Daoist Drops was founded by Mary Burke-Pitts and Jennifer Blatnik after many tea dates discussing the healing possibilities of combining Classical Chinese Medicine and essential oils.
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The Beauty blend is one of my favorites to use. Every time I smell the floral scent my whole body relaxes and opens into the scent: as if I have fallen into a bed of petals, I feel at peace - but my heart feels like it has bloomed and is open for the world. I love the theme of tapping into my inner beauty: reminding myself of the beauty in life helps me to stay positive about the image of myself and of the world. I also love using it when my low back feels tight or sore - moments when I’m stressed or wound tight. The chamomile and lavender instantly relaxes any tightness or tension.
My favorite blend to use with patients is the Refinement blend. I use it almost every time I do cupping on someone's back, ESPECIALLY if they are experiencing any lung issues like congestion, cough, or cold. I find that it immediately assists in opening the lungs and speeds up recovery from a cold or flu. It has made my cupping ten times more effective!
Jennifer Blatnik has over a decade of experience in the field of alternative health care, she is nationally certified in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina. She successfully established the first Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine clinic in Madison county, administers acupuncture at an outpatient substance abuse program in Asheville, and has a full-time private practice in downtown Asheville, NC.
The Grandiose blend is one of my favorites to use. The smell of this blend reminds me of my childhood and all the adventures I had outside where I loved to roam on cold winter days; it reminds me of the warmth and comforts of coming back inside to enjoy the smell of wood fire on the wood stove; it reminds me of the vastness and all the serenity of the wilderness spent outside on cold wintery days. As a kid, I loved to play outside in the winter: ice skating, skiing and sledding. I loved the silence and stillness of the woods and the feeling of peacefulness it would stir; I loved the adventures that came from crashing down the hills on a snow day; I loved staying up late and walking around the neighborhood on snowy nights when cars couldn't pass and you had the streets all to yourself. All of this reminds me of the feeling greatness that you draw from within and the wonders of that vastness that surrounds us in the natural world. It's a perfect reminder that greatness comes from within.
Mary Burke-Pitts received her Master’s Degree in Classical Chinese Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina. She is nationally certified in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina.
A professor at the Chinese Herbal Medicine at Daoist Tradition College, Mary also supervises students in clinical training at the Daoist Traditions College Acupuncture Clinic.
My favorite blend to use with patients is the Initiation Blend. A forest and and cinnamon blend that has a distinct; but recognizable, aroma that many people love the scent of. When used on the low back, the blend is warming to the skin and comforting to the soul: as if a little fire is giving back the life force from within. This blend is also an ally to support those in the grieving process. I recently shared it with a mother who unexpectedly lost her son. No death of a child is easy. The Initiation blend offers the reminder that we are not alone and that we can take the time we need to just be.
The Story of How Daost Drops Began
Daoist Drops was started by Mary Burke-Pitts and Jennifer Blatnik - both trained acupuncturists and herbalists. They both spent time under the sun in their school’s Chinese medicinal herb garden: pulling weeds, getting to know plants, and talking about Daoist herbal wisdom. After completing their formal studies, they found themselves working on various other garden projects in the local area and the conversations continued - after many tea dates discussing the amazing healing possibilities of combining essential oils and Chinese medicine, Daoist Drops was formed.
They felt so empowered by using the blends with Daoist principles of contemplation and ritual: and wanted to share this as a tool and companion for others going through change and growth.
These emotional themes the blends are based off of touch places we all may come to at different points in our life. Through these blends they offer support from the ancient paradigm they have learned that has been healing for thousands of years.