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Upcoming Mass Meditation For World Peaceevent announcement
Wednesday, June 20th 2018 -Ajijic, Mexico. Join The Namaste Lake Chapala community in Ajijic, Mexico for a massive worldwide synchronized meditation to heal the current US policy of "Forced Child Internment."
Initiating from The Namaste Lake Chapala community in Ajijic, Mexico, however you can join in anywhere, remotely in your own location.
Friday June 22, 10:00 AM Eastern US Time (see this time calculator for when to tune in in your timezone).
This is massive worldwide synchronized meditation. People from around the world will join. During this time, from 10:00-10:15 AM sit for fifteen minutes in compassionate silence, sending angels to the situation, wrapping lawmakers in light.
How to attend
Set an alarm on your phone, set a note on your calendar, and join us Friday June 22, 10:00 AM Eastern US Time to take fifteen minutes in compassionate silence together, from wherever you are, to focus on world peace.
For those interested in how mass meditation works to reduce world violence, please check out this resource and the array of tables and statistics, brought to us by The Global Union of Scientists for Peace. This is a remote event comes to us from the folks at www.WorldPeacePulse.com, an organization initiated by James Twyman. For more information on this event and many others, please sign-up for updates on their website here.
To see the trail at hand, tuning into the little things can show us more than we ever expected.
The hidden messages about our world in everyday nature can teach us more about ourselves and the world around us that we could ever imagine. So this month we are focusing our attention on our teacher animals, and gaining insight into how they can share us their wisdom, simply by observation, or, by direct interaction.
We have also two events free to members this month, The Solstice Spirit Circle and the Clairvoyant Practice Group (learn more about registering here). When you join the program, in addition to the current theme materials, you also gain access to a 24/7 portal that contains over 55+ meditations, videos and extended resources... and also a support group, of likeminded souls.
Domestic violence isn't typically a phrase you think of when you think about a beautiful spiritual woman, running around waterfalls and posting photographs standing in front of butterfly wings on buildings.
Reading this article, you may already be familiar with the idea that children subject to mental, physical or sexual abuse when they were younger, are more easily able to channel their psychic abilities.
As children learn how to dissociate from abuse and danger to protect themselves when they're younger, in essence, they are training their souls to temporary leave their body.
Children do this to shield themselves from all sorts of pain.
And I'm not just talking about just parental abuse pain here.
Schoolyard abuse, being made fun of for being different, getting ostracized at camp, anything hurtful can become good practice experiences at the art of dissociation.
Dissociation, a skill learned in the darkness, has a silver lining though.
It turns out, dissociation comes into incredible handiness as an adult, as it is often exchanged for beautiful things such the ability to channel art, music, angels, healing other peoples thoughts, running energy, and a plethora of other empath skills.
Children who have been hurt when they were younger also learn another skill, too - they also learn how to tune into other people's emotions more efficiently as a means of safety. The more efficiently you can predict someone's emotions, or read them, so to speak, the more comfortable it is for you to shield and protect yourself from an abusive, unpleasant moment.
These are just a few of the natural gifts that can be borne out of hardship - the ability to channel and the ability to become very intuitive - and this is why you ultimately have a lot of abuse survivors in artistic, psychic, life coaching and spiritual healing fields.
As the saying goes, it takes one to know one.
Meaning, you can't help others overcome something you haven't also experienced yourself.
That said, spiritual people, sensitive people, develop pretty thick skin over the years and many, can deal with just about anything.
Which is where we get to family and relationships.
Spiritual lessons also come to us in the final frontier of the family. As both my acupuncturist and Ram Dass say, the ultimate karma of love is in relationships with those closest to us. This karma does not escape spiritual people. God doesn't let you have a life different from everyone else, because, well, how would you ever relate to your people?
So, if you're reading this right now, and have a spouse who is coming at you, remember:
You aren't alone.
And, whatever it is that is going on with your spouse, partner, lover, boyfriend, girlfriend, it has nothing to do with you.
You already know that... I'm just reminding you.
Instead, it has to do with them facing their own darkness, and you are just the mirror of it.
Remember that schoolyard saying?
I'm rubber and you're glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and goes back to you. It's still true and if you take anything from this article, remember that phrase. No matter how hard to hear the vitriol is, remember this phrase.
To heal this situation, it helps to think of your partner as a volcano that is erupting.
This eruption hasn't a thing to do with the bird flying over the volcano in the sky. That's you, the bird. However, just because there's an erupting going on, doesn't mean you have to get the lava all over you and allow it to burn and scald all the way through to your bones creating irreversible damage on your psyche.
Let them have their process, but don't be part of it.
If your partner is spewing negativity, which we'll call releasing, instead of trying to heal the energy, leave. For a little while. Go on a walk, or to the store, and let the volcano do its thing. Erupt. In other words, let your partner have their process - alone.
Give them the space to do it, and I know this is hard - try not your best not read into it. You wouldn't want others to read into your every emotion, would you? Some of the emotions are dark, and some are just passing waves, same with your partner. While they erupt, just get out of there for a bit, even if it means just going to bed.
Remind them of the mirror, in a gentle way.
When you can, the right words, at the right time, in the right way can often make all the difference. My favorite book to learn how to learn to speak the right words at the right time is The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You're Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate by Harriet Learner (Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2M5rEIw). It is one of the earlier books quoted in Brené Brown's works on being vulnerable, so you could think of it as one of the primary works to this work.
As you know, channeling angel messages and truths of wisdom will always fall on deaf ears when delivered at the wrong time, so part of helping others see the truth is your timing. A large part of it, actually, is timing.
It may help to have an example here. There is a musician I know who channels healing music. He writes his own songs and performs his own music and is well aware the messages that come through him heal others. To make sure this healing happens in the best way, though, he sets up a healing space where people can come at their right time to receive the message in the best way. This is called a concert, and he opens the stage by clearing the energy. You wouldn't except that's what he's doing in his weird but fancy intro, yet in order for the masses to hear the messenger, they have to be ready. When right time is set, and the mental space is right, then the right message can be delivered and received. Doing this on a stage at a concert for thousands, is the very same thing a medium does when energy healing his or her client with Reiki before delivering any messages. The importance of right time, right message is the same on a very same on a small scale as it is on a large scale.
So, if your partner is going along this spiritual journey with you, reminding them of their darkness at the right time, in the right way, is often all that is needed to get them to snap back into who they were before and realize what's going on.
Next, consider possible jealousy or feelings of abandonment.
Off leading meditations, doing yoga classes, conducting readings, singing to thousands of screaming admirers and in other ways, sharing your soul's essence heart to heart with others?
Sometimes a partner does feel left out.
Anger, violence, and grief will erupt in the other party when they feel they aren't getting enough of all of this love you're out giving to others. Think of a child who's been left out of a fun field trip at school. How they might kick and scream. We are all still children.
If you feel your partner may be feeling left out, take a step back and give some of what you've been giving to others through your work to them directly. Redirect the energy while you're at home. Close your computer down. Tell them the idea you're working on. Listen. Sharing with them what you freely share with others will help a partner feel valued again and in some cases, soothe the tantrum.
These are just a few ways to become conscious working with the violence, or the darkness, being exchanged in a relationship.
Spiritual women and men alike often find themselves in profound and sometimes dark relationships, because that's where they were when the relationship began.
However, this does not mean the relationship has to stay deep and dark forever. It can be fun and light, that's the progression.
And you can support your partner in their journey, regardless of what all the energy vampire books will tell you.
If your partner is going through a challenging time, such as a significant life disappointment, a workplace betrayal or a shift in life path, you can support them in their process. As long as conscious talks are had about mutual respect and trust, doing so can be one of the most significant karmic healings for you both to have in your lifetime.
Many relationships do evolve together.
Feeling as though you are facing domestic violence in your relationship and being a spiritual person at the same time can be thought of as a paradox, when in fact, it's not.
Sometimes we bring out darknesses in each other to heal, other times, darknesses are brought out so we may see the truth. Either way, the truth is the truth and necessary to see so that we all can evolve.
Try a few of the techniques above, and see what expands from there. And remember, you butterfly wing photographer, you aren't alone.
Violence is something we all experience and can repeat in patterns in relationships, if this applies to you, check out a few of the articles and resources below. There are also meditations that will clear and separate your energy from any violence in your energy field, which can also help. I have many available in The Membership Center on this site. There is also an AA Michael Shielding Meditation available for purchase on the website which can help.
*If you are facing serious physical abuse, please contact the Domestic Violence Helpline. When dealing with serious domestic abuse that is relentless and not letting up, it is imperative to get yourself to a space that is free and clear of the onslaught of negativity so you can figure out how you are contributing, and how you can get out and get help. These relationships are karmic challenges in another way, but that's neither here nor there. Your safety is of utmost importance.
**In no way am I promoting women or men stay with long term abusers, this article is intended for conscious souls who are willing to look at momentary uproars of abuse in a different light. Please seek help if you are in a dangerous situation. Karmic lessons can always be reflected on at a later, much safer, date.
When: Wednesday, June 20th @ 7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST
Where: Zoom Webinar. Attend anywhere via virtual weblink can listen in with audio and an internet signal
What: This event will be hosted as a guided development practice group for anyone working on increasing their feeling, sensing, seeing or other empathetic, mediumistic, precognitive, remote viewing, psi skills.
Register: To register for this event, become a member of the website here then head over to the member event page to officially register, get your unique access link and reserve your spot.
Development spirit circle groups are hosted quarterly every Solstice and Equinox, last about 1.5 hours, and require only some meditation experience.
If you've meditated before, this is enough.
We will walk through the whole process of opening, grounding, safely opening a channel to see what comes through all during the event together. If you have any fear of the spirit world and connecting alone, this would be a good event to attend as it is a supportive group. If you are wanting to strengthen your channel, your ability to receive or have been having trouble gaining clarity on something, this would be a good event to attend as the more people who connect together the stronger the channel.
This event is available to website members only and can be attended remotely - you join us from your own sacred space.
Website membership which works just like a gym membership - when you become a member to this site, you gain access to classes and events and all the meditations, resources and lessons available on archive as well.
You can become a member for just one month or choose to stay on for many more!
Then complete your registration on this page once inside to officially attend.
Our current theme this month is on Animal Communicating, last month's theme on Detoxification is still available in the lesson archives and would be a good one to read up on prior to attending the event. Themes rotate monthly.
This article was first published on June 4, 2018 by Alyssa Duranty at Public Storage. It has been republished here with credit. Last month we focused on Detoxification in The Membership Program and this lesson is still available until the end of the month -
Saging Your House on Moving Day
Smudging, or the act of burning dried herbs, has been around for generations, crossed culture lines, and is now a common modern practice. If you’ve used white sage to cleanse your space, for you saging your house on moving day may have become an essential routine. But if you’ve only heard about it, you may wonder why the tradition has become hot.
“Burning sage is a very important thing to do when moving into a new space, because it gets rid of negative or difficult energy in a space,” said Diane Ronngren, author of Sage and Smudge: The Ultimate Guide (Amazon link).
“I’ve moved a lot in my life, and I’m conscious of the fact that something has happened in that house before I got there, and I want it clear before I move into it.”
And burning sage is also known for creating calming environments, providing better sleep and possibly killing airborne bacteria. All great things to have in a new, unfamiliar home.
If you want to learn more about burning sage, or smudging, keep reading to hear more from Ronngren and another saging specialist. Both burn sage and use aromatherapy before and after they move!
History of Saging Your House
People have burned herbs, a practice widely known as smudging, all around the world for thousands of years.
Burning dried white sage, or saging, originated with Native Americans, who used it as many do today: To cleanse of purify a space, according to an article by Rosalyn La Pier, a professor at the University of Montana.
But burning other herbs and incense has been used to cleanse spaces in many western cultures, as well, said Ronngren.
“In the 1300s, they smudged in churches to clear out illnesses using a variety of different herbs to clear air and energy,” she said. “It’s just something that’s prevalent device for clearing space or creating ambiance.”
Today, many people burn sage out of tradition, or for spiritual reasons. Smudging influenced commercialized versions of air purification, like scented candles, stick incense and plug-in air fresheners.
Some continue to burn sage because they believe research that dried plant smoke helps kill germs.
“Burning plant material, in some research studies, removed 94 percent of airborne bacteria,” said Amanda Linette Meder, a writer with two science degrees who specializes in all things spiritual.
Why Burn Sage on Moving Day?
If burning plants does kill bacteria, then burning sage is a great way to literally clean a space. And if you like the smell of sage, it’s a great way to make your new space feel like home!
Like many others, Ronngren burns sage before, during and after moving day to create a spiritually positive space in her former and new homes. By burning sage, she and others believe the smoke clears a space of any negative energy or bad experiences that happened there previously.
“People don’t think about the space they create their lives in,” she said. “We have every different feeling and event in the home, so they should want to create a space for calmness and happiness.”
Smudging is just one of the tools Meder uses to de-stress, along with yoga. She finds burning sage comes in handy during stressful moves.
“Typically, I recommend burning sage as a final touch before leaving a home,” she said. “Once the last of the furniture is out, it’s a nice gesture to smudge to set a new, clean tone. It’s the final kiss on the moving out process.”
How to Sage Your Home
If you’re ready to get smudging at your new home, you can find dried white sage online or at local natural food stores. Your farmers market may also have some to buy!
Our experts say the process of saging a house is up to personal preference, but it should always be done safely to avoid any hazards.
Ronngren has a very specific smudging routine for her home, one that she’s mastered through her many moves.
“I walk counterclockwise through the space with sage or herbs,” she said. “I go around everything. Each corner, each door, outside doors, outside windows. I focus on the living spaces, because that’s where you’re most venerable. Especially the bedroom, because you want good sleep and dreams.”
Some scientists consider burning sage a type of aromatherapy and say these pleasant smells will improve sleep and relieve pain, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
If you live in a small home or apartment, Meder recommends burning a small sage leaf (pictured above) instead of an entire stick. She also recommends that people with a smoke sensitivity to diffuse a white sage oil instead.
“Go through every room with the smoking sage, and you don’t need a lot,” she said. “You can light one leaf, because a smudge stick will smoke a lot.”
Both experts recommend burning sage regularly, even after you’ve finished moving, to purify the air and keep balance.
“I recommend cleansing the space by smudging any time you do a seasonal cleaning, three times a year at a minimum,” said Meder. “I burn sage every Sunday, during my major week cleanups, to reset the space.”
05.24.2018. Philadelphia, PA - Hello There - With the new EU Law and marketing change going into effect later this week, The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), I thought now would be an excellent time to update you on everything regarding how I handle privacy on this website and how everyone we work with also strives for utmost security in all things - and why -
To begin, I have long known that in the work that I do, and in the work that others like me do, is yes - in part an intuition business, but in a more important part, it's a confidentiality business.
I and others like me, often work with people who live in conditions where speaking out about their gifts may not exactly be supported just yet.
Perhaps they are in other countries or in certain marriages.
Or they are public figures, or they have another business outside of what we do.
Regardless of the case, or the reason why exactly privacy is essential to those I work with, my own commitment to confidentiality and the confidentiality ethics of my staff is of utmost importance to make this work.
In other words, we take your data and privacy very seriously and thusly, collect very little of it.
So when GDPR announced it was updating its policies for the first time since 1995, I was both relieved and elated, because this is a law that is going to create worldwide change. And we, AmandaLinetteMeder.com, are more than happy to comply to this new process of transparency with your vital information - because in many cases, we've been doing it all along.
But in an effort to comply with the GDPR changes coming up this week, my site and our team has made these additional changes:
*We have digitally deleted any and all client reading files, including those collected between now and the past 5 years. So, if you've ever had a recorded file with me, that's now been deleted. Your files are no longer online!
*We have updated the newsletter sign-up form to let you know right there on the sign-up page, that I only email you - you won't receive hard copy marketing mailings from me out of the blue, unless it's a personal letter from me to you or you to me, and I won't be calling you either or signing you up for other services. We guarantee that any information we collect will always be related to an order you place, an email exchange we had or a submission to our list - and that's it - nothing else. No mailings to your house unexpectedly! No other lists!
*We have sent an email to all existing newsletter subscribers. If you're on my newsletter list, you have, by now, received two emails from me urging you to consent to continue to receive these mailings. Please check the box in these emails to continue to receive notifications from me after 05.25.2018. If you have not yet signed up to receive updates, please do so here. This is simply to make sure we ensure your consent to be contacted. More boxes for consent to the email grabbing process!
And, we've made other changes to our system, too -
We've recently updated our web-server to https:// to create a more secure checkout process.
We've removed our member files from a public hosting system and are transferring them to a double-encrypted system to keep the data trading process more secure.
We have examined very carefully all of our current and future partnerships, to assure we only continue to partner with and link to organizations you can trust and with platforms, you can be proud of... from now to here on out. And we will continue to do this for the rest of time.
Thank you, for staying tuned as we navigate these changes and continue to work hard to make this industry the best it can be.
While it's true that Cannabis is a very interesting plant, being used for spiritual and health purposes for thousands of years, this also goes back to the ethics, commitment, and culture of the botanists, and horticulturalists all working to make the CBD field a safe and responsible one to operate in.
One such brand leading the way in this is Ojai Energetics.
Ojai Energetics out of Ojai, California is a company producing high-quality CBD products, but they also have something pretty unique - a water-soluble CBD tincture I really, really like.
The reason their CBD tincture is unique is for a couple of reasons - and it's not just because it's water-soluble, though that's pretty interesting, too.
First, the majority of CBD tinctures, oils and liquids, on the market today are oil-soluble.
There are two main types of liquid CBD you can take, oil and water-soluble, and they both do different things and people have their preferences for each - however... there are very few water-soluble formulas on the market, so this makes this formula unique in that way. (To find out why water-soluble formulas can be more helpful for some, open up a new tab and read more about it on their website here).
Second, it's a company founded by permaculturists, which I am too.
Permaculturists, if you're familiar, can be kind of fringe, but one thing you can count on them for is that they are all about ethical, optimal, organic use of the land and creating a healthy, wealthy and whole ecosystem for all beings. I learn alot from them.
With that, as you might expect, all of their formulas are free of the 7 major allergens:
I like all of this, and the heavy metals one in this list has especially caught my eye, because Cannabis plants are known bio-accumulators, just like the sacred lotus.
They will absorb and accumulate soil and water toxins, storing them in their cells. In fact, these plants can be used to clean up polluted areas, wetlands, and soils. This is good if you're trying to clean up a polluted waterway or previous mining site, however, this isn't good if you're a bird, an animal, or a human... and planning to consume said plants and their tincture is good on that. No heavy metals.
Something else that's also cool about this formula, is that it also includes a propriety super-food antioxidant blend included within it, making it especially great for those who are working with CBD to promote health or to heal certain things in which antioxidants are helpful.
Here are the superfoods in this formula:
CBD Rich Hemp: Oil from hemp seeds contains Omega 6 and 3s, as well as Alpha Lipoic Acid, ALA, and it is a complete source of protein.
Moringa: I learned about this one while on a trip with the WHO in Ecuador. Moringa is one of nature’s most nutritional superfoods, also packed with antioxidants A and C, Calcium, etc.
Acerola Cherry: Certified fair-trade Acerola Cherry, a superfood from Brazil, packed with Vitamin C.
So, it's kind of like a vitamin in addition to a CBD support you get with this formula.
Now, what about taste?
This is important too.
In short, it tastes like a Milk Thistle tincture but more citrusy. In the slideshow below, you'll see the formula is a tad-milky, and I'd say the taste and the mouthfeel of the product definitely reflects that aspect.
Citrusy, but with a definite mouthfeel that reminds me tarte, earthy, very light, slightly crystalized honey. Almost like cooked cactus (also known as Nopal), but sootier, like a Turkish coffee. It's not as sweet as honey or as thick as the coffee, but it's definitely got that bright taste and an earthy, sooty texture, that's uniquely different from many of the oil-soluble formulas out there today.
Because of it's earthy, citrusy, thick mouthfeel, I find mixes in well with smoothies, teas and yes, some restaurants and brunch spots - even put this particular formula in their coffees and latte drinks.
Ojai's formula is available online everywhere, and in person, is mostly carried on the west coast.
But recently, I also heard it was carried at The Butcher's Daughter in NYC, a great place to stop for brunch if you're ever up that way or on your way to the next Oddities Flea Market hosted by Regina & Ryan Cohen, which is kind of like the Hogwarts school supply market, but in real life, and hosted seasonally. But alas, I digress -
I find Ojai's Super CBD tincture tastes great on its own, but if you're new to tinctures (that's what this is, a tincture not an oil), you might be surprised by the texture and want to mix it into something.
So now that I've talked forever about it, here are some pics of the Ojai Super CBD tincture formula:
All in all, I think this is a great formula and I've really enjoyed my communications and experience with Ojai thus far - and it's a formula I carry in my home.
I haven't tried their coconut oil cooking version of this liquid formula, the one you can mix into food and bring to higher temperatures, but I plan to, real soon.
That said - this isn't the only formula of CBD I carry at home, I also recommend an oil-soluble formula, which you'll see in the links below, but for those who want to:
Pamper their liver or reduce body accumulation for health reasons
Go with a lighter formula or have one on hand for everyday
Include an additional vitamin/antioxidant boost with their CBD
Or experiment with what they're able to safely try with their pets in small doses
This is the formula I like.
I also find that while this formula contains near negligible amounts of THC, it's great for offering to newbies to CBD who might be concerned about the lingering effects on marijuana their body. It's a great, light daytime blend and because it's a water-soluble formula, it doesn't stick around in the body quite as long as the oil-soluble formulas do.
That said, I'm a fan. For learning more about Ojai Energetics, or to check out their tinctures, visit their website here or their Instagram here.
And for those who end up trying it out and liking it, or for those who have a shop, it's worth it to mention that they also have a great wholesale program and they offer generous discounts for when buying in bulk. When I have bulk, people definitely ask me about it. So, you can likely expect your friends and family to do the same. Enjoy!
Amanda Linette Meder
*They've not paid me to write this and I won't get paid if you purchase with them through my site or links. I'm a wholesale customer and I wanted to share the information about the brands I use with others, in hopes, it will help someone make a more confident decision for their own lives, and for their family, and honestly because I'm a plant chemical nerd myself and found some of this information fascinating.
**Also, none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA. However, the FDA has recently put out a statement declaring CBD beneficial in experimental models of several neurological disorders, including those of seizure and epilepsy. Read it for yourself here. And here are some (not all)) of the peer-reviewed journal articles highlighting the different results and uses of CBD for different conditions, for those interested.
With these new approvals happening in mainstream organization, it would appear the world is looking up for those who want to work with CBD to treat any number of conditions or for those looking to offer these formulas to their clients.
But, before this research ever came out, it has been one of my own personal thoughts for many years - losing family members, friends and loved ones to addiction and other issues CBD can help with - I didn't want it to go on anymore so I started searching things that could help.
And, going back to what I mentioned in my previous article on this topic discussing soluble and oil-soluble forms of CBD, this is why I wanted to start talking more about this wonderful healing plant. Because it is my personal belief and now the research demonstrates, that many people we have known and loved, their lives could have been saved and could still be saved by potentially learning about or sharing CBD with someone who needs it.
CBD,the abbreviation for cannabidiol, research has shown it to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects that THC provides, so it is more commonly now being used in medicines.
For the past year or so, I've been testing different formulas of CBD to see what works, what's high quality and what will live up to my nerd standards.
And this search has lead me to find NuLeaf Naturals.
NuLeaf Naturals is a growing company out of Denver, Colorado, committed to providing the industry with the highest grade and most pure CBD formulas available and as someone with a background in botany, environmental science, and plant chemistry, I have to admit it was the nerd in me that drew me in via these ideals - I had to know more.
For number one, Cannabis sativa, like all hemp species, are known bio-accumulators, meaning they will accumulate heavy metals, toxins, and pollutants from the soils and the waters of the ecosystem, and put them into their plant bodies.
Just like the symbolic lotus, you have to be careful when it comes to choosing your source - where it's grown, how it's grown and what techniques they use to extract the oil, all matter when it comes to purity, effectiveness and reducing your own toxic load.
With NuLeaf Naturals, their formula is:
Made of 100% pure hemp oil, no additives
Sourced from all organic licensed farms in their local area (Denver, CO)
Watered with pristine, Rocky Mountain water, which, for the water quality nerds out there - Colorado has some of the strictest water quality laws in the nation - so this is the best part, really
Passing all my preliminary nerd tests so far.
Pure formula, no additives, organic growing conditions, clean water source.
Next, extraction methods. They use the CO2 method, which is the current gold standard in hemp extraction, because it doesn't use solvents to extract the phytonutrients, which can degrade the samples bioactivity. However, they also take it one step further and they also use a low and high-temperature process which extracts a more complete range of the healing benefits of the plant.
Now, onto the taste and clarity test -
What does it taste like?
If you're paleo or doing ancestral nutrition, or you just love to try new things and you've ever used hemp oil to moisturize or add to your salads, basically, it tastes very similar to that - a little heavier than olive oil, but a little lighter than the hemp oil you use on your salads.
Meaning, it's very easy to take down.
I've also sampled this brand out to friends already who have also approved of both the taste and the effectiveness - especially for insomnia (that's what people were telling me they liked to use it for when I asked how they liked it or used the sample I gave them).
Overall, personally, I think it's a great formula made with good intentions and one I personally carry in my home and provide to others when needed. We use it for all types of things.
So are they a trustworthy brand? From my experience, yes.
Their customer service is also impeccable.
They send out free bottles for positive reviews, get back to you within a day, and are very generous with research sharing. It's clear they are fellow excitable nerds, just like you and I, and I liked that about the company - you could just feel the nerd enthusiasm emanating from the staff there, and I liked it. We have shared many a lengthy email trading ideas
Do they have a quality formula? From my experience, also yes.
And honestly, I've really enjoyed everything about the NuLeaf Naturals experience and formula so far. I'm currently on my second bottle.
Pictured is the 725mg/15mL bottle which runs about a month for supply and retails for $99.00.
Though, I work with this brand and have enjoyed every bit of the independent testing and research I've done with their assistance. So, if you end up liking them too and end up reading their amazing on-site reviews and liking what you see there as well - please use the discount code HAPPYLIFE15 to get 15% off your purchase using this link at NuLeaf Naturals, this will bring the price down to $84.15 for a standard bottle, and that's the price I pay too.
So to end, thumbs up to NuLeaf Naturals and their organic, 100% hemp, high-quality extracted and pristine-water grown formulations. I'll continue to carry this brand at home and recommend it to friends and family.
Disclaimers: NuLeaf Naturals has not paid me to write this article and my statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please see a medical professional if you need medical advice. I am writing this article because there are a dizzying array of brands out there and vetting takes a while so I wanted to help provide some of my thoughts on these formulas and the companies I liked, especially if it could help someone. However, I would like to acknowledge the NuLeaf Naturals staff and support team who have been extremely generous in supporting, providing research leads, and participating in my independent testing of all the different CBD formulas out there.
The above link is an affiliate link, and when purchased through that link, you pay nothing, you actually get a discount - but proceeds help to provide support for our little backend lab over here including the independent vetting and testing of all the brands out there - passing the formulas out to coworkers and veterinarians, gathering feedback, research, correspondence, etc. So thank you in advance for supporting the trials that we then pass on to you!
CBD Tinctures: Ojai Energetics vs NuLeaf Naturalswater-soluble and oil-soluble formulas of cbd tinctures
The statements within this article have not been approved or evaluated by the FDA. All statements within are matters of opinion though research is abundant. For more interesting information on CBD, I encourage every reader to review the research themselves before making an informed decision on their options. This article is my take on a few of the most rewarding formulas for CBD on the market today.
With over 500 known compounds, Cannabis sativa is one of the world's most well-studied healing plants. The reason I'm writing this article is two-fold: I believe that had the healing benefits of this plant been made known, and been made socially acceptable earlier, many of the people we know and love who are no longer with us, might still be around and alive today.
We have, collectively, lost many people to inflammatory based illnesses and addictive conditions and because of this, I want to commit myself to providing the information necessary to heal these things we now know can be healed.
Enter CBD -
CBD, (cannabidiol), is one of the anti-inflammatory agents of the Cannabis sp. plant that is currently getting a ton of attention in the medical marijuana world and with that, a lot of new brands and formulations are offering their unique take on providing this healing plant to the many who need it.
In search of a helpful, and effective peaceful mindset promoting aids for many of my clients and friends, and to help those coming off addiction, and those with chronic inflammation, I've been testing out different brands and formulations of CBD for the past year.
(To find out how CBD can help you, just type into Google Scholar your concern + CBD to find the research supporting or negating your area of interest.)
After all this, I wanted to share with you two types of tinctures involving this compound that you could take to promote health in a variety of ways in your life.
There are many ways to take CBD - you can eat it, smoke it, and take it via tincture. I find this last one to be one of my favorite methods primarily because tinctures, being fluid formulas and the body over 75% fluid, are very fast acting.
When choosing a CBD compound to work with, it's important to note that different cultivars of Cannabis are bred and mixed by botanists and yes, by wind (its a wind-pollinated plant mostly), to bring out different types of phytochemicals - some plants are bred to be higher in THC and other compounds, some plants are bred to be higher in CBD, some are bred to contain hybrid levels of both or to produce different bodily effects or tastes.
So, you can have the same plant, but different cultivars of that plant bred to produce different effects - just like with roses, apples, grapes or basically anything else in horticulture.
Meaning, not all CBDs are going to contain traceable levels of THC and vice versa or produce the same effects on your body, mind and spirit - so it may take a minute to find the formula you trust and one that works for you - which is partly why I'm writing this article now.
Before choosing any healing plant to work with, it's also important to remember this when taking any type of plant for healing - the cultivar, it's properties, and it's growing location all matter when selecting your source formula. Being that Cannabis is a bio-accumulator like a lotus, this is especially important to remember for Cannabis- that source, growing medium, and growing site, all matters when going into creating a high caliber formula.
And because some people I know have had negative experiences with poorly sourced, processed, and grown plants, and thusly, subsequent formulas, I wanted to write this article to highlight a few of the brands I trust for tincture-form CBD, highlighting the different formulas available.
Overall, there are two types of CBD tincture formulas - oil-based formulas and water-based formulas.
Oil Based CBD Tinctures
The majority, 99% of the CBD tincture market is composed of oil-based tinctures and these enter the fat cells and exit through the liver and for the last couple of months, I've been working with NuLeaf Naturals to test their oil-based formula.
NuLeaf Naturals, a botanical research company out of Denver, Colorado, and they produce primary oil-soluble tinctures of CBD.
I was first drawn to this company due to their extraction methods, which I mention below, but was further drawn to this company by their exceptional friendliness and the positive reviews I've received from family and friends after testing this formula out to others besides myself. Forget the positive reviews on their website, word of mouth in my clique is that this formula is great. So great, I couldn't even get my sample bottles back.
A 725mg (15mL) bottle retailing at $99 USD pictured below, provides about a month supply with daily use -
And here's the color of the tincture itself:
As you can see, it's a pretty clear formula.
And while you should never be keeping your precious potions out in direct sun, I love that this formula is in a brown bottle, because I love all my chemical formulas to be in brown bottles to prevent UV degradation even from the diffuse sun coming in through windows.
A single serving is about 1/2 dropper full or 10-12 drops and you can take a maximum of two (2) recommended drops per day.
The NuLeaf customer service team is very friendly and what I particularly like about this brand is their extraction methods - yes, they use the high standard CO2 extraction everyone recommends and on top of that, they extract the phytonutrients of this plant at both high and low temperatures to get the full spectrum of phytonutrients out of each batch.
A lot of companies use the preferred CO2 method, but this high-low temperature extraction is interesting because you don't see that everywhere and the chemistry nerd in me was intrigued at this extra step taken to give you the most out of your purchase.
If you're interested in this one, yes, I do have a coupon code for them to provide -
Enter HAPPYLIFE15 for 15% off at checkout at this link. << this is an affiliate link, meaning we work together and I'd be happy if you purchased through them, it won't change the price, in fact, it will decrease your cost, if you use the code, and buying at that link just supports the work we do to independently research these formulas for everyone's safety. Remember, I don't just test this stuff on myself, I'm sending it out to shamans, veterinarians, regular Cannabinoid users and connoisseurs, all to get their knowledgable feedback, as I know how important feedback bias can be.
So, it would just be a kind gesture to use the link, if you choose to select this formula - both a kindness for yourself, for the discount, and for the testers of these formulas, as it helps provide compensation for the time and funds it takes to review these items independently.
That said, if you do choose to select the NuLeaf Naturals formula to try, also know I do personally carry this brand in my home and I have given it out to friends and professionals to sample who have already given me the double thumbs up on this formula.
You can purchase or learn more about this formula at this link.
Water based CBD Tinctures
Water-based tinctures are new to the market and great for those who are concerned about the effects of CBD lingering in their body, for those concerned about liver load, and my rep there also feels it's great for cats - since cats can't handle many oils in their systems.
Ojai Energetics, a brand run by a bunch of permaculturists and horticulturists - hello, friends - from Ojai, California that I am currently swooning over - and they offer the only water-soluble formula on the market today.
I find it wonderful for mixing into herbal cocktails and drinks. Research on CBD with animals is currently emerging so remember that if you try this with your pets, to do so with care and to let your veterinarian know what you're up to (just in case your field findings could provide insight into any work they are already doing).
I have a wholesale account with this company, so that should tell you something about how I feel about this formula, I am particularly am excited about the fact that it is a water-soluble formula - as it's the only one on the market right now.
In fact, I recommend it especially for friends of mine that could use a more gentle formula on the detoxification organs of our bodies or they worry about fat-cell accumulation of any cannabinoid.
Ojai sells one single size of their Super CBD tincture - 30mL and it's about a month's supply, just as above, retailing at about $74.95 per bottle, but discounts are available when you buy in bulk or set up a wholesale account (for example, if you anticipate giving or selling these bottles out to folks, such as those who read this blog and also run physical apothecaries or websites of their own).
Here's a picture of the Ojai Energetics bottle and as you can see, also in darkened glass -
The formula itself is a bit more milky than most of oil-soluble formulas I've tested and it does have a taste, but with that, I've found it blends perfectly in smoothies, iced green teas, in water dishes and bottles.
You can see the difference in the consistency between the two simply by the photos above, but personally, I like them both for different reasons -
Extracted using Co2 and for increased bioavailability
$74.95, the 250mg/30mL bottle is about a month supply
Produced in Ojai, California
The recommended dosage on the above bottle an entire dropper full, maximum two times per day.
All in all -
I find NuLeaf's formula to be great for nighttime use and Ojai's formula to be great for daytime use because I find that one to be gentler on the body and great for mixing, but I've found NuLeaf's formula to be great for those who aren't used to herbal tinctures, because the Ojai formula definitely has a tincture-like taste. It tastes distinctly herbal.
I like both formulas and brands and find both their extraction methods commendable and their formulas effective. I stock both of these for my own family and to hand out to friends, coworkers, and clients who I feel could benefit from the effects.
For regular CBD fans, I typically find NuLeaf to be a bigger hit. For those new to CBD, I find that the Ojai Energetics formula has been more appealing.
All in all, it's up to you which brand you like the most and both have their virtues.
If you like a smoother formula with less taste, I'd go with NuLeaf Naturals, but if you like a potent formula that's gentle on the body but don't mind that herbal tincture taste, then I'd go with Ojai Energetics. But, if you're shopping around, I might try both!
To learn more about NuLeaf Naturals and to check out their formulas, check them out here and don't forget to use that affiliate code - HAPPYLIFE15 for 15% off when visiting the site using this link, if you do choose to go with this brand.
The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am not a doctor. I am an herbalist with a specialization in horticulture, working with extra sensitive people and those who struggle with anxiety. These have been my personal observations. For more research on CBD please do your own literature review to find out how it could benefit your specific concern.
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