My Story Of Healing With Plant-Based MedicineWild Remedies Story
Wild Remedies Founder, Krysta Francoeur (aka. “Lady Chaga”), shares her story of healing through the power of plants.
Four years ago, my first thoughts upon waking up every morning was how much I hated my body…
I was immediately aware of the embarrassing and uncomfortable 40+ extra pounds I desperately wanted to lose.
Then the familiar physical pain and exhaustion would creep in.
Sometimes I couldn’t get out of bed for days from the fibromyalgia symptoms brought on by severe clinical depression. And if it wasn’t that, it was yet another cold. A throat infection. A drug and alcohol induced hangover.
It was impossible for me to stick to an exercise plan with my frequent bouts of illness.
Just as I started to get ahead, I would get sick and be down for a week or more. My routine was an weekly cycle of sabotaging self-medicating behavior. Can you relate?
And I knew the food I ate wasn’t good for me. I had a basic understanding of calories and had yo-yo dieted for years.
But this became so excessive that at one point, after doing a month of the HCG diet (eating 500 calories a day, getting shots of B vitamins, and taking the HCG pregnancy hormone), I ended up in the hospital with gallstones. Shortly after, I contracted jaundice caused by liver damage.
I lost 20 lbs in that month (and my gallbladder!)… but then gained it all back — plus more.
Needless to say, my body and spirit were severely damaged. I was taking up to seven prescription medications at a time to mask my physical and emotional symptoms.
The years of pain and illness I suffered convinced me that my body was “against me.”
But then came my awakening…
Divine intervention found its way to me one hungover Saturday (the state of my body was so crippling, that just one or two glasses of wine severely affected me).
I stumbled upon “Food Matters, Hungry For Change, Fork Over Knives” on Netflix, which I attribute to essentially saving my life:
My food paradigm — and how it can affect not just our body, but also our mind, and spirit — suddenly shifted.
I had enormous shifts in understanding:
- How big food and pharma companies were deliberately keeping people — including myself — sick,
- How thoughts can literally transform your reality, and
- The benefits of energy medicine.
But the biggest eye-opener for me was learning about the power of plant medicine.
The Healing Power of Plant Medicine
It’s all too easy to take plants and our natural world for granted. But when we think about what actually heals us, most of it derives from nature.
Whether it be a specific plant extract, getting our bodies outside and grounded, or sleeping with the cycles of the natural circadian rhythms of the planet, getting in tune with the natural world is the best bet we have to healing naturally and for the long term.
Yes, sometimes we need immediate care for a short term solution, but adjusting our lifestyle to be in sync and in harmony with mother nature has been tried and true.
So for the first time in my life, I made a decision to change my eating habits, my spiritual practice, and my mindset to see if I could make myself feel better — not just to look better.
How My Life Improved — The Natural Way
Everything I had ever known about my health was completely debunked that afternoon of learning more about plant-medicine and plant-based healing, and I revelled in my newfound connection to our planet, to our plant world, and to humanity.
Among some of the shifts I started to make, I:
- Started juicing vegetables and packing in plenty of fresh, organic, whole foods.
- Delved further into spirituality and re-connected with nature.
- Spent more and more time outside and relished my time connecting to my higher self and with Spirit.
- Went for long periods of time without drinking alcohol and it broke my unhealthy cycle of weekend binging.
- Read Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet and followed her vegan protocol for 3 weeks. I enjoyed it so much I ended up staying vegetarian for 3.5 years.
I was feeling so good. I just couldn’t go back to where I was before.
But the most life-changing shift I made was learning about the medicinal mushroom, Chaga, and its health-reviving benefits.
I’ve always had high blood pressure, but after taking Chaga for just a couple months, my blood pressure returned to normal — and stayed that way.
I’ve never experienced this drastic and positive change from taking a medicinal mushroom, and never in my life had I felt so vitalised and full of energy.
After continuing my regular usage of the Chaga, I began to feel the power of my immunity kick in and a general sense of well-being. This incredible plant medicine really showed up for me.
Chaga — “The Mushroom of Immortality”
The Chaga mushroom is naturally found in the northern-most parts of our planet.
Among its numerous healing benefits, Chaga:
- Is high in beta-glucans, which has been shown to greatly support a healthy immune system and regulate blood sugar.
- Is also high in betullinic acid produced from the birch tree (from which the chaga grows) — a compound known to have an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer affect on the body.
- Gram for gram, chaga contains the highest source of antioxidants on earth — 40x more than the goji berry! — which slows down aging and cell-damage.
I didn’t feel like the same person after adapting to a plant-based diet and taking Chaga regularly, and after losing 30 pounds in 6 months, I didn’t look like the same person either.
After seeing powerful changes Chaga was doing to my body and my mind after being sick for decades, I instantly felt that it was deeply rooted in my life purpose.
My Mission Of Healing Humanity
I knew that I had to share the healing power of Chaga with people and help others in need find this magical fungus.
This sense of higher calling was so profound that I decided to create my own product and brand around it: Wild Remedies.
I began searching for the highest quality Chaga in the world, I harnessed my slavic roots, many years as a designer, and channeled all my creativity into developing the product of my dreams.
Through Wild Remedies, my mission is to help inspire others who are lost and advocate for transformation by educating people more about the power of plant-based medicine and offering the highest quality sourced Chaga from Siberia, an area where potent Chaga naturally grows.
While my journey of self-healing and personal transformation continues (I still struggle like everyone else), I know there are many others still suffering, and I’m grateful every day for the spiritual awakening that allowed me to embrace Mother Nature to not only help me live the life of my dreams, but to help others live theirs too.
From my cup to yours,
(aka. “Lady Chaga”)