We had the good fortune of connecting with Judy Griffin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Judy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I prayed for help with my health and my twins, who were not supposed to live. I promised to share my knowledge and experience with others, as well as my passion for flowers and Nature’s pharmacy. I would guide those who came to me in non-offensive ways to live a quality life and to never give up on themselves. There are many types of pain, physical, emotional, and mental. I would learn ways to help with all these categories. I began organically growing and distilling plants for these purposes. I learned from teachers of many cultures and modalities. I also have dreams where I learn the best ways to develop a balanced landscape for wildlife and nurture the land where I grow. I dream of plants that can help different challenges and ailments; how to best create and use them. For example, the skin is the best immune organ. Applying complimentary products topically, like the Native Americans most often did, is safe, protective, and immediate in results. I began working in hospitals in the U.S. and the U.K. with people of suffering from a large variety of ailments, never forgetting my commitment to share knowledge, and diverse experiences with both doctors and patients. I began teaching at universities (UTA and TCU) in adult classes, garden clubs and interested organizations to spark their interest in Nature’s pharmacy. I have written books: Mother Nature’s Herbal; Flowers that Heal, Herbs for Health and Beauty, The Healing Flowers, Romancing the Rose and am currently writing a book about the history and applications of Antique roses. I was featured in a documentary about working with topical aromatic products I created for Baylor Hospital in Dallas, called The Healing Power of Flowers. Nature has taught me to live life to the fullest, moment by moment and never stop learning and giving to others. The answers are here and within us. We have to ask, listen and act upon the knowledge and experience we have in ways that help others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is my ingrained in my products and teaching. My gardens, landscape, and their beauty are my art to share. I create products for many lifestyles, ages and challenges as an art, finding pleasing and common-sense ways to prepare and present them. Distilling essential oils from many of my plants is both an art and science. The skincare products that help heal, regenerate, and beautify us is a form of art: the aroma, the feel of our products, and the results are a creation of my mind and intent to help people help themselves and realize their potentials. Clients challenge me with problems and requests daily. Nature and my gardens inspire me to create a remedy that brings out the best in them. I create topical essences that help bring our latent talents forth, change outdated or negative attitudes and experience more pleasure in life. My essences also support us through trials, challenges opportunities and daily living. I also create ways to teach through demonstrations, videos, writing, photos: color shapes and sizes; lectures, laughter and sharing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Staring in Fort Worth, The Fort Worth Botanical gardens, Kimball and Modern art museums and Fort Worth Zoo are daytime must see adventures. At night, Sundance Square, Bass Hall for a great performance and dinner at Reata’s roof top, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Water’s Restaurant are always happy culinary events. Onto Dallas, daytime events include the Dallas Arboretum, Dealy Museum, Dallas museum of Art and sculptures, and Dallas World Aquarium. At night, Reunion tower is an old favorite, Del Frisco’s double Eagle steak house, HG Sply Co., Nikkei, and The Nines offer great food and scenery, with time to enjoy my company. Depending on the season, a downtown art festival, local sport game, music festival, local band or Rhythm and Blues or a cultural event is always a fun suggestion.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentors have been my children: Vincent, Gina And Jason , who are my teachers and help with the business. Jason is now the driving force of our future, graphic designer ,and many other tasks. Mark Strickland is my life partner, who advises, builds, and often has the tenacity to work through problems with me. Fran Goreham is a source of talent, artwork ,and friendship for 25 years. Rae Blair, now deceased, patiently taught me how to build a small business with adventure and laughter. Susan Jennings is a great source of organic gardening and confidant. The Fort Worth Herb Society is a great source of knowledgeable gardens friends. My parents: my Dad loved to grow roses and my Mom loved to make essences, foods, and gifts from the garden, both deceased. I have met many friends, living all over the world, who have encouraged, supported, and helped in a variety of ways. The list continues to grow and I’m very grateful.
Linkedin: Judy Griffin
Twitter: aromahealthtexas/judy griffin
Mark S. Strickland