Tag: Regina Thomas Dillard

How One Proviso East Grad Turned Eczema Into Her Own Homegrown Enterprise

Regina Thomas Dillard

Regina Dillard, who was inspired by her infant daughter’s skin condition to go into business for herself. Below, one of the many products sold under Dillard’s brand, Inner Sanctum Wellness. | Photos: Facebook

Sanctum product.jpgJanuary 29, 2016 || By Nicholas Samuel 

When Regina Dillard’s four-month-old daughter came down with a severe case of eczema, a chronic skin condition, 25 years ago, Dillard searched for alternative treatments that didn’t entail dousing her baby in chemicals.

Little Gabrielle Thomas’s skin had turned red, dry and scaly. She had dry patches on her face, shoulders, legs and arms.

“I thought what would treat eczema and dryness of the skin, but was gentle enough for babies?” Dillard recalled.

While researching her mom’s herbal book “Back to Eden,” Dillard, 48, began mixing a couple of formulas, leading her to create a healing cream that healed her daughter’s skin just within a few days.

“It was a drastic improvement. The skin began to heal itself,” said Dillard, a Proviso East High School alumna. “She’s a living witness that it works. She still uses my products to this day and treats her own children with my products.”

Since then, Dillard has expanded her self-made products into something of a cottage industry that includes other products like body butter, sea salt exfoliator, skin polish, body oils, bath and shower oils for men and women, milk baths, facial scrubs and beard oils.

She sells these as part of Inner Sanctum Wellness, her business that has been in operation for nearly a year.

“I feel honored to be the stepping stone for my mom creating her business down the line,” said the younger Thomas, who has since grown out of eczema but whose three-year-old daughter suffers from the condition.

“My mom has a really creative spirit and a go-getter personality. Whatever she sets her mind to, she does it really well and it flourishes into something more,” she said.

Customer’s favorite products include the skin polish, salt scrub, body oils, beard oils, the women’s fragrance line Ritual and the men’s fragrance line Bergamo.

Cynthia Jackson-Jones, a customer of Inner Sanctum Wellness, suffers from a herniated disc and began using Dillard’s facial scrub two years ago when the skin on her face started to become dry from taking prescription medicine to ease the pain of the herniated disc.

Jones said she had blotches of dry skin on her face and that dermatologists told her it was a side effect from the medicine.

Dillard made the facial scrub specifically for Jones, who applied the scrub to her face every night. By the fifth night, the dry patches were gone.

“I used her scrub as a preventative measure. Now, it’s part of my regimen once a week,” Jones said. “It’s the combination of oils that she puts together that helps.”

Dillard said the products will have customers smelling good, feeling good and will also give them health benefits, such as increased blood circulation.

Even though Thomas has grown out of eczema, she still suffers from dry skin. So, she’s a customer, too.

“The salt scrubs and body oils makes my skin feel soft and moisturized,” said the younger Thomas, who lives in Maywood.

Dillard creates all of her products in her production kitchen in Oak Park. Some of her secret ingredients include lavender, rosemary, frankincense and myrrh.

Lavender calms the skin, rosemary gives the skin medicinal benefits and includes antibacterial properties, and frankincense and myrrh gives the skin a youthful appearance, Dillard said.

She said that those seeking out skin treatment should never put essential oils directly on the skin, because it could irritate the skin.

“They’re always combined with a carrier oil to help soothe the skin,” Dillard said.

Dillard currently has one retail partner, Oak Park Visitors Center, 1010 Lake St. in Oak Park, where her products are being sold.

She wants to expand the business to include more retail partners and also create a wellness event where people can learn about the oils contained in the product, the benefits of using them and how they can make their own products at home.

“Without quality oil, it’s not a quality product,” Dillard said. “This will help people get on the path to help and wholeness.”

Dillard’s products sell from $10 up to $30. She also has special Valentine’s Day products selling from $15 up to $250, which include e-gift cards, the Bella-Box gift box for women and the Beau-Box gift box for men. VFP

For more information on the products, click here, or email Regina Dillard at innersanctumwellness@gmail.com.

BREAKING: Wash Wesley, Maywood’s Oldest Man, Dies at 112

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Sunday, November 15, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

Wash Wesley, widely considered to be Maywood’s oldest resident and among the oldest people in the world, died yesterday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the age of 112. His death, from an undisclosed illness, was confirmed by his great niece Regina Thomas Dillard via Facebook. Wesley, his niece wrote, would’ve been 113 in two months.

“What an honor to be the niece of such a wonderful man,” Thomas wrote. “He lived a long, vigorous and godly life, always giving credit to ‘the man upstairs’ for his good health, independence and longevity. Can you believe he drove his car until he was almost 100? His greatest dream was realized when Barack Obama became president […] he never thought he’d live to see the day. Although he never fathered biological children, he served as a father and role model to many. He certainly was like a second father to me and my siblings. A faithful deacon at Second Baptist Church for well over 60 years and served with love and compassion. I’m thankful for his life and being part of his existence. His spirit lives on.”

More as this story develops. VFP

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Lightford and community leaders to host mental health town hall and resource fair, Nov. 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D – Maywood), along with Riveredge Hospital and the Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is hosting a mental health open forum event and resource fair that will seek to provide communities with the resources, education and empowerment needed to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

Representatives from the local mental health community will be present to answer questions and discuss concerns people might have about mental health, such as – What resources are available and where to find them? How can I get help for myself or a loved one? Who can I talk to in a safe, comfortable environment?

State Senator Lightford and representatives from the local mental health community will be present to answer questions and discuss concerns, including: Riveredge Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, County Care and CCHHS, Chicago Dept. of Public Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Oak Park Township Mental Health Board, Pillars and Proviso Township Mental Health Commission.

The second in a series of town hall resource fairs offering an unique and important opportunity for everyone in attendance to ask mental health professionals questions about mental illness and receive information, while the event also acts as a springboard for new community and legislative efforts to find better ways to identify and treat mental illness.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 || 7 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE: Riveredge Hospital, 8311 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, IL

Milestones: Maywood Native Wins Three LA-based Music Awards; Resident to Co-chair Orson Welles Centennial Celebration

Saturday, April 18, 2015 || By Michael Romain

Regina Thomas, Maywood Native, Wins LA-Based Music Award

imageRegina Thomas Dillard, a native of Maywood, earned recognition from the Akademia Music Awards, based in Los Angeles, CA. Dillard won songwriting awards in three categories — best pop/country song, best comtemporary Christian song and best pop song, for which she was a finalist.

According to Akademia’s website, nominees and award winners are determined by the “general voting process held by our expert panel of six judges, who are all former senior executives and industry veterans from some of the largest record companies.”

Winners of the awards have the opportunity to benefit from “robust marketing & sales support, national radio airplay, as well as performance & licensing opportunities,” according to the website.

Dillard began her musical in classical violin at 10 years old and played throughout high school. Her father was a self-taught saxophonist who exposed her to a wide variety of musical genres, such as jazz, blues and country.

Dillard has contributed to music on scores of projects. Some of them include projects by Living Word Christian Center DuPage AME Church and the Anointed Harvesters Productions, according to a biography. Dillard owns her own publishing company, Go Gee! Music, Inc.

Michael Dawson, Maywood Resident and Historical Preservation Enthusiast, to Co-Chair Country’s Largest Orson Welles Centennial Celebration 

imageThere are celebrations of Orson Welles — the famous American actor, director, writer and producer — planned all over America, but the largest will be happening in Woodstock, Illinois and it will be co-chaired by Maywood resident Michael Dawson.

Welles, who was born May 6, 1915, grew up in Woodstock, where he attended the Todd School for Boys from 1926 to 1931. Dawson, a movie and history buff, said that his artistic activity at the school is what got Welles on his way to becoming the man famous for the 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio drama, one of the most famous pop cultural moments in American history. Welles also directed and produced Citizen Kane, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest films of all time.

In a November 2013 interview with a Wellsnet, Dawson discussed the massive preparations for the 2015 Welles centennial:

“We’ll be advertising on billboards all over Chicago. Plus we’ll be doing a story about it on National Public Radio. We even see a whole big thing on CBS This Morning being a possibility. For the 100th anniversary in 2015 we’ve been talking with people like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and David Copperfield, and have gotten some positive feedback from them, but to get names like that, you’ve got to show that this is not just some schlocky local thing. We want to go national, if not international with this.” VFP