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by Laura Kemp
My interest in herbs began way back in 1990 after moving to a community that practiced vegan organic farming. The many therapeutic plants we grew were maintained by two herbalists, and many years of working alongside them inspired me to learn about herbs, from growing them, to making herbal tea blends, herbal oils, and tinctures.
After having my children in 1997, and being quite shocked by all the products aimed at infants on the market--from bright-pink baby lotion to petroleum-based baby oil--I was inspired to create my own natural body-care products with ingredients that are actually good for the body and safe for our skin to absorb, and free from the “nasties” we’re better off avoiding.
Twelve years ago I took my interest in herbs to a professional level and started my own skincare business. After training as an herbalist, I now give consultations, and many clients come to me asking for help with the ever-changing hormone roller-coaster, especially as they approach their menopausal stages. At the age of 43, I can certainly relate to that!
Instead of having to deal with the side-effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy, many women are choosing to take their health in their own hands by turning to natural products that work with their hormones instead of against them. This is what aromatherapy, nutrition, and herbalism can offer, with the help of plants that have been used for centuries, and without severe side-effects.
Besides being aware of changes in my own skin, I notice that I am less in control of my emotions approaching my menstruation. This can be the most difficult for me and my family, so for all of us it is important to take responsibility in getting a bit of balance. The following herbs are both safe and effective, and I propose them based not only on professional experience, but from personal experience, too.
Good nutrition is also important to help balance your hormones. Besides eating a plant-based diet, I regularly supplement with a green formula that’s full of protein, magnesium, iron, iodine, and trace minerals. This, coupled with regular swimming, has increased my positive thinking, which in turn empowers me to feel I can travel through this change in my life naturally and confidently.
Laura Kemp is the owner and product creator of Holistix, established in 2002 to bring a range of trustworthy products based upon her knowledge of traditional herbalism. All her products are free from petrochemicals, synthetic colours and scents, parabens, and are vegan. You can find more information about her natural products at www.holistixherbs.com