Review on Farmstead Apothecary

Hey ya’ll! Sorry for such a long gap between posts. Life got crazy & a move to another state happened. But have NO FEAR! I am back and as excited as ever. Today I am here to post a review on a fabulous natural company that I have had the privilege of trying some of their products (guess what, you can too!)

Our skin is such an important part of our body and it takes the brunt of our day-to-day shenanigans. What you put on your skin becomes absorbed into your body rapidly, 26 seconds to be exact. When your skin absorbs everything so quickly, don’t you want to have the best, safest, most natural, and effective product? I sure do! Now I have tried many different natural lotions, face washes, etc and this month I will be posting about many of the different brands, however this is by far one of the best I have had the pleasure of using. In fact, this blog post is reminding me that I need to make a purchase for more!

Farmstead Apothecary is a company created by a husband and wife just outside of NYC. Their website was a breeze to explore with a great bio about them and their company, making you truly feel connected to their product. When I found them on instagram I was instantly drawn to their brand based off of the unique and natural scents of their products. When I reached out about sampling their products for the blog they stated that on their website, located above, that they had sample packs for everyone to try! I was super excited. Taking a leap of faith on my skin care, I purchased their lemon almond foaming face wash along with my sample pack. I added it to try since their shipping and handling is a bit on the higher end, but definetly well worth it and arrives at your house in a jiffy!

Once arrived, I was instantly intruiged by their product’s look. Simple, natural, with delicate packaging. That evening I began using the foam wash,  along with the sample of the face cream. Oh my goooooodness, I became obsessed. Their products are 100% plant based, vegan, have only EIGHT ingredients, have no drying or alcohol agents, and are scented by real fruit. I have had my face wash now for several months and have had wonderfully clear skin. Alot of times with natural face washes, your skin tends to feel “squeaky” after, not theirs. My skin has been the softest it’s been in a long time after using the face wash and the citrus rose face cream. I was so sad when the sample was over! Along side of the face cream, the sample also provided a body butter and body lotion that you had several options of scents to choose from.


 

This 100% natural company provides so many fabulous products ranging from lip balm, baby products, pet products, body washes, and more. The founders, Lauren and Randy, are the type of people that are needed in the holistic field. They have a fantastic vision, wonderful products, and easily contacted via social media (go and tell them how wonderful they are!!). Farmstead Apothecary is definitely One Body, Mind & Earth approved. 

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Why I Started…

Good morning, everyone! Hope last week treated you well and you’ve continued on your natural lifestyle journey. Today’s post is a special one to me. I am going to tell you my story and why I truly believe natural products are the only way to go to have a full and healthy body, mind, and earth.

Rewind to 2007… I was a sophomore in high school and consistently was sick, stressed, and bloated. Tag teaming my hefty weight was my 5 year struggle of horrific break outs under my arms (as you can imagine wearing tank tops, leotards, and swim suits were unbearable). To sprinkle on top of the hot mess I was, I was diagnosed with anxiety, severe panic attacks, and OCD about the same time. This ended up adding several medications into the mix.

Eventually, I was allergy tested. After the process we found out I’m allergic to wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, berries with seeds on the outside (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries), and soy and a lot of outdoor things. The next grocery shopping trip all I can remember is sitting on the floor of the store crying with a bag of tortilla chips because they were all I could find to eat. Eventually we ended up starting to purchase the substituted packaged products for me to munch on & random ways to tweak certain recipes. In less then a month I lost roughly 10 pounds of water weight and my arms were slightly cleared up.

Throughout the next 7 years I spent my time always trying to find packaged and processed food that was “allergy free”. Then suddenly one night while watching some of the documentaries I previously shared in a post, I realized I was looking at it all wrong! Allergy free or not, less packaged and more produce. It didn’t matter if it was allergy related or not, the “extras” in those products were doing just as much harm to me, if not worse. Our bodies are not made to have all of these unnatural chemicals inside of us. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the food we eat, the products we put on our skin, or even the items that we hold our food in. Our body works hard to get those chemicals through our system as soon as possible while still trying to get the nutrients as well. Who even has time to worry about something like that?

Here is a pic from 2007 to 2017 

Well..here I am 10 years later, and I live by the motto “Natural or None”. Although I still have a bit of cushion for the pushing, I am healthy in much more than just a sense of working out and eating right. I now use all natural body and skin care, use as much essential oils over  the “over the counter” medication, and as much produce as possible with very little packaged items. I am excited to say that with the transition to natural deodorant, soaps, and detergents my underarms are completely clear. And although little hiccups with my anxiety and OCD occur, I have not had to take any medications in years. A firm foundation of yoga, meditation, essential oils, and a good strong prayer have made wonders mentally.

Now granted, I still do enjoy my Cliff bars, Enjoy Life snacks, and still purchase gluten free noodles and rice and that’s all fine and dandy. The key is when you are purchasing packaged items, buy sparingly and know the companies and their intentions with their food. Same when it comes to the items you put in and on your body. You may not feel like your body is suffering from what is in those crazy buy 5 for $20 deals but if you take them away and use natural products and then go back, you will see and feel the difference. You will see that you had been literally lotioning up with chemicals that shouldn’t or can’t soaked into your body so they lay there as a film on your skin, causing irritations and such.

My goal with this blog is to raise awareness of what we are putting into our bodies, on our bodies, and also the Earth. I am also here to show you some of the awesome companies I have had the pleasure of using on a day to day basis who have the same goal! If I can even help just one person feel better by what they eat/use or reduce a carbon footprint my heart is happy. Until next time..

 

Beautiful Benefits of Yoga

Yoga.. or as I call it “my calming time”. Many people think that because they are not flexible they cannot do yoga, uh…WRONG! Yoga is much more then twisting into a pretzel position. This post is going to explain all the health benefits of yoga and why it’s so helpful for everyone individually.

Besides Yoga being a great stretching & exercise practice, it is a great practice to be able to help reconnect your mind and emotions to your body helping live life with more fulfillment. Think of it as a preventative or restorative health care…

People tend to separate their minds from their bodies and end up feeling disconnected with the things and people around them. Yoga can assist in tackling the split between rational mind and emotions to promote personal growth . Yoga is a great way to put you in touch with your real feelings & balance your emotional life. This is where savasana, the meditation at the end of your yoga session, is important. Although not moving, it is claimed to be the hardest move. Laying still,  quietly, awake, and relaxing the mind is extremely difficult. Mine teeters from going over my to-do list to falling asleep (literally, got caught snoring).

Everyone has heard that Yoga is a great relaxing and calming exercise. But over the past  5,000 years, Yoga has been very beneficial for it’s users by helping their body function properly. Here are some examples…

The American Osteopathic Association states that Yoga can:

• Increase flexibility (everyone will be on different levels, don’t get discouraged)

• Increase muscle strength & tone – putting weight and stretching muscles that aren’t normally used

• Improves respiration, energy, and vitality (umm yes!)

• Helps maintain a balanced metabolism

• Helps with weight reduction (mix up your daily workouts still, cardio one day, yoga the next)

• Improves your cardio and circulatory health (great at sending blood flow to different parts of the body)

• Improves athletic performance

• Helps protection from injury

 

Yoga Journal states that Yoga can:

• Perfects posture

• Prevents cartilage & joint breakdown

• Protects the spine

• Develops your bone health

• Increases your blood flow

• Drains lymphs & boosts immunity and helps system function properly

• Ups your heart rate

• Lowers blood pressure

• Regulates adrenal glands

• Makes you happier

• Sets a foundation for a healthier lifestyle

• Lowers blood sugar

• Helps you focus, relaxes your system

• Improves your balance- linked to knee/back pain

• Maintains nervous system

• Releases tension

• Helps you sleep deeper

• Gives lungs room to breathe

• Prevents IBS and other digestive problems

• Gives peace

• Increases self esteem, inner strength

• Eases pain

• Builds awareness for transformation

• Uses sounds to soothe sinuses

• Keeps allergies and viruses away

• Encourages self care

• Supports your connective tissue

Yoga is one of those full mind & body exercises. It works out every part of you. As someone who grew up with severe panic attacks, OCD, a lot of health issues and extreme anxiety, yoga was something that I slowly worked into my every day to regain control of my mind and to relax my body. Now that I am older, it has become a huge part of my daily life as I continue to recover from my migraine surgery, gain confidence in my practice, and allow myself that time to appreciate myself and rest the mind. I  love hearing people’s personal stories about their experience with yoga & what they get out of it. I have asked a couple of my amazing friends to give their Yoga stories as inspiration and motivation for you, readers…

Alex, male; 26

“Yoga has been a helpful tool in my life, both throughout my athletic careers and after them. During my athletics, yoga was an important part of my training to improve flexibility, reducing the risk of injury, and to keep me emotionally grounded and relaxed throughout long, intense seasons. Since moving on from competitive sports, yoga has remained a part of my training as something to expand upon and continually challenge myself with. It’s a perfect way to learn more about myself, mentally and physically, and something I will continue to practice throughout my life.”

Krysti, female; 31

” I’ve been doing yoga for more than half my life. My mom got me doing it to help my migraines. The effect on my headaches was minimal but I loved it so much that I stuck with it. After my son was born, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I had gotten away from my yoga practice but started it back up at the recommendation of my therapist. After a couple of years, it helped so much that I decided to enroll in a yoga teacher training course – perhaps if I could bring peace to myself, I could help others as well. Yoga is humbling. I’m halfway through my training and I’ve learned that I will be a forever-student. There will always be something to learn. The most interesting thing to me? Yoga has become such a visual thing – on Instagram, we are flooded with images of women doing handstands and twisted in complicated poses. In reality, yoga is not about the complicated poses – it is about being in the present moment and it is about the breath – the pranayama. ”

 

yogajournal.com

 

It’s That Time. Period.

It’s the dreaded time…you and all the people around you tense up & tip toe around attempting not to wake the inevitable beast. Your period. PMS & your menstrual cycle have always been one of those hush hush topics. But why, because it’s gross? Ladies, it’s natural….personally, I feel like it’s just a reminder how tough us women & our bodies are. Guys can’t do this stuff! In this week’s post I’m going to give you ways on how to deal with the most painful & emotional time of your month, in the healthiest and most holistic way possible, as well as products to use.

First of all…what is PMS?
Premenstrual Syndrome refers to the physical and emotional symptoms that occur 1-2 weeks before your period. There’s over 100 physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms ranging from abdominal bloating, cramps, depression, tension/migraine headaches, irritability, fluid retention, change in appetite, etc. During that time it is crucial to take care of Y-O-U! There are several ways to do so…

  1. Exercise.

Yoga is my go to. Doing some mild stretching helps me & my body get into a better place for the week.

  • Studies have shown that regular exercise relieves breast tenderness, fluid retention, as well as stress.
  • Exercise stimulates the production of the brain’s natural substances that causes us to feel better & have less pain.

2. Work on Stress Management.
Be good to yourself!

  • Reduce/ eliminate stressful events & undertakings (tough, I know…but you can do it!)
  • Plan relaxing activities
  • Chat with friends, having emotional support & having people know what to expect from you that week is key crucial.
  • Rest (catch those zzzzz…)

3. Watch Your Diet.

  • It’s best to eat low fat, balanced meals that supply plenty of protein. (Doesn’t mean to go eat “low fat” boxed stuff, no no!) This includes meat, dairy, fish, and eggs. If intolerant or vegan try. Hemp seeds, beans & legumes, peas, and brown rice.
  • Limit salt (For a salt addict like myself, this is difficult) By limiting your salt it will decrease the swelling of hands and feet, reduce overall bloating, as well breast tenderness
  • Eliminate foods & drinks that contain caffeine, yes…even chocolate. (oh, the humanity!)
  • Stay away from tobacco & alcohol, using during those 1-2 weeks can actually worsen symptoms
  • Eat more complex carbs like cereals, vegetables & fibers such as root veggies, fruits and whole grains. Eating carb rich meals will reduce the cravings for sugar, which is great since you should really eat less refined sugar, such as table sugar.
  • Try calcium supplements, they can help moodiness, as well as reduce water retention and pain.

….so now your PMS stage is over & on comes the real deal. How do we naturally overcome this when all we really want to do is pop a bunch of ibuprofen, eating bags of bread & cry for days?
First let’s conquer the cramps…menstrual cramps are a result of when prostaglandin hormones trigger your muscles in your uterus to contract in order to squeeze out the menstrual blood. Sounds painful? Well duh, it is. Sounds like you’re a tough cookie? You betchya! Some people rarely, if not ever have cramps. Some others, like myself, feel like a little demon baby is etching the abc’s into your lady land. I encourage you to try these holistic approaches before resorting to ibuprofen or other pain medications to assist. If unbearable, reach out to your primary doctor.

 
There are a few great ways to help that painful cramping without having to worry about what you’re putting into your body.
1. Heat- this is my go-to for cramps. Microwave a corn heating pack, an electric one, whatever works for you and lay with it across your lower stomach near your pelvic bone.
2. Drink water- staying hydrated helps keep your body from retaining water & helps eliminate boating. Warm/hot water is usually better for cramps.

3. Essential Oils- within the past year this has been a new one for me that has become a lifesaver, they go with me everywhere during my cycle. Depending on which brand you prefer, they may have ones specifically for the time of the month. Otherwise, you may have to play around a bit as well to see what works for you, some prefer lavender, some prefer cinnamon, eucalyptus, peppermint, or even motherwort. Apply several drops on to the painful area, and even perhaps the back & then apply heat if able.

Just Plain Relief!Veriditas Botanicals. I purchase at my local Co Op is a premixed bottle that combines helichrysum, peppermint, lavender, and clove.

Menstrual Cramp FormulaVeriditas Botanicals. I purchase at my local Co Op is a premixed bottle that combines anise, roman chamomile, sweet marjoram, and lavender.


Now that the pain is covered, let’s talk about the icky stuff…what we use to catch it. As someone who loves saving money, these were amazing purchases. I was extremely happy when I saw my local organic Co Op sold some great alternatives. Unfortunately they don’t carry the item I’m about to brag about anymore, they still carry organic tampons & pads but that is still putting something into the ground and continuously spending money as well. According to Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation, the average woman throws away 250-300 POUNDS of pads, tampons & applicators in her lifetime. As someone who attempts to be as eco-friendly as possible, I refuse to be a part of that. Now, some people may feel grossed out about reusing items for such a topic. If so, understandable. I highly encourage you to then look into organic & biodegradable feminine products then such as Cora , Veeda , and Natracare. Not many companies make chlorine-free, biodegradable, feminine products, so using non-reusable ones maybe more pricey but are always worth seeking out.
When it comes to pads, I’ve only ever relied on one brand of fabric & I promise on my 6th grade unibrow that I will not try another. I’m sure there are some other fantastic ones but I am a loyal shopper after years of satisfied purchases from Party In My Pants. Party In My Pants brand has so many great things about it…
a) Clever name…I mean, come on!
b) Seriously fantastic patterns & fabrics
c) Different style ranging from normal flow, overnight, micro liners, and even thong
d) Amazing prices for products that last so long…saves you so much money & helps the environment
e) Can purchase in kits & even get a free one as a trial!

 
I’ve seen many women cringe when I tell them that I use reusable fabric pads. “How do you wash it? Do you just sit in it all day? Doesn’t it smell?” Legitimate questions asked and I’m here to tell you the answers… I wash them all together in a Norwex laundry bag, usually cold water. I always carry another one (just like you do with regular pads), you can simply snap them up and tuck them away until you’re at home to wash it. And no, it does not smell, keeping a good vaginal hygiene and washing them after each use will help with that.

 

Now onto the tampons… don don dooooooon. Along with the links that I provided earlier of more eco & body friendly products, there are sure to be more in your local organic Co-Ops. Ask questions there, there is usually someone who is head of the body care section and can point you to some great options. For myself, I was so sick and tired of using so many tampons. I felt guilt every time I simply just tossed one away. TMI but, I have always had a heavier flow and so that number of tampons was always large. One day I decided to go and purchase the Diva Cup. I am not kidding when I say it was one of the best purchases I have made. The Diva Cup is not made of a latex or plastic. It is made of the same silicone material and grade approved for applications in healthcare. It is accepted into the body without adverse reaction, durable, flexible to the shape of your entry, and very easy to sterilize. The Diva Cup is much more comfortable then wearing a tampon, I do not worry about it leaking like tampons, and I never have to worry that I don’t have what I need when it starts.

The only issues I have had with the cup is I feel like the nub to pull it out is a bit short but if you grasp a little farther up it comes out smoothly and doesn’t spill. Also, you obviously need to strategically empty it places (definitely not a biggie). It makes more sense to empty it at home before work or somewhere with a private bathroom, rather than dumping it out in a bathroom stall and then attempting to go rinse it out. Luckily, the Diva Cup can hold a lot and you can wear it up to 12 hours. If purchasing I warn you to look at the label!! Model 1, is for women under 30 or haven’t had any births. Model 2 is for women over & has had vaginal or c section births. There are other brands of silicone vaginal cups but I have not tried them.

 

So now for a mini rant…go back to that number I mentioned earlier about how many pounds of applicators & such we throw away in our life time. It’s a lot, huh? If that doesn’t make you begin to question what we are putting into our ground how about thinking about what we’ve been putting into ourselves? After years and years of using chemical ridden products inside of us, our body is going to soaking a large amount of it in. Dr Joseph Mercola wrote that conventional pads contain the equivalent of about 4 plastic bags. We have all learned a lot in the past few years about plastic chemicals and its hazardous nature. So why would we use those on the most delicate part of our body? Some well-known, big brand (non-organic and non- biodegradable) use chemicals that are linked to cancer, organ damage, bacteria growth, odor neutralizers, and even chlorine bleach. You lovely ladies don’t deserve that! Take care of yourself, from the PMS, to the cramps & healthier choices on products.

 

Now that I have hopefully filled your brain with new knowledge & an excitement on how to tackle your monthly madness with natural & healthy ways. Enjoy the sunshine & until next time..

 **I am not writing reviews in behalf of the companies, I am simply writing as a person on their own holistic & ecofriendlu journey. 

Information came from Huffpost.com, 999 Little-Known Natural Healing Foods and Proven Home Remedies, Nutricures , and Websites of these companies 

Water.. Necessity Or A Wash? 

I’m the first to admit that I am horrible at keeping the proper amount of water in me at all times. Hence, why this is my first post back on the ol’ blog. Recently I had a little incident of me getting into a sauna with not enough water in my system. I don’t want to share all my klutzy secrets, but let’s just say the goose egg on my head after fainting was a constant reminder of what happens when you’re not hydrated. So why is water so important to our bodies? And what are some ways we can get better at getting the sufficient amount?
Water has some amazing benefits to your body, some that I hadn’t even thought about until researching! While reading, it explains that water can…

  • Banish headaches/migraines
  •  Improve your mood (who isn’t all about that?!)
  • Relieve fatigue (amen!)
  • Boost energy levels
  • Relieve constipation (phew!) – Water is the best natural laxative, it help keeps your bowels soft and regular
  • Flush out toxins. – Remaining hydrated helps keep urinary tracts free of bacteria & you’ll be less likely of infections
  • Improve digestion. – Plenty of H2O helps absorb & use the nutrients of healthy meals
  • Promote weight loss and prevent kidney stones
  •  Boost immune systems
  •  Improve complexion. – Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin hydrated and soft
  • Alleviate back pain
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Energizes muscles (Gonna pump you uuup!) – Cells that don’t maintain their appropriate balance of fluids and electrolytes can end up shriveling up resulting in muscle fatigue.

 

So how do we make it a habit to stay hydrated?

Here are 6 ways:

1. Drink a glass with each meal

2. Carry a water bottle with during the day (glass or metal!)

3. Keep water on your desk throughout the day

4. When you feel like a snack, try water first

5. Substitute for a soft drink or coffee ( I bribe myself…glass of water, then tea)

6. Track your water! There are some great ways of tracking your water now-a-days.

· If you own a Fitbit, the app on your phone can help you keep track.

· My Water Balance App

· WaterMinder App

· iHydrate App

· Plant Nanny (my favorite!!)

 

If you and your body do not get enough water, your good health will literally “dry up”, like the plant on Plant Nanny (seriously, download it). So how much water is the right amount? In my research there were several answers. One book said, YOUR WEIGHT DIVIDED BY 2= # OF OUNCES NEEDED. Another source stated that you need four 8 ounce glasses for every 1,000 calories you ingest. Since most people’s calories intakes should be 2,000 that would be eight 8 ounce glasses (64 oz) a day. When people say that water is  boring or bland, I always give an unintentional sour look. Water has unlimited possibilities! Mix and match some fruit in a glass to replace your morning juice, add some leaves in to give a sweet chilled taste. Here’s just a few you can try…

  • lemon
  • cucumber
  • limes
  • strawberries
  • mint
  • chia seeds
  • oranges
  • blueberries
  • raspberries/ blackberries
  • kiwi
  • basil

 

Did you know?

That your body is composed of about 60% of water and that being hydrated helps carry medicine to its action sites and helps flush away the break down products after the drug is done. (Means less time that unnatural junk is in you!)

This all this water quenching information I encourage you to start tracking your intake & see the differences…your body will thank you! Until next time, all.

 
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Questions, Comments, Concerns


Hey everyone! Sorry One Body, Mind & Earth hasn’t had a post the last few days. I’m working on some awesome posts however they are a bit lengthy. So while I am working on those posts I want to hear from my readers! Write me comments on here or direct message or comment me on Instagram (beccarae2492)! Is there anything specific you want to read about? Things you don’t like? Etc… I love feedback and excited for upcoming posts. Stay tuned! 

Tasty Tea & Lemonade

Hey readers! Hope all is well and you are out enjoying this beautiful weather that has been given to us! Today’s post is a short and sweet little one (like me!).  I’m going to share my favorite go-to summer drink (besides water, of course!). I’ll also give several other ideas to switch up the flavors or to be able to get what you need from the tea you’re drinking. This drink is also great for parties and inexpensive to make in large quantities. So grab a glass, a book and head outside for awhile and enjoy! 

Tasty Tea & Lemonade


Ingredients

  • Natural tea of your choice (I prefer Yogi, Traditional Medicine, or others found at local Co Op)
  • Organic lemonade 
  • Water

How To (pretty self explanatory)

  • Fill the glass with ice and then about 3/4 of the way up with water
  • Then add a small amount of the lemonade (enough to get the taste but not the sugar and such)
  • Then put in your tea bag in to steep until your liking
  • Then enjoy!

I love Yogi’s energizing green tea Kombucha & blueberry slimming green tea with the lemonade. However there are many great ones that can be added. 

  • Trader Joe’s peach tea
  • Tazo Tea’s passion or green tea
  • Traditional Medicine’s weightless cranberry tea
  • And many more!

You are also able to find organic flavored lemonades like mango, strawberry, peach, ect to add more flavor!