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My Lavish4Me Business Start-up Story

As the founder of Lavish4Me, I'm excited to share the personal journey that led to the creation of this business. It all began when I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and Fibromyalgia, two debilitating conditions that challenged me to find a more natural solution.

From Diagnosis to Discovery

Faced with the daily struggles of managing these chronic pain disorders, I embarked on a quest to uncover alternative remedies. It was during this time that I discovered the powerful properties of essential oils and their potential to alleviate many of the symptoms I was experiencing.

Turning a Personal Need into a Business

Driven by my own need for a natural and effective solution, I began to explore the possibilities of incorporating essential oils into my daily life. As I witnessed the transformative effects, I realized that I had the opportunity to share this knowledge and help others who were facing similar challenges.

Establishing Lavish4Me

With a deep passion for natural wellness and a commitment to providing high-quality products, I founded Lavish4Me. My goal was to create a business that would empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being through the use of premium essential oils and related products.

Continuing the Journey

Today, Lavish4Me stands as a testament to the power of perseverance and the transformative potential of natural solutions. I am honored to share this story and invite you to join me on this exciting journey towards a healthier, more balanced life.

what Trigeminal Neralgia looks like inside showing where the electric shocks can reach
Trigeminal Neuralgia nerve picture showing brain stem
Trigeminal Neuralgia pain path through the facial nerve

The Debilitating Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

As someone who has experienced trigeminal neuralgia, I can attest to the sudden, severe, and often excruciating nature of the facial pain. The main symptom is a series of sharp, shooting pains that can last from just a few seconds. minutes and even weeks and months.

Many patients describe the pain as feeling like an intense electric shock. It can be so severe that you're completely incapacitated while the attack is happening. The pain is usually isolated to one side of the face, though in some cases it may affect both sides, though not simultaneously.

The pain can manifest in various areas, including the teeth, jaws, cheeks, and even the forehead or eye. After the most intense pain subsides, you may be left with a lingering ache, burning sensation, or constant throbbing.

Unpredictable Flare-Ups and Remission

Trigeminal neuralgia often comes in waves, with regular episodes of pain lasting for days, weeks, or months at a time. Frustratingly, there may also be periods of complete remission, where the pain disappears for several months or even years before returning.  In severe cases, the attacks can happen hundreds of times per day, with no respite.

This level of unrelenting pain can be truly debilitating and significantly impact a person's quality of life.

Showing what Fibromyalgia would like if you could see it.
Fibromyalgia joints pain image
Fibromyalgia pain points description image

Embracing Fibromyalgia: My Personal Journey

As someone who has grappled with the complexities of fibromyalgia, I can attest that it is a deeply personal and often misunderstood condition.

Initially, I didn't even believe I had this invisible pain disorder, and I struggled to comprehend its nature.

Understanding Fibromyalgia

After extensive research, I came to the realization that fibromyalgia is a complex condition that affects the nervous system, causing widespread and persistent pain. While this invisible disease may not be visible to the naked eye, the symptoms can be debilitating.

Navigating the Challenges

For years, I tried to "avoid" the pain, a natural reaction that ultimately left me with little quality of life. However, a pivotal moment arrived when I finally accepted that I had a pain condition and that I couldn't simply avoid it.

Transforming My Mindset

This revelation was a true turning point, as it allowed me to completely transform my life and approach to living with fibromyalgia. While the pain didn't disappear, changing my mindset helped me to recognize that my life would be different, but that I could create a new path for myself.

Embracing the New Normal

Instead of focusing on the things I could no longer do, I shifted my attention to the activities and experiences that were still within my reach. I realized that being in pain every day is challenging, but that I could choose to live my life to the fullest, surrounded by loved ones or pursuing my passions.

Empowering Through Knowledge

Researching and learning about pain has been a crucial step in regaining a sense of control. Understanding the nature of pain and why it occurs has given me the confidence to explore various natural remedies, from diet and exercise to alternative therapies.

Finding Natural Solutions

In my journey, I've discovered the powerful benefits of essential oils and the unique properties they possess. By blending these oils based on their individual characteristics, I've found a natural way to manage my symptoms and improve my overall well-being.

Turning Adversity into Opportunity

Recognizing the potential to help others who are also seeking more natural solutions, I've decided to create a business that can work around my own health challenges. This has not only provided me with a sense of purpose but also allowed me to empower others who are navigating similar experiences.

 

Lavish4Me's Commitment to Professionalism

As a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC), Lavish4Me Ltd is dedicated

to upholding the highest standards in the aromatherapy industry. The ATC is the

leading trade association for the specialist essential oil trade in the UK, representing

manufacturers, suppliers, and consumer interests. Aromatherapy has become one of

the most popular complementary therapies, and Lavish4Me is proud to be part of this

thriving sector, ensuring the legalities and best practices are upheld.

 

 

Crafting Wellness: A Collaboration with New Seasons Natural Products Ltd

 As an avid advocate for natural wellness, I'm thrilled to have collaborated with New Seasons Natural Products LTD, a second-generation aromatherapy company with over 50 years of expertise in sourcing and blending 100% pure and natural essential oils. Together, we've meticulously crafted these blends, drawing upon their extensive knowledge and state-of-the-art laboratory capabilities. The laboratory they've arranged can perform comprehensive flash tests to determine the flammability and ignition temperature of our product samples. Additionally, they provide detailed data safety sheets, allergen information, and the IFRA Conformity Certificate, all of which can be accessed under the "Certificates & Lab Results" tab above.

ATC aromatherapy trade council licence number 184 conformity membership.

Empowering Disabled Entrepreneurs: Lavish4Me's Journey with The Samee Project

As the founder of Lavish4Me, I am thrilled to share my personal experience with The Samee Project, a remarkable Dorset-based charity that is making a profound difference in the lives of disabled entrepreneurs. Earlier this year, The Samee Project was awarded a £320,000 grant from the National Lottery Fund a testament to the incredible work they are doing to support individuals like myself in starting and growing our own businesses. I am honoured to have been featured as a case study, as it allows me to shed light on the transformative impact of their initiatives. Read Article,

The Samee Project's Mission

The Samee Project's mission of creating a world where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can proudly and independently provide for themselves and their families, is truly inspiring. As a disabled entrepreneur, I have first-hand experience of the challenges and barriers that can often feel insurmountable. However, with the unwavering support and guidance of The Samee Project, I have been able to navigate these obstacles and turn my entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.

Dedicated Business Mentorship

One of the most valuable aspects of my journey with The Samee Project has been the assignment of a dedicated business mentor. This individual has been with me from the very beginning, providing invaluable advice, encouragement, and practical assistance every step of the way. Their expertise and unwavering commitment have been instrumental in my success.

Giving Back to The Samee Project

In addition to the personal support I have received, I am also proud to have pledged to donate 5p from every box sold of my Lavish4Me products to The Samee Project. This is my way of giving back to an organization that has truly transformed my life and the lives of so many others in our community.

 

 

Raising Awareness

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share my story in various local publications, including

Dorset Biz News, Dorset Chamber, The Purbeck Gazette and the Bournemouth Echo. By raising awareness of The Samee Project's work, I hope to inspire others who may be facing similar challenges to take the leap and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The Samee Project's unwavering dedication to empowering disabled entrepreneurs is truly remarkable, and I am honoured to be a part of their journey. Together, we are creating a more inclusive and equitable world, one entrepreneur at a time.

I have pledged to give The Samee Project 5p from every box sold

Clair Lawrence

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