when my brother was ill and hospitalised some years ago, i was reading a self help book written by a doctor. i wanted to help myself, my brother and my family to cope with pain those crazy and hard times. at one point, the author of the book was saying that all of us, every single person hides an illness inside him/her and under certain conditions, most of the times, this illness will make its appearance. i carried his phrase with me and pondered over it for some time. after months, i came to the conclusion that, at least for me and my brother, that was the case; it was called autoimmune skin disorder. for my brother were psoriasis and lichen planus, for myself, at least for the time being, psoriasis.
i was nearly 18 when i got into the law school. i remember back then how stressed and trapped i felt. what it was seen as success by others, for me it was a personal and emotional failure, a drama, a huge trap. i hated everything about it. i hated the building, the courses, the professors, even my fellow students. everything was just wrong. i was in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing. and even though i felt that way, i couldn’t admit it to myself and worse, i couldn’t react. i knew my heart belonged somewhere else. my soul longed for other things, surely not for legislations, courts, briefcases and grey offices.
second year at the university, i fell in love with the wrong guy. that was my first emotional breakdown. that coupled with my inner voice suppression resulted in an eczema skin condition. it was itchy and painful but didn’t pay much attention. one day my mum came to visit and literally, dragged me to the doctor’s. the diagnosis was psoriasis, a light form of it, though, only on elbows.
i was prescribed cortisone creams which i had to apply everyday. i left greece, went to london, stayed for five years and i was still treating my proriasis condition the way i was told; with expensive creams that through the years had thinned my skin. when in london, i also got addicted to lipbalm. i remember chapstick was the only thing that could soothe my lips. a day without it and i had cracked, dry skin all over my mouth, sometimes covered with blood. upon my return to greece, i visited my local dermatologist and asked him to help me get rid off all my addictions; chapstick and cortisone creams. unfortunately, i knew he could do nothing about psoriasis and i had to learn to live with it for the rest of my life.
one day i walked in an organic shop and bought a beeswax salve. i was not sure what exactly the content of that tiny jar could do for me. it just sounded very natural and i thought i had nothing to lose; its sole ingredients were pure natural beeswax and olive oil. i first tried it on my lips. at the same time, i forced myself to drink more water. my lips got soft and healthy again and i didn’t have to carry something with me all time to moisturize. i then started to apply it on my elbows. psoriasis was still there but my skin became more elastic. after a while, i got into homeopathy treatment. i started eating more fresh fruits, drink more water and herbal teas, have less meat and processed food. my skin got healthier, harder, stronger.
i went online, i bought books, i researched on pure beeswax properties, i contacted professional beekeepers and bought good beeswax. one evening i made my own salve. a big jar to apply everywhere and to last forever! since then i have been reading books and articles on natural remedies, i have been studying aromatherapy books and i have been making my own salves and balms which i first try on myself.
i have also learned that alongside any natural remedy, i have to consult and work with a doctor that suits me. and finding the right one is not an easy task.
most importantly, i learned to listen to myself and take care of my inner voice. i now take account of my needs. i try to eat simple fresh food, drink less coffee and enjoy more natural herbal teas; greek mountain tea, sage, melissa, lemongrass and many more. i try to eat more pulses and less meat. i drink tap water and i exercise. i meet friends and have a laugh. i listen to them and they listen to me. i give love to people and animals. i give love to nature. if i want to change something, i start to change myself. i try to think less and feel more, get rid off my expectations and live simple.
that’s the story behind my salves and balms. if you want to give them a try, i am now offering free shipping till end of november, wherever you are in the world, when you buy any of them.
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thanks for reading my story!
take care of yourself and enjoy new week!