One of the foundational reasons we created Ned was because we’re big believers in the power of simple and natural healing.
That’s not to say that we’re totally opposed to modern medicine. Science and innovation saves lives and there is always a place for it. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it should be the first line of defense to all facets of our health and wellbeing.
We’ve all been conditioned to it in one way or another. Are you feeling anxious? There’s a pill for that. Is your skin dry? Try this toxic topical cream. Experiencing back pain? Take this shot. Feeling tired? Imbibe this sugary, caffeine-filled “energy drink.” Do these drugs have side effects? Absolutely! Are some of them often worse than your original ailment? Probably. Read More
You’re probably thinking, what the heck is ‘shinrin-yoku,’ so let’s get that out of the way first. The direct japanese translation of shinrin-yoku is “taking in the forest atmosphere,” and has taken on a loose translation of “forest-bathing.” In America, we might compare this to taking a hike, or simply going for a walk in your local nature preserve. While this may seem straightforward and somewhat, anticlimactic to the 14’er climbing folks, there are strong reasons why this practice is considered both therapy and medicine in Japan, South Korea, and so forth. Read More
In the Midwest, where I grew up, the leaves turn colors in dramatic ways during the fall. I’ve left foreign travels to come back just in time to see the leaves change, to smell the spicy, sweet scents, and nest into big sweaters and good books underneath the beauty of it. Read More
I’ve been training to run my first ultra since 2015. No, it’s not an exceptionally long training plan. It’s just that every time I ramp my mileage up to anywhere near 50 miles a week, I’m plagued by injury or chronic pain—debilitating tightness in my IT band, plantar fasciitis, and, last fall, occasional tingling and numbness in my right foot. It’s hard to run 25-plus miles (or even a handful of miles!) when one of your feet keeps falling asleep. Read More
From my late teens through my mid-thirties, the word “travel” held connotations of cross continental flights, foreign languages, and unfamiliar foods. As my career carried me across the US and occasionally to London (to the tone of about 150,000 air miles per year), I believed that unfamiliar ink stamped on a passport was the answer to finding escape. I was moving fast. Read More
When stereotypically think of meditation, we can often envision people in bamboo studios or some exotic Zen garden somewhere, contorting [probably uncomfortably] into full Lotus position on dusty old mats. There’s probably a fountain trickling off in the distance, there’s a guy politely hitting a gong ever few minutes, and everyone is chanting “Ommmmm” at precisely 432 Hz. Read More
In Ned's new Hemp Infused Lip Balm, you'll find a couple of key ingredients that came straight from the great outdoors. Back in June, Ret and I took to the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains with Annie, our wildcrafting spirit guide, to ethicallyharvest wild rose and wild calendula for our lip balms. I emphasize ethically because along with the ingredients we collected, we received a crash course in the human/nature connection, what it really means to respectfully use what nature has to offer, and how to hold up our end of the symbiotic relationship we have with wild plants. It was a profound day, so much so that we asked Annie to share with you what she shared with us. Read More
This is the last picture I ever took with my grandmother, or Mummu (pronunciation) as I called her. It was taken in 2007 at her apartment in Lohja, Finland. I was 24 and had recently graduated on from puka shell necklaces and popped collars and was trying my best to navigate early adulthood. It was a time in my life where my 'priorities' had shifted and I all but severed my ties to my childhood; Read More
It was two weeks ago. I was on a trip to Winter Park, Colorado with a few other journalists and fitness bloggers in the run-up to Outdoor Retailer. We were there testing out some new gear over the span of a few days, and the agency in charge of it all had set up some fun events. Think downhill mountain biking, a trail run and, much to what I thought would be my chagrin, some early morning yoga. Read More
Feeling like a balloon about to pop, I blink into the florescent, ticking light of a doctor’s office: a standard, high-rise business building, reeking of sterile soap… I’m twenty years old, a college sophomore, and for the last six months I’ve suffered from indigestion so severe Read More
In 2015, I boarded a flight from Helsinki to Kathmandu kicking off what turned out to be nearly two years of solo travel. Unbeknownst to me, I was in the midst of detaching myself completely from the life that had consumed me for over ten years. My greater friend network learned about my travels as I started posting daily photos on my Instagram feed, drawing comments such as “living the dream” and “crushing life.” Read More