FON Candles is inspired by art, science, nature, and love. Just four things in my life that drive my passions and my purpose. When I think about each part of FON, I see them in every single aspect of life. But WHY candles? WHY nature scented candles? WHY put an emphasis on health aspects of each scent in real life use?
While I’ve spent numerous times talking to close friends and family about my health and my journey through healing, I feel it is time to now open up about this part of me for everyone. FON is more than just candles. It is a lifestyle. I didn’t know it was a lifestyle until I found myself thinking about art, science, nature, and love and how these apply to my own life. Through art we create, in this case, creating candles. Through science we learn how to use aromatherapy to soothe our emotions along with the science of exercise. Nature is who we are, our being, and how we create. This is key to coming back to love. Being true to ourselves, our nature, by eating foods that come from nature, enjoying the resources nature bestows upon us daily, and appreciating where we come from. Finally, all of these parts manifest from, and into love. Leading with love for ourselves, our creations, the science behind our healing, our natural state, and showing love to others is what FON is about. The lifestyle. Aromatherapy, agriculture, and holistic massage therapy are just a few of the components. My own health has inspired my journey in health which is why when I went to college, I studied Health Communications in my undergraduate career then Health and Wellness Education in my post graduate studies. I believe my intrigue for health began in my childhood.
I think back to when I was 16 years old. My first time ever having to stay in a hospital overnight due to my health. My first run in with what I believe now was, polycystic ovarian syndrome or, PCOS. “Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder among women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 5%–10% of women in the Western world,” (Chaudhari, Mazumdar, and Mehta, p. 239, 2018). I was given all types of pharmaceutical medications to “regulate” my body. These remedies only masked the issue which was actually later diagnosed officially as PCOS 7 years later when I took control of my health and asked my doctor stop trying to prescribe these medications. I started putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Not only did I have symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome since I was a teen, I was also told I was at risk for developing pre-diabetes at the age of 23. Wow. Me? Diabetic?
During this time, I was in college and really just jumping into adulthood. I ate what I wanted, went where I wanted, I was free! But I forgot something. Myself. Taking care of what was inside. At this point, I had not really LOOKED at myself. Not just looking in the mirror and seeing how much I had changed, but looked inward at the person I was and who was becoming. Yes, all these things come with time and that for me, was my turning point.
Fast forward to today and I’ve been living in China for the past 4 years teaching English. This time abroad has given me a lot of time to think. Through all of the language barriers, culture shock, and heartbreaks, I finally began coming into myself. Although I don’t see people as a task to become “finished”, I feel that I have developed into a human who is on a mission to self-mastery. (Not perfection) Willing to learn, willing to change, willing to grow for the rest of my time on earth.
“Incorporating simple moderate physical activity including structured exercise (at least 30 min/day) and incidental exercise increases weight loss and improves clinical outcomes in PCOS, compared to diet alone,” (Indhu Rekka, Sathiyawathie, and Gurunathan, p. 833, 2019). Exercise, change in diet, finding ways to relieve stress, in addition to letting go of relationships that were not good for me are some of the ways I have changed my life. I had to change my lifestyle and along my path of healing, I found my passion for health and wellness. Plenty of other women are living with symptoms of PCOS and may or may not know it. What is even more interesting to me is that the same suggestions for alleviating symptoms of PCOS are the same for many other chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Either way, it is important to me to offer any information I can as I learn and while I am learning from others who care to share their own remedies. FON Candles is a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating and a natural yet luxurious life of love with aromatherapy, farming, and holistic massage therapy.
As I sit and think about the origin of my intrigue for health and wellness I think of my childhood. Although FON candles was founded in 2017 while living in China, from day one of my life, FON was in the making. Here it is today, 2019, and I hope to continue building, sharing, learning, and educating others about health and wellness for as long as I am here.
Indhu Rekka, N. C., Sathiyawathie, R. S., & Gurunathan, D. (2019). Management of polycystic ovarian syndrome. Drug Invention Today, 12(3), 832–834. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=a9h&AN=135900244&ssit=ehost-live
Chaudhari, A., Mazumdar, K., & Mehta, P. (2018). Anxiety, depression, and quality of life in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 40(3), 239–246. https://doi.org/10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_561_17