Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thyme After Thyme

All the work I have been doing over the past year was validated in one chance encounter that turned into a memorable experience.  Yesterday it rained poured cats and dogs.  The girls were on edge and we needed to get out of the house for a bit.  Driving along Rt. 28 in Chatham, we noticed Thyme After Thyme, a herb shop that welcomed visitors in with the sounds of Enya and the calming scent of lavender.  
The girls were able to sit with the owner and discuss the benefits of herbs while making bath salt from sea salt, Epsom salt, a blend of essential oils they created (jasmine, chamomile, lavender), a sprinkle of dried flowers and a shell for decoration.  
We learned that the dried flowers release their scent when heated and that in order to make an essential oil, the flowers must be distilled.  We learned that fragrance oil is not the same as essential oil.  Lavender is antiseptic, calming and can be used for a multitude of purposes.....like a deodorant spritzer (which I bought).  Grace shared that I have been making my own deodorant for some time now but she does not like having to apply it with her hands and we are trying to figure out how to solidify it into an applicator.  I was given suggestions such as whipping shea butter into the salve.  
Most important (to me at least) was the discussion on WHY you should not use over the counter toxic petroleum laden products on your face and under your arms.  “Everything we need to take care of ourselves is here from the earth”.   
The girls were shown the value of saving your flowers and your seeds.  Seeds can be dried and given in muslin bags as a gift.  Flower petals are not only beautiful, they can be crushed by mortar and pestle and turned into makeup. 
I shared that Lilah has an interest in becoming a Naturalist, how she loved her Two Coyotes class, and how she is constantly creating masks from yogurt and oatmeal, sugar rubs and likes to mix her own perfume.  I could completely envision her owning a shop like this someday....
This store (and its owner) is a gem.  My girls needed to hear what they heard today from someone other than me.  It was completely validating, totally enjoyable, and a perfect way to spend some time on a rainy (or sunny) Cape Cod Day!

**No compensation was offered in exchange for this review.  I willingly spent my money in this store!!

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