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  • Published on: 08 October, 2017
  • Last update: 08 October, 2017

Guess who’s back!

YES, I am ALIIIIVE after the longest break I’ve ever taken from Instagram – which was scary, but much needed. After being on social media for over 5 years… sharing my life, health journey, research, products (and at times, my very deepest emotions)… writing posts to you guys started becoming a source of anxiety rather than a creative process that would naturally flow. As my Instagram and business grew, I became focused on what other people wanted to see vs. what I really wanted to write. I worried that I would just run out of topics one day – yet the voice of reason in the back of my mind told me that when I’m centered and authentic, inspiration is abundant and endless. This led me to ask myself: AM I being 100% authentic? Am I practicing everything I preach and doing my part to learn & grow, just as I desire my company and passion to grow? Am I being the best example I can be to the precious group of people that have chosen to follow my journey & read the words I share? The answer to these questions was that I could do MORE to show up for both myself and you guys. It was time to take the next steps.

The last post I made on my social media (almost a month ago!) marked my first day of going back to school to study traditional herbalism. Up until this point, I had read 100s of books on the applications of herbs… perused 1000s of studies on pubmed regarding the benefits of plant compounds… and worked with some of the best herbalists to create the products you see on my website today. However, it was time for me to MEET these plants in the wild, face to face – to touch them with my bare hands and extract their medicine using the most personal methods. I wanted to live & breathe herbal medicine, rather than just write about it from behind a screen – and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve been in the woods almost every single day since that post (identification guides in hand!📚), simply getting to know the medicine that grows ALL around us. It has been a spiritual experience to say the least…

The other changes that have occurred while I’ve been gone are more about the ‘showing up for myself’ aspect that I mentioned earlier. I realized there was no way I could be inspired and present in both my business & personal life if I didn’t nurture myself first. In an effort to get back to WHO I AM and find my writing voice again, I’ve been tuning my physical voice by getting back into singing lessons. As a child I was an opera singer, and sharing my instrument with others was my whole world. Yet as adults, we convince ourselves that we don’t have time for our passions/gifts unless they’ll be our career path or will help us make a living. I realized I was neglecting this talent for too long, which was affecting my expression in ALL areas of life. So, this past month+ I’ve been taking weekly voice lessons (but practicing every day!), getting weekly acupuncture sessions again, and walking at least 2 miles each day. These are simple habit changes I would suggest to anyone feeling lost and out of touch with themselves, and in my efforts to be 100% authentic I’m taking my own advice.

I’m happy to report that I’m feeling better and more connected each day, and I have sooooo much to share with you guys about what I’ve been learning. To kick it off, the first plant I want to introduce you to is MUGWORT, which I’m holding in this photo. Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll be talking all about the benefits, where to find this plant yourself, how to use it for healing purposes & what I’m currently making with it for my medicine cabinet! Plants are so damn cool and you guys are going to LOVE this.

XOXO, Olivia

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I just posted a new blog post & it’s one of those long personal ones like my post after Jamaica on shame & attitudes surrounding sex. This one is called “HOW THE PHYSICAL CAN MIRROR THE EMOTIONAL: MY SCAR STORY” and it veers into lots of emotional/spiritual talk (like mentioning the heart chakra and energetic blockages). If that’s not your thing, skip this one… but if it is, click the link in my bio to read because I felt it was important to share.❤️
Here’s an excerpt from the post… 👇🏼
Do you ever think about how emotions can manifest physically in our bodies, whether consciously or subconsciously? Some manifestations are more obvious: stomach “butterflies” when you’re worried or excited, the urge to empty your bladder when you’re scared, or your blood pressure skyrocketing from anger. And yet other manifestations are much more subtle and complex… starving our bodies of nourishment when we hate what we see in the mirror, or abusing a damaging vice (such as drugs) when emotional pain becomes too much to bear.
When I was 16, I did something very strange to my body. 🔸
I was always the “good girl” - an overachiever who wanted to be PERFECT physically, academically, and any other “ly” I could control. I never wanted tattoos or even a second ear piercing. And yet one day, I woke up and asked someone to pierce my chest — exactly where you see the scar above.
NONE of my friends could understand why I wanted or did this. I certainly couldn’t figure it out myself. Now 8 years later, it finally makes sense… but we need to go back a bit further first.
When I was 14, I got into a relationship with an older boy who made me feel extremely special. I thought that feeling was love, but I now understand it was the highs & lows of a game called control. This person hated when I wore certain clothing (even just shorts) to school because “other guys would look at me.” And of course, I was HIS and only his to look at - a bond of ownership that a vulnerable girl with a chaotic home saw as a privilege… READ THE REST OF THE POST @ THE LINK IN MY BIO 👆🏼❤️
SWIPE👉🏼 THANK YOU @FATHEADFRANCES! 😭💘 Forget diamonds… MAGNESIUM is a girl’s best friend. 💎 And yes, I bedazzled my own magnesium kit just for the purpose of this pun. #Dedication ✨ While you’re waiting on the launch of our topical cramp relief salve (which is meant to provide women with a safe self-care tool for immediate relief), give our anti-stress magnesium kit a try to get to the ROOT of the problem. The link is in my bio! 👆🏼
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, increasing magnesium is one effective way of treating menstrual cramps, as well as other types of menstrual-related pain including headaches and nausea. 🔥
👉🏼 Why? Because magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant! Proper levels are crucial for relaxing both blood vessels AND muscle tension/contractions (including painful menstrual cramping). 👉🏼 Magnesium controls the entry of calcium into each and every cell - this process happens every time a nerve cell fires. Without enough magnesium, too much calcium gets inside the cell resulting in cramping, blood vessel constriction, migraines and anxiety. (Magnesium is required for our muscles to relax, while calcium is needed for contraction).
👉🏼 Red blood cell magnesium is found to be lower in women who have PMS compared to those who don’t. The same was found in headache & migraine sufferers!
👉🏼 On top of all this, magnesium has major benefits for the edema, bloating, depression & mood swings that often accompany menstrual pain. Without going into too much detail, it helps regulate the HPA axis AND decreases something called ‘aldosterone’ which is a major cause of fluid retention.
✨TO USE MAGNESIUM AS A NATURAL THERAPY FOR CRAMPS: Take 350 mg daily for at least three days leading up to menstruation, continuing through your full cycle. For best results, take 100-300mg daily the rest of the month to replenish stores on a cellular level. ✔️350mg = 1 serving (2 tsp) of our CALM THE MIND magnesium tea, OR
✔️10 sprays of our CALM THE BODY magnesium spray 3x a day. I find it very helpful to spread out these 3 applications morning/noon/night, as a continual intake helps to consistently smooth tense muscle.❤️
😳😳 This is a still frame from the 12:23 mark of my Gua Sha video - all I did was add a black line down the center so you can see the difference between the two sides of my face! 👀The “before” side I didn’t touch with my tools yet, and the “after” side was from the 5-10 minute demo I did scraping in an upward/outwards motion. ✨ It’s like I got a face lift 😂 and my eye looks SO much more open. NO magical creams, just an ancient massage technique that anyone can do at home! That’s what happens when you release the tight fascia and muscles in your face that hold onto so much emotional tension and stress. This is AMAZING for perfectionists and anyone with anxiety who holds tension in their jaw. If you grind your teeth at night, try this right before bed and focus on your neck/jawline area. .
If you haven’t seen my video yet, I embedded it into the new blog post @ the link in my bio. 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼 The blog post contains a written version of everything I said in the video, links to where I got my Gua Sha tools, AND at the end has a whole section dedicated to information about the lymphatic system. ✔️ Why? Because this Gua Sha scraping massage technique is meant to move any stagnant lymphatic fluid in the face that contributes to puffiness, premature aging and blemishes. .
🚨It goes much deeper than beauty, though - did you know that your lymphatic system is twice as big as your circulatory system? (It has a whole network of lymph vessels just like your blood vessels). Yet while your circulatory system has your heart to pump and clean your blood automatically, your lymph has NO built-in pump whatsoever. Lymph only moves manually through exercise, massage, and diet; which is why it’s so easy to get backed up with our modern lifestyle. 🍕 In the blog post I talk about symptoms of a sluggish lymphatic system, the 6 most common causes, and 7 solutions you can implement today to get things moving. 🌀🔥
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