Becoming an entrepreneur is what most people dream of, but it is only a few that push through against all odds and establish a business.
Melodie Grace is one of those few. There was plenty she had to deal with, including health issues of her own, ignore people pushing her to stay in her comfort zone, and listen to her inner calling by giving up a well-paying job to establish Tress Tea LLC. a plant-based healing company where she makes compounds that deal with the root cause of most illnesses.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York Melodie says, “my blood cleansing, liver detoxes, and anti-inflammatory compounds have proven to align with holistic methods of healing and disease prevention”.
Taking care and maintaining health is one of her reasons for starting the Tress Tea.
Her mother passed away at a young age of 38 that also made Melodie take her own health very seriously and nudged her to choose the path to health and wellness.
Melodie was born with whooping cough and throughout her childhood, she suffered from several respiratory infections.
“It seems as if I was always in the doctor’s office”.
Visit to the doctor meant prescriptions for antibiotics and by the time she was in her late teens, Melodie started having more complications and in her 20s she had to deal with allergies and a serious bout of bronchial asthma.
Instead of helping Melodie fight the ailments, prescription drugs were making her feel worse and sick all the time.
“I hated working in office environments because I was susceptible to everyone’s germs. In my early 30s, a blood test revealed that I was iron deficient, vitamin D deficient and my copper/zinc levels were off. With this history of bad health, I decided that I wouldn’t let my fate rest on an institution that only tended to my symptoms.
In 2013, while living in Montreal, I started researching herbs and administering concoctions to address my various ailments”.
In 2015 Melodie moved to Atlanta and met like-minded people who also leaned towards the holistic approach of healing.
People close to her saw her transformation and Melodie started sharing some of her compounds because she wanted to help people.
Support was not easy to come by because people were not in favor of her wanting to leave her job as a VBA Developer to work on her herbal remedies.
“I guess I must attribute a little bit of my journey to stubbornness. I don’t want folks to suffer unnecessarily when the Earth yields natural remedies”.
Coming from a family of programmers, teachers, nurses, and military professionals, Melodie had to learn the ropes of setting up and managing a business on her own and understand by experience what works and what doesn’t.
No matter what the circumstances, your true calling has the ability to draw you in, and Melodie started Tress Tea LLC in December 2016.
“I haven’t been to the doctor since and I’m in the best shape of my life. I love to ride my fixed gear bicycles, meet new people and read books”, says Melodie.
Melodie’s Instagram page not only reflects her multifaceted personality but it also gives us a peek into what goes on in an entrepreneur’s mind. The self-doubts, levels of motivation, struggles to make that breakthrough in the sales and last but not the least, making money.
Her social media page played a role in reminding Melodie that she had to make use of her knowledge. Thereafter she took charge and decided, “I shouldn’t let lack of support stop me from doing what’s in my heart”.
Melodie wants people to learn how yielding and forgiving the human body is once it is cared for and nurtured for.
“I want to expand the business so I can make more custom compounds for people based off of private consultations”.
Apparently, in 2017, Melodie made quite a few sales but not enough to stay afloat. So, in 2018 she had to get a job.
Melodie currently has five products up on her Etsy page and she will be adding more in the near future. She is also working towards creating awareness about holistic healing and tries reaching out to ailing people by giving free advice and tips.
Melodie, who is working towards obtaining a Master Herbalist’s certificate believes word of mouth is the best way to promote her business.
“I want my business to grow organically and touch lives one individual at a time”.