Why do I do this? It started from my very own personal journey to heal myself. Two decades ago, I had horrible periods. I dreaded my menstrual cycles and would often experience excruciating pain. I would have to call off of work, as I was not a fan of taking any medications. Well, I shopped at the local health food store and at the time, that was Golden Grocers. There was a tea, specifically for menstrual cycles and I thought that I would give it a try. I drank this tea religiously and noticed that my next period was better. I still had some of the symptoms, but it was considerably better.
I started to explore the herbs in that tea and found them each, individually in powdered form. I then created capsules of the herbs and realized that this created a greater benefit with my periods. They weren’t just better, they had essentially, become pain-free. The capsules provided a higher dosage of each herb therefore helping to correct some of my hormonal imbalances. I then realized that my periods were much improved, however, the results were not consistent monthly. When I started to evaluate the cause, the only factor was diet. I realized that when I had more sugar and bread and carbohydrates, that my pain level would return but I also noticed significant abdominal bloating.
This is interesting, I thought. At that point, I made the decision to go “sugar-free” for one full year. Not only did my cramping pains go away, I noticed that my periods were shorter and that the bloating was pretty non-existent. Another item, that I had never even considered, was that my moods had improved. I remember saying, “Wow, I feel great.” My moods and emotional levels became more optimistic and an overall increased level of contentment. What an added benefit, with the increased emotional health. Healing can not only exist in the physical, it must cover the mental/emotional sphere as well. That realization opened many doors for me. I wanted to use these herbs for other health concerns and with my friends and families. It was then, when I discovered that these herbs could help others. Once I started sharing with my close ones, I also realized that I needed more education. I also wanted to be safe in making these herbal suggestions as many of them have considerable side effects. I knew that I would have to study to become an herbalist and that was the birth of my plan to pursue Naturopathic Medicine.
Now, after 9 years (and going) of practice as a Naturopathic Doctor, I have found that these same herbs are just as applicable today as they were then. I have not only the knowledge on how to use them, but the clinical experience of seeing hundreds of patients improve their health with some of these very herbs. I started out administering herbs in the form of herbal tisanes (teas) as this is an easy and affordable means of using herbal medicine. I find today, that this is still a highly, reliable source of “prescribing” herbal medicines. The mere act of steeping herbs in hot water, will release dozens of active, disease-fighting chemicals. This is my preferred method of consuming herbs and this has been the most accessible method as well. The ritual of sipping an herbal tea has become a mainstay in my life. It is the end of a long day, a rough week as well as a welcomed reward. I love sharing the benefits of herbs and preparing a specific formulas for my patients! I welcome the opportunity to share my passion with you.
Yours in herbal healing,