This holistic living mission began when my daughter, at just 3 months old, came down with a kidney infection and was subsequently diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), a condition that caused her urine to back up from her bladder into her kidneys. After an ER visit, three doctor appointments, two injections, and a 10-day course of antibiotics to cure the initial infection, she was placed on a daily antibiotic aimed at preventing any further complications. And, as if that whole experience wasn’t traumatic enough, the antibiotics she was on caused her to break out in terrible eczema. Not wanting to subject her delicate skin to harsh steroid creams, I began to search for another way to treat her worsening rash.
In addition, my family and I had recently relocated to Orange County, California. Without a job or other community in which to build a new social circle, I reached out to local baby boutiques. I joined a Mommy & Me Yoga class at a holistic living store, and the world of natural remedies and “green” living was introduced to me. Soon I was researching alternative treatments, cloth diapering, studying herbal medicine, “greening” up our personal care and cleaning products, and even making some of my own!
Clearly, something has been “sparked” deep inside me, as I have spent the last four years transitioning from a lifestyle of medications, processed foods, and chemical-laden personal care products to one inspired by nature. Along the way, I’ve developed a love of healthy foods, cooking from scratch, herbal medicine, superfoods, essential oils, natural remedies, and more!
Finding a new path for me and my family has been both frustrating and exhilarating, joyous and tiring, discouraging and inspiring. I invite you to join me on this journey, whether by attending one of my workshops, seeking personal consultant, or simply commenting here on the site. Please feel free to share your own stories, ideas, and health & wellness tips as we take on this adventure together!