One of my favorite places in Nashville is Thistle Farms. I experience healing every time I go there. It is the creation of my good friend Becca Stevens, an amazingly kind-hearted woman, CNN hero and best-selling author whose most recent book, “Love Heals,” aptly describes what Thistle Farms is all about. If ever there was an organization with a commitment to the generous, loving, and hopeful spirit of the Christmas season, this is it.
They have a newly-opened café, where you can savor a warm cup or two of tea while conversing with old friends or making new ones. Right next to it is the Shop at Thistle Farms, where I love to browse and often buy their handmade (and homemade) body products and candles.
Thistle Farms offers a two-year, holistic residential program based on a global community model devised by Becca. Its mission, as stated at thistlefarms.org, is to “heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”
One thing I really love about Thistle Farms is knowing that when I buy their products, all revenues stay there – there are no manufacturing or middleman costs to be paid out of state or out of country. When you buy their products, you are doing yourself a big favor and you are contributing to the economic freedom of these women.
I can vouch for Thistle Farms’ products with enthusiasm, based on my experience using them. Not only are their body products handmade with lots of love by the women survivors in their Nashville production facility, they contain the highest quality natural ingredients. No phthalates, no parabens, no formaldehyde, no synthetic fragrances.
There is nothing better than giving Thistle Farms products for Christmas. Treat yourself, too. Here are five products or groups of products I highly recommend:
Nourishing Body Butter
Provides all the benefits of thick creams with less bulk and more healing hydration. Available in two scents: Citrus Wood and Lavender.
Candles & Room Sprays
Candles gently illuminate a table, softly scent a room, and even light the way home. Forget the stress of the holidays with naturally scented room sprays.
Choose from eight of Becca Stevens’ books, including her latest release “Love Heals.”
Body & Home Best Sellers
An assortment of products that includes lip balm, healing oils, body balm, bath soak, and bar soap.
Home & Apparel
A lot to choose from here, such as a diamond scarf, knitted shawl, a variety of tees and hats, and wallets.
When shopping for Christmas, please also keep in mind my new book, “25 Gifts for Christmas,” now available for sale. It’s the gift that keeps on giving – 25 times, in fact.