There are 3 things I hear all the time:
- I love your nails! How do you get them to grow that long?! Mine always break!
- You grew your hair 12 inches in a year?! How?!
- What do you mean you never experience PMS symptoms? No headaches, no cramping, no mood swings? You’re kidding, right?
The answer is always the same: Minerals.
Okay, it isn’t that short of an answer. Since going vegan, I have noticed a tremendous difference in the health of my body. I feel stronger, my nails no longer break, my hair has stopped falling out and can go longer without being washed. I also noticed my horrible cramps that left me debilitated in bed disappeared. I no longer suffered migraines and I would have maybe one or two zits during a period rather than clusters all around my T-Zone.
I wasn’t just vegan, either. I feel it is important to clarify that the real improvements happened once I went plant-based vegan. That means eating whole foods 80-90% of the time and leaving the processed stuff like NadaMoo Icecream as a special treat.
Why was this making such a difference? Plants are rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish every part of the body. Before, I was not eating nearly as much real, whole food. By making plants the star player and foundation of my diet, my body was finally able to receive the nutrition it needed to do its daily functions and grow stronger.
My hair and nails reflected this. I still had some slightly-concerning amounts of shedding during showers, and my nails still broke occasionally, but the improvements could not be denied.
Then, I discovered herbalism, the path I have now devoted my life to. This was a turning point. I began incorporating nourishing herbal infusions into my daily diet and this took the health of my body to a whole new level.
I started drinking teas with herbs such as red clover, red raspberry, nettle, sage, ginger, and horsetail every week. My hair gained more body and natural curl while also getting shinier. My nails grew even longer and rarely break unless I hit it wrong on something. My periods became shorter and the flow less heavy.
It is no secret out produce does not have the same nutrition in it as it did for our grandparents. Our soils are depleted and unable to offer the same nutrient dense food that helped our ancestors survive for centuries. By incorporating more herbs into my diet, I have been able to fill in the gaps that have been blown into our produce by the agricultural system, and my body has done nothing but thank me.
Now, I have grown passionate from experiencing such amazing results in my own life from the powerful effects of a healthy diet and herbal medicines. Now, I have the ability to offer all I have learned as a health coach and herbalist to you. I guide people to a diet and herbal regimen that is fit for their body and lifestyle, so that they may thrive and grow stronger with each passing day. If this is something you feel could benefit your own life, fill out the form below to set up a consultation.
Below is a recipe of a simple Hormone-Balancing and Mineral-Rich infusion to get you started on your own path towards happy and healthy hair, skin, and nails! Enjoy!
Strengthening Herbal Infusion
- 2 Tbsp Red Raspberry Leaf
- 1 Tbsp Nettle
- 1 Tbsp Alfalfa
Put the Herbs into a Quart-Size Mason Jar.
Fill the jar with freshly boiled purified water.
Cap the jar and allow to sit for 20 minutes to overnight.
Once the infusion is done, strain the liquid into a separate container to drink.
Put the extra herbs in a soup, smoothie, in your garden, or compost them!