From Pam D., Colbourne, ON
Since I was young I have always looked for alternative remedies! Want soft hair? Lather it with mayonnaise. Tighter pores? Whip egg whites and spread over your skin, leave on until it tightens on your skin. Lighter hair? Lemon juice! Mustard powder and water slathered on your chest to relieve cold symptoms, clay for bee stings, baking soda for poison ivy, goats milk for eczema, peppermint tea for soothing your belly. The farmer's almanac was a source of reference!
Primarily this was a focus because I grew up in the country, on a farm, and come from a large family where money was tight and going to town was maybe once a week. You had to be creative and think outside of the box.
Growing up we always had a garden, we preserved everything that we grew. I know the value of this and it is something that I continued throughout my life but more so in the last eight years.
Whether I was at home or at my grandparents, our houses were full of ingredients. You had to put those ingredients together in order to prepare a meal or make up remedies for ailments or skin conditions. This is how I run my house hold too, we practice clean eating, made from scratch and believe that you need to know where your food comes from. This has also extended to including homemade house hold cleaning products and skin care products.
It is also very important to me that I look at the big picture in all things. It makes no sense to me that someone excerises all the time, but eats processed 'healthy food bars' or consumes supplements by the gallons or expensive creams are used on your skin, but you clean using bleach or gardens are ripped out and grass planted. So I am aware and ensuring my children are also aware so that we can be our healthiest selves.
I believe in the body's natural ability to heal itself, I will always chose alternative medicine and or life style changes prior to any prescription. I am fortunate that my doctor is open minded and have developed a great relationship with him these past fifteen years.
When my son was four years old, he is fifteen now, he had symptoms of ADD (don't we all at some point?) and the school was advocating for me to medicate him. I refused, however I did do one thing, that changed my sons behaviour and really opened my mind to alternative ways to handle situations. I changed his diet! I eliminated the processed foods, red food dye, the preservatives. Along with developing a plan with the teachers that allowed my son to get up and move when he was restless, I also involved my son in an extensive outdoor activity plan. We all became more educated and it also allowed the teachers to realize that my son learned differently, it wasn't just that he was fidgety, he was bored! I shudder to think what my son would be like today, if I had just followed blindly and placed him on the mind altering drugs that the school wanted him on.
Very young I realized I was very creative and had a very active imagination. I enjoyed hands on projects, building pioneers villages from supplies found outside, building paper mache masks, learned how to crochet and knit and sew (skills that are being lost now a days). I could draw from the young age of five, I painted, wrote poetry and had aspirations of becoming an artist. Although my parents felt that I was skilled, I was encouraged to treat my art as a hobby and focus on pursuing more traditional forms of education and careers. Being the first child in my family to get my grade twelve my parents felt that is all I would need to get a good job. If I however felt like attending college, then I was responsible for the funding and encouraged to get a real career. They did what they felt was best.
What this advice did for me was had me out living on my own from the age of eighteen and I chased the money versus chasing the dream.
Saying that though, nothing I have learned or experienced in my life has been a waste of time. Since I was eighteen I have experienced panel interviews, given presentations in front of 1000 people, understand bacteria's, know how ingredients coming together can harm or heal, understand the importance of proper detailed notes for not just personal but also audit purposes. I can purchase a home, know how to invest my money, can do my own taxes, can create and implement a business plan, can write the code to create my own website, I know how to market for business and because I have travelled throughout Canada and worked in so many demographics, I know how to change a business approach for success.
I consider myself an artist and have made money from my creations, being home these past four years has really allowed me to get my ideas down and see them to fruition. I became passionate about being self sufficient and take care of the planet while I'm at it!
I am beekeeper, completed permaculture courses and herbal medicine courses, essential oils and the uses and have attended seminars on foraging. It's a badge of honour for me to smell like herbs and especially when I grew them myself!
I have expanded my artistic skills to include healing from within, with proper nutrition and the impact it has to your hormones, organs, inflammatory dis-eases. It has lead me to some amazing healing recipes, remedies for skin conditions and outbreaks.
I have never stopped learning and until the internet I would read everything I could get my hands on and have quite a book collection. My collection ranges from spiritual growth to intuitive to nutritional advisement. Having the internet has allowed me to save a few trees but still spend a lot of time reading, researching and experimenting.
I'm ready to build on my existing experiences. I'm growing in confidence and with my ties to our community, being able to offer additional services would be amazing. Helping people feel better, that's my goal and something I am very passionate about.