With these newfound tools, a detox protocol designed by a YWCA nutritionist in small town Western New York, and the support of two amazing functional medicine practices in Maryland, we slowly took back our health one small step at a time.
We’ve spent an incredible amount of time, effort, money (thousands upon thousands), and trial and error restoring our health. You name the protocol, supplement, or gut healing diet, we’ve probably been on it.
Believe you me, it was not all smooth sailing. We frequently alternated between confusion and clarity, frustration and progress, despair and glimmers of hope. We took tentative steps forward and then several steps back. But along the way, we slowly healed and learned a ton in the process!
Over time, I came to understand that my health crash, as well as Gabby starting out her life compromised after being carried in my toxic body, resulted from extreme amounts of stress, overseas travel, and anti-malarial antibiotics that came part and parcel with a decade of combating human trafficking as a U.S. diplomat. Compounded by birth control pills, the unclean water I was drinking, and the toxic products that I was using on my body and in my home.
I simply overloaded my body to the point it could no longer cope. No amount of clean food or exercise could balance out the constant stress I was placing on it. My lifestyle and personal environment needed an overhaul!
Little by little, I transformed my home into a wellness center that could nourish rather than further deplete our bodies. I removed the toxins I could control in our cleaning products, personal care products, water, and air. With my essential oils, I began making many of the things I used to buy, which I found was not only simple and easy, but saved me a truckload of money.
As Gabby’s body detoxified and her immune system became stronger, she stopped getting sick all the time and her chronic skin conditions cleared. Instead of being constant, her belly discomfort became occasional. And when it does pop up, we can resolve it quickly with essential oils. I am so thankful that we now have a full arsenal of natural remedies to deal with almost anything else that comes our way.
There are aspects of our health that we are still working to improve (such resolving our food allergies), but we have overcome the worst of it and are both fully functional and even thriving. And Gabby is no longer in danger of having her colon removed. So grateful for that!
Through the beauty of His creation, God provided us on this earth everything we need for optimal health and wellness.
I’m constantly learning more about how to harness the innate power of essential oils and other natural solutions to advance my health and the health of my home. I love nothing more than passing along this knowledge to anyone who can use it. I’m passionate about natural medicine, minimizing toxin exposure, and 100 percent natural, nourishing options that lead to healthy bodies, healthy families, healthy homes, and a healthy environment.
I’ve been in the place of chronic overload where my body broke down and became totally dysfunctional. I've walked through the trauma of having a young child with severe health issues and feeling utterly powerless while watching her suffer.
I’m so grateful to be able to use the struggle Gabby and I went through to help other women in the prime of their careers take proactive steps to avoid falling into the pit, particularly before they pursue having children and inadvertently transfer problems to them. As well as extend a ladder to those who find themselves already at the bottom, depleted and burned out. There truly is hope and you don't have to walk this road alone.
I love helping health conscious women take their journey to the next level by detoxifying their personal environments and transforming their bodies and homes into oases of health. It’s actually not as difficult as we think to remove toxins, decrease body burden, and support our bodies using the gifts provided by the earth. We just need a system to quickly get there.
Those who link arms with me save time, money, and overwhelm because they avoid having to do lots of research and experiment with tons of new things for themselves. I’ve already put in the time, done the research, been the test case, and weeded through what works and what doesn’t. So you can skip directly to what works. Would love to walk with you on your journey!
I still am, at times, stressed and overwhelmed by the juggling act: intense full-time job, marriage to nurture, young child to steward, business to grow, and new mountains in my wellness journey to summit. I still have real work to do to uplevel in all these areas. Probably much the same as you. Grateful, though, to have tools – especially essential oils – that I didn’t have five years ago to support me in the grind and propel me toward my goals.