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The Top 10 Must-See Wellness Movies to Stream at Home

As we live through unprecedented times, the use of streaming services to access TV shows and movies has increased dramatically. Many of us are looking for new forms of diversion, even as health dominates the national conversation. So, why not combine the two? In addition to highlighting new ways to live a healthy lifestyle, these wellness movies also offer great entertainment value. That’s why we’re proud to present to you our selection of the top 10 wellness movies to watch.

To make it simple, we’ve kept our focus on selections from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Some require a small fee to rent, which we’ll note where relevant. Unique as each may be, these wellness-focused movies have one thing in common: they educate and inspire us to take a look at our own lives in the process.

Embrace (Amazon Prime)

Embrace is the story of a single person, but it has resonated with many. The documentary, which streams free for Amazon Prime subscribers, follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt as she explores not just “body shaming” but the broader concept of “body loathing.”

Originally released in Australia in 2016, the film has acquired a global following. It’s an inspiring work designed to help women of all ages rethink the way they feel about themselves. Here’s what The Guardian had to say about the documentary in 2017:

Brumfitt sets out on a round-the-world expedition to understand the issues better, meeting assorted experts and opinionated celebrities such as Amanda de Cadenet and Ricki Lake, as well as a woman with a terrible eating disorder, a severe burns survivor and a delightful young lady whose hormone imbalance gives her a beard. It has an indisputably worthy message, and should be essential viewing (…).

Embrace is also one of the few wellness movies that boasts a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (HBO)

Moonlight Sonata gained fame during the 2019 Sundance Festival, where it emerged as an underdog to capture the imagination of audiences everywhere. It’s now available for HBO subscribers looking for an inspiring story with essential life lessons built-in.

The movie highlights Jonas (a young boy) going deaf, but it also connects the tragedy to Ludwig Van Beethoven — perhaps the most famous deaf person in history. The two stories interweave as 11-year-old Jonas learns to play the Moonlight Sonata, written by Beethoven when he began going deaf. Jonas’ music education is overseen by his grandfather, who has been deaf for most of his life.

This selection is likely one of the most heart-wrenching, inspirational wellness movies on this list. Where it shines is its ability to encourage us to find our inner strength, never knowing where our talents may lie. If a deaf man can compose one of the greatest musical pieces ever written and a deaf child can play it, perhaps each of us is capable of more than we realize.

Or, as a recent review in the Washington Post puts it, “Moonlight makes its points softly, but with resounding conviction.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix)

“Does it bring you joy?” You may have heard that question once or twice in early 2019, when the first season of this TV show swept the United States. Marie Kondo is an organizing expert originally known for her KonMari method of getting rid of physical things that don’t add joy to life. The Netflix show catapulted her to new levels of fame.

In each episode, Kondo helps a person or family in various stages of life (from a family with toddlers to a widow grieving the loss of her husband). She frequently cites scientific facts to highlight the negative effects of clutter on the mind. For the audience, it’s easy to follow along, develop an understanding of the method, and maybe even take on a similar project. 

A review in The Atlantic (shortly after the show was released) best explains why it’s worth watching:

The genius of Kondo’s approach is that she cares not at all about renovation or decor. Her clients’ homes might be stylish or drab, spacious or cramped, but she treats them all the same: Every newly tidied room gets the same gasp of delight that signals Kondo’s pride in the family’s accomplishments. The host never suggests adding an accent wall or some trendy shiplap to spruce things up. Instead, she shares her clients’ joy at finding space and reconnecting with meaningful heirlooms.”

Happy (Amazon Prime)

In one way or another, we’re all searching for satisfaction in life. So, why not watch a movie about the quest for individual happiness? That’s exactly what the documentary Happy (free for Amazon Prime subscribers) is all about.

The documentary was actually released in 2012, but it resonates as much now as it did eight years ago. Filmmaker Roko Belic masterfully blends heart-wrenching personal stories with cerebral interviews featuring scientists. The result is a movie for everyone, a treatise on happiness that’s as light as it’s profound. Or, in the words of the Huffington Post:

This movie is for you. For me. For everyone. It brings full circle a wealth of scientific, empirical, and national research on happiness and delivers it in a documentary-type format so mesmerizing you’ll be recommending it to friends and family before you get halfway through.

Grass is Greener (Netflix)

We know cannabis as a plant capable of producing healthy supplements like Hemp Oil. But of course, it’s also responsible for some of the biggest controversies in the 20th century, with the psychoactive THC component in marijuana playing a central role in the war on drugs.
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That relationship is explored throughout this documentary, which interviews both medical experts and celebrities like Snoop Dogg. In the process, it dives into heavy topics like institutional racism and prison reform. As such, it’s one of the most unique wellness movies on this list. In addition, it ends with a strong argument for the legalization of cannabis and connects that movement to a move towards racial equality:

It’s hard to argue with pain and suffering and the way a filmmaker chooses to present it. Even if you’re not the “greenest” person on the planet, there’s still much to be learned here. With sources and information like this, “Grass is Greener” simply makes itself.

Plastic Paradise (Amazon Prime)

The oceans are changing and not necessarily for the better. While we continue to frequent beaches along America’s coastlines, the truth is uglier elsewhere. Millions of tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year and this leads to massively negative impacts on both wildlife and nature.

That’s where this documentary picks up. It focuses specifically on the example of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of trash in the Northern Pacific, that (at 1.6 million square kilometers) is twice as large as the State of Texas.

From there, it explores larger climate issues in interviews with scientists, experts, and celebrities. You’ll also be treated to a surprising appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. In all, it’s one of the best wellness movies for inspiring a more sustainable lifestyle. Brands like us, that recycle ocean trash to produce plastic bottles like the ones used for our Hemp Oil, are trying to help reverse the trend.

The Truth About Alcohol (Netflix)

How do you feel about alcohol? For some, it’s a scourge of society. For others, it promotes relaxation at the end of the day. Opinions range from “harmless” to “extremely harmful.” As this documentary argues, the truth is probably somewhere in between.

At less than one hour long, this movie is immensely accessible. ER doctor Javid Abdelmoneim talks to experts and presents findings that explain the science of drinking. This documentary offers a British perspective, but that doesn’t diminish its watchability the least bit. From why some people get drunk faster than others to the short- and long-term effects of alcohol on health, The Truth About Alcohol serves to inform as well as to entertain.

The obvious conclusion, per The Guardian:

So, no massive surprises here then. It’s pretty much as you were: booze is basically not good for you and you should almost certainly drink less, and less often. The only problem being that it’s also brilliant, and Javid knows it.

Free Solo (Hulu)

Think about hanging from a 3,200 foot-high legendary rock without any type of safety net. If that doesn’t give you vertigo, this movie may just be for you. Free Solo made global headlines when it was first released in 2018, eventually winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary. It’s been somewhat of a phenomenon ever since.

Yes, the film is first and foremost a biopic of free solo climber Alex Honnolt. However, it’s so much more than that. The sweeping vistas of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park would be enough to keep you glued to the screen. Beyond that, the tale of mental strength and physical preparation is truly something to behold. And it’s a constant tension, as The Atlantic points out:

Even Chin, Vasarhelyi, and their camera operators have to confront the possibility that, in trying to make their movie, they may instead capture someone’s final moments. It’s this profound, human tension that makes Free Solo such a gripping and rewarding documentary to watch.

The Goop Lab (Netflix)

What if you could watch an iconic actress delve into some medical topics that have been controversial for a while? That’s exactly what the Goop Lab, headlined by Gwyneth Paltrow and available on Netflix, promises. In six episodes, Paltrow explores topics that range from psychedelic psychotherapy to the iconic ice swimming exercise.

Note, however, that the show isn’t supposed to serve as serious medical commentary. Paltrow’s offering is pure entertainment. The producers combine a tongue-in-cheek approach with worthwhile moments, however. What results is a highly entertaining romp through some fascinating topics. As the New Yorker highlights, it’s worth checking out:

“The Goop Lab, lowbrow TV with high production values, is the most unsettling kind of sponcon—the soulful kind. Wim Hof, a popular healer who, following the death of his wife, came to believe in the salutary benefits of breathing exercises and immersion in freezing water, teaches a group of Goopers “snowga.” A bodywork expert asks several employees to lie down on massage tables, and then, like a puppeteer, pulls at the air above them as they writhe, moan, and weep. In every episode, the skeptics are converted, and the believers are reaffirmed.

Take Your Pills (Netflix)

We end with a documentary that’s as unsettling as it’s important. You may have heard about drugs that are designed to help you focus but comes with potentially dangerous side effects. Just how dangerous? That’s what this film explores.

Take Your Pills focuses on Adderall, but its lessons are universal regarding artificial psychotropic stimulants of all kinds. Over the course of just under 90 minutes, filmmaker Alison Klayman tries to unearth the origins of these types of drugs. She also delves into the reasons certain hard drugs have become mainstream while close relatives like cocaine have been criminalized. The documentary is set against the backdrop of a society that demands access to the benefits Adderall promises to solve:

The title of “Take Your Pills” sounds innocent enough, until you realize it’s the society as a whole that’s issuing the directive: Take your pills Or else what? Or else you’ll be left out in the cold, with a mind that’s racing to play catch-up instead of one that’s been stimulated, or maybe just stoned, into perpetual overdrive.

From Watching Wellness to Practicing Wellness: A Natural Transition

Take a look at the cumulative list above, and you’ll see a wide range of wellness movies and documentaries. Some are unyielding in their positivity, while others are more contemplative. Still, others paint an undoubtedly scary picture of the world. However, they all have one thing in common: an earnest desire to educate the American public about the importance of wellness, subtly or overtly.

They also represent a greater trend: the increasing willingness of the American public to examine formerly taboo topics in the search for a healthier lifestyle. Each of these options will, in their own way, motivate you to practice healthier, wellness-focused living.

That same drive is also what encouraged us to start our company. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil has many potential benefits that allow you to build a healthy lifestyle in a way that works for you. If you’d like to learn more about this natural supplement and its many potential benefits, we’d love to tell you more about it. Contact us today to learn about our products and how we aim to contribute to a society that prioritizes health and wellness.

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How to Make DIY Hemp Oil

At Synchronicity, we’ve worked hard to perfect our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. We control every step of the process, from planting until final delivery to your home. We do this to ensure that you receive the highest quality product. Our hemp is sustainably grown and we’ve worked hard to perfect the Superior Genetics that produces the ideal ratio of cannabinoids and high levels of phytonutrients.

Unlike some companies, we never use harsh or toxic CO2 extraction methods. Instead, we start with the finest ingredients and use our unique hand-pressed LipidTrans™ Infusion Process to coax the most beneficial compounds out of the hemp for a True Entourage Effect. You can trust that what we put on our label corresponds to what’s in the bottle because we work with third-party testing facilities to ensure every batch is safe and pure. 

CBD isn’t a fad at Synchronicity. We’ve been dedicated to the pursuit of making the finest Hemp Oil for over two decades because we truly believe in our products and what they can do.  

So, go ahead and leave the work to us. We’re proud of the quality of our products, and they are available at many different price points. Looking for more answers to your questions? We invite you to take a look at what we have to offer. For more information, contact us. We’d love to start a conversation about CBD, DIY Hemp Oil, and Synchronicity.

Once Upon a Time, a DIY Hemp Oil Adventure Was Born

In a city somewhere in the U.S.A., a loving couple married and moved into their dream home. They did chores together, cooked gourmet meals, and watched silly sitcoms at night. On weekends, they took their dog to the park and went to their favorite Italian restaurant. The couple lived a happy life until COVID-19 hit.

One day, the wife Aria stood in the kitchen, looking out the window. She didn’t notice when her husband, Mike, walked into the room in search of coffee. As he rummaged in the cabinets, Mike noticed the pensive look on Aria’s face. She looked a million miles away. Slowly, he leaned on the counter and looked up at her.

“What’s up, hon?”

“You know Wanda?” she said, turning to look at him. 

“You mean your over-the-fence COVID party buddy?”

“Right, our neighbor next door. You know this whole social isolation thing is hard — well — on everyone. However, Wanda has been all alone since her husband died. Her kids don’t even live nearby.”

“Yeah, it’s got to be rough,” Mike replied, standing at her shoulder and looking out the window. “At least she has you to talk to during your 5:00 at-the-fence cocktail hour.” 

“Well, I appreciate that time with her. But still, she must be lonely, and I think it’s getting to her. She seems a little depressed. Plus, she has arthritis, and now she can’t even go to her water aerobics class. I’m worried about her, Mike.”

He nodded and made his way over to the coffee maker. As he scooped coffee grounds into the basket, he spoke. “That’s a lot for her to deal with, isn’t it?”

“It really is,” Aria replied. “But, I have an idea.” Upon hearing that, Mike raised his eyebrows.

DIY Hemp Oil to the Rescue

“CBD!”

By the blank look on Mike’s face, Aria stifled a giggle. She clarified, “You know, cannabidiol. It’s everywhere right now!”

“Isn’t that pot?”

“No! Well…yes, there’s CBD in marijuana. But, hemp is a better source because it won’t get Wanda high. And, there’s all this new research that says it may help with physical discomfort and balanced mood support.”

“Okay…sounds good,” Mike volunteered tentatively. He pushed the button to start the coffee brewing.

“Oh, it’s huge,” Aria continued. “People are using it in skincare and hair products. I even saw instructions for making a CBD bath bomb that sounded awesome.”

“Huh. So, you’re really going to get Wanda some CBD oil?”

“No. I’m going to MAKE her some!”

With that, Aria walked over to the counter and spun her laptop around. As she started tapping in the keywords for her search, Mike considered the best way to respond. The coffee gurgled in the pot behind him, and he reached into the cupboard to pull out a mug. 

“That’s really thoughtful,” he said slowly. “And, this whole DIY thing you’ve got going since the shutdown has been great. The sourdough bread was amazing and so was the blueberry ice cream. But, DIY Hemp Oil? Why make it? Why not get a bottle from one of those online CBD stores and leave it at that?”

In response, Aria shook her head but didn’t look up, too intent on her search.

Hemp Oil Is Expensive But Is DIY Hemp Oil the Answer?

“Have you seen what it costs?” Aria challenged. “CBD isn’t exactly cheap. I’m sure I can make it cheaper at home.”

“Are you planning to grow your own hemp or something?” Mike asked, pouring the coffee into his mug.

“No, of course not,” she said. “I’ll order it online, like everything else.”

“But, this seems like the whole thing could be pretty complicated. I mean…how do you know if you’re doing it right?”

She glanced up at him, then gestured at the screen. 

“I’m about to show you.”

Luckily, Mike was a patient man.

Aria wandered into the living room three hours later, where Mike was reading. She flopped down next to him on the couch with a pad of paper in her hand. Copious notes filled the pad, some of them scribbled over while others were underlined or starred. Aria looked at the tightly-packed page and sighed. 

“So?” Mike asked. “How’d the research go? Got it all figured out?”

It's Complicated

“You’re right; it’s kind of complicated,” she admitted. “First, I have to find a trustworthy grower because it turns out that the strain of hemp and growing conditions matter when it comes to CBD levels. Plus, I don’t want any pesticides in the finished product. I think I’ve narrowed it down to a few sources, but there seem to be many amateurish-looking sites out there.”

Mike set his book aside and shifted to face her, so she’d know that she had his full attention. She frowned at her notes and shook her head.

“Plus, there’s the carrier oil. There are lots of different opinions about that. Olive oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, hemp seed oil — who knew there were so many carrier oils? And, it matters because the body can’t really absorb CBD without oil. From what I can tell, MCT oil is probably the best option.”

“Well, you figured that much out, then,” he said encouragingly. She shrugged.

“True. And, I even ordered some. Now I’m sifting through all these recipes, but everyone has a different opinion on that, too. You’re supposed to steep the hemp flowers in the oil, but at what temperature? Some websites say anything over 130 degrees will degrade the CBD, while other sites claim you can go up to 250 or 300 degrees. And, for how long? I saw one recipe that said to steep the hemp for just one hour but another one said it had to stay in the oil for 24 hours.”

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“24 hours? That seems like a really long time.”

“Well, it may extract more of the compounds. Otherwise, you have to heat it under pressure. It turns out that there’s all this stuff in the hemp besides just the CBD. There are over a hundred different cannabinoids, polyphenols, and terpenes, and all of them do different things in the body. Plus, they seem to work better together to create something called The Entourage Effect. So, you want to get all of that out of the hemp, too.”

“I guess you really want to take your time, then.”

Crunch Time: to Proceed or Not to Proceed

“Yes, but even then you don’t really know what actually made it out of the hemp. I saw one recipe that said you’d end up with an oil that had between one and 10 milligrams of CBD per serving.”

“That seems like a pretty big range,” he said. 

“Right? It’s weird.”

Mike looked at Aria and then glanced at her well-scribbled paper.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” he said. “It’s starting to sound like it may be even harder than the sourdough bread.”

She sighed and looked at her notes, too. Then she gave a single, determined nod and stood up. 

“I won’t know if I don’t try. And, I really want to help Wanda.”

“You’re going to take over the kitchen again, aren’t you?” he asked, but she was back to studying her notes. 

“So, how hot does the slow cooker get when it’s on low? I guess I could use a candy thermometer to find out. Do we have a candy thermometer, hon?”

Mike shook his head and picked up his book again.

Getting the DIY Hemp Oil Project Under Way

It took a few weeks for the hemp flowers to arrive. Shortly after the package arrived, Aria set to work. Soon, Mike came into the kitchen, his nose wrinkling. 

“What’s that smell?” he asked Aria, who was squatting in front of the oven, peering through the glass. 

“It’s the hemp flowers. I’m decarboxylating it. Do you think our oven temperature is accurate?”

“No idea. What’s decarboxylating?”

“It does something to the CBD so your body can use it better. You have to heat it to change the CBD from its acidic form…look, it says online that this is an important step to make it more potent. I just hope it’s not getting too hot in there. “

“It smells like…”

“I know. Those are the terpenes. They’re aromatic oils, and they have all these anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating effects,” she explained, opening the door a crack to peek into the oven. “It turns out that the CBD is actually more effective if it has the terpenes in the oil, too.”

“If we can smell them, does that mean we’re losing them? Like they’re evaporating or something?”

“I don’t know.” She tugged an oven mitt onto her hand and opened the door to grab the baking sheet. She pulled it out and set it on top of the stove. They both studied the hemp, a rubble of fuzzy olive-green nuggets. 

“Do you think it’ll work?” he asked. 

“I hope so.”

He nodded and patted Aria on the shoulder encouragingly. “I’ll leave you to it, then. Good luck!”

The Mystery Deepens

A few hours later, Mike stuck his head into the kitchen to ask Aria a question. However, when he caught sight of the scene before him, he paused in mid-sentence. Aria was standing over the slow cooker, stirring its contents slowly with a wooden spoon. There was a splash of oil on her shirt and a small puddle on the counter was dripping onto the floor. Aria was stirring with one hand and with the other, clicking between tabs on her laptop browser. She was muttering to herself. She had that look in her eye, he thought. An interruption wouldn’t be appreciated. 

Mike withdrew quietly. 

The next morning, Mike walked into the kitchen. He stopped to survey the scene. Aria was pouring the last few drops of oil through a tiny funnel into a small brown glass jar. Around her, the counter was littered with bowls, a candy thermometer, ladles, syringes, mixing cups, and strainers. The slow cooker looked empty. Meanwhile, a small pile of discarded hemp flowers sat in a bowl, an oily ring puddling in the bottom. 

Success or Failure?

Aria tapped the last few drops carefully of the funnel and into the bottle, then carefully screwed a dropper cap on. She turned to Mike and held it aloft with a triumphant flourish. 

“It’s done,” she announced. “I hope Wanda likes it. I just wish I had some way of knowing exactly how much CBD is in it. And, if it has THC. I know she’s worried about that because she mentioned a few times that she doesn’t want to get high.” 

Mike nodded and then asked, “So, are you glad you did it? Think it was worthwhile?”

“I think so. I just hope it does her some good, you know? However, some things still bother me. There were so many things I couldn’t quantify. How do I know I received premium quality hemp to start? Was it really organic? Did I overheat it? Should I have used alcohol to “winterize” it? Did I steep it long enough, and did I use the right olive oil?”

Mike walked over to her and put his arms around her. She relaxed against his chest. 

“I’m sure it’s great. And, Wanda will be so touched you went through all of this for her.”

“Well, it’s worth it if it helps her feel better. And now, I have to clean up this mess,” she sighed, looking around the kitchen.

“You sound a little stressed,” Mark said, a smile forming on his mouth. “You know, I hear that CBD is good for that.”

At that, Aria laughed.

And, now, we’ve come to the end of our story. But, did Aria’s DIY Hemp Oil turn out right? Specifically, did it help Wanda? Alas, you may not be privy to the fact that Wanda takes medication for her arthritis. So, the question remains: how does CBD react with prescriptions? And, what are the risks of combining DIY Hemp Oil with allopathic medicines? Specifically, how did Wanda fare with Aria’s concoction? Subscribe to find out.

Facing Roadblocks With DIY Hemp Oil? Synchronicity Can Help

At Synchronicity, we’ve worked hard to perfect our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. We control every step of the process, from planting until final delivery to your home. We do this to ensure that you receive the highest quality product. Our hemp is sustainably grown and we’ve worked hard to perfect the Superior Genetics that produces the ideal ratio of cannabinoids and high levels of phytonutrients.

Unlike some companies, we never use harsh or toxic CO2 extraction methods. Instead, we start with the finest ingredients and use our unique hand-pressed LipidTrans™ Infusion Process to coax the most beneficial compounds out of the hemp for a True Entourage Effect. You can trust that what we put on our label corresponds to what’s in the bottle because we work with third-party testing facilities to ensure every batch is safe and pure. 

CBD isn’t a fad at Synchronicity. We’ve been dedicated to the pursuit of making the finest Hemp Oil for over two decades because we truly believe in our products and what they can do.  

So, go ahead and leave the work to us. We’re proud of the quality of our products, and they are available at many different price points. Looking for more answers to your questions? We invite you to take a look at what we have to offer. For more information, contact us. We’d love to start a conversation about CBD, DIY Hemp Oil, and Synchronicity.