Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Live Naturally with Bulk Herb Store {#GreenChristmas Grand Prize Sponsor Review}

Learning about herbs and how they work can be challenging, but Bulk Herb Store can help! This amazing family business sells a wonderful selection of high quality herbs, teas and tea blends, kits, herbal remedies, books, videos, accessories and more to get to help you learn and live well. I'm finding out that working with herbs isn't as hard as it seems thanks to Bulk Herb Store.

In conjunction with the Green Christmas Gift Giveaway Hop posting tomorrow, I had to lovely opportunity to receive four products from Bulk Herb Store, and you'll have a chance to win too! Let me share more about them!
 Making Babies Book & DVD Series

Making Babies Book, written by BHS owner Shoshanna Easling, is a must-have pregnancy book from conception preparation, all the way through birth and postpartum. It also features 200+ recipes (many that are gluten-free!), herbal concoctions and remedies, a pregnancy/baby diary, and a ton of information and tips that will help you live as healthfully and natural as possible during such a precious time in life. I am loving this book, and really soaking in a lot of new information and natural ideals I've never come across before. The recipes are simple and easy to follow, and are truly healthy, whole foods. The photographs throughout are stellar, and add to the warmth and joy that comes across from Shoshanna and her family. It's a natural pregnancy book, herb book, and recipe book all in one!

The DVD series consists of 3 volumes and a total of over 7 hours of run time. Shoshanna is so enthusiastic and passionate about herbs and what she does that you just can't help but love watching her! She takes you through her pregnancy and beyond with recipes, remedies, herbal concoctions, exercises, birth prep, birth, nursing, postpartum and more. This is how we're supposed to take care of ourselves for such a momentous occasion as pregnancy!
I am SO making this gluten-free bread this week!
Together the Making Babies Book and DVD series is truly a beautiful wealth of knowledge and has really solidified my desire for a natural conception through birth and beyond with my next child. I love how the DVD's recipes are actually written in the book so it's even easier to learn to prepare them. Cooking and making herbal remedies is not my best skill! I'm actually so thrilled and feel so empowered to continue on this journey I'm on now. It's been about 2 years now since we began trying to have our second and I've been feeling awfully discouraged lately. This series is just what I needed to feel inspired to take charge of my health and nutrition going forward. I've been whipping up a few of Shoshanna's recipes over the last couple weeks and this book is definitely staying out on the kitchen counter from here on out!

Tea Sample Kit
This kit features Bulk Herb Store's ten most popular teas and tea blends in 2 ounce packages. Each one will make 6-10 cups of tea, depending on the strength you desire. As a somewhat tea newbie, this is a wonderful way for me to try new flavor profiles and learn about what herbs go nicely together. There are some delicious teas in this kit, including Creamy Pumpkin Pie tea which is perfect for fall, and the delicious Mama's Red Raspberry Brew that is far better than the fertility tea blend I've been making myself! Since I seem to still be sick after 3 weeks of whatever this is, I've been drinking the Double-E Immune Booster too (I need to order more!).

If you have a tea lover on your list this Christmas, definitely consider ordering the Tea Sample Kit. It's a wonderful gift along with a teapot or other tea accessories. I love discovering new flavors and herbs in this kit! 
I have been searching and searching for a natural toothpaste for what seems like forever. I have finally given up and resorted to making my own! I know the ingredients, and making it myself is a pretty neat accomplishment. There are so many harsh ingredients in traditional toothpastes that are eating away at our enamel instead of protecting it. Bentonite clay also naturally draws out toxins in your mouth replacing them with minerals. Combine that with the cinnamon and cloves and you're refreshing your breath naturally. The Celtic Sea Salt is also naturally antibacterial so you're really getting a natural clean. Honestly I had a hard time getting used brushing with this toothpaste at first, but I've stuck with it and I'm totally hooked. I'm hoping that over time my teeth will get a bit whiter, but for now I'll settle with the wonderful just-got-back-from-the-dentist feel I get after brushing with this toothpaste!

With the Bentonite Clay Toothpaste Kit from Bulk Herb Store I can easily make my own and all the ingredients are already ready for me to get going. You just have to make sure you have baking soda, and you're good to go! It's also great that I have a bunch of ingredients left over to make a second batch and more (just need more Bentonite Clay!) I had SO much fun making this with my son, and he's actually starting to get used to the idea of a new toothpaste too. I love that it's safe for my 3 year old!

Eden Salve
 This salve is a wonderful herbal remedy to numb pain, soothe and heal skin, and fight bacteria. Using a blend of herbs and other natural ingredients formulated by Shoshanna, the Eden Salve is a multipurpose salve that is so safe it can even be used on infants. It can be used as an astringent in case of an infection or poisonous bite, or as an antiseptic too. Use for wounds, rashes, insect bits, severe dry skin, or any other time your skin needs an extra boost to heal naturally and effectively. It has a greasy, oily consistency, similar to a balm but does blend into the skin eventually. My husband and I think it smells exactly like our favorite sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil! I like to use the Eden Salve on the ares of my shoulders when they do get sore or potentially injured due to my calcific tendonitis. It's that extra boost and healing, soothing feeling from the balm that helps me to relax and ward off the pain. 

In September I had the opportunity to attend the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California, and actually meet a couple ladies from Bulk Herb Store at their booth. Unfortunately I missed the chance to meet Shoshanna, but her contagious zest for life was evident in the BHS ladies working the booth! Behind Bulk Herb Store is a wonderfully authentic family and employees that are dedicated to what they do and love to share what they know. I highly recommend Bulk Herb Store for all your herbal needs and for fabulously natural gifts this Christmas.

Connect with Bulk Herb Store
Price: Making Babies Book & DVD Series - $110, Tea Sample Kit - $24.95, Bentonite Clay Toothpaste Kit - $26.95, Eden Salve - 4 oz can - $22.95 
Buy It: Check out BulkHerbStore.com to shop today!

Win It: Come back during the Green Christmas Gift Giveaway Hop (Nov. 28 - Dec. 7), and enter win one of these product! All four will be given away!

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product(s) to facilitate this review for free. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


Keara B. said...

The Making Babies book looks like a fantastic resource- I'd love to read it! I recently made some home-made salve and wish I would have know about the bulk herb store for some of the ingredients I needed. Thanks for sharing!

Monika said...

I wish this was open to Canada! The sample kit seems great and is intriguing for a gift option.

doodlebug said...

This sounds great!! I've never been much into natural, but this might be a good time to start. I would really like the tea, as I'm thinking about starting to drink it and cut down on my coffee consumption.

Debby said...

I've been hearing about Bentonite Clay toothpaste lately. I avoid fluoride, sweeteners, etc. Thanks for the info!

judi said...

I love tea! These teas look gorgeous and sound like they would be wonderful for my evening cup of tea. The salve sounds heavenly too! It is very dry here and cracked, dry skin is a constant battle, especially in the winter.

Anonymous said...

The toothpaste is great! I've been using it for a couple weeks and love the way my teeth feel. I gave a small amount to a coworker (who smokes) of my daughter and she says it removes the build-up from smoking!

Kate McBride said...

I am a loose leaf tea fan! It is sooo much better than regular bagged tea. Always looking for new sellers. :)

Kate McBride said...

I am a loose leaf tea fan! It is sooo much better than regular bagged tea. Always looking for new sellers. :)

Kate McBride said...

I am a loose leaf tea fan! It is sooo much better than regular bagged tea. Always looking for new sellers. :)

wasabilime said...

I am really interested in The making babies book and dvd. I've already had my little one but i do try to be as healthy and as natural as i can for our well being and well who knows when we might get the chance to become parents again. ;-)

Lyly Tee said...

I live in the south bay and missed the expo in Santa Rosa! I'd definitely want to try the tea sample kit.