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Discover the Magic of Botanical Body Oil

Discover the Magic of Botanical Body Oil

AUTHOR: Mandy Harlan

The Green Life

The Green Life is not just a brand.  It’s an adventure, an experience - a way of living. It’s for those who want to spend more time outdoors than in, soaking up the wisdom of the trees, the breath of the ocean, and the strength of the mountains. With the sun as the backdrop, quiet, magic moments of inner reflection, or robust, echoing laughter with friends that teach you, guide you, and help you find wholeness. Nature provides everything we need to be and heal - The Green Life honors & embodies that, providing the highest quality, organic, plant-based products to complement your quest.

How It Started

My journey creating The Green Life has been windy & transformative. Its very beginning stretches back to 2010 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.  A prescription of dangerous pharmaceuticals led me to seek out natural alternatives, with cannabis quickly topping the list and eventually putting me into remission. In 2019, I started Florida Marijuana Mentor, an online platform where I educate about all facets of marijuana with the goal of people feeling more comfortable exploring the plant and how it may heal them. From the endocannabinoid system, to how to make your own cannabutter, the website, and Instagram include facts, studies & nuances that changed my mind about consuming cannabis for health & recreational purposes.  

As Florida Marijuana Mentor grew, so did I. My Crohn’s was in remission and I was no longer in survival mode. My disease didn’t dictate my life. I began to play, explore and experiment confidently for the first time as my body healed and my soul worked to catch up. This included introducing additional plant medicine and spending a lot of time outdoors. Long days at one of Florida’s many beaches, challenging hikes, pensive walks for miles around my neighborhood – all I wanted was fresh air and the beauty of Mother Nature, using her tools to guide me, teach me, and feel immense gratitude. It was then I realized that nature was becoming integrated into every aspect of my life, providing such richness so simply. The Green Life became a sparkle in my eye. 

Creating a Botanical Body Oil

After one particularly warm summer day spent contemplatively floating in the pool, I got quite the sunburn. It had been a minute since I felt that kind of sizzle, so I ran out to my local drugstore to find relief.  Sadly the only product on the shelf was neon green “aloe” gel full of chemicals and dyes made by a fruit-turned-boat. I could make something better, closer to the earth, and way more effective. Knowing the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, I ran home, grabbed a stalk of my aloe plant, popped open my Treadwell Farm’s Essential Blend CBD tincture, and got to mixing.   

My first very thrown-together “batch” of the oil was goopy but soothing; the redness & sting was gone by morning. That was the first rendition of the first product of The Green Life. Over the next few weeks, I infused flowers into the oil as well for additional benefits (and because you can never have enough flowers), and through more use found the oil was also a great all over moisturizer.  I found myself grabbing for it at all times, not just at times of a sunburn.   

Why Treadwell Farms?

The main ingredient of this oil is organic, full spectrum, whole plant CBD from Treadwell Farms.  When I was ready to seriously produce my Botanical Body Oil for more than just friends, there was no question I’d partner with Treadwell Farms. Not only do they have the best quality and most effective CBD I’ve tried, they are also from Florida and family-owned, operating with integrity and respect for the plant, processes, and people who use their products. They do it right, and upholding those same standards for my product was non-negotiable.   

Botanical Body Oil is Born

The main ingredient of this locally sourced & made oil is organic, full spectrum, whole plant CBD. CBD contains fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, which help to moisturize & hydrate the skin.  When applied topically, CBD may help ignite anti-inflammatory properties, reducing pain, redness, irritation, swelling & itching.

Married with the CBD extract is golden aloe oil - the same aloe snapped from the garden to soothe a burn when you were a kid. Like CBD, aloe works cellularly, nourishing & relieving toxins on a deep level. It is also rich in vitamins A, C, E and B, and is highly anti-inflammatory, antiviral, & antibacterial.

We have rounded off this soothing formula with almond oil that has been hand infused with organic flowers of Calendula, Lavender, & Chamomile. Each has its own holistic properties that neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental damage & promote quicker regeneration of skin cells & healing.

The oil has a sweet orange, sandalwood & botanical scent that is present upon application to pull in all the senses, but quickly fades to odorless.  The application of the oil can be a ritual in itself, providing a sensual pause, self-love, after a day of self-care, reflection, and joy, basking in The Green Life. 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare professional before using any CBD or skincare products.

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