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 the Farmacist who is blessed to inspire others to wellness that is already inside of them.
During my first year in pharmacy school, I tore my ACL while skiing. Following the injury, I struggled to manage school, the 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. At the time, I was under the care of a chiropractor, and she suggested that I visit her colleague, an acupuncturist, for an appointment.
My First Treatments
I arrived at the acupuncture appointment in tears. I had not slept in almost a month, and was desperate for a solution. Nothing magical happened in this first visit. I did not fall deep asleep on the table. I did not go home and sleep through the night. 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 to balance. I became more conscious of my diet, started going to exercises classes that were more about harmony and quiet energy versus muscles and weight loss. I planted a garden, and took greater ownership of the food I put in my body. I started teaching classes far outside of my realm as a pharmacist: classes on plant-based diets and chemical-free do it yourself beauty products. I spent time with patients working to remove medicines from their system, and empower their wellness journey.
And then 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 didn’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 the many of the trappings of modern Western medicine, I embraced the positive, and became The Farmacist.
Since then, I have traveled the world teaching others about the benefits of daily wellness, and I turn complicated science into easy to understand stories. I have continued my wellness journey as well. I continue to see acupuncturists on a regular basis, have benefited from energy work such as craniosacral and reiki, and am soon to complete an Aroma Yoga® certification.
Thank you for being on this journey with me. Life is such a blessing, and wellness is free to everyone.