Meet Jaminah Norman

Our First Magazine Interview in Voyage Raleigh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaminah Norman.

Hi Jaminah, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I was introduced to various forms of birth control at an early age (nuva ring, depo shot, Mirena IUD), and because of this I no longer had a period by the age of 17. Going through life without the responsibility of a period was amazing for the first 10 years, but once I was done with college and out in the real world trying to define womanhood for me my perspective on not having a cycle changed.

After visiting my OBGYN and getting my IUD removed I was told a period should return in 6-12 months (by this time I had not had a period in 12 years). After 12 months (& no period) I was offered another form of hormone regulation to help the process, but I declined.

I began doing personal research on foods high in estrogen, herbs that aided in pelvic blood flow and uterine contractions, ovary/uterine Chinese medicine detox regimens as well as how direct exposure to the moon helped to sync women’s cycles. I was determined to get my cycle back as naturally as possible and I was aware that it might take longer this way especially because of all the chemicals I had to detox first.

I did a week-long ovary/uterine Chinese Medicine detox and began to steam, soak and drink herbs that increased blood flow to the pelvis and/or caused contractions; Herbs that aided in expulsion (AKA Emmenagogues). After 18 months I got my first period in over 10 years and it was light, pain-free, and short (all the things they told me it wouldn’t be the first time)

The first product I offered from my online apothecary was “The Real Release” herbal vaginal steam that contained all the Emmenagogues that helped me on my journey back to womanhood. I still use it after every cycle for a nice vaginal reset.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The most challenging part of owning an apothecary (& being a holistic healer) is convincing society that herbal healing is equal if not better than western medicine.

We have created a society that craves convenience which has increased the desire for instant gratification. In our current society, people would rather take 2-4 pills a day to treat their various symptoms instantly instead of changing their daily lifestyles to heal holistically (which means as a whole, not just the one part that was hurt). I often say that convenience is killing us as a whole, from microwaves to Teflon nonstick pans, to OTC medicine (with deadly side effects) that promise to mask the pain for a few hours.

It’s challenging but also very fulfilling to spread old knowledge; knowledge that used to be common! It’s important to me especially because my ancestors had to rely on this old common knowledge because this same medical system (at that time) excluded them (unless it was for experimentation/research).

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Scientific Herbalist. I’ve worked for various corporations as a Chemist; from cosmetic chemistry to clinical chemistry to food chemistry (my favorite). My background (BS & MS) In Science helps me with researching and developing various herbal solutions for my online apothecary that prove to be comparable alternatives.

I specialize in both internal and external herbal alternatives that aid in holistic healing. I am more known for my feminine healing products, I assume it’s because I included my audience on my journey back to womanhood & many could relate.

I am most proud of getting a certification in plant medicine and for successfully taking charge of my own healing. Being able to get my period back (without accepting the hormones being forced on me) is a big achievement for me, especially being 27 and part of a society that has normalized instant results and not getting second opinions.

What sets my apothecary apart from others is my personal journey using the products I offer as well as my scientific background and experience. Being able to understand herbs and their mechanisms of action had helped me to create both internal and external herbal blends that have a more synergistic effect on the body.

I also come from a very holistic family so I’ve been researching all the remedies passed down to me and expanding on the mechanisms of action behind them. My apothecary encourages holistic healing while also promoting the science behind the herb.

What does success mean to you?
My favorite quote about success is:

“As long you find peace in what you doing then you are successful, and that’s what people don’t realize.” – Master P.

I define success as inner peace, a feeling of wholeness or fulfillment. To me, success is a state of being.

You’d be surprised at how many people need distractions in their lives because they’re just existing, instead of living, and they’re reminded of that when life slows down.

 

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