• Switching to Natural Toothpaste
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Toothpaste

    For most of my life, I never thought about my toothpaste. I brushed my teeth, spit it out, and assumed it would work. Even when I started switching to natural products, toothpaste wasn’t on my shortlist. A strict dental hygienist had instilled a deep fear of cavities in me as a child, and I was afraid that natural toothpaste might not work as well. But as other natural products proved highly effective (and often better than their counterparts), I finally decided to give it a shot.   What’s In Your Toothpaste? First, I started researching common toothpaste ingredients. I mostly wanted to know if they were necessary, but I discovered…

  • Health Update - Chronic Fatigue Treatment
    Health,  Personal Updates

    A Health Update —with good news!

    About three years ago, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome took over my life. I probably had the disease to some degree before then, but my health suddenly affected my ability to work, parent, and exist outside of bed in October 2015. After limping along with work for several years, I finally quit my job in France in May 2017. I moved back to America to pursue healing full time. I didn’t know how long it would take to get me well, or if I would get well at all. To this day, no doctor will formally diagnose me or offer me a treatment plan. They tell me that I very well may…

  • Switching to Natural Skincare
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    Switching to Natural Skincare

    If you’re like me, finding a good skincare product is like discovering the holy grail. I have sensitive skin, and I’m at that troublesome age where I have to deal with acne and wrinkles. It’s hard enough to find a product that works, let alone worry about ingredients. But when I started switching to natural products to heal my Chronic Fatigue, I knew I needed to find some good natural skincare products. Here are the ingredients I stopped using and the “holy grail” products I’ve found along the way.   Ingredients to Avoid A lot of skincare products work, but contain ingredients that aren’t actually good for your skin or…

  • Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux
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    Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux

    When I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it was never just fatigue. In the early months of my illness, I had bouts of nausea and acid reflux. This developed into long-term gastritis, stomach pain, and a slew of other digestive issues.  Initially, I went the standard medical route for treatment. I saw countless doctors, tried pharmaceutical drugs, and had tests done on my stomach. They couldn’t find any root cause to my symptoms, and medications only made it worse. At my last appointment, they told me I could try painkillers, but there was nothing else they could do. With my medical options exhausted, I decided to try natural remedies for stomach…

  • Switching to Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
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    Switching to Natural Shampoo

    If you want to switch to more natural products, hair care is an easy place to start. Natural shampoos and conditioners often act like their synthetic counterparts—without the added chemicals. They’re also gentler on your scalp and hair follicles, which will result in healthier hair over time.   What’s in Your Shampoo? Brands like to put fruit and flowers on their bottles to make us think we’re using a natural product, but in reality, many shampoos contain harsh cleansers and questionable chemicals. Here’s some common ingredients you might want to think twice about: Sulfates Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is a cheap detergent. While sulfates aren’t toxic to…

  • how to find a therapist who's right for your needs and budget
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    How to Find the Right Therapist for You

    I’ve seen a few therapists in my lifetime. Okay, more than a few. My childhood was peppered with traumatic events, so I was the kid who went to divorce camps and grief counselors instead of summer camps with fun counselors. As an adult, I’ve continued to see therapists for anxiety and trauma-related illness. Some of them have been good, a few have been awful, and one has been the most healing thing that’s happened to me in a long time. As the saying goes, you have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince, and the same is true for therapists. It can take a while to find…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Deodorant

    For 27 years, I didn’t give much thought to my deodorant. I slapped it on in the morning and never bothered to read the ingredients. Then, I got really sick. Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome made me rethink everything I was putting IN and ON my body. Things that once seemed harmless now made me react with pain, swelling, and fatigue. As I lay in my sickbed, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about getting healthy. Over and over, I came across people who’d switched to natural products and saw a difference in their health. So I decided to give it a try. When I first started…