Blythe Mosher has been fascinated by hemp since 2003, everything from hemp hearts – considered a nutritious ‘superfood’ – to hempcrete, a lightweight, durable building material.
As she learned more about CBD, a natural compound found in hemp and other cannabis plants, she began to blend broad-spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate with various essential oils to create body care and pain management products.
“Hemp is amazing,” she said. “I began making bath bombs in 2016 after my granddaughters took me to Lush Cosmetics in Bellevue and I saw all the selections.”
A few years later, the Post Falls resident created a Christmas gift for her mom: a hand soak made with essential oils and infused with CBD oil.
“My mom had osteoarthritis – her fingers were curled in and her joints were painful and inflamed,” Mosher said. “She put her hands in the water, and less than a minute later asked, ‘Is it my imagination or is the swelling going down?’”
She continued to use the soak along with daily CBD oil massages, and soon felt less pain and was able to resume past activities like cooking.
“I had no idea it would be that effective,” Mosher said. “We both felt so happy to see the improvements, and that’s when I knew I needed to do this in a bigger way.”
That led to Mosher developing a variety of CBD-infused bath and body products, including bath bombs, hand and foot soaks, body butter and a recently-developed analgesic balm. She continues to learn more about biochemistry and how CBD interacts positively with the body’s endocannabinoid system and pain receptors.
Plus, unlike some startups, she already had a great name.
In 2014, she was making lunch for her dad, Bob Templin, a longtime North Idaho tourism promoter and the past owner of several restaurants and hotels. While adding hemp seeds to his salad, she joked that it would be funny to someday open a restaurant called Hemplin’s.
Her mom laughed, but within an hour, her dad went to his office and returned with paperwork for her own limited liability company using that name. It was easy to use this for her wellness products.
“I had no idea what I was going to use it for at the time but kept the business active,” she said. “Now it feels like it was predestined.”
She recently began seeking out businesses interested in selling her products.
“I don’t claim to cure people, but the product speaks for itself,” Mosher said. “I have some repeat clientele, and they have told me their lives are better. Some customers have multiple sclerosis, lupus, or past injuries that it has helped. One shared that his wife told her physician that she no longer needs pain medication because the CBD body butter and bath bombs were working so well.”
She currently white labels bath bombs for GlobalCBD in Sandpoint, and body butter and bath bombs for Coeur d’Alene spa Stephanie & Co. Her bath bombs, body butter and analgesic balm can also be found at Cenex in Dalton Gardens, and at Amsterdam Coffee in Clarkston.
“I had fun making these, and even created a bath bomb called ‘Straight Outta Clarkston,’” she said.
Mosher is in the process of developing new face and skin care products. In the future, she wants to incorporate colloidal gold and silver.
Her CBD oil is regularly tested for potency and quality at Trace Analytics, an independent lab in Spokane to ensure that her products do not contain detectable amounts of THC, another compound in cannabis known to create mental and physical changes.
“There are a lot of CBD products out there, including some with THC,” she said. “Mine don’t have any so anyone can use them without getting high or worrying about testing positive for marijuana.”
Mosher is always passionate about sharing the differences between industrial hemp and commercial cannabis.
“Hemp was once a mandatory crop,but ended up being lumped in with the ‘Reefer Madness’ stigma,” she said. “This is my pet peeve – with our technological advancements, it’s easy to test the differences because they do look similar.”
She’s proud to tell people that hemp has many benefits, from quality food to helping the soil.
“Sometimes I wonder if people who are close-minded to talking about hemp even care about the environment, the economy, or people’s health.”
Joe Butler is a longtime marketing writer and editor at The Spokesman-Review. He’s an enthusiast of Star Wars, commemorative spoon collecting, and the Oxford comma.
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