Want to learn all about what Basic Botanicals means to me and why I started the company? Get the scoop on my battle with PCOS and how it forced me to change my lifestyle. And why you should too!
Basic Botanicals is a company that I created to share with the world my deep desire for living an all natural and holistic lifestyle. I want to inspire as many people as I can to begin this journey. I think it is such an important part of our well being to start paying attention to the external toxins we’re adding to our bodies everyday. Have you ever really read the hefty list of ingredients in your shampoo? Have you ever questioned one of those ingredients and looked up the side effects? I guarantee you’d be pretty freaked out if you did. Most people tend to not even think about these things, but they make SUCH a big impact on our lives. For someone who follows a certain diet, or only eats organic - you are obviously conscious of what you’re putting in your body, so why ignore what you put on your body? It’s quite counter-productive to eat all organic, yet purchase conventional shampoo that will cause hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and allergens to seep right into your scalp
What inspired this journey and my passion for all things natural and non toxic was when I found myself going to doctor after doctor to try to figure out what I’d been feeling so crappy. I had been traveling alone in India for about four months at that point, when my body just seemed to feel like it was shutting down. I had such low levels of energy, I was gaining weight even though I was doing more yoga than I’d ever done before, and my skin was breaking out everywhere. After a few months and millions of Indian doctors, hospitals, homeopathic doctors and Ayurvedic doctors, I was finally able to find out that I had developed the early stages of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
I was so stressed and overwhelmed at that point, that it only made it worse. The fact that I was alone in a country 9,000 miles away from my family didn’t make it any easier, either. There wasn’t much help that they could give me unless I would start taking a contraceptive which is the reason the cysts developed in the first place…..so that clearly wasn’t an option for me. Ayurvedic doctors gave me suggestions on diet, meditation and supplements, but those were things I was already doing regularly. I decided enough was enough and I was going to kick this thing on my own - the natural way. I dove into researching alternative medicine and ways to balance hormones. The major factor I kept seeing was the toxic, hormone disrupting and chemically produced substances we’re putting on our bodies every single day.
A lot of people don’t even think about it, but there is so much added crap to the face wash, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, makeup, etc that we’re blinding applying. I vowed to remove every part of this from my life in order to get myself back to being healthy. I learned about the toxic ingredients in our beauty products, what to look out for and what to avoid. I obsessively read ingredient labels of everything I could, I eliminated a lot of products all together like nail polish and hair dye, and I began to learn how to create my own all natural products. I’ve experimented with everything under the sun and have made my own toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, makeup and other beauty products. Then also diving into home products and making my own dish soaps, hand soaps, and cleaning products. The fire within me grew more and more the more I was able to eliminate conventional products and replace them with my own non-toxic products. I was beginning to feel like me again and my body was coming back to normal and my cycle was regulating. I really, truly love diving into this research and experimenting. With this, I was able to be at peace with the struggles I faced. I was able to appreciate this journey and see that it all had to happen for me to open my eyes to what I was putting on my body and especially to pursue this passion to create my own products.
I aim to share this passion with all of you and to begin to light a fire inside of you as has been ignited within me. I am frustrated with the lack of regulations worldwide regarding health and beauty products. I am angry with the amount of harmful chemicals that are considered to be ‘safe’ even though they’re NOT. I’m disgusted with the billion dollar cooperations that make their money off of selling us lies; and lies that can harm our bodies.
I will not turn a blind eye and I will not give in to purchasing and helping to fund these companies. The only thing that will stop them, is when people stop buying their products. Those products contain harsh chemicals that disrupt our bodies and its’ natural functions. Those parabens and preservatives, artificial dyes and fragrances, they’re not needed here.
Basic Botanicals is an effort to open the eyes of common consumers and to educate. To show you that Mother Nature has already provided us with everything we could possibly need.
Basic Botanicals is made with the most basic and simple ingredients right from the earth. Created to love and nurture your body from the magical fruits of the earth. Natural ingredients like Shea butter, cold pressed coconut oil and essential oils are used. Everything is 100% all natural, toxic free, paraben free and preservative free. It does not contain chemicals or artificial fragrances. It is not produced in a massive assembly line warehouse. Each product is specially handmade by myself with all the care, intention, and love <3
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