Ending Retail Sales

You may have noticed that you can’t buy oils via the website anymore.  That’s because Quadrivium Supplies has switched to wholesale-only sales, meaning that you will be able to buy the oils from the stores that carry them (and all the stores have online ordering capabilities), but not directly from the company.  The amount of time it takes to process a single order was a factor in this, as was the insistence by the state of Illinois that we charge Illinois sales tax to everyone who bought a retail oil from us.

We’re still HERE, available by phone and email to answer questions, and the switch is going to provide more time for Catherine to devote to education.  In the works are some videos on candle anointing, classes on oil magic and oil use, and Skype/phone consultations will be more available.

At the moment, three stores carry Quadrivium Oils.  We’d love for that number to increase, especially on the East and West Coasts – specifically, in Brooklyn and in the Bay Area, as we have pretty big customer bases there.  If you have a local occult or New Age shop, ask them to look into carrying our oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils and Animals

This has nothing to do with ritual, magic, or anything esoteric, just one of my frequent freakouts over people using essential oils in dangerous ways.

My sister-in-law is a veterinarian in northern California, where a lot of people are really concerned with keeping things as natural as possible.  A few weeks ago, a dog died in her arms.  A perfectly healthy dog, whose owners had decided against a flea treatment like Frontline because of their concerns over pesticides.  They’d done some online research and discovered that certain essential oils can repel fleas, so they bought a bottle of pennyroyal essential oil and rubbed a small amount into the dog’s skin.

24 hours later, the dog died of liver failure brought on by pennyroyal poisoning.

This is not unusual, sadly.  Pennyroyal, which is extremely toxic to dogs, is touted in a ton of places online as a very effective flea deterrent.  Search “natural flea treatment” or “essential oils for fleas” on Google or Pinterest or almost anywhere you CAN search and someone will have helpful directions about using essential oils to treat a flea infestation.  Among the most popular – Pennyroyal.

“A 1992 study (Sudekum M et al, Pennyroyal oil toxicosis in a dog, JAVMA.1992) reported that .07 oz of pennyroyal essential oil was applied to a dog’s skin to help control fleas. “Within 1 hour of application, the dog became listless and within 2 hours began vomiting. At 30 hours after exposure, the dog exhibited diarrhea, hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and epistaxis (bleeding from the nose). Soon thereafter, the dog developed seizures and died. Histopathiologic (tissue) examination of the liver showed massive hepatocellular necrosis”. In other words, the dog died of liver failure.” [source]

.07 oz is less than half a teaspoon.

On the face of it, using essential oils to repel bugs is really sensible.  We use citronella candles with essential oil of citronella, after all, to keep mosquitos away.  People even use citronella sprays.  No big deal.  Plant based, natural, no dangerous pesticides.

Except one of those natural bug repellents is virulently poisonous, and less than half avteaspoon applied to the skin (not consumed, just rubbed on the skin) will kill a dog.  That part didn’t make it into the webpage or pinned recipe for flea repellent.

I have another post in the works on the many, many Pinterest recipes floating around, for human and animal use.  Put it on your skin, take several drops by mouth, diffuse it into the air so you/your kids/your pets/your guests can breathe it into their lungs.  Get the essential oil into your body, they say, because it’s natural and nontoxic and healthy and safe.

Essential oils are the most concentrated form of a plant that exists.  They can make humans and animals sick or dead.  MLM companies want to sell oils; the more you consume in more ways (skin, ingestion, diffuser, etc.), the more you’ll buy from them.  They are salespeople.  Not herbalists, aromatherapists, doctors, nurses, homeopaths, naturopaths, or anyone else who has been through training regarding the safety of essential oils.  Some of them are knowledgeable, I’m sure, but the are first and foremost salespeople trying to sell you something.

Be careful.  Please.  Essential oils are strong, and they can make people and animals very ill, or even kill them.  Never base your use of oils on a salesperson’s pitch, an essential oil company’s instructions, or something you found on Google or Pinterest.  If you’re interested in essential oil use, learn from a qualified program before you use them on yourself, your dog, your kid, or your clients. These pet deaths (the dog my sister-in-law saw was just one of many households pets sickened or killed every year when people try to treat a problem with herbs or oils) are completely avoidable.  Not one of those animals had to die.  They were victims of a “natural medicine” craze that turns salespeople into instructors, advising their customers on the use of oils to maximize their own profits.

 

Essential Oils STILL Not Medicine

The most popular entry on this blog remains the one I wrote on multi-level marketing of essential oils and the outlandish claims and insane price markups that these companies were peddling.
Anyway, if you’re interested in the topic, you know that the FDA formally reprimanded a number of MLM essential oil companies for making claims that their oils were medical treatments. Which, of course, they’re not. A lot of these MLM companies make (or have made in the past) claims about FDA certification, lab testing, purity standards, national certifications, oil grades, and other marketing inventions. I went poking around today to see if there was anything new that I hadn’t run across on the topic, and found a blog called “The Fraud Files” that’s run by a forensic accountant. She did an entry earlier this year on the essential-oils-as-medicine claims and does a fairly good takedown of the MLM company claims and insinuations.
You can read it here.
(as an aside, I really don’t want to hear from any more DoTerra or Young Living reps accusing me of being a shill for the FDA, or hating essential oils, or claiming that I hate holistic medicine, need Jesus in my heart, or that I’m basically a terrible person for thinking MLM essential oil companies are deeply offensive to anyone who’s in the essential oil/ritual oil business – I’ve got plenty of correspondence on the topic, I’ve even published some of the comments, but I’m tired of reading the crazy and you’re not changing my mind by ranting at me.)

Viridis Genii Symposium

There aren’t many things that make me sad I live in Chicago (the weather is kind of a given; I’m used to it), but not attending the first Viridis Genii Symposium is making me glare at the Sears Tower.

You can read about it on their website here but basically, it’s an entire weekend-long symposium on plant magick and the esoteric side of herbalism.  Swoon.  A whole weekend symposium JUST ON PLANT MAGICK.

A) why didn’t anyone do this before and B) why is it in Oregon when my kids are out of school?  It runs from July 31-August 2nd, if you need to check your calendar.

They still have room for attendees, and a terrific roster of speakers and presenters .

I’ve known from the start that I couldn’t go, but maybe some of my blog readers have the time and interest and can attend.  If so, take lots of notes and scan them in and email them to me.

 

A Few Unrelated Things…..

  • It’s summer, and we aren’t shipping on Fridays.  If we do, the oil sits for 2-3 days in a hot truck.or warehouse and while we’ve never had a complaint about spoilage, we’re picky about oils.  You may have noticed that.  Shipping days are usually M-F, is now T -Th due to schedule changes and concerns about hold times.
  • Changes coming – the website is going to be updated.  Not in style, because clean and simple always looks good and John from The Hermetic Library designed this and we still love it – but there’s new info.  Copy changes, lets say.  Organizational.
  • Stop apologizing for calling.  That’s why we have a phone number.  Sometimes you want to talk to a real person or get advice on what to buy before you buy.  Every single person who has called this month has apologized for doing so.  Cut it out!  We like talking to our customers.
  • We give stuff away on Twitter and FB.  Follow us and “like” us and you might win something.
  • Thoughts on a Chicago “intro to oils” class?

Happy Summer, everyone.

We’re back!

Things have settled down around here enough that the store orders have all been filled and my raw materials restocked.  The public school system has been prodded into fulfilling the legal requirements set out by state and federal law to keep both my girls safe at school.  I’m even interviewing some babysitters in advance for the summer.

Short version:  Retail ordering is open again through the website.  This means you can order any oil except store exclusives.

Speaking of which, the blood moon eclipse Vision oil that’s exclusive to KC Conjure goes fast, no matter how many I send.  If you’d like to try it, you can probably snag a bottle via the store’s online ordering service.

 

Web Site Purchases Suspended

Hi clients and customers and friends:

You may have noticed that you can’t currently get to the oil listing, or to the different pages for each of the oils that Quadrivium sells.  This is because, for all intents and purposes, Quadrivium is a one-woman show and the one woman has to be Mom before Business Owner right now.

My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes about 18 months ago.  We’ve been managing it successfully, with a Continuous Glucose Monitor and an insulin pump.  On April 29, we found out that our 5 year old daughter is also diabetic.  She is in the very early stages of Type 1 Diabetes, where the pancreas still does it’s job (at least part time), so she’s not on insulin yet.  She’s in good health, and with an older sister who has the same thing, she’s taking the diagnosis better than we are, I think.

Currently, my time is being occupied with school meetings, doctor appointments, blood sugar tracking, completely changing everything about the kids’ room (because midnight blood sugar checks and bunk beds are not a good combination), and being really angry at the world for hitting us with a random autoimmune disorder not once, but twice.  Type 1 Diabetes is manageable, but insulin isn’t a cure – it’s life support.  It’s also a LOT of work, especially for parents of diabetics too young to manage their own care.

One of my goals, when I started Quadrivium Supplies, was to get customers their orders within two weeks.  Preferably one week.  I hate waiting for things, I assume other people hate it too.  At the moment, it’s all I can handle to fill my (very late) store orders.  Online ordering for Quadrivium Oils WILL reopen, probably towards the middle or end of May, when the whirlwind of meetings has eased up and we’ve hired a childcare provider who’s able to manage two kids with diabetes.

In the meantime, please order your oils from one of the retailers that are listed on the sidebar.  Each of them carries my full line of oils, plus one or two exclusive oils that you can’t get elsewhere.  One store is in Canada, which is great if you’re an international customers.  They will all be restocked with Quadrivium Oils by May 11, if the Post Office cooperates.

Thanks for your understanding.

This Should NOT Have To Be Posted

This should go without saying, but apparently it has to be spelled out:
ALL the material on the Quadrivium Supplies website, from the item descriptions to the sample oil use rituals to the blog content, is under copyright. You may not reproduce our on your blog or your website. Period.
Stores that carry our items online are permitted to use material from our website, and that permission is a part of our contract with these stores. If you are NOT one of these stores, you may NOT use material from this website on yours, and you certainly do NOT have permission to pick out the suggested oil use rituals and publish them.

This is called “plagiarism.” Look it up. It doesn’t matter if material is printed or online – the person who wrote it, or the company for whom it was written, holds the copyright to it.

We regularly run our suggested oil rituals through an online plagiarism checker. If you think one of our rituals is cool and you’d like to put it on your noncommercial site or blog, please contact us (questions@quadrivium-supplies.com) to ask for permission. 99% of the time, we’ll give it, as long as you attribute it to us. But if you’re just swiping our content to fill your own blog or website, that’s stealing and it’s not okay. Not only that, but it’s the sort of thing that goes on often enough that the owner of the copyright can appeal directly to the ISP of the plagiarizer and have the content removed, if not the entire site taken down.
Which we will do. This website is a business; the suggested oil rituals are specific to our oils and were written for our website. They are not free for use elsewhere.
Please don’t steal our content. It’s not just impolite. It’s illegal.

The Good Luck Lady

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a colleague who thought Quadrivium Supplies would be a good fit for someone who was putting together a “team” of people offering metaphysical products and services. I got in touch with Flora, who has gone by the name “The Good Luck Lady” professionally for years, and heard about her plans to put together a group of people who were dedicated practitioners of their crafts.  What Flora was interested in doing wasn’t just putting together a listing of people who provided spiritual services and metaphysical products – in her own words, she was looking for people

to join a co-operative of genuine sacred arts practitioners that have real skill and mastery of their vocation.

Needless to say, I was honored to be invited to join this group.  It’s not an affiliate system, it changes nothing about the way Quadrivium does business, it’s just another way for people to find Quadrivium Oils.  And because Flora, “The Good Luck Lady,” prefers individuals and their faces and stories to companies and their logos, you can click over to my page on her site to read a little more about me, how I got into oils, and why I like the precision of oilmaking using lunar and astrological timing.

Check out The Good Luck Lady website, and the practitioners and professionals listed.  Everyone is there because we’re dedicated to providing the best service to clients that we can.

Quick Note

I’ve been looking for this link and could not find it, but tonight – success! The Crop Watch report on “The Therapeutic Grade Disinformation Campaign.”