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Connie's Favorites of 2021

Connie's Lavender London Fog


If you know me well, you know that I love LAVENDER. You may also know that I love TEA, especially earl grey tea. So, this recipe is my new favorite! It is so simple to make and so delicious. It is perfect for this holiday season.


Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons earl grey tea with lavender

  • 1 cup hot water

  • 1 can of coconut milk (13.5 fl oz.)

  • Dash of vanilla extract (to taste)

  • 1-2 tsp raw honey

  • Ground cinnamon, for dusting (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Steep the tea and lavender in the hot water for 7 minutes.

  2. Gently warm the coconut milk.

  3. Remove tea and add into a blender with the coconut milk, vanilla, and honey.

  4. Blend until combined.

  5. Add a dusting of cinnamon if desired.


Plant Beautiful Organic Skincare Line


I absolutely love this company! It is a local MN business and creates organic essential oils and other products. This year, my new favorite is their skincare line. Plant Beautiful is about harnessing the power of potent botanicals to infuse skin with everything it needs to look and feel its best. It’s part art, part science. And as always, it’s 100% Certified Organic. Plants are beautiful – and they make us beautiful, too.



Mullein

Every year, I like to choose a plant that is my STAR favorite for the year. And as I thought back through the year, mullein stood out. It is the perfect herb for 2021. First, it was growing in abundance. Second, it is a great remedy for respiratory health!


Primary Uses: Respiratory health, coughs (deep, dry, harsh, racking), lymphatic support, muscular skeletal injuries.


Astringent | Demulcent | Mild Diuretic Expectorant | Sedative | Vulnerary



Seed Bearing Lollipops

These seed-bearing lollipops are a new item in the Shoppe this year. And I find it absolutely delightful! You can enjoy the treat and then plant the stick and grow a variety of plants. I also love that you can grow a variety of herbs! It is just a fun stocking stuffer.


Green Apple & Chamomile (grow chamomile)

Blood Orange & Elder Flower (grow elder flower)

Lemon & Thyme (grow thyme)

Rosemary & Mint (grow mint)

Strawberry & Basil (grow basil)

Champagne & Roses (grow rosetta cosmos),

Lavender & Lemongrass (grow lavender)

Peach & Marigold (grow marigold)

Vanilla & Hibiscus (grow baby blue eyes)

Sage & Marshmallow (grow sage)

Blueberry & Nettle (grow stinging nettle)


BeYOUtiful by Design

Another new product this year is this handcrafted jewelry that is locally made in Rice, MN. She makes hypoallergenic earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. There are so many designs to choose from! Stop in the Shoppe to see our current selection.



Whole Body Collagen

Whole Body Collagen contains a unique blend of three patented collagen peptides supported by clinical research showing their efficacy for supporting collagen production, bone strength, joint health and integrity, skin elasticity, and more.


Collagen is a special type of protein that accounts for as much as 30% of the body’s total protein. In particular, it’s a primary structural component of connective tissue. The amino acid composition of dietary collagens are very similar to those in human collagens, making dietary collagen peptides ideal for supporting normal body collagen turnover and renewal.


Many individuals—the elderly in particular—do not consume adequate protein. Even among those with a higher protein intake, the richest sources of collagen—animal skins, bone broth, and tendons — are not typically part of the modern Western diet. Whole Body Collagen can be incorporated into shakes, smoothies, and other foods and beverages, making it a convenient way to ensure adequate intake of collagen’s unique amino acids.



Apple Cider Vinegar

This is often an overlooked product. It is so diverse; everyone should have it in their cabinet.


What is apple cider vinegar (ACV)? It is a type of vinegar made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes, giving it significantly less sugar and fewer calories than apple cider or apple juice. How much to take? It only takes one to two tablespoons of ACV to take advantage of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Each tablespoon is about 3–5 calories and contains minimal sugar. It is best to dilute apple cider vinegar in water instead of drinking it straight. Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Acts as a Household Cleaner

  • Acts as a Natural Deodorant

  • Adds Flavor to Homemade Salad Dressings

  • Aids in Detoxification

  • Balances your pH

  • Boosts Bubble Baths

  • Boosts Gut Health

  • Decreases Dandruff

  • Enhances Circulation

  • Enhances Weight Loss

  • Extends Shelf-Life

  • Fights Fungus

  • Helps with Poison Ivy

  • Improves Skin Health

  • Keep Dishes Clean

  • Keeps Hair Shiny

  • Kills Bugs and Fleas

  • Kills Weeds Naturally

  • Lowers Blood Pressure

  • Lowers Cholesterol

  • May Help Remove Chemical Residue

  • Promotes Oral Hygiene

  • Reduces Blood Pressure

  • Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

  • Relieves Cold Symptoms

  • Relives Symptoms of Acid Reflux

  • Soothes a Sore Throat

  • Soothes Sunburns

  • Stops Hiccups

  • Warts – Home Remedy

  • Wards off Seasonal Allergies

  • Whitens Teeth

A great resource for more information about ACV: https://draxe.com/nutrition/apple-cider-vinegar-uses/



Thermography

Another NEW thing for 2021. We started offering Thermography!! We partnered up with Picture My Health and Jan to offer this service quarterly.


It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress, for conditions and injuries, including: Back Injuries, Arthritis, Headache, Nerve Damage, Unexplained Pain, Fibromyalgia, RSD (CRPS), Dental and TMJ, Artery Inflammation, Vascular Disease, Breast Disease, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Disc Disease, Inflammatory Pain, Skin Cancer, Referred Pain Syndrome, Sprain/Strain, Stroke Screening, Whiplash & Digestive Disorders.

Ma's Sweet Shoppe

A lady who I have known for years and years started her own business selling handmade cookies and other desserts. Here are just a few pictures of what she has done. I recently had her make cookies for our graduating class for the Become A Home Herbalist course and fell in love with her artistic ability!





Immune Support Packets

Now, to balance out the sweet treat, I want to end it on my personal recommendation for the immune system. As you can imagine, I get lots of questions about what to take to stay healthy during this time. Currently, I absolutely love this product from Designs for Health because it is filled with all that you need to stay healthy.


These packets contain a comprehensive arsenal of immune-supportive nutrients, helping the body maintain a strong defense. Products that comprise these packets were selected for their abilities to support the body’s overall immune response, providing the body with efficacious amounts of vitamin D (balanced with vitamins A, E, and K, the remaining fat-soluble vitamins), vitamin C, zinc, colostrum, and a wide array of antioxidants. One Immune Support Packet contains:

  • Immunitone Plus™ - 3 capsules

  • Vitamin D Complex - 1 capsule

  • Stellar C™ – 1 capsule

  • Zinc Supreme™ - 1 capsule

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine – 1 capsule


Stop in the Shoppe to check out these awesome products! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!! Stay tuned for next year's favorites.


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Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm

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