Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My Story: From Chemist to Herbalist

"Necessity is the mother of invention" - English Proverb

This quote is the perfect way to describe how all of this started.  I was looking for ways to decrease the pain I had been living with for over half of my life. Starting at a young age I experienced back and joint pain. After years of dealing with these issues and a diagnosis of Crohn's Disease at the age of 15, the problems were attributed to extra-intestinal manifestations of the disease. At the age of 22 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (a chronic pain syndrome) as well. 

Living life in constant pain made even the simplest things impossible. It was difficult to go to class or study because I could not adequately concentrate on the subject at hand. I tried all kinds of things to find relief. Limited diets, no sugar, no gluten, no dairy, no inflammatory foods, vegetarian, and raw vegan were attempts I made at fixing myself. I did yoga, I took epsom salt baths, I stretched. I went to acupuncturists, natropathic doctors, chiropractors, and energy medicine practitioners. I tried heating pads, Bengay, Icy Hot, those Thermacare heat wraps, some blue goo that was called emu oil. Some of these things helped, but often not enough. I needed something that allowed me to live my life.

Throughout this time I was going to college and studying chemistry. I loved spending time in the lab creating new compounds and observing chemical reactions. I was all set to move on to graduate school and earn my PhD. Unfortunately, my health had not improved but only worsened and I decided not to move across the country; away from family and friends. This was a devastating decision to me, it meant I was not pursuing my dream. It's funny how things happen though.

I made a whole rainbow of glowing materials by the end of my thesis. They were
to be used in new, more efficient lighting. I had fun finding new colors to make.

Instead, I got a job as a lab technician. It turned out to be the perfect opportunity for me to rest, heal, and experiment. I continued doing yoga, and going to acupuncture, but I needed something that would help when I couldn't do yoga or make it to an appointment. I searched Google for a DIY pain relief recipe and I found an herbal pain relief bar. I gathered the ingredients, melted them all together, and tried the bar out. To my surprise the bar actually worked! It made it easier to move through my day and get things accomplished.

Since that time, I've attended herb classes in my town and enrolled in an online herbalism program. I've learned so much about herbs and how they can benefit my body. I used the knowledge I gained to tweak the recipe and make it my own. I gave the bar out to family and friends. People raved about it. They finally had something to help with that 10 year old knee pain, or decrease the intensity of their crippling back pain. I moved on to making herb infused lotion bars and lip balms for dry winter skin. I was having so much fun experimenting and playing with herbs and skincare and I decided to start this company.

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I would like to say, there are times when drugs, synthetic chemicals, and modern medical interventions are essential to help a patient who is ill. I highly encourage people to seek help from medical professionals if they need it. I still use modern medicine to manage my Crohn's, but I don't rely on that. I eat healthy food, use my bars, and supplement with herbs because I am healthier when I do. It is much easier to prevent poor health than fix it years down the road, trust me, I've had some experience.

💗 Courtney

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