Resonant Botanicals gifted me bottles of Invigorate and Qi of Calm as part of this product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the products were a gift, all opinions in this Resonant Botanicals review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. This post contains affiliate links.
A few months ago, Michael Yocco from The Fay Farm announced he was starting his own company, Resonant Botanicals, and invited me to try his newly formulated lotions, Invigorate and Qi of Calm.
As I’ve written before, I’ve never met a topical pain reliever that I didn’t want to try, so it took me about two seconds to send my shipping address off to Michael. I’ve been using both lotions for a few weeks now, and I’m smitten.
What I like about Resonant Botanicals
I love that both lotions contain all-natural ingredients, including herbs and essential oils. There’s nothing scary on the ingredients lists. This is important to me because I’m slowly transitioning to more natural products to reduce my exposure to chemicals.
I also really like the thick, emollient formulas that help keep dry skin at bay. Both lotions spread nicely and absorb quickly with no stickiness or residue.
The scents are complex and herbally (yes, I know that’s not actually a word). Over the past two months, I’ve become hypersensitive to fragrances so I’ve been using mostly unscented products. I was worried I might have a negative reaction to Invigorate and Qi of Calm, but my overactive immune system has accepted them with no ensuing headaches, dizziness or nausea.
Invigorate is my favorite of the two lotions. Michael developed this pain-relieving lotion for his mother who has osteoarthritis. She had been using an oil-based herbal rub but wanted something that absorbed more quickly and didn’t stain clothing or bedding. After years of research and tinkering, Michael came up with the formula for Invigorate.
“Invigorate starts with an infusion of herbs such as turmeric, valerian, devil’s claw, Manjistha and Arjuna, and those are steeped in organic grapeseed oil for over six weeks,” reads the description of Invigorate on Resonant Botanicals’ website. “Then, the infused herb oil is added to organic hemp oil, hemp oil extract, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, clove oil extract and borage oil, essential oils such as sandalwood and rose otto from the Kazanlak region of Bulgaria, and combined (emulsified) into a truly delightful pain-relieving lotion. The scent is bold and bright with tones of citrus and deep notes from rare woods.”
To me, Invigorate has a spicy, earthy scent. When compared to Qi of Calm, it feels more masculine to me, but definitely not heavy or cologney. (Yep, I just created yet another new word.)
I’ve spent a lot of topical products for pain over the years, most of which didn’t work. Invigorate is one of the best pain-relieving lotions I’ve ever used. I usually apply it multiple times a day – after my shower and whenever I have a particular body part that’s giving me a fit. I’ve found it especially helpful for reducing pain in my hips and feet.
I recently stopped antibiotic therapy for chronic Lyme, and some of my previous localized pain has returned. I have been having bone-aching pain in my shins caused by bartonella, a common insect-borne infection. In desperation one day, I added a half dropper full of cannabis oil from my local dispensary to a small amount of Invigorate and then slathered it on my shins. That combination has become a recent favorite of mine because it’s the only thing I’ve ever found that cuts the shin pain.
I believe the magic of Invigorate is in its ingredients. Invigorate contains something called MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), a sulfur-based molecule that’s been shown to help with immune function, inflammation and tissue regeneration. (You can read more about the benefits of MSM here.)
Michael coupled the MSM with hemp CBD oil, magnesium oil, herbs and essential oils to create a pain-fighting powerhouse of a body lotion. I’m a huge fan! I would buy this stuff by the case if I had to.
Qi of Calm review
Qi of Calm was developed for those with anxiety, PTSD, insomnia or an overactive stress response. That pretty much covers everyone with fibromyalgia and/or chronic Lyme, doesn’t it?
Michael suggests applying the lotion over the spleen (just below the bottom left rib) where there is a large concentration of CB2 receptors. Qi’s ingredients activate those CB2 receptors, resulting in a calmer state of mind.
Other suggested application spots include the neck, over the lymph nodes and on the bottoms of the feet.
Qi of Calm’s fragrance feels more feminine and florally to me than Invigorate. It includes frankincense, sandalwood, Bulgarian lavender, chamomile, bergamot and clove essential oils.
Like Invigorate, Qi of Calm relies on a symphony of natural ingredients for its effectiveness.
“Qi of Calm is a carefully crafted, eclectic assortment of herbs from all over the world blended to harmoniously soothe anxiety, stress and aid with insomnia,” reads Resonant Botanicals’ website. “Western herbs, such as chamomile, lavender, skullcap, green tea and passionflower, are joined by Ayurvedic herbs, such as ashwaganda, which is considered a tonic for protection against stress, and Brahmi, which is believed to support sattva, or the pure essence of consciousness. Brahmi helps to promote a balanced emotional state and aid with a restful sleep. …Green tea contains an amino acid, L-theanine, which has been historically shown to promote relaxation. L-theanine also has a chemical similarity to glutamate, which helps to calm nerve networks in the brain.”
Qi of Calm reminds me of products sold at luxury spas. Because of that, I’ve used it mainly as a hand and foot lotion, or anytime I feel stressed out or keyed up. It’s a real treat. Very soothing.
I see Invigorate and Qi of Calm as a yin and yang of sorts. Invigorate is a workhorse for healing the physical body; Qi of Calm is more subdued and addresses the mental and emotional sides of us.
I’d like to congratulate Michael on his new venture. Resonant Botanicals is still a young company, and I’m excited to see the new products that are sure to come. Michael’s already created two of his flagship products in Invigorate and Qi of Calm. Well done!
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