Founder and creator of Natalia Botanicals, a line of adaptogenic elixirs inspired by the philosophy of using ancient wisdom, Ayurvedic superherbs and supermushrooms to influence your modern-life experiences.
At 18, I was diagnosed with a life-altering autoimmune disease (Ulcerative Colitis), affecting the colon that seriously impacted my digestion, and meant that my body simply couldn’t process a lot of the yummy treats that make life enjoyable.
In a fast-moving world, the daily demands of work, financial and social commitments can leave us feeling stressed and burned out. All too often, our mental state has a serious effect our long-term mental and physical wellbeing.
I know first-hand how difficult it can be to find the right lifestyle balance to achieve optimum health and happiness.
Doctors told me that I would have lifelong digestive problems, and that it’s likely I would never eat a slice of birthday cake again.
Nevertheless, I refused to let my illness define me, and went on to get a degree and work in my dream job in the head office of a luxury beauty house in London.
A few years on, and I was stressed, anxious and depressed, with my illness flaring up regularly when I was particularly tired or under pressure. While I had achieved a life that I’d wanted, my health just wasn’t allowing me to live it to the fullest. I decided that enough was enough. I’d tried every diet under the sun to help deal with my illness, but none of them seemed to help.
After 10 years of research and countless hospital visits, I finally discovered the wonderful healing and restorative powers of natural adaptogens.
These ancient medicines have been used for their calming and digestive soothing powers for thousands of years, so I thought I’d give it a try. From then on, everything changed for me.
I took back control of my body and the symptoms of my illness. My skin was radiant, my mood was lifted and I had tons more energy to face the day with. After years of searching and sadness, I had discovered the perfect solution to my problem.
My Great, Great Grandmother was a herbalist (she lived to 107 years old) and my Great, Great Grandfather was a sweet maker, so I decided to connect my knowledge and curiousness with my family roots and began experimenting with plant medicine and healing sweet treats.
Natalia Botanicals adaptogen elixirs and healthy treats were born out of my own personal health struggles, in addition to my deep passion for plant medicine and helping others feel their best.
Combined with a fresh and healthy plant-based diet, I began alchemising organic powdered herbs and supermushrooms to regain my energy, nourish my adrenals and soothe my gut without the delayed absorption time of a vitamin capsule. I obsessively experimented with different ratios to perfect the blend to make a difference to my health.
Once I felt the physical and emotional benefits of my blends, I decided to create a range of healthful, healing adaptogens that could be added to all kinds of foods.
Whether it’s added to some delicious herbal tea, stirred into a green smoothie, or sprinkled into a batch of GF cupcakes, there’s no end to the creative ways you can enjoy their benefits.
What we put in our body is just as important as how we look after our mental state. As well as creating my unique botanicals, I give talks on how to care for your mental health and deal with stress in the workplace.