Are we too clean? Mother Dirt, Terroir + The Microbiome

Last month, on our wellness retreat in Portugal we spent one of the days touring (and tasting) at a local olive oil grove and learning about its’ land and soil.

When creating this day, we decided to partner with Mother Dirt because of their obvious shared love of nature + getting a little dirty.

I love dirt. In fact, I don’t even rinse my organic veggies from the farmers market. It’s important to me that I allow my body + gut to adapt to my local environment and its’ soil.

Soil gives our food a variety of minerals — it has its’ own microbiome and characteristics affecting the way our food, wines, and olive olive taste.

This meritige of characteristics is call terroir.

Terroir translates to “a taste of a place”. Terroir allows us to learn about the individualized characteristics of a particular location — soil, climate, and tradition of a specific locale.

P.S. Terroir is a term often used in wine making. This is why wines and olive oils will always taste different from different regions + countries.

Terroir + Our Bodies


Because I specialize in hormone balancing + skin health it’s important to bring up the conversation about the microbiome in our environment and how it affects our health.

Studies show that children who grow up playing on farms and are exposed to many different types of bacteria in their environment and get sick less. This is mostly because of the great diversity of bacteria they’re exposed to. This points to the fact that Mother Nature has its’ own way of taking care of us.

Because of all the environmental changes over the past 100 years and our modern emphasis on steril-living, our natural microbiomes have been greatly affected.

Glyphosate on our food and in our air, cleaning chemicals, and our modern self-care habits all greatly affect the microbiome in our soil, gut, and skin.

Skin, just like our guts needs a healthy microbiome to thrive.



For most of our human existence we had Ammoina-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB) on our skin which helped keep our pre-suds ancestors clean and healthy. And now our post-soap culture lacks this bacteria and its’ many health benefits.

In fact, AOB can still be found on untouched indigenous tribes’ beautiful skin.

Our partner, Mother Dirt has a mist that contains AOB and puts this bacteria back onto the skin to allow it to do its’ thing.

While on the skin the bacteria in AO+ mist consumes one’s sweat and keeps the ecosystem in check.

(Check out this study that shows how Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health)

I even spray it under my armpits. YES I SAID IT.

Creating and fostering a community of microorganisms on our skin, bodies, and soil help bring us back to our most natural *dirty-ish* state



Look to how our ancestors ate and acted — they picked and produced raw fermented foods, bone broths, above-ground vegetables, occasional meats, and berries. They got their hands dirty and adapted to their natural environment. No anti-bacterials, tons of movement, and a need for community and a reliance on others.

Try reducing the antibacterial soaps, chemical cleaners, and toxic makeup + skincare products, and increase that good bacteria that naturally lives on our skin and in our guts.

Grab some AO+ Mist here and tell us how you like it!

*Note* While it’s not intended to cure or treat, using AO+ mist can help get your skin back to its’ natural state and help to improve its’ clarity, smoothness, dryness, oiliness, and acne + eczema prone skin.


In partnership with Mother Dirt

Photos by Penélope Freitas

Olive Oil Grove: Monterosa in The Algarve, Portugal

Share Post