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Enchanting herbals for your body & soul

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This time of year always feels extra hectic. It's usually the good kind of crazy, but crazy nonetheless. In between gift buying and cookie baking and house decorating... oh, and working –— take time to care for yourself. These beautiful therapeutics from Sacred Botanica encourage healing both inside and out.

From the moment I heard about Sacred Botanica, one thing was clear — this is a truly special company. Each one of their products is made with such love and good intention, which shines through in every creation. Sacred Botanica bases their beliefs upon the fact that plants are magic. They have innate healing properties that are the Earth's a gift to each one of us.

I've tried a few of their wonderful items and can't say enough good things about them. What I'm most excited to try are products from their new CBD healing line, Sweet Relief. These herbalist formulated CBD topicals provide fast relief through the use of CBD oil and plant extracts. Our bodies have been found to react wonderfully to cannabidoil, resulting in anti-inflammatory, analgesic and neuroprotective benefits. 

I really love using North Star aromatherapy blend. For me, and for many of us, 2016 has been a year with many dark days. This roll-on oil was created to guide us through our darkest times, using plant allies to come together and lift our hearts higher. This oil's fragrance is uplifting and calming, with mild florals and sweet citrus and a subtle woodsy hint. It's wonderful to use when you're not feeling yourself or right before bedtime. 

Sacred Botanica's products are all beautifully designed and packaged, and made with the utmost attention and care. There really is something for everyone in their store! Be sure to check out their wonderful gift sets for birthdays and transformations — how thoughtful would it be to get one for someone in your life?

I hope you check out their website and love their products as much as I have! Sacred Botanica has created a special discount code just for Everything Hurts! Be sure to enter EHFRIENDS15 at checkout for 15% off your order until December 28th <3

EH Review: EarthWise

ehreviews, eh reviews, chronic pain, nerve pain, products, reviews, review, shoppingAmanda VinciComment
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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 Reviews: Botanical Delights

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My eyes light up every time I see a product with one of my chronic conditions printed on the label. For me? Don't mind if I do. I had to try these two pain relieving products from Botanical Delights, I mean, they practically had my name on them.

Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

Nerve Pain Relief Butter is pure creamy goodness.

If you suffer from nerve pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, diabetes, etc.. you have to check out the unique pain relieving blends created by Botanical Delights. It is really inspiring to see a company focus on the creation of products specifically for nerve pain. When I was diagnosed twelve years ago, such products were nearly impossible to find. 

Botanical Delights takes pride in their all-natural handmade products, only using the highest quality ingredients. They carefully create powerful Synergy Blends. Synergy Blends occur when two or more highly concentrated essential oils are combined, and the molecular composition changes, resulting in a more powerful product. Each one of their blends results in a highly effective way to help you both physically and emotionally.

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BD sent Everything Hurts two products to try out. Their Nerve Pain Relief Butter and their Fibro Survival Synergy Blend roll-on.

The Nerve Pain Relief Butter is super creamy and silky. It's so luxurious, but don't let that fool you — this stuff is strong. Really, I didn't know essential oils could do what they're doing in this butter. This product really targets the shooting, burning, and stabbing that is often associated with nerve pain. Rub a dab of it into the affected areas on your body, and feel it getting in deep and going to work almost immediately. The ingredients in this blend include Clove Oil, Black Pepper, Copaiba, and Frankincense. Each of these oils have strong pain relieving properties and are amazing natural substances. The combination of these in a Beeswax, Vitamin E and Arnica Oil base are really something you need to try to believe. Use it up to 3-4 times a day, and pretty soon you'll notice your pain isn't nearly as bad as it once was.

Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

Fighting Fibro has never been easier with this roll-on relief.

If you have fibromyalgia, do yourself a big favor — go grab one of these Fibro Survival Synergy Blend rollers right now. Ever since I got mine, I've been taking it along almost everywhere I go. When you have fibro, literally EVERYTHING hurts. Botanical Delights understands this. That's why they've created this really unique concoction that provides relief specifically targeted for fibromyalgia pain. They've carefully chosen anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-spasmodic oils that are known for their healing properties. This roller is PACKED, I mean absolutely PACKED with essential oils. How the hell they fit all of them into this carry-size roller? I have no idea. Plai, Lavender, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Marjoram, Peppermint, Geranium, Roman & German Chamomile, Pine, Wintergreen, Apricot Oil and Vitamin E??? All in one amazing Synergy Blend? Seriously. Go, get it. Apply it to your trigger points. Thank me later. No, thank them. This stuff is a game changer.

Check out all of Botanical Delights natural essential oil blends in their Etsy Shop. They have such a wide range of products focusing on conditions such as autism, arthritis, anxiety, ADHD, sleeplessness, PMS, menopause... the list goes on.

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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 ,&nbsp;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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