Chris Rock talks
about the ubiquitous television drug commercials that
“keep naming symptoms till they get one that the viewer’s
got." "Sometimes, he says, the ads don’t even tell you
what the pill does: You see a lady on a horse or a man in
a tub, and they just keep naming symptoms: ‘Are you
depressed?’ ‘Are you lonely?’ ‘Do your teeth hurt?’ ” He
adds that one commercial he saw went, “Do you go to bed
at night and wake up in the morning?” “They got that one!”
he says. “I got that. I’m sick. I need that pill!”
He calls insurance "In case she-it. In case
she-it happens...you better get insurance..at least you
can die on a mattress!"
roll Chris points out "Doctors don't cure nuthin
anymore...they don't cure she-it...in fact the last
thing they cured was Polio and Doctors are still ticked
they did that!" He goes on to say "they are
Neeeever gonna cure AIDS. Neeever gonna cure it.
Don't even dream it. They make money on the come
back, they ain't never gonna do it. They will
figure out a way for us to "live with it" using the
pharmaceutical drugs. Again, "their still
ticked off they solved Polio." There a bunch a high
class drug pushers. "So with AIDS they will handle it
like they handle everything else." Pill(s).
"They got metal
on the space shuttle that can withstand 20,000 degrees,
but they can't make a Cadillac where the bumper
won't fall off? They just aint never gonna do it."
So, that is just a fraction of Rock's roll and the
best part of his delivery is, all of it is true.
Cute Card to Send
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What I Would Buy from Culpeper & Napier by D.R. Dolen
You can start a dialogue with either. I believe they will assign
you an herbalist to discuss specific issues at no charge. I will
get with them regarding e-mail--but I think they assign that way also.
Not sure they have a toll free number--but their help is so much worth a
long distance call as long as they have some back ground why you are
even calling. I consider them better than Doctors for simple
ailments, available and worth the effort without question. That is
my personal opinion.
Here is what I liked although I cannot recall everything in the
store...In fact, I will be putting an order in for
most of these items:
Dandelion Herbal Compound (they taught me this is GREAT for the
kidneys and water retention) it worked so well at the hotel my fingers
actually looked thin. Water retention is a biggie for me. I
see that is £5.40 which is
about $11.00 USD. Definitely their
honeys because their bees pollinate off great stuff in Europe
such as Eucalyptus, Lavender and other medicinal plants simply not
experienced in the States. I see their honey runs about £3.40,
which is a pretty good deal. That is about $7 USD.
Starflower cream for those with Eczema, and I just LOVE their
Lavender Bath Essence and
Rose Bath Essence. It smells like it is 100%
essential oil. Often when they are addressing inflammatory
issues, they often want to also increase the circulation to that area.
Compounds such as
Bayberry are great to kick start circulation (and fend of colds)
as well as
Willow Bark compounds for their anti-inflammatory attributes.
I would want them in my basic medicine cabinet. Damiana
tincture is GREAT for sex drive and I see that is just £4.02
which is about $8.00 USD. They do feel
Ginseng would also aid sex drive because energy or lack of
typically behind this issue. I would actually focus more on the
tinctures because they are hard to get in the states. And if you have
cats they have a few
them also! Do not miss their section for Gardner's or supplements.