All recommendations of food, supplements, herbs, oils, and skin care products that I may share, as part of my diligent efforts to learn the best way to take care of my and my family's health, I thoroughly research and experiment (and research and experiment some more). It is of utmost importance for me to find the highest quality therapeutic products to use and recommend. This means I have personally used all of the products or services in my natural healthcare remedies, skincare products, cleaning products and foods- for myself, my daughter, my husband and with friends, family and clients. I make a point of consulting multiple perspectives of Functional Medicine Dr's, Naturopaths, Aromatherapists, Herbalists, M.D.'s, and other healthcare practitioners before I use any product and materials or before I share the knowledge. Essential Oils are one way in which I use natural medicine to support my client's and family's health and wellbeing. It is also a stream of income for myself and my family, so I do provide an external link for purchasing products through my distributorship with Ameo Oils. (see below).
There are a number of providers, educators, teachers and mentors that I consult for my food, herbs, yoga, spiritual practice, green beauty products and parenting- some of which I have highlighted below. Please contact me if you have any questions or specific areas of interest. I am happy to share!
First and most importantly, I am a mother and wife who brings 47 years of life experience, dedicated practice and personal testimonial to my products and services. My parenting work is well-informed by my extensive education and training in the work of Vancouver-based Developmental Psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld from the Neufeld Institute, Dr. Shefali Tasbary (Conscious Parenting and The Awakened Family), Parenting By Connection (Hand In Hand Parenting), Dr. Daniel Siegel (Parenting From the Inside Out and Yes Brain) and the Kundalini Teachings of Guru Jagat and Yogi Bhajan. The newest findings in brain research and attachment theory have turned the traditional parenting world upside down. No longer do we have to engage in discipline the that divides, shames or wounds our children. Thankfully there is a new parenting paradigm that supports our individuality, our innate wisdom and our personal power. We have so much incredible knowledge to draw from that supports us in building the foundation for a more connected, loving and joyful parenting journey. Let's face it: parenting is HARD WORK. We are not given a road map on how to navigate discipline and attachment and relationship. And we are certainly not given any indication of what we will be dealt in terms of our child's personality and temperament. Some of us may have it easier than others in our parenting experiences, but irrespective of what issues we face, we are all in this journey of love and heartache together. Some of the deepest transformations for me as a mother have come as a result of the work I have done with the Neufeld Institute and Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Gordon's ground-breaking research and education in the field of attachment-based developmental science have revolutionized my thinking around parenting and radically transformed my attachment relationship with my daughter. My mentor Colleen Drobot (Neufeld Faculty) continues to be a source of inspiration and a safe breathing space for me as I continue to navigate this wild and wonderful role of Motherhood.
I am RYS-200 Yoga Alliance Certified, and have over 800 training hours in the Vijnana Yoga tradition (pranayama- breathing techniques, meditation, asana and self-study). I am part of the Aquarian Women's Leadership Society with Guru Jagat and RAMA and a daily practitioner of Kundalini yoga. I am a spirit seeker who has practiced many forms of ancient and modern healing practices over the years including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, martial arts, chi gong, crystals, oracle, tarot, feng shui, hypnotherapy, craniosacral therapy, pilates, anatomy trains, fascial bodywork, nutrition, spiritual and developmental psychology, as well as functional and spiritual medicine. I am a Black Belt in TaekwonDo, and although I do not practice martial arts any longer, the foundations of the arts are infused into everything I do.
I have been a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition for the past 7 years and have been on an introspective journey of health and wellness for over 20. I have personally examined and experimented in multiple nutritional perspectives to heal digestive, hormonal and autoimmune issues including Hashimotos Thyroiditis, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions (psoriasis) and anxiety. Over the past 8 years for one health reason or another, I have been on raw/vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, paleo, keto, GAPS, FODMAPS, Body Ecology and autoimmune diets. Through all of this experimentation there are two things that governs my current food philosophy: eat whole foods and listen to your body. Radical I know. But listen we must. There is a lot of nutritional information and advice out there. And much of it is diametrically opposed. Multiple experts will try and tell you why you should be doing x diet and why it is the best (and why every other way of eating is wrong). But just like in every other area of our lives- we must get to the place where we believe in ourselves. We must align with spirit so that we can become our own food guru. So that we can meet the changing needs of our bodies and flow with it- depending on our life situation. We can do it. It just takes practice.
In the last number of years that I have been using essential oils, I have used a variety of different oils and have not been affiliated with one specific brand. It's not that any of them were better than the other per se or weren't good quality, it's just that I have recently come across a brand that has come highly recommended to me by some very trusted colleagues- Robin and Myrah from It's Time To Bloom, and Jana Roemer Yoga, so I decided to try them out. The brand is called AMEO, which is part of a larger MLM company, called Zija International. My current focus is on AMEO and the essential oils, and since using them I have decided to become a distributor to share the oils with those interested in buying essential oils at wholesale and/or those wanting to sell the oils by becoming their own distributor. After using these oils for a number of months now on myself, my family, my friends and clients, I am confident that the quality of Ameo's oils and the research being done in the field of gene expression is unparalleled. Of course there are some very good quality brands of essential oils out there, so regardless of which oils you choose, it is of utmost importance to choose a reputable brand who is transparent in their procuring and manufacturing processes. Aromatherapy, when used knowledgeably and responsibility, is an incredibly powerful resource in our self-care and wellness toolkits.
My deep interest in and connection to nature has contributed to my love of all things natural when it comes to health and wellness. I know there is a place for conventional medicine and I respect that. However it wasn't until my dad passed away from Cancer 10 years ago and I subsequently became pregnant with my daughter, that I became passionate about what finding the cleanest and most natural products for my family. I decided then and there that I would clean up my act and be healthy from the inside out, and this included the wonderful world of herbs and botanicals. Here are a few of my go-to herbal resources for understanding the use of herbs and making teas, tinctures, syrups, foods, infusions, salves, and other healthcare products: Susan Weed, Aviva Romm, Rosemary Gladstar, Growing Up Herbal, Gaia Garden, The Herbal Academy and my own backyard.
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DISCLAIMER OF HEALTH CARE RELATED SERVICES: The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. I encourage you to continue to seek treatment from your healthcare and medical professional(s). I am not acting as a doctor, or other licensed or registered professional (including herbalist and aromatherapist), nor am I providing health care, medical or nutrition therapy services and will not diagnose, treat or cure any disease or condition.
In love and health,
x Melissa x