Sister Lotus gets me going on this, the inaugural entry.
Sister, or Angie Oriana Jenkins, as she prefers to be known, is a brains and beauty entrepreneur. Since she oscillates between the names Angie and Oriana, I’m just going to call her “Sister” in this post. I hope she doesn’t mind.
Sister was kind enough, or torturous enough, to let me make the choice of sample product from her wares all on my own. We decided it would be fun for me to meet her in her natural setting, so on International Women’s Day, I took my tiny woman, Clara, and we visited Sister’s amazing booth.
Sister is an intellectual, belly-dancing, herbalist, nature-loving, yoga-practising, Romantic poetry-loving woman who started Sister Lotus from little more than some awesome ingredients and a wealth of knowledge. Sister Lotus Body Care Products, Belly Dance, & Herbal Education was born 5 years ago and is in full bloom today.
Sister Lotus makes an incredible array of products: everything from body glitter to decorative (but completely functional and delicious smelling) soaps to medicinal herbal products to cosmetics and more. Her booth is a veritable cornucopia of visual delights and I could have stood there, examining things, all day long except other people were rudely buying many things and asking her many questions. The nerve!
Clara was heavily advocating for glitter…but after an agonizing period of considering, I decided to try the intriguing Cayenne Balm. Contrary to what you might think of the name, it is not a product intended to soothe peppers, rather it is meant to soothe YOU, dear reader, when your muscles are tired and achy.
Sister explained that it is something like Tiger Balm (also not for soothing tigers) and that I should try a little bit first as some people find it slightly irritating. She agreed that it would probably not be the best idea to rub my eyes after applying it. In fact – it says WASH HANDS AFTER USE – right on the label! Sister also informed us that it would leave a yellow stain on our skin, due to the turmeric.
I gleefully took my balm home and waited for some aches and pains!
Years ago, I planted trees in BC and AB and got to appreciate the minor magic of Tiger Balm. However, I never learned to enjoy the smell. Cayenne Balm, on the other hand, makes my mouth water. It is made with (among other ingredients) cayenne, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, so if you suddenly experience a craving for samosas, do not be alarmed.
It is also lovely to look at and easy to apply. It is not stiff, but more of a paste, so it’s easy to swipe a gob to smear on.
Mike was the first Guinea Pig, as he is installing flooring in our basement and acquiring many aches and pains in the process. I applied some to his lower back and waited for the results.
Mike reported that it was “warm” but not hot. He didn’t realize that my ulterior motive was to see how a ridiculously sensitive-skinned person like him would fare. Perfectly, as it happened. He also informed me that it felt much better in that spot, but I declined his offer to make sure ALL of his back felt better.
The next day I was lucky enough to get a sore arm! That is a long and boring story involving metal rollers, but I digress. While Mike’s pain was muscular, mine is (was) a result of nerve damage. I’m happy to report that, while nothing could take that pain away for me, the balm was soothing, and had a lovely mildly warming sensation. We both found that the turmeric colouring made minimal staining and easily washed off. I’m not sure I’d use it for a temple rub if I were going out in public, though (not to mention the proximity to my eyes).
And that, gentle readers, is my happy encounter with lovely Sister and her glorious products. Running season is upon us, and I know I’ll be reaping the benefits of her most excellent CAYENNE BALM!
* Sister Lotus can be found in real life at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market at Booth #41 and in the virtual world at www.sisterlotus.com, on FB as Sister Lotus, on Twitter as @SisterLotus1, and on Instagram as angieoriana. You really have no excuse not to go and admire her and her stuff!