Five years ago, my daughter Molly, was diagnosed with food allergies/sensitivities, seborrheic dermatitis, and eczema. At the time, I didn’t know a whole lot about nutrition, but I knew enough to know that our gut health plays a massive role in our overall health. So, I set out to do whatever I could to help heal Molly from the inside out. It wasn’t long before I found myself immersed in the world of holistic health and wellness. I was fascinated by what I was discovering, so I decided to take it a step further and get formal training. The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) is where I was led.
I enrolled in SWIHA’s Accredited Western Herbalism program in 2016. There I learned how to make herbal medicine for my family. I also received training in Nutrition, Homeopathics, and was introduced to Energy Therapies such as Reiki and Polarity. In 2018, after completing 400 credit hours, I graduated with a diploma in Western Herbalism.
For the past 5 years, I have dedicated a good part of my life to my family’s health and wellness; From making and formulating herbal remedies like teas and tinctures to making homemade salves for cuts and bruises. We also maintain our health through a whole foods diet, herbs, supplements, and partaking in things such as yoga, meditation, and energy therapy as needed.
When Silas moved in with us 6 months ago, I realized that caring for a child with multiple psychological diagnoses would require a different approach, then one with physical diagnoses. So, instead of learning about physical health and wellness, I’ve had to turn my attention to mental health and wellness. But just like with Molly, I was determined to do everything I could to try and help him.
We started by switching him to a whole foods diet and cut out things like food dyes and high fructose corn syrup. A local herb company makes a fantastic Calm & Sleep Tincture for children, so I put him on that to help keep his ADHD under control and also help with his sleep & night terrors. Both worked well, but they didn’t begin to address his emotionally traumatic past.
I’ve researched all his diagnoses — ADHD, ODD, & Trauma — and have tried different approaches to help him with them. Two things have helped us the most with addressing Silas’ emotional issues:
1. A book called “The Explosive Child.” This book helped shed a whole new light on Silas’ diagnoses. It provided more useful information than anything I had read or learned up until that point.
2. My Co-collaborator, Christina Scott, CECP (Certified Emotion Code Practitioner) at Glow Essentials. Christina has been doing energy work on Silas, via The Emotion Code. This energy therapy has helped him make tremendous progress in a short amount of time. She is helping to release the energy that is doing damage and, in return, is making it so he has a “clean” slate. With this, my family & I can help him rebuild a positive emotional foundation.
Silas still has a ways to go. But, I believe as long as we don’t give up, he will get to where he needs to be — An emotionally-stable, happy person. Something I wish for all children, not just my own.
This journey has been an experience like none I’ve ever had, but I’m incredibly grateful for all of it. Everything I’ve learned and continue to learn, has allowed me not just to help my own family, but many others as well.