In 2015, I decided to go off birth control as I wanted to reduce the artificial hormones in my body.
What I predicted would be an easy transition to getting my natural menstruation process again, instead turned into 4 years of doctor’s appointments, blood tests, ultra-sounds, frustration, fear that I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant if we decided we wanted children, and quite frankly, fear that something was wrong with me…
In fall 2018, my skin broke out as I’d never seen it before. I had purple-ish cystic acne all over my chin and cheeks, my digestion was horrible with uncomfortable bloating and gas after eating, and I was embarrassed to go in public and even make eye contact. Although I led what I believed to be a healthy life, I looked and felt unhealthy, and I was ashamed.
In November 2018, my mother helped me set up an appointment with a Naturopath who put me on the path of liver cleansing, acupuncture, calendula and lavender face steams, castor oil packs, and more.
My mother Lorraine also helped me clean up my diet and nutrition (she’s also a licensed Holistic Nutrition Practitioner) by providing me with meal plans and recipes, as well as making me plant-based skincare products designed for my sensitive, acne-prone skin (she’s also the creator of Rain Natural Skincare).
By April 2019, I had my period again for the first time in 4 years, my skin was clear and bright, my digestion was normal and stopped bothering me, and I felt confident, happy, and truly healthy for the first time in a long time.
I tell you all this because I am a BIG believer in reducing toxins in our lives wherever possible, eating clean and close to nature, reading ingredient lists (food, supplements, skincare, household products, etc.) and being mindful of all the toxins we’re consuming – internally and even externally through thoughts and negativity.