Gritman continues to expand. The medicinal garden is finally complete. Of course we continue to maintain and add new plants as well as grow much of our annuals from seed. The next garden under construction is the mushroom garden. We will be growing numerous mushrooms and no they are the “let’s take a trip kind”. These mushrooms are medicinal and culinary. We are supporting a new business team that will totally dedicate themselves to this project. They are hoping to offer, fresh, dried, and tinctured mushrooms for cooking and health. This will be a multi-year venture and much for us to discover along the way. I find myself getting very excited about this because mushrooms and the mycelium that they produce is the backbone 0f any healthy garden site. Along with worms that enrich the site, mushrooms take care of any toxicity and bring back health and vitality to the soil.
The medicinal garden has a new caretaker, Michelle. She has two children that help and bring added joy to the work. We are hoping to add a fairy village to the garden this year. Of course we continue to add plants with a myrrh tree heading the top of the list. Right now she is in the greenhouse and hope it can acclimate to our garden. Blood root has naturalized into the garden and we feel we can harvest it. This will allow us to make a black salve that is invaluable to all kinds of skin issues.
The privet around the main house has been eliminated. With the droughts and dying off trees, the privet has really taken over. Lucah, a permaculture specialist, is heading up this project with chop and drop and new burms. We have had over 20 truck loads of wood chips delivered and used around the house and medicinal garden. The house gardens will be turned into vegetable gardens. I cannot wait until I can walk out the door and pick the vegetables being used in lunch that day. We continue to offer organic meals to those that work here. Being able to have the veggies grown here will make our living here more special and healthful.
Olivia and Michael continue to answer the phone and put the orders together. They are truly a blessing. They have taken our classes and have become very knowledgeable about the oils. They can answer most questions effectively. Michael will be teaching Sound Healing for Chakra and Energetic Cleansing this May. Olivia is now doing essential oil readings as well as essential oil necklaces. She has such an elegant way with the oils and her insights impress me. With their presence, this leaves Amy and I to pursue projects that have been on hold for years. Finally I will begin to revise the Gritman Guide and hope to finish it by this time next year. Then I will begin to work on a Guide to the Gritman Garden.
Taylor is heading up the mushroom project and has drilled tens of logs and plugged them with mycelium. Our first mushroom fruits will be this Spring. He will continue to research and develop the mushroom site we hope for years to come. Taylor’s knowledge and appreciation of nature is inspiring. He is our nature boy and his knowledge of physics and the scientific world is also impressive. Taylor and Lucah have already started growing Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Pearl Oyster, Phoenix Oyster, Blue Oyster, Turkey Tail, and Chicken in the Woods (small amount). They are going to start blogging about their adventures on the Gritman Blog soon. Hot of the presses, Taylor is heading soon to the Florida Herbal Conference where the keynote speaker is Paul Stamets, the mushroom expert.
Natalie is heading up our social media team. She is amazing. This work personally makes me tired, but she enjoys interacting with the world and all its many different formats. It seems every day there is some new media site or media tool to learn and incorporate. I am getting too old for all of it. She did a wonderful job heading up the 12 days of Christmas give away. Natalie has also taken over the newsletter emails we send out every month. She works with private vendors like moms who want to make extra money by selling the oils to friends and family. If you want more info on this, contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy is teaching again this Spring. On Saturday March 19th, she will be teaching Aromatherapy For Prenatal and Postpartum Motherhood. Great for doula, midwives, heathcare professionals, and Moms who want to take a more natural approach.
Basics of Aromatherapy great for people who are new to Aromatherapy and just want to learn basics to help their friends and family.
Look for Amy at Sundance Yoga in Pearland. The menu will be added in February with the next email newsletter. You can either sign up through us or at Sundance, http://www.gritman.com/essential-oil-classes/cooking-with-essential-oils-class.html
Mobile Access for Gritman Website
Most search engines are downgrading websites that are not mobile compatabile. Luckily one of our clients and good friend to Gritman, Ted Brooks, is interested in taking us into the 21st Century with this. It has been a bit of a slow process, but we would rather it be done right. As you all know we would prefer to garden and help people.
Online Classes we continue to add more and more classes every year. Classes to be added this year: the Perfume Class, Spiritual Aromatherapy Level 4, Aromatherapy Certification Level 2 (We know people have been waiting), and most of the new classes that we are offering this year at http://www.gritman.com/essential-oil-classes.html/
2015 Was our Most Successful Year Ever in our 20 year history! We have expanded so much and we look forward to great things to come in the upcoming years.
Sales for 2016
Spring Sale March 21st-31st
Summer Sale: June 20th-29th
Fall Sale: September 22nd-30th
Cyber Monday Sale: November 25th-28th
Wild Tansy and Blue Tansy are both on hold this year. We are completely out of Blue Tansy and we are down to just small bottles of Wild Tansy. Wild Tansy has had numerous crop failures the last couple of years. Blue Tansy quality last year was amazing and actually we got noticed for this quality by a few Facebook groups. Sadly, because of the popularity and stock remained the same the price tripled in price. So we are focusing on Blue Chamomile and Yarrow for your Blue Tansy needs. Hopefully things will come down at the end of 2016. Please be aware when purchasing either of these oils that adulteration can be rampant when the price is so high or when crop failures happen.
New Business Connections
Amy Piro is an amazing healer with 5 Ray energy work. As an individual, she probably has one of the largest stocks of Gritman Oils. She does private readings and you can fnd her at Pixie Intent and Centerpoint in Houston Texas. She custom blend essential oils, use stones, crystals healing energy, and Reiki, 281-853-4729 and email email@example.com.
Ted Brooks is an amazing Reiki Master, student of Yoga, student of Aromatherapy, overall master IT (Informational Technology) guy. He is working from both sides of his brain, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blossoming Momma is a great resource for families in the Northwest of Houston. They have probably the largest selection of Gritman Products in town, http://www.blossomingmama.com/.
Lynn Pappas is creating her own Gritman propriety blends and has a thriving practice in the Galleria area with Clista Woods.
Angela Germano has become an avid student of Gritman’s. She just completed her Spiritual Aromatherapy training with us. Angela is deeply heart-felt with a madonna like quality. We highly recommend that you get a reading from her. Once a month, she is at Spirit Quest in Old Town Spring during their fair. You can see her for private readings by appointments only. Contact her at email@example.com.
Agarwood, Data Sheet Coming Soon
Plumeria, Data Sheet Coming Soon
Kaffir Lime, http://www.gritman.com/lime-kaffir.html
Oils that are Back
Two different Patchouli: Sumatra and Sulawesi, New data sheets coming soon. They are both the same patchouli plant but come from different Indonesian islands.
That Sumatran variety is a little darker, and a little “heavier” in both scent and viscosity. It has a rich earthy scent that is known from patchouli. It is the “classic” patchouli everyone knows and loves!
The distilleries in Sulawesi are a little newer, and as such, have slightly better distillation equipment. This allows them to preserve more of the lighter terpenes and compounds available from the plant. This being said, the oil comes out a little lighter and hits the nose a little sharper/fuller.
Essential Oil Pouches, http://www.gritman.com/essential-oil-pouches.html and let us know if you would like something custom-made
Gritman T-shirts, Stickers, and Bummer Stickers, Free Stickers and Bummer Stickers coming Soon!
Aromatherapy Necklaces, and ask Olivia (you can find her here at Gritman most days) if you would like something custom-made.
Other Bit of News that just started to form this week, Tobia Lars will be coming for a workshop in July. We will get the details on our class schedule as soon as possible.