When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I got sick, and I told my doula, "I'm Lysol-ing the whole house!" I was in my last month (or so I thought), and I didn't want to be sick when I went into labor. She gently informed me that Lysol was carcinogenic. I had no clue! I still used it that day, but it got me thinking. I didn't do any bleach cleaning anymore because of the headaches. Lysol and certain furniture cleaners made me gag. It got to the point where my husband had to do all the chemical based cleaning. So, when our daughter was born, I looked for something better.
It started as a desire to make sure she didn't inhale any harmful fumes. Then I didn't want her to lick any toxic chemicals off the floor, and so it evolved. I infused my own oils and learned how to make my own calendula salve, and it's healed diaper rashes, kitchen burns (me! not the baby!), been my lip balm - you name it. My daughter also had eczema as a result of food allergies. Well, I made a lotion for that. It healed her dry skin, and made her more comfortable while my diet got in sync with her tummy.
Now, almost six years later, I make our household cleaners, lotions, deodorant, baby supplies and everything you see in my shop. My passion is coming alongside families - especially mothers and children - to empower them to regain and maintain optimum health.
Fast forward through 2 kids in 4 years, and God has brought us to the best state in which to be studying herbs. We now live a short drive away from the amazing Rosemary Gladstar, and only a bit farther from Susun Weed. Amazing!! And Vermont is rich with herbalism. The two are almost synonymous! I began formal studies in 2015, and am making my way through the next 3 years or so of course work before opening a clinic for women and children.
My goal is to become a Clinical Herbalist, focusing on women and children, perhaps with a "sub specialty," if you will, in functional nutrition, since the last six years I've had to learn so much of that just to feed my family! I'm studying slowly but surely, like that we'll known little engine chugging up the mountain.
I hope you enjoyed my little "girl meets mother nature" story. It's been a labor of love for my family, and I truly enjoy sharing it with all of you.
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