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This category provides information and products to enhance your wellness using organic products.
This category provides information and products to enhance your wellness using organic products.
I was first introduced to Activation Products during a “midnight of the soul” experience with my youngest son. I told myself I was searching out help for my colic-ridden baby; truth be told I wanted help for myself. I was horribly sleep-deprived and had a bad case of post partum depression.
I had read that magnesium deficiency is sometimes a contributor to sleep disturbance–let me tell you, my baby had sleep disturbance!!! Consequently, so did I. But I knew I couldn’t shove a horse-pill-sized magnesium tablet down my son’s throat to see if it made a difference. That’s where this novel concept (to me) of spray-on-magnesuim arrested my attention and I immediately purchased it from the company Activation Products.
I wish I could report that the spray magnesium made all the difference in the world, but I wasn’t consistent enough to see a difference. Five years later, however, I tried the second generation, and “Wow”, have I seen an impact.
What our family has experienced is better sleep for our kids; easing of sore muscles, and blessedly an easing of intense and uptight emotions in our youngest child. Yes, there is a discernible difference when we douse him in magnesium spray; he’s calmer and less irritable–“Yay!”
So what’s the deal with magnesium? Good question! It’s been reported that with the seriously reduced mineral content in our soil, this master-mineral magnesium is sadly missing from our foods, leaving most of us bereft of it’s vital life-source.
Magnesium Ease is considered to be one of the best natural remedies for relaxing sore muscles, cramps, spasms, and restless legs syndrome. Interestingly, magnesium is reported to be responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in our bodies and it regulates serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to be involved in the onset of migraine headaches. Magnesium is calming for the nervous system. For my youngest child, the calming of the nervous system is most assuredly a relief.
Magnesium Ease is indicated in helping people relax in the evening, falling asleep faster, and sleeping better throughout the night because it improves your blood circulation. This spray-on product does not leave a sticky residue and supplies the magnesium our bodies need.
Magnesium Ease is one of the purest natural magnesium chlorides available. It is made in Canada and is 100% pure. There are no chemicals, no fillers and no animal testing.
My next foray into the world of Activation Products was Marine Phytoplanton. Let me tell you, it really is as horrible tasting as it sounds. I need to say that right off the hop. Nonetheless, I’ve been so impressed with the stuff, that the taste is a moot point.
I love to try new and innovative health products. I’m always on the lookout for the newest and best in green products. And I’ve tried my fair-share. I have been using a great organic multi-superfood product for about 2 years. I saw my nails get stronger, my bones increase in density among other benefits. THEN, I tried Ocean’s Alive 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton!
Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton far surpassed the previous green product I had used. My nails have gotten so strong, they’re hard to cut–finger and toe nail health are indicators of overall health. My skin is better and my energy is good. Despite the taste, I’ll be choosing Marine Phytoplankton over my previous green product for the foreseeable future.
Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton is a plant-based premium superfood and the source of all marine based nutrition. It has been said that this is the food that powers the planet. If you’re into biology or ecology, this will make total sense to you.
Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton is a concentrated solution that fortifies the electrolytic fluid system with 90+ ionic, trace and organic minerals that are fully bioavailable to the body. That is probably one of the reasons my nails have become super-strong! Furthermore, Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton’s new advanced formula powerfully addresses oxidative stress, DNA damage and cellular impairment to optimize your health.
Oceans Alive 2.0 requires no refrigeration. The product comes packaged in 1 oz. dark amber glass bottles with high-end food grade droppers for easy dispensing. And, I am not the only one who is loving Ocean’s Alive 2.0! People that consume Ocean’s Alive 2.0 express enhanced brain function, improved immune function, improved cellular repair, anti-inflammatory support, antioxidant support, improved circulation, improved heart function, and a residual “grounding energy”.
And there’s more from Activation Products. Two stellar seed oil combinations that boost immune health, reduce inflammation and benefit digestion. The first is Panaseeda Black Cumin Oil which enhances immunity during flu season. As mentioned, Panaseeda Black Cumin Oil aids in digestion as it helps various conditions such as gas, diarrhea, and constipation. This oil is loaded with thymoquinone, Vitamin B1, B2, and B3 which provide the body with powerful anti-oxidants, reducing inflammation, a significant healthy-destroyer.
It has been processed using the Zero Press Technology method which is delicate yet powerful so the precious nutrient qualities of the seeds are left undamaged. Panaseeda Black Cumin Oil contains zero damage or oxidation. The oil is stored in a high quality miron glass bottle; it is so stable that no refrigeration is needed.
To round out this exceptional line of health products, the Five Seed Blend is loaded with Vitamin E, a primary antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in your cells, and increases skin softness and suppleness. It is also an anti-inflammatory that empowers your cells to glow with genuine health.
The Five Seed Blend contains all natural and certified organic ingredients – organic sunflower seed oil, flax seed oil, black sesame seed oil, coriander seed oil, and pumpkin seed oil. Again, there are no chemicals, fillers, or animal testing.
The Five Seed Blend uses the Zero Press Technology to ensure the seeds are left undamaged. The oil is also stored in a high quality miron glass bottle.
For the world I live in—the Western world—where life is fast paced, stress-filled and at times overwhelming, tea is most assuredly a balm. Conditions related to stress such as anxiety, low mood (low levels of depression), burn-out, and chronic insomnia plague our communities.
As a licensed helping professional, I have observed that it’s not only clients that suffer from emotional and cognitive ailments as delineated above. These occur in the lives of psychologists, teachers, therapists, social workers and counselors as well.
How do I know this? I’ve supervised and worked with individuals in these professions throughout my career. In fact, graduate studies alone (even in the social sciences) can contribute to overwhelming stress that has debilitating impacts on immune health, emotional and cognitive wellbeing as well as relational health.
If the very people who are tasked with supporting vulnerable and emotionally needy members of our community are struggling, whatever are we to do?
While I have many suggestions for those suffering from anxiety, low mood and burnout, I’d like to suggest an enormously simple strategy. Tea.
That is, the ritual of intelligent tea drinking. Before you roll your eyes, and move on to another page, please read further. You may be surprised how much support, and some evidence, there is about tea drinking in research.
While tea drinking won’t solve all of life’s irritants, problems, negative patterns of thinking and relational challenges, it does have amazing calming, peace-giving and grounding potential.
Take the humble chamomile flower for instance. It can grow almost anywhere, and found wild, may appear more like a weed. The flower looks very close to a daisy, and both German and Roman chamomile are popular for gardeners.
Both German and Roman chamomile can be used for tea, although the German chamomile isn’t quite as bitter as the Roman. These specifics are only relevant if you wish to produce your own chamomile. In my world, I prefer to depend on tea distributers as it saves on time in my admittedly hurried world.
There is one noted clinical trial that supports chamomile as an anti-anxiety aid, particularly for the condition called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This evidence-based study indicated that individuals diagnosed with GAD experienced a reduction in anxiety symptoms that helped them cope better with life.
While we like to depend on clinical trials, there in also anecdotal evidence that chamomile reduces stress related symptoms as well as insomnia. Going back centuries, natural healers have successfully used chamomile to treat numerous conditions, in addition to sleep disturbances and symptoms of anxiety. Not to mention, that a lovely cup of tea at the end of the day feels comforting in your hands, can bring you into the present, and calm your soul simply because of it’s soothing warmth.
Black Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
I’ve been a tea lover for years. However, I always assumed that black tea contributed to heightened arousal in my nervous system because of its caffeine. While there is caffeine in black tea, it is approximately 30% less than a brewed cup of coffee (depending on how strong you like your coffee).
I’ve recently come across reports about a few studies that indicate black tea contains a unique anxiety reducing amino acid called L-Theanine. This lovely substance assists in creating a calming sensation. L-Theanine has been purported to increase dopamine levels, which support a good mood, while having no known side effects.
The dosing seems to be the tricky bit. I’ve read that anywhere from 1-3 cups per day produces a sense of calm. Another study stated 6 cups reduced moderate levels of anxiety (physiological symptoms) substantially. While it appears more research is in order to determine dosage, I can speak from my own experience.
I began serious black tea drinking a number of months ago following a review of an article that indicated six cups of tea per day would alter an anxious state for the better. I was in a highly stressful place in my life and experienced uncomfortable symptoms such as “butterflies in my tummy”, whirrin
g, worried thoughts, insomnia, increased heart rate and the like. I knew the psychological remedies for anxiety reduction, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and acceptance to name a few, but I really struggled to reduce the aggravating symptoms in my body.
While I never got up to six cups of black tea a day, consistent tea drinking (approximately 2 strong cups a day) significantly improved my mood and reduced symptoms of anxiety in my body. Then, I used the cognitive strategies to assist with the negative ruminating thoughts that were also maintaining anxiety in me.
I know that you science-oriented people out there might still be suspicious. An “n” of one (me), isn’t exactly rock solid evidence. Regardless, what’s the cost of a box of tea to conduct your own “n” of one trial and see how it contributes to a better mood and a calmer manner in which you engage your day?
The Ritual of Tea
The ritual of tea is an imprecise practice of regular tea drinking. Of course, tea rituals have ancient roots, and still occur throughout the globe. India, China, the UK and other continents and countries boast from simple to elaborate tea rituals.
What I’m talking about is an intentional ritual you introduce into your life that is consistent and produces calm through the mindful enjoyment of your brew. My teatime is after lunch. I brew some water, and make a cup. Even if I’m heading out to meet a staff member or chair a meeting, I try to have a cup of tea in the sanctuary of my office prior to departure.
I look forward to it.
I savor it.
I’ve started to treasure it.
The benefits come from the tea itself, because I enjoy the flavour. But it’s also the intentionality of reducing my pace, and focusing on something other than work for a few minutes.
I’d love to tell you I always take five minutes to reflect and breathe deeply. Not always. Regardless, the ritual of tea is an important part of stress-reduction throughout my day. Even as I write today, I have cup of the rich brown brew steaming beside me.
Like many practices, there are accessories attached to tea. Teapots, teacups, teacup saucers, tea strainers, tea balls, and the list goes on. In the end, you can use a pottery mug to brew a cup of tea if you wish. You don’t require anything special, except for good quality tea and water. But for many, the accouterments actually enhance the experience of the tea ritual.
Loose Leaf Tea
The true tea connoisseur will tell you that there is nothing like loose leaf tea, as purportedly, the tea is of better quality. Good quality loose-leaf tea tends to include handpicked whole tealeaves, large pieces of the leaf, handpicked buds or a combination of these. The tea collection method, and in particular the larger pieces, contribute to a fuller flavour.
Loose-leaf tea is typically best when used with a tea ball or tea strainer. If it remains in the cup or pot too long, it can become bitter tasting. Tea balls can be used for cups of tea, although they are most often in pots of tea.
Tea strainers are especially handy to place atop your cup of choice. Spoon in the preferred amount of loose tea and pour in recently boiled filtered water. Let the tea steep for as long as you desire, depending on how strong you enjoy your tea.
Tip: If you have more than one tea strainer, let your tea air dry in the strainer over night and it will easily drop out when turned over. Wet tea is more difficult to remove.
Tea bags are about convenience. While the hard-core, loose-leaf advocates will say they lack in the same degree of antioxidant, calming, and other health promoting advantages, good quality bagged tea is still available and beneficial. Tea from tea bags can promote peace and health.
Finally, why Organic?
Why organic tea? Tea is readily available almost everywhere. You can spend considerable money on a purchase of tea, or less than $3.00 a box. We know that genetic modification, pesticides and other nasty chemical-practices are depleting our soil and water sources, plaguing the earth. Tealeaves and their consumers can be markedly vulnerable to these realities.
As I’ve discussed, tea is necessarily steeped. Chemicals found in tealeaves can leach into the water you’ve brewed it in, resulting in you ingesting chemicals
that are not good for you and may in fact be toxic.
Tea is a lovely, ancient, and life-giving benefit this earth has granted us. While we fight to stay grounded and attuned to the present amidst the chaos of our modern world, don’t forget the benefits of tea. Practice the goodness tea rituals. Tea and its many advantages can enhance your life regardless of where you live, how you live, your particular taste or style.
I fell in love with theCream a couple of years ago. At that time, I was searching out options to alter my skin care regime from chemical-based products to all-natural products. Did you know that, between eye creams, skin creams, body lotions, deodorants, and her daily grooming and make-up routine, the average woman could be subjecting her skin to an alarming 515 different synthetic chemicals every single day?
It became a frustrating exploration because though many products stated, “Natural Ingredients”, upon further inspection the “natural ingredients” were few and far between. Those products did include a limited number of natural ingredients, but they were vastly overshadowed by chemical ingredients that only someone with a Ph.D. in biochemistry could pronounce.
The history of the Pink Cow Brand is fascinating. It is equally fascinating to learn how this product -line has grown and become an award winning group of skin care products that women and men LOVE!
The line was developed by Denie Hiestand, a natural health consultant, author, research expert, and former successful New Zealand dairy farmer. Denie has spent decades studying the skin and toxins/chemicals in everyday cosmetics and personal care products and identified a strong link between the high usage of chemical personal care products and the growing rates of cancers, infertility, hormone imbalances, allergies and various other modern day illnesses.
In response to his patient’s requests, Denie set about to create a completely pure and natural range of skincare products which not only contained none of the harmful additives found in the majority of commercial products, but contained life-giving, cell nourishing ingredients which feed and nourish the skin.
Testimonies abound reporting that this set of products is innovative and remarkable. This year, “Beauty experts and moms across the USA tested and reviewed hundreds of products and voted theCream Face as the Best Facial Moisturizer in the recent Kiwi Magazine 2015 Natural Beauty Awards. These awards honor the best of the best; products were scored on quality and performance.”
Ruby Lane Make-Up reported, “I absolutely love this moisturiser and would certainly say it is the best that I have ever used. I have been using the product for almost two months so it has received a very fair and realistic trial.”
A key component, and the reason theCreme has become so popular it that it uses Colostrum, the life-giving first-food baby mammals get from their mothers.
One reviewer indicated she initially thought the smell “unusual”–not bad, she says–but unusual. That makes sense to me, as conventional perfumes are not used in the 100% natural product. Most of us are so used to perfumes and dyes in our personal care products that the lack of a powerful scent seems strange to us.
From my own experience, I didn’t find the eye creme as effective as the “chemical” variety that I use. It’s definitely better than using nothing at all, but it does’t give me as long lasting a lift as other un-natural options–sorry girls!
100% natural is pretty hard to beat. These products are even safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, they are so clean. The technology for extracting colostrum is sound, as are the ethical practices used in protecting the animals and their young.
theCream began in 2012. Since it’s inception theCream won awards every year following for its superseding products. The catchy company tag line is, “100% Natural, up to 85% Colostrum, 0% Bull”.
My absolute favourites are: Face, Facial Serum, Lips and Body Elixir. I have never felt anything on my lips like, well, Lips. It is smooth, not greasy and literally reduces lines on my lips. The Body Elixir is stupendous. It has orange oil in it, and the combination scent is divine. Even my children (and I have boys) ask for it when the weather is cold and they have chapped hands. It works great and smells even better.
Pink Cow products are quickly becoming an ALL-natural-facial-care revolution. They are reasonably priced when you consider top facial care products of the chemical variety. Furthermore, they last, and last and last. I bought a three-pack of theCream for face and I’m still not through it. That was about 18 months ago; I still have one bottle left. I find that remarkable.
I have to confess that it took me some time to learn to savour Green tea. It tasted, well green. It’s not smooth like black tea. Nonetheless, I did acquire a taste for it and once I learned about the amazing health benefits, I convinced myself to incorporate it into my life more.
So, what can Green tea do for you? This is the amazing part; there are so many reported benefits about Green tea that I could write numerous posts– and probably will over time. Important nutrients found in Green tea include antioxidants, both polyphenols such as flavonoids, and catechins.
Why do we care about antioxidants? Because antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of certain molecules. Oxidation, although a natural process can result in oxidative stress which may damage or kill cells. Relevant research suggests that oxidative stress plays a significant role in many human diseases, including cancers. Currently there are numerous studies being conducted about antioxidants and their role in disease prevention.
At the time of this post, it is summer. And in summer, there’s nothing better than iced tea to cool you down. Iced tea is a simple beverage that can introduce healthful antioxidants into your system if you make it from scratch using a reputable organic product. Because Green tea has significantly less caffeine than coffee, iced-Green rather than iced-coffee with keep you jitter-free to enjoy your day.
To make a pitcher of Green iced-tea:
If you enjoy tea without sweetener, all the better; eliminate the honey.
If you’re trying to lose weight, Green tea has been noted to be an excellent weight loss contributor for many people. In fact, if you look at the ingredients on most weight loss supplement products, Green tea has a prominent place.
Studies have shown that green tea boosts the metabolic rate and increases fat burning in human controlled trials. Of course, because Green tea has a modest amount of caffeine, it may assist in improving performance. So, if you’re an athlete, or want to give your workout a little extra zip, introduce Matcha Green Tea Powder into your regime.
The Matcha Green Tea Powder – Organic can be used in smoothies, baking and lattes to name a few. To create a smoothie, throw some organic berries, a banana, a handful of organic spinach and Matcha Green Tea Powder – Organic into a high powdered blender with ice and filtered water.
Voila! You have a scrumptious and nutritious smoothie. You may also want to add organic virgin coconut oil or flax oil for those healthy omegas that support brain functioning as well as other important functions in the body. Additionally you may want to add a bit of plain yogurt or kefir to contribute to healthy gut flora. Adding probiotics to smoothies using yogurt or kefir is benefical for digestive health.
No discussion about Green tea would be complete without mentioning the most traditional form. That is the loose leaf variety. Reviewers are pleased with Numi Organic Tea Gunpowder Green. It is reported to have a subtle taste that appeals to many palates. It is also a beautiful tea. When the leaves are steeped in water, they gently unfurl to reveal their loveliness. This bag is a full 16 ounces and will last you until you have created a Green-tea habit.
Buying in bulk is both economical and practical if you’re trying to build a healthful Green-tea routine. It typically takes at least 21 days to build a habit, so ensuring you have an adequate amount of product–in this case a bag of Numi Organic Gunpowder Green Tea, will help you accomplish a healthful tea-drinking practice.
Green tea has been touted to be beneficial for brain health. Of course, we’ve already discussed that it has some caffeine which we know helps the brain kick into gear. However, preliminary research indicates it is more than just caffeine that contributes to brain wellness. Early studies suggest that Green tea, if consumed on a regular basis may help to prevent neuro-degenrative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Technically, it’s almost spring. In my part of the world there is still snow on the ground; nonetheless, the days are getting longer and our grass is peaking out from beneath crusty layers of snow. There is hope we will not endure more 40-below temperatures.
It’s clearly wishful thinking, but I have my organic seeds sitting close to the back patio door, and I’m waiting a few more weeks until I start my seedlings. I realize that in some parts of the world, people are farther ahead than I. Regardless, we will get to the point where the sun melts all the snow and we can safely walk out to our compost and start getting the ground ready to plant.
Food4Wealth is going to be our organic garden companion this summer. We have a plot measured out, and are ready to start organizing the supplies we need to grow a passel full of healthy vegetables despite our relatively short growing season.
And, blessedly, the supplies are minimal: a patch of sectioned ground, a bunch of newspaper, compost, hay, and seeds. I even have my husband fully on board. He’s been diligently reviewing the Food4Wealth program with much excitement.
It’s easy to get the kids on board. They adore fresh produce—carrots, radishes, cucumbers and watermelon. And dirt. What kid doesn’t like dirt?
What makes Food4Wealth unique? In a word, simplicity. Because the focus is on organic produce, a plan for minimizing and eliminating pests and weeds is at Food4Wealth’s core. Additionally, the method is soundly ecological, so the vegetable garden is constructed differently that one built from rows. It’s easy to plant, monitor and maintain.
If I had to be outside weeding a vegetable garden every few days I’d give up. In fact, that’s what I’ve done in the past. While I’ve almost always planted a garden with much gusto and great spring intentions, by end of July I am absolutely sick of those intrusive weeds and I’m ready to till the whole thing under.
What else makes Food4Wealth unique? The reviews. People are raving about this method. And, there have been thousands of customers happily growing veg with glee. Customers are getting results with home-grown, organic produce to nourish themselves and their families. Both beginners and knowledgeable gardeners give this product and its result two-green-thumbs-up.
The Food4Wealth plan provides a step-by-step instruction manual. Not only are the instructions clear, the ebook offers illustrations that make it easy to follow. In addition, you receive an audiobook so you can listen wherever you are—even in the garden.
The video tutorials are a wonderful addition, especially for the novice gardener. And to be honest, since most people do not use this ecological gardening method, the tutorials provide visuals to those veteran gardeners as well.
For stress-free garden creation, you receive an easy to follow sequential project plan that outlines what to do and how to do it. You also receive support around maintenance and next year’s storing of seeds and planting preparation.
The Food4Wealth process, while boasting time-limited preparation (around 8 hours), still requires some organization and work. Additionally, this preparation requires home-grown compost. Without your own compost, you’ll have to find some for your usage, which may take some ingenuity and/or money.
Food4Wealth is an inexpensive program, based on sound ecological methods that produce health-filled veggies regardless of where you live.
In a world of genetically modified vegetables and fruit, pesticides and other chemicals, it is a wonderful option to be able to develop self-sufficient practices where food is concerned.
For additional information, check this out on Youtube: http://youtu.be/ibx7p2iR1TA
I am absolutely in love with the idea of gardening. I even have a little plot in the backyard along with a couple of garden boxes. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love organic produce, so it makes sense I’d be a great gardener. Well, I’m not. Every year I start out well, and every year I fizzle out shortly before harvest comes around. Why? Because I’ve done all the digging and weeding I can stomach for the season.
So, this year I found a solution. My family bought into an organic garden farm, where we were to get 100 lbs. of vegetables for $300.00. OK, maybe a little steep, but I thought we’d give it a try. Bad move.
Not only did we not acquire the 100 lbs of produce, it turns out the growers weren’t that interested in customer concerns. Our last pick-up included potatoes. I love fresh potatoes with butter and dill. What a treat. Alas, the potatoes came in a gunnysack that had clearly been snuggled up near petroleum products resulting in a contaminated bag.
Naively, we thought we’d give those potatoes a whirl anyway, but it turned out they tasted like gas. When I contacted the growers, they didn’t give me so much as a, “sorry, we’ll do better next year—thanks for the useful information about our sacks.” Nope, not a word. I guess they won’t be getting my business next year.
The Food4Weatlh process has really gotten me curious. Especially because it reports requiring as few as eight hours a year. I’m trying to wrap my head around that one, but even if it’s only 28 hours a year, I might be in.
Mr. Jonathon White is an environmental scientist and horticulturalist concentrating his techniques on ecological practices that produce results. He claims, “The study of natural ecosystems reveals everything we need to know about growing food”. Jonathan White’s system is explained as much simpler than current gardening methods used in Western cultures. In fact, for those who embrace this counter-garden-culture, food production will become a natural and almost intrinsic way of gaining food.
One of the limitations of this process is the mental mountain that requires scaling. It’s hard to believe that all this time I could really have been producing good quality, organic food with minimal amounts of effort. My entire life I have watched my parents garden the Western way, and it’s a whole heck of a lot of work. I’ve tried to follow their example, but I just poop out by the end.
Learning a system to produce an organic crop, rather than a few veggies from a garden plot is a 180-degree shift for me. The possibility of saving money on produce from the grocery store sounds absolutely marvellous.
For those who want to go whole steps farther than I do, diving into this system in order to sell your produce is an exciting option. Just be more ethical than my little friends down the road who sold me tainted potatoes.
In a world where chemicals pretend to be food, and grocery produce sections hawk “fresh”, when the apples have been sitting for 6 months, personal organic gardening could be a satisfying, wholesome panacea. Imagine showing off your “farm” to your friends and family, nourishing yourself and those near you.