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Pure Kana: Organically-Grown, High-Concentrate CBD Oil

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If you didn’t know, the US is currently recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month, and the UK is observing Mental Health Awareness Week until May 19th. Keeping the dialogue on this topic open is so important, which is why I thought it fitting to share about Pure Kana and the ways CBD has helped me manage anxiety and PTSD.

I’m so grateful to have found tools that help calm my mind, improve daily life, and make those days when anxiety gets the better of me a little less debilitating. Focusing on self-care helps. Deep breathing... talking to a therapist... letting the tears flow when needed... taking “me time”... and, perhaps what’s made the biggest visible difference, CBD oil.

Pure Kana is dedicated to providing the world with the highest quality CBD products (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp).

Considered a natural dietary supplement for increased health and vitality, CBD is used for a variety of different reasons. Most commonly as a natural pain reliever, to provide anxiety relief, combat seizures, help fight cancer (as some studies have shown, though research is still in the early stages), reduce the risk of diabetes, and improve insomnia — and far more.

Their CBD oil is completely legal in all 50 states and lacks addictive properties (containing less than .02% THC). With the smallest amount of research, you’ll see that Pure Kana is one of the leading brands to naturally relieve stress, anxiety and symptoms of PTSD. Speaking from experience, I can honestly say that using their organically-grown, high-concentrate, hemp CBD oil has dramatically improved my health, wellness, and overall quality of life. It’s a bold statement, I know!

With countless sketchy brands using low-grade extract or non-therapeutic hemp seed oils, it can be difficult to know who to trust, but Pure Kana tests their products using unbiased third-party laboratories to ensure safety and potency (even going so far as to post the results on their website for the public to view). They’re non-GMO, and free of pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, so you can feel confident in your choice!

Scroll through the gallery below for a few photos of their flavored CBD oil, made with real vanilla beans. The natural vanilla bean extract provides its own antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and anti-anxiety benefits (in addition to those from the CBD).

To learn more about CBD oil or the ways it can improve your daily life, visit the Pure Kana website, or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

Have you found relief from pain or anxiety by using CBD products? What’s worked for you? Join the conversation here!

Disclosure: I am not a doctor. This post is a reflection of my own beliefs and opinions, based on research and personal experiences, and not intended as a substitute for the advice, diagnosis, or treatment of a medical professional. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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You may be feeling it — noticing it all around you. There’s a shift happening in the way businesses are being run. As a collective, we’re becoming more and more aware of the impact our choices have on the planet, our communities, and our own bodies.

Voyage + Heart strives work with artisans and conscious brands that make sustainability and ethical business practices a priority! Through this space, my hope (aside from helping business owners strengthen their brand), is to connect buyers with ethical makers; to shed a light on topics that inspire you to lead a slow, intentional life; and to offer transparency and education, so that consumers are empowered to be a part of the change and make better decisions.

What sort of impact does your business have?

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Standards + Values

TRANSPARENCY

With movements like #zerowaste and key words like “ethical”, “all-natural”, or “single-use plastic” rising in popularity, it’s hard to know how conscious a business really is. While I love that these topics are gaining attention and encourage consumers to think twice about who they buy from, many businesses seem to toss these words around, without being intentional about the impact they’re making. Transparency holds brands accountable! If you run a business that puts ethics and sustainability first, be clear about your values and practices! By being open and honest, you’ll bring awareness to topics that matter to you, while encouraging others to take steps to be more conscious in their business or everyday lives!

INGREDIENTS/ MATERIALS USED

Being intentional about the ingredients you use (or, more importantly, don’t use!), means you’re choosing better for your health, better for the people who produce your products, and better for the environment. Where do you source your ingredients/materials? Are they safe for the earth, plants, animals, and humans that use them? Do your choices reduce your footprint? Swap synthetics for natural fabrics free of toxic chemicals like organic cotton, linen, hemp, etc. Use soy wax in candles instead of petroleum. Opt for natural, plant-based ingredients in your skincare line. Make your jewelry with earth-friendly recycled gold.

ETHICAL BUSINEsS PRACTICES

If you’ve been around for awhile, you may already know that the “Heart” in Voyage + Heart comes from the people behind the brands, their hearts, stories, passions and values. This goes so much further than even you or I! While there are many ways to keep businesses accountable, Fair Trade Certifications are just one them. Who made the clothes you’re wearing, or the products you’re using? Are they treated with kindness and respect? Paid fairly for their labor? What conditions do they work in? Did you carefully research responsible factories before going into production? These questions matter, and help ensure social justice and prevent exploitation by protecting the people who’s livelihood comes from making your products.

GREEN PACKAGING /SHIPPING

Are your products plastic-free? Have you replaced disposable plastics with paper, metal, or glass alternatives, which can be recycled or reused? Do you ship your customers their orders in environmentally-friendly materials? These are small steps that make a big difference, not only in the amount of waste we create, but in the impact on our landfills and oceans. Whenever possible, I ask that brands shipping products to Voyage + Heart refrain from using polystyrene packing peanuts (the chemical compound styrene makes them non-recyclable, and has negative impacts on the environment and our health), instead protecting products with biodegradable and/or recyclable materials like newspaper, sugarcane packaging, or compostable mailers.

PHILANTHROPic Mission

Does your business operate with a social impact in mind? Community empowerment is a critical facet of a conscious business. From fighting against homelessness, starting a rescue foundation for unwanted pets, donating to various charities, and giving back in other ways, Voyage + Heart is PROUD to have worked with countless brands using their business to make a difference!

 

 

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STRENGTHEN YOUR BRAND WITH THOUGHTFUL + BESPOKE IMAGERY



Are you a conscious business striving to make a difference in the world? A shop owner that practices mindfulness and sustainability when deciding which products you offer? Do you need a little help creating beautiful, intentional, and cohesive images of your products for your online platforms, so that you can spend your valuable time doing more of what you love? Yes? I’d be delighted to work with you, and offer a range of packages for brands that are looking to improve their imagery, attract their target market and make more sales! If you’re ready to take the leap, click the button below and let’s talk!

Product Photography for White Leaf Provisions: Biodynamic Family Foods

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The brainchild of a professional photographer and a French-trained chef, Keith and Meghan Rowe are the founders behind White Leaf Provisions, a family brand offering biodynamic foods for babies and toddlers. First conceptualized late one night in 2014 over a bottle of red wine, in 2017 Keith and Meghan took friends and family on a seed round, finally launching their applesauce in April 2018 and baby food in August 2018.

Knowing many parents are worried about the kinds of food their children are eating, and the effect the farming behind those foods has not just on health, but the planet, they started the first business of it’s kind in the US. Going above and beyond other brands on the market when it comes to purity and transparency, their mission is simple: to produce better-for-you baby and toddler foods, farmed in a way that helps to heal the earth, so that the next generation can inherit a better planet!

Even better than organic, biodynamic farming works with the natural processes of life to revitalize the soil and encourage biodiversity. The methods used drops carbon down out of the atmosphere, actually helping to revert climate change. Regeneratively farmed, biodynamic, organic, and non-GMO, White Leaf Provisions completely bans all pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Instead, chemicals are replaced with farm-made herbal sprays and natural compost. Allowing Mother Nature to take the lead, planting and harvesting schedules are structured around the natural plant cycle.

Up until now, Meghan has done most of the photography shown on her Instagram page, but as White Leaf Provisions grows, she understandably needs to focus her time elsewhere. That’s where I came in, creating a cohesive set of imagery for their social feeds, marketing materials, and PR campaigns!

If you’re looking for a conscious food brand for your little ones, look no further than White Leaf Provisions, and feel confident that you’re choosing a company that works hard to respect the planet our children will inherit, and restore it for our future.

GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF MORE TIME!

As a business owner, you wear a lot of hats, but “photographer” doesn’t need to be one of them! I know what it’s like to think there isn’t enough time in the day. Not to mention, plan, style, shoot, edit, end curate photos. What I’ve learned over the years is that time is valuable! If you’re ready to get the leverage you need to stand out in a crowded market — if you want to spend less time planning, and more time doing what you love — let me take this necessary work off your plate by creating thoughtful and bespoke imagery for your business!