When I think of the women who have come before me, I think of these words: strength, character, beauty and the undeniable power that comes from taking control of your own destiny.
As a young girl, my grandmother whom I affectionately refer to as “Mutti,” (which is German for mother) would send me into her gardens in the South of France to gather herbs for her many health supportive preparations. Not only did she instill a work ethic that I carry with me to this day—she also taught me to use these natural ingredients in our home to support our family’s wellness. She modeled that by slowing down, you’ll often realize that what you are looking for is often right in front of you. She also taught me the value of a good seed, of using my hands to create something from nothing, and the important secrets that the Earth holds for us. Mutti taught me to honor the beauty of nature—and how to live a healthy life so that I could go out into the world and become what I wanted to be.
Guided by Mutti’s philosophy I have devoted my career to learning about how to use the elegant simplicity of nature’s remedies to create lasting inner health that manifests outwardly as a type of natural beauty that’s as fresh as it is uncomplicated
And lucky for me, some of her words of wisdom included bites like this one: “Dark chocolate is one of the healthiest things you can put into your mouth.” Yes, she started each day with a piece of dark chocolate (filled with flavanols and antioxidants)—and this has become a tradition I carry on at home with my own daughter, Megan—and inspired my work with the Kuna people to help them reforest their cacao plantations.
Mutti also taught me that I could become anything I desired if I worked for it. This is a beautiful message that I reflect on frequently.