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Connie's Favorites of 2022

This was our 7th annual Connie's Favorites class! Every year, I sit down and think about what stood out to me over the last year and pick my top 10 favorites! Here is the list for 2022:


PLŪKT has created a sustainable, eco-friendly premium tea line. A female-lead mother and daughter company. PLŪKT is a premium specialty Nordic tea brand for joy, wellness, and authentic soul. Teas are hand-picked, and the brand name PLŪKT is a word in Latvian which means plucked in English.

Nordic Black Tea

Fermented Fireweed hand-picked from wild meadows and forests of Northern Europe.

White Night Tea

Tea blend made by combining the greenest and most aromatic herbs of wild Northern meadows and forests.

Contains blend of following herbs: jasmine, wild raspberry leaves, peppermint, lady’s mantle, blackcurrant leaves.

Real Treat

A swoon-worthy, unapologetically delicious™ “real treat” of a cookie, made with premium certified organic ingredients. Real Treat™ is based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

The company's mission is to satisfy the world’s craving for decadence with cookies that deliver a crave-worthy experience, while supporting the health of the planet, ourselves and the bees by including 100% organic ingredients. The result is Canada’s only line of butter-based organic cookies, a selection of award-winning, knee-buckling, unapologetically delicious treats.

PEACE Diffusion Blend from Pranarom

Scent Profile: Floral and Citrus

Inspired by the citrus groves of the warm and sunny Mediterranean basin, Peace is a sweet citrus, floral aroma with woody undertones. To use, add 4-6 drops to an ultrasonic diffuser with water.

Ingredients: Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) essential oil*, Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil*, Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil*, Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil*, Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) essential oil*. *Certified Organic

  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) - Sweet aroma. Ease feelings associated with stress and nervousness.

  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) - Bright, sweet, uplifting aroma. Excellent for boosting your mood.

  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) - Unique floral aroma that is exotic and feminine. Supports emotions and relaxation.

  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) - Rich, earthy scent. Promotes balanced emotions and relaxation.

  • Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) - Vibrant blue color and tranquil personality are caused by compounds known as chamazulenes. Calming, and promotes the respiratory system.

20% OFF all Pranarom until the end of the year - in Shoppe only!


Primary Uses: Mostly widely used as a cardiovascular remedy, superb heart and circulation normalizer, lowers bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, angina, arrhythmia, palpitations, improves heart problems caused by hepatitis or other liver diseases.

Antioxidant | Astringent Antispasmodic | Cardiotonic | Diuretic Hypotensive | Relaxant | Vasodilator

Prepare hawthorn tea by simmering 1 tablespoon of dried berries in 2 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. You can drink the tea up to three times a day. Store any excess tea in a tightly sealed container with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice added to preserve the active constituents.

Hawthorn tea typically has a sour or tart flavor. A bit of cinnamon can be sprinkled into it, or honey can be stirred in for added flavor if preferred.

Pulmonary Revive

The Pulmonary Revive™ incorporates a highly potent botanical, mushroom, and nutrient blend to support lung function.* The herbs and mushrooms incorporated in this formula support a healthy immune response and normal inflammatory response to help address some of the factors that participate in the pathophysiology of inflammation in the lungs.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

BONUS ITEM: Creamy Vegan Chocolate Custard

Author: Mary Banducci aka Apothecary Mary


  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any other unsweetened milk of choice

  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips dairy-free if sensitive

  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder

  • 3 Tb maple syrup

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp course sea salt plus extra for topping if preferred

  • 1 cup raw cashews

Instructions: Heat milks and chocolate chips until it starts to boil. Let simmer for a minute or two until chocolate chips are mostly melted.

Add everything to a blender and blend until completely incorporated. Pour into a large dish or several individual ramekins. Let sit at room temperature until cool then refrigerate overnight.

Notes: Serve with shaved chocolate, edible flower, orange or mandarin slices, coffee, hot mint tea, or crystallized ginger. Enjoy!

Jan's Scrubby Pads

Get rid of those stinky sponges that hold bacteria!

Economic dish scrubbers. No need to buy and toss sponges from the store anymore. These can be used over and over. When soiled/needed, toss in the wash but best to hand wash and lay flat to dry. They are tough enough to clean dirty pans but still soft enough to wash a glass or ceramics.

Also works great for cleaning bathrooms, sinks, bathtubs, showers, grout.

IonCleanse by AMD: A full-body detox

The IonCleanse® by AMD helps the body relax and gently detox in a way it has never been able to before, even if normal pathways of elimination are compromised. Detoxification and relaxation with the IonCleanse® by AMD is a choice to strongly consider as part of your protocol.

​Toxicants and toxicity interfere with every system of the body. Detoxification with the IonCleanse® by AMD paves a clearer path to success by helping the body's normal systems and processes function without these impediments. When you incorporate the IonCleanse® by AMD into a health plan, almost every other therapy or intervention may have a greater impact on your health and wellness.

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional Yeast has a robust umami flavor that is nutty and cheesy — a versatile pantry staple as a cheese substitute or seasoning for snacks, veggies, and sides. Or, add flavor to your go-to veggie or chip dip and creamy sauce recipes. Delicious and a good source of B vitamins — you don't have to be vegan or dairy-free to love nutritional yeast.

This is a primary grown nutritional yeast from pure strains of Saccharomyces cerevisæ, cultivated on a beet molasses substrate. To create these flavorful flakes, the yeast is harvested, washed, pasteurized and dried with heat to "deactivate" it. Because it’s inactive, it doesn’t act as a leavening agent like baking yeast. Instead, it adds creamy texture as a cheese substitute or pungent nutty taste to recipes and snacks.

Four Sigmatic Think

Instant organic coffee plus functional mushrooms for productivity - Sip clean, focused energy with half the caffeine as a regular cup of coffee. All of the things you love about coffee, none of the things you don’t.

Four Sigmatic crafts the coffee from organic beans and two astoundingly effective ingredients—Lion’s Mane and Chaga—that’ll help you avoid coffee’s dreaded dark side. No hocus-pocus, just hours of laser-sharp focus. You’ll have to find another excuse for mid-day brain-fog.

Antioxidant Infused Honey

Cinnamon – Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anticancer, antimicrobial

Elderberry– Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diaphoretic, diuretic, immune-boosting

Star Anise – Antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, immune-boosting

Clove – Promotes digestion, anti-inflammatory, aids in oral health, antioxidant, immune-boosting

For educational purposes only. Consult your healthcare provider before starting any new therapy. Not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure.

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