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Olivia Amitrano — founder and creator of Organic Olivia — is leveling up in 2020 with What’s The Juice: a podcast as multifaceted as its listeners. What’s The Juice is an extension of Organic Olivia, which started as a blog but quickly morphed into a fierce community of like minds on a divine path of learning, growing, and healing. Our greatest tools are traditional wisdom, herbal medicine and a brave willingness to explore our own behavior and psychology. Olivia is an herbalist, an entrepreneur, a blogger, and most notably an educator.

Each episode is an opportunity to synthesize her education in herbalism, psychology, and a lifetime of health issues into valuable, tangible tips on how to heal and thrive. Interviews with specialists, doctors, therapists, practitioners, astrologers, estheticians, artists, and storytellers are oozing with raw, human moments and empowering information. Candid, honest, curious, engaged (and in case it isn’t obvious, a Leo), this young woman is on a mission to understand the human condition while sharing both the present chapter of her life as well as the lessons she’s learned getting here. Peeling back the layers isn’t always pretty, but life is juicy and we’re in this together.
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This week’s episode features world renowned “fertility goddess” Dr. Jill Blakeway — an acupuncturist, clinical herbalist, and the author of 3 books including ‘Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility.’ Instead of talking about fertility, which we’ll save for a part II, we’re taking a step back to basics by doing a deep dive into SEX ITSELF, where alllll of the juicy magic happens. Do you want to nourish your libido and improve your connection with your partner, even if it feels taboo or shameful to talk about at first? Nothing is off limits on today’s episode, where we’re having a REAL conversation offering actual solutions, including herbs, exercises you can do alone or with your partner, and even making a point to THINK about sex more throughout the day. We get into why many of us simply feel too exhausted, and what you can do from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective to boost your Qi and stop feeling stuck. Read full show notes HERE Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Dr. Blakeway HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
A lot of skeptics question psychics, mediums, and energy workers because it’s like, “why does this person think they’re special?” or “why should they be able to access it and not me?” But it’s not that at all! We’re all capable of connecting with energy—we just have to learn how to trust this gift within ourselves. Alea Lovely is our guest on today's "out there" episode where we don't hold back about spirituality, psychic dreams, how plants "speak to me", unexplainable experiences (including that time Nick went into space and spoke to his grandmother and grandfather about the meaning of life) and the deeper lesson behind the chaos of 2020. We're going there today, discussing angel numbers, how to recognize signs, getting in touch with your intuition and sixth sense, and so much more. This episode is a little more spiritual than most of our others, and I think it's just what we all need to finish out the year. Read full show notes HERE Connect with Alea HERE Connect with Olivia HERE
This week on What's the Juice Amrit Singh and I nerd out about cosmetic acupuncture as an alternative to botox, how to stimulate production of your OWN collagen (instead of just supplementing), hot baths for acne, and other uncommon techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine. We're covering several of my favorite topics: how emotional states can affect your physical meridians, how to protect your immune system, your lymphatic system, and the importance of your "Shen". BTW your "Shen" symbolizes your spirit; it’s a combo of happiness, alignment, fulfillment, energy, and how you deeply nourish yourself. Amrit and I get specific about how you can improve your skin using a whole body perspective, because the truth is, even the priciest serum won't give you that GLOW if your "Shen" isn't nourished. We're going more than skin deep with this episode, so get your notebooks ready and let's get juicy! Read full show notes HERE  Connect with Amrit HERE Connect with Olivia HERE
Life update: my mama is FINALLY home after 6 grueling months and we're adapting to her post-COVID needs with help from her wonderful caregivers. It truly does take a village, and there's no way I'd be able to cope without my community. That's why this week, I decided to release my episode with Dr. Robin Berzin of Parsley Health where we explore the very real gaps in healthcare that have only become more apparent over this past year. How can we move to a prevention-focused model of medicine where patients genuinely feel heard and supported? How do we advocate for ourselves and our loved ones so that we're seen as the complex humans we are with unique and individual needs? Dr. Berzin's goal with her practice is to help us stop "living ourselves sick" by genuinely getting to know each patient for their unique lifestyle and needs, and identifying early symptoms related to common conditions like PCOS, hormonal/thyroid imbalances, autoimmune diseases, and more. I've said it before and I'll say it again: modern medicine is incredible on so many levels, and yet there's still room for improvement and integration as chronic disease only continues to rise. Dr. Berzin and her team are in the middle of a healthcare revolution, and I'm HERE FOR IT. Read full show notes HERE  Connect with Dr. Robin Berzin HERE Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
Friendly reminder: I am an herbalist, not a medical doctor. I love plants, PubMed, and combining tradition with science. My mission with this episode is to break down everything I know about post-COVID syndrome and get to the root of how we can fully heal our bodies after experiencing infection or prolonged periods of stress. In this episode I will share what I’ve learned from other professionals who are currently treating post-COVID syndrome. Post-COVID hair loss is something we’ve been hearing more and more about over the past few months, and has been at the top of my mind after hearing experiences from so many in the OO community. Today I’m going to share my perspective as an herbalist on the what, why, and how we can support our bodies as we recover and convalesce. We’ll chat about “Telogen Effluvium” (hair loss that shows up several months after a fever or infection), the effects of stress and how B vitamins get depleted, and why mushroom broth may help with post-infection immune dysregulation. Read full show notes HERE  Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
Majo Molfino says that for thousands of years, women have been taught to be “good” instead of powerful. If you’ve ever struggled with self-judgment or feeling shame around your opinions, wants and needs -- then this episode is for you. In her book, "Break The Good Girl Myth," Majo identifies 5 myths we identify with at different levels, including the myth of perfection, the myth of rules, and more. Today you'll be able to figure out which myth you resonate with most, what it's costing you in your daily life, and how to break free from shame and perfectionism. And guess what? When we're not as hard on ourselves, we're not as hard on other women either; this is how we heal as a collective.   Read full show notes HERE  Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Majo HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
If you've been trying to get your gut right without understanding the role your oral microbiome plays in overall health—this episode is for you. As it turns out, at lot more than just food goes down every time we swallow and we're talking about it all with Dr. Mark Burhenne, aka Dr. B. Dr. B is a functional dentist who didn't stop learning after he graduated from dental school. Instead, he chose to study the root cause of dental issues and get super familiar with one part of the body: The mouth. At the core of his learnings is the fact that the state of our oral microbiome directly affects our overall health.  Dr. B’s bottom line: You can’t be healthy unless you’ve addressed your oral health.  Read full show notes HERE  Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Dr. B HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
Ever since getting COVID from my dad and experiencing GI symptoms as my main presentation, the microbiome has clearly been at the top of my mind. I just got my GI Map results back from my doctor (which is an advanced DNA based stool test that looks for overgrowths of different pathogens), and we found some interesting bugs which reinforce that oral/gut connection I’ve been stressing in recent episodes. We even found a bug that may actually be contributing to my recent neck pain - I’m telling you, it’s alllll connected! This episode could not come at a better time, as Dr. Stephanie Canestraro is here to bless us with some juicy tips on how she treats pesky gut infections and why the vagus nerve (the largest nerve in your body) is the key to keeping them away. After coming close to a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and making a full recovery, Dr. Stephanie became passionate about the gut-brain connection, and is here to give us all the straight #facts about SIBO, bile salts, your microbiome and why oral care is imperative. Not only has she learned how to THRIVE with a sensitive system, she’s here to help us see the crucial connection between the gut and literally everything else — so buckle up for a deeply informative episode. Read full show notes HERE Connect with Dr. Stephanie Canestraro HERE 10% off My Gut Bundle HERE Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
It’s my honor to share this conversation with entrepreneur, reiki practitioner, activist and breathwork teacher Maryam Ajayi.   Maryam is the founder of DiveInWell, an organization dedicated to fostering diversity in the wellness industry by bringing together thought leaders, influencers, and educators who have the power to create deep change through examining how they can show up in their business in terms of accessibility and inclusion. Her company began its legacy by hosting salons and events that foster the open and difficult conversations that must be shared around inclusion and allyship both publicly in the health and wellness world, and privately in our personal lives and circles. DiveInWell has completely rebranded in 2020 and is committed to providing not only massively valuable educational resources, but events, workshops, free swims and so much more.   Maryam gives us all the juicy details in the pod as she shares her story, but here’s a quick sparknotes version: when her aspirations of becoming a young, Black, female Republican lobbyist stopped resonating, Maryam uprooted her life and moved from D.C. to NYC. One day, the universe truly had her back when she decided to splurge on a massage in hopes it would relieve her chronic pain. Little did she know, that seemingly innocent decision would completely change her life forever. Read full show notes HERE Connect with Maryam HERE Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE Maryam’s Company - DIVE IN WELL
Most of us are taught to brush 2-3 times a day and floss regularly, but what we aren’t told is the whole story on WHY these practices are so important. Taking care of our mouths is more than just protecting our smile… it about boosting our immunity, protecting against autoimmune conditions, and preventing infection. Since Dr. Victoria has been furloughed during the COVID crisis, she’s dedicated her time to educating herself on the infection. Over the past few months, she’s connected the dots between the virus and common oral bacteria, leading her to create some compelling hypotheses about the role of bacterial superinfection in COVID complications. Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
My podcast has been silent since May 25th, and I'm finally ready to tell you what happened. This is an episode that I've been ferociously putting off for months because honestly, I'm still actively processing everything that happened. This episode of What's the Juice wasn't premeditated. It wasn't a scheduled recording, or part of our season one production plans. And yet, nothing over the past six months has gone "as planned"... so here we are. This episode is a raw recount of exactly what went down in March 2020 when BOTH of my parents almost lost their lives to the first wave of the novel Coronavirus. Our story kicks off at the beginning of the first COVID outbreak in New York and this makes it all the more unnerving. None of us knew anything back then. I was trying to figure this virus out in real time as my mom was being put on a ventilator and my dad was terrified for his life. I was called to rely on everything I've ever learned as a humbled herbalist with a newfound, deeper appreciation for Western Medicine to get them through. This is the next chapter of my growth. I told you guys What's the Juice would be an extension of our community, so Nick and I are here today, on the mic, recording all the wild details about how relentless patient advocacy, experimental drugs, round the clock prayer, and a few earth-side angels saved both my parents lives. You'll hear how facing the potential loss of my loved ones changed me as a person forever and helped me to realize my own mortality (and thus, what's truly important in life). You'll learn how hard it was to advocate for them in the hospital system, and why finding out what was in my mom's feeding tube formula (hint: corn) helped me make decisions that were better for her health and survival. You'll get our side of how the virus presented in our own bodies once we contracted it from my father. But most of all, you'll hear how LOVE for your family can give you the power to fight even when you don't have an ounce of strength left. This is a story about family coming together and deeeeep generational healing far beyond the virus. It was the worst time of my life, but it also showed me my relentless will to fight for the people that I love. And I'm a much better person for it today. Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
THIS WEEK ON WHAT’S THE JUICE PODCAST Unless you’re new here, you’ve most likely heard me gush about my experience at ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism. Now, I haven’t always been a total herb nerd. This interest of mine was first ignited when I started buying supplements on Amazon and it quickly spiraled into a full-blown passion that just won’t quit! A few years ago I followed my gut to ArborVitae and I can say with 100% certainty that it was the right choice for me. I’ve learned SO much since I first started my program and it’s all thanks to my incredible, inspiring, brilliant teachers. This episode of What’s The Juice is a super special one for me because I get to introduce you to someone I’ve mentioned many times before: Richard Mandelbaum. Richard and Claudia Keel founded ArborVitae, and they’re the quintessential yin and yang team. In herbalism speak, where Claudia is the flower essence, Richard is the spleen qi... and they are both major herbalist GOALS.  Richard’s classes are full of Chinese Medicine (be still my heart), and he’s always encouraging his students to look at human health in a balanced way. He’s a Leo — so it’s no wonder that I resonate with him — but it’s his Aquarius moon AND Aquarius rising that make him such an innovator. Not only did he co-found an herbalism school in New York City, he’s also playing a vital role in shifting the way modern medicine approaches Lyme disease. Ready to get schooled by Richard Mandelbaum? (You’re gonna love it — I swear!)   Read full show notes HERE   Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
Here’s the juice on this week’s pod guest: Alisa Vitti. Alisa is a wellness queen, researcher, and author, and in this episode of What’s The Juice, we talk all about biological cycles and something super eye opening: The Infradian Rhythm. Here’s what’s up with the infradian rhythm... Unlike the 24-hour circadian rhythm (which is the single natural rhythm for men), the infradian rhythm is a secondary 28-day cycle that affects six key systems in the reproductive-aged female body. The infradian rhythm impacts our: Brain Metabolism Immune system Microbiome Stress response system Reproductive system So yeah… It affects preeetty much everything. And because of this second natural rhythm, we are literally not the same person week after week. In any given month, we will experience four different biological phases that can be embraced and optimized, making us the most creative, productive, badass versions of ourselves! Read full show notes HERE Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
Welcome back to another installment of WHO IS SHE. This week we’re getting to know a plant I think we can all vibe with right now… it’s our girl, AVENA SATIVA. So, technically our girl avena sativa isn’t an adaptogen but she totally moonlights as one. Avena is actually a nervine that responds well to adaptogens so she’s often combined with them so she can work her healing magic. She’s nourishing, lubricating, and gentle… so it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that she’s one of the most comforting foods I can think of: Oatmeal. Read full show notes HERE Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
Well, the time has come and this episode is just me, my microphone, and my herbalism school notes.... And I gotta admit, I freaking loved recording this episode because it gave me the opportunity to spill the juice on something I’m so so SO passionate about. As if it wasn’t already clear that talking about herbs turns me into a serious Nerd with a capital N, this episode totally gives me away.  Okay, so here are some fast facts about agrimony… Agrimony’s general profile: It’s a part of the rose family It’s a liver support herb (In fact, its common name is ‘liverwort’. Cute, right?) It’s an astringent, so it’s cooling and drying Its flavor is bitter, pungent, with a mild sweet and sour Are you ready? Because I’m about to go into full-on herbalist mode and I hope you’re here for it! Read full show notes HERE Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
Episode #13 of What’s The Juice? is packed with real stories that I hope will inspire you to dig deep and get in touch with your intuition and inherent healing powers. To say I was moved AF barely scratches the surface of all the feels that came up for me during this conversation with Dr. Dani Olsen… and I just can’t wait for you to hear all about what she does and some absolutely incredible experiences she’s had. Dr. Dani Olsen is a real-life unicorn. She’s a chiropractor, craniosacral therapist, reiki master, intuitive, qigong practitioner, and is currently studying somiatry (body/mind/spirit healing). Pretty legit, right?  Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Dr. Dani HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
This week, on What's the Juice, I'm joined by Dr. Kara of Aculand Acupuncture for a very timely episode all about the gut, digestion, dampness, and gut dysbiosis — exactly the topics we need to focus on right now. We also give a juicy introduction to the Qi. Qi is the term used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to describe your body’s vital life energy. It's necessary for all life processes: proper organ function, circulation of blood, metabolism of body fluid, warming the body, defending against illness, and transforming food into energy. This episode specifically covers liver Qi stagnation. What lifestyle choices are we making that disrupt our live Qi? What are the most common symptoms? What herbs have been shown to be beneficial?  We also cover several self acupuncture points that help us regenerate our Qi, plus tips on keeping our digestive fires going strong.  This is a concentrated episode with a lot of useful information packed into a nerdy conversation. I hope you love it!   Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Dr. Kara HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE
In episode #11 we learn all about the foundation of Human Design from a true expert, Erin Claire Jones. To get every last ounce out of this episode, you need to do one quick thing before we dive in… Get your free personal Human Design Chart HERE. To kick things off, Erin Claire Jones gives us an overview on what Human Design is and what it does. In short, it’s a self awareness tool that can help you make decisions and show you if you’re on the right path. One thing I LOVE about Human Design is that it’s basically a gateway to knowing yourself. It’s similar to astrology in the sense that it peels back the layers to reveal who we are and how we work, allowing us to get into a flow where we can exist with less pushing and resistance … and damn, if I don’t need more of that in my life!  Human Design draws from other systems like astrology, Kabbalah, quantum physics, genetics, bio physics, and MORE. I absolutely love this because it totally reflects my personal philosophy as an herbalist. I don’t practice just one thing! I pull from Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Western herbal medicine, etc. and create my own way of doing things. Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with ECJ HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE Read full length show notes HERE
I'm back and this week I'm sharing a life-changing conversation I had with an incredibly healing woman. Matisse and I talk about a ground-breaking treatment she's been using on her horse farm up in Garrison, NY: Horse Constellation Therapy. This episode is a deep dive into the soul of this modality that is a potent blend of ancestral therapy, ceremony, and western psychotherapy. Matisse is cooking up some serious magic over at Two Moons Ranch and we get into the details of how she uses soulful space to offer equine-assisted facilitation work for leadership development, creativity, and deep ancestral healing.  We live in a culture where some would say that we overshare, in a sense… but I think we’re so tired of repressing things that we’re ready to let things go. We’re ready to talk about them. And this gives us a really wonderful, structured way to do that and a safe place. Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Matisse HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE Read full length show notes HERE
In Episode 5 we learned that 2020 is a year of completion — the year to wrap up old stories and patterns, and close the door on anything that is holding us back from our next level. Today’s episode is an honest yet daringly playful guide to HOW you can let go of fear and start your new story. If you’ve been feeling stuck or frustrated, like you’re standing in your own way but just can’t take the first step, this is for you. Katharine Hargreaves, founder of The Fearless Experiment teaches us (with full-on gusto) that so much of our fear is actually just blocked excitement. That there’s a part of us just dying to run and jump into the unknown even if we find a million reasons not to. She explains her method of challenging yourself to simply take action by (a) starting with the smallest first step possible, and (b) telling people you trust to hold you accountable. She explains why pressuring yourself to be the “problem solver” is really just a mechanism of survival that we got stuck in along the way; that we should care a lot more about getting to KNOW the problem first rather than judging how well we employ a solution. We need to learn how to hold ourselves in the mystery… experimentation is valuable play, and if we could stop taking ourselves so seriously, we’d do it a lot more. Sometimes the solution you’re seeking looks a lot different than originally expected, but you’ll never know until you act. Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Kat HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE Read full length show notes HERE 
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londra

such an important episode! 💕

Feb 18th
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Amelie O'Connell

I love these conversations sooo friggin much. I learn so much every week and I feel like I'm right there in the room with you, nodding along and saying "yes!" or "thank you!" hahaha. Honestly, though. Thank you so much!

Feb 18th
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Authentictalks 2.0

Good stuff!!

Feb 17th
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Jessica

WOW! This was so eye opening for me...especially the part of the allergy/asthma issue related to childhood trauma...BINGO! 🤯 Mind was blown. Would really love to hear about infertility the next time Dr. Z is back. 🙏

Jan 20th
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