Holistic Wellness | Exploring the Science & Metaphysics Of Health
By Brandy Searcy
Episodes include deep dives into Ayurveda and exploring the science and energetics of commonly used ingredients in skincare.
Holistic Wellness | Exploring the Science & Metaphysics Of HealthMay 26, 2023
What's really messing up your health?
We spend so much time looking at external influences on our health. The secret is, our body's it's own environment, and we have the power to change our internal state by learning how to communicate with our body. Your body's seeking one message to begin restoring health... I am safe. Let's talk about how to make sure your body hears that message in today's episode. The two ways to signal safety with your body: 1) reduce stress in your mind (this improves your ability to digest everything you take in) 2) reduce the physical stress (toxins) your body has to process (digest) each day Download your guide to easy ways to detox your day here. Curious about Rain Organica's self-guided program to avoid pregnancy naturally? Click here to learn more.
Looking for the podcast episodes mentioned in today's show? Listen to them here:
The difference between sunscreens and antioxidants
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Birth Control, Autoimmunity, and Green Plasma with Mike Gaskins
Does birth control increase your risk of autoimmune disease?
Yes. In this episode, author and women's health advocate Mike Gaskins pulls back the curtain on the sordid history, shoddy approval process, and health effects of hormonal birth control.
Regardless of how you're exposing your body to this potent endocrine disruptor and xenoestrogen/xenoprogesterone (whether IUD, intravaginal ring, or pill), if you're on hormonal birth control, rest assured, this is the biggest endocrine disruptor in your daily life.
Does hormonal birth control increase your risk for autoimmune disease?
Check out the full shownotes here: rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/our-lymph-system-how-it-works-and-what-we-can-do-to-improve-lymph-flow
How hormonal birth control alters your blood test results
This episode is part 1 of 7 exploring how hormonal birth control impacts every single system within your body. In this episode, we're talking about 5 ways that hormonal birth control's been shown (through peer reviewed scientific studies) to alter certain blood markers related to inflammation and how quickly your blood clots.
Find the full shownotes here.
And, here's where you'll access your free free guide on how hormonal birth control alters blood markers in your:CBC panel complete metabolic panel lipid panel
The Ayurvedic 7 layer view of your body's tissues (Sanskrit: dhatus) and why you've got period problems
Have you ever had (or... let's be real, currently experiencing) period problems? Whether you have:painful periods PMS that's worse than your period irregular cycles amenorrhea (for any reason including HA) or conditions like PCOS and infertility (for any reason)
learning how Ayurveda sees your body (as composed of layers rather than separate systems like the Western medical view), will support you in achieving a healthy menstrual cycle. What's a healthy menstrual cycle look like? A pain-free period that's regular and that you can't feel coming, and yes, it's possible to achieve this without hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy.
Be sure to check out Rain Organica's free course on How Ayurveda views your menstrual cycle for more support in achieving a healthy pain-free period.
How to choose a menstrual cup for comfort, convenience, & a leak-free period
Have you ever wondered how to properly select your menstrual cup size or how long it's okay to wear your cup before cleaning?
Karin Kohler, founder of MeLuna USA joins me to discuss all things menstrual cups in this episode.
We talk about:how to size your cup how to know whether you've selected the right size cup how to clean and sanitize your cup how long it's safe to wear your cup the difference between silicone and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) in menstrual cups
How Ayurveda views your menstrual cycle
without any PMS symptoms (yes, that's possible)
without pain during your period (yes, that's also possible)
without bleeding or spotting in-between your period
Today's episode is a brief intro into Ayurveda's view of your menstrual cycle. And, if this piques your interest, check out Rain Organica's full (free) course on How Ayurveda supports a healthy menstrual cycle here.
Cycle Syncing: Aligning your exercise & diet with your menstrual cycle for optimal wellness
Amy Oldfield, founder of Body Theory by Amy, gives tips and tricks for aligning your exercise (& nutrition) routine with your menstrual cycle to feel your best and support a healthy weight.
Amy shares about her own journey towards obtaining a healthy cycle and dishes on ways to curb those sugar cravings just before your period (and when to amp up your workouts to take full advantage of your body's natural hormonal rhythm).
What's Hashimoto's disease and can you cure it naturally?
This episode covers:what's Hashimoto's thyroiditis (and the other autoimmune thyroid condition known as Grave's Disease) how to diagnose Hashimoto's (why your HCP might not be ordering the right blood tests) how to support your condition naturally... cure's a strong word and I'm not a doctor, so let's talk ways to support Hashimoto's naturally. I'll share tips and tricks I've learned along my 5 year journey with Hashimoto's.
We'll talk about iodine (to avoid or not?) when you have Hashimoto's.
Why exercise can exacerbate symptoms of the condition.
We're also talking about the role of hormonal birth control in autoimmunity, the importance of sleep, and what Ayurveda offers you on your journey with autoimmune conditions.
While this episode focuses on Hashimoto's, the support strategies apply to any autoimmune condition.
Find the full shownotes (once released) here.
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Episode 61: 7 biomarkers of fertility
Can you heal your thyroid (& restore your metabolism) naturally?
How blood sugar dysregulation increases your risk of UTI
Did you know that diabetics are more prone to UTIs than other people? Did you know hormonal birth control interferes with your body's glucose metabolism and contributes to insulin resistance? Did you know that UTIs don't always show up on a standard urine culture?
If you suffer from UTIs, have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, or are on hormonal birth control, this episode's for you. I share my personal story of developing a UTI for the first time ever after discontinuing hormonal birth control, how that UTI continued to recur even after rounds of antibiotics, why my general practitioner suggested I might have interstitial cystitis, and how I learned that interstitial cystitis is sometimes just a misdiagnosed UTI.
Also, UTIs don't have to be a way of life, and if you have them recurringly, there may be an underlying health reason that just hasn't been diagnosed yet... like dysregulated sugar metabolism.
Find the full shownotes here.
Finding peace among chaos
About Courageous Wellness: Aly French and Erica Stein are both Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches, with advanced training in gut health and hormone health. They produce and co-host the Courageous Wellness Podcast, a platform to interview diverse people about their personal journeys across all aspects of health and wellness with a commitment to de-stigmatize conversations in the wellness space. With 220+ episodes, Aly and Erica have interviewed guests including: Dr. Will Cole (Goop), NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Dr. Amy Shah, Melissa Bernstein (Melissa and Doug Toys), Dr. Elinor Cleghorn, GT Dave (GT’s Living Foods), Catherine McCord (Weelicious), Tambra Raye Stevenson (WANDA), Sarah Platt Finger (Chopra Global) and many others.
In 2020, the company expanded to the Courageous Wellness Collective (CWC), providing Integrative Nutrition and Health Coaching services. The goal of CWC is to extend the podcast’s community, uniting people in their unique wellness journeys, keeping an eye on inclusivity and accessibility. Under the CWC banner, Aly and Erica have spoken at events across the country, including Covenant House California, The Wayfarer Foundation, Westside Food Bank of Los Angeles, Financial Women’s Association NYC, and elementary school classrooms.
Find the shownotes here.
Can hormonal birth control cause diabetes?
Episode 56: Does a newly discovered essential fatty acid hold the key for reversing NAFLD?
Dolphins as it turns out are also vulnerable to developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) despite not eating carbs or sugar. And, dolphins with a diet higher in C15:0 (a newly discovered essential fatty acid) had correspondingly healthier livers (i.e. an inverse relationship between dietary intake of C15:0 in relation to fatty areas within the liver was found), and this has led to some breakthrough research in the use of C15:0 in reversing/preventing the development of NAFLD in people.
In this episode, Drs. Stephanie & Eric Venn-Watson, the co-founders of fatty15 take us through the discovery of C15:0 (pentadecanoic acid) and its potential for improving/preventing a variety of health conditions (from fatty liver disease to diabetes and obesity).
Find the complete shownotes (with additional places to find out more about this fatty acid) here.
Are polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) good for you?
Despite the hype, your body needs PUFAs. In fact, two polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential for health. One of these essential PUFAs is an omega-3 and the other is an omega-6 fatty acid.
So, if PUFAs are good for you and necessary for health, why are these fatty acids (and especially omega-6 and seed oils) getting such a bad rap these days?
Well, because there's an optimal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 that's most beneficial for health, and here in America, most of us are eating too much omega-6. You'll discover what that ratio is and how to boost omega-3's in your diet in today's episode.
As for the myth that your cellular membranes need to "detox" from PUFAs? Yeah, there's some basic science that proves that ludicrous idea wrong.
Check out the shownotes here for links to peer-reviewed journal articles for more.
Panchakarma and the Spiritual Nature of Ayurveda
Ayurveda Practitioner, Kate O'Donnell, shares her personal experience with Ayurveda and the spiritual transformation of the Ayurvedic cleanse, panchakarma, in this episode.
She also shares a bit of insight into the health aspects of menstruation (yes, turns out that monthly flow's actually a cleansing process) and alludes to a few considerations for women dealing with PMS.
Connect with Kate at https://www.kateodonnell.yoga/ and on IG here
An Ayurvedic detox: panchakarma
What is panchakarma? Panchakarma means 5 actions and is the Ayurvedic way of detoxing your body. Lest you roll your eyes at the word "detox", we're explaining where that toxic material is coming from (it's a natural process of being human) and how the 5 actions or 5 therapies of panchakarma are used to flush that metabolic waste from your body. Find the complete shownotes for today's episode here.
Want more? Check out these episodes as companions for today's episode:Myofascial release with Bon Crotzer
What is Ayurveda?
Can you use fertility awareness for contraception?
the basics of FAM
what to consider when you're coming off the pill
your cycle and the moon phase (and why it's normal to switch between ovulating with the full moon and the new moon)
You'll also discover a surprise bonus in today's episode.
Check out the shownotes here.
Register for the free bonus course here.
Episode 51: Honoring rest
Episode 50: The Power of Yoga with Elora Herberick
Even when you're first drawn to yoga as a mode of exercise, chances are, at some point, you've experienced some of the mental & spiritual benefits of yoga as well.
Yoga's often the gateway practice into a more mindful & conscious life.
And, indeed yoga is one of the three sister sciences, a trinity of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Jyotish.
On today's episode, Elora Herberick, founder of EVOLVE Mindset Yoga shares how yoga's influenced her own life. We talk about the importance of breath, the benefits of restorative yin yoga, and the power of yoga beyond the mat.
The Energetics of Ayurvedic Herbs
In this episode, we’re exploring the Ayurvedic view of herbs (looking at the 5 properties of herbs that determine their action on your body and your skin).
After we've established what those 5 properties are, we'll do a deep dive into the 4 categories of herbs according to Ayurveda and discuss herbs frequently used in Ayurvedic skincare like:turmeric amla (Indian gooseberry) manjistha (Indian Madder root) guduchi (heart leaved moonseed) rose aloe lodhra
By the end of this episode, you'll understand why herbal blends are so beneficial compared with a single herb and discover the benefits of these Ayurvedic herbs.
Find the complete shownotes here.
And, find complimentary episodes here:Why's aloe so great for your skin?
What's the difference between rose water and rose hydrosol?
Why don't children get acne?
What's Ayurveda? An ancient science explains human nature
An Ayurvedic Diet: Eating with the seasons to achieve optimal health
An Ayurvedic view of skincare
Like all things, Ayurveda takes a holistic view of your skin, skin conditions, and your skin's health. As one of the 4 main detox organs, your skin's appearance and overall health may reveal deeper lying imbalances within your body. In this episode, we talk about:
1) the stages of life from an Ayurvedic perspective and how these stages mean certain skin conditions are more common for certain age groups (example: acne, eczema, large pores, etc.)
2) an overview of the classes of Ayurvedic herbs used to support and balance the doshas (energies) within your body
3) a layered approach to viewing your body, with your blood being the foundational layer that supports all the other layers
4) what detox really means... we're mostly talking about the metabolic exhaust created during normal cellular processes and also real toxins like fragrances and fumes from your environment
5) how overburdening your body's natural detox processes can gum up the works and result in your skin bearing the brunt of these taxed systems
6) how to support your body's natural detox processes
Hit that play button to listen.
Other episodes you may enjoy:Why don't children get acne?
What's Ayurveda? An ancient science explains human nature
An Ayurvedic Diet: Eating with the seasons to achieve optimal health
What are alternative preservatives in skincare?
Last time, we talked about preservative regulations in skincare here in America compared with Europe. Referencing the EU's "List of Approved Preservatives in Skincare" alternative preservatives are ingredients that aren't found in that list. Why is that? These ingredients are multifunctional meaning that in addition to their antimicrobial nature, they also have additional benefits in your product. These additional benefits are typically:moisturizing your skin "fixing" fragrance... the ingredients bind fragrance molecules helping fragrance linger for longer improved skin feel... this one's vague, and this might mean improving how plump your skin feels or how the product feels as you apply it (think silky smooth) anti-oxidant anti-inflammatory
Alternative preservatives are often (though not always) natural, and in this episode you'll hear more about the most common ones and what you might consider before using products containing those.
Episode 46: Healthy Cooking Oils, Biodynamic Wines, and Healthy Natural Food at GOODONYA
Preservatives in skincare
Why are preservatives in skincare?
What's the need for preservatives in skincare? We talk about how skincare products are manufactured, the difference between sanitary and sterile manufacturing conditions, FDA regs for preservatives in your skincare, and hacks for ciphering just how much preservative is in your skincare (check out that link below for a walk through three different ingredients lists).
Find the shownotes here: preservatives in your skincare: what they are, why they're necessary, and how to decode the ingredients label
Natural Anxiety Relief: How tapping, decluttering, & adding a dog to your life helps manage stress
In today's episode, founder of Wag Theory, Jenny Ostoj Singh shares how adding a couple of fur babies into her life has helped her manage anxiety.
She also shares some of her other favorite tips and tricks for managing anxiety including decluttering (and offering advice on how to get organized and tips for reducing clutter in your life... hello minimalism!) and tapping (aka emotional freedom technique or EFT).
Jenny also shares a few things that didn't work (or haven't worked yet) for her.
For more on tapping (including how to tap and connecting for guided tapping sessions), check out this episode with Jen Miller.
Find the shownotes for today's episode here: how to naturally relieve anxiety
Episode 42: Health lessons learned from my dog
Animals, kiddos, aging parents, best friends, and anyone and anything (like plants) else you may be a caregiver for offer lessons for better caring for your own health and wellness. Today's episode is part therapy for me (thank you for listening) and mostly sharing some of the lessons learned from caring for dogs. Go ahead and share this with a fur mama in your life.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/health-lessons-learned-from-my-dog
How's Round-up (Glyphosate) impacting your digestion and your health?
Stephanie Center, founder of The Holistic House and host of Revolutionary Health podcast, joins me for a conversation around Round-Up, and how a weed killer just might be responsible for an uptick in digestive problems. Stephanie also shares her health journey and why she's so outspoken for non-toxic food choices and a toxin free lifestyle.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/glyphosate-round-up-and-oats-wheat-sugar-corn-why-organic-is-necessary
Autoimmunity and Modern Day Wheat
Why is Celiac Disease on the rise (and why are so many of us with autoimmune conditions sensitive to wheat)? The wheat of today is not the wheat of our ancestors. Listen in as we discuss how today's wheat is genetically different from ancient wheat and how this impacts the structure of the gluten proteins in wheat.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/modern-day-wheat-autoimmunity
Cause of chronically low vitamin D
Have you ever been told your vitamin D levels are low? Have they been low for years despite vitamin D supplementation? In this episode, we're talking about:how your body converts the vitamin D from the food you eat into the form of vitamin D measured on a blood test the nutrients necessary for proper vitamin D conversion how stress, gut microbiome, and organ function might impair your body's ability to absorb and convert vitamin D why you might not need as much vitamin D as everyone says you do (based on your genes)
Hit the listen button and let's get started.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/could-your-vitamin-d-deficiency-be-caused-by-a-magnesium-deficiency
Episode 38: Ayurveda and autoimmune conditions
How can a 10,000 year old view of how your body functions possibly help you improve your quality of life when you struggle with autoimmune conditions? In this episode, Angela Perger, host of Simple Ayurveda, shares how this ancient wisdom is helping her navigate two heavy autoimmune conditions, specifically ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangytis (PSC). You're invited to this revealing conversation.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/ayurveda-and-autoimmunity
Episode 37: Skin Benefits of Dead Sea Mud
Why is Dead Sea mud so great for your skin? The skin benefits of Dead Sea mud are so renowned that Queen Cleopatra claimed the exclusive rights to the region where this mud is found (the Dead Sea of course :). With its rich variety of minerals and micronutrients like humic acid, Dead Sea mud is purported to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness. Its superior adsorption properties mean it deeply cleanses to leave you with bright, vibrant skin. Listen to this episode to discover the other skin benefits of Dead Sea mud.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/why-is-dead-sea-mud-so-great-for-your-skin
Episode 36. An Ayurvedic Diet: Eating with the Seasons for Optimal Health
Ayurveda, an ancient system of wellness, sees your body as more than just its physical form. You are matter and energy, a tiny ecosystem reflecting the nature of the entire universe. So, the things you consume alter your internal state. In this episode, we'll explore an Ayurveda diet from 10,000 feet... and you'll discover the connection between your health and how and what you eat.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/how-to-use-ayurveda-to-boost-and-maintain-your-digestive-fire
Episode 35: Healing your hormones through your diet with Bernadette Judge
In today's episode, we talk about how it's possible to "cure"/treat 60% of most issues through diet and lifestyle changes alone. Bernadette references autoimmune and anti-inflammatory diets, and throughout today's episode she shares how she elevates her client's awareness of their food choices and their physical symptoms. You'll hear how Bernadette's personal struggle with melasma ignited her passion to help other women struggling with hormone imbalance, and Bernadette works with clients to tackle everything from PCOS and estrogen dominance to hormonal acne and melasma with a balanced approach that unites both Western and holistic medicine. Learn more about working with Bernadette for your own hormonal struggles by reaching out to her on IG @nurseb_wellness
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/balancing-your-hormones-through-diet-with-bernadette-judge
Episode 34. What's Ayurveda? An ancient science to understand human nature
Ayurveda is so much more than just a food list or set of herbs that were used in ancient times and are regaining popularity today. This holistic health system considers the entire body plus the mind and the spirit and views disease as a result of an imbalance between your current state and your state of being at conception. Ayurveda perceives all things in the universe as made up of 5 elements, and these elements aren't just matter, each element has its own unique energy. In this episode, you'll find a brief history of Ayurveda along with a plain English description of what Ayurveda is, and the 20,000 foot view of an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/what-is-ayurveda
Episode 33: Debunking Diet Myths with Jenn Trepeck
Have you ever been on a diet?
Maybe a fairer question... how's your relationship with your weight?
Chances are, if you identify as woman, you have a complicated relationship with your weight regardless of the number on the scale and the reflection in the mirror.
And, metrics like BMI and numbers on a scale do nothing to help clear up any confusion. I've struggled with weight and body image (one of the main reasons I make skincare) and Jenn Trepeck is pretty much ninja level diet expert... one who's figured out that diets don't work.
In today's episode, Jenn shares the 5 fat factors or rather she breaks through some of the myths around dieting, numbers on a scale, and how to really achieve a "healthy" weight... and what exactly that means anyways.
Who's Jenn? Jenn Trepeck is described as a “force of nature" in the wellness space.
A Ross School of Business graduate from the University of Michigan, she's an Optimal Health Coach, podcaster and business consultant who founded Better Life Now LLC while working full time in hedge funds.
After over a decade of coaching clients, Jenn started Salad with a Side of Fries Podcast to help pay it forward and reach a larger audience to teach the nutrition education we are all supposed to know but no one ever taught us.
Jenn implements revenue generating wellness programs in doctors' offices, salons and spas to further expand impact and help change the state of healthcare as a Certified Transitions Lifestyle Coach and Consultant with nutraMetrix Custom Health Solutions.
When not hunkered-down at home during a pandemic, Jenn is typically working out at Physique57, discovering hidden gem restaurants in NYC or traveling to spend time with friends and family.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/breaking-through-diet-myths-with-jenn-trepeck
Episode 32: Why don't children get acne (& what does your skin's pH have to do with acne)?
Why don't children get acne? And, how is your skin's pH linked to acne? We're talking about skin pH and how it relates to a number of skin conditions from acne to psoriasis to eczema plus how your skin changes throughout your life. What's covered in today's episode? A plain English conversation around: sebum, what it is and what it has to do with acne and dry skin skin pH through the layers of your epidermis (pH gradient) and how this is messed up in a number of skin conditions why chemical exfoliation may be doing more harm than good ways you can help your skin when it's struggling with breakouts Share this episode with a friend and listen now.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/acne-and-your-skins-ph
Episode 31: All Natural Non-Toxic Candles
In this episode, Jill Kosdrosky shares how she became interested in clean candles...with a few bites of shrimp in 2004 that led to repeated headaches and allergic reactions to everything from lipstick to perfume, even though she'd never had a problem before that day.
Seeking to avoid all allergens (okay, toxins), she discovered that many ingredients in our everyday products are unregulated and undisclosed, hiding under an unassuming word... fragrance.
Often listed as “fragrance” or “parfum” on ingredients labels, scent is rarely explained. Yet fragrance recipes can contain hundreds of chemicals (some safe, some unsafe, and some untested), all legally permitted to be hidden from ingredients lists. As part of FDA regulations, anything considered a company’s trade secret does not have to be disclosed, and “fragrance/parfum” is often a protected trade secret.
The bottom line is that we consumers aren’t told what ingredients are in our scented products, and if we ask, we’re not guaranteed an answer. Further, the fragrance in scented candles, including soy wax candles, is almost never disclosed. When's the last time you saw a full ingredients list on your candle?
As a former engineer and amid a thriving banking career, I decided in 2019 to switch gears completely and launch Aspen Clean Candle to give candle lovers a healthier choice.
Episode 30: Giving Tuesday: Sustainable Harvest International shares Sustainable Farming Practices
It's nearly impossible to overstate the impact Sustainable Harvest International has made in Central America. Starting as a grassroots movement in Honduras, this organization has expanded its reach to 4 countries in Central America working to stop and reverse deforestation while improving the lives of farmers and their families.
Join me in this incredible conversation to discover more about Sustainable Harvest International.
Episode 29: What is tapping (EFT) and does it really work to relieve stress and anxiety?
In an attempt to relieve her own anxiety, Jen Miller discovered tapping and was so thrilled with the results that she decided to share this gift with the world. In today's conversation, Jen reveals tapping techniques and how tapping works to reduce stress and anxiety within the body, pulling you out of your fight-or-flight state and into a rest-relax-digest state. She also talks about some of the ways to include tapping into your daily routine (including how tapping can level up your meditation practice) to achieve a better state of health and mental wellbeing.
Episode 28: Myofascial release and fascia flossing with Bon Crotzer
Episode 27: Why your body needs iodine
Episode 26: Autoimmune thyroiditis: Can you cure Hashimoto's naturally?
some of the symptoms of Hashimoto's
what blood tests are required for diagnosis (hint, it's not TSH, T3, T4, or free T3/T4, or even reverse T3)
where I turned to search for a "cure"
how I've moved towards no meds using principles of Ayurveda
Episode 25: Defining a Life Well-Lived with Regina Topelson
Regina Topelson shares
Episode 24: Turning a Breast Cancer Diagnosis into a Movement with Lyndsay Levingston, founder SurviveHER
Lyndsay Levingston was thriving and she didn't let a cancer diagnosis stop her. Tune in as Lyndsay shares this out of the blue diagnosis and how she turned it into a movement and a mission to raise awareness around breast health.
Episode 23: What is a pH balanced deodorant?
Have you ever wondered why the "sensitive skin" deodorants still cause irritation? And, just how are deodorants different from antiperspirants anyway? In this episode, we're answering all the questions about deodorants. How do they work? What to look for in a pH balanced natural deodorant. What's the deal with probiotics in your natural deodorant, and what's the best natural deodorant to use when the baking soda free formulas don't work for you either.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/difference-between-antiperspirant-and-deodorant
Episode 22: Becoming more efficient and less stressed: Tips from 3 time business founder & business owner Crystal Vilkaitis
Three time business founder, Crystal Vilkaitis, shares tips and habits she's adopted for being less busy and more effective & efficient. We talk about ways to break your procrastination habit & build your confidence so that you can be more effective and efficient without being forever and always busy.
Join us for this packed episode.
Episode 21: What is prana? And, why is nature immersion so important for our health & wellbeing?
Did you know forest bathing has real physiological effects on your health? The oldest health systems & philosophies in existence (we're talking Ayurveda and TCM here) hold the idea of life force as a central belief. Life force is part of all living beings (some beliefs hold that it's also part of anything natural, like minerals and stones), and this idea so permeated culture that it's hidden in plain sight in unlikely places. We'll talk about the concept of prana (life force), why spending time in nature is vital for your health, and how this idea of life force is integrated into Rain Organica's products.
Episode 20: The Safari Collective: Living Everyday with Intention
Sarah invites you to find beauty in the mundane and elevate everyday "chores" into a special part of your day. We talk about some of Sarah's favorite morning practices along with the beauty of New England, and the magic of New Milford.
Grab your favorite mug and join us for this conversation on filling your life with meaning and living with presence and intention.
Episode 19: Finding wellness & freedom in a cup of loose leaf tea
Maria Uspenski shares her inspiration for starting The Tea Spot, a Colorado based tea company that offers (in my humble opinion) the best teas on the planet. Maria talks eloquently about how the simple act of daily tea can elevate the day to day infusing wellness into your daily routine as well as your body. We talk all about green tea, black tea, matcha, and adaptogenic and other herbal teas in today's episode plus how The Tea Spot is living their motto "infuse the goodness" into the world one cup at a time.
Grab a cup of your favorite tea and join us for this inspirational conversation.
Episode 18: Remembering September 11th
20 years later, I can still see that day on replay in my mind. The first plane crashing into the North Tower and everything that came after. We can't control the moments and the events that define our lives and our world views, and yet, we can find meaning even in the debris, even when the after doesn't look like the before. Join me for a few moments as I reminisce over a day that largely shaped my world view and as an introduction to our next series on wellness & protecting your mindset.
Episode 17: Are phytoestrogens endocrine disruptors?
If phytoestrogens mess with your estrogen levels are they also endocrine disruptors? And, if phytoestrogens are enodcrine disrupting, why aren't they bad for your health like synthetic endocrine disruptors? We'll answer those two questions in today's episode.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/are-phytoestrogens-endocrine-disruptors
Episode 16: Sunscreens and the FDA: Reclassifying safe
Of the 16 sunscreen ingredients the FDA allows into sunscreens sold in America, the FDA is reclassifying 14 sunscreen ingredients. Find out what prompted the FDA to make this bold move, when the proposed order goes into effect, and what that means for your summer in this episode.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/new-fda-sunscreen-regulations
BONUS Episode 15: Common endocrine disruptors in your everyday life
We're talking about two common endocrine disruptors... one, almost all of us are exposed to on a daily basis, and the second... if you're a woman, chances are high this one's been in your medicine cabinet.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/endocrine-disruptor-the-birth-control-pill-and-your-liver
Episode 14: What are endocrine disruptors (a close look at EDCs)?
Whether natural or man-made, endocrine disruptors alter your normal hormones. We'll talk about why that's a good thing sometimes (using aromatherapy to reduce cortisol levels) and why it's so problematic at other times.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/what-are-endocrine-disruptors
Episode 13: Why is aloe vera so great for your skin?
Since the days of Cleopatra, aloe has been coveted for skincare. Battles have been fought over aloe. It's been so widely used by so many cultures that tracing its origin required DNA testing. So, why is aloe so great for your skin? And, why is it on the Prop 65 list in Cali? We're diving into all those topics in today's episode. So, strap in, and get ready for a quick and mind-blowing episode where you'll find out what the FDA is really doing to protect consumers and why humanity has over a 6,000 year love affair with aloe.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/is-aloe-vera-good-or-bad-for-your-skin
Episode 12: Always wear sunscreen?
What's the difference between a sunscreen and an antioxidant, and which one is better? Plus, why don't skincare products containing antioxidants contain an SPF number on the label?
Looking for more sunscreen episodes? Check out these:Sunscreens and the FDA: reclassifying safe Making Sense of Sunscreens
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/whats-the-difference-between-sunscreens-and-antioxidants
Episode 11: Encouraging lymph flow
What's the lymph system anyway and why's it important to encourage lymph flow (even if you're not sick right now)? You'll also discover natural ways to quickly boost your lymph flow.
Episode 10: What does Pilates have to do with lymph flow?
The exercises of Contrology, now known as Pilates, were born during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 to 1920. The Spanish Flu ravaged the world in waves propelled by the massive movement of soldiers during World War I, killed people between the ages of 20 and 40 at alarming rates, and ultimately caused more deaths than the war itself. Joseph Pilates refined his exercises while working with patients at hospitals on the Isle of Man, and according to Joe, not a single one of them (roughly 8000 in total) succumbed to the Spanish Flu.
In this episode, we're talking about why Pilates is such an incredible healing form of exercise, how it works to stimulate deeper lymph flow, and why the equipment (the Cadillac and Reformer) looks so strange.
Episode 9: Acupuncture and your skin (plus its role in detox and supporting health)
Dr. Leslie Deems, DACM, shares how acupuncture can help play a key role in maintaining and restoring (& supporting) good health. She also shares information on two types of cosmetic acupuncture, Mei Zen and microneedling and how these natural treatments can help encourage your body to build back collagen & revitalize your appearance.
Lastly, we talk about how acupuncture can support your body during detox.
Episode 8: What is aromatherapy?
Today we're talking all things aromatherapy... it's history, and why aromatherapy is so great for your body, mind, & soul. Check out today's shownotes for a list of plants & essential oils recommended for a variety of conditions.
Other episodes you might enjoy:What's the difference between floral waters and hydrosols?
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/how-aromatherapy-helps-your-mind-body-spirit
Episode 7: What's the difference between floral waters and floral hydrosols?
Have you ever wondered why rose water and rose hydrosol are different? We're talking about essential oils, absolutes, floral waters, and floral hydrosols (hydrolats) today using rose as the example. You'll learn how they're different, and which ones better for your skin and your hair.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/which-is-better-for-your-skin-rose-water-or-rose-hydrosol
Episode 6: How your food choices impact your carbon footprint
Which is more eco-friendly? Oat milk or almond milk? Grass fed beef or feed lot beef? Is eating locally and in season really that effective at reducing your carbon footprint? We're talking about each of these on today's episode of The Alchemy of Things.
Do you want more on skin science, nature's rhythms, and living (w)holistically? Subscribe to The Alchemy of Things podcast and go even deeper by signing up for Rain Organica's newsletter.
Episode 5: The problem with phthalates
You've likely heard that phthalates are bad for your health, and in this episode, we're talking about why they're a health concern and how you can reduce your exposure to phthalates in your daily life.
Episode 4: Skincare Ingredient Spotlight: Why is Vitamin C is so great for your skin?
In today's episode we're talking about why vitamin C is so great for your skin (hint: it's a multifunctional ingredient providing antioxidant protection, enabling collagen synthesis, and even helping to brighten your skin). There are some formulation challenges around Vitamin C, so we'll talk about why you'll often find vitamin C derivatives in skincare products rather than ascorbic acid (the technical name for vitamin C).
Are you looking for more juicy tips on simply caring for your skin? Sign up for Rain Organica's newsletter for your dose of healthy and simple skincare tips.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/vitamin-c-skincare
Episode 3: What are antioxidants and why does your body (and your skin) need them?
We're talking about reactive oxygen species and antioxidants (including one you may not be familiar with) in today's episode. You'll learn why using antioxidants in your skincare is so important (in addition to including plenty of antioxidants in your diet).
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/what-are-antioxidants-and-why-does-your-body-need-them
Episode 2: Simplify your skincare routine
In today's episode we're taking a look at what your skin needs and how to meet those needs with your skincare in just 3 steps. Get ready to declutter your counter with a simpler routine.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/episdode-2-simplifying-your-skincare-routine
Episode 1: Exploring your skin's structure & function. The Hayflick Limit, cellular senescence, & aging.
In this inaugural episode, we're talking about the layers of the epidermis, the Hayflick Limit, and cellular senescence. These concepts tie into skincare and set a solid foundation for future episodes. We'll explore these together, so dive in with me.
Find the shownotes here: https://rainorganica.com/blogs/podcast/episode-1-how-cellular-turnover-depends-on-skins-structure-function