It all started in southern Oregon. That’s why it’s fitting that the banner photograph of the swallowtail butterfly hovering over the Echinacea herb plant is from my closest friend in Oregon, Barb Dinkowitz.

Barb and I bonded over acres of cutting flowers and herbs where I lived in southern Oregon. Both of us are inveterate gardeners; I chose the more academic and challenging degree in horticulture at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon. I also interned with most of the herb and perennial nurseries in southern Oregon and learned how to make tinctures, herbal salves and got my hands dirty planting, dividing and working with the plant and herb palette throughout southern Oregon. Barb is part of the back-to-the land movement that began for her and her husband, Steve, in southern California.

I have devoted the past 35 years to researching natural healing herbs that add vitality and health to our lives. I discovered my Oregon Pain-Free formula when my 14-year-old son, David, wiped out on his bicycle one bright fall day in southern Oregon. He was a mass of bruises, cuts and wounds that took over 60 per cent of his body, when a kindly older couple brought him to my door after his cycling accident.

I had been privy to the culture of healing herb oils and salves, so rather than take him to a standard medical doctor, I put together a blend of herb oils I knew would probably heal him and within a week he was pretty much healed, wounds closed, no scars, clear pink skin. I then brought some of the same mixture to my hairdresser, Kathleen O., who used it to relieve the pain in her feet and legs as she stood for six to eight hours per day. I had no idea then how painful standing on your feet could be; thirty years later, I was about to find out how valuable the herb oil could be after standing on my feet for over five to eight hours a day as part of my airport customer service job. By the end of two years of standing on my feet for over six hours a day, both legs were arthritic and my bones were cracking from the strain.

Water fall image taken by Steve Dinkowitz

I started making the herb oil blend again to relieve the pain in my legs. One of my co-workers Christie M. had a horse that was a competition jumper. The horse got into a patch of stinging nettles and began limping. Unfortunately, it was just before a major competition. I gave Christie a sample of the herb oil and she reported the next day that the horse was healed of its lameness.

My now-grown son suggested I start marketing and selling the oil blend; for the past five years I have been refining and perfecting the Pain-Free Formula to increase its effectiveness. As I have refined the nine oils I use to create my pain-relief oil, customers report healing of arthritic hands and circulation, carpal tunnel syndrome, gout, paper cuts, muscle spasms, and tension neck pain. The formula has an abundance of varied uses. I have also discovered several other organic herbal formulas:

  1. Eczema/psoriasis formula to relieve the itchiness and swelling of eczema and psoriasis.
  2. Insect repellent that incorporates a little-known herb from the Brazilian rain forest that Brazilian natives use to repel ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other insects. This works on both humans and animals.

I blend my own herb oils with jojoba herb oil as a carrier oil and I wild-craft the herbs I use in my oils throughout the growing season as they become available. Several of my suppliers are noted for the quality of their certified organic herb oils and products.

Bringing Customers Oregon ‘s Pain-Free Formula

I designed this blend of essential and infused oils formula for a six-year old boy, my son David, when we were living in Southern Oregon, in a small mountain town called Selma. My son would regularly wipe himself out on his bicycle, complete with bruises, rips in his skin and contusions. I used this oil to heal his skin with no scarring. Thirty years later I am still using the oil to heal customers who have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, shattered wrists and muscle cramps. It is my hope that this blend of special oils will be a blessing to all who use it.

Our organic, customized, hand-crafted essential and infused herb oil blends are noted for relieving pain due to the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Neuropathy
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle and joint soreness
  •  Stiff necks and sore backs