Who is Tim?
Hi! My name is Tim Lafferty. I have been practicing therapeutic massage since 1996. I also teach classes on bodywork and meditation. A few years ago, my hands and joints began to get very unhappy, and I knew I needed to do something about it so that I could keep practicing. I started trying different pain relief salves and balms, and was disappointed. Not only by their effectiveness, but by their ingredients. Gratefully, I have a client who helped me to get started with the process of making my own salve. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so, I would make a batch, try it, and then tweak the next one. I made about 20 different batches over the course of 2 years before I was happy with what is now Tim’s Trauma Balm. When I started, I was told to put between 1 and 2 percent essential oils in my salve. That was the norm. So, I put 10 percent, because I wanted it to work! I learned about each of the essential oils, and how they work together. I learned about CBD and the endocannabinoid system. I then set out to find as high a quality ingredients as I could. You have to remember, I was making this for me, not to sell. It worked. My hands started to feel better, and my clients were stoked when I used it on them. They wanted me to make more for them, so I did. Their friends and family wanted some, so I made more. Then I was encouraged to turn it into a business, so here we are. I greatly appreciate your interest. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me. Tim
What makes our products different?
We are committed to use as absolutely as high a quality ingredients as we can find. Our trauma balm is not just carrier oils with CBD, and some smell good essential oils in it. It is handcrafted over a long period of time with essential oils that work synergistically with each other. Each oil serves a purpose ranging from analgesic, to antiinflammatory, to vasodilation. Our products are tested and retested to make sure they are effective, feel good, and smell great! We are not willing to compromise the integrity of our products no matter how much we make. We use organic, fair trade, non-gmo, wild harvest ingredients whenever we can. Also, after meditating, teaching meditation, and doing energy and bodywork for over 20 years, I have learned quite a bit about lifeforce and light. I fill each of our products with this healing energy, with the hopes that it helps with your healing process.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 60+ naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in Cannabis, an annual herbaceous flowering plant. CBD oil is derived from an organic substance formed in the plant’s secretions. Both marijuana and hemp are forms of cannabis. However, cannabis does not mean marijuana. Cannabis is the genus name and general umbrella term, under which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall. Until recently, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, was the most well-known and studied cannabinoid due to its abundance in marijuana. However, as the second most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana and the top non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp, CBD has been gaining momentum in the scientific community and media. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any feeling of “high,” which contributes to its legalization across the United States. CBD does not typically have any immediate noticeable effect, though some customers have reported otherwise when using isolates. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from hemp (not marijuana), and can also be referred to as CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp-derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts,” since they typically contain more than just CBD. However, CBD oil is different from hemp seed oil and organic hemp oil, as these are derived from hemp seeds (not the resin) and do not contain cannabidiol. All of Small Batch Salves products are derived from high-CBD hemp crops that are grown legally in Colorado, and all products are rigorously tested for safety, quality, and cannabinoid content.
How does CBD work?
CBD primarily interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a grouping of millions of cannabinoid receptors found throughout your body, but are primarily clustered in the brain and central nervous system. While CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or plant-based cannabinoid, your body also naturally produces cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids. Almost every organ of your body, including your skin and digestive tract, contains cannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid system has four primary purposes including neuroprotection, stress relief, immune response, and regulating the body’s general state of balance, impacting faculties such as appetite, sleep, mood, and pain. Unlike THC, CBD does not interact directly with the two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). This is why CBD does not cause any psychoactive effect. Instead, CBD inhibits the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, leading to an increase in your body’s naturally-produced cannabinoids.
How much Hemp Extract (CBD Oil) should I take?
Everyone’s endocannabanoid system is different. Using CBD Oil as part of your health plan is something you need to experiment with, and determine what is best for you. We suggest starting with smaller doses and increasing to your desired effect. Some people find they need large amounts, and others do best with homeopathic dosages. Start with 5-10 drops once a day, and see how it feels. If you are having trouble sleeping, try it before you go to bed. If you have chronic issues you are trying to address, try it twice a day. If you are a smaller person, use less. Larger, use more. If you are taking any medications, and are unsure about their compatablity with CBD, consult your physician. THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE – These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
What if I don't like the taste of the hemp extract?
Because our hemp extract is a natural supplement that comes from a plant, it has a taste that some consider to be bitter and strong. While many of our customers like the flavor, some would rather find a way to mask it. If that’s you, try mixing the oil in honey, applesauce, or a smoothie. Also, taking CBD Oil for the first time, is like exposing you taste buds to salt for the first time. Your receptors in your mouth will get used to it after 4-5 times (Usually). And… try our Hemp CBD Capsules! CBD oil capsules provide a convenient and tasteless CBD consumption experience. They are also a handy to travel with!
Do you third party test your CBD oil?
Our supplier for all of our CBD oil is a highly reputable wholesale company in Colorado. I will quote from them about the testing done. “Third party laboratories analyze all of our full-spectrum hemp extracts and supplements for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial/microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides. We have an industry leading quality control system, as evidenced by the 99% rating we achieved in April of 2018 for a 3rd-party cGMP audit performed by Eurofins Scientific, a world renowned laboratory testing organization. For comparison, 70% is a passing score. cGMP refers to the FDA’s guidelines for current good manufacturing practices. Dietary supplement manufacturers are not required by law to perform 3rd party manufacturing audits, but only need to undergo this process internally once a year. Our Company, however, strives to go above and beyond, especially when it comes to quality, safety, and the wellness of our loyal clients.” We at Tim’s Naturals are currently in the process of having all of our products 3rd party tested to ensure quality and potency.
Why would I put CBD oil on my face?
CBD Oil for Acne What’s clear from numerous studies is that CBD oil functions as an anti-inflammatory. So how does that translate to skin care? One way is its ability to help calm skin, particularly skin that’s acne-prone. Because acne is an inflammatory condition, research indicates CBD’s soothing properties can help diminish breakouts and reduce redness. Surprisingly, recent findings also show that CBD has the potential to decrease excessive sebum (oil) production, as well as help offset other triggers of acne. CBD Oil for Anti-Aging and Wrinkles It turns out CBD oil also has antioxidant properties which contribute to the research indicating CBD oil can help lessen the visible signs of aging skin. By reducing inflammation and counteracting free-radical damage, CBD anti-aging creams may be able to help visibly diminish issues like wrinkles, skin dullness, and ruddy skin tone. CBD Oil for Sensitive Skin & Other Conditions Another significant benefit of CBD oil is that it has been found to soothe sensitive skin, and studies indicate that it may even be able to help inhibit certain triggers of disorders like psoriasis and improve eczema-prone skin. Again, far more research is needed, but what exists certainly looks promising, and researchers speculate it all comes down to CBD’s substantial skin-calming and skin-normalizing effects.
Is it ok if my balm melts and then solidifies with crystals in it?
Absolutely! Because our products are all natural and do not have stabilizers in them, they sometimes will separate or change consistency with temperature changes. This in no way effects the quality or strength of the product. To get them back to their original consistency, slowly heat them through (sunny spot) until they are completely melted, and them put them in a cool place to set. If it is body balm, put it in the refrigerator after melting to return it to its rich, creamy consistency.