My name is Michelle, and I have extremely sensitive skin. Years ago my head had itchy red, painful bumps that were turning into little blisters from chemicals in shampoo. I have had scalp growths (that weren't a bother since I was a kid which disappeared when I got older. However, my scalp sensitivity returned in my 30's. I tried to ignore it, but the bumps on my head hurt and were not going away. It would hurt when I combed or brushed my hair. I could no longer use liquid organic shampoo much to my dismay. I had to figure out something because the bumps on my head were getting painfully worse and nothing I switched to helped until I started formulating my own shampoo bars made from 100% natural and raw sources. I began studying chemistry and didn't stop test batching my own formulations until I was successful in using them on my face (no drying spots) and my sensitive scalp. It worked!
My Background I grew up 100% plant based. It was called "vegetarian" when I was growing up but today it's called vegan. I have adopted a whole food plant-based lifestyle which I enjoy for health, ecological, and humane reasons.
Growing up, it was rare for us to go to the doctor even as very young children. I was given healthy food and herbs instead of medicine. I was taught about the benefits of foods, herbs, sunshine, and exercise as a preventative "medicine" and was never sick.
In our house as a kid we didn't go to the doctor as for poison oak. Our family knew about an herbal poultice that could be applied to the skin to take away poison oak/ivy itch. Now I know after studying that there are many herbs that help with poison ivy and oak!
The education of herbs and healthy food choices along with the knowledge about our human body and its systems, educated me at an early age where I was taught all about cells and our immunity. By age four, I already knew about the anatomy of the body and how certain foods and herbs affect our cells and how to heal using plants. I was a blessed kid thanks to where I grew up and for my elders who passed this knowledge to me so early in life.
Finding the solution! I knew I needed to get laser focused and apply the things I had learned as a child to my situation. I started studying and expanding my knowledge about essential oils, herbs, plants, and chemistry and began formulating my own all-natural holistic skincare that helped my skin return to it's natural normal healthy state. I purposely left out the irritating detergents, sodium laurel sulfates, BHT, propylene glycol, chemical fillers, and artificial colorants & surfactants, found in most soaps and skincare. I added fresh virgin organic cold pressed oils, natural botanical herbs, flowers, clays, and found that using my natural formulas did more than help heal; my pores shrunk, the formulations balanced the dry and oily parts of my delicate skin and gave my skin a healthy smooth appearance. My scalp issues calmed down until they were completely gone- and thats when I knew I had found my panacea-plant based skincare.
Formulating for the world. It took me a few years to perfect my formulas. I worked and worked until I finally came up with a formula so gentle and effective that people with more problematic skin conditions than my own found great relief. My soaps and lotions caught on to my friends and family. The bumps on my head went away, our friends, relatives, and co workers that had skin issues were relieved, and we started getting repeat requests. It was so exciting to be able to use my knowledge to help others! Truly life changing for all of us!
From small beginnings to today! My husband finally left his job to come help out with Me and a Tree in 2010 as we were growing and I needed the help with my new business! We are today a female owned and family operated business! We love what we do, and we have finally purchased five acres and are beginning the next phase of Me and Tree- land to grow all of our herbs and expand our company into a health and wellness utopia!
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Skin Care Formulator/Owner
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