More and more people are looking for natural and organic ways to nurture their minds and bodies. One local woman has opened a shop in Youngstown looking to take advantage of that growth.
Meeluvh Iman creates natural products that are meant to cleanse and refresh the body and spirit.
“I make all natural and organic products, such as yoni steams, face serums, hair elixirs, scrubs and things of that nature,” Iman said.
Yoni steams are used by women as an intimate cleanser. Face serums and scrubs are used to cleanse and moisturize. Hair elixirs are used to treat and nourish the hair and scalp.
Not all natural and holistic products are registered with the FDA, so it is important to be informed when using them.
Still, Iman says they serve a good purpose.
“Self love, self care, you know. Caring for yourself mentally, spiritually and emotionally,” she said.
Iman owns a shop on the city’s westside called Meeluvh’s Secret Garden. She makes many of her own products to sell there.
“Meeluvh’s Secret Garden came along from my own personal journey of health, you know believing that health is wealth and especially mental and physical health,” she said.
Iman says the face scrubs she creates include 100 percent natural ingredients.
“My green tea face scrub made with dead sea salt, organic green tea, essential oils and based oils like avocado oil,” she said.
A US government study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information describes Dead Sea salt as good for dry skin problems.
Another government agency found 30 percent of adults use unconventional health care approaches. The most common is natural products.
The Institute for natural medicine says there are approximately 6,000 naturopathic doctors practicing in the United States, and 23 out of 50 states allow doctors to become licensed in this field.
“I do believe that the self awareness is on the rise, which is beautiful that people want to take care of themselves, you know physically, mentally and emotionally, cause it’s all together,” Iman said.
Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on non conventional medical services, and the largest share of that, $14.7 billion, is for services from holistic practitioners.
Iman says it’s important to her that her business stays in the city, so the community can take advantage of more natural products.
“I want to bring health to the city, you know education, products that you know a lot of people in the city, you know don’t have a lot of knowledge on holistic and homeopathic remedies and things of that nature,” she said.