Sojo’s Covid-Closure, 11th Birthday and How you can help!

 

Hello Sojourners!

As of March 27th, The Sojo completely closed our doors to the public in compliance with the Pitt County, City of Greenville, and State of NC mandates to “Shelter in Place” so we can stop the spread of COVID-19. We will remain closed until the State or local authorities give us the all-clear to safely leave our homes again, likely not before April 30th.

As our shop would normally be celebrating our 11th birthday this week, we are instead struggling to find alternate income streams from a distance. We take the pandemic very seriously, as should you. We WILL NOT be able to offer any shipped orders, nor curb-side pickup. That would still require too much interaction. The Sojo is committed to keeping our staff well and paid through this closure. That won’t be easy, without getting creative, and asking for your financial support.

Teespring Fundraiser: Sojo Pride and Namaste Away to Covid-19!

Go to this link: https://teespring.com/stores/the-sojourner-tees to see several designs on many apparel, bag, mug and sticker options. Apparel sizes go up to 5x! They’ll print and ship directly to you.

Other Ways to Help from a Distance

We are still able to remotely apply deposits to a customer account for you to spend in-store later, after the pandemic threat is resolved. To make a deposit on your account, send money through Paypal to: orders@thesojo.com

In the note’s field, mention you’re making a deposit on your customer account. Give your preferred customer name, email address, phone #, and mailing address. After we get the all-clear, I’ll mail a special promotional gift and coupon to everyone who makes a deposit during the closure. To spend your in-store credit after we open again, you need only give us your customer name at time of check out.

Thank you for being great customers, and blessings of good health to you all!
~Heron Michelle
Owner of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
414 Evans Street
Greenville, NC 27858
252-758-7656 (SOJO)
http://www.thesojo.com

Namaste Away! Original Graphic by The Sojourner

The Sojo’s Covid-19 Response: Curb-side, Personal Shoppers, Distance Support

The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions is dedicated to serving our local community in service to holistic wellness on all levels of being – physical, spiritual, emotional – especially in times of crises. We are here to build and protect the interconnected web of existence we all share. We do not currently offer any on-line sales. Nor are we currently set up to make shipments, though that may change in the coming weeks.

I’ve always been inspired by the quote from Mr. Fred Rogers who said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.'” Our staff remains committed to service as “helpers” of our local community, while implementing responsible safety measures, so that we all remain well throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Rogers Quote "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

To best serve our customers, the following changes to our operations begin Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will be in effect until further notice:

Hours:

Open-door hours are reduced to  12:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. We will close Mondays for the next few weeks, at least, in an effort to reduce over-head costs.

Social Distancing:

We will serve in the shop one customer group at a time. So, 1-3 related customers, may come in to browse quickly, with our help. We ask others to wait outside, keeping 6 ft distance. We’ll set out chairs, and take folks in order of arrival.

Hygiene:

In addition to aggressive sanitizing, we require all customers in the shop to wear plastic gloves that we will provide. We can also offer hand sanitizer. Considering all our bins of tiny, touchable things, this will reduce risks.

Call-in Personal Shopper service, Curb-side pickup: 252-758-7656 (SOJO)

Especially if you are at risk, or feeling unwell, call-us on the phone at 252-758-7656 and place your order with our associate as a personal shopper service. We’ll pull together your order for you. You may pay by credit card over the phone, or we can send you a paypal invoice. We’ll bag up your order ready for pick-up at the front door by a friend.

If you need curb-side delivery, pull up to our back door parking lot off of Washington street, behind Winslow’s restaurant. We are across the alley from the Merchant’s Parking lot. (Our lot neighbor’s building still has a big “Iteach” sign, but our door has the green awning.) Call us back when you arrive and we’ll carry it out to you.

Classes and Readings

All scheduled classes and readings throughout March are either canceled, or moved to an on-line platform. Stay tuned for more details about distance opportunities for tarot card readings with Julie Anne. We’ll make decisions about April events in the coming week.

Gift Certificates and Store Accounts

Many have asked how you can support us at a distance, even if you don’t currently need to purchase anything.

  • Printed Gift Certificates: available for purchase for any amount. We’ll mail you the physical certificate. Use it yourself, or give it to a friend; great for gifts, and easily transferable. All we need is your mailing address!
  • Store Account Deposit: Set up a store account with us, and make a deposit. To be used by yourself anytime in the future; store accounts are not transferable unless you are physically present at time of purchase. To apply your deposit at time of purchase, all you have to do is give us your customer name. Easy peasy!

    Screen-shot of Paypal ‘Send Money’ tool.

     

    Two ways to purchase or deposit:

  • Call us to arrange your purchase or deposit, and pay with a credit card.
  • Send money through paypal to orders@thesojo.com. Include in the memo your full name, phone number, mailing address, and whether you’d like a paper gift certificate mailed, or applied to a store account deposit.

Future plans:

Should there be mandated closures of non-essential retail businesses, we will close as directed. Know that The Sojourner is committed to support our staff through these challenges, with no one left behind. We will emerge on the other side of this storm, to continue serving our Sojourner community’s spiritual and wellness needs. We are also working on additional fund-raiser ideas. Stay tuned; stay well; know you are loved and appreciated.

Blessings,
~Heron Michelle
President, The Sojourner Company, Inc.

414 Evans Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
252-758-7656 (SOJO)
www.thesojo.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thesojogreenville/
Facebook Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/131673983909739/

Baltic Amber Jewelry as Pain Reliever and Anti-Inflammatory

For the easing of pain from inflammation, Baltic Amber could be your new holistic therapy best friend. The therapeutic part of Baltic Amber is the high concentration of Succinic acid it contains. This acid makes up as much as 8% of in Baltic Amber by weight.

The Sojourner now has in stock Baltic Amber necklaces ($30-70), bracelets ($20) and baby teething necklaces ($17) imported from Lithuania. The beads are individually knotted for additional safety. Read on for more history about this therapeutic “stone.”

Amber Necklaces, Bracelets, baby teething necklaces at the Sojourner

But what is Baltic Amber exactly?

Besides a solid “stone-like” substance often featured in “healing” jewelry.

Baltic Amber comes from extinct trees that once grew in the region surrounding the Baltic sea, in Europe, especially abundant in modern Lithuania. The resin found in those now-extinct trees was a lot like confier tree resin. “This means that the resin would have acted as a sealant by coursing down and through the limbs and trunk of a tree, sealing off cuts to protect the tree from harmful bacteria, fungus, and other threats to its livelihood. Let’s just say that if a tree were a human, the trunk would be its epidermis and the resin would have served as its sticky band-aid.” (source)

After these now-extinct trees died and decomposed, they left their resin behind. Over time the amber resin would become buried under the earth. For millions of years, under pressure, it would eventually fossilize and change into the dense substance we now know of as Amber.  Amber is between 30 and 95 million years old. Resins younger than that are softer, and are called copal.

So, the medicine we find in the particular amber which grew from these extinct trees in the Baltic Region, then fossilized in soil of that particular environment, happen to have a high concentration of Succinic Acid, which is a natural part of many types of plant and animal tissues. It is this medicinal constituent which has been used in Europe as a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, treatment for pain, and general curative for centuries.  Even before mankind knew about germs and the the roles nutrients play in health, the people of Europe recognized that amber had magical curative powers, and used it like we’d use an antibiotic today. Modern science now knows what succinic acid can do for human health, and confirms what the people of Europe knew for centuries.

Succinic Acid “is very important to your body. It is used in the Krebs Cycle which is involved in the intermediary metabolic process. Another name for the Krebs Cycle is the Citric Acid Cycle. A powerful anti oxidant that helps fight toxic free radicals and disruptions of the cardiac rhythm, succinic acid has been shown to stimulate neural system recovery and bolster the immune system, and helps compensate for energy drain in the body and brain, boosting awareness, concentration and reflexes, and reducing stress.” (source)

 

Ancient European people wore jewelry of the the  Baltic Amber which washed upon the shores of the Baltic Sea. They also made medicines from powdered amber chips and stones. They applied amber oils to their skin to slow aging and cure sickness. Amber was burned as an incense to improve indoor air quality, and repel insects.

We can thank the Dominican Monk, Albert The Great, born in 1193, for much of this information. He called Baltic Amber Succinium and stated that it was the most effective of the leading medicines of the time. Amber tinctures were made from beer and wine. When the plagues of the middle ages devastated Europe, amber was used for fumigation, which helped because a high content of succinic acid remains in the smoke. (Source)

Amber Beads, Public Domain, Pixabay

Succinic acid is now produced commercially, and it is approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. There are many modern forms of usage.  However, the easiest way to utilize the healing properties of Baltic Amber, is to wear the “stone” against your skin in the form of a necklace or bracelet.  Body heat encourages the release of the succinic acid from the amber, which is absorbed slowly and consistently through the skin, and into your body’s systems. There it most noticeably acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, preventing the ills caused by our increasingly toxic environment.

This method of wearing Baltic amber “healing” jewelry became  very popular with parents of babies over the past 20 years, in the form of “infant teething necklaces.” These wee, carefully knotted necklaces made for infants reduce the pain of teething, greatly reducing the tears and suffering of their little ones. With careful observation pf the infant wearing the necklace while awake during the day (for safety purposes) parents find the soothing effect to be miraculous.

I’m 46, and have long suffered debilitating pain and stiffness from arthritis in my lower back, inflammation around the sacroiliac joint in my hips, and scoliosis in my upper back, neck and shoulders. In my own experience, after only 24 hours of wearing the necklace, I felt a radical reduction of the stiffness which previously caused a imitated range of movement. My pain is reduced at least 95%.

I’ve now worn this necklace and bracelet continuously for several months, and what was once constant debilitating pain, is now almost entirely unnoticeable. I now live a normal, active life with minimal difficulty. The simple act of wearing a necklace changed by life entirely for the better! I’ve heard the anecdotal stories of many friends and customers who also swear their migraines have been greatly fewer, and the pain of autoimmune disorder inflammation, and fibromyalgia pain lessened. This winter I was a caregiver for my child during both the flu and a wicked head-cold, and did not contract the viruses myself. Perhaps the necklace (and my daily elberberry syrup) aided my general health as well.

~Heron Michelle

Owner, The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
414 Evans Street
Greenville, NC 27858
252-758-7656 (SOJO)
www.thesojo.com

Additional Resources, cited for this article:

Amber Acid

https://www.balticwonder.com/blogs/news/where-does-amber-come-from

https://www.wired.com/2010/04/cretaceous-time-capsule/

Kundalini Pranayama Workshop with Brandon Loucks

Kundalini Pranayama for Chakra Charging and Nadi Clearing

Join Brandon Loucks for a workshop to charge and clear the energy body using ancient breathing and visualization techniques from India. Seated physical exercises are involved (nothing too hard) so wear comfortable clothing. You may have never experienced your energy centers like this so don’t miss out!



Offering two opportunities to experience this revitalizing technique! $15 per event

Saturday, April 4th
or Saturday, May 9th
12:00-1:30 pm
Please register in advance by calling the Sojourner at 252-758-7656, or stopping by. We accept Credit Card payments over the phone.

After the workshops, Brandon will stay and offer Palm Readings from 2:00-6:00 for $15, $25, and $35 .

Pranayama is the regulation of breath through certain techniques. First mentioned in the Rig Veda which is a holy text composed in 1500 – 1000 BC in India. The Chakras are energy centers of the subtle body, also first mentioned in the Vedas. Nadi are the channels through which spiritual energies travel through the subtle body.

Elderberry Syrup for Anti-viral and Immune System Support

Hello Sojourners!

This time of year everyone is on guard regarding their health – and for a good reason! In addition to common sense measures like washing your hands thoroughly and often, and responsibly isolating yourself when you are sick, there are many complementary actions you can take to increase your wellness.

One of those is an herbal staple in our neck of the woods – Elderberry! The following information comes from an article on the Coronavirus and Elderberry on this website: https://scienceandartofherbalism.com/coronavirus-elderberry/

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

  • Boosts our immune system
  • Reduces the intensity and duration of the cold and flu by ½ to ⅓
  • Contains a large amount of Vitamin C
  • Chemical constituents in Elderberry inhibit the early stages of infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for attaching and penetrating our cells.  They also reduce the replication, therefore, reducing the intensity and duration!
  • The US National Library of Medicine did a study of Elderberry & chickens who had been infected with this strain of the coronavirus showing Elderberry was able to inhibit the coronavirus in chickens.
  • How does this translate to humans?  The US National Library of Medicine felt that S.nigra (Elderberry) has proven to inhibit the virus and this warranted that future studies should be done.

The Sojourner carries dried organic elderberries for $3.25 per ounce, and prepared syrups, extracts, and gummies from Norm’s Farms for those of us who prefer something high quality and premade. 

The Sojourner also carries a wide range of natural soaps, body care products, and essential oils to aid in the hygienic washing of hands to prevent the spread of disease. Come see us!