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EH Review: EarthWise

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Pain relief can come in many forms, but when it comes to soothing muscle rubs some like it cold and some like it hot. Lucky for everyone, EarthWise's natural skincare offers both!

The EarthWise Natural Skincare Company creates products that are not only good for us, but good for our planet. Their certified organic line takes consideration for the workers who grow and harvest their ingredients by only using fairly traded items, and their packaging isn't harmful to our environment. The products themselves are created by using nature's intelligence to achieve healing. They do all they can to promote sustainable agriculture, cleaner water, and fair incomes all while providing a skincare line that delivers on it's promise to help you feel good. And what's not to feel good about when your purchasing from such a conscious brand like EarthWise?

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EarthWise sent Everything Hurts two of their coveted pain relieving products. The Warming Muscle Rub offers relief for sore and aching muscles, perfect for conditions such as fibromyalgia and lupus. It also treats bruises, swelling and sprains and arthritis pain. I gave the rub a try right after finishing a light hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in No. California. The hike was beautiful but challenging and left me with swollen, sore calves and arthritis pains in my feet — which is to be expected with just about any level of physical activity, especially when sliding down old volcanoes. As soon as I got home to rest I decided to apply the rub. I found it really helps if you massage it deeply into the muscles. Be generous with the amount that you use, as it doesn't burn or sting, but leaves a nice slightly warm sensation. Within 10-15 mins I started to notice a difference in my muscle swelling and joint stiffness. 

The cooling soothing relief of the 26 Mile Salve is really something you have to see for yourself. This handy salve stick sure is powerful. I love to use it on my stiff neck and shoulders, since it really feels like it penetrates deep into the muscle and tendons. The menthol crystals get to work immediately once applying it, giving you a slight anesthetic for sharp pains. My advice is to make sure you only push up the salve from the bottom as needed, and not push it up all the way, because you're unable to roll it back down (my original mistake). Despite my clumsiness with the container, I've been using the salve every morning to get me going and really love the results!

If you've been searching for a new way to feel okay, head over the EarthWise and check out these awesome products and the rest of their line up. Everything they make is packed with great stuff, and their company is run with such care and conscience. I hate to be punny here but I have to say it — EarthWise really is a smart choice.

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EH Review: Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary

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This Valentine's weekend is all about love. So how about showing some love to an important person in your life — you. Do your body and your mind a favor this Hallmark holiday and practice some holistic pain relief. Stetch, take a warm bath, meditate, or yeah... just watch some Netflix. And if you're looking for the perfect gift to give that special somebody (your body), head over to Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary.

Double N creates seasonal herbal body care products, all made with intention. This means they carefully select all natural, organic, ingredients and combine them into wonderful lotions, salves, teas, tinctures and more. They have an enchanting farm that truly creates healing products. You have to check out their website Double N Urban Homestead to get a look into their daily life at Double N... totally made me daydream about owning a farm. Stunning.

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The lovely folks at Double N sent over two of their pain relieving products for EH to try out — Fire Muscle Rub and Headcase Headache Relief. Everyone that has come in contact with me in the last two months knows I've been suffering from sharp neck pains and blinding headaches. They started right around the new year, and with a combination of herbal remedies and old fashion physical therapy, they've been going away little by little. These two awesome products have been a part of my treatment and I swear to you they've been worth their weight in gold.

Let's talk about the Fire Muscle Rub. This salve is completely unique, and really does have a warming feeling to it. It's perfect for achey sore backs and necks, but you can use it on any unhappy muscle to get some sweet soothing relief. The cayenne & arnica infused olive oil really contributes to it's warming properties, and the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax create a smooth solid, where a little bit goes a long way. The essential oils of clove, ginger and cinnamon are key in providing strong relief. 

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Now for the Headcase Headache Relief — oh how I've been taking this with me everywhere. I never know when a headache will strike, and it's so important to be prepared at the first sign of one. Head Case has some truly unique ingredients that I haven't seen elsewhere. This blend includes amethyst infused sunflower oil! Amethyst?! I mean, I love the way they look... but they provide pain relief too? Yes, incredibly, they do. The blend also consists of peppermint, frankincense, lavender, basil, chamomile, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. Just rub it on your temples and neck 2-4 times a day and remember to breathe in. You'll feel it's soothing powers in no time. If you suffer from headaches, this is a purse must have.

What's really beautiful and unique about Double N Urban Farm and Apothecary is that they grow their own plants. They see them through and nurture them from seed to product. You are truly supporting organic and local farming by purchasing products from them. An extra something to feel good about, when you're feeling good from their products.

Enter the code: FEELGOOD at checkout for 20% off ANYTHING in their Etsy Shop through the end of February! An exclusive code for EH readers!

So go on and show yourself some love this Valentine's day with Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary. 

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EH Review: Aroma Biology

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Sometimes feeling better is as simple as taking a breath. Particularly when you're breathing in these relaxing essential oils by Aroma Biology. A few weeks ago I came across the Me Fragrance shop on Etsy and was instantly excited by their wide array of aroma therapy pain relief products. 

Recently I've been suffering with a lot of migraines and radiating neck pain. The pain starts out dull and then shoots up through the right side of my neck, eventually reaching the top of my head. The throbbing doesn't stop, and over the counter pain relievers are doing little to ease it.

Receiving these Aroma Biology roll-ons from Me Fragrance couldn't have come at a better time. I was seriously at my wits end with the throbbing pain, and these oils really came in handy. 

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At the first sign of a headache I rolled on Tension Suspension, and then I put it to my nose and inhaled deeply. The smell of it is heavenly. I immediately recognized the scent of lavender — always my favorite, mixed with peppermint. Peppermint is widely known to relieve headaches and reduce fever, and it really works like magic. Roll it on In circular motions, and inhale deeply after each application. The lavender helps to relax and relieve tension, and the helichrysum allows blood to flow more easily. The combination of these 3 oils is the perfect defense against an agonizing headache. 

If you're anything like me, you have pain all over the place. And if you're really like me, you have quite the collection of creams, lotions and potions to pull you through it. Here's an opportunity to replace some of those useless crummy old bottles and upgrade to something that really works — Soak n Toke. Soak n Toke is made of a line up of incredible natural essential oils: helichrysum to reduce inflammation and muscle pain, lemongrass that regenerates connective tissue, juniper berry that relieves muscle and arthritis pain, chamomile that helps treat inflamed joints and sprains, and pink pepper for improving circulation. As you can tell by many of my previous posts, I LOVE my essential oil based products... and I love them because they work. Just like Tension Suspension, apply this roll-on in circular motions wherever you're hurting and remember to breathe deep. This stuff has some serious healing properties, and the most wonderful smell. I let my friend test it out, and she immediately asked if she could eat it. The answer is no, do not eat it. You may want to, but you must resist.

All of Me Fragrance's products are paraben free, aluminum free, cruelty free/vegan, dye free and chemical free. They're only made from the good stuff. They have an amazing selection of Aroma Biology products, helping with PMS, anxiety, appetite, tummy pain, hangovers and more.

Me Fragrance is giving a special 15% off your purchase to all Everything Hurts readers! Just enter FRAGRANCE15 at checkout.

So go on and check them out:
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EH Reviews: Atlas Foam Roller

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I am so excited to tell you guys about an awesome product I've been using lately! See that big red thing I've got behind me? It's a foam roller. And it isn't just any foam roller — it's an Atlas Foam Roller. If you haven't used a foam roller for your muscle stiffness and soreness, you've got to try it. This has been my first time using one, and I really love it. And if you have tried them out before, take a look at this one by Atlas. It's super high quality, and proven more effective in smoothing and soothing soreness and stiffness (that alliteration is killing me).

This "exercise" wasn't featured on the site, but it's the first thing I did when I tried the roller. Not actually what rollers are for,  but , it felt nice for my shoulder blades and arms.

This "exercise" wasn't featured on the site, but it's the first thing I did when I tried the roller. Not actually what rollers are for, but, it felt nice for my shoulder blades and arms.

New to foam rolling, I had no idea what to do with this big red foreign object I was now in possession of. Where do I start? Here of course ➡️ Atlas Foam Roller's Video Page . I browsed through the videos and singled out some movements that I thought would be beneficial to my pain, and not too difficult to start off with. The guys and girls in the videos were super fit and healthy looking, so I was hesitant. But, within 30 seconds of trying out the roller, I was confident I could learn quickly.

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I started out with rolling out my calves and hamstrings. My calves are always stiff and a little swollen. It's hard to massage-out the pain I feel there, it never quite relaxes. The foam roller didn't hurt while I was doing it, but once I stopped my calves actually felt a little looser. All I had to do was use it for about five minutes too!

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The Atlas Foam Roller has been getting a ton of use since I got home from my cross country road trip. My neck and shoulders are a wreck. Turning my head to the side and using the roller up and down each side of my neck really gives it a nice stretch. There's no set time to roll, do it as long as you feel comfortable.

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Clearly this is not the most flattering look, but it feels really great on your lower back. You simply slip the roller right above your butt, and lift your legs in the air and place them back down. It's a nice light exercise, and also rolls out all the muscles in your hip and lower back area. It's even safe if you've had surgery on your lower spine, like I had. I would just double check with your doctor if your surgery has been recent.

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Luckily, my arms never really hurt me. That wasn't the case this weekend though, after I took my little sister and a bunch of her thirteen year old friends bowling. I hadn't bowled in years, and by the end of our first game my entire right arm hurt from my wrist to my neck. The roller is great for this pain too. Just wedge it against a door frame and your body and squat up and down a bit. This movement was a bit more strenuous than the others I tried, but it really helped me work out this new set of pains.

There's really no limit to what you can do with the Atlas Foam Roller. My favorite part is that you can get a partner to help roll you out too — just lie on your stomach and have them press the roller into you and roll you from top to bottom, just like cookie dough. It's the best way to use it if you're really not feeling well enough for movement.

If you're interested in giving the roller a try, definitely take a look at their video "learn" page on atlasfoamroller.com — they'll give you an even better idea of all that you can do to simply and effectively ease your pain. There are few products out there that allowed me to take my pain relief into my own hands, and this is one of them.

The Atlas Foam Roller has both bearings and handles built into it, this really helps you to get targeted relief, reaching down into your myo-fascial layers of muscle. Really ideal for those of us suffering from chronic muscle pain. The pain at the myo-fascial level is stubborn and difficult to relieve, and the Atlas Foam Roller does a great job at soothing the relentless tension we often feel throughout our bodies.

Check out their website, Facebook and Etsy page.  And if you're located in the Dallas area, their super helpful and friendly founder Mark teaches foam roller fitness classes!

Now excuse me, while I go roll out my pain. Happy MLK day!

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EH Reviews: Humbled Extracts

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The new year is almost here! At the start of each year we usually set unrealistic goals for ourselves: feel better, look better, eat better — these are my lofty goals for 2016, but more specifically, to treat my pain naturally. This year's plan, much like the years prior, includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and keeping up with my physical therapy. What's new to this year's game plan is my desire to cut down on pain killers and harsh topical products, and use more organic products that have nothing but natural ingredients for pain relief.

I've been using Humbled Extracts salves as a substitute for drug store brand rubs on my daily sore spots. Their salves are handmade in Pennsylvania, and are hemp based. Hemp has long been known for it's pain relieving properties, but unfortunately it often has been dismissed by the masses because of the stigma around marijuana. Hemp's main component, cannabidiol, is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent. Chronic pain sufferers — especially those with fibromyalgia, have seen amazing benefits from including hemp into their treatment.

Let's clear something up: hemp will not get you high. But what it will do will lower your pain, improve your mood and decrease your inflammation. 

Humbled Extracts sent over three unique salves to Everything Hurts: peppermint & eucalyptus, clove & cayenne, and arnica & lavender. Each one smells amazing, goes on smooth, and isn't sticky or oily. You'll feel relief shortly after applying it, and after rubbing it in it goes in clear and doesn't stain your clothes. It really made a big difference in my level of back and neck pain. 

All the salves are beneficial in relieving pain, but each individual one is beneficial in its own way, due to the essential oils included in its blend.

Clove & Cayenne – for deep joint and muscle pains.
Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, hemp,
cayenne, rosemary, vitamin e, close essential oil.

Peppermint & Eucalyptus – for all aches and pains, including arthritis,
fibromyalgia, burns, sciatica, migraines and nerve damage.
Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, hemp,
peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus.

Arnica & Lavender – helps in relieving pain caused from surgery, bruising,
back pain, and more. Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter,
hemp, lavender essential oil, arica, comfrey, marjoram essential oil.

Humbled Extracts even sent over one of their medicated lip balms! I usually dab some essential oils on my lips as I use them, so this essential oil packed chap stick was just the thing I needed. My lips are always peeling and dry, and this lip balm helps them to heal and feel hydrated.

If you're looking for soothing, hard working yet mild products to relieve your pain, you have to go take a look at all the salves Humbled Extracts has to offer. They have many loyal customers that have given them stellar reviews, so don't just take my word for it – check them out. 

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