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Health & Wellness
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!
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).
Velya's review: When you get into the herbal world, you'll begin to discover the herbs that work best for you and your body. Boswellia is my herb (Ehris' is skullcap). A couple of years ago, I began experiencing periodic knee pain. For centuries, healers have used boswellia for centuries to relieve sore, stiff joints. Boswellia is a tree that originates in India, and it's referred to as Indian frankincense. I take 500mg a day.
Newman's Own Organic Coffee
Velya's review: I start my day with a cup of Newman's Organic Special Blend Coffee and add 1 scoop of collagen powder, along with 1 teaspoon of DIY Vanilla Extract for its antioxidant and antibacterial benefits. I'm not a strong coffee fan, or even a connoisseur. This blend of medium-roasted Central American and darker-roasted Indonesian coffees is rich, robust, and satisfying. Made with 100% organic Arabica coffee.
Beauty & Personal Care
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.
Yes, we both wash our faces with coconut oil - unrefined, organic, cold pressed. You can wash your face with coconut oil by rubbing it onto your skin then wiping your face with a warm washcloth. It even removes mascara!
While it may seem counterintuitive to clean your face with coconut oil, the oil cleansing method is quite possibly the purest, most effective way to remove dirt, impurities and yes—even oil from your face.
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.
Burt's Bees Toothpaste
There are two sides to any story, and that is definitely true in the case of fluoride. We choose to use fluoride-free toothpaste. When ingested, fluoride passes the blood-brain barrier, meant to protect the brain and nervous system from damage of foreign invaders, and can pass through placenta into the body of an unborn baby. This one is made without: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Triclosan & Parabens, Artificial Flavors & Sweeteners, Preservatives & Blue, Red, Yellow Dyes, Plastic Microbeads.
Herbs, Essential Oils, Flower Essences
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Ehris' review: I can’t believe it took me this many years to figure this out! Our friend, Sarina, 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!
Heart-Shaped Tea Infuser
Ehris' review: 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.
In 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).
The Five Elements
Take it from Velya: a Fire/Wood who’s married to a 100% Wood, and Ehris: an Earth/Wood who’s looking for her Fire – this book contains the secret to life!
Any relationship or interaction you’ve had, or will have in the future, will make total sense once you read this book. Most of us are familiar with the 5 element theory, but it’s presented here in such a conversational way. If you’re honest about yourself, your eyes will be opened.
Eat Right 4 Your Type
If you’ve ever suspected that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same exercise, you’re right. In fact, what foods we absorb well and how our bodies handle stress differ with each blood type. Your blood type reflects your internal chemistry. Our family has followed the blood type diet for over 25 years. We couldn't imagine eating any other way!
In The Magic, Rhonda Byrne reveals the life-changing power of gratitude the world. Then, on an incredible 28-day journey, she teaches you how to apply this knowledge in your everyday life. No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, The Magic is going to change your entire life!
In this introductory guide, Rosemary Gladstar shows you how easy it can be to make your own herbal remedies for life’s common ailments. Gladstar profiles 33 common healing plants and includes advice on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using herbs in healing tinctures, oils, and creams. Stock your medicine cabinet full of all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations.
Lyme disease infects a minimum of 300,000 people per year in the United States and millions more throughout the rest of the world. Symptoms run from mild lethargy to severe arthritis to heart disease to incapacitating mental dysfunction. It is possible to totally heal yourself from Lyme!
The Crystal Bible
A spiritual guide to the properties of crystals explores their shapes, colors, and applications in an easy-to-follow format that includes photo identification, detailed descriptions, and information on the individual properties.
Goddesses Never Age
Though we talk about wanting to “age gracefully,” the truth is that when it comes to getting older, we’re programmed to dread an inevitable decline: in our health, our looks, our sexual relationships, even the pleasure we take in living life. But as Christiane Northrup, M.D., shows us in this New York Times best-selling guide, we have it in us to make growing older an entirely different experience, both for our bodies and for our souls.
Dodging Energy Vampires
Highly sensitive people—or empaths—see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of “vampires” who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level—physical, emotional, and financial. Christiane Northrup, M.D., explores the phenomenon of energy vampires and shows us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy.
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 Viola or Gloria without theirs!
Let’s face it: if you have dogs and cats, you’re occasionally faced with “accidents,” diarrhea, and vomit. Viola and Gloria are no exception. Bac-Out is one of those products you always want to have on hand. It’s saved many a rug!
Kitchen & Home
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!
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 sixth 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.
Shoes & Fashion
Ehris' review: Orthopedic flip flops? That sounds hideous! But that’s where Vionic wipes out the competition – not only is their footwear incredibly comfortable and supportive, but it's also very stylish. Vionic shoes changed my life! For me, it's the arch support. I’ve walked on the insides of my feet for most of my life, but the Vionic support helps me walk straight, which eases the stress from my back, hips and knees. They are a lifesaver! They didn’t take any getting used to either.
Ehris' review: Well-made, orthotic-grade flip-flops can be a healthy choice for your feet. What I love about Spenco is that they provide great arch support at a fair price. My favorite thing about this style is that they're waterproof. I'm not likely to flip-flop any time soon about my love for this brand!