Winter Wellness Staff Picks!
Alex N. Recommends: MyCommunity by Host Defense
I find this product helpful for all year wellness. Certified Organic blend of 17 potent mushroom species, to help balance the immune system. Enzymes, antioxidants and prebiotics for the microbiome are essential for Supporting Natural Immunity. Helping me to feel my best and staving off winter ills. I also love this product as it supports research towards preventing colony collapse in bees and preserving rare mushrooms in old growth forests.
Alex S. Recommends: Heatable Bunny Wraps by Grandpa’s Garden
These heat-able bunny wraps are not only adorable, but they smell great and retain heat very well. Perfect for staying cozy on a cold night!
Alyssa Recommends: Garlic Red Pepper Miso by South River Miso
This nourishing fermented food, organically made in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, is one of my favorite staples during the colder months. It is a great addition to bone broth as a warm sipping beverage or to make a quick soup when your body needs a little pick me up.
Amy Recommends: Pure Confidence by The Flower Apothecary
Full spectrum wellness begins with our thoughts. When I need a reminder of my value and self-worth, four drops of this flower/gem essence combo supports my feeling empowered and 'enough'!
Ariel Recommends: Echinacea Plus Elderberry by Traditional Medicinals
I'm all about all things echinacea, and this tea delivers a potent punch of this immune supporter. I especially love this specific tea because it also includes elderberry, which in addition to tasting delicious, also can help us stay well during the harsh months. I try to always have a box on hand to keep my immune system supported!
Bex Recommends: Activated Charcoal Toothpaste by Schmidt’s
Did those pearly whites take a bit of a beating in 2018? Chances are that the onslaught of holiday treats didn't help... Fret not! Re-activate your oral health with Schmidt's minty Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. Simply smother your teeth and tongue in this black-colored paste and brush away! With vitamins and botanical extracts supporting the cleansing power of charcoal, your bright and smooth teeth will sparkle and thank you!
Brenden Recommends: Wellness Formula by Source Naturals
This is the stuff. I use it whenever I have the slightest feeling that I may be getting "down with the sickness". I buy the tablets over the capsules which you take 3 of at a time as opposed to taking 6 capsules at a time. Wellness has an amazing list of ingredients. The tablets have a great list of ingredients including garlic, echinacea, goldenseal and even elderberry!
Caitlin Recommends: Hot Water Bottle by Warm Traditions
Warm Traditions' Hot Water Bottles have gotten me through many things - intense menstrual cramps, headaches and chilly nights in bed without my boyfriend / personal space heater. Fill these up with hot water before you hop in bed and wake up amazed that your bottle is still warm in the morning! If you're someone like me who always has cold hands and feet - you're about to meet you're new best friend. The days of running to and from a microwave are OVER!
Caleb Recommends: Echinacea Goldenseal Plus by Cambridge Naturals Brand
While falling asleep a few nights ago, feeling like I was coming down with something, I was nuged awake by my wife who proceeded to feed me this potent and well formulated tincture so that my immune system was supported through the night. "Don't get sick," she said. I woke up feeling rested and ready for the next day.
Eli Recommends: Relax and Restore by Maine Medicinals
I've recommended this product to everyone who asks for a stress relief recommendation! It has several very effective relaxing components in a pleasant tasting tincture. (Also undeniably pretty packaging)
Ellen Recommends: Nourish Shampoo by Josh Rosebrook
This is the only shampoo that doesn’t leave my hair a tangled mess (especially during scarf and beanie season). As January and February often dry out the hair from long hot showers and indoor heating, this shampoo will keep you frizz free all winter!
Elizabeth Recommends: Vitamin D3 by Cambridge Naturals Brand
Vitamin D is known as the “sunlight hormone” But our bodies do not manufacture Vitamin D from the short winter sun rays here in the New England, so I supplement with a daily dose all winter long. Research has shown Vitamin D to be useful for the winter blues.
Emily Recommends: Astragalus Tincture by Cambridge Naturals Brand
Throughout the winter, I turn to astragalus, one of my favorite immune-boosting herbs, for a daily dose of wellness. Taking this powerful tincture every day is my favorite method of warding off seasonal ailments! I especially recommend this to teachers who are around lots of little sneezes all year long.
Eric Recommends: Bulk Organic Sliced Astragalus Mountain Rose Herbs
I add sliced astragalus root to my morning hot tea to give me the immune boost I need to stay healthy throughout the year. On cold days, I carry the tea with me all day, leaving the astragalus soaking in it. Nothing can stop me now!
Jake Recommends: Smoke + Embers Soy Candle by Simply Curated
The Simply Curated soy candles have a wooden wick that burns with a satisfying crackle. The Smoke + Embers scent is my favorite because thats the closest you can get to a fireplace in a city apartment. Also when the candle is used up you can wash the remaining wax out with soap and water and reuse the glass. Perfect whiskey glass!
Jessi Recommends: Cypress Cannabidiol Bath Soak by Daughter of the Land
After taking care of others during the busy holiday season, it's time to take care of yourself! This calming bath soak has the right ingredients for self care. Formulated with CBD, Magnesium, Arnica and an organic blend of essential oils, these therapeutic elements will undoubtedly calm and relax the body + mind while leaving you feeling fresh and restored.
John Recommends: Ginger Shots by Monfefo
Every winter morning, along with my eggs and coffee, I like to crack open and drain a shot of this warming, gingery goodness. It puts a fire in my belly and a spring in my step on even the coldest of days. Perks me right up!
Karyn Recommends: Skin Food Body Butter by Weleda
Winter skin is itchy skin, at least for me. That is why I was so excited when I saw that Weleda was making a tub of body butter as part of their Skin Food line. Perhaps this winter I will finally be comfortable in my own skin!
Laché Recommends: Organic Elderberry syrup by Maine Medicinals
Elderberry syrup is my go to for when I am sick. I even take it as a daily supplement for extra immune support. This antioxidants rich syrup helps to neutralize free radicals, support the immune system and combat stress on the body. It’s definitely a staple I like to keep around during the winter months.
Len Recommends: Cascadia Candle by Woodlot
When the winter weather hits, and I find myself stuck indoors, the familiar, earthy, cedar-toned scent of the Cascadia Woodlot candle transforms my little space into a quiet forest of reflection.
Matt Recommends: Furry Friend Skin Soother by Emily Skin Soother
It's important to keep your skin moisturized and nourished during the cold, dry winter months but don't forget about your furry friends. I use this to keep my dog's paws from drying out and cracking all year long but especially during the winter.
Michael Recommends: Acute Defense by Megafood
You can just tell it's coming on! “What?” You might ask. Those telltale signs that those nose and throat tickles, stuffiness, maybe a little achy, more tired than you think you should be, maybe they mean something unpleasant is about to happen to YOU! Anyone familiar with those feelings? My immediate "go to" then is Acute Defense. "Supports Immune Health When You Need It Most". I'll say!!!
Mike Recommends: Organic Raw Cacao Nibs by Bulk Herbs
Wellness for me in 2019 is all about establishing new healthy habits, focusing on changes to my lifestyle and diet. These bitter, slightly sweet crunchy morsels from the raw cacao bean are a superior source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and other vitamins and minerals. What we consume on a daily basis shapes the future of our health, and raw cacao in all its forms will be apart of my future this year. I'm looking forward to keeping these little bits of nutrition on me at all times so it will be my first choice when I'm feeling hungry!
Nick Recommends: Hand Warmers by Grampa’s Garden
Do you need warm hands? I do! All winter long, when my paws are feeling icy cold on my walk home or when I’m out shoveling snow. Microwave these, they'll keep you warm.
Rachel Recommends: Vitamin C Fruit Bites by Sprout Living
I love taking my vitamins in foods and these Vitamin C chews are my absolute favorite. They contain high-Vitamin C fruits I'd never be able to get my hands on, they taste delicious, and they're sugar-free to boot!
Sally Recommends: Vanilla Rooibos Tea by Mem Tea
During the cold months, I find my energy level starts to wane around 2:30 in the afternoon, instead of taking a nap, which isn’t always an option, I will brew a strong cup of Mem loose Vanilla Rooibos tea to life my spirits ! This yummy, rich, energizing tea is an uplifting treat that keeps me going without making me feel over caffeinated.
Sam Recommends: Sinus Blaster by Cambridge Naturals Brand
Caveat up front: I can't recommend this on the basis of taste. In the past, I've described the flavor of this stuff as "horseradish that hates you." That aside, this stuff is my absolute go-to when I'm in the depths of sickness, with a stuffy head and/or sore throat. A spray or two of this numbs my throat and... well, there's no other word for it... blasts my sinuses clear, similar to how eating something spicy can clear you out. It's a game-changing go-to when I'm at work and need to power through a case of something nasty.
Sarah Recommends: Deodorant by Meow Meow Tweet
Finding the right natural deodorant is often tricky.. but this one has won my heart. Doesn't apply greasy, works well, smells great (all essential oils!) and my favorite part - the packaging is biodegradeable. It's even available is a baking soda free sentitive formula. And, of course, the cute cat illustrations are a super bonus.
Sheila Recommends: Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse
Sometimes we neglect the importance of oral health. We all want white teeth and fresh breath. Organic Brush and Rinse is a wonderful product. It may help you achieve these goals. It has a multitude of essential oils combined with hydrogen peroxide that makes your mouth feel clean Using it first thing in the morning will rid the bacteria that you acquire will your body is resting. Swish around in your mouth for 60 seconds and follow up with tooth paste. Your mouth will thank you!
Stephanie A Recommends: Heart Tonic Tea by Full Kettle Farms
What better to enjoy during the cold darkness of New England winter than a piping hot cup of tea? Full Kettle Farms has concocted this tangy and delicious blend of tulsi, rose petals, cinnamon, hibiscus, hawthorne berry, and damiana to herbally supoort your overall heart health. Its quickly become one of my favorite teas to enjoy this season!
Steph C Recommends: Adrenal RX Capsules by Cambridge Naturals Brand
I've been supplementing with Cambridge Naturals brand Adrenal RX capsules for as long as I can remember. One capsule contains a restorative dose of adaptogenic herbs including Eleuthero, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Schisandra, Ginseng, and Rhodiola that support a healthy stress response, wellness and longevity. I also credit these to keeping my immune system supported and mood balanced.
Vicki Recommends: Bulk Mushroom Coffee by Four Sigmatic
I like this because it saves me the green dollar bills, and also is healthy, and tastes good. Buying the single serve packets is not only wasteful but also costs a lot more if you do the math! I like to put some Vanilla Cave Shake in there (located in the fridge)to make it thick and fatty. Best mid afternoon drink to level up in your brain power.
Zach Recommends: Singers Saving Grace Throat Spray by Herbs Etc
I often find my voice is shot at the end of the day in these deep winter months. (Those steam radiators in New England houses sure dry the air out, right!?) So I reach for Singers Saving Grace by Herbs Etc., a wonderful herbal throat spray great for the soreness that comes from talking for a living. Two sprays and done.