BY ANGELINA MARTIN
Turlock resident Natalie Meneses set out with one goal in mind when starting her business a year ago: to offer eco-friendly products that would make a positive impact on society. Thus, Naturacentric Inc. was born, offering a wide variety of products that have helped the community lead healthier lives.
Unhappy with her career trajectory, Meneses began making products she couldn’t find at the store — honey infused with organic, sustainably-harvested herbs as well as the highest quality CBD on the market, hand-blended loose-leaf teas and essential oil-based soaps. Within seven months, the response to her products was so overwhelming that she was able to quit her job as an associate teacher and dedicate all of her time into her self-run business.
“Demand started growing for my products through word of mouth and it took off from there,” she said.
To begin with, Meneses offered a selection of herbal-infused honey like liver-supporting hibiscus, immune-boosting elderberry, nutrient-dense cacao and spicy habanero, to name a few. By infusing the honey with different herbal remedies, the already-present healing powers of the raw product are enhanced, she said.
“It’s healthy and delicious and can be used so many different ways,” she said. “It pairs perfectly with a wide variety of cheeses, drizzled over waffles or pancakes, oatmeal, smoothie bowls, yogurt, homemade salad dressings and glazes for barbequing and more.”
As her honey’s popularity grew, Meneses knew the next logical step was to introduce an ingredient that would truly supercharge the product’s benefits: CBD.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an active ingredient in cannabis that doesn’t provide a “high” like its counterpart THC, but a healing component that has been scientifically proven to help treat conditions like anxiety, chronic pain and insomnia among countless other ailments.
“The pairing of two of the most ancient medicines used for over thousands and thousands of years creates not only a sweet tasting treat, but a potent medicine for the whole body,” Meneses said.
Naturacentric Inc. offers four different CBD-infused honey flavors that target specific issues, such as inflammation, sleep aid and neurological support — the latter of which was developed for the father of Meneses’ boyfriend, who suffered a stroke.
Meneses purchases honey from a local Turlock beekeeper and the CBD she uses is an organic full spectrum distillate. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, she said, with a majority of customers returning for more of the best-selling product.
“It’s not in our company’s interest to persuade or argue with those who look down on it. We are focused on those who are already familiar with CBD or willing to learn more and try it as a healthier alternative for relief,” Meneses said. “We are a natural products company and we believe that this is what medicine is truly meant to be. We are always here to educate if anyone has questions.”
Most recently, Naturacentric Inc. released a healing Pumpkin Spice-flavored honey, and also offers hand-blended loose-leaf teas that can help with heartburn, sleep, menopause support and more, as well as essential oil-based soaps designed to soothe the body, calm the mind and treat a variety of ailments, like acne.
“I love when I have a product for someone and it gives them relief when nothing else could,” Meneses said.
In Turlock, Naturacentric Inc. products can be purchased at the Monte Vista Avenue strawberry stand, as well as downtown at OneSixteen Bijou Boutique. The company’s online store, www.natceninc.com, offers a full list of locations and products.