WebStore ~ Terra Spirit Essentials

Well, after much humming and haw-ing and begging of input from fellow Facebookers, I decided to go with my website format at http://www.terraspiritessentials.com. I hope that business picks up a bit. I invested so much money into it, money that I should have put into the family. It was my hope however (and still is) that one day this little eStore will help generate a bit of cashflow.It will help when we move away one day to have a product line to sell. And I truly do enjoy making things!

I have been with Webs.Com for quite some time, back when they were FreeWebs.Com. I had stumbled across them through Facebook and was looking for a site to promote the idea of a Pagan Community in our area. It was easy and cheap (5.00/mnth to remove ads, free if you have a domain name, which I did). I created my husbands site there as well, his is still there and is quite content. After a time however, as FreeWebs grew, I noticed many glitches when editing and downtime, but as I was used to the site and comfortable with the set up and such, I stayed there.

When my business became more of a reality than a passing fancy I opted to go through them as well. However, the page errors and glitches got worse. I searched high and low (well, through Google) for ‘best canadian small business webhost’, and came across a few constantly occurring  names before deciding on Cirrus.

It looked good,”Full personal and business websites for $4.98/month 3000mb space, 50 gb transfer, with FREE web design!!!…” Hell Yes! Sounded great, and they are Canadian! I clicked merrily around their site, looking for that deal, but was unable to find the one for that price. Ended up with a $15+ /month plan, was totally confused about how to get started, I was told that it offered osCommerce and SiteBuilder. (found out when looking for help with their Plesk SiteBuilder that the version 3.2 they use is quite outdated. Plesk’s own people suggest that an update is necessaryas they are now onversion 4.5!).

I started with osCommerce… got horribly confused… looked for my SiteBuilder, and was told I can’t have both. One or the other. Absolute crap, as right on their page it states they are both included. I  told the person I was communicating via my trouble ticket with that I felt that it was false advertising. He told me, quite frankly “If you arent happy with our service, don’t use it”

Nice

Never mind that I was only a few short weeks away from having my fifth and final child, and that I was trying like mad to get a site up and running, and products ready…I had just bought my .ca through them, and it was locked for the initial time period.

So I stuck with them. I used their templates for a site and it looked alright, but there was no options to add taxes, and shipping was just ONE price. That was it. For all products. So I could charge ten dollars shipping, and that would be it, whether it be for one pack of incense or a HUGE order. I opted to guestimate and include shipping in the prices, and offer bundle packs for peeps to choose if they wanted multiple items, but if you wanted to buy multiple items NOT in a bundle pack, perhaps some soap AND some salve AND some incense, well then my dear, you would have one pricey order.

Oh, and another annoying thing, when done in Canadian currency, every price had a comma instead of a period… You want to buy a pack of incense, 4,00 please. ? How about a simple (.)? Made it look like as a Canadian I lived in a land with pretend money.

I tried updating with new items last night and Cirrus was taking so long to load in between edits, when putting pictures up and going from page to page that it would log me out, and there is no autosave, so I would have to start all over again.

Their site is NOT very reliable. Many times over the past few months I would go to log in at CirrusHosting and some strange chain of text would come up, internal errors etc.

So combine the very unprofessional shipping issues, odd looking currency, and SLOW loading time, I thought… SCREW it. I took a look at my old site at Webs. I had deactivated it… I put the links for both my pages up on Facebook, asked for opinions and made the choice to slink back to Webs.

I just wanted a little store to sell my things, and if I can’t have that, then all the other neato features at Cirrus do nothing for me, not the 50 free email addys or php and all of that. Webs and a Gmail addy for now, lol. Oh, and combine it with rude support people that treated me like a moron. (I do however admit that I am technologically challenged)…. Bye Bye Cirrus. I changed my DNS to redirect to my Webs page. www.terraspiritessentials.com. Now I just need to figure out how to adjust my cname and mx so that I can use Google Apps to set up an email. When I redirected terraspirit.ca I sort of deleted all my emails. Including some semi-important downloads through PayPal that I just remembered!!!!

Well, its 1:04am. The wind is slamming the rain against the bedroom window, Demetrio is sleeping across my lap, his cheek resting on my breast.Time for me to get some sleep!

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Making Salves

From http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Herbal_Salve_Recipes

The basic salve will be a carrier for the herbs that you add to it. The herbs will do the medicinal work, not necessarily the salve base. The basic salve can be made a number of ways.

Base One

* 1 part oil
* 5 parts beeswax

Base Two

* 1 part beeswax
* 4 parts lard or lanolin
* 1 part oil

Base Three

* 4 parts cocoa butter, shea butter, or a combination
* 1 part beeswax
* 1 part oil

To make a salve of any of these, melt over low heat, and stir until blended.

Herb Infused Oil

1 part dried herbs 2 parts oil

Mix in a container and leave in a warm place for two to three weeks to infuse. When herbs have infused into the oil, strain the oil and store, covered, in a cool, dark place. The longer the herbs stand in the oil, the more potent it will be.

Good oils to use are:

* Sweet almond oil
* Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
* Extra virgin coconut oil
* Sunflower oil
* Apricot kernel oil (for facial salves)
* Grapeseed oil (for facial salves)
* Avocado oil

Always use cold pressed, organic oils for best results.

Healing Properties of Specific Ingredients

* Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It is very good for the skin and is particularly good in diaper rash salve, salves for burns, hemorrhoids and the face.
* Olive oil makes a very greasy oil, which smells of olive oil. It is a superior moisture barrier that is best used in combination with other oils.
* Sweet almond oil helps relieve irritation, inflammation, muscular aches and pains and itching. It is a superior emollient.
* Avocado oil is a good base for salves that are used in treating cuts, acne, skin problems and burns. It is great for use with sensitive skin.
* Macadamia nut oil is good for burns, very fragile skin, bedsores and extremely dry, chapped skin.
* Shea butter has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and is helpful for dry skin.
* Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps with healing. It also is a natural preservative.
* Lanolin helps heal dry, cracked skin and keep it soft and supple.

Remember that essential oil is not the same thing as oil or herbally infused oil. It is a very concentrated form of the herb essence. Generally only a few drops of essential oil are needed in any recipe.

Specific Herbal Salve Recipes

Now that you know how to infuse the oil, and to make the base for your salve, it is time to add the proper herbs for specific use. Many of the herbs, like lavender, are used not only for their healing properties but also because they are fragrant herbs.

When using any herb for the first time, always rub a bit of the salve, or infusion of the herb, on the inside of your forearm to test for sensitivity. Some people who are sensitive to ragweed have an uncomfortable reaction to goldenseal. Doing this simple test can help to avoid such discomfort. Whenever possible, running a skin patch test is a good idea.

First Aid Salve

* 1 part goldenseal oil
* 1 part calendula oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 1 drop essential oil of lavender
* 1/8 tsp. tea tree essential oil
* 800IU vitamin E

Use as the oil in any of the basic herbal salve recipes. This is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and promotes quick healing. It is good for use on cuts, scrapes, infections, or just about anything.

Lip Salve

* 1 part lavender oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 1 part rose oil (be sure to use unsprayed petals)
* 800IU vitamin E

Use with the lanolin salve recipe. Coconut oil is a good oil to use with this.

Diaper Rash Salve

* 1 part calendula oil
* 1 part lavender oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 800 IU vitamin E

Use with the lanolin salve recipe.

Chest Rub

* 1 part rosemary oil
* 1 part thyme oil
* 1 part peppermint oil (not essential oil, homemade oil infusion)
* ½ Tsp. camphor essential oil
* ½ Tsp. eucalyptus essential oil

Use with any salve base recipe

Hemorrhoid Salve

* 1 part calendula oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 1 part nettle leaf oil
* ½ part marshmallow root oil
* 2 tsp. powdered myrrh
* 1 part lavender oil
* 800 IU vitamin E

Use with any salve base.

>Making Salves

>From http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Herbal_Salve_Recipes

The basic salve will be a carrier for the herbs that you add to it. The herbs will do the medicinal work, not necessarily the salve base. The basic salve can be made a number of ways.

Base One

* 1 part oil
* 5 parts beeswax

Base Two

* 1 part beeswax
* 4 parts lard or lanolin
* 1 part oil

Base Three

* 4 parts cocoa butter, shea butter, or a combination
* 1 part beeswax
* 1 part oil

To make a salve of any of these, melt over low heat, and stir until blended.

Herb Infused Oil

1 part dried herbs 2 parts oil

Mix in a container and leave in a warm place for two to three weeks to infuse. When herbs have infused into the oil, strain the oil and store, covered, in a cool, dark place. The longer the herbs stand in the oil, the more potent it will be.

Good oils to use are:

* Sweet almond oil
* Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
* Extra virgin coconut oil
* Sunflower oil
* Apricot kernel oil (for facial salves)
* Grapeseed oil (for facial salves)
* Avocado oil

Always use cold pressed, organic oils for best results.

Healing Properties of Specific Ingredients

* Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It is very good for the skin and is particularly good in diaper rash salve, salves for burns, hemorrhoids and the face.
* Olive oil makes a very greasy oil, which smells of olive oil. It is a superior moisture barrier that is best used in combination with other oils.
* Sweet almond oil helps relieve irritation, inflammation, muscular aches and pains and itching. It is a superior emollient.
* Avocado oil is a good base for salves that are used in treating cuts, acne, skin problems and burns. It is great for use with sensitive skin.
* Macadamia nut oil is good for burns, very fragile skin, bedsores and extremely dry, chapped skin.
* Shea butter has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and is helpful for dry skin.
* Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps with healing. It also is a natural preservative.
* Lanolin helps heal dry, cracked skin and keep it soft and supple.

Remember that essential oil is not the same thing as oil or herbally infused oil. It is a very concentrated form of the herb essence. Generally only a few drops of essential oil are needed in any recipe.

Specific Herbal Salve Recipes

Now that you know how to infuse the oil, and to make the base for your salve, it is time to add the proper herbs for specific use. Many of the herbs, like lavender, are used not only for their healing properties but also because they are fragrant herbs.

When using any herb for the first time, always rub a bit of the salve, or infusion of the herb, on the inside of your forearm to test for sensitivity. Some people who are sensitive to ragweed have an uncomfortable reaction to goldenseal. Doing this simple test can help to avoid such discomfort. Whenever possible, running a skin patch test is a good idea.

First Aid Salve

* 1 part goldenseal oil
* 1 part calendula oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 1 drop essential oil of lavender
* 1/8 tsp. tea tree essential oil
* 800IU vitamin E

Use as the oil in any of the basic herbal salve recipes. This is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and promotes quick healing. It is good for use on cuts, scrapes, infections, or just about anything.

Lip Salve

* 1 part lavender oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 1 part rose oil (be sure to use unsprayed petals)
* 800IU vitamin E

Use with the lanolin salve recipe. Coconut oil is a good oil to use with this.

Diaper Rash Salve

* 1 part calendula oil
* 1 part lavender oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 800 IU vitamin E

Use with the lanolin salve recipe.

Chest Rub

* 1 part rosemary oil
* 1 part thyme oil
* 1 part peppermint oil (not essential oil, homemade oil infusion)
* ½ Tsp. camphor essential oil
* ½ Tsp. eucalyptus essential oil

Use with any salve base recipe

Hemorrhoid Salve

* 1 part calendula oil
* 1 part comfrey oil
* 1 part nettle leaf oil
* ½ part marshmallow root oil
* 2 tsp. powdered myrrh
* 1 part lavender oil
* 800 IU vitamin E

Use with any salve base.