The Whimsy + Wellness Podcast

Whimsy + Wellness

Welcome to the Whimsy + Wellness Podcast - your happy place for health!

Join people-lover and wellness-enthusiast Meg Ryan for weekly heart centered conversations that will leave you feeling empowered and believed in to live your happiest and healthiest life possible.

Diving deep into topics on holistic health and wellness, essential oils, crystals, mental health, stress, nutrition, sleep, self-improvement, and more, the Whimsy + Wellness Podcast is sure to be your go-to podcast for all things wellness!

We hope this show is a soft landing space for you to grow, learn, and even laugh right alongside us. Cheers to a little more whimsy!


SEASON 1 FINALE - THANK YOU!!
Nov 23 2021
SEASON 1 FINALE - THANK YOU!!
Today is a very special episode because it’s our 45th episode and season 1 finale of the Whimsy + Wellness Podcast! Listen to this mini episode for more information about season 2, and some of our favorite moments from season 1. Thank you so very much for listening to season 1 of the Whimsy + Wellness podcast in whatever capacity you did (1 episode or all 45!) We are so grateful for you and hope that our show made your world a happier and healthier place!! If you’re interested in going back to past episodes or are curious what other’s listener’s favorites were, here are our top 10 episodes from season 1: Beyond Bubble Baths & Netflix: What is True Self Care and How to Implement it Into Your Daily Life with Holly Brandenberger of Science of Essentials  Open and Honest Conversations About Sex And Intimacy with Casey Zaruba What Our Anxiety Is Telling Us: The Gut Brain Connection & Other Functional Medicine Approaches to Healing Anxiety with Holistic Psychiatrist Dr. Ellen Vora You Are Easy to Love: Finding True Self-Love & Acceptance with Body Image and Self Love Activist Jenna Rammell Breaking the Stress Cycle and Using Essential Oils to Combat Stress with Holly Brandenberger Essential Oils for Anxiety: Calm Stress, Intrusive Thoughts, and Worry with the Healing Power of Essential Oils Human Design for Beginners: Manifesting Generators, Generators, Projectors, Reflectors and Manifestors...Oh My! with Erin Claire Jones 5 Easy Steps to Manifestation and Creating the Life of Your Dreams with Manifestation Advisor Jenni Adishian Why Your Lymphatic System Is Key To Good Health and Immunity with Lymphedema Therapist and Lymphatic Drainage Practitioner Lisa Levitt Gainsley Navigating Change And Transition with Resilience And Self-Compassion with Dr. Maya Shankar And...our latest episode, episode 44 is on the rise and sure to break into the top 10 chart very soon: Suzy Holman on Finding Your Zone of Genius & the Freedom You Unlock When You Allow Yourself to be...YOU! Let’s stay in touch! Follow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast Subscribe on: Apple and Spotify Don’t forget to use discount code PODCAST on your next Whimsy + Wellness order for 10% off your entire purchase!! Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
Suzy Holman on Finding Your Zone of Genius & the Freedom You Unlock When You Allow Yourself to be...YOU!
Nov 16 2021
Suzy Holman on Finding Your Zone of Genius & the Freedom You Unlock When You Allow Yourself to be...YOU!
I’m going to guess that if you are a woman who uses instagram and you’re even the slightest bit entrepreneurial minded or interested in brand building, you most likely follow or at least have heard of Suzy Holman!   Suzy is one of my personal favorite people to follow on Instagram because of her business and marketing strategy that she shares about for free but also because her personality is truly contagious and inspirational. I’m so excited and honored to be interviewing her today and having her share her heart, wisdom, strategy and that fun personality with you!   Suzy is a multi passionate entrepreneur. She’s built multiple 6 and now 7 figure businesses, teaches and coaches other women how to grow their businesses, and most recently Suzy has been shaking up the women's wellness space with the revolutionary product, Jovi, which is a medical device that takes away menstrual cramps and other severe pain (see what I mean about multi passionate entrepreneur?!) Suzy is here today to help us uncover what’s deep inside: our truest selves and zone of genius!  Suzy has this magical power (or some might say, strength) where she is so in alignment with and confident in who she is and what she does that it makes you want nothing more than to be exactly who you were meant to be and no one else!   Today Suzy will be sharing with us and teaching us:   How our younger self can teach us a lot about our purpose and giftsThe importance of celebrating our true selves and how to find our “zone of genius”Her motto, “If you can envision it you can create it!”Freeing ourselves from pain and the thoughts that hold us backAnnnd more! Connect with Suzy: Instagram: @suzyholman Suzyschool.com Grab your Jovi menstrual cramp pain relieving patch HERE (use code WHIMSY30 for 30% off!) Episode Resources: The Secret movie Whimsical Essential Oil Roller Bottles Crystal Sets by Need and Intention Psst...get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness with discount code: PODCAST at checkout! Let’s stay in touch! Follow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast Subscribe on: Apple and Spotify Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
Human Design for Beginners: Manifesting Generators, Generators, Projectors, Reflectors and Manifestors...Oh My! with Erin Claire Jones
Nov 9 2021
Human Design for Beginners: Manifesting Generators, Generators, Projectors, Reflectors and Manifestors...Oh My! with Erin Claire Jones
Ready to learn the “must knows” about Human Design? Coach and Human Design guru, Erin Claire Jones is here to teach us the foundations of Human Design and how we can use our unique energetic makeup (or blueprint as Erin says!) to live in alignment in business, relationships, and life! On this episode Erin walks us through: What Human Design isHow we can use the knowledge of our human design type to live in alignment with our best selfHow Human Design differs from the enneagram and other personality typings/testsHow to find out your Human Design typeThe 5 Human Design Types + an overview of each (find your type HERE)Manifesting GeneratorGeneratorProjectorManifestorReflectorWhat our Human Design profile numbers are, what they mean, and a brief overview of each numberHow to support the other Human Design types in our lives And more!! If you love learning about yourself, how you best operate and how to best support your loved ones - you’re going to love this episode! Connect with Erin: Instagram: @erinclairejones erinclairejones.com Episode Resources: Find Out Your Human Design Type Grab your Human Design Blueprint (make sure to use code WHIMSY for 10% off!) Essential Oil Roller Bottles Crystal Sets Psst...get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness with discount code: PODCAST at checkout! Let’s stay in touch! Follow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast Subscribe on: Apple and Spotify Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
What are Chakras? A Beginner's Guide to Chakras and How They Can Help You Live an Embodied Life with Cristi Christensen
Nov 2 2021
What are Chakras? A Beginner's Guide to Chakras and How They Can Help You Live an Embodied Life with Cristi Christensen
What are chakras? How do I balance my chakras? What does balancing chakras even mean?!  As the knowledge and teachings of chakras become more and more widespread, so do the questions - which is amazing!! Learning about Chakras with the intention of becoming more deeply connected to your innermost self is incredible, and this episode of the Whimsy + Wellness Podcast is a perfect starting point on your journey to understanding the Chakra system! Today’s guest, Cristi Christensen is a former elite-level gymnast and platform diver, she was training with the US Olympic diving team when a back injury ended her career and dream of being an Olympian at just 24. On her own personal healing journey Cristi discovered the chakra system, the knowledge and practices helped her so much she couldn’t help but share with others. She is now a global wellness and embodiment coach and author of her new book: Chakra Rituals: Awakening The Wild Woman Within. Cristi is on the show today to teach us: What chakras areHow chakras can be beneficialHow to get your chakras balanced and in alignmentWhat it looks and feels like when each chakra is out of balance and more! If you have ever wondered what chakras are, how to get in deeper touch with your body and spirit, and how to embrace and step into vulnerability, this episode is for you!! GRAB YOUR CHAKRA CRYSTAL INFUSED ESSENTIAL OIL ROLLER BOTTLES HERE Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Connect with Cristi: Instagram: @cristi_christensen  Cristi’s book: Chakra Rituals: Awakening The Wild Woman Within Episode Resources: Episode 31: Navigating Change and Transformation with Resilience and Self-Compassion with Dr. Maya ShankarChakra Crystal Essential Oil Roller Bottles Set of 7 Sponsors: Get up to $40 off your box of Daily Harvest when you use our code WHIMSY at checkout! Let’s stay in touch! Follow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast Subscribe on: Apple and Spotify Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
What’s Your Sign? A Fun Intro to the Zodiac + Essential Oils and Crystals for Each Star Sign!
Oct 26 2021
What’s Your Sign? A Fun Intro to the Zodiac + Essential Oils and Crystals for Each Star Sign!
On this episode of the Whimsy + Wellness Podcast we’re going to be talking all about the basics of the Zodiac and of course, the perfect essential oils and crystal pairing for each zodiac type! The Zodiac is a really fun way to learn more about yourself and how you’re impacted by the natural world! Your Zodiac sign or star sign simply means which stars were visible when you were born, cool right? In this episode you’ll hear: What the Zodiac is and where it came fromWhy we love the Zodiac (and how we use it)That we have more than just one sign!A brief overview of the sun, moon, and rising signsA little overview of each type with two essential oils pairings and one crystal for each type If you’ve been wanting to tip your toes into the zodiac and learn what it’s about from a beginner’s standpoint and/or you’re curious to know which essential oils and crystals are right for your sign then this is the episode for you!! GRAB YOUR ZODIAC SIGN’S ESSENTIAL OIL ROLLER BOTTLE HERE GRAB YOUR CONSTELLATION SPRAY OR PUMP BOTTLE HERE (and make sure to use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off your order!!)  Episode Resources: Our zodiac quiz for the perfect essential oil recipe for your signOur zodiac collectionFind your sun, moon, and rising sign! Sponsors: Head to for 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs with your first Athletic Greens purchase Let’s stay in touch! Subscribe on: Apple and SpotifyFollow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast  Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
Beyond Bubble Baths & Netflix: What is True Self-Care and How to Implement it into Your Daily Life
Oct 19 2021
Beyond Bubble Baths & Netflix: What is True Self-Care and How to Implement it into Your Daily Life
You might remember a few months ago when registered nurse and Certified Aromatherapist, Holly Brandenberger (or @scienceofessentials as many of you may know her as over on Instagram), was on the show talking with us all about stress: the stress cycle, what stress actually is, how essential oils can help reduce stress and so much more. To this day it’s still one of our top most downloaded episodes, you can listen to it HERE! Now, 5 months later, Holly is back for a second interview with us;  this time unpacking and redefining the popular and oftentimes cringeworthy buzzword, “self-care”. In 2020 “self-care” rose to become a 450 billion dollar industry and with the popularity and heavy bubble bath, chocolate, and netflix binging marketing that has come along with it, the true definition of self-care has become muddy and a bit lost. Holly is here to get us back on track with true self care so we can take care of ourselves far beyond spa days and Netflix. In this episode, Holly... Unpacks the buzzword of “self-care” and all the common misconceptionsDefines what self-care really is (and what it’s not)Explains the absolute necessity of self-care and how it’s not a reward or something you need to earnShares 5 areas we can all (simply!) implement self care into every aspect of our livesPhysicalSocialMentalSpiritualEmotionalAnd more! If you’ve ever cringed and rolled your eyes at “self-care” or wondered what self care actually is, this episode is for you! Connect with Holly Brandenberger Instagram: @scienceofessentials  Episode Resources Ep 39: Unlocking the Healing Power of the Breath: Heal Trauma, Overcome Anxiety, and Uncover Your True Self Using Breathwork with Samantha Skelly  Want to pair some Whimsy with your self-care practices? Here are some ideas: Self-Care KitBeyond Lavender DIY Recipe BookChakra Crystal Roller Bottle Set Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Sponsors: Get up to $40 off your box of Daily Harvest when you use our code WHIMSY at checkout! Let’s stay in touch! Subscribe on: Apple and SpotifyFollow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast  Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
Unlocking the Healing Power of the Breath: Heal Trauma, Overcome Anxiety, and Uncover Your True Self Using Breathwork with Samantha Skelly
Oct 12 2021
Unlocking the Healing Power of the Breath: Heal Trauma, Overcome Anxiety, and Uncover Your True Self Using Breathwork with Samantha Skelly
Our breath is one of our most powerful tools for healing, awareness, and even life expectancy.    We take about 25,000 breaths per day yet many of us have no idea the power our breath can hold when we focus on it and allow it to help us feel and heal trauma, anxiety, illness, and more.   Today I’m sitting down with breathwork facilitator and CEO of Pause Breathwork, Samantha Skelly to share with us the incredible healing power of something we all have free access to; our breath.   Years ago Samantha Skelly found herself at a very dark and painful place in her life, she was struggling with depression, chronic anxiety, an eating disorder, and completely out of touch with her body. She sought out a world-renowned healer in Bali (yes, the exact one in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert) and he told her that her “brain was broken” and she needed to meditate.    When she arrived late to the meditation class, all that was left was a breathwork class. She left that class a completely different person and knew the world needed to know about and experience breathwork.   Samantha has since founded Pause Breathwork, the world’s leading breathwork facilitator and is on a mission to reduce human suffering by increasing human consciousness through the power of breathwork.   If you struggle with mental health, a physical health problem, or even just have a hard time meditating, I cannot encourage you enough to give this episode a listen. (It might just be one of my favorite episodes we’ve ever done!) In this episode we discuss: • 05:23 Sam’s story of struggling with an eating disorder, exercise addiction, and depression • 07:13 How the book, Eat, Pray, Love influenced Sam’s journey to healing and discovering breathwork • 08:24 Sam’s first breathwork class experience and how it changed her life forever • 10:52 What breathwork is and how it’s different from simply breathing • 11:20 The difference between breathwork and meditation • 15:40 The science behind breathwork; how and why it works • 19:00 Allowing breathwork to help access and trust your intuition • 21:49 The fascinating truth about the mind-body connection • 25:42 How emotions and traumatic experiences get trapped within the physical body • 30:19 Allowing breathwork to free the trauma stuck in our bodies • 37:18 The impact breathwork has on our physical health and life expectancy • 39:56 How to get started with breathwork and how to implement it into our daily lives • 45:18 A guided breathwork exercise from Sam!! Connect with Samantha Skelly Instagram: @samanthaskelly Podcast: The Sam Skelly Show Episode Resources: Try breathwork at pausebreathwork.com Become a trained breathwork facilitator Sound Meditation for Manifestation from Wayne Dyer Loving What Is Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Ep.2 Netflix special: Goop Lab - Cold Comfort Want some Whimsy to bring along on your journey to breathe, feel, and heal? Here’s what we recommend: Our beautiful essential oil roller bottlesCrystals for CalmingChakra Crystal Roller SetSticker Pack for Self Love and Encouragement Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Sponsors: Get up to $40 off your box of Daily Harvest when you use our code WHIMSY at checkout!Grab our favorite Basis hydration sticks for 20% off + free shipping at drinkbasis.com with code WHIMSY at checkout! Let’s stay in touch! Subscribe on: Apple and SpotifyFollow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast  Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
5 Best Crystals for Manifesting: Welcoming Abundance, Wealth, Love, Creativity, & Motivation
Oct 5 2021
5 Best Crystals for Manifesting: Welcoming Abundance, Wealth, Love, Creativity, & Motivation
Manifestation is an incredible tool for creating the life of your dreams and when you throw crystals into your manifestation practice? You’re sure to have some high vibration and good things coming your way!  Today our founder, Haylee Crowley, will be sharing the 5 best crystals for manifesting abundance, wealth, love, creativity, motivation and the life of your dreams. We’ll be sharing all about how Citrine, Pyrite, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, and Carnelian are the perfect crystals for manifesting, how and why you’ll want to use each one and more! A few weeks ago on episode 33 (5 Easy Steps to Manifesting and Creating the Life of Your Dreams), we had manifestation advisor, Jenni Adishian, on the podcast, walking us through all things manifestation. We had such great feedback on her episode that episode 34 was on Using Essential Oils to Abundance, Prosperity, and the Life of Your Dreams. We knew we had to wrap up our manifestation themed episodes with an episode on CRYSTALS for you to use in your manifestation practice and that’s exactly what this episode is! Grab a notepad and pen and get ready to be inspired to uplevel your manifestation practice with the healing power of crystals as you listen to this episode of the Whimsy + Wellness Podcast. And if you enjoy this episode and hearing about these crystals...SHOP OUR MANIFESTATION CRYSTAL SET ➡️   In this episode you’ll learn: • 2:20 The importance of using crystals in a way that feels right for you • 2:49 Why Citrine is an amazing crystal for manifesting • 6:13 How to use Pyrite to manifest wealth and financial abundance • 9:25 How to amplify your intentions with clear quartz • 10:48 Rose Quartz is your go-to crystal for manifesting love and strong relationships with yourself and others • 12:11 How you can use Carnelian to manifest creativity and motivation • 13:36 All about our manifestation crystal set Episode resources: Ep.33 - 5 Easy Steps to Manifesting and Creating the Life of Your Dreams with Manifestation Advisor Jenni AdishianEp.34 - Using Essential Oils to Abundance, Prosperity, and the Life of Your Dreams Ep. 30 - How to Get Started with Crystals and 5 Crystals for BeginnersManifestation Crystal Set of 9 Crystals Want to pair some more Whimsy with your manifestation practice? Here’s what we recommend: Clear Quartz ClusterMy Beautiful Life 10ml roller bottle setGemstone Diffusing BraceletsOur Sticker Pack for Self Love and EncouragementManifestation Crystal Set Also feel free to check out our many crystal sets for different needs and intentions: Crystals for BeginnersCrystals for Stress & AnxietyCrystals for CalmingCrystals for Confidence & CourageCrystals for Creativity & MotivationCrystals for Love & RelationshipsCrystals for KidsCrystals for TravelCrystals for Your HomeMore Crystals for Your Home Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Sponsors: Head to www.athleticgreens.com/whimsy for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs with your first purchase of our one-stop-shop vitamin and superfood blend, Athletic Greens! Let’s stay in touch! Subscribe on: Apple and SpotifyFollow us on Instagram: @WhimsyandWellness and @WhimsyandWellnessPodcast  Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
You Are Easy to Love: Finding True Self-Love & Acceptance with Body Image and Self Love Activist Jenna Rammell
Sep 28 2021
You Are Easy to Love: Finding True Self-Love & Acceptance with Body Image and Self Love Activist Jenna Rammell
*Trigger warning*: This episode may be triggering for listeners who have battled or are currently battling any form of eating or body image disorders. Have you ever hated your body? Or maybe you always have? We start receiving messages and comments about our bodies at a very young age. Those messages we receive, whether from media or the people in our lives directly or indirectly, imprint the way we think about and view ourselves and our bodies later on as pre-teens, teenagers, and adults. This has led to generations and generations of women struggling with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and body hate. Today I’m sitting down with Jenna Rammell, wife, mama, CEO of The Daily Essential Co., blogger at @jennaskitchen, a Presidential Diamond with Doterra Essential Oils, and a woman who has a story that so many can relate to; growing up hating her body and believing she was not enough. Jenna joined me on this episode to bravely and openly share her personal journey from truly hating her body and being at war with it like so many of us are, to the place she’s at now with body acceptance, true self love and every step in between. She is extremely passionate about empowering women to love and believe in themselves and the message she wants everyone to know is, “you are easy to love!” In this episode we discuss: • 9:44 Jenna’s past of hating herself and constantly being at war with her body • 11:56 How our thoughts create our feelings which create our realities • 15:31 Using meditation to change your thoughts • 21:30 Navigating and responding to comments and projections from others • 28:30 How gratitude and present living will change your life • 31:22 Shifting from trying to achieve self worth through goals to total self love and acceptance • 36:51 Truly defining self love and self acceptance • 40:48 You are easy to love • 45:44 How to love others well while still honoring ourselves • 51:33 Changing the way we talk about and treat bodies for the next generation This is a conversation that we ALL need to pull up a chair to and participate in. We have the power to change how we look at, talk about, treat, and love our bodies and in turn how the women around us and after us do the same. Connect with Jenna! @jennaskitchen on InstagramThe Daily Essential Co Listen to the Dear Jenna Podcast Episode resources: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ckReady to hydrate?? Grab our favorite hydration sticks from Basis for 20% off and free shipping at drinkbasis.com with code WHIMSY at checkout! Want to bring along some whimsy on your path to healing and empowerment? Here’s what we recommend… Crystals for Confidence and Courage Set Gemstone Diffusing Bracelet for ConfidenceCrystal Roller for Confidence and CourageOur Sticker Pack for Self Love and Encouragement Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Let’s stay in touch! Make sure you’re subscribed to our show and follow Whimsy + Wellness and Whimsy + Wellness Podcast over on Instagram! Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
Essential Oils for Anxiety: Calm Stress, Intrusive Thoughts, and Worry with the Healing Power of Essential Oils
Sep 21 2021
Essential Oils for Anxiety: Calm Stress, Intrusive Thoughts, and Worry with the Healing Power of Essential Oils
Essential oils for anxiety? You bet! Essential oils can be wonderful tools in supporting your mental health! Last week, on episode 35, I had holistic psychiatrist, Dr Ellen Vora on the podcast, and we talked all about holistic approaches to anxiety, getting to the root cause, and even finding healing. Since we love all things essential oils and holistic health and wellness here at Whimsy + Wellness, we wanted to follow up to last week’s episode, with an episode on using essential oils to support anxiety. If you’d like to support yourself or someone you love struggling with anxiety with essential oils, then this is the episode for you! In this episode I walk through: • 3:46 Essential oils = tools to use alongside professional help • 6:18 The benefit of being proactive instead of just reactive with our health • 10:01 Why I love using essential oils for anxiety & how they help • 13:35 My favorite ways to use essential oils for anxiety • 17:28 The simple and calming properties of Lavender • 21:03 Using Ylang Ylang for overwhelm, deep sadness and even bad dreams • 24:45 How Valerian can support those with trauma and anxiety induced insomnia • 28:12 Other tools I love to reach for to ease anxiety • 34:34 It’s brave to admit and ask for help Episode Resources: Episode 35 - What Our Anxiety Is Telling Us: The Gut Brain Connection & Other Functional Medicine Approaches to Healing Anxiety with Dr. Ellen VoraMy Beautiful Life Roller SetEp. 27 Essential Oils for SleepBamboo Rainbow Dropper BottleFloral Dropper BottleCrystals for Stress & Anxiety SetMermaid Roller Blend Recipe Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Fuel your body with delicious Daily Harvest Smoothies! Get up to $40 off your box of Daily Harvest when you use our code WHIMSY at checkout!Ready to hydrate?? Grab our favorite Basis hydration sticks for 20% off + free shipping at drinkbasis.com with code WHIMSY at checkout! Let’s stay in touch! Make sure you’re subscribed to our show and follow Whimsy + Wellness and Whimsy + Wellness Podcast over on Instagram! Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
What Our Anxiety Is Telling Us: The Gut Brain Connection & Other Functional Medicine Approaches to Healing Anxiety with Holistic Psychiatrist Dr. Ellen Vora
Sep 14 2021
What Our Anxiety Is Telling Us: The Gut Brain Connection & Other Functional Medicine Approaches to Healing Anxiety with Holistic Psychiatrist Dr. Ellen Vora
If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety or have supported a loved one who struggles, then you know how difficult (understatement), lonely, scary, and even debilitating anxiety can be.  I know it can also often feel as though anxiety is our fate and destiny and is wrapped up in our identity.  Today’s guest, however, is here to encourage just the opposite; that anxiety does not define who we are and that there are holistic yet powerful tools that can ease our anxiety. Dr. Ellen Vora, is a holistic psychiatrist who received her B.A. from Yale University and attended Columbia University medical school. She’s a board-certified psychiatrist, medical acupuncturist, and yoga teacher!  Ellen takes a functional medicine approach to mental health–considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root, and that’s exactly what we’re diving into on this episode of the Whimsy + Wellness podcast. Whether you struggle with chronic anxiety, situational anxiety, or anywhere in-between, this interview with Dr. Ellen Vora is full of hope, encouragement, and even tools for healing. In this episode we discuss: • 00:00 Intro • 07:35 How our mental health is impacted by so much more than genetics • 08:56 Stress and anxiety: the difference and overlaps • 15:14 What is true and false anxiety?  • 18:15 Is anxiety something we’re stuck with? Is it part of our identity? • 28:44 Asking “why” instead of applying bandages • 31:38 Listening to our bodies and getting to the root cause of our anxiety • 40:00 Which came first? Are our physical health problems always causing mental health problems or are mental health problems also leading to psychological health problems? • 44:00 Conquering the “How do I eat nutrient dense foods?” overwhelm • 49:05 How saying goodnight to our phones each night can help ease our anxiety • 50:18 Two anxiety triggers that we don’t want to talk about but should • 53:42 Changing our path from defensiveness to empowerment Connect with Dr. Ellen Vora: Follow @ellenvoramd on Instagram Follow @ellenvoramd on TikTok Pre-order Ellen’s book! Episode resources: The Mood Cure by Julia RossFuel your body with delicious Daily Harvest Smoothies! Get up to $40 off your box of Daily Harvest when you use our code WHIMSY at checkout!Head to www.athleticgreens.com/whimsy for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs with your first purchase of our one-stop-shop vitamin adn superfood blend, Athletic Greens! Want to bring along some whimsy on your path to healing and empowerment? Here’s what we recommend… Crystals for Stress & Anxiety SetCrystal Roller for Stress & AnxietyMy Beautiful Life 10ml Roller Bottle SetBamboo Rainbow Dropper Bottle Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Let’s stay in touch! Make sure you’re subscribed to our show and follow Whimsy + Wellness and Whimsy + Wellness Podcast over on Instagram! Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
Using Essential Oils to Manifest Abundance, Prosperity and the Life of Your Dreams
Sep 7 2021
Using Essential Oils to Manifest Abundance, Prosperity and the Life of Your Dreams
Essential oils can be an incredible tool to add into and amplify your manifestation practice; and that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing about on today’s episode! Last week, on episode 33, I interviewed Jenni Adishian, a manifestation advisor, on what manifestation is, the science behind how manifesting works, and of course the 5 steps for manifestation! If you enjoyed her interview, are passionate about the topic of manifestation, are interested in bringing essential oils into your manifestation practice OR are curious about their potential to inspire abundance, confidence, and prosperity, then this episode is for you! In this episode we discuss: • 00:00 Intro • 04:15 3 reasons to use essential oils for manifestation • 08:05 Using the clarifying power of Clary Sage essential oil to find clarity and set your intentions • 10:35 How to use Wild Orange essential oil for abundance and prosperity • 11:00 Abundance vs Scarcity mindset • 12:38 Take aligned action and reach your dreams with Ginger essential oil • 17:49 Believe in your worthiness and release emotional blocks with Jasmine essential oil • 19:05 Surrender to the process and harness confidence with Black Spruce essential oil • 21:31 Our favorite manifestation essential oil roller blend recipe • 22:20 Closing Episode Resources: Episode 33 - 5 Easy Steps to Manifestation and Creating the Life of Your Dreams with Manifestation Advisor Jenni AdishianPush the easy button on vitamins and nutrients with one daily scoop of Athletic Greens! Use our link athleticgreens.com/whimsy for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs with your first purchase! Looking to pair some Whimsy + Wellness into your oily manifestation practice? Here’s what we recommend… My Beautiful Life 10ml Roller Bottle SetPhases 10ml Metallic Roller Bottle SetCeramic Peachy Pink DiffuserGemstone Diffusing BraceletClear Quartz ClusterCrystal Set for Creativity and MotivationCrystal Set for Confidence and Courage Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music & Editing by Taylor Ryan.
5 Easy Steps to Manifestation and Creating the Life of Your Dreams with Manifestation Advisor Jenni Adishian
Aug 31 2021
5 Easy Steps to Manifestation and Creating the Life of Your Dreams with Manifestation Advisor Jenni Adishian
Manifestation has been quite the popular topic lately and maybe you’ve found yourself saying, “What is manifestation? How do I manifest?”  Well, I'm asking an acclaimed manifestation advisor all those questions (and more!) in today’s episode!  Manifestation advisor Jenni Adishian helps us unpack patterns and beliefs that could be holding us back from living the life we desire and walks us through the 5 steps of manifestation. In this episode we discuss: • 00:00 Intro • 03:45 Meet Jenni Adishian, manifestation advisor • 08:40 What is manifesting and why would you want to do it? • 09:43 The main difference between manifesting and goal setting • 13:45 Is there a difference between manifesting and the law of attraction? • 16:22 The impact your self-talk, mindset, and beliefs has on your life • 23:16 How to recognize & unlearn subconscious patterns and beliefs that could be holding you back • 32:07 The importance of releasing desperation and control in order to attract abundance  • 37:48 Can our worries manifest the things we’re afraid of? • 44:47 The 5 steps to manifesting Episode resources: Connect with Jenni Adishian on Instagram Join Jenni’s Abundant Collective Membership Jenni’s 1:1 Guidance (1 Month) Jenni’s 1:1 Guidance (3 Month) Ready to kiss your period cramps goodbye? Grab your Jovi Patch HERE or at meetjovi.com with code WHIMSY for 10% off your patch! Looking to add some Whimsy + Wellness into your manifestation practice? Here’s what we recommend… My Beautiful Life 10ml Roller Bottle SetClear Quartz ClusterCrystal Set for Creativity and MotivationCrystal Set for Confidence and CourageCrystal Set for Love and Relationships Oh and pssst!! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Let’s stay in touch! Make sure you’re subscribed to our show and follow Whimsy + Wellness and Whimsy + Wellness Podcast over on Instagram! Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music by Taylor Ryan.
7 Essential Oils & Crystals for Healing, Transitions, and Beautiful New Beginnings
Aug 24 2021
7 Essential Oils & Crystals for Healing, Transitions, and Beautiful New Beginnings
Whether it’s a painful change such as a divorce or loss of loved one or an exciting change you’re welcoming like a move or even marriage, the properties and benefits of essential oils and crystals are great tools for us to reach for as we walk through change and transitions of all kinds! On last week’s episode, I interviewed Dr. Maya Shankar, a cognitive behavioral scientist studying how we react, adapt, and thrive through change. It’s a must-listen, but this episode is for those of us who want to use essential oils and crystals naturally to help with everything from stress to fear to over-excitement during change, transitions, and new beginnings!  In this episode we discuss: • 00:00 Intro • 03:43 The five ways essential oils & crystals can help with change and transition • 12:35 How vetiver helps ground you  • 15:36 Why sandalwood is so great for fear of change • 16:45 How neroli (also called bitter orange) can help you embrace transition • 19:00 Why chocolate calcite is my favorite for grounding during change • 20:17 Why Amazonite is so good at giving you inner courage  • 21:11 Why you should rethink how you use rose quartz • 23:00 How magical moonstone is when it comes to connecting you to your intuition!  • 26:16 Closing Episode Resources: Ep. 31 Dr. Maya Shankar Chocolate Calcite Amazonite Crystal Roller Rose Quartz Crystal Roller Crystal Starter Kit Crystals For Stress and Anxiety Set Crystal Set For Your Home Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils Book Head to www.athleticgreens.com/whimsy for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs when you purchase a monthly subscription! Let’s stay in touch! Make sure you’re subscribed to our show and follow Whimsy + Wellness and Whimsy + Wellness Podcast over on Instagram! Special note: we’d love to send you our very powerful healing crystals chart pdf. It helps you pair your essential oils and crystals together naturally and easily. You can click here, and we’ll send it to you for free!  Looking to add some whimsy into your wellness routines? Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Thank you so much for tuning into this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness and hosted by Meg Ryan. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review - even just a short sentence is so helpful & greatly appreciated!! Music by Taylor Ryan.
Navigating Change And Transition with Resilience And Self-Compassion with Dr. Maya Shankar
Aug 17 2021
Navigating Change And Transition with Resilience And Self-Compassion with Dr. Maya Shankar
Change happens to us all. Luckily, the human mind is built for navigating change, both the good and the bad - and we are more capable than we might realize at handling the unexpected changes that come our way. When we approach change with humility and openness, we can avoid letting the fear of the unknown prevent us from embracing necessary change and creating a more desirable - and even happier outcome. In today’s episode, I am talking to Dr. Maya Shankar, cognitive behavioral scientist who served as a senior advisor in the Obama White House where she founded and served as the chair of the White House behavioral science team. Maya has a postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Stanford, a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a BA from Yale. She is also the host, creator, and executive producer of the podcast: A Slight Change Of Plans. During our incredible conversation, Dr. Maya talks all about change and how every single person experiences it, no matter how big or small. Dr. Maya shares her story about how a career-ending injury turned into an opportunity, why humans fear and avoid change, how to honor the inner knowing of making a necessary change, and what you can do to unlock the trepidation surrounding change. Plus, she also shares words of encouragement for us as we walk through our own unique journey of change.  Follow along with Dr. Maya @aslightchange A Slight Change of Plans Podcast by Dr. Maya Shankar Twitter: www.mayashankar.com Follow Whimsy + Wellness on Instagram Head to www.athleticgreens.com/whimsy for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs when you purchase a monthly subscription! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Resources Mentioned: Happiness Lab by Laurie Santos It’s OK To Not Be OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand by Megan Devine Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast hosted by Meg Ryan and brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness; your go-to shop for essential oil accessories, crystals, and more! If you enjoyed this episode, it would mean so much if you subscribed, left a review, and posted a screenshot on social! Every review and share matters and helps us reach and inspire more friends like you! Music by Taylor Ryan
How To Get Started With Crystals And 5 Crystals For Beginners
Aug 10 2021
How To Get Started With Crystals And 5 Crystals For Beginners
There is no wrong way to “do crystals.” And your journey with crystals won’t look the same as the next person either --so don’t compare! The most important part of your crystal journey is to listen to your intuition and never stop learning because there is always something new to uncover, whether it’s which one you choose or how to use them and beyond! As I continue to learn more about crystals, I thought it would be fun to share how to get started with crystals so you can start your journey, too.  In today’s episode, I’m going solo to talk about how to approach crystals as a total beginner (because I was one not that long ago). You’ll learn about what crystals are used for, how to use crystals, the benefits of crystals, plus the five best crystals to start with if you’re looking for guidance. Follow Whimsy + Wellness on Instagram Head to www.athleticgreens.com/whimsy for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs when you purchase a monthly subscription! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Resources Mentioned: Crystal Starter Kit Crystal Rollers Gemstone Diffusing Bracelets Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast hosted by Meg Ryan and brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness; your go-to shop for essential oil accessories, crystals, and more! If you enjoyed this episode, it would mean so much if you subscribed, left a review, and posted a screenshot on social! Every review and share matters and helps us reach and inspire more friends like you! Music by Taylor Ryan
Why Your Lymphatic System Is Key To Good Health and Immunity with Lymphedema Therapist and Lymphatic Drainage Practitioner Lisa Levitt Gainsley
Aug 3 2021
Why Your Lymphatic System Is Key To Good Health and Immunity with Lymphedema Therapist and Lymphatic Drainage Practitioner Lisa Levitt Gainsley
Are you ready to fall in love with your lymph system? Once you understand what it is and how it works, you’ll see why you should spend more time taking care of your lymphatic system if you want to stay healthy. When you know how to access your lymphatic system, you’re not only stepping into empowerment around your own self-care and taking back control of your health, but you’ll also start feeling better in your body.  In today’s episode, I’m talking to Lisa Gainsley, certified lymphedema therapist and manual lymphatic drainage practitioner who works postoperatively with cancer patients and preventatively with those looking to reduce inflammation and prevent illness. Lisa is also the author of The Book of Lymphs: Self-care Practices To Enhance Immunity, Health, and Beauty.  During our conversation, Lisa breaks down the lymphatic system, how it impacts your immune system (and your overall health), the benefits of healthy lymph nodes, and how you can support your lymphatic health using your own two hands. Lisa is also sharing her best self-care routine to take care of your lymphatic health and walking us through how to give yourself a lymphatic massage! Follow Whimsy + Wellness on Instagram Head to www.athleticgreens.com/whimsy for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs when you purchase a monthly subscription! Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Connect with Lisa @thelymphaticmessage Website:   Resources Mentioned: The Book Of Lymph: Self-care Lymphatic Massage To Enhance Immunity, Health & Beauty The Lymphatic Way to Health: Online Course Episode 20: Ditching and Switching: Getting Rid Of Toxic Chemicals In The Home with Samantha Lee Wright Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast hosted by Meg Ryan and brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness; your go-to shop for essential oil accessories, crystals, and more! If you enjoyed this episode, it would mean so much if you subscribed, left a review, and posted a screenshot on social! Every review and share matters and helps us reach and inspire more friends like you! Music by Taylor Ryan
Open and Honest Conversations About Sex And Intimacy with Casey Zaruba
Jul 27 2021
Open and Honest Conversations About Sex And Intimacy with Casey Zaruba
[PG-13 Subject Alert!!] Why are sex and intimacy so uncomfortable to talk about? If we had more open and honest conversations about it, people might become more relaxed, open, and confident in their sexuality. Let this episode be your permission slip to normalize conversations about sex and intimacy so that we can remove the shame and give confidence back to women.  In today’s episode, I’m talking to Casey Zaruba, wife, entrepreneur, and mama of six, who holds space online for open and honest conversations about sex, intimacy, the female body, and all the taboo topics everyone avoids. Casey has created a safe space for women to get vulnerable and share sexual thoughts, experiences, and questions so they can reclaim confidence in themselves, in their marriage, and in the bedroom. Casey and I are talking about all things sex and intimacy (consider skipping this episode if you listen with young children), including how to rediscover your confidence as a sexual woman, the importance of openly communicating with your partner, and how to have open conversations with your children about intimacy. Casey also shares a raw look at both the rewards and hardships of holding space for these conversations. Follow Whimsy + Wellness on Instagram Use Code: WHIMSYFAM for 10% off your next order at Wild Alabaster Connect Casey @zarubalife Resources Mentioned: Young Living Sensation Massage Oil: SOLD OUT Children’s Book: The Simple Life Of Ollie & Vern Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast hosted by Meg Ryan and brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness; your go-to shop for essential oil accessories, crystals, and more! If you enjoyed this episode, it would mean so much if you subscribed, left a review, and posted a screenshot on social! Every review and share matters and helps us reach and inspire more friends like you! Music by Taylor Ryan
Everything You Need To Know About Essential Oils For Sleep with Meg Ryan
Jul 20 2021
Everything You Need To Know About Essential Oils For Sleep with Meg Ryan
Do you struggle with sleep? Maybe it’s falling asleep, staying asleep, or even having bad dreams. Most adults (and even some children) experience at least one of these, and unfortunately, lack of sleep or even the quality of sleep we get can really lead to a lot of serious issues. That’s why essential oils can be a great tool for helping you wind down, reduce stress, and get that much-needed snooze! In today’s episode, I’m going solo to talk about sleep, how it works, the scientific reasons behind the benefits of essential oils, and how they can help improve our sleep. Not only will I give you some of the top essential oil blends for sleep, but I’ll be answering common essential oil and sleep questions like, Do they really work? Will they really help? How should you use essential oils for sleep? Which one should I use? And so much more. Friends, sleep is so important! So you don’t want to miss this episode.  Follow Whimsy + Wellness on Instagram Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Resources Mentioned: Trauma Life Blend by Young Living 21 Deep Sleep Diffuser Blends Episode 6: How To Spice Up Your Love Life With Oils In The Bedroom with Lucy Libido Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast hosted by Meg Ryan and brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness; your go-to shop for essential oil accessories, crystals, and more! If you enjoyed this episode, it would mean so much if you subscribed, left a review, and posted a screenshot on social! Every review and share matters and helps us reach and inspire more friends like you! Music by Taylor Ryan
How Gentle & Compassionate Parenting Leads To Gentle & Compassionate Adults with Jami Nato
Jul 13 2021
How Gentle & Compassionate Parenting Leads To Gentle & Compassionate Adults with Jami Nato
What do you want your kids to say about your parenting? What legacy do you want to leave behind? Parenting can be a beautiful journey that leaves a lasting impact on generations. Parenting is also challenging and requires you to be courageous enough to dig deep, ask questions, and have those hard conversations at every stage of the journey. But if you approach parenting humanly and with compassion, you can create empathetic, generous humans that will change the world.  In today’s episode, I am talking with Jami Nato, mama of 4, wife, and serial entrepreneur whose light shines bright with her humor and wisdom. Jami and I are chatting all about parenthood and how to approach it with more gentleness, more grace, and more self-awareness so that we raise a new generation of compassionate humans. During our conversation, Jami gives insight on the different seasons of parenthood, how to let go of parental shame, why radical honesty is so important as we raise empathetic children, the benefits of gentle parenting, plus the number one best thing you can do as a parent. Follow along with Jami @jaminato or at jaminato.com Follow Whimsy + Wellness on Instagram Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order! Resources Mentioned: The Whole Brainchild by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson @simplyonpurpose The Place We Find Ourselves by Adam Young Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast hosted by Meg Ryan and brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness; your go-to shop for essential oil accessories, crystals, and more! If you enjoyed this episode, it would mean so much if you subscribed, left a review, and posted a screenshot on social! Every review and share matters and helps us reach and inspire more friends like you! Music by Taylor Ryan