You’re the tummy ache Queen.

In a backwards way, your super-high pain threshold may just be your superpower!

Despite ongoing pains, you still get your stuff done! You can run circles, well, at least gracefully walk laps around friends and family members when they complain of being under the weather.

But, this -and maybe some obnoxious skin problems- has been your reality for far too long.

It’s tiring. It’s painful. And you just want to feel normal again.

If this is you, you’ve come to the right place!

This is where I come in, darlin’

Hi, I’m Ashley Fleischer, founder of Dhana Natural Self-Care.

If I could, I’d reach through the computer screen and give you a hug.

I feel your pain. I may not have had the exact same diagnosis. Actually, for nearly two decades of constant excruciating monthly-pains, I was left in the horribleness, diagnosis-free.

I constantly popped pain killers, (until later in life when they became more serious drugs, as I’d done a number on my stomach). Meanwhile, in my youth, nobody recognized that anything was wrong. I hid it too well. I was always keeping up!

I lived in that waffle-state between: Should I advocate for myself? and I’ll just shut up and suck it up. Mostly, I chose the latter. We were, after all, in that era before self-care was a widely discussed concept.

Finally, years later, tired of being sick and having horrible skin conditions on top of it all, I took the only step that made sense. I went vegan, inside and out, and aimed to detox my skin with minimalist homemade skin products.

I dug in to the research. I learned everything I could about how botanicals and vegetable-based oils contribute to natural formulas. Focussing on their properties, I learned how to make the best combinations for particular skin conditions. There were experiments, flops, play and perfection.

To put it plainly, I nerded-out! I shifted my passions from gardening and cooking into herbalism and using plants as medicine.

Also, I learned how plants have been used and manipulated in the skincare industry. I cringe to even call it skin-care. These days, there’s a lot less care and a whole lot more filler and fluff sold for use on our bodies. It’s green-washed and marketed to the masses.

While my skin got better, my vegan experiment had the opposite effect, initially. It landed me in the hospital. Unlike my past ailments, these serious conditions had names, but they also had stones rolling in one at a time – until they lodged. Ouch!

Evidently, I still wasn’t listening to my body. I was simply trying to fix it on a physical level. The problems had shifted, but I hadn’t fixed anything!

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This was when a coach told me to take a bath. What a weird suggestion, I thought. We met over the phone, so they had no idea whether or not I actually needed a bath. -I didn’t, by the way!

I was however, living a busy life. And, the suggestion, more to the point, was to practice slowing down. In those days, I couldn’t fathom taking luxury breaks from all the things life demanded of me: work, house projects, studies, hobbies, social and more. You know the drill.

Showers were my thing, because they were hot and fast. Who, I wondered, had time for baths, anyway?

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I did eventually take that bath. And, long story short, it led me to a process of detoxifying my life in a serious way, by releasing:

  • wall colours I’d never liked,
  • digital and physical clutter,
  • unnecessary brain chatter,
  • outdated beliefs, and 
  • people who no longer resonated.

This brought two major shifts –

  • I became a human-being, releasing my overt human-doing tendencies.
  • Finally feeling my true authenticity seeping out, instead of running from what felt out of alignment, I set up boundaries to protect what is true to me. 

Only then, with the continuation of pure vegan care and detox did my body gave up being sick. Healing emotional dis-ease, was the final missing link in my physical healing process. I’d just been slow at reading the map of pain my body had tried, for so long, to show me. 

Ask yourself this: WHERE DO YOU HOLD EMOTIONS & WHAT IS YOUR BODY TRYING TO TELL YOU? who could you be without THE PAIN?

Spend any time around Dhana Self-Care or our social media communities and you’ll find the passion for castor oil packing is contagious! Using Castor Oil Pack Kits have served me and countless others in the integrated process to release stored emotional traumas and physical discomfort. 

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I never would have thought that a funny out-of-place suggestion to take a bath, could have had so much impact on my life, my health and my business. I now LOVE baths!!

You can now find me, a happy, and creative, bibliophile and a tiny-home enthusiast. Yes, you guessed it, I took the decluttering idea to an extreme!  And, along the way, it presented the opportunity to release the big house in Canada, whose season in my life had come to an end. Instead, now I feel peaceful with a healthy purpose, living and entrepreneur-ing (as I call it) nestled between green-spaces in NW London, UK.

Like most things in life there is a physical, emotional and intellectual element and so my personal development journey continues as I work to align myself and Dhana Self-Care with others embarking on similar detox journeys and with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Please direct message me for support with your health and specific skincare challenges or to work with Dhana Self-Care. Let’s do this together.


Designer Formulas

By eliminating chemical fragrances and harmful toxins used by major skin corporations, at Dhana you are invited to bring easy natural healthcare back into style!

The ancient healing of castor oil meets the modern wellness of purple tea and natural botanicals. There are no surprises in Dhana’s all-natural, minimalistic formulas, instead we help you Go Toxin-Free! Be captivated by this new multi-sensory spa-at-home experience! 

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