Looking for a new exercise tool to work out those kinks? Need a healthy sunscreen not loaded with chemicals? Those and more are listed in this section. I add to this list all the time so come back often and check it out!
Note: I highly recommend this investment or add it to your wish or gift list. Here’s why! Most yoga companies make mats of cheap, imitation plastic or PVC slippery surfaces that are sometimes close to useless for many practices. Jade Yoga mats, made in the U.S.A. in Conshohocken, PA, developed the first natural rubber yoga mat. Jade Yoga has a number of products that align with the company’s vision of producing high-quality products. I love this company…they plant a tree for every mat they sell. Take care of and treat this mat special and don’t leave your mat in the sun as they are completely biodegradable.
Note: Choose from 2 LB, 3 LB, or 5 LB sets. Use them while you watch TV at night to up your exercise goal. These dumbbells are made of cast iron and are coated with Neoprene for durability, comfort, and to help protect you, the floor, and other equipment in case of drops.The Neoprene surface provides for a comfortable grip that won’t slip due to sweaty hands.These dumbbells are ideal to help tone arms, shoulder and back, and the hexagonal shape prevents them from rolling. Sold in pairs.
Note: I like this ball because of the quality. You can certainly get a cheaper one but this one is worth it. This is a gym quality, heavy duty ball that can be used for many applications, from Physical Therapy, Home Workouts, Pilates, & Yoga to Personal Training. Prevention magazine said that an exercise ball (also known as a stability ball, yoga ball, or Swiss ball) is one of the 6 must-haves for an home gym. It’s easy to use and a good exercise ball can help you work on your abs, chest, legs, arms, shoulders, and back. It also comes with some exercises right on the box.
Note: Great tool for stretching, promoting flexibility and Myofascial Release! Alleviates muscle and soft tissue tightness of the upper and lower back, IT band, hamstring, adductors, upper arm, etc. Medical Applications include stretches muscles and tendons, breaks down soft tissue adhesion, and soothes tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues. It saves me from going to the chiropractor, and massage therapist. Plus, as I am at the computer and on the phone a lot, it helps break up the knots. I use it for my arms, neck, shoulders, back, and thighs, especially when I sit at the computer too much.
Note: I like this ball because of the quality. I’ve used tons of medicine balls but the Danskin ones are so much better than the (hard) regular ones. They are soft and mushy, so you can grip them very easily because they are soft, with a gel-filled latex-free vinyl shell. These balls help you target abs and help improve core strength, functional movement, overall muscle tone, and flexibility with a total body workout. It’s fun and easy to use to help tone and tighten muscles as you lift, throw, catch, and swing the ball. For those exploring new workouts, the price on this ball is unbeatable. The exercise DVD included in the box is fantastic! The instructor clearly walks you thru a 20 minute full body workout that incorporates exercises for all levels of fitness.
Note: These are called Miracle Balls for good reason. Muscle tension is either the major cause of a lot of pain, or at least present due to another cause. Either way, treating muscle tension and learning how to relax will take a big bite out of your pain. I can’t do without these balls and if I use them regularly, I have no muscle or back pain at all. I’m not saying these are a cure for anything but what I can say is that when you use these balls on your back, I can feel my back muscles releasing with every breath. I feel as if my body is actually fixing itself from the inside out, rather than being “worked on” one piece at a time.
Note: I have serious allergies to some chemicals in sunscreen. My face literally swells up and it lasts for 4-5 days. This brand seems to work fine for me, is organic, and it’s a bug repellent as well. That’s good because I’m also the landscaper so I spend time out in the sun, grass, and dig in the dirt. I love it! If you or your children are regularly outside and need both sun screen and bug deterrent, this is a great option.
Note: Organic is the key for me or my face swells up for days. This doesn’t do that. It protects skin from sun, wind, cold and water as safely and naturally as possible. Biodegradable, and rich in Certified Organic ingredients, this product is safe for children of all ages. Especially good for face, ears, nose and lips, water resistant , blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturizes while protecting you from sun, windburn, and chapping.
Note: I have serious allergies to some chemicals in deodorant too. I get horrible rashes on the inside of both arms down to my elbows when I use deodorants with chemicals. My arms swell and itch and it lasts for 4-5 days. This brand seems to work fine for me plus, it’s aluminum free. The product seems a little thick and doesn’t go on as smoothly but I don’t care. It works! Plus, it has organic coconut oil, an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal ingredient, shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils including tea tree oil, a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal solution.
Note: I’m a mosquito and bug magnet! But, again, if I don’t use organic products I get rashes, my body swells up for days and it’s not pretty. This doesn’t do that. Badger’s Anti-Bug Shake & Spray is a totally organic & natural bug spray repellent. Using pure essential oils to naturally keep bugs, mosquitoes and insects away from you and your family. Based on our effective and popular Anti-Bug Balm formula, this organic Shake &Spray bug repellent naturally repels insects with the pleasant aroma of Citronella, Rosemary, and Wintergreen essential oils. Badger Shake & Spray contains no DEET, petroleum products, or synthetic chemicals, and has been independently lab tested. I can work in the garden at dawn and dusk without a single bug bite to show for it.
Note: Includes Earthing Book and Bands! Like other reviews, I was skeptical about “earthing” so decided to try the bands which are far less expensive than the mat. Plus the book is included here so it’s a great deal! I use them every night now and sleep so soundly.These grounding bands definitely work. Not only do they help reduce fatigue, they also completely stopped my restless leg syndrome.
Note: Our allergies were really kicking in full force this year. We’d go to bed and couldn’t breath and woke up even more stuffier. I did a lot of research to find the right, best air purifier around for a good price and this one hits the mark. What a relief! This unit is a 3-stage air cleaning unit that removes indoor pollutants and odors for healthier living, no ozone or harmful by-products produced, built-in air quality sensor adjusts fan speed automatically (Does not include a remote control), is designed for large spaces; certified for rooms up to 350 square feet, is Energy Star approved and has a 1-year limited warranty! Nice!
Note: If you’re not familiar with oregano oil, the ancient Greeks were the first people to recognize this oil for its health benefits and medicinal qualities. It is known to be a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections.
CAUTION: This is highly potent. Oregano oil should never be used undiluted. Dilute it by mixing it 50/50 with unrefined coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Even then it can be too strong so please use caution and read up on using it here on the link above. It has wonderful medicinal properties if used appropriately.
Note: I love my UP bracelet! It provides the motivation I need to move more, sleep better, and improve fitness; tracks steps, exercise, overall calories burned, hours slept and quality of sleep; track your food, drink, calories, nutrients to quickly know if you are eating right; Smart Coach communicates with you via vibrations at the wrist to wake you up with an Idle Alert to get you moving! It senses and captures your micro-movements while you sleep and uses advanced algorithms to determine hours slept, light vs. deep sleep, and waking moments. You can even prompt the UP to the power nap mode which will wake you up after you fall asleep.
Note: OK, BUGS love me! Even if no one else gets bitten, I do. And, the bites lasts for days! I found this medicated ointment works fabulously. It’s got Aloe Vera plus chamomile. It is THE BEST ointment for the relief of itching due to any bug bite and especially the three biggies: chiggers, ticks, and mosquitos. Just rub it on. It works within seconds to stop the itching. The main listed ingredient is Benzocaine 5.0%, but the ingredients combined make this a better alternative to other ointments. Among the other ingredients included in this are: olive oil, peppermint oil, clove oil, chamomile extract Aloe Barbadensis gel, camphor, vitamin A, vitamin E, and others. I’m never without it in the summertime.
Note: I love my UP bracelet but some folks love Fitbit Fitness bracelet as well! Whatever works for you for better motivation, go for it. Use it to sleep better and improve your fitness. This slim, stylish device is with you all the time. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Using either Fitbit or the UP bracelet, you can access your stats anytime on your computer, tablet or from leading smartphones – both iPhone and Android. For me, these bracelets work well!
Note: I did some research on Hyaluronic Acid and found that it is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. It helps cushion and lubricate joins and is a major component of skin tissue. So it would make sense to use this on our skin as it is natural and already part of our bodies.
InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Acid is joined with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and with Wild Crafter Green Tea. It is a very natural product that is also affordable. The best part of all is that it works and makes a difference. This is the first product I have purchased from this line and was attracted to the clean ingredients. The product has a more liquid-like consistency and absorbs nicely. It has no fragrance and it stays true to its promise of hydrating your skin.
Note: As I work on removing chemicals from my body, I’m also working on removing them from my environment or house. This is a great way to clean your floors without chemicals. This is light weight and takes up little space when not in use. It happens to clean floors really well and is super light, and not super scary. Designed with compact head for accessing tight spaces, it easily maneuvers around furniture and under beds. An adjustable handle makes it easy to use and then tuck away in the closet. The continuous steam function deep cleans all hard surfaces including sealed wood, tile, stone, and linoleum.