For as long as I can remember I’ve had trouble with my hips. Doctors have looked at them, x-rays have been done and the ultimate conclusion is that they probably should have been casted when I was a baby. Not quite congenital hips but just a step below them. My Mom was really on the ball, noticing how loose they were but our doctor was never concerned. It’s just one of those things that happened, because stuff happens.
Anyways, what that means is that they often “fall out” of the socket or at the very least sound/feel like they do. If I’m sitting on the floor with the flats of my feet pressed together my knees flop to the side. Riding a bike can often be painful because one or both will slip out of place and I have to manually shift them back to relieve the pain.
I’ve spent years working the muscles that surround those joints, to strengthen them and while it’s helped they still cause me grief.
The hardest part – they ache horribly, like the kind of ache you get when you have a fever except it feels deep in my joints. They are the worst at night, especially during my period (you’re welcome) often resulting in lost sleep.
The thing is, I don’t like taking medication. In fact, in our house we do our best to avoid taking it when at all possible, looking for more natural solutions. I also don’t tolerate most pain medications well as many of them contain corn as a filler and leave me with a whole different problem. That being said – there are times I need something to help alleviate the discomfort, which leaves me on the hunt for natural alternatives.
When I heard about the Pure Hazelwood products (for more information check out their website) and their potential to help with so many different ailments, I was intrigued.
For the past 18 years Pure Hazelwood has been pioneering scientific research on hazel wood products, discovering it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial potential. They’re products have been credited for helping with a wide range of ailments, teething pain, colic, arthritis (joint pain!), skin problems (including eczema, & psoriasis), digestive problems & even mouth sores.
Of course they had me at joint pain, but then I started looking at their product line and I was pretty impressed. They have beautiful bracelets, anklets & necklaces for adults & children, as well as moisturizing lotion & zinc ointment. By using glass beads, fresh water pearls & natural gemstones they have been able to offer a variety of lovely products that suite everyone’s taste. I chose a fresh water pearl hazel wood necklace – and I LOVE it. (Pearls are among my favourite things!)
All of the products are made from 100% natural hazelwood from the Canadian Boreal Forest by a Canadian company, which is something else we love!. When at all possible Our Family Stone tries to keep it local. The products can be found in pharmacies, health food stores, baby boutiques and my favourite option – online.
Pretty cool too, no?
My necklace came and it was beautiful, something I could and do wear with just about anything. I’ve spent the last 2 weeks wearing it every day and watching to see what would happen.
While I’d love to say it was a miracle cure & all my pain disappeared overnight, you and I both know that wouldn’t be true. What I can say is that I weathered my period over those 2 weeks (again you are SO welcome!) and I didn’t have to get up in the night to take any pain medication not even once. That all by itself is a huge win!
We will see what the future holds for our family with my Pure Hazelwood necklace. I have plans to let Audrey wear it and see if it makes a difference for her with her eczema this winter too. Who knows, maybe I have found the easy & ultimate cure for a problem that can be so persistent, I’ll be sure to report back & let you know.
Now, here’s something exciting for YOU – Pure Hazelwood is giving away 3 fantastic prizes including a $50 gift certificate and a Pure Hazelwood product (valued at $50)! All you have to do is enter below for your chance to win!
If you’ve tried the Pure Hazelwood products I’d love to hear about it! Did you find relief, did your kids? If you haven’t tried, will you? What ailment are you hoping to find a natural cure for?
“Disclosure: I am part of the Pure Hazelwood Influencer Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”