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24th October 2019 |
Spotlight: Jasmin Thomas on building products with a purpose

written by Ben Mottershead 


On December 1st 2015, Jasmin was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis), which means that she had a degenerative autoimmune disease affecting the nerve endings in her brain and spinal cord.

While many would find this kind of diagnosis incredibly difficult to come to terms with, which Jasmin herself admits to as well, she has also gone on to become a renowned business owner, pioneering the use of CBD in cosmetic skincare products.

Jasmin is going to be part of a panel discussion at our next event on the 17th November, 'Wellness'. You can purchase tickets by visiting this link.


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Can you describe the moment you were first diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)? Was it a shock, or were their warning signs leading up to the diagnosis?

I was quite shocked, although I was aware that there was something wrong with my knowledge I had never met anyone who had MS so I didn’t really know what it was, and there is no history of illness or disease in my family so it was quite a shock. I remember actually saying to my mum I wish it was Cancer so I could have some treatment and make it go away because I really didn't know what it was.


You state openly about being an ‘everything-happens-for-a-reason’. Do you feel this resilience has helped you in regards to running your business, Ohana? 

Absolutely this helps. I truly believe that everything does happen for a reason and our experiences make us grow as a person whether we choose to see it as a good or bad thing is totally up to ourselves as an individual. I chose to see every experience as a positive, I would have never started Ohana if I hadn't been diagnosed with MS so it's led me to live my most authentic fulfilling life and for that, I’m really grateful for my journey. Starting a business doesn't come with a big enough warning sign of how hard it's going to be, but you will only fail when you stop trying. 


CBD (Cannabidiol), is still not widely accepted as a form of treatment for multiple medical conditions. What was your experience with prescribed medication and how did that lead you to look towards treatments such as the use of CBD?

I’ve chosen not to accept prescribed medication for now because I didn’t like the potential side effects, I also found it difficult that my doctor wasn’t open to discussing non-allopathic routes of medicine so it left me pretty alone when deciding what path of medication to take. I am extremely fortunate that I come from a family who has knowledge around the medical benefits of cannabis and was fully supportive of me when choosing this route of medicine for myself. I grew up on homoeopathy and 'alternative medicines' so it felt like the right option for me and has been for the last 4 years. 


What made you go from being a CBD user to realising there was an opportunity to create products?

I was using products from America which I realised I could make at home and incorporate ingredients I felt was where missing. I started making them for myself and then when I started telling my friends and family how they worked for me and we started using them on family members with eczema and it really helped and it pretty much spiralled from then. I knew I wanted to be part of the CBD industry in a way which could encompass all my passions, non-toxic skincare, plant-based ingredients and sustainability. 


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While companies such as The Body Shop, The Ordinary and Lush Cosmetics have taken steps to be more transparent, and natural with their product lines. What work do you feel is still left to do in regards to promoting natural ingredients and their importance?

We are seeing  a shift in  beauty products coming to the market, in large this is due to consumer demand rater than authenticity. What is lacking in the space is the educational piece behind it for example 'paraben and sulphate'  free products are on the rise however the consumer doesn't really understand why these two ingredients in particular are replaced with non toxic alternatives or in some cases very similar alternatives with a different name that is less well understood as being a potentially toxic ingredient. The beauty industry doesn't have stringent enough regulation for there to be total clarification which is really confusing for the every day consumer hence why I would say education education education is at the heart of promoting natural ingredients and their importance.


What are your hopes for Ohana as a business?

We aim to be a trusted platform for education around CBD and the power of plant-based actives in skincare and proving that non-toxic skincare can be efficacious. 


Do you have any advice, or words of support for anyone who's currently diagnosed with MS but maybe feels prescription medication isn't helping, or an effective solution to their lives? 


I would say positive thinking is absolutely KEY when choosing any route of medication. It’s a very personal choice and one that only you can make, and do a lot of research to make sure you are making the best most informed decision for your health and what fits in with your lifestyle and what will make you happy. I have personally found a lot of success through changing my diet and the supplements I take.


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Make sure to check out Ohana and read more of Jasmin's story by visiting the companies website.

You can also find out more about our wellness event here.

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