My big “Ah-Ha!” moment was that I wasn’t alone. And it wasn’t my fault.
For years, I let society influence my actions, urging me to fuel myself with stress and power on, steamrolling over all of the warning flags that my body continued to throw up at me.
Migraines, painful periods, bloating, fatigue…one after another, they plagued me until I never left home without my over the counter pain meds for relief.
If I said that I struggled through my mid and late-twenties, that would be the understatement of the century.
Here I was, in my first year of practice, trying to be the best practitioner I could be, doing all the things for everyone, not realizing that I was on the verge of chronic fatigue and burnout.
Eventually my body just stopped working for me. It was embarrassing. I felt so much guilt and shame as a practitioner for not being able to show up one hundred percent.
Fortunately, a dear friend referred me to a functional practitioner who forced me to turn inward and really figure out where the root of the symptoms began. When I took a good hard look at my life and health, I realized my biggest problem stemmed from a belief ingrained in me since childhood. Growing up, I believed that my worth as a woman was measured by how much I was able to do for other people. So, I worked hard from as early as I can remember. I was determined to prove my worth through hard work, serving others and adding more to my plate.
At some point my plate became a massive, unmanageable platter and yet I still found myself stressing about not doing enough, especially for other people. I was convinced that selfcare was selfish and self-indulgent. I remember calling my workouts at the gym my selfish hour. That was how powerful my disempowering mindset was for most of my life.
I was not myself anymore. I felt like a robot simply going through the motions. Finally, I took a deep look into the decisions I made about my health, lifestyle and happiness. I realized that I was very unhappy and unhealthy. I had no energy reserves to show up for my patients and those who mattered most to me. Looking back now, I realized I suffered from chronic fatigue fueled by Rushing Woman’s Syndrome and poor lifestyle habits.
When I finally made some doctor appointments to figure out why my body had sabotaged me, they took a look at my symptoms and tried to fix me based on that. They simply prescribed me birth control pills and anti-anxiety medications, but deep down in my heart I knew that the prescriptions were not the solution to my health concerns. I needed an integrative approach that addressed my entire body. I needed to get to the root cause of my health issues if I was going to truly heal myself.
I know firsthand how it feels to be dismissed with a prescription or a recommendation to just simply “live with it.” But I am living proof that YOU are the CEO of your own healthcare and YOU don’t have to live with anything that doesn’t feel right.
I refused to accept their prognosis and I put my biochemistry research hat on and took control of my health.
No one was going to write my health story but ME.
As a started on my healing journey I began to realize that millions of women, like myself, were struggling with very similar health concerns; stress, exhaustion, mood swing, unexplained weight gain, hormonal imbalances, headaches, brain fog and the list goes on…
I’ll be honest, my healing journey wasn’t always easy. But it was so worth it! The more I learned, the more information I craved. And suddenly I realized that I could help to empower other women just like myself to heal their hormone imbalances and find their own authentic selves. My biggest health struggle became my greatest mission!
It was during my two-year healing journey that I discovered essential oils. And that’s where my love affair with essential oils began. It was love at first whiff! When I cracked that bottle of Wild Orange, took a long, deep inhale, and realized that I instantly felt energized and more focused, I felt my old self come alive. A born researcher, I dug in and learned as much as I could about the biochemical composition of essential oils and how they interact with our chemical make-up to support us on a cellular level.
I relied on essential oils to support my body and made some hardcore changes. Initially, I began using essential oils to makeover my cleaning cabinet because I had learned the dangers of xenoestrogens in our personal care and cleaning products. One of my hormone tests had come back showing me to be estrogen dominant, meaning I had more estrogen than my body could handle. Lowering my exposure to estrogens lurking in all of the products I was using was an easy switch and I ended up replacing a lot of my medicine and cleaning cabinet with essential oil-based solutions.
I soon began to understand that essential oils could be used for everyday emergencies and health concerns such as sore muscles, brain fog and allergies. They are the first line of defense in our home today.
Essential oils became the golden ticket to supporting my daily self-care rituals and habits. For me essential oils became the fast track to loving my body and healing my hormones.
While essential oils are NOT hormones, they are capable of supporting the systems that influence and control hormones and they are magnificent for creating powerful lifestyle habits that will move the needle for your hormones and sanity.
Essentials oils can support your body in a way that you have never experienced before thanks to the hundreds of powerful chemical constituents packed into a single drop. They can support all of your body’s systems – reproductive, endocrine, digestive, cognitive and more – and can help you to leverage your daily self-care rituals to produce immediate and lasting results. They can bridge the gap between your body’s hormone-producing glands and a healthy, balanced body.
If you are looking for a natural way to support your healing journey, I want to invite you to leverage the power of essential oils along with hormone loving foods and self-care rituals. You are the CEO of your own healthcare and you deserve a body that works for you. Your body is ripe for healing miracles and oils can help to unlock that potential inside of you.
Dr. Mariza Snyder is a functional practitioner and author of the national best-seller The Essential Oils Hormone Solution. To learn more visit her website, DrMariza.com.