I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good health haul. I’m always trying to incorporate healthier things and lately focusing on beauty products. The less toxins/industrial chemicals I’m exposed to the better, especially if I have control over what I buy and what it in them. I can’t always afford the fancy holistic brands, but somethings are worth the splurge or just making them yourself. Being healthy is never about extremes, but always about balance. So let’s jump into it.
The first items are from an online store called Mountain Rose Herbs (check them out here.) They are decently priced holistic store with all sorts of things from beauty products to bulk herbs and spices for medicinal or cooking properties. I really like this site and will probably order from them again, when I’m looking for specific ingredients that I can’t find in person. They seem pretty legit with high quality products, not anything borderline sketchy like you may find on Amazon…etc.
I picked up some Kelp Powder, Primal Pit Paste and Rhassoul Clay.
A little TMI for you, but recently I’ve been coming off of the pill/hormonal birth control and delving into the intriguing world of holistic female health and reproduction (of course I’m currently also learning about pregnancy, babies, etc in my college classes which is serendipitous for me.) With a bit of a weight gain over the summer as I have been off the pill I have been looking for ways to right my hormones and bring my body back into balance. I did a bit of digging on iodine in particular and most of the foods that contain higher amounts of iodine, I do not or cannot eat. Thus I thought to supplement with iodine as I might be deficient. Kelp, as you’ll see I bought some pill supplements as well as iodine drops, is a great source of iodine. I’ve noticed in the past, when I was consistently eating lots of nori for my homemade sushi wrappers and seaweed snacks that I was more balanced, less ravenously hungry and lower in weight.
A little science for you, the thyroid (located on the neck) is a butterfly shaped gland that is responsible for producing quite a lot of hormones for the body. Hormones are crucial for signaling and making the proper reactions/mechanisms occur. The main mineral the thyroid uses for this is iodine. So by supplementing with iodine, I can reasonably help my hormone balance for the whole body.
***Of course this is my own personal choice and unique for my body composition . I am studying to be a dietitian so I have the knowledge to supplement safely but am no way (yet) qualified to give advice on supplements. Always consult your doctor AND a registered dietitian before consuming supplements (especially herbs) since the entire supplement industry is NOT very regulated.
I picked up my Kelp Pills and the Iodine drops from my local Co’op. I’ve been adding the kelp powder to miso soup or sprinkled on rice or in a smoothie with spirulina. It is really strong and tastes like the sea, which I rather enjoy. I don’t use it every day, but switch between the 3. I put the drops in my water, but am careful not to overdo it, because just as low iodine is problematic so is an excess. Always balance.
Now for the beauty buys.
I picked up some of this fancy Rhassoul Clay, the website said it was like spa grade which was intriguing. I have the benonite clay, which is much better for drawing impurities out, but can be a bit strong. This one I was hoping to use as more of a moisturizing mask, that is gentler. So far it is, I’ve only used it once with a bit of avocado oil and vegetable glycerine (which I also got from my local Co’op.) It is really fine, silky and decently priced.
After hearing Kassie from Cloudy Apples on YouTube (whom I adore) talk about Primal Pit Paste as one of the most effective, natural deodorants she’s tried, I was intrigued. It’s a bit pricey at $8-10 for either a jar or a stick but she was right. This stuff is awesome. The ingredients are amazing and it smells lovely (obviously I went for lavender.) You can get it through Mountain Rose Herbs or straight from their website, which you can find at http://primalpitpaste.com/. The ingredients are coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder and essential oils. Thats it. How awesome it that? No parabens or aluminum clogging your pores. I may even try my hand at making this myself, so stay tuned for that although a very little (they recommend pea size for each armpit) goes a very long way. They also have a line of seasonal pumpkin products too.
Another recommendation from Kassie was Thayers Witch Hazel as a toner for the skin, which I love so far and it smells amazing. I’ve taken to using this after taking my makeup off at night, but not in the morning.
I found this Hydrosol spray at my local Co’op and immediately need to have it. It’s from Verditas Botanicals, which is a new brand for me and is made with lavender. If you don’t know what a hydrosol is, it’s essentially flower water you spray to hydrate and refresh your skin, or for aromatherapy purposes. I love it. I always spray it before and after my makeup or through the day or before I go to bed. I may have started a little face spray collection on my makeup vanity, because I like these so much.
I’m not exactly sure what I can use Vegetable Glycerin for, but I was looking for moisturizing properties and plan to use it in masks for face and hair. I’ve already touched on the kelp/iodine above.
This last purchase was one I’ve been contemplating for awhile now. I’ve heard about it, I’ve seen it, I’ve known people who love using it so I finally decided to bite the near $40 price tag and get it. There are other brands out there, if you are unfamiliar but The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup, you fold it a bit, pop it in and let it collect. It’s reusable, made of silicone and not going to impart any industrial chemicals into your delicate lady tissues that is arguably the controversy over conventional pad/tampons. If you have concerns about the bleached cotton and it’s effect on your body, I’d give this a try. Honestly, even if you’re not concerned about health/environmental impact of conventional menstrual products, try this.
Since it’s reusable (just boil in water after each cycle), you are saving A LOT of money. They recommend it for a year of use, so thats $40 a year for one thing, instead of buying tampons/pads every month. Smaller carbon footprint….saves money. So far, I really like this. It’s kinda weird at first and take some getting use to but I find it just as comfortable as a tampon AND it can be left in for up to 12 hours as well as holding much more than the average tampon. It also is leak proof, if you get it in right (which isn’t hard, just weird) because it creates a light suction.
So here’s my little health and wellness haul, I hope you enjoyed!
Let me know if you have any wellness products you’ve found and loved in the comments.
Happy October little pumpkins!