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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: 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 ,&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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EH Reviews: The Salve Solve

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I'm always on the hunt for new natural products that will help me manage my daily aches and pains. Most of what's stocked in our local stores are mass manufactured by companies who have no personal connection to what we're experiencing. I've made it my mission to find the best handmade goods sold by individuals who have an understanding of chronic pain. In my search, I came across these magical salves from Lady Jane's in Oregon.

WHATS-A-SALVE?
If you're not familiar with salves, they are a semi-solid cream you rub into your muscles and joints to help ease pain and tension. The healing effects of these particular salves include anti-inflammation, pain relief, relaxation, cell regeneration and decongestion. That may sound like an over promise, but damn.. when you give them a try, you'll see just how great they are.

Lady Jane's sent over 8 different cannabis and essential oil-infused salves for EH to try. Each one has a unique and soothing scent that is aromatherapeutic and reflective of the essential oils used. I've been using these salves on my terrible back and neck pain this week, and I can say with confidence that they've helped. My favorites so far have been the wintergreen, lemongrass and lavender augustifelia.  Each one has it's unique healing properties. 

TURMERIC: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, 
EUCALYPTUS: analgesic, deodorant, stimulant, anti-neuralgic, antifungal, tonic
LEMONGRASS: invigorating, antifungal, antiseptic, acne fighting, insect repellant
WINTERGREEN: analgesic, antiseptic, pain relief similar to aspirin, anti-inflammatory
GINGER: circulatory, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, carminative, antidepressant
FRANKINCENSE: digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic, expectorant, astringent
SWEET ORANGE: antidepressant, detox, cellulite diminisher, chronic fatigue relief

Salves are a great compliment to your existing treatment. You can use them liberally, rubbing them deeply into your effected areas. Use them for chronic inflammation, sciatic back pain, sprains, chronic muscular pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatism and more. They are even helpful in fighting acne and healing blisters and cuts. 

I seriously can't get over what a great find these salves are. Go check out Lady Jane's Etsy shop and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have – they've been awesome in putting together this collection of different salves to share with us! Lady Jane's fresh, handmade, and natural products are truly one-of-a-kind and can become an exciting new part of your pain relief routine.

Ingredients: organic coconut oil infused with cannabis, organic vitamin E oil, organic bee's wax, organic therapeutic grade essential oil (various)
Link: Lady Jane's Oregon Emerald Etsy Shop

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