I am Apothecary Mama Cynthia, an Author, Speaker, and Global Wellness Specialist. I am the Owner of 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 not only suggest a single essential oil but offer custom blending for their special needs.
If you desire to use effective, natural remedies for your health, well-being, and to enjoy life to its fullest, with easy-to-obtain ingredients and are low-to-medium costs and for you to take your health into your own hands I can help you.
I am a pioneer in the field of The Plants of the Bible: Ancient Plants ~ Modern Uses. I specialize in the plants of the Bible and the ones that are currently being grown in Israel. And I am excited about my new book that will be available on or before December 1, 2020.
I have extensively studied the ancient plants in libraries in Israel. My friendships in Israel have given me some amazing conversations into Jewish thought of plant-based therapies. I am excited to share plant and health insights from the Torah and Talmud and of the Jewish tradition of health that my friends have taught me. In my studies, I've uncovered "secrets" of ancient healers such as Moses Maimonides, Pliny the Elder, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and Dioscorides.
My relationships with natural healing professionals in Israel are something I cherish, and I am excited to share new discoveries of plants that are 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 be 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 traditional herbals that I have used for 40+ years. I took a course where I gained extensive knowledge of Traditional Chinese Herbs and ancient traditional plants that are used in Ayurveda. Many of these plants were highly beneficial in the 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 first began my herbal and natural healing interest in 1980 when I planted my first sage plant. In 1989, I made potpourri's, tea blends and spice mixes, infused oils and 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 truly little information on pure essential oils.
Much of what I learned was at first 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 years old. The bruises on his body covered his torso around to 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. It was 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, tastier meals, and taught time-saving and easy cooking skills. During that season I was featured in newspapers throughout the nation 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 that I used in feeding 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 a lot of technology and with it, I am excited to promote my love of herbs, spices, and Biblical Plants with video teachings as well as a blog and more books. While my little tea, spice, and aromatherapy shop are reduced down to a space located 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.
When you want to improve your health with natural remedies using plants named in the Bible, or that are grown in Israel today, you need the true expert in The Plants of the Bible: Ancient Plants ~ Modern Uses. I can help you use effective, natural remedies for your health, well-being and to enjoy life to its fullest, with easy-to-obtain ingredients, low-to-medium costs, and encourage you to take your health into your own hands.
I am honored to be a committee member of a special garden project located in Biblical Tamar Park called The Garden of the Ages. Biblical Tamar is an archaeological site that dates back 4000 years 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 2 to 3 times a year cooking for groups that stay at the park. Hopefully, International travel will resume soon, and we can continue the vision of The Garden of the Ages.