I’ve been trying to work on my novel, but I was interrupted by Son starting an online business and I’ve spent the last
couple weeks setting up a website for him. In just two months he has gone from one or two sales a day, to up to 20! He is doing it through Facebook, though which was causing a lot of issues. He spends hours explaining what he does and how and what a tincture is. Many of his ‘friends’ have had some tough breaks, and many are trying to get off legal and illegal drugs. He has sent some people with particularly honest-sounding stories free bottles of his products. Unfortunately, there will always the people who give you a sob story every day, and of course, he can’t send free bottles to everyone who feels they might be worthy. They only cost $20, but many of his followers are disabled and really have to stretch their income.
He has run into issues with some people who give him a sob story that didn’t ring true so they did not receive any freebies they were seeking. Unfortunately more than one of these has then gone on to try to sabotage his business, causing his FB page to be closed for various periods of time. Those people make him so angry, since they are being childish, and destructive to what he hopes will be a lucrative business. That’s when I told him he absolutely needs a webpage. And now it’s almost all done. Just review and some editing.
He feels good to be so productive and proud of what he is doing. He is good and chemistry and botany and is very knowledgeable about the herbs he uses in his tincture. He has to be so careful about what he says about how to take the tincture, and how to word things on his website, because herbs are not regulated (for the most part) by the FDA. He has to be very careful to not make any claims for cures or even indicate what the herbs uses are or their effect on a person. That’s been the toughest thing to do. So much information is already out there on how lavender and chamomile acts on the body, and has been pretty well tested and documented. However, there are many herbs labeled “considered to be safe” but I don’t think it’s the FDA that puts that label on them. Obviously, we need to do more research, but I enjoy that and don’t mind helping S with it.
All these precautions are so ridiculous though, since the FDA has no problem with tobacco companies making “vapor cigarettes” (which they are finding have very high metal concentrates), not to mention, they still allow the production and sale of cigarettes when it is so well-documented that they are harmful. So it’s regulations regarding herbs seems a bit of twisted logic. Especially since most herbs have a well-documented (if unverified) history often spanning eons.
For now, though, I think I can go back to working on my novel and play catch-up with all of you wonderful people! I look forward to checking in on all of you!