We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Nardi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?

Hi there! At first, I wasn’t thinking of starting a business. When I moved overseas to the Greek island, Crete, I just wanted to blog about my travels and make all natural, holistic body care products for myself. I was intrigued and fascinated with foraging wild herbs that were plentiful on the Island, and I loved mixing and tincturing them with European oils. I loved making my products so much that I finally started to share them with the local community charity groups; selling them to locals and vacationers alike, which helped support medical and shelter fundraising for the many stray cats and dogs in Greece.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

Before moving overseas in 2016, I practiced as a Registered Dental Hygienist in San Diego. I’ve always used essential oils and tinctures throughout my personal, daily life; and soon found myself implementing medicinal and holistic practices throughout my professional career. When relocating to Greece, I put my Dental career on hold in order to live this once-in-a-lifetime experience. That’s when I started to dive more seriously into making holistic, organic body care products. With the extra time on my hands, I was able to research and study more into the holistic healing properties of local, wild herbs and essential oils. Oils and herbs are potent and powerful. After all, it’s what makes them so effective in natural healing. Our body care products are intended not just for aromatherapy purposes, but to actually help nourish your body holistically and naturally.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

We would definitely head over to Sunset Cliffs near Point Loma and OB. It’s gorgeous there, full of wildlife and jaw-dropping views. Also taking a nice roadtrip up to Julian is a must if there’s time. Horseback riding in the snow during the winter months is magical. Dining is always fun around Little Italy, North Park and South Park. Those places can’t be missed for good beer/wine and food. The small locally owned mom & pop shops that are scattered throughout North park, South Park and University Heights (and adjacent communities) are a must to shop at, too.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Of course my husband has been absolutely, wonderfully supportive. He’s the reason why we moved overseas and has been by my side through the entire Pure Organic World journey. I also have to give credit to Greece and the locals. The Island, Crete, to be exact. If it wasn’t for relocating there in the beginning of 2016, Pure Organic World would not exist. I owe it to the land, the locals and, of course, the culture. Living in Greece opened my eyes on a whole other level. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to live off the land and build close relationships with the locals in the small village, Sternes, where we called home for 4 and a half years. I was taught how to pick Greek herbs and how to mix particular, intricate European essential oils there. It was an experience I will never forget and am so grateful to have had.

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