Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Sue J. Morris, Gardener and Healer

| 8/12/2011 2:43:15 PM

Get to know Sue J. Morris of Sue's Salves. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

Sue MorrisI will be speaking twice at the FAIR! My first topic is Planting by the Moon - Gardening in Harmony with the Cosmos.

My life's work has been studying the cycles of the planets and their influence on life. Gardening in harmony with the cycles of the moon puts us in touch with the natural rhythms of the cosmos. Daily gardening and farming activities can be planned by two factors, the phase of the moon based on the 4 quarters, and the sign of the moon, based on the 12 zodiac signs. I love this connection between earth and sky and have found lunar gardening tunes me in to exactly the right things to do at just the right time. I plan my gardening life around the moon cycles and have always found that this enables me to be working in a way that is beneficial and practical and it is a system that works very well and is easy to follow. My friends often called me to ask when it was a good time to plant and the frequency of the calls led me to start publishing a Planting by the Moon calendar. It was very successful but time consuming and after 5 years I took a few years off because of being too busy, but the requests kept coming so I have completed a 2012 calendar and am very excited to have one done for such a powerful upcoming year.

I am also going to be giving a demonstration on Crafting Herbal Salves. I've been in love with plants for as long as I can remember and have had a lifelong interest in natural healing. I am a nutritionist by profession and am always touting the benefits of eating a plant-based diet, but plants are potent healers for all ailments and I specialize in using plants for healing skin ailments. I grow all of the plants I craft my salves with and have successfully been running my own business “Sue's Salves” for over 10 years. In 2005 I won $25,000 from The Ben Franklin Technology Partners “Big Idea Business Plan Contest”. They loved my business plan of using organic plants to craft organic beauty care products. This money really helped me to launch my home business into the success it is today. I also do a lot of public speaking events educating women about the need for safe cosmetics, limiting their exposure to toxic chemicals and why plants work so effectively to heal the skin. I am happiest when I am growing, harvesting and crafting things with my plants. My energy feeds off of the plant's energy and the plants feed off of me! The ability to grow and craft healing products from plants grown in my own garden is the most rewarding thing I have ever accomplished.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with FAIR attendees? 

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