health store worker bee

Saturday, February 22, 2020

I used to spend my days managing a small holistic health shop on the square in a nearby town. It was such a blessing to me because I learned so much from the owner, a forager-style herbalist. My customers turned into friends that I treasure still. I left my position when I gave birth to Kindred, but was asked back when she was the tiny babe you see in my arms above. Having her at work with me every day was a dream come true!! Unfortunately, the owners moved out of state and decided to close the store. After it closed, Kindred and I worked one day a week at the sister-store until she was 2 years old. 

When my niece, Naiya, was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2017, I visited a larger local natural health store to see which ways I could support her holistically during treatment. I struck up good conversation with the staff and wound up being hired on for Saturdays. I did that until August 2019.

After all these years working in naturopathic health, I have seen and heard just about everything. I have met people who were mistreated by doctors & pharmaceutical companies. I have met people who have suffered at the hands of "natural healers", as well. I have met the parents of vaccine injured children who were bullied/shamed into literally whispering about their children's health so that other customers wouldn't overhear them for fear of being labeled an 'anti-vaxxer'. I have met many different physicians, specialists, nurses, pharmacists, and even a virologist, who practice modern medicine in their day jobs but choose functional medicine for themselves & their families. Personally, I have come to believe that naturopathic & allopathic medicine should be used hand-in-hand. If we are in a constant fight about which side is better, or worse, we are doing a disservice to the sick.

From time to time, I may share herbs/vitamins/minerals/essential oils/food, etc that has either worked for me, our family, was used historically, or is coworker/family/friend/customer feedback. This should not be interpreted as 'advice' and should be ran through your filter of common sense, researched, and/or discussed with your health practitioner. 

During my tenure as health store manager, I was approached many times by many multi-level-marketing (MLM) participants who tried to get me to sign on with their respective essential oil companies. I never did, despite the fact that it could have probably been quite lucrative in my position. I was not fully trained in essential oils, as my mentor was an herbalist. Once I added more knowledge to my personal toolkit from a close friendship with an aromatherapist, I chose to sign up with dōTERRA for the wholesale prices. I view my membership as I do my Sam's Club membership. I do not actively sell them. But, I have seen great benefit in our family by incorporating essential oils alongside herbs, vitamins, minerals, and food. I personally do not consume them, nor would I allow Kindred to consume them. We use them topically and diffuse them only. I loved learning about the emotional benefits of using oils and we diffuse Elevation, Citrus Bliss, & Lemon in our homeschool classroom. It smells like summer. 

If you would like to sign up for a wholesale membership, feel free to use my link or comment with any questions you have. 

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