Shop: Health & Kitchen

Rosewater spray, 8oz bottle by Heritage

Keep this spray in your refrigerator. During hot weather, the cold mist is very refreshing. Rosewater is great for the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties.


Pure Olive Oil Bar Soap by Kiss My Face, 4oz bars, 3-pack

This soap leaves you feeling clean, but doesn't dry out your skin. There are no fragrances added and is OK to use on sensitive skin.


 

Buzz Away by Quantum Health is an insect repellent that is DEET free. It has a surprisingly good citrus smell, I actually like it. I was using a similar spray by Repel, but even though it also contains citrus oils, the scent is a turn-off.

Mosquitos are rampant this year and I’ve been using Buzz Away daily.


Henna Cream, Dark Brown by Surya Brasil

If you’re looking for an easy non-toxic way to color your hair, this is a great option. It’s already mixed in a squeeze bottle with an applicator tip, ready to go. My hair goes past my shoulders and I only need to use half of a bottle to cover the grays. The color came out as a rich, dark brown, just what I wanted.

Instruction summary: Wash your hair (without following up with conditioner), towel dry, apply the cream with gloves, cover with a plastic cap, wait 30-60 minutes and rinse until clear. The application gloves and cap are enclosed.

I’ve purchased the powder form from a different brand which had a better value, but I had to mix the powder with water/coffee (coffee dyes the hair brown), wait 8 hours, apply it, then wait 2 or 3 hours before rinsing it out, which isn’t nearly as convenient as this product.


Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil, 54 ounce by Viva Naturals

Coconut Oil is great for so many uses, the main difference between this and thefractionated kind is that this one solidifies at about 72 degrees Farenheit. Read 13 reasons why coconut oil is so great.


Coconut Oil, Fractionated, 16oz plus 2oz Carrier Oil

Fractionated Coconut Oil is a better choice during winter months since it won't solidify at 72F or lower like regular, non-fractionated coconut oil does. It comes with a 2oz bottle which is perfect for travel or in the bathroom cabinet.


 

Toothpaste, 6.25oz, 2-pack by Dessert Essence

This is my favorite toothpaste. It is SLS-free; sodium lauryl sulfate is known to cause canker sores. Ever since I started using Desert Essence toothpastes, I haven’t had canker sores which I used to get regularly from using brands with SLS.

This Wintergreen one is minty but not overpowering like the Cool Mint option.


Vitamix Blender 5200

I use my Vitamix Blender regularly to make nut milks, smoothies and salad dressings and to blend soups. It’s among the top few appliances I use the most.

It’s powerful, easy to use and most importantly, easy to clean. I prefer this Vitamix because it has switches and knob; it’s easier to control than using buttons found on other brands.


Big Berkey Water Filter + 2 Black Filters + 2 Fluoride Filters

This system doesn’t need to be installed under the sink, it sits on the countertop. The water tastes great and it doesn't waste water like other systems; some can discard as much water as it filters clean for you.

I fill our Big Berkey to the top each day and use it for drinking, brewing coffee, nut milks and kombucha. Because I make those things homemade, this original Big size works great for the 2 of us.

The black filters remove bacteria, chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and more; the white filters reduce fluoride and arsenic levels up to 95%. It takes several hours to filter through since it is a drip system. It can filter dirty pond water to potable water!


Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

The Breville is great because it has a large chute. If you plan on juicing regularly, having a large chute will cut down your prep time in half.

Check out my article on which juicer is best


Mandoline by Swissmar Borner V-1001, V-Slicer 5 Piece Set

This mandoline is works great because it is very sharp. It comes with 3 slicer attachments to julienne carrots for a salad, slice up onions thin or thick onions and slice potatoes to make skinny fries. The handguard makes it safe and easy to slice vegetables. And here’s a tip: use a quick motion to slice hard vegetables like yams.

Each piece has it’s place to be tucked in so that everything stores together neatly. You won’t have loose attachments cluttering up your drawer.


SodaStream Power Starter Kit

You can easily ditch soda with a SodaStream. The cost of this machine will pay for itself in no time. Fill the bottle with filtered water, run the machine and store the bottle in the refrigerator. It’s so refreshing especially if you add lemon juice to your glass.


Coffeemaker by Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable

The programmable feature makes it surprisingly easy. When I was away from home and didn't have access to a machine with the programmable feature, I realized how convenient it was.


Paderno Vegetable Spiralizer. Don't make the mistake of buying another brand even if it costs a little less. The plastic isn't as sturdy and will crack in several spots. After I got this Paderno, I haven't had a problem.

Four blades are included and even though I only use the small noodle blade for zucchini noodles, it is still well worth getting this spiralizer. Zucchini is so versatile; I've made thai noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti bolognese, mushroom pesto pasta noodles and shrimp curry over noodles.


Organic Aloe Vera Powder 8oz, by Merlion

I've replaced coffee in my enemas with this organic aloe vera powder. It works great and I actually feel a difference using this over just plain water. You'll need to whisk it into water since it won’t dissolve otherwise.



Earplugs 50 Pair by Mack’s I always have earplugs with me in my purse in case I find myself in a store with loud, annoying music. They come in handy at the movies too--flicks are just too loud nowadays.

I have a pair on each nightstand since our home is loft-style.


Silk Sleep Mask by Alaska Bear

These also go on each nightstand at home and into my purse when I travel. They are so soft and feel luxurious on. They don't bother my lashes either.


Mattress by Tuft & Needle This is one of the best purchases I've made. There's no spring, but it's adaptive, supportive and just the right firmness--super cozy.  It sleeps cool, I don't get overheated from this mattress at all.  

The zip-off cover is a smooth material and is washable.  I loved this mattress for the guest room so much, I also got one for the master bedroom and one for my mom.

The price is fantastic—over 10 years ago, two of my friends and I bought mattresses at the same, ranging between $1000 to $3000.  This mattress costs even less than the cheapest one we got.  And they're made in the USA! I don't see how a mattress could be any better.


Pillow, Organic Buckwheat Hull (14" x 20") Every night, I get into bed and read before I doze off.  I read lying on my side and my buckwheat pillow is perfect for that.  It is the right thickness for a side sleeper and the buckwheat hulls give total support; there's no sinking in at all. 

I have a 20" x 26" and a 14" x 20".  I like the smaller one because buckwheat is heavier than standard pillow filling, so shifting it can be a little cumbersome. You do hear the buckwheat as the pillow is moved but it's not a bad trade off for pleasant, cool sleep and great support.

VicTsing 400ml Diffuser/Humidifier

Use this as a diffuser by adding citrus essential oils to it like Grapefruit, for the morning, to stimulate circulation and increase energy; and Lavender in the evening to relax and sleep well.

I prefer this model over another one I own from VicTsing with a 300ml capacity. The 400ml pictured here has a larger capacity and the curved design of the top is a little easier to grab and put on and off.




 

Dandy Blend 7oz

This is great for you if you're trying to wean off of coffee. You can slowly sub out more and more coffee with this. I've also made a mocha flavored shake that was absolutely delicious.







Calm Magnesium Powder 8 oz

This powder helps you de-stress; it relaxes the muscles and helps you sleep. The first time I took this I fell asleep within 20 minutes.

This version has calcium; magnesium is needed for calcium absorption. The raspberry lemon flavor tastes great, like tart lemonade. I drink this every night with dinner or right after.


SuperFood Bars, 12-pack, Dr. Schulze

Over 600% of Vitamin B12 ENERGY in EVERY Bar, 200% of Vitamin C and 100% of Vitamins A, B and E in EVERY Bar. Organic, Live, Vegan, Herbal NUTRITION

NO added sugars, NO GMOs


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, book by Marie Kondo. She does an excellent job of changing how to approach decluttering and organizing. I read the book in 1 day and the next morning I tidied for 11 hours straight with just one break to eat.

 

Meditation to Help You Fight Cancer CD by Belleruth Naparstek