Infertility was just the beginning in a long line of struggles for Erin Christen. Before looking into IVF, she found that a recent blood test revealed her thyroid levels were on the lower end of the “normal” range.
“Accordingly, I proceeded to an endocrinologist, and there I was diagnosed with hypothyroid,” she explains. “As soon as I started medication, we immediately became pregnant.”
However, after she gave birth to her second child, she felt like something was still off. “I was struggling to lose weight, I was extremely fatigued all day, and I was in a horrible brain fog,” she says. “I decided to switch doctors, seeking a more proactive, more Eastern Medicine philosophy.”
Follow a year and dozens of blood draws, vitamins, and supplements, Christen was diagnosed with additional endocrine diseases including Hasimoto’s, MTHFR Gene Mutation, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Her experiences with these diseases, as well as her encounters with others who also suffer from them, inspired her to launch a company alongside her husband that focuses on showing people the healthier options of everyday and seasonal products called Earthganic Elements.
“Many products produced today contain added toxic ingredients, affecting thousands of people everyday,” says Christen. “Whether it’s the aluminum in deodorants, deet in bug repellents, or chloroform in your dryer sheets, applying these ingredients over and over is disrupting our endocrine systems, organ functions, and can even lead to cancer.”
In addition to treating her own health conditions, Christen says that she was inspired to launch Earthganic Elements because of the family she needs to care for. “To keep my husband healthy, so he doesn’t have too many doctor appointments. So my children will have the best possible opportunity and quality of life. To keep their slate as clean as possible for as long as I can,” she says when asked where she gets her inspiration.
Christen officially launched Earthganic Elements in July 2016 after a couple of months of local and personal testing. However, she says, she and her mother have been making personal lip balm, sunscreen, and dryer balls for years.
Earthganic Elements creates a variety of products. There are two formulas of deodorants, one with no baking soda and one with active charocal, chest rub, a plant-based healing stick for bug bites, bees tings, rashes, cuts, and dry skin, bug repellents, sunscreens, lip balms, 100% wool dryer balls, and tooth & whitening powder. Christen says she plans to soon launch shower bombs, eczema lotion, and a muscle rub.
Earthganic Elements is growing rapidly, according to Christen, and is becoming more available in multiple retail locations throughout Cincinnati. Customers can also order and ship through the Earthganics website<www.earthganicelements.com>.
Christen says she started off the New Year with a trip to Las Vegas where she auditioned for Shark Tank Season 9. “As much as that is a dream, one that I am hoping will come true, I continue to present the product line face-to-face in local retail stores and national chains,” she explains.
Soon, Christen will travel to Alaska for more retail opportunity meetings and to learn more about plant oil extraction, which will soon bring forth the creation of an “Alaskan” line of products.
“And we are not far from offering a monthly subscription,” says Christen. “The concept of the subscription service is to remove the burden of remembering to order or purchase products before you run out.”
The monthly membership subscriptions will offer savings to the customer.
To learn more about Earthganic Elements, visit www.earthganicelements.com or by liking them on Instagram and Facebook. Christen says you can subscribe to receive newsletters and be on the “First to Know” list. “We’ll be launching a blog very soon to keep everyone informed on news about toxins and product updates!