Erin MassengaleThere are moments to me that it seems strange I ended up on the path of herbalism. I was in the construction/building industry and I was loving it. My husband and I owned a construction business and did well for ourselves. Although I was familiar with energy medicine, it wasn't until my son was born that I took an interest in natural healing/remedies/medicine. As a family we 'ate well' and were generally healthy, but a combination of difficulty nursing and my son having severe acid reflux lead me down the path of holistic medicine. My healthy eating obsession morphed into living a more holistic lifestyle. I became obsessed with 'all natural' because I didn't want to 'poison' my baby with anything. I started making our cleaning products, skin care products, and herbal syrups because anything I bought at the store had something unacceptable to me. I then met a Shaman of the Inca Tradition, who become my mentor and teacher.  After going around the medicine wheel with my teacher, herbalism showed up in my life for the third time and I followed it. My life has changed in many ways since then. It has been both frightening and exhilarating at the same time.

I started in the East West program in October 2012 after I took a few random classes in western herbs. I knew I had aligned with my path when I read The Way of Herbs. This course has stretched me in surprising ways. I'm loving every minute of it. It's my intention to open a herbal practice, become certified with AHG, obtain a nutritional health certification, and blend shamanism into my practice.  

Around the time I started the East West program I started an all natural, organic skincare line, Danu Skincare. It is my mission to help women age gracefully, naturally because we deserve more than a bottle of chemicals.

When I'm not studying, or working on my business which I really enjoy, I like to spend time at home with my family, have good conversations with friends, cook and starting knitting projects that I'll likely not finish. My life is filled doing the things I love. The East West program is such a gift to me. I'm grateful I am on this path.

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