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Conversations with the Inspiring Crystal Roach-McHardy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Roach-McHardy.

Crystal, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m an avid DIYer and always have taken pride in my ability to create what I need when I need it. I have a love for the sciences (as a science curriculum specialist for an international educational company) and an educational background that gives me the confidence to maintain the health of myself and my family naturally. It also helped that I married a Trinidadian man and moved back to Trinidad & Tobago in the early years of our marriage, which afforded me the opportunity to learn more about herbal medicine and natural health practices that I’ve continued to incorporate into my daily life and the lives of my family crew (5 of us). My kids know, if you are conscious and not bleeding out, I have a remedy before we hit the doctors. (I also have a backup long-time physician friend, that keeps me rational! 🙂

Over the years, I’ve developed my go-to home remedies and products that I’ve used consistently, one of which is elderberry. Every season, I would make batches of organic elderberry syrup for my immediate family and randomly given to friends and family. 2018 was a particularly Beast of Flu Season, so it was right on time. While attending an ATL pop-up market event, I happened to mention to AC of the Art of Food Blog my love of elderberrry and how I’ve used it to keep my family flu free since I’m constantly on airplanes, in and out of school building, etc. She requested that I make it available, as she would be interested in purchasing. Two weeks later, I launched Homemade Healing, focusing exclusively on Elderberry Products, which are available online at my website (www.homemadehealing.net), select pop-up events around ATL, and exclusively in 640 West Cafe in West End ATL. Since then, I’ve added a few more products that I can’t live without.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely been a road. The biggest struggle has truly been just making the decision to get started. Once that’s decided, taking 1 step (regardless 0f how small), at a time has been my saving grace, along with backward planning when setting specific goals.

Advice:
Attend events that you would love to offer your product and talk/learn from current vendors (from 1 event, I learned about creating promotional items, accepting multiple forms of payment, etc.).

Take a leap and sign-up to vend at local events to get your feet wet and practice sharing your product.

Find someone who is already doing what you aspire to do.

Get a friend to hold you accountable.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Homemade Healing story. Tell us more about the business.
We are all about the Eberry! I specialize in the immune boosting power of Elderberry. My organic all-natural Elderberry Tonic is made with local ATL Honey and organic herbs & spices. It’s not only great for you but tastes really good… the benefit of all that yummy local ATL Honey.

I also make Elderberry Tinctures travel-friendly and super potent having soaked for multiple months.

I’m most proud of the high-quality of my ingredients and how affordable I’ve been able to make my products to ensure access. One of the major reasons I started making Elderberry Tonic initially was the high cost of commercial brands. With a family of 5, those couple of teaspoons for upwards for $12 didn’t carry us far.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I’m a huge fan of AC Art of Food Blog.

I listen to an array of podcasts as a variable source of inspiration, not just for Homemade Healing, but for life!

PodCasts-Still Processing, Oprah Super Soul, Code Switch, Invisibilia, The Stoop Toure Show, Happiness Podcast, It’s been a Minute, Yoga Download.

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