MY STORY

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My name is Andrea Bomo. I’m a holistic wellness coach with a journalism background. I’m also a mom to two girls under two. For several years, I have explored topics ranging from women’s social economic advancement and leadership to their emotional and physical health issues. My connection to women’s stories and my own personal journey were catalysts that pushed me on this natural health & wellness path I am now embracing. I’m passionate about discovering medicinal plants, documenting their usages and cultural practices surrounding them around the world, creating healthy and nutritious recipes, and providing guidance to people seeking a naturally healthy life.

But my life hasn’t always been like that.

In my early twenties, I suffered from chronic illness and depression. At that time, I didn’t pay much attention to my diet or mental health. I didn’t make healthy lifestyle choices, and most of the time I felt bad in my body. It was like going through cycles that never seemed to end. On the outside, I seemed radiant and fulfilled, but deep inside I was in pain. A few years later, during a routine consultation with my doctor, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common endocrine pathology in women. This eventually led to a series of other issues that were all connected: hormonal disorder, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroid, hormonal acne, pelvic pain, irregular menstrual cycle and depression. I was at the worst physically and emotionally. In less than 5 years, I went through two surgeries after which doctors told me I was very unlikely to conceive children naturally and these health issues will certainly come back. That’s it. No real cure, treatment or alternative solutions were offered to me. I would have to deal with this for the rest of my life.

At that particular moment, I had a wake-up call.

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I decided to take my health and well-being into my own hands and make it a priority, live a more intentional life, and finally be healthy naturally inside and out. I started making healthier lifestyle choices, changed my diet, faced and healed my emotional wounds, educated myself on medicinal plants, nutrition, and how to make natural products for my everyday life. While making all those changes, I realized how connected our emotional and physical health really are, the importance of using food as medicine, and that listening to my body wisdom and emotions was key to living a holistic life. Between 2017 and 2018, I got pregnant naturally (twice) and gave birth to two wonderful girls.

My natural wellness journey may have started years ago, but this project was really born in 2017 after my first daughter was born. After a difficult and emotionally challenging pregnancy that ended up with an emergency c-section, I felt weak, exhausted and had no idea how to properly take care of myself or my baby. The weeks following her birth, my daughter started having all kinds of issues that made this first motherhood experience painful to say the least (colics, allergies, a tie tongue that made breastfeeding extremely painful, thrush, eczema, abdominal pain etc…).

Taking care of myself was more than necessary. It became vital.

Only in this way would I be able to take care of my baby. As the months went by, I understood the connection between my daughter’s health issues, and turned to medicinal plants to find natural and gentle alternatives to soothe her. After spending hours doing research, trying herbal products and implementing natural adjustments in our lifestyle, my daughter was doing much better. And so did I.

The holistic approach, which integrates all aspects of our lives (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) has since become the foundation in my work as a wellness coach, my family life and lifestyle. The birth of my daughters, who are the inspiration behind my company, was the trigger I needed to help other women in need of support and guidance to live naturally healthy lives and take care of their little ones.

To learn more about my holistic wellness coaching services, book a consultation or ask a question, contact me at hello(a)anneliapothecary.com. I’d love to hear from you!