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Wellness E(scent)ials is a community of seekers, explorers, and educators using natural solutions to make their homes, families, and communities stronger. One step, one individual, one family at a time making the world a better and healthier place.
Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Amy Ray. I have been happily married to my soul mate for over 20 years. I am a mom, daughter, business woman, friend and counselor, life long learner, educator, and Oh, and did I mention mom!?
I began my wellness journey as a child. My mother was diagnosed with MS when I was young and I watched her as she modeled courage, researching and trying every possible integrative option to battle her disease. As a teenager I poo poo’d (as is typical of a know it all youth) such things she introduced to me such as Ayurveda, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Supplements, Yoga, and the list goes on….
Now, my husband and I own a veterinary hospital, he’s the Vet. We live with our two children, two dogs, a cat, chickens and three pigs on a six acre homestead where we have worked to teach our children about sustainability, free play, growing and raising our own food, and being good caretakers for the earth. As my children grow and evolve I now also look to natural ways to keep my family healthy and happy. I blogged about this philosophy and adventure at Tilting at Windmills
A few years ago, our daughter began a debilitating battle with depression, anxiety and anorexia. As her illness evolved my blogging voice fell silent as I found myself coming full circle and going back to the roots that my mom instilled in me. I began to research for myself the vast world of integrative medicine, with a focus on essential oils. Funny enough, now my teenage daughter is the one to poo poo my ideas.
This space is to share what I have already learned, and continue to learn. I found that self-care and support for caregivers is a vital part to maintaining wellness for families. I have a Bachelors in Psychology, an MBA, and have independently taken a number of continuing education classes on complementary and integrative health and mindfulness.
I’m loving every moment of my crazy busy life, and striving to take a road less traveled.