I am Apothecary Mama Cynthia, an Author, Speaker, and Global Wellness Specialist. I own Precious Oils, Bernice's Tea & Spice, and Chitta Herbals. I specialize in helping those seeking natural remedies to maintain and improve their health with natural remedies using plants named in the Bible or that are grown in Israel today. Since 1991 I have been the Apothecary of Precious Oils Up on the Hill. My clients love that I can suggest a single essential oil, offer custom blending for their special needs, and have an expansive herbal library to help them.
If you desire to use effective, natural remedies for your health and well-being and enjoy life to its fullest with easy-to-obtain ingredients that are low-to-medium costs and to take your health into your own hands, I can help you.
I am a pioneer in The Plants of the Bible: Ancient Plants ~ Modern Uses. I specialize in the Bible's plants and the ones currently being grown in Israel.
I am excited about my forthcoming book "The Plants of the Bible." The target date is Fall 2023. This word has been in the works for nearly eight years.
I have extensively studied ancient plants in libraries in Israel. My friendships in Israel have given me some amazing conversations about Jewish thought of plant-based therapies. I am excited to share plant and health insights from the Torah and Talmud and the Jewish tradition of health that my friends have taught me. I've uncovered "secrets" of ancient healers such as Moses Maimonides, Pliny the Elder, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and Dioscorides in my studies.
I cherish my relationships with natural healing professionals in Israel, and I am excited to share discoveries of plants grown in Israel today. As I grow older and the more I talk with my Jewish friends, I have gained much appreciation and respect for their expertise, wisdom, and willingness to share with me. Many have illuminated my understanding of the plant kingdom in ways that I will share with you.
In 2014 I began Bernice's Tea & Spice. It was a unique shop where I custom blended Tea, Spice, and Aromatherapy products for my customers. During this season, I went beyond the traditional herbals I have used for 40+ years. I took a course where I gained extensive knowledge of Traditional Chinese Herbs and ancient traditional plants used in Ayurveda. Many of these plants were highly beneficial in ancient days and are being rediscovered today.
While my little shop was relocated in 2018 to a space at Main Street Antiques in Mooresville, North Carolina, my custom blending of teas continues with my new functional and wellness tea line, Chitta Herbals. Many of the functional wellness teas contain Tulsi, a/k/a Holy Basil. Tulsi is called The Queen of Herbs.
I began my herbal and natural healing interest in 1980 when I planted my first sage plant. In 1989, I made potpourri, tea blends and spice mixes, infused oils, vinegar, and many other herbal crafts and began selling them at the local Farmer's Market. At that time, herbal remedy books were abundant, but there was little information on pure essential oils. You should glean from my library now. The world of botanicals for your health and pleasure is abundant but has been hidden in our modern way of life.
Much of what I learned was initially experimental with my family and friends. Then, the reality of the potential healing power of aromatic medicine was no longer "an experiment." It became necessary when my son, John, was hit by a car in 1996 when he was 11. The bruises on his body covered his torso around his buttocks. I blended lavender and rosemary essential oils and applied warm compresses two to three times daily. Game-changer in my life that I consider a large part of the "Why do I continue on this natural healing path".
In 1991 two important milestones happened to me. First, on May 1st, I had an "experience" with God, and Precious Oils began. In the fall of that year, I became a Food and Nutrition Master with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. During this season, I was encouraged to write and share how I feed my family nutritionally well on a budget. My first title was "How to Feed Your Family on $45.00 a Week. I helped thousands of people with their food budget, have less waste and tastier meals, and taught time-saving and easy cooking skills. During that season, I was featured in national newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer, Tulsa World, Chicago Tribune, and The Sacramento Bee. I was featured in articles in major magazines, Women's Day, and twice in Family Circle. In the early '90s, my family of 8 were guests on The Phil Donahue Show. I was a guest on The Television Food Network on a show hosted by Michelle Urvater called Feeding Your Family on $99.00 a Week. I also appeared on Rolanda, a national talk show where I shared many of the money-saving tips I used to feed my family nutritionally well on a limited budget. While How to Feed Your Family was a large part of my life, it wasn't my passion for the amazing plant kingdom, Israel, and natural remedies.
In 2008, I began to share my passion for the plants of the Bible when I wrote "The Precious Oils of the Bible; A Study of The Fragrances of the Bible.
In 2010, I authored "Esther's Days of Purification". In this book, I connected diseases with the healing properties of Oil of Myrrh. In addition, I also linked emotions that Esther may have possibly felt during her purification process. Many have some of those same emotions, and I share how possibly Oil of Myrrh could help them to overcome and begin their own physical and emotional healing path.
I'm learning technology, and with it, I am excited to promote my love of herbs, spices, and Biblical Plants with even more video teachings and a blog, etc.
While my little tea, spice, and aromatherapy shop are reduced to a space in Main Street Antiques in Mooresville, NC, I continue to serve my customers via mail-order with my vast selection of teas, spices, herbs, and pure Precious Oils essential oils. Now that covid restrictions are reduced, I look forward to being a vendor at conferences again.
When you want to maintain and improve your health with natural remedies using plants named in the Bible or grown in Israel today, you need the true expert in The Plants of the Bible: Ancient Plants ~ Modern Uses.
I can help you use natural remedies for your health and well-being and to enjoy life to its fullest, with easy-to-obtain ingredients and low-to-medium costs, and I encourage you to take your health into your own hands.
I am honored to be a committee member of a special garden project in Biblical Tamar Park called The Garden of the Ages. Biblical Tamar is an archaeological site that dates back 4000 years and is located about an hour south of the Dead Sea in Israel. The Garden of the Ages plants will include myrrh, frankincense, and the Balm of Gilead. This is where I also volunteer two to three times a year, cooking for groups that stay at the park.