Hills of Appalachia offer herbal remedies

(WBIR-Cosby) Herbalist Cynthia Johnston creates natural products she sells on the web and in natural food stores.

She came from California with a stop in Miami before ending up in Cosby, Tennessee.

"These mountains are so full of medicinal plants it is incredible. And not just ginseng. Wild yams. Black cohosh, well the ginseng of course. Goldenseal. And many many others," she said.

Her herbalist interests started years ago on the West Coast.

"This is the very first product I ever made so it was strictly a beauty cream, something natural to use on my skin and face," she said as she held up a small jar of cream. "I started making herbal teas, then made herbal oils as a massage therapist, then I got in to creating creams and salves."

That evolved into making products for women's health as they age, alternatives to hormones.

"It's about offering women tools that are natural to deal with the symptoms of menopause and things like that. And herbs can be very beneficial. So that's what blossomed into the business, MoonMaid," she said.

Making MoonMaid Botanicals is part science, part instinct, and part art. She combines oils and herbs and natural ingredients in different combinations until she develops something that satisfies her.

"I have nine different products plus the bath kit I'm working on."

A new skin care line is also in the works.

"There's something about taking a plant and making it into something that is just wonderful. It really makes you feel good about getting your food and I love working with herbs. I really do," she said.


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