Meet Lynn Park, Dilworth’s Herbal Entrepreneur and Owner of Kanji Naturals
Lynn Park’s journey to developing healing herbal teas and dietary supplements was a direct result of finding relief for her own health problems.
A Baltimore, MD native, he worked hard to earn a master’s degree in food science with a concentration in nutrition from BYU, a private research university. She then managed quality control and government programs for Kraft General Foods and Stella Foods for 14 years.
Meanwhile, Lynn struggled with migraines and SIBO, a bowel condition, for years. She worked with her traditional doctor for decades without intent, just constantly changing medications to try to manage her symptoms.
Lynn then “retired” to raise her four wonderful children and began homeschooling them. She put on her study hat and spent years studying natural healing methods, particularly to help family members with symptoms and ailments, until she found success.
Then Lynn really began to dig deep for healing solutions when her daughter became chronically ill with a series of inexplicable symptoms, leaving her doctors stumped. Lynn eventually went to see a naturopath in the area and her learning curve grew exponentially when she discovered the food allergies at the root of her condition. This was the beginning of the next chapter in her life.
Lynn was willing to use her research, knowledge and Masters in Food Science to start an entrepreneurial venture in herbal medicine, beginning with courses in herbalism and aromatherapy – and making her own teas. “I love diving into the latest research and experimenting with different products,” she said. “My friends convinced me that I had to sell my teas because they always liked drinking them. This is how my adventure towards entrepreneurship began and my further path of learning and developing new natural products.
Training & Formulation
So Lynn continued her nutritional journey from a different angle. She attended the Franklin Institute of Health in Tennessee for her herbalism courses and read and attended many conferences on herbalism and aromatherapy. She formulated teas, tinctures, and aromatherapy blends to help her children with ADHD, anxiety, allergies, and skin conditions, and worked on nutrition. As she found success, Lynn wanted to find a way to help others on their health journey as well and offer an alternative route to relief, especially for those struggling with drug side effects.
“The herbal teas, incense sticks and flower essences that I offer help along the path to better health and understanding the underlying causes,” she said. “There are so many tools that nature offers us to heal, and it engages all of our senses. I love discovering all these new ways to use nature to heal and strengthen.”
Behind the name “Kanji” stand Naturals
“It’s a funny and embarrassing story,” Lynn said. “One day when I was researching on the computer, I came across a story about Chinese writing for Japanese, and they were talking about the symbols for ‘tree’ and ‘forest’. I love trees and the symbols looked like pine trees and I was in love. Quickly reading through the article, I understood that the name for these characters was “Kanji,” so I saved the name for future use. Nothing could resonate more for me than trees; I thought ‘kanji’ meant ‘tree’. When I decided to start a business, I knew this was the name I wanted. It turns out that kanji is the name for the entire language system that uses Chinese characters to write Japanese. Oops. I still like the name and used it.”
Please note: Kanji Naturals makes no claims to cure or prevent any ailment or disease. Please consult your doctor before attempting alternative medical approaches.
The product range
To date, Kanji Naturals offers 17 herbal tea blends, 15 flower essences, four Gomasio blends (spice blends that replace salt and pepper on the table), seven loose incense blends, three types of Balms of Gilead (for sore muscles, joints and constipation). ), five natural perfumes (aromatherapy) and floral art and photography. Lynn’s choice.
“For everyday use, I love a hot cup of Evening Repose Tea or Zesty Hibiscus Iced Tea. I’ve also relied heavily on the Balm of Gilead Muscle Balm to soothe the herniated disc in my back. I also love having incense sticks that make my home smell wonderful and healthy.” Understanding the science behind things is very important to Lynn. “I’m very uncomfortable with folklore and stories about cures being passed down,” she said. “But they’re a place to start research to understand them.”
To stay at the forefront of research, Lynn regularly learns from great herbalists and physicians such as Rosemary Gladstar, Rosalee de la Foret, Dr. Jill Stansbury, Juliet Blankespoor (Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine) and Dr. Christa Sanadinos.
Lynn is currently working on a new tea to support heart health. This tea acts on normalizing blood pressure, anxiety and improving the circulatory system.
“For everyday use, I love a hot cup of Evening Repose Tea or Zesty Hibiscus Iced Tea. I’ve also relied heavily on the Balm of Gilead Muscle Balm to soothe the herniated disc in my back. I also love having incense sticks that make my home smell wonderful and healthy.”
“The Orange Cinnamon Mint Tea is a blend that I release every year from October to December,” said Lynn. “I wanted to create a tea that would remind me of happy holidays and taste amazing. I developed this tea based on my love for the drink Wassal as well as something spicy and aromatic. T vis Tea contains peppermint (with a little chocolate peppermint), orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and rose petals to calm the mind and soul at this busy time of year and help the body deal with the heavier sugar load this season brings along. “
What’s next for Kanji Naturals?
“I’m so grateful not only to the FM customers, but also to other small business owners who are so generous with their advice and ideas,” said Lynn. “I’m in a good place right now because I’m able to grow the herbs I need.” As her business continues to grow, she’s looking at contracting opportunities with local organic growers for some specific herbs that she no longer grows has enough space.
Last year, Lynn opened a medicinal community garden in Dilworth, open to anyone willing to participate and garden. For more details, contact Lynn at [email protected] or visit their Facebook page at the Hope and Joy Medicinal Garden. “Learning all these healing methods is expensive,” she said. “I want to make it available and simplified for anyone who wants to learn.” Lynn’s next dream is to create a healing forest open to the public.
People can find Kanji Naturals online at kanjinaturals.com. It can also be found at a few local stores: Unglued, Grateful Cratefulls, and Aspen Acupuncture. Lynn also sets up a booth at the Red River Market every weekend from July through October.