We have been going back and forth for a while now about how to start writing on our blog again. Like anything you stop for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. You see, we don’t live our life in one direction – we never have. We like it that way. Myles said to me not too long ago that one of the things he loves most about our life is how we can be both very happy with where we are and yet always strive for better.

In these last few months, we have had another big uproot in our life. One that we thought would never happen and yet, that’s life. Not really knowing where to start as so much has changed in the last couple months, we thought in honor of Bell’s Let’s Talk celebration, now is as great a time as any.

After Myles’ car crash he got his fifth concussion and struggled every single day as post concussion syndrome infected almost every aspect of his life. Thinking this was something we could just run away from, the common ignore it and it will go away, but even with all our running, we couldn’t get away from it. As the days ticked by his headaches were staying as strong and crippling as ever. No amount of naps was working for him. He was so out of commission it would mean that often our day ends at 5 pm.

It wasn’t until just after our honeymoon when coming back to the van that we noticed how much this was affecting every single aspect of our life.

We were living our dreams, but at 70%.

These early nights weren’t fulfilling us anymore. We didn’t run towards this lifestyle to only live it half way. It was hard to say it, to admit it, but Myles finally said: I think I am heading towards depression and we need to change some things. So, after a long discussion, we decided that our health had to be our top priority. Once we got our health better, we could come back and finally live this life at 100%, or close to.

So, in a split second, we switched directions and drove back up to BC to focus on self-improvement.

It is really hard to decide to focus all your time on improving yourself, but it can be the most important decision of your life.

With the past four months in a rented basement suite in the small town of Kamloops, we have focused all our energy on health. Countless chiropractor, massage, physio and naturopath appointments and we are proud to say that Myles pain has, for the first time in years, become more manageable.

Along with regular health care appointments we have made some drastic lifestyle changes. We have started placing a huge importance on fueling our bodies on the healthiest foods, taking supplements for any vitamins we can’t get naturally (vitamin B12), and exercising in the form of hikes and yoga on a daily basis. The difference… well, stay tuned!

This change has provided us the most unexpected results. We thought our dogs would love the extra space and the consistency of daily life, and while they’re happy, they are incredibly bored. We have both started school again for a semester in an attempt to gradually plug away at finishing our degrees.

This life is by no means permanent, we plan to travel and even return to the road the moment the weather gets warm and our health is stable, but for now we are focusing on what matters most – ourselves.

Our story, much like life, is a messy one. An absolutely beautiful mess.

If you know me at all, you know my love for natural remedies, especially essential oils. I use them for just about everything. From additives to all my at home beauty concoctions, as a perfume and most often for health reasons.

Many people believe that best way to cure a headache is by popping a few Tylenol. If you’re more holistic, drinking a large glass of water can have similar effects (still drink the water no matter what!). I am a firm believer in the powers of essential oils. I turn to these magical remedies for all my at home pharmaceutical needs. In addition to being a much healthier option, you wouldn’t believe how much cheaper it is too!

Good for the bank, good for me, good for the earth and beats all those grueling pharmaceutical companies. Count me in!

Most people turn to harsher drugs in order to combat their everyday pain and discomfort. Someone who takes Morphine every day for pain will not feel the effects of Tylenol. It may take some time for your body to adjust to the healing properties of these much more natural remedies.

The thing I love most about these beautiful herbs is that you can gain the health benefits in a number of different ways. The most convenient way is to purchase the essential oils that often come combined with a number of different scents to produce a desired benefit. These are great but if you are on a tight budget, or enjoy experimentation, there are much more affordable ways.

Grow your own herbs!

Once you know which herbs work well for you growing them becomes an affordable alternative. It helps that they are one of the easiest things to grow. Herbs, like peppermint, can be grown in a mason jar in your kitchen while calming scents like lavender and chamomile require some more space. If you have never tried using peppermint for a headache you should try it. The cooling sensation you get when applying it is enough to distract you from the pain you are experiencing.

I am obsessed with Saje! Myles and I both use their pocket pharmacy in our everyday life as a cure all end all.

Any chance to support smaller, natural farming style businesses rather than a big corporation I am all over. Much to Myles dismay I have decided to start growing a small herb garden with all of our extra square footage in our van. Some simple herbs we use everyday for both cooking and health. Stay tuned, lets see how this goes!

Note: This is not a sponsored post, all thoughts are my own and all brands are tried and tested by myself.


Have you experimented with essential oils? What do you find works best for you?



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