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.