Today we continue our interview with Reverend Lucille Marie Rose, aka L.J. Rose. In this half, she discusses her business and her plans for the future. You may be surprised what she has conjured up in her creative cauldron.
Let’s talk about your business. Lotions Potions and Notions. How long have you been in business unofficially and officially?
I made my first salve (petroleum based) in 1997. Started studying herbs when I found out that many of the herbs I worked with grew behind my house and in the surrounding woods. Started dabbling with bath salts, bath fizzies, etc..for Christmas gifts. Then one day a friend called me on the phone and asked me if I knew where to get some calendula salve. I told her to go to an herb/health food store. She said she had already done that and thought of me. I told her I had been playing around with herbs and oils…if she would give me about an hour to figure out how to make a solid salve out of the oil I had. She was at my house in one hour and there was a nice 1 ounce jar of calendula salve with a hand printed label waiting for her. After that my business grew out of requests and a name and label that represented my products became a necessity. I came up with the name Lotions Potions & Soaps and a friend suggested Notions rather than soap because Notions would cover anything else I chose to do or add. I applied for a dba (doing business as) with the state of Michigan and opened up a checking account.
And what is that business mainly focused on as far as your mission?
Providing all natural healing and magical products made without preservatives, pesticides, herbicides in a pet and smoke free environment.
What are your most beloved products?
Kitty crack, anything for eczema or skin conditions (lotions, salve, soap), sinusitis cream, lip repair, bronchitis rub, the headache/migraine teas or oil, patchouli soap, lavender soap (I use my own lavender), chakra oils and the olive oil soap is a big hit with cancer patients. The herbs I sell the most are the ones I grow or wild harvest in the 8”-10” lengths. The most popular wild harvested are bergamot, cinquefoil, st johns wort, yarrow and pearly everlasting. The most popular homegrown herbs are comfrey, artemisia, motherwort and mugwort. I will continue to sell dragons blood resin, sandalwood, mistletoe, mandrake root, balm of gilead and deerstongue.
I heard you have new product lines for Womb health?
Yes I do! I make a Yoni Oil (female) and Lingam Oil (male). Last year per request I made up a hormonal balance tea to help with menopause issues (acne and hot flashes) and a tea for easing cramps during the menstrual cycle.
Tell us about your specialty line for pregnant women.
A request came in this past January for a tea to help increase milk production in mothers for breast feeding. I also have an oil that helps with the stretching of the skin during pregnancy called Mothers Tummy Rub. Many of the women have told me they noticed a decrease in itching/discomfort from the stretching during the end of pregnancy.
And for this time of year, what do you have for hunters?
I have a Hunters Soap that was VERY popular with a group of men in the Muskegon area. One of the metaphysical stores said they would sell all of the bars on the last day of the month. The men were using money from their social security checks to purchase a bar or two. Even their wives would buy bars for their husbands. One year I made soap for fisherman. It draws the fish in and removes the fish scent from their hands …two reasons to use the soap and it is the same price as all the other soaps.
You wild gather a lot of herbs for your business. What is that like?
Interesting….I stepped on a rabbit once, watched a snake drink water from the creek (I was too terrified to move), almost got run over by a startled deer, found two deer skulls, a few antlers, a snakeskin, and a few other items. Over the years I have learned so much and I still have so much to learn and identify in my area. I still get excited when I find a plant I have been looking for and there is that thrill when I see the Pinks in bloom which tell me that the violets, blood root and trillium will be appearing within the next few weeks. St. Johns Wort makes me want to skip, Yarrow always brings a smile to my lips, Bergamot makes me giggle, and I want to lay down and snuggle in the mullein. I love their energy. And I am always surprised when I come back from wild harvesting and check the clock and there is 3-4 hour difference from when I left the house. Because to me it feels as if it has only been an hour to hour and a half.
You are also a teacher regarding this, correct?
I tell people that I am not a teacher. However I am more than willing to share what little I know about the wild plants that grow in the area. When I first started doing presentations on herbs the handouts were two pages. Now the handouts are 15000 words. I include information sheets on things such as herbs to avoid during pregnancy, herbs that are considered safe during pregnancy (there are about 5), etc.
Your class at Convocation was my favorite. Will you be teaching it again?
Thank you so much for your kind words. Unfortunately I will not be a presenter at Convocation in the future. I gave presentations for a number of years at Convocation. All my classes were well attended and the feedback was fantastic. Last year I submitted three workshops and one ritual at different times and they all were lost. No apology for the loss of the applications, no effort to correct the matter and no invitation to have a workshop at Convocation even when some presenters canceled and there were open spots on the schedule. I have had a request to teach a workshop on herbs that are beneficial during the winter at a Yule event December 7 in Hazel Park. Perhaps I will title it… “Cold and Snow and the Herbs that Scream I’ll Help You…Pick Me Pick me!”
You have a new convention you are part of, what is it?
Con-Ception Information about the April 23rd-26th 2015 indoor event to be held in the Chicago area can be found on our website con-ception.com
Con‐Ception is founded on four driving themes: De‐ception, In‐ception , Con‐ception and Ex‐ception (DICE).
- De‐ception: will bring into sharp focus the little, and not so little, lies and deceptions that each one of us lives with. We will learn to confront and overcome those lies.
- In‐ception: will help us identify those things that we want to bring into our lives—the replacements of the limitations we have lived with thus far.
- Con‐ception: will allow us to bring to fruition those things that we have chosen to build up within ourselves, our communities, and in the world.
- Ex‐ception: will teach us how to be the exception, to think bigger, reach farther, and to aim higher.
And will you be teaching there?
I will be teaching a class on Reiki (I am a Reiki Master and teacher) and at the end of the class I will be giving First Attunement for a small fee. I have been asked to submit a class on Potion Making. And I will be leading one evening ritual using the 4 concepts of Con-ception.
Tell us how it came about.
Several members in our group had moved to the Chicago area. While we were sitting in the merchant booth at Convocation 2014 we started thinking about how there are no indoor events like Convocation in the Chicago area. We have always enjoyed the indoor event and since I am 4 hours from Chicago and 4 hours from Detroit it does not matter to me where I go. We started talking to people in the Chicago area and found there was a real interest. We drew up a 501c3 with bylaws mission statement, etc, talked to 5 presenters we thought would be interesting, and knowledgeable in their field and who people would enjoy meeting- they accepted on the spot and signed contracts. We then looked at possible choices for a hotel and found two hotels with staff more than willing to work with us. We decided on a hotel in Sandwich, Il-(with fantastic rates and bigger rooms for entertainment, rituals and merchants) located just outside of Chicago with access to mass transportation. We then looked for a band and found Mothergrove -a Pagan kilt rock band who also is connected with Pictus– a drumming group. And we did this all in less than 3 months!
Where can someone find you to buy your products?
In my home? Walking the property behind my house? Seriously I have a website that drives me nuts. www.lotionspotionsnotions.com. Email would be one way to reach me firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you do not hear receive a response within 2 days. Seems that yahell sends my email to parts unknown just because it can. Also one can message me on face book Lotions Potions Notions. That can also be a challenge at times. Face book does like to play games with us. I no longer go to outdoor events or events that are more than 15 miles from my home. Gas is too expensive and outdoor events are way too much work for a senior citizen.
And do you still do special blends?
Oh yes! They are my thrill for the day!!! I so look forward to the challenge of creating a special oil for a person for something specific. The feedback is highly intoxicating.
What is your philosophy on how you look at life?
Laugh even when you do not feel like it. Actually I love life and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I receive from my Deities.
Bonus question: If you had to pick a theme song, what would it be and why?
I love bonus questions! I (we) am (are) the champion(s) My Friend by Queen …. Because the only ones I have to please are the Deities that have chosen me as their own little snowflake and as long as I please them they will be with me and they will support me and never allow me to be defeated by people who have decided to rip me apart.
Lastly, what do you want people to know that we may not have touched on here?
I am a retired associate chemist with years of bench work experience and research.
My first Tarot deck found me in 1967. At that time we had to hide our cards and only “select” people knew we had them.
I was a volunteer for Project Literacy and later became the director of the program in the county I live in. I wrote the grants that funded the program, trained volunteers and gave presentations.
A friend encouraged me to write for a Pagan magazine as a way to get my feet wet before I jumped in and co-write a book with her. Articles were between 800-1000 words. They accepted every article monthly for two years. I have yet to work on the book…lost my nerve, decided to withdraw from the public world, whatever the reason the book went into a hold pattern. I have realized during the last few months that I miss writing…..thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to do so.
Thank you so much for sharing who you are.
For those interested in touching base with her in December, she will be at the Yuletide Artisans Faire and Chilly Chili Cook Off at the Hazel Park Recreation Center on December 7th. She will be teaching a class and selling her wares. She will also, like others, get to vote on which chef wins the Spoon of Destiny.
For more information on Womb Health, please check out the Blooming Lotus Spa, a local jewel in Metro Detroit community. Danielle is amazing at what she does. And they have grown since the first interview with them into providing a large array of services for spiritually based woman’s health.]