It's been some time since I was updating my site on a regular basis....oh wait...I never really was.
Well that is about to change.
I'll begin by answering a question on here that I get asked a lot:
How did you start making salves?
I became fascinated with natural medicine when I was in my mid-20s. I was a relatively healthy young person, working jobs that just didn't offer health insurance and I couldn't afford to purchase any on my own. I was one of that 1/3 of all Americans at the time. Lucky for me, I was relatively healthy and I was also still quite young. Nevertheless, I was worried about big medical bills, or worse, not being able to afford medical care at all.
In order to not get sick (and not need care), I started looking for ways to take better care of myself. I was hanging out with a hippie-artist crowd around that time and, through these interesting humans, I was introduced to the writings of Dr. Ricard Schultz, and the idea of Natural Healing. Natural Healing, an area of herbalism that contends that all diseases can be treated using herbs and natural healing treatments. Until this time it had never occurred to me that herbs and healthier food choices could be used to cure illnesses. All I new were doctors and pills.
I started studying Natural Healing with a passion. I love learning about different herbs and how they can be used to treat injuries, as well as acute and chronic illnesses.
“I made my medicines as powerful as possible and experimented on myself and my more daring friends....”
I made tinctures, and different kinds of poultices (water added to powdered herbs and applied to the skin). I made an herbal snuff (that contains cayenne and garlic) for sinus infections. I made my medicines as powerful as possible and experimented on myself and my more daring friends. Though intense, most of the time my remedies have actually worked pretty well. Especially the Snuff...though I rarely get any takers.
After awhile, I started exercising with a higher level of intensity than I ever had before....First it was running and marathons, then it was CrossFit. For years I was sore. So sore. I started making salves in response to my soreness, so that I could apply herbs to my skin (and the muscles underneath) without the mess of using a poultice all the time.
It became my passion to keep myself healthy through a natural diet, exercise, and treating myself with herbal medicines that I make myself whenever possible...and sharing the medicines I made and the things I learn with people in my small circle of friends. All the while I was working full time jobs that were unrelated to my passions for herbalism, intense exercise, and natural living.
“I didn't know it at the time, but when I started crossfitting in 2009, everything was about to change.”
I didn't know it at the time, but when I started crossfitting in 2009, everything was about to change.
I developed a confidence in myself that I'd never felt before and I got the courage to strike out on my own.
Since then, I've opened a CrossFit box (with a great friend). I also went back to school and got a graduate degree in Nursing (go Wildcats) while still working full time at the gym.
I started bringing in my sore muscle salve to share with my gym members. Then they started requesting in. One particularly tough day of nursing school this thought popped into my head: “When I get done with nursing school, I'm going to start my own company and call it WOD Balm.”
Seriously, that actually happened.
Three months after graduating nursing school and one month after passing my boards, I started this business. And it has been a labor of love ever since.
Thanks for taking the time to read this today. I look forward to sharing more of my stories on here very regularly.