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EH Review: Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary

eh reviews, ehreviews, chronic pain, migraine, pain, products, review, reviews, shoppingAmanda VinciComment
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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

eh reviews, chronic pain, blog, nerve pain, wellness, shopping, ehreviews, review, migraineAmanda VinciComment
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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:
Me Fragrance: Etsy | Website | Facebook | Instagram

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EH Reviews: Botanical Delights

chronic pain, products, pain, shopping, nerve pain, fibromyalgiaAmanda VinciComment
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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

eh reviews, health, fitness, exercise, productsAmanda Vinci2 Comments
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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: Sock Style

style, trends, shopping, pain, eh reviews, chronic painAmanda Vinci1 Comment
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If there's one thing I've noticed in the online spoonie community, it's that spoonies have some great socks. And of course we do, they're a great way to express ourselves and be cozy and comfortable doing so. I'm a sucker for socks – fun patterns, silly sayings, chunky knits – I even collect a pair from wherever I go on vacation.

But socks could do more for you than just look cute and keep your feet warm. Because of my fibro, my calves tend to cause me a lot of pain.The muscles in my calves tighten, making the pain sharp and throbbing, especially during a flare. I purchased a pair of "old people's" compression socks at an airport newsstand. They were nothing special... but I was on my way to a 6 hour flight, and my legs were already pulsing with pain. They were worth the try.

Since then, I've used my bleak, unsexy compression socks to help me get the blood flowing on bad leg days. They help quite a bit, but gosh... do they have to look so unflattering?

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I was on the hunt for some cute compression socks I could rock without feeling like Grandma Moses. That's when I came across these bright colored beauties from Samson Hosiery. They remind me of the basketball socks all the cool kids are wearing, but they provide the same relief I felt with the "medical" pair. These unique socks come in an endless variety of colors, and provide compression gradually to help increase circulation. 

Samson Hosiery sent me 3 of their fun pair to try, the blue and pink were definitely my favorites, and fit the same as the purple. I have wide calves and size 8 feet, and they were just right. The 3rd pair was a slightly different neon green pair with great traction on the bottom of the feet, but a bit too long on my legs – I'm only 5'2".

Samson also carries compression sleeves, providing calf support without the foot being covered – perfect for under your pant leg when you're wearing flats or sandals. Their socks are all one size, unisex, and are performance socks... but if your performance consists of getting out of bed each day, these are perfect for you.

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Here are some stats about the socks:
15-20 mmHg* (medium support compression)

  • Help prevent and relieve minor to moderate varicose and spider veins.
  • Relieve tired, aching legs, and minor swelling of feet, ankles and legs.
  • Help prevent varicose and spider veins during pregnancy.
  • Help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Used in post-sclerotherapy treatment to prevent the reappearance of veins.
  • Ideal compression level for those traveling long distances.

When I first wake up, I'm a little shaky when stepping out of bed. Pulling these socks on in the morning makes me feel like Ariel in the Little Mermaid when she discovers her new legs. They help me to feel stable, giving me a little boost in getting the day going. 

Check out all of Samson Hosiery's amazing compression socks, as well as their fun and unique regular socks over on their Etsy shop. Got to tell you... I've got my eye on their laser cat socks :-P

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