Category Archives: True Botanica Co-workers

GMP Compliance

True Botanica inspected for GMP Compliance

On June 24th, St. John’s Day, the True Botanica company was inspected to see if we were in compliance with legal regulations relating to the norms of manufacturing, hygiene, accountability to our customers, and more. We are happy to report that after 8 hours of review of thousands of company documents, inspection of every corner of the production facility as such, the warehouse, the restrooms(!) and more, the inspector expressed amazement at the high level of excellence in all fields.

The additional suggestions he made were of the nature “On the door to the warehouse you should have a sign saying “Warehouse” to show anyone who is approaching that the warehouse is beyond it.”

We are sharing this to show our commitment to you, our faithful customers and friends, that we continue to be an organization that is worthy of your support and worthy of producing anthroposophical remedies and supplements.

I personally want to express my gratitude to Mark Kamsler for his incredible job at learning about the rules and regulations and implementing them with the help of Philia Kelnhofer. Of course, none of this knowledge would do any good if the whole community of co-workers had not paid attention to the stringent rules and regulations on a daily basis. Thanks to all!

Dr. Ross  Rentea

True Botanica Out On the Go

Even while out and about enjoying her favorite outdoor activities, True Botanica coworker Alyssa always makes sure to have these products nearby:

True Life Sea Salt and Pepper by Vegetables

True Life Sea Salt and Pepper are great additions when grilling your favorite vegetables!

True Life Sea Salt and Pepper by Grill

Seasoning my favorite grillables with the True Life Sea Salt & Coarse Pepper.

Foot Cream next to boots

After a day of hiking, the Refreshing Foot Cream helps soothe my tired, aching feet.

Chamomile and Sage Cream on rock

The Chamomile Forte and Sage Cream are my must-haves while camping or a night under the stars.

Sage Cream on rock

Did I mention how much I love the Sage Cream? It’s my go-to product for itchy bug bites!

Want to learn more about these products? Check them out at our online store: True Life Sea Salt, True Life Pepper, Sage Cream, Chamomile Forte Cream and Refreshing Foot Cream.

What are some of your must have products when you are outdoors on the go? 

Bike to Work Week

This week is Bike to Work Week. Read why one True Botanica coworker, Heidi, bikes to the True Botanica office whenever she can.

Heidi with Bike

YES!! It is finally warm enough outside to ride my bike-and I’m going to ride it everywhere!!  I’ll explore my new neighborhood, run errands, grab an ice cream cone, RIDE TO WORK!  If you didn’t already know, this week (May 13-17) is “Bike To Work Week” and my personal goal is to bike my 25 mile round-trip commute 2 days this week, and at least once a week every week for the remainder of the summer.  There are so many great reasons to bike to work: eliminate hassles with parking, avoid rush hour congestion, reduce air pollution, and of course I must mention the great health benefits!  Why pay for a Gym membership when you can get your cardio in during your commute?  The first step is planning your route- safety should be your top priority.  Then commit to a date, check the weather obsessively (including wind speed—very important), wake up early, and go!

DIY Mother’s Day Gift

As Mother’s Day approaches this weekend, one True Botanica coworker shared her DIY gift idea. Since her mother is an avid tea drinker, she decided to decorate a mug and pair it with her mother’s favorite Green Tea. Check out the pictures below for a DIY project or, take mom along and make a fun day of it!

Mug with stem lines

First draw on the lines that will serve as the stems to the blossom tree.

Mug with paint for dots

Next, apply polka dots to the lines to serve as the blossoms.

Applying polka dots to stems

Use the back of the paint brush to apply the polka dot blossoms.

Finished mug before kiln

The mug is now complete and ready to be processed in the kiln!

True Botanica Inspired Mother’s Day Basket

Check out the beautiful Mother’s Day basket one True Botanica coworker put together for her mom. What a great way to pamper your mother this year!

Mothers Day Basket 2013


Basket Contents: Refreshing Foot Cream, nail polish, her favorite tea, a gift card to one of her favorite lunch places, Boswellia Lip Balm, a yoga DVD, Hand & Body Cream and Neck Relief

Click here for more True Botanica Mother’s Day suggestions.

Start Your Own Vermicomposting Project!

It’s contaigous!  Now two True Botanica co-workers have gone greener and started their own indoor vermicomposting projects!

Heidis Compost Close Up of Worm

By definition, Vermicomposting is the process of using worms to help break down organic waste.  Worms speed-up the composting process by digesting our wasted organic matter, breaking it all down into a water-soluble, nutrient-rich substance called vermicompost.  This resulting substance can be harvested and used as a fertilizer for your garden!

Tips on starting your own Vermicompost project:

  • Both pre-made bins and Composting worms (like Red Wigglers) are available to order online, but building your own bin is also an option.Philia Compost
  • Make sure that the bin is not air tight, and that air is able to circulate
  • To keep pests like fruit flies away, you’ll want to bury the scraps that you add to the bin.  It’s a good idea to keep a trowel or a small gardening shovel nearby.
  • Avoid adding meat and dairy products- these may attract pests and create a foul odor.
  • Keep in a cool, dark place- basements are perfect.
  • In warmer months, the compost bin can be moved to a shady spot outside, but be careful not to allow the bin to get too cold or too hot.

Heidi's Compost Bin

Do you have your own compost bin? We would love to hear your story about why you compost and any tips you have.


True Botanica Travel Essentials – Plane Essentials

True Botanica Travel Essentials

Check out one coworker’s plane essentials as she gets ready to board the plane for vacation: Boswellia Lip Balm, Hand & Body Cream and Throat Defense Berry!

True Botanica Travel Essentials

You can see another coworker’s essentials in this post. What are your must-haves when traveling?

True Botanica Gets Crafty

– Valentine Idea –
Boswellia Lip Balm Holder

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the True Botanica team thought it would be fun to try out a new craft idea with our Boswellia Lip Balm. This fun (and easy) project is the perfect gift for your Valentine.

Supplies (feel free to get creative, but here are the supplies we used)

DIY Lip Balm collage 2

Click on picture to enlarge.

Card Stock
Construction Paper (optional for decorating)
Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
Glue Stick
Ribbon/Yarn (optional)


Again, use your creative intuition, but the basic process is you want to sew a piece of felt to another piece of felt or piece of card stock so that the Boswellia Lip Balm fits snug inside. We added an eyelet to the top in order to tie a ribbon. As you can see, there are many different ways you can create this Lip Balm Holder, as long as the Lip Balm can be held in place, you’ve done it correctly!

Lip Balm Holder collage 1

Click on picture to enlarge.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Look what we spotted across the street!

We spotted these two birds hanging out across from the True Botanica office.
We hope they enjoyed their visit.

True Botanica Chili Cookoff!

Today we had the first ever True Botanica Chili Cookoff! Three TB coworkers brought in their special batches of chili. What made it so great? Each of the batches were very different from the others.

Philia, Heidi and Alyssa in aprons

Philia, Heidi and Alyssa in the colorful aprons Heidi brought in for the three chefs to wear!

PhiliaPhilia's Chili
My chili is a little different than one might expect-it is called ‘white chili’. Made with three different kind of beans (cannellini, navy, and garbanzo beans) shredded chicken, fire roasted green peppers, and fresh herbs from the garden like oregano, basil and parsley. I made honey cornbread muffins made with local honey to go with it.

HeidiHeidi's Chili
Mine was your traditional ground beef Chili with diced tomatoes, black and kidney beans, red pepper, celery seed, plenty of onions, garlic, and 1 small Jalapeño (because I’m a chicken when it comes to spicy food).  This recipe is extra delicious with cheese and a healthy serving of sour cream.

AlyssaAlyssa's Chili
I made a basic recipe using mild, medium and hot beans, diced tomatoes, ground turkey and a blend of various spices (including the True Life Coarse Pepper). I also brought macaroni noodles and Fritos corn chips in to add on top (with lots of cheese and sour cream of course).

So, any guesses on who was chosen as the winner? Well of course it was a tie because all three were so different it was difficult to choose just one! Plus, it was great just to take time out of our busy day to sit down and enjoy a lunch together as a team.

Do you have a special recipe you’d like to share? If so, post it or email

Happy cooking!