The Woods Heal: Why Forest Bathing?
“You’re surrounded by steam rising off the mineral water in a claw foot bath, rose petals floating on the surface. Scents of pine from the surrounding forest, the dense trees providing your privacy. You’re naked. You don’t hear a sound, other than birds chirping, a squirrel scuffling on the trees above you. All your senses are awake and alive. You’re experiencing the ultimate recharge.”
“I’m in,” my friend says. “Where do we do this… forest bathing.”
Grown for Good
Our mission is to craft products where every ingredient matters, transparency fuels growth, and reverie and reality are in perfect balance. Our love for our products and helping you find true wellness is secondary only to our commitment to giving back to those who inspire and enrich the holistic wellness community. Kindness towards others is an ongoing act of leaving our imprint on the planet, and more than anything we create, we want it to be our legacy, our character mark. So, with that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to Grown for Good; our way of contributing to the new healthcare, the wellness community, in best way we know how. Mowellens donates one dollar from every purchase to Grown for Good to share the gifts of education, support, and guidance with those who need us most.
Grown for Good is rooted in your voice. What does this really mean? It means we want you to share your perspectives with us. It means you, our Mowellens community, decides how our Grown for Good funds are spent. It means for every $10,000 in funds contributed, you’ll receive a note inviting you to share your opinion on how we distribute our donation.
Want a peek at some of the topics that support our mission? We’re always open to collaborations and ideas aligning with our mission:
– Education on benefits, research, and impact of functional medicine, epigenetics, or phytomedicine.
– Adventures for brain tumor patients helping them escape from reality and live life to the fullest.
– Food sustainability programs to educate on how we feed the world without damaging the environment or threatening human health.
– Plant-Based Health cooking programs.
– Meditation and mindfulness experiences to bring back peace and vision in difficult times.
Is CBD for me? Why I started a CBD company.
Some people may wonder why I decided to start a CBD company.
In 2012, my husband was diagnosed with a malignant glioblastoma brain tumor. After 4.5 years of clean MRIs it came back, twice. With 20 rounds, and counting, of chemo under his belt, the last MRI was clean yet again.
Image on the right (March 2017) shows the regrowth in white (bottom left of hole). Image on the left (May 2017) shows clean MRI.
Cannabis has helped me return to optimal health and wellness after escaping the rigors of the executive suite in the healthcare industry.
Cannabis has helped my friends – mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, athletes, professionals, grandmothers, and grandfathers. Normal people turning to a different approach for a solution.
For me, it started in the summer of 2016. With the topic of cannabis rumbling around in California for many many many years, I was rather late to the table. But I was in healthcare, corporate America. And cannabis nor marijuana definitely is not talked about, or at least wasn’t being talked about in the hospitals I was in. Maybe because it could help the patients in the hospital. But that is another story. Regardless, it was on my mind. For my husband had seizures. Not grand mal seizures but petite mol. This meant that at random times, roughly once every 60 days, his face would begin to clinch, his arm would go numb, and his ability to speak clearly, and in sentences one could comprehend, would escape him. In the 60 minutes or so that would lapse, his brain would need to “reboot” as we call it. This isn’t something new. This is our normal.
Baseball was life. A World Series Champion at the age of 25, I now was watching as a 31 years’ young man, healthy, in a flash, from thriving to fighting for life. This changed my perspective on things. A year after we were married my husband was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. No, I would rather not talk about the words associated with this diagnosis. Insert GBM or glioblastoma into Google search and the absolute worst shows up. Well we decided to not let the Google results sway what we thought was possible. Instead, we waited for the one year anniversary of clean MRIs and then we moved from St. Louis, MO to a warmer climate in Southern California. I picked up the pace with my career to help support us and he began to balance his quality of life.
For four years, we lived in eight week segments, with an MRI providing the reassurance that all was well. And then it happened, it showed up again. In September of 2016, the area of the brain known as the cerebellum, started to appear blurry on the MRI. It was strange because the original tumor was in the left frontal lobe, no-where near this area of new concern. Immediately, thoughts ran through our heads of the worst possible thing. It’s incredible the crazy thoughts you have in these circumstances. One thing I knew for sure, I needed to walk away from my 9-5. It wasn’t for me anymore. No longer did I want anything in my life to make me wake up and realize I wasn’t living my best self. I wasn’t doing what I loved.
Chris works for 101 ESPN radio out of St. Louis and balances his life with a weekday sports talk radio show from 11-1 PST. He enjoys golfing 3-4 times per week. He works out often, attempting at times to return to the ball field…..I’m kidding. Travelling and adventure are his escapes and provide a change to the day-to-day. Travelling also keeps us moving forward, not staying stagnant in our circumstances. Overall his quality of life is even keel, with his love for baseball still a high priority. I, on the other hand, rose out of bed at the crack of dawn and hustled, meeting upon meeting, confined to an office. I ran a clinical genetics laboratory and returned home after dark. I wasn’t healthy. It wasn’t long term. It wasn’t me. For months, I would bring home this message to my husband, “I’m only there for the money. I want my own company in the health and wellness space. I’m not health and wellness right now and I need to get back to it.” It drove me nuts. I knew how much working out meant to me, yet, when I got home from work the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym. I knew recharging my mind was essential but I couldn’t let go of those projects at work with deadlines. They ran circles in my mind. My mind. The essence of my success in all things in life. I don’t like it altered – by anything. Until cannabis.
So in December of 2016 and in November of 2017, our worst nightmares happened, the tumor came back. I guess you can say we were prepared or semi-prepared after the MRIs started shifting in September. But you are never REALLY ready for that moment. We had changed to a ketogenic diet in September, and executed it poorly. We ate out often, not at the worst restaurants, but definitely not where we were sure it was grass-fed, antibiotic free, hormone free, and organic. We ate bacon. Man was it good, until it wasn’t. Until the cancer returned. This was the only change we made in four years. And this I believe triggered the return. Although we will never know for sure, we switched back to incorporate foods that were alive, heavy in the plant department, ensuring all meat was antibiotic and hormone FREE and ORGANIC. And we added cannabis. Good cannabis, clean cannabis, lab-tested cannabis.
By combining my knowledge obtained through an 8-year career in healthcare, networking with some of the greatest cannabis researches and cultivators, and of course, historic high school knowledge, I realized that while cannabis is still coming out of the darkness, the products we consume sometimes are riddled with pesticides, mold, fungus, mildew used or contaminated by the farmers during grow. Processed sugar, refined flours, and unhealthy ingredients counterbalance the beneficial properties of the cannabis products, rendering them “harmful”, in my opinion. Or, even worse, ingredients are not shown at all. How could a patient, or anyone for that matter, ingest this?
This would be my mission. To provide cannabis products – clean, pure, and free of toxins, with whole ingredients that matter. To improve the quality of life for anyone looking for a solution. Whether it was someone with an illness or someone stressed from everyday challenges of life, parenting, caregiving, or work. With a belief that self-care is the greatest form of healthcare, I decided to build a company with a drive from my soul, a hip vibe, a reason for existing, and a commitment to ingredients that matter.
Welcome to Mowellens.
How CBD jump-started my creativity (and my health)
I’ve always prided myself on my creativity as a freelance copywriter, producing a steady stream of high-quality marketing content for websites, publications and print campaigns. Recently, however, I felt stuck in a creative rut. To make matters worse, I didn’t even feel particularly good in any sense of the word, thanks to a combination of stress, hormonal imbalances, and chronic aches and pains — not a terrific recipe for original thinking. But when someone told me I ought to give products containing CBD (cannabidiol) a try, I thought they were joking. Cannabis to boost creativity? It sounded more like a justification from one of my old college roommates than a genuine argument for any kind of health and wellness benefits.
After a few more days of staring uselessly at the computer, I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain, creativity-wise. To my great relief, I was right. One idea was now leading to another, not-so-obviously related idea in a flurry of imaginative, original thought. By doing some snooping around in health and wellness journals, I discovered that this process is known to neurologists as hyper-priming.
But where was this newfound ability coming from? Was it the cannabis talking, or was my brain simply working better? Turns out that the correct answer was — both. Research indicates that CBD can direct extra blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain, the region tasked with creative problem solving and emotional processing. Since blood is the delivery system for glucose, the brain’s main energy source, I found myself firing on all cognitive cylinders once again.
CBD also triggers the release of dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter that encourages emotional receptiveness. As a result of this happy combination, I wasn’t just bouncing from idea to idea more easily; I was also feeling free to accept those ideas, let them float around, play with them, pull them apart, put them back together again, and generally explore them to the fullest. And that’s pretty much what the creative process is all about, whether you’re making marketing content or looking for a new way to cure the common cold.
Speaking of health, somewhere along the way, I noticed that I no longer felt like the entire losing team in a particularly brutal rugby game. Wait, so now cannabis is helping my physical health as well as my mental health? Time for another stroll through the medical literature. I discovered that CBD contains fatty acids that can help normalize hormonal complaints such as PMS while also knocking out the pain receptors that feed headaches and other chronic pain conditions.
In addition to offering anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits, CBD was reducing my stress and anxiety to a manageable level, while the boost in creative brainpower gave me less to feel stressed and anxious about. I soon found myself sleeping, eating, and moving better in everyday life, even as my brain was moving with more assurance in my quest for new creative frontiers.
The CBD had done the trick. The marketing content that emerged from my keyboard had regained its freshness, energy, originality, and unpredictability. The role CBD has played in my success forced me to use my newly open-minded, creative brain to rethink my attitude toward cannabis — especially when I found out that such major thinkers and success stories as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Carl Sagan, and Neil deGrasse Tyson had all extolled its virtues. If it was good for those king-sized cortexes, I realized, it was certainly good enough for me.