2019 is a year of change for HBC Organics! We are adding new products and new collections. Our collections are essential oil blends blended by our owner herself! As of right now we have 2 collections that are making our fans go wild, Sweet DreamZ & Sweet Bliss.
In Late April 2019, we plan to release a new collection called 5 am Toddler. This is our energy & focus blend, with a humorous spin for all those parents out there!
Most of the time, well pretty much every time, I've used my own children and family members as models for our products. This 5 am Toddler collection was actually blended for myself when my youngest would wake up at 4am-- but we figured most toddlers wake up around 5 am.. who knows, we haven't decided on the proper "time" yet. This blend I put together helped me wake up (well that and my coffee) and gave me energy for the day. The blend consists of rosemary, peppermint, citrus oils, and wintergreen.
We have to submit a label for this product soon, so here is where the contest comes in! The winner of this contest will get a full set of any of our collections OR choose a paypal cash of $40. This is open to US residents only, must be 18 or older to enter.
Here is how you enter:
8 years have come and gone & at times I still am trying to make sense of it all. This is long 😂 But this is my version of the #tellyourstory
February is an odd month for me because I’m continually reminded of that time 8 years ago I spent in and out of the hospital in a severe flare up with my autonomic system. We didn’t know much back then- we said it was my heart because that’s what the doctors & everyone else thought.
I still struggle to talk about what really happened with anyone but small amount of people who really know—the people who were there.. but as time goes on I feel compelled to tell what really happened. I recently have had many conversations with the people who were on the “front lineal of this & they all are still making sense of things themselves.
In early February of 2011, I stepped on a nail at my in-law’s house, I went to the doctor and got the “tetanus shot”. Within 24 hours- less than that actually, I was having severe complications with the rhythms of my heartbeat, the use of my legs, and having severe pain in my legs. Of course, I had run out of heart medication the same day.
No one in the hospital had asked if I had recently been sick, tried new medication, or had any immunizations. They blamed this flare on me running out of my heart medication- although they didn’t have answer as to why my legs hurt so bad.
I spent the next week or so being pumped full of pain medications, coding, and not being sure if I would survive all of this. Friends and family gathered. Pastors came and prayed. I prayed, begging God for some type of answer & some type of relief from this hell on earth. Nothing is scarier than feeling your body fail you or feeling your body code & feeling yourself begin to fade only to be brought back. I don’t remember much about this time- not sure if it’s because I mentally blocked it out or if it’s from all the medication I was on.
At one point, no one knew what was wrong & the doctors on my case decided it was a mental problem rather than physical. Everyone was exhausted, the doctors, nurses, my family, my friends... I did have one friend who spoke up but my family insisted I had to have had what these doctors said... the thing was the doctors made it sound so convincing... I got labeled as bipolar with conversion disorder. I ended up spending a few days on the psych floor & ended up on a large amount of psych meds. Thay expericne was horrifying, so horrifying that I was terrified to go to my heart doctor when I experienced clear problems with my heart after that.
I spent the next 2 years on loads of medications for a problem I did not have. I was never bipolar. I never had conversion disorder. I became someone that I didn’t recognize because if you know anything about taking psych meds— they can literally change you & they changed me. My relationships struggled. I was confused & angry. I spent time trying to convince myself that I was crazy but something in me fought back.
It wasn’t until January 2013 when I had emergency surgery for an ovarian cyst & appendicitis that the truth began to come out. Oh did I mention I put off going to the ER until I was vomiting profusely.. The doctor who performed the surgery noticed that something wasn’t right with the way my heart rate changed & blood pressure could drop or skyrocket when I came back for follow up appointments. Within a couple months of the surgery & her monitoring me like crazy & taking awesome notes—she told me I needed to go back to my cardiologist because something wasn’t right. I argued with her- terrified I would go to my cardiologist & he would label me as crazy again and I would be sent back to the psych floor.
I finally went back.. I remember being so scared I was shaking as he read over my charts from the hospital stay 2 years prior. I saw HIM put together that had the tetanus shot not even 24 hours prior to me being admitted to the hospital. He knew that there were side effects to vaccinations & he did some cross referencing before he realized exactly what happened. He apologized to me for medicine failing me. He sat down with me at my next appointment and read over side effects of that vaccine.
After that appointment things went full speed. I had new specialists. A new heart monitor that caught my heartrate as low as 30 bpm and maxing our at 267 bpm. I went by ambulance more than once to the hospital to get my heart rate under control. I had a failed ablation, trying to correct my heart rhythm. Over the following 6 months we found out a lot about what actually happened to me. Come to find out- the leg problems I experienced were a side effect of the tetanus shot. Not being able to use them, the extreme pain, and muscle spasms... The fact that I still deal with pain in my legs is also from this. Also- he felt that it was the shot that threw my autonomic system into a severe flare. My cardiologist reported what happened to VAERS & it’s all been documented now. I actually have a huge file full of records and documents for all of this.
I started seeing doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. It took them about a year of tests and such but It’s now been found that I have a pretty rare form of autonomic dysfunction. Something they are thinking is a “birth defect” but also think other people are misdiagnosed. So the things that your body is supposed to do automatically- mine struggles to do sometimes. So digestive upsets, heart rhythms, headaches, blood pressure issues, sudden muscle spasms, regulating body temperature, and more are all in that category for me. I also have POTS- which is another autonomic problem that changes my heart rate and blood pressure when I move around.
So now, the bipolar & conversion disorder has been removed from my record.
I write all of this to say- sometimes you have to push and push and search for your answers. I have had these issues since I was about 7 or 8 years old- that was the first time my mom recalls me telling her my heart hurt. Now I have great doctors, I get the help I need, and we are getting better at controlling what goes on with my heart— my heart is what reacts the most. Keep the faith & don’t be afraid of your story. I was embarrassed at one point & even still feel embarrassed at times. I deleted all the photos from that time in the hospital because I was embarrassed- ashamed even.
Now I have the help I need. Now I have medication for when my heart acts up. I have help when I get light headed. When I’m pregnant, my doctors pay attention & keep an eye on things
I'm not afraid to say I had a low point in my life. I'm not afraid to say that yeah,,, medicine failed me. Lack of knowledge on everyone's part. It was unfortunate but you know what? I wouldn't be where I am today if it wouldn't have been for that. I took something negative in my life and made it positive.
I’m also not afraid, for the first time ever, to say vaccine injury is REAL. It’s not just crazy moms of babies & toddlers. It’s not autism.. there are other reactions that are real. I almost lost my life to this, lost my legs for a certain period of time. Sure people can say “vaccine reactions happen if you have certain issues”.. what about the people who don’t know they have these issues? What about the trauma I went though? The trauma my family & friends went through.. the trauma that everyone carries with them to this day?
At one point or another in your journey as a parent there is going to be a Mexican standoff at the dining room table. Your child is going to decide that they don't like a particular fruit or vegetable that they used to eat regularly. You'll beg, plead, threaten, and turn a little crazy trying to get your child to eat healthy food.
Hey-- it happens.
When it comes to soap, I've always been a bit of what you could call... a snob. Growing up I used as many hypoallergenic & unscented skin & hair care products there were. My step-dad suffers from a serious case of asthma & allergies, I always had pretty rough allergies myself, so it was only natural when my parents banned any and all scented products from our home. That included laundry detergent, cleaning products, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray-- all of it. Candles & perfumes weren't used in my home either.
I don't know about you, but if you have ever tried a lot of different soaps at the grocery stores, you might find body wash that makes your skin super dry or doesn't pull that stink off of you. I did find a "soap" that was hypoallergenic that didn't make me itchy, so I stuck with that for about 10 years, until I began making my own soap.
How HBC Organics got started was in the kitchen of our lake-front rental in Fenton, Michigan. My then-fiance and I had about $20 in our bank account and I, on an impulse, went and bought supplies to make a small batch of soap. What I discovered was the answer to my itchy, rashy skin problems. My first batch of soap, was not perfect by any means. I think now that I've been making soap as a craft for about 6 years now, I would probably laugh at that first batch.
My first batch of soap was what is called "hot process soap". This is a very quick way to make a batch of soap. In a nutshell, you heat the oils & butters you want to use as your soap base together. Next you dissolve lye into water to make the lye/water solution. You then mix them together creating something that resembles a pudding-like consistency. Next you cook it in your crock pot for 45 minutes to an hour, testing it with pH strips to make sure the lye no longer exists. Then you mix in your essential oils, herbs, and whatnot & then pour it into a mold. You let it sit for a day or two before cutting and boxing the soap. While this is a quick & decent way to make soap, I have found that the hot processed bars don't last as long in the shower & can have a bit of a drying effect on some people's skin.
I then began making cold process soap. This process takes 4-6 weeks, sometimes 8 weeks depending on your climate. The bars of soap are creamier, have a rich lather, and leave your skin feeling silky soft. When I started making these bars, people were impatient. They didn't want to wait that long for soap and at the time, HBC Organics was pretty fragile. I couldn't go 6-8 weeks without making any money. So for the next couple of years I primarily made Hot Process Soap- it kept the customers happy, but I was getting the itch to up my craft.
In 2018, I began doing primarily cold process soaps. It's definitely been a transition for the business and my customers. The customers are happier with their soaps & the shampoo bars have really taken off (it's almost impossible for me to keep them in stock longer than a day or two). There is really a lot of planning that goes into creating a stock for the store.
HBC Organics will be moving it's home location from Virginia back to Michigan in 2019. This comes with a lot of changes for the business and our customers. A lot of our local customers to Virginia will have to have their orders shipped. We might lose some customers because of that. However, we do plan to come to Virginia at least 2 times per year to do the Chesapeake Jubilee to cater to our Hampton Roads Customer Base!
Some of the good changes that will be coming once we have moved and are settled is a larger inventory. We will have more options for our cold process soaps, more scents & more blends. About 5 different shampoo bars will be available. Not to mention the rest of our products will have larger inventories as well. So hold on guys! Goodness is coming!
For the 2018 Holiday season...
we are planning a larger stock of our cold process soaps for our customers! Last year we sold out of soap the last week of November, which left our customers and us scrambling for the month of December. Below we have a list of soaps we are getting ready that should be ready the second week of November. Please let us know below what soaps you'd like to see this Holiday season in our store! We will do our best to have as many ready as possible!
Like we said above, we'd like to hear from our customers!
What soaps do you want to see this year?
Ya know, it's funny.. when my husband and I were signing the paperwork to purchase our home in 2014, I told myself I wouldn't get attached to this home built in 1948. I knew this wasn't going to be our permanent location. I didn't even want to buy a house, but my husband didn't want to rent.. so here we were.
We were 1 year into my husband's military career & truly starting our life together. We had been together 5 years at this point and married almost two years. This was going to be the true test of our relationship. We had just spent 1 year apart thanks to the Navy. We had just moved 12 hours away from our family and friends. We didn't know anyone, we had each other.
We spent 5 years in this home. 3 more years than we thought we would. We originally thought my husband was going to get stationed in Italy, but that fell through. We were so thankful that he was able to get attached to a ship here in Norfolk because now we wouldn't have to move. 5 years in this home & we have been talking about selling it. There was a lot of stress surrounding this conversation... but it was time. So we began fixing little things up here and there. One day a man called my husband out of the blue and told him he wanted to buy our home.. before we had even listed it. He was planning to flip the home.. We accepted his offer without blinking an eye. Then a couple days ago he told us he was going to be renting the home out for a bit before they flipped it and sold it. He wanted to show the home to a family who might rent it out. It was in that moment that I suddenly felt attached to this 1948 home that had given me some grief the last few years.
You see I had planned on the home being flipped & basically not recognizable to me.. but the thought of another family living here.. just makes me feel weird inside. These walls.. each room.. it all has a story. So please, before you make this house your home.. before I hand over the rights to this space.. please respect the house that sheltered me as I grew into the woman I am today..
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!