Who I Am

Rachel Ramey, naturally-holistically.com

I’m Rachel Ramey, the author of this site.  I’m not a doctor (‘though I am a holistic health practitioner, pursuing continued education; see below).  I’m a woman, wife, and mom with a passion for natural/holistic health — and for making it accessible and understandable for everyone.

My vision for this site is that it would be accurate but accessible, broad rather than deep.  The stresses and environmental changes of modern life have taken a toll on our health.  Our culture has also largely lost our knowledge of how to be healthy — but I believe everybody should have access to that.  Health shouldn’t have to be a vocation or avocation that demands poring over health books just to get the information necessary to make healthy choices.

So while I’m happy to point you to excellent resources for delving in more deeply if you want to, my goal here is to offer more of a “big picture” so you can simply live healthy choices, with minimal fuss.  I want you to know how your body (basically) works, what it looks and feels like when it’s optimally healthy and how to keep it that way, how to recognize when it isn’t and what to do then (and how to know when you need more help).

Perspective on Health

When it comes to health, you’ll find that I believe in overall consistency, but also in balance.  (Life-threatening allergies aside, a single cookie never killed anyone.)  You’ll also find I understand that real life is just that — real life.  We may not all have the desired amount of time, money, or energy to make the “perfect” choices, so we do what we can.

I’m a home birthing, non-vaccinating, babywearing, breastfeeding, homeschooling mama (of five, currently ranging in age from infant to teen).  We bake bread from scratch with freshly-ground grain and we make our own yogurt.

But I’ve had to use a bottle with a few babies, too, when my body couldn’t keep up.  I’ve used cloth diapers, and I’ve used disposables (but don’t have the discipline for elimination communication).  I don’t make kombucha and (as of 2017) I’ve just managed to succeed at making kefir.  We buy some organic foods, but we definitely don’t buy all organic, as our budget just won’t bear it.

Which is all to say that I’m a real person just like you, and although I do my best to practice what I preach, my own limitations of time, money, and energy force me to make choices, too.  We’re all on this journey together. 🙂

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Education & Affiliations

  • currently enrolled at Ashford University, pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health
  • 2017, Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Aromatherapy Specialization (American College of Healthcare Sciences)
  • 2017, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice (American College of Healthcare Sciences)
  • 2017, Diploma in Aromatherapy – Master Aromatherapist (American College of Healthcare Sciences)