Health, Wellness, and Beauty
Cod Liver Oil: Ehris’ review
Great source of omega-3, supports brain health and eye health. Although my vision has always been perfect, my eyes used to get really strained/tired. We started taking a teaspoon a day just for the omega-3 benefits, and after a few weeks, I realized that my eyes felt great! This doesn’t taste like liquefied fish – it’s actually a really pleasant lemon flavor (I take 1 teaspoon a day, my mom takes 1 tablespoon a day).
Collagen: Velya’s review
Ehris started taking collagen because even as a little kid, her knees cracked. On a whim, she decided to see if collagen would help. Did it ever! Now, we both take it, and are just as amazed by the external results. I’ve always gotten my hair cut every 2 weeks (it’s choppy and funky). After collagen, I can barely make it 2 weeks – and don’t even get me started on how fast my fingernails grow! I can only imagine what it’s doing to my insides!
A natural deodorant that actually WORKS (and Ehris has tried every brand in existence)! Many people are now looking for aluminum-free deodorants because of concerns that aluminum causes cancer and Alzheimer’s. Some research has focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. Lume doesn’t contain aluminum or parabens.
While Bragg’s is now super trendy, we remember when you couldn’t even find it in grocery stores. The “goop” floating around in it is “the mother,” because it’s raw and unpasteurized. With the amount of Bragg’s we buy, we should have stock in this company! Its uses/benefits are endless.
Amber & Haze Bracelets/Anklets:
Amber isn’t just for babies! Amber’s healing benefits can help relieve menstrual/menopausal issues and headaches/migraines – and, amber protects against WiFi/cell phone radiation. Ehris and I have worn amber anklets for over 2 years. Interestingly, although we spend a lot of time in the woods, neither of us have had a tick on us for 2 years. Amber pet collars repel ticks and fleas – could the same be true for humans? Finally, they’re really pretty! We only take ours off if we’re going in a chlorinated pool.
If you take a peek in our fridge, you’ll always see a gallon of this aloe gel! We use it to make chemical-free hand sanitizer, and as a soothing first-aid remedy for burns/sunburns. So much easier than harvesting it from our plants, and it lasts forever in the fridge!
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap: Ehris’ review
Dilute Dr. Bronner’s, and it’ll last forever! No creepy ingredients. I especially love the almond scent. It’s in my shower, by the sink, we wash the dogs with it, and I make a natural insecticide with it.
Self-Heal Creme: Ehris’ review
“Self-Heal” refers to the flower from which it’s made, which grows on lawns in CT. The simplicity of this face cream is its appeal. No fragrance, it’s not greasy, it’s not expensive, and comes in a blue glass jar (no plastic!). It’s the only thing I put on my face, and I use it year-round. A jar lasts a long, long time.
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk: Velya’s Review
Not to toot my own horn, but people constantly ask, “How come you never age?” I attribute it to an excellent diet, daily collagen, and this product. I think the best way to explain it is that it makes your face feel “juicy,” but not oily or greasy. I use it every morning and night, and will never be without it! Don’t cheap out and buy another kind of argan oil – they’re not all the same. Kinda pricey, but you only use a couple of drops at a time. Besides Self-Heal Creme, it’s the only beauty product I’d ever endorse.
Herbs, Essential Oils, Flower Essences
Herbs: Tooth of the Lion Farm and Apothecary
Situated on 14 acres in the hills of Schuylkill County, PA, this farm has been using organic practices for over 10 years. Their mission is to create a farm-based apothecary, offering products that improve the quality of life and well-being of our communities.
Herbs: Locust Light Farm
Locust Light Farm strives to empower individuals in their wellness journeys. Through their on-farm classes as well as their handcrafted products, they seek to connect people directly to the plants. They believe that personal connection with the plants is healing in itself.
Herbs: Fields Without Fences
This Pennsylvania farm cultivates fruits, nuts, medicinal herbs, and wild edibles within naturalized plantings that mimic the wild ecology.
Now Essential Oils
Every time we teach a hands-on workshop that involves essential oils, people ask Ehris if she makes her own. Since she doesn’t have a $10,000 extraction machine, we do the next best thing and buy Now. They’re reasonably priced and excellent quality.
Cayenne Flower Essence: Ehris’ review
Three years ago in February, my mom and I were sitting in our cold house, procrastinating about writing her first hands-on science book for kids. I remembered someone had given me a bottle of cayenne flower essence, and kind of as a joke, we each took 4 drops. By that night, we had written 3 books (which have been published)! This flower essence doesn’t give you a caffeine high – it just keeps you totally focused on the task at hand – like preparing your taxes, writing a research paper, or vacuuming your entire house. Don’t fret about the cayenne aspect – you won’t be Puff the Magic Dragon!
You won’t find a single bottle of Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin, or Motrin in our house. This fall, we stacked 8 cords of firewood in our garage in 1 day, took turmeric, and bopped out of bed the next morning. We use this for headaches, pain, inflammation, etc.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: Ehris’ review
Last Thanksgiving, we took a family trip to the most remote parts of the Yucatan (Mexico). In many places, there were no flush toilets or hot water. Everyone was convinced we’d come home with a variety of stomach bugs. All four of us took grapefruit seed extract throughout the trip, and were just fine (Btw, the year before – before I knew about grapefruit seed extract – I went to the Yucatan with Mic and my former boyfriend. They both had serious diarrhea, and the bf wound up with E. coli!). Grapefruit seed extract has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.
Food, Kitchen, and Home
Pressure cooker: Velya’s review
Frankly, I think Ehris might have given up on making bone broth if she hadn’t discovered this pressure cooker (video link). I had nothing but horrible childhood memories about pressure cookers – my mom literally wore safety goggles when she used ours. How things have changed!
Our dear friend and acupuncturist, Andrea, gave us our first bag of Soap Nuts. She bought them, never got around to using them, and then when she was downsizing to move to Hawaii, gave them to us. Andrea loved the idea of going plastic-free and chemical-free with laundry. It’s hard to believe that nuts can wash your clothes (and we have some pretty dirty clothes), but they do!
Salt lamp/Diffuser: Velya’s review
For a long time, we’ve been on a quest (unsuccessfully) for a diffuser that actually works. There are a couple okay-ish ones out there. But, this funky negative-ion-generating salt lamp doubles as the world’s best diffuser! We needed 2 more salt lamps for our bedrooms and loved the look. The directions suggested adding up to 20 drops of essential oil to the salt pieces, so we gave it a whirl. Holy smoke, the scent actually lasts – for a LONG time! I think there are at least 5 designs (we just ordered our third one!).
Mrs. Meyer’s Candles: Ehris’ review
In “candle world,” nothing creeps me out more than fake Febreze-y smells. I can sniff out a fake scent from a mile away! I especially like the Mrs. Meyer’s lemon verbena scent.
Bac-Out: Velya’s review
Let’s face it: if you have dogs and cats, you’re occasionally faced with “accidents,” diarrhea, and vomit. Our 2 rescue dogs (Myra and Madge) and 2 rescue cats (Gloria and Hattie) are no exception. Bac-Out is one of those products you always want to have on hand. It’s saved many a rug!
Kefir grains: Ehris’ review
You might not want to hear this, but if you’re buying kefir products at the grocery store, they’re made with powder vs. grains. I make my own kefir every day – it’s so simple! All you need to get started are kefir grains, milk (preferably raw), and a jar. Such an easy way to get more “cultured!” Enter coupon code GROUNDEDGOODWIFE at checkout for a 20% discount!
Kombucha scoby: Ehris’ review
If you knew how easy it is to make kombucha, you’d never pay those crazy prices for ready-made stuff. The hardest part of the whole process is finding a scoby, and here’s where you can get one (and it won’t be dehydrated)! Enter coupon code GROUNDEDGOODWIFE at checkout for a 20% discount!
Large infuser: Ehris’ review
Let’s face it – the stuff in store-bought teabags is just “dust.” People think making loose-leaf tea is difficult, but they just don’t have the right tools. This is the best tea ball I’ve ever used – for real! The mesh is small, the lid stays on, the chain hooks onto the size of your teapot, the size is perfect for making a pot of tea. Trust me on this – I’m the herbal tea queen!
Celestial Tea Infuser: Ehris’ review
This is the infuser I use when I’m making a truly medicinal cup of herbal tea. Healing teas should be covered as they’re steeping for a minimum of 10 minutes – so all the “good stuff” stays in the cup and doesn’t evaporate. The flat top of this infuser allows for a saucer to be placed on top. Dishwasher safe – can’t say enough about this one!
Heart-shaped tea infuser
Everyone comments on the cuteness of these infusers, but the beauty of them is how easy they are to fill, empty, and clean. Perfect for tea that doesn’t need a lot of steeping – black, green, rooibos, chai.
French Press: Ehris’ review
I can’t believe it took me this many years to figure this out! Our friend, Sarina Prabasi, who owns Buunni Coffee in NYC, brought a French press coffee maker to our house for a weekend women writers’ retreat because she knew we only had a Keurig (my mom was actually embarrassed to tell her this, since Sarina is a coffee connoisseur!). One day, my mom said, “Ehris! Do you think you could make herbal tea with the French press?” My life was changed (I’m not even kidding). I make all my herbal tea blends this way now. It’s great because it strains the herbs so well…you don’t end up drinking any tea leaves, and the tea stays hot. I love it!
At our hands-on workshops, people constantly ask us about our glass dropper bottles, spray bottles, roll-ons, and plastic flip-cap bottles (we don’t advocate plastic, but we use these for our DIY hand sanitizer).
Glass dropper bottles
Glass spray bottles
Glass roll-on bottles
Plastic flip-cap bottles
We’ve never used Frontline or flea collars on our pets. Amber isn’t only advantageous for humans – pets can benefit from it, too. Amber collars repel fleas and ticks. They work by electrifying animal hair, which helps to eliminate fleas and other parasites. Also, amber beads diffuse a specific smell when they’re heated by an animal’s skin, which fleas and ticks hate. Amber collars might take a little longer to start working than regular collars, but they’re completely natural. You’ll never see Myra, Viola, Hattie, and Gloria without theirs!
It’s always a challenge to cut the toenails of a dog with black nails. The fear of cutting the quick is nerve-wracking (for human, and dog!). This rechargeable nail grinder has solved our problems!
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