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Holistic Wellness | Exploring the Science & Metaphysics Of Health

Holistic Wellness | Exploring the Science & Metaphysics Of Health

By Brandy Searcy

Hosted by an unlikely alternative health advocate (a pharmaceutical formulations development scientist), this podcast offers both scientific and metaphysical perspectives on health and wellness to support you in your holistic wellness journey.

Episodes include deep dives into Ayurveda and exploring the energetics (and science) of commonly used ingredients in skincare.
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Does a newly discovered essential fatty acid hold the key for reversing NAFLD?
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.
44:19
November 30, 2022
Are polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) good for you?
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.
37:44
November 10, 2022
Panchakarma and the Spiritual Nature of Ayurveda
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 And, find the full shownotes linked here .
01:00:31
October 28, 2022
An Ayurvedic detox: panchakarma
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?
28:22
October 13, 2022
Can you use fertility awareness for contraception?
Can you use fertility awareness for contraception?
In today's episode, Jess Dzierbicki of Charting with Jess dishes on how she's using fertility awareness method (FAM) for contraception.  Jess talks about: 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.
34:05
September 28, 2022
Episode 51: Honoring rest
Episode 51: Honoring rest
In case you needed to hear this, it's okay to change your plans. Rest when your body, mind, or spirit requests.
08:50
September 07, 2022
Episode 50: The Power of Yoga with Elora Herberick
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. Find the shownotes here.
01:03:43
August 10, 2022
The Energetics of Ayurvedic Herbs
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
50:06
July 29, 2022
An Ayurvedic view of skincare
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
27:28
July 14, 2022
What are alternative preservatives in skincare?
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.
15:57
June 29, 2022
Episode 46: Healthy Cooking Oils, Biodynamic Wines, and Healthy Natural Food at GOODONYA
Episode 46: Healthy Cooking Oils, Biodynamic Wines, and Healthy Natural Food at GOODONYA
GOODONYA founder Kris Buchanan shares why she's so passionate about offering truly natural foods prepared with healthy cooking oils, pesticide & herbicide free ingredients, typically sourced from local farms.  She also shares her quest to feature biodynamic and no sulfate added wines at this Encinitas restaurant. Find the shownotes here:  Where do you find the healthiest restaurant?
51:56
June 15, 2022
Preservatives in skincare
Preservatives in skincare
What's the difference in skincare regulations in Europe and the US? Over 1300 ingredients. We'll talk what's banned and regulated in European skincare and particularly focus on preservatives (including parabens).
21:01
June 01, 2022
Why are 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
27:46
May 25, 2022
Natural Anxiety Relief: How tapping, decluttering, & adding a dog to your life helps manage stress
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
34:44
May 18, 2022
Episode 42: Health lessons learned from my dog
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
37:20
May 04, 2022
How's Round-up (Glyphosate) impacting your digestion and your health?
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
01:03:40
April 20, 2022
Autoimmunity and Modern Day Wheat
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
26:56
April 07, 2022
Cause of chronically low vitamin D
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
45:48
March 23, 2022
Episode 38: Ayurveda and autoimmune conditions
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
51:43
March 09, 2022
Episode 37: Skin Benefits of Dead Sea Mud
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
13:23
February 24, 2022
Episode 36. An Ayurvedic Diet: Eating with the Seasons for Optimal Health
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
39:45
February 09, 2022
Episode 35: Healing your hormones through your diet with Bernadette Judge
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
38:27
January 26, 2022
Episode 34. What's Ayurveda? An ancient science to understand human nature
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
01:00:33
January 12, 2022
Episode 33: Debunking Diet Myths with Jenn Trepeck
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
51:33
December 29, 2021
Episode 32: Why don't children get acne (& what does your skin's pH have to do with acne)?
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
44:20
December 15, 2021
Episode 31: All Natural Non-Toxic Candles
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.
50:03
December 08, 2021
Episode 30: Giving Tuesday: Sustainable Harvest International shares Sustainable Farming Practices
Episode 30: Giving Tuesday: Sustainable Harvest International shares Sustainable Farming Practices
Flo Reed, founder of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) shares her vision to achieve food security for 5 million people while sequestering 18 million tons of carbon dioxide and restoring 8 million acres of degraded land in Central America by 2030.  Sustainable Harvest International works one on one with small farmers across Central America implementing sustainable agricultural practices (like agroforestry) to help farmers increase production and farm in harmony with nature.   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.
41:39
November 30, 2021
Episode 29: What is tapping (EFT) and does it really work to relieve stress and anxiety?
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.
32:35
November 24, 2021
Episode 28: Myofascial release and fascia flossing with Bon Crotzer
Episode 28: Myofascial release and fascia flossing with Bon Crotzer
Bon Crotzer reveals that tightness and tension in your body might just be constricted fascia rather than true muscle tightness.  Listen in as she shares the technique of myofascial flossing and how you're able to regain space and comfort in your own body.  Many of these myofascial exercises can be performed anywhere, while standing or sitting, making it convenient to floss it out while you're standing in line at the grocery store or sitting at your desk at work.
54:01
November 17, 2021
Episode 27: Why your body needs iodine
Episode 27: Why your body needs iodine
Chances are if you've been diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid condition (specifically autoimmune hypothyroidism) you might have been advised to restrict your iodine intake.  Did you know your breasts, ovaries, testicles, even your cardiovascular health (and the health of fetal development, babies, and children) depends on iodine?  Here's why the restricted iodine intake camp has it wrong.
25:33
November 11, 2021
Episode 26: Autoimmune thyroiditis: Can you cure Hashimoto's naturally?
Episode 26: Autoimmune thyroiditis: Can you cure Hashimoto's naturally?
Autoimmune conditions may be considered incurable by Western medicine.  But, would complete remission, normal thyroid antibody levels, no meds, and no symptoms, couldn't that be considered cured?  We're talking about Hashimoto's (autoimmune hypothyroidism) on today's show, specifically: 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
45:18
November 07, 2021
Episode 25: Defining a Life Well-Lived with Regina Topelson
Episode 25: Defining a Life Well-Lived with Regina Topelson
Regina Topelson shares
46:05
November 03, 2021
Episode 24: Turning a Breast Cancer Diagnosis into a Movement with Lyndsay Levingston, founder SurviveHER
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. 
28:44
October 20, 2021
Episode 23: What is a pH balanced deodorant?
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
20:40
October 10, 2021
Episode 22: Becoming more efficient and less stressed: Tips from 3 time business founder & business owner Crystal Vilkaitis
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.
47:27
October 06, 2021
Episode 21: What is prana? And, why is nature immersion so important for our health & wellbeing?
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.
15:48
September 29, 2021
Episode 20: The Safari Collective: Living Everyday with Intention
Episode 20: The Safari Collective: Living Everyday with Intention
Sarah Lopes embraces a different approach to consumerism, moving away  from mass produced to intentionally made and intentionally purchased.   Sarah launched The Safari Collective in 2016 to display her carefully  curated collection of unique and ethically made items created by small  businesses right here in America. 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.
32:37
September 22, 2021
Episode 19: Finding wellness & freedom in a cup of loose leaf tea
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.
51:33
September 08, 2021
Episode 18: Remembering September 11th
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.
06:31
September 07, 2021
Episode 17: Are phytoestrogens endocrine disruptors?
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
34:08
August 26, 2021
Episode 16: Sunscreens and the FDA: Reclassifying safe
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
34:29
August 11, 2021
BONUS Episode 15: Common endocrine disruptors in your everyday life
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
38:08
August 04, 2021
Episode 14: What are endocrine disruptors (a close look at EDCs)?
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
25:46
July 28, 2021
Episode 13: Why is aloe vera so great for your skin?
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
12:18
July 14, 2021
Episode 12: Always wear sunscreen?
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
20:60
June 30, 2021
Episode 11: Encouraging lymph flow
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.
19:22
June 16, 2021
Episode 10: What does Pilates have to do with 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.
18:22
June 02, 2021
Episode 9: Acupuncture and your skin (plus its role in detox and supporting health)
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.
31:04
May 19, 2021
Episode 8: What is aromatherapy?
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
24:03
May 05, 2021
Episode 7: What's the difference between floral waters and floral hydrosols?
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
18:57
April 28, 2021
Episode 6: How your food choices impact your carbon footprint
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.
14:17
April 21, 2021
Episode 5: The problem with phthalates
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.
22:44
April 14, 2021
Episode 4: Skincare Ingredient Spotlight: Why is Vitamin C is so great for your skin?
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
21:43
April 07, 2021
Episode 3: What are antioxidants and why does your body (and your skin) need them?
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
19:26
March 31, 2021
Episode 2: Simplify your skincare routine
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
33:18
March 24, 2021
Episode 1: Exploring your skin's structure & function. The Hayflick Limit, cellular senescence, & aging.
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
19:51
March 19, 2021