What is your passion?
Health and wellness are incredibly important to me. The toxic load in our lives now is far, far too high – and it’s affecting the health and wellness of our children. It wasn’t a topic that was of the highest concern to me until I became a mother. And then I started really looking into what products we were using. When my oldest son showed symptoms of a peanut allergy, I started thoroughly checking labels. And when his allergy to red dye became apparent as a result of using a child’s bubble bath, my eye turned to personal care products. It is shocking to see the chemicals to which we allow ourselves to be exposed.
Part of my journey has included swapping out products with toxin-free (or less toxic) versions. With food, this meant preparing more food at home because then I would know exactly how it was processed and what allergens might have been introduced. Having that level of control with food has improved our nutrition and helped our family to become healthier. The same holds true with personal care products, cleaners, and other products we use at home. I don’t make everything at home, but when I do, I typically use essential oils. The plants in nature are amazing – for their smell, their innate qualities, the way they work together – I’ve always been amazed by nature, and it isn’t a surprise that I use it at home.
But now I’m taking it a step farther. I want to share it.
When I was pregnant with my second child, I was also taking a postpartum doula course through Birth Arts International. I chose that school because of Demetria Clark (founder), and also because it offered what I felt was the most education on the topic, extensive reading lists, online work, and a very reasonable price. Through the course, I learned more about aromatherapy – in fact, Robert Tisserand’s “The Art of Aromatherapy” was one of the books I chose to read for the course. From there I was hooked. Not only was I able to learn more about how the plants worked, but I was also able to learn about how our relationship with the plants can affect us through aromatherapy. I’m planning to return to Demetria’s tutelage through her Heart of Herbs school which offers an aromatherapist certification program that provides information to prepare a student to then apply and take the test at the Aromatherapy Registration Council, which would lead to becoming a Registered Aromatherapist.
As I’ve been studying, preparing, and learning on my own, I’ve found myself using more and more oils. I researched various essential oil companies so that I would know what I was purchasing, and in my research I found a company that I believe has high quality oils that are responsibly sourced at reasonable prices with a direct sales model. I had several friends who had already signed up as Independent Consultants with Simply Aroma, so I watched and waited until I signed up as well. Originally, it was so that I could purchase oils that I use personally at the wholesale rate. And then the more I thought about it, I thought that having a product that I trust and buy myself might help my readers as I share my message of toxin-free living going forward.
And now, I’m delighted to be able to say that I’m sharing my passion with you.
In the near future, I will also be adding an Etsy shop at which I’ll be selling the handmade personal diffusers made by my sister.