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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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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 
Introducing herbal medicine into your life doesn't have to be intimidating! Simply understanding the basics of “herbalism 101” — including the different “classes” of herbs — will empower you to understand your body in a whole new way. Today, Olivia sits down with fellow herbalist Traci Donat of Simples Tonics, to talk about the most nourishing way to get started in your kitchen: by making herbal infusions. We go over the top plants we like to use and what each of them benefits most (for example Schizandra infusions for ‘leaky energy’ and ‘mental diarrhea’ where the brain can’t fully “form” thoughts, Oatstraw infusions for dry skin and joints, and Burdock infusions for liver and lymphatic health). More than anything, we emphasize how simple it is to steep these herbs in a mason jar overnight and reap the incredible nutritional benefits. As a bonus, at the top of the episode Olivia covers a mini lesson where she explains the three ways that herbalists meet a plant and get to know its actions. What can a bitter taste in a plant tell you? What does it mean if a plant is pungent and spicy? What’s the difference between an adaptogen and a nervine? Fellow plant enthusiasts and lovers of learning, this one is for you! Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Traci HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE Read full length show notes HERE 
Get ready for part two of our debut episode, The Stress Bible. This week we’re diving even deeper into “sympathetic dominance” (chronic fight or flight mode) and what impact this has on the body physiologically. When you can’t calm down, you can’t “secrete” properly (both hormones and fluids) meaning you may have issues sleeping, digesting, eliminating, or getting horny. Olivia and Nick get personal and candid about what puts them in fight or flight mode and how they cope — especially when they feel guilty for resting. We discuss our generation’s obsession with productivity plus the oh so nuanced PERCEIVED stress (and how to flip the script mentally). Stress can be a huge catalyst for change, so using it wisely and seeing it differently is key to overcoming it. Throughout the episode, we’re constantly talking about hacks and tools you can use to spend more time in PARAsympathetic mode (rest and digest – which is the opposite of sympathetic dominance). These range from CBD and herbs all the way to simply using your own breath. This episode is for those of you who simply can’t relax and feel like you’re always “on.” As a society, we’re forgetting how to slow down and sit with ourselves, so give yourself an intentional break and listen to this episode while taking some deeeeeep belly breaths. You deserve it. Connect with Olivia HERE Shop Organic Olivia formulas HERE Read full length show notes HERE 
*PROMOCODE: use LYMPHATIC15 for 15% off Digestive Juice and Not Your Average Probiotic on my site: https://www.organicolivia.com/* #06 On this episode I sit down with another lovely leo, Lisa Levitt Gainsley of The Lymphatic Message. We’re learning about the lymphatic system. What it is (your body’s largest circulatory system), what it’s responsible for, how it plays a role in digestion, brain detox, waste clearance, hormone health…. AND the major connection between the lymph and diseases like Alzheimer's, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative colitis. Lisa and I have a natural chemistry, so join us as we get the juice on how to move your lymph. Mainstream wellness trends are only beginning to talk about the life changing Lymphatic system, but ancient systems of medicine such as TCM or Ayurveda, have always seen it as one of the first places to look for stagnation when the body is ill. This episode will help you detect signs of Lymph stagnation/dysfunction, and you’ll learn how to make sure it’s optimized through food, exercise, and at-home self massage. Plus, I list some amazing Ayurveda herbs and foods at the top of the show.  To connect with Lisa click HERE  To connect with Olivia click HERE To read the full show notes click HERE Watch the full self lymphatic massage tutorial HERE “Everything is everything and... the problem is not always the problem”
This is the last week to use code WHATSTHEJUICE for 15% off my herbal formulas Peace Juice and Adrenal Recovery: www.organicolivia.com/shop Ep. #05: On today’s episode, I sit down with astrologer Danielle Paige to talk about all things energy, astrology, and the not-so-hidden messages behind our dreams. Have you ever wondered what’s “written in the stars,” aka your birth chart, beyond your zodiac sign? Do you feel a bit psychic, like your intuition is a little TOO spot on? Have you been warned about the famous “Saturn Return” in your late 20s? We’re exploring these topics and more as Danielle gives me a live reading, shares a 2020 energy update (including why January was SO INTENSE), and breaks down astrology far beyond a simple horoscope. We’re getting esoteric today, so get ready for a juicy ride. (Oh, and I hope you get a laugh out of Nick and I roasting the zodiac signs at the top of the episode. Love you all no matter what I said about your sign xoxo) Connect with Olivia HERE: www.organicolivia.com Connect with Danielle HERE: https://daniellepaige.com/
Ep. #04: On this episode, I sit down with Tana Espino, a licensed therapist and relationship coach. My personal goal is to become a healthier person all around — healthier in terms of my habits, my diet, and perhaps most importantly, my behavior & relationships. On this episode we cover codependency (aka “people addiction”), boundaries, attachment, and control. How attached is too attached? How can we learn to self-soothe and decrease anxiety in our relationships? How can we become happier individually so that we can come together as an even stronger unit? We’re going deep today, so get ready for a juicy ride. Connect with Olivia HERE Connect with Tana HERE You can support the show and get 15 % off Peace Juice and Adrenal Recovery with code 'whatsthejuice' https://www.organicolivia.com/shop/
What role does spiritual wellness play in the healing of the physical? In this week's episode Olivia sits down with Dr. Zelina Medina, who became a doctor of acupuncture after being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus. Together we explore the steps she took to heal, and chat about the root cause of autoimmunity through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While changing her diet made a huge difference, she credits her progress even more so to shamanic medicine ceremonies such as soul retrieval in order to tackle the many layers of disease. Dr. Z explains that a part of the soul gets lost, or detached from the self, when we experience childhood trauma — this affects us physically, and even gets passed on generationally. Luckily the science is catching up, and thanks to tools like the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) questionnaire, we now have concrete evidence that early emotional trauma can increase your risk for chronic illness later in life. If you’re someone who likes to connect the dots, this episode will validate and hopefully inspire you. LINKS: @Organic_Olivia Dr. Z Meditation Circles: http://acuvidaacupuncture.com/events-1 Chart for acupressure: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324699.php Lupus Alternative Therapies That Work: https://www.amazon.com/Lupus-Alternative-Therapies-That-Work/dp/0892818891 Full Article: https://www.organicolivia.com/?p=154260
*LISTENER OFFER* Use code 'whatsthejuice' for 15% off Peace Juice and my Adrenal Recovery Formula :) Olivia interviews naturopathic doctor Dr. Christian Gonzalez to better understand the importance of hormone balance when it comes to cancer prevention. Why should we look out for hormone disruption early in life? What are some common signs of estrogen dominance in women? What are the simple steps we can take TODAY to foster balance? Dr. G shares his top 5 tips for cancer prevention (including why green tea is so important), and gives us the juice about everything from heavy metals, food industry corruption, and tampons all the way to telomeres, eating late and breast self-exams. We also go over your best options for hormone testing and why he recommends yearly thermography. Links Mentioned in the Show: Our mutual teacher Dr. Jody Noe who also specializes in integrative cancer care: https://www.drjodyenoe.com/ Quadruple-tested green tea screened for heavy metals: Pique Tea Our favorite hormone test that utilizes urine and saliva and covers estrogen detox pathways: https://dutchtest.com/ Water Filter: Berkey Filters Dr. G’s Post on Protein Powders Dr. Jolene Brighten, a naturopathic doctor and hormone expert who we love: https://www.instagram.com/drjolenebrighten/ Dr. Brighten’s Book (must-read): Beyond the Pill  The Toxins That Affected Your Great-Grandparents Could Be In Your Genes: read article You are what your grandmother ate (Intergenerational impacts of prenatal nourishment): via Science Daily Casomorphins in dairy: study
Olivia sits down with her producer and her boyfriend after eight straight days of filming/recording to talk about the intention behind her new podcast, What’s The Juice. The three introduce themselves by way of a couple delirious jokes and Olivia shares her drive behind releasing valuable, educational content as a way to stay connected to her community of multifaceted young women and men who have supported her health journey since day one. This episode announces Olivia’s entrance into the next juicy chapter of her life—and it’s gonna be fun!    Get to know me here: www.organicolivia.com @organic_olivia https://www.youtube.com/user/Orga
**Podcast Offer** Use code whatsthejuice for 15% off Peace Juice and my Adrenal Recovery Formula as a thank you for listening. Class is in session with this foundational episode that will help you understand the importance of every topic and interview ahead. We always hear that “stress” and “inflammation” are at the root of every illness, and that’s why we believe there’s power in learning the actual mechanisms by which they affect us. When we know what “stress” is and how to recognize it in the body, only then can we understand the steps needed to flip the script (and why genuine lifestyle changes are more valuable than any pill). Wellness doesn’t need to be expensive, and more than anything we need to change the way we treat ourselves. In this episode, Olivia unpacks the FOUR TRIGGERS that impact your body’s built-in stress response system, the “HPA axis.” This system includes your adrenals, and helps us explain why chronic fatigue is exploding. Expect to hear advice on sleep hygiene, optimizing melatonin production, brain detoxification, strengthening herbs for empathic people who are drained by their environment, as well as some eclectic takes on blue light, sunglasses, and your chakras.  Links: The Brain That Changes Itself: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brain_that_Changes_Itself My Flow Balance formula: https://www.organicolivia.com/product/flow-balance/ My teacher, the incredible Claudia Keel: http://www.earthflower.org/ My articles about the brain’s growth hormone and how to support brain health: 9 Ways To Naturally Increase Your Brain’s Growth Hormone How Leg Muscle Protects Your Brain via BDNF My Brain Juice formula for brain health and BDNF support: Brain Juice Brain detox & jaw clenching connection: DR. SARAH CARNES on Brain Detox via Melatonin My favorite blue-light-blocking glasses: Swanwick Sleep Blue Light Blocking Phone Screen Flux Software for your computer to protect your eyes from blue light
Comments (4)

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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