How my journey with natural medicines started.
This is a story that is still writing itself. From a pharmacist struggling to teach others about medicines, to a speaker, author, and essential oil advocate blessed to inspire others with the knowledge that wellness is already inside of them.
Here’s how it started. During my first year in pharmacy school, I tore my ACL while skiing. Following the injury, I struggled to manage school, rehabilitation, and day-to-day life. After one month of insomnia, I was at a breaking point and conventional medicine was not getting to the root of the problem. A chiropractor suggested that I see an acupuncturist for an appointment.
My first treatments
I arrived at the acupuncture appointment in tears. Nothing magical happened in this first visit. I did not fall into a deep sleep on the table. I did not go home and sleep through the night. But, I did make a few small changes to my day. I drank a little apple cider vinegar in the morning; I rested my mind and body during the day; and I switched from lattes to green tea. I felt some better, and within a week was sleeping through the night some nights.
I returned for a second visit a week later. My doctor pointed out to me that my smile had returned. Though my initial symptom was not fully resolved, I had made some progress.
A major shift in perception
After several months of work with the acupuncturist, I realized that health is not something that happens overnight, it is a series of choices day by day that add up over time. I became more conscious of my diet, started going to exercise classes that were more about harmony and quiet energy versus muscles and weight loss. I planted a garden, and I learned to meditate. I started teaching classes far outside of my realm as a pharmacist: classes on plant-based diets and natural, do-it-yourself beauty products. In day-to-day pharmacy practice, I collaborated with patients and physicians to streamline medicines and, hopefully, inspired their wellness journey.
And then Young Living Essential Oils happened...
I never in my life have found something as empowering and transformative as essential oils. From the moment I sat with my first bottle of Roman chamomile, I knew my life was about to take off in a new direction. I don't know how, but the shift was immediate. I dove into learning, and bought every book I could find, and researched evidence behind the use of essential oils.
I made the conscious choice to dedicate my life to teaching others about products that have changed my life for the better. I left behind pharmacy practice, and fully committed my life to teaching and learning.
Since then, I have traveled the world teaching others about the benefits of daily wellness. I strive to turn complicated science into easy-to-understand stories. My personal wellness journey continues to evolve as well. I am still a patient of Chinese medicine, and I have benefited from energy work like craniosacral and reiki. I teach vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and Aroma Yoga®. My yoga practice combines essential oils, with movement, breath, polarity exercises, and all eight limbs of yoga. I am committed to life-long learning, and I am honored to have you learning with me! I hope that you find my background as a chemist, pharmacist, and board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist reliable, and my quirky personality and silly stories about science memorable and inspiring. Let's get started!