Hello, Bright Souls!
Today, I’m introducing you to one of my favorite natural healing mamas, and Wild Sisterhood member, Chrystal Johnson! Chrystal founded Green Moms Network around the same time I was giving birth to my youngest. Not only did we become fast friends, but she was an endless resource for all things eco-friendly, including natural healing. She’s a wealth of information on things that could change your life, as a mom and as an individual.
Today, we’re going to talk to her about natural remedies!
How did you get into natural healing, such as herbs and essential oils, and why?
There were 2 events in my life, which happened in the same year, that set me on my natural living journey. First, I was diagnosed with melanoma when I was 29. Then I found out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter 6 months later. I wanted better for her health, so being the research fanatic that I am, I set out to find the healthiest baby products out there. Then that permeated into my entire life.
From the beginning, my daughter had nothing but the safest products used on her precious body. That also meant that I was learning a lot about natural remedies. I started out with homeopathy and have been teaching myself about herbs and essential oils over the last 5 years. It’s amazing how much can be done with gifts from the earth. And I feel so much better about it.
What have you overcome or healed using herbs and oils, so far, and how?
We use herbs and essential oils for so many things in our home – where do I start? I love using herbal tea to unwind at the end of the day. My favorite brand is Traditional Medicinals because all of their teas are formulated by herbalists and I’ve found all of the formulations to work really well.
I recently had my gallbladder removed and I’m using herbal bitters and herbal extracts to support my liver and my digestion. It has been working really well for me, and my digestion is now better than it has been in years.
We use essential oils to support our immune system during the winter months, and we’re all generally very healthy through that season. I also love diffusing essential oils to help with my daughter’s seasonal allergies and to help my girls (and me!) sleep better too.
Every day I’m amazed at what can be done with herbs and essential oils to keep my family healthy and happy.
What has helped your natural healing journey along the way?
Having friends (mostly online) that I can turn to with questions about herbs and essential oils has been so helpful. As much as I try to stay off Facebook, there are some great groups that are super supportive and helpful.
I also love reading books and studying how herbs and essential oils work so that I’m already knowledgeable when something pops up. That way I’m not scrambling to find a natural remedy – I already have something in my back pocket.
What has been the most challenging aspect?
For me, the most challenging part has been people not understanding why I’d choose to make the decisions I make about natural living. So many people would rather pop a pill and mask symptoms than do the work to address the root cause.
I love how herbs and essential oils really can get at the root cause. While it’s been challenging to live outside of today’s norm, I love sharing what my family does. If I can even help one family make safer, healthier choices for their family then I’m happy.
What advice would you give someone who is considering herbs and essential oils for natural healing?
Baby steps. I think that’s always my recommendation when it comes to lifestyle changes. Don’t try to turn your whole world upside down all at once. Pick one thing to change and master that before moving onto something else.
Sit down and write a list of different areas of your family’s health you’d like to be able to address with herbs and essential oils. Then prioritize the list. For example, if you deal with headaches and that’s the number one thing you want to address, first research what herbs and essential oils will help with that. Play around with those remedies until you find what works for you. Then move onto the second item on your list. Then the third and so on.
You can also use herbs and/or essential oils to make your own beauty products and cleaning products. I think making beauty products is often a gateway for people who want to use essential oils in other ways to get their feet wet.
I have a free guide on my blog that will teach you about using essential oils in beauty products. If you enter your email in this form, I’ll send you a copy.
You’ll find this guide really handy, especially if you’re going to pick up the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle. You’ll find my book, 30 Essential Oil Recipes for DIY Beauty and Skin Care, in the bundle. If you grab the free guide, you’ll have everything you need to customize the recipes to your preferences.
Be sure to follow Chrystal for more blog posts and eBooks on natural living!
Chrystal Johnson, founder of Green Moms Media and chief editor of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching nutrition, health and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family’s life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who is willing to listen.
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