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The Best Healthy Living Products from NOW Foods, Reviewed!

NOW Foods

This post is a review & summary of my favorite NOW Foods healthy living products.

HAI GUYS!

You guys know I love NOW Foods as a brand, I love their company culture and I’ve been so fortunate to work with them in various capacities leading up to present day. I’ve even had the opportunity to tour their facilities in Chicago and truly get a deeper look into what goes into their products and the team behind it.

So, here are a few (it’s SUPER hard to pick only a few) of my favorite products.

Green Phytofoods

I put Green Phytofoods in everything! Well, almost. I’ve even sprinkled some into paleo pancake batter and they were really yummy. On a daily basis, though, I add a heaping tablespoon of these greens to my post workout shake (I actually drink part of it intra workout).

I love the expansive range of awesome ingredients in this product. From various greens like wheatgrass to superfruits and roots, this powder packs a real hearty punch yet tastes good when mixed into smoothies, shakes, etc.

Our black labrador rescue, Kona, even gets this sprinkled on her food a few days a week!

Chlorella

This sea green is one of the single best foods to consume to reduce the heavy metal levels in your body. They act by binding to the heavy metals and carrying them out of your system. Chlorella (and its sea green cousin, Spirulina) are also the two most protein rich food sources on the planet when compared pound for pound. Insane right? Talk about plant power!

Methyl B-12: 10,000 mcg

Methylated B-12 is a form that is easy for your body to use and doesn’t require extensive breakdown by your system. B12 is vital for so many basic bodily processes including brain function, detoxification, cellular vitality, etc.

For me specifically, my mother has pernicious anemia, meaning that she cannot absorb b12 through her digestive tract, no matter how much she eats. Thus, having a sublingual B12 supplement that dissolves under the tongue is the best way to get B12 in her body. I believe I struggle with the same thing, thus I’ve chosen to supplement with this high dose Methyl B12. I’ve seen a huge difference in sleep, energy levels and overall feel good factor since starting this! How freaking encouraging.

Methyl Folate: 5,000 mcg

With so many multivitamins containing folic acid (not the same as folate), I found it important for me to seek out a specific supplement that contains an ample does of Methyl-Folate. The “methyl” part means that it has been made more readily absorbable for your body.

There are certain gene mutations that make it hard for your body to absorb folate in a non-methylated form. A significant percentage of the population have this MTHFR gene mutation. It’s worth looking into with your Functional Medicine Practitioner or Naturopath if you’re curious. I’ve personally not been tested for it but I have suspected it’s been the case for me. Having this gene mutation means that your body does not detox efficiently. Taking this supplement has helped me a whole lot.

Magnesium Inositol

An absolute staple item for my boyfriend and I before bed. We just add a scoop to water, stir and then chug! The lemon flavor makes it tasty and enjoyable; definitely not like you have to choke it down.

Magnesium is one of the trace minerals that most of us are deficient in. When you supplement with it, it helps promote relaxation, prevents cramping and helps achieving a state of calm more achievable.

I can tell a noticeable difference in how deeply I sleep when I take this magnesium before bed. I feel more rested and it helps me recover from the day’s tough workouts as I sleep.

Liver Caps

As a woman that has struggled with painful menstrual cramps since age 12, I’ve always been looking for ways to naturally support my body so that I don’t have to ever look to ibuprofen for relief. I’ve learned that liver function and health is key in women’s hormonal vitality and the menstrual cycle. Essentially, every month that you have your cycle, your liver filters out all of the excess hormones that have populated your system.

If your liver is not functioning at a high level, these hormones form a sort of “exhaust” in your system and build up to the detriment of your health. So–taking supplements to support your liver, especially for women with intense PMS, can be very helpful!

Liver Refresh

I take this in combination with the capsuled liver to provide some added support and effectiveness. This is a strictly herbal supplement, whereas the liver caps are mostly glandular.

Jojoba Oil

This is my favorite pure oil for skin care. Jojoba oil is the most similar to the sebum that is secreted by the sebaceous glands in your skin, thus, it’s the perfect partner for your skin. I apply this to my skin once in the morning and once at night, right after cleansing. It soaks into my skin effortlessly and hydrates just enough without leaving a globby residue.

If my skin is needing a little more love that day, I like to add a drop of lavender or frankincense to the jojoba oil to rebalance and refresh my skin.

Smiles for Miles Essential Oil Blend

This is my favorite essential oil blend of the many that they make. It’s heavy on the citrus, which the Florida native inside me loves. Here are the ingredients: Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Nutmeg Oil, Ginger Oil, Natural Vanilla Extract.

You can add this to a diffuser, roller, drop into a washer load of laundry–but my favorite use is in my hair! I actually combine a few drops in the palm of my hand along with Jojoba (or apricot oil, which is even more moisturizing), rub together and then start at my ends and then work my way about halfway up towards my scalp. It’s the perfect quench for my dry ends and also leaves my hair smelling so freshhhh.

How to Use Essential Oils in Your Daily Routine

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Essential Oils Uses

Heard of essential oils but wondering about uses and ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle? There are so many ways:

Skin Care

Ramp up your serum/moisturizer: Add a drop into your facial serum or moisturizer to pack an extra punch of anti-aging and skin nourishing benefits (My picks for this use: frankincense, ylang ylang, rosemary, myrhh or lavender)

Spot Treatment: Dab a drop of peppermint onto your finger tip and apply to blemishes

Pain Relief

Homemade Icy Hot: combining wintergreen + peppermint + sweet birch with coconut oil help to naturally alleviate muscle aches and pains. I keep this in my gym bag!

Hygiene

Homemade Toothpaste: Add 10-20 drops total of wintergreen + peppermint essential oils into 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of coconut oil

Hair Care

Leave-in conditioner: (also helps tame the static in your hair during the winter months!) Mix 3-5 drops into a carrier oil like jojoba or avocado and massage onto the ends of your –Deep conditioning treatment: Apply it to your scalp before showering and then shampoo out. (My picks for this use: peppermint, orange or lavender)

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Laundry

Natural fragrance + cleaning power: Mix 5-10 drops into every load of laundry to freshen laundry and leave clothes + bedding smelling like an aromatic wonderland

Home Cleaning

-Add a few drops to your favorite green+ eco friendly cleaner for some added elbow grease (My picks for this use: lemon, lime, orange, bergamot or pine)

Aromatherapy

Smell is so closely tied to mood: Imagine your favorite aromas and choose the ones that you love most to put into your diffuser. (My picks for this use: peppermint, orange, balsam fir, pine and eucalyptus).

-Or, if you are looking to achieve a certain feeling, start with lavender for sleep, citrus for energy and frankincense for mental clarity

How do you use essential oils in your home?

xoxo

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

Jes

Simply Earth Essential Oils Review: December Edition

This is a review of Simply Earth essential oils; a company that gives 13% of their profits to an organization that fights against human trafficking.

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!”

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My Experience:

 

This is month numero 2 of receiving the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe box and I am really loving it–top to bottom! The ideas + creativity that goes into the box + quality of the oils are excellent and I find myself wondering + anticipating what’s going to be in the next month’s box.

I’ve dabbled in the crafty part of the box but my favorite aspect is that they provide portable little bottles for on-the-go use as well as the drop ratios of the different oils to get a really aromatic blend. These little projects that Simply Earth includes would be the perfect task for a kiddo, I’d imagine!

I am absolutely enthralled with the coffee essential oil (I’d go swimming in coffee if I could) and I love adding the Citrus   Burst to the coconut oil as a hair serum! It leaves my hair smelling enlivening and delicious.

This Christmas box includes goodies to create: bath bombs, hand warmers, a diffuser necklace, supplies to create a roll-on and EO’s especially chosen for use in a diffuser. LOVE.

Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Simply Earth Essential Oils Review: October Edition

This is a review of Simply Earth essential oils; a company that gives 13% of their profits to an organization that fights against human trafficking.

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!

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My Experience:

It would be a pretty accurate thing to say that I’m geeking out on essential oils as of lately. Particularly for their versatility and pureness, I really value and get a lot of use our of essential oils every single day. Here are some of my favorite uses:

-Homemade toothpaste + deodorant

-Flea repellent for my dog

-Homemade body spray

-Laundry deodorizer

-Hair perfume

The idea of curating a monthly box for customers to enjoy (that contains 5 Eos + Recipes + Recipe Ingredients + Recipe Containers) is super neat to me. It helps introduce people to essential oils with a fun + creative instruction manual, so to speak.

I am impressed by how this brand gives back + impressed with the packaging and curation of the themed box and even more impressed that they think I’m cool enough to pass along some goodies to me in order to retrieve my thoughts. Thank you, Simply Earth (rad name, btw)!

To Enter this GIVEAWAY for some Essential Oil goodness:

-SIMPLY leave a comment below telling me about your experience with essential oils. What’ve you discovered to be your favorite use?

Also, Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Annmarie Gianni Essential Oil Blends Review

This is a review of Annmarie Gianni’s essential oils blends.

AnnMarie Gianni Essential Oil Blends Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About AnnMarie Gianni:

Experience a sample of all 5 of our new Essential Oil Parfum Blends – Vibrance, Passion, Love, Calm, and Grounded. Each blend has a unique scent and aromatherapeutic properties, helping to shape your mood and emotions in addition to smelling amazing. You can use them as your natural perfume, in your diffuser, or added to a carrier oil and use as a moisturizer.

For Best Results:

Apply 1-2 drops onto wrists, or add to a carrier oil (such as pure coconut, olive, or grapeseed) and apply like a moisturizer. Use it in your diffuser, or add it to water to make a room spray.

As with all essential oils, we recommend doing a small patch test before using. Our essential oils blends are not intended for internal use.

Vibrance – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Uplift, energize, and be happy.

This light and feminine oil blend will lift your senses with classic, romantic florals and notes of mood-boosting citrus.

Made With:

Essential oils of ruby red grapefruit, Italian lemon, bergamot, lemon verbena, lavender, clementine, jasmine sambac absolute, rose-geranium.

Passion – Essential Oil Parfum Blend

Indulge, electrify, and be sensual.

A warm and sweet essential oil blend to help you relax and awaken your sensuality. Earthy, grounding notes of vetiver and buddha wood provide a base for the passion-igniting aromas of rose and sandalwood.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, rose moroc absolute, sweet myrrh, amyris, buddha wood.

Love – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Adore, embrace, and be tender.

A heart-opening blend of natural aphrodisiac oils to inspire you to be your most loving self. Sweet jasmine and classic rose are balanced by sandalwood and frankincense, for a scent that’s nothing short of irresistible.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, rose moroc absolute, jasmine sambac absolute, frankincense.

Calm – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Relax, meditate, and be peaceful.

Create a sacred space for yourself where you can breathe deeply and release negativity. Spruce oil lends freshness to this blend of florals, tied together with comforting frankincense for a clean and crisp scent.

Made With:

Essential oils of spruce, frankincense, rosewood, lavender.

Grounded – Essential Oil Parfum Blend

Secure, strengthen, and be centered.

Find peace and clarity in this balanced blend. Woody and earthy base notes with a touch of sweetness give you a beautifully understated, quietly confident scent.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, amyris, peru balsam, cedarwood, vetiver, amber (fossilized), copaiba balsam, galangal root, patchouli, ginger root, buddha wood, turmeric root.

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My Thoughts:

I am such a gigantic proponent of essential oils because I believe their versatility and potency is unmatched. Essential oils can be incorporated into a virtually endless list of skin care, beauty and household uses. Since these oil blends by Annmarie Gianni are crafted with care & much thought, I am reserving these for use only in my body care routine.

The first use that comes to mind in regards to essential oils is perhaps the most obvious: using them as fragrance. Your generic, store-bought perfumes are jam packed with toxic chemicals that you do not want coming in contact with your skin nor respiratory system. Sure, you won’t croak on the spot using them, but over time, the exposure will take a toll on your health. Might as well pick a healthier choice, yeah? Enter: essential oils. I like to mix about 10 drops in a 2-oz glass spray bottle for easy use and tote-ability. I keep this little mist spray in my purse and gym bag. It’s a body spray you can feel really good about.

In regards to the quality of these particular oils, I learned this:

“Some of our essential oils are organic and wild-crafted, while others are not. No matter which essential oil we use, we source them sustainably and they go through a thorough testing process for any contaminants, pesticide residue or synthetic chemicals. We only use the best of the best. Also, our supplier guarantees that they are 100% pure essential oils with no additives.”

Other awesome uses include:

-adding it to baking soda + coconut oil to create a toothpaste

-combining a few drops in a 2-oz glass bottle full of water + aloe vera to use as a facial toner

I love and appreciate the thought put into these blends. The combinations are not the creations of amateurs 🙂

They are potent, enriching and intoxicating–they are all unique and oh-so-beautiful in their own right. Bravo, Annmarie!