Learning to Nourish Self Through all Flavors of Life.

November 10, 2016

Greetings! My name is Elizabeth Ereddia and I am a massage therapist, herbalist,  gardener, wild food forager, lover of nature, lover of expression, mom of two wonderful boys, and wife to a great husband.

My holistic journey started when, as a young adult, I decided that birth control was not the route that I wanted to continue to use to control ( such a funny word!) my debilitating endometriosis. In reality, birth control didn't really help my endometriosis at all, so I decided to stop taking it. What a challenging time!! For a couple of years, I studied nutrition and natural remedies and through trial and error found a balanced body. Boy, the things you don't learn growing up. Yes, you hear "eat healthy," but what is that to our society? No fat, low fat, no and low calorie!! So finally, I had what I thought to be a normal cycle.

Then, at 26, I gave birth to a beautiful son, at home. At this point, I had another round of life education coming to me. Parenthood! That in itself can be challenging but, I wanted to raise my family as holistic as I could manage to pull off. Well, I am glad that I had the nutrition 101 in my earlier years to help guide me towards what was healthy. Being holistic in mainstream society can be challenging. When you bring children into the picture it's another ballgame. So I hunkered down, educated myself some more, and found a great pediatrician. Now I have two natural and healthy boys!

On this journey, I have taught my children, other children, and adults about wild foods to eat and use. I have attended many herbal classes, herbal guild meetings, and conferences and have learned how to incorporate daily doses of goodness into my family and my life. With this, I have cultivated a strong love and connection to the natural world including our bodies and  relationships. 

About eight years ago, I connected with some ladies who had a desire for community. We started gathering monthly to be heard and supported in a nonjudgmental way. Over the past eight years I have grown so much as a person and am grateful to all those lights on my path.

As I continued my journey as a holistic woman I started thinking about caring for myself as I age. I discovered a traditional form of healing and maintaining reproductive health. Yoni steaming! Wow! A spa type treatment that encourages the release of physical and emotional toxins! So I started doing this treatment on myself as a monthly self care act. Up until this point, I thought my cycle was normal. Then I realized my body was not fully emptying at menstruation. As I continue this self care act, my cycle has become more pleasant and I am feeling an awakening, a deeper sense of self and a connection to my creative center.

 

When a woman comes home to her feminine body, she will embody the honest radiant nature of her inner woman, finding sanctuary in who she is and who she came here to be.

As caretakers, if we can take care of ourselves and embrace all aspects of ourselves in a healthy light, even the ugly, imagine the impact we will have on our children, spouses, and community!!

 

May you have deep breath and radical self acceptance!

 

In radiant health,

Elizabeth Ereddia

 

 

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