Transcript: Hey mama. Welcome back to Follow Your Gut with me Sarah Bennett, founder of only organics as a mama of four. I've gone through the ups and downs of sleepless nights. Undiagnosed symptoms gotten the complete runaround from the medical system and I've found a different way. No more waiting out your child's symptoms and endlessly Googling in the middle of the night and feeling lost and alone in your family's.
This podcast will empower you to take leadership. So you and your family can experience the deep level of health and happiness that you so greatly deserve. In today's episode, I'm sharing how I healed my hives and it's probably not what you think let's dive in.
I'm going to start by sharing a little backstory, because I'm sure that if you or your child has ever experienced hives or the sudden onset of any full body or all consuming condition or symptom, you're going to be able to relate to this. So, you know, all those times in life where it feels like what else could possibly go wrong?
over the course of the last two weeks, my full whole family we've had COVID. My husband broke his leg and had to have emergency surgery, rods, and bolts and screws galore like a whole page, a whole list of them put in his leg. And on top of that, he's a recovering addict and narcotic pain medications were his drug of choice at one point in time.
And so that really adds a whole extra layer to the situation he's been sober for 16 years, and he's doing amazing, but it's just kind of triggering having to reintroduce this medication into his body. I suddenly found myself caring for my four sick children, fulfilling all of my regular daily tasks, plus all of my husbands.
And he's a man who does a lot so fulfilling. His role is a, it's a big one to fill. Plus I'm now basically his nurse as he's recovering from surgery, it's an honor to be here and I love nothing more than caring for my family. But I was still quite unwell myself and beyond exhausted that COVID exhaustion is like nothing else I have ever experienced.
Well, the day after my husband got home from the hospital, I developed hives from my head to my toes, the most itchy and miserable thing I have ever experienced. Maybe they were from COVID. Maybe they were from the new immune boosting supplement. I started taking to help. Combat COVID maybe they were from stress.
Maybe they were from my gut becoming imbalanced while having COVID and experiencing the stress of my husband's accident. Maybe they were from a combination of all of it, or maybe they were from something much deeper. They were gonna go into in just a minute, regardless of what caused my hives. I was in crisis mode and I forgot what I know so well, instead of slowing down, I panicked and I jumped into reaction mode.
Instead of listening, I began telling myself negative stories. I can't do this. It's all too much. Why is life so hard right now? Why is my body failing me right now? I kept spiraling. And I allowed my mind to keep finding proof that all of it was true. You know, how we do this. When we feel down our brains run wild and we think of everything in life that's wrong.
This is what was happening to me. I reached out and I leaned heavily on my beautiful Instagram community and hundreds of mamas generously shared their natural healing suggestions. I swear. I tried just about every single one in my crisis mode state. My mind was telling me you can't be down. Sarah, everyone needs you right now.
So I was desperate. I was desperate to get rid of these hives because I have way too much on my plate right now to be down with hives and to be frantically itching myself in the bathtub while everyone else. Hungry and having meltdowns for breakfast. I can't do this. I made the decision though, that I was willing to feel the pain over taking medication that would only mask the hives.
There's not a medication that makes them go away, Benadryl or any antihistamine. It's just temporary relief. It's just a short term mask. And I knew my gut bacteria was already compromised from having COVID. and from the stress of everything that I wasn't willing to take any over-the-counter medications, I took oatmeal, baths, apple cider, vinegar, ice baths.
I saturated my skin with my relieved silver gel, coconut oil tea, tree oil, lavender, and Cama meal. Essential oils. One night, I even surrendered. And just told my mind, this is fine. Fine. I'm just gonna itch the heck outta myself. I mean, I felt like a crazy person, but in that moment I knew I'd rather scratch all my skin off than not itch it at all.
There was one night where I couldn't sleep because I was so incredibly uncomfortable. I decided instead of fighting. I would research and figure this out. So I did, I researched for hours and I learned a lot this night helped realign me with what I already know. So well, healing begins on the inside. All of the topical stuff I was doing.
Maybe brought some relief, but it wasn't going to heal. My body healing always happens from within. I decided to cut out all foods that either contain histamine or trigger the body to create histamine. I blended up an entire head of celery with water strained, the pulp and drank celery juice for breakfast.
For that entire day, all I ate was apples and celery juice. I started taking higher doses of my supplements, cleanse, nourish, and balance to begin healing. My. I take these supplements daily anyway, but I started taking the amount called for when doing a full gut rebalance by nightfall. I thought I was better.
I didn't have a single swelling hive on my entire body, but by morning I was covered in those darn itchy welts. , but I stuck to what I knew. I repeated what I had done the day before that night, I startled awake from a deep sleep. This is when magic happens for me. When I get clarity for everything in my life, when the whole world is silent and still, and the universe and my intuition speak directly to one another.
And I just get to listen. I was told that these hives are my body. Simply asking me to slow down that my body needs to be told that everything is okay. That my mind needs to be strong right now. And love my body back into wellness that I'm doing everything right by trying to heal my body from within while offering external relief.
But that I've been missing the most important part. I need to believe that healing is possible that there's time and space for me to slow down and listen. Right. Then it hit me. I'd gone through something like this before, when I was postpartum with my third and fourth babies, I got mastitis dozens of times.
At first I tried to treat it and then I received the same night time clarity. And I was told that my body. Is developing mastitis because I wasn't listening to it. My body was tired and needed me to rest more, to slow down and be more gentle. But my head, as it always does got in the way, and I didn't listen, I had three and then four little children and everyone needed me and I had to do so much and take care of everyone.
That I couldn't possibly slow down. So my body forced me to, it gave me a fever and made me lay in bed for days so that it could finally be listened to it made me see that. Yes. You know what? In fact I can take care of me and everyone else is okay. In fact, everyone else is great. Mastitis was my body gifting me the opportunity to see that I can and need to prioritize myself no matter what is going on around me to meditate, to journal.
To nap with my children to sit and Marvel over life's most simple treasures like baby chipmunks, holding seeds in their tiny hands, the hummingbird and the songbirds chirping to devour. My toddler humming a beautiful song to smell the sweet Sage and the blooming rose hips to go on walks without feeling pressure, to always be expanding, no need for self development, podcasts, or audiobooks every quiet.
Second, I can just be, my body needs me to just be sometimes. My hives are the same. My body asking me to listen, to prioritize myself, to just be, to remember what I know and to feed my mind, love and gratitude. So the next morning after I got this beautiful divine clarity, . I got everyone set up with breakfast and instead of jumping into dishes and sweeping in homeschool, I went for a walk.
When I got to the top of our driveway, I sat on our fence and I placed one hand over my heart and the other over my stomach. And I said, these words out loud to my body. I am here. I am listening. I am free and I have everything I need. Thank you for reminding me to love me. I am strong and healthy and I will forever be okay.
Over the course of that day, my inflamed and arthritis, feeling painful hands and fingers returned to their natural state. My hives flared less frequently throughout that day. And my heart felt settled. I had to repeat this process for a few days to assure my body that I will not forget. I will not abandon her again.
I have made a universal commitment to prioritize myself. No matter what is going on around me, even in crisis mode, there is a way for me to slip aside and care for my tender heart to just be. Our bodies are children's bodies. They follow what our minds believe and tell them in order to heal, whether it be from hives or mastitis, eczema, or colic, migraines, or inability to sleep behavioral or digestive issues.
No matter what it is, we must believe healing is possible. We must tenderly listen to our bodies to slow down, to just be, to listen to our children's bodies and assure them that everything is okay. We must remember that healing begins within, by healing, the foundation of our entire wellbeing, our gut bacteria, and healing, our heart.
We deserve to slow down. We deserve to listen. We deserve to tell ourselves beautiful stories, full of gratitude. Our children deserve to be held and told that their bodies are strong and healthy, that their symptoms are just their body's way of asking for help. And that as their mamas, we will help them slowing down and listen.
doesn't mean that we are excused from real life. Dinner still has to be made dishes, cleaned bodies, bathed, and hearts nurtured. We still have to work or run our small businesses, flip our Airbnbs and respond to all of the calls from loving family members checking in. But when we push and push and push under pressure, we deplete our.
We can, and we must prioritize ourselves. We must start by changing the questions. We ask ourselves, instead of asking, why is this happening? It's all too much. We need to ask, how can I care for me? What do I need? How can I believe that everything I need is available to me and everything that needs will get done.
We can step away for a moment to journal. We can do a meditation while we snuggle our children to sleep. We can leave the laundry and make arrangements so that we can slip away for a peaceful walk instead of always multitasking to try to fit everything in. We can allow ourselves to be fully in each moment and we will be rewarded with less overwhelm and more satisfaction to recap everything I've gone over today.
I have three big takeaways for you. The first one healing always begins from within. Second, we must believe that healing is possible and tell our minds and our children positive stories. We cannot let negativity lead our bodies and our children follow where our mama minds go. And we must lead our bodies and our children with positivity.
And lastly, no matter if you yourself. Are struggling, or if your child is struggling, you deserve to prioritize yourself. You and or your child will heal stronger and faster when you care for your dear mama heart. First, I teach exactly how to do all of this in my course, happy and healthy from the inside out.
This course is the ultimate step by step guide of how to heal from within. It has now changed so many lives around the world. And this week I had the opportunity to revisit it for myself, to take a dose of my own advice and medicine. I'm human, just like you. And we all forget. Sometimes we all experience crisis and we all have the opportunity to come back into our hearts.
For this reason, when you enroll in my course, you will get lifetime access. You can always come back. If you'd like to learn more, you can attend my free introductory masterclass. I will attach a link in the show notes below. If you wanna come, it's free. It's lovely. It's just a beautiful introduction to the course that will absolutely change your life and changed mind.
This. the last thing I wanna say here is when we don't listen. This is when our symptoms persist. Healing means so much more than symptoms subsiding. Had I taken an over the counter medication to mask my hives. I would've missed this beautiful opportunity to heal my mind, body and soul. This is available to you, mama.
To you and your child, you are a powerful leader. I hope this episode resonated with you on some level. I can't wait to talk again soon until next time, my friend.
Thank you so much for joining in today. Before you go, something you should know is that everything I share on this show is also applicable to you, not as your child. And did you know, I started only organics as a way to create and share the absolute best quality supplements and products that support gut balance shop only organics.com.
That's www.onleorganics.com. Lastly, I always wanna be very transparent that I am not a doctor, a nutritionist or a dietician. I am a certified family health coach, and most importantly, a mama with a passion sharing my story and the products and practices that have brought abundant health and happiness to my own family.
Please always listen to your own inner voice of wisdom and your healthcare professional. See you next week.