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stephd

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I'm in my 30s, but I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at 12 years old so I've been struggling with related issues for a very long time. Conventional medicine never helped very much, but when I discovered natural medicine and therapeutic foods in 2004, I slowly began to recover and find relief from the endless migraines, chronic pain, hormone imbalances, and mood swings. I'm still on this journey to better health, but I love sharing my experiences with others along the way. I'd love if you used my referral code TEP756 to place an order -- you will get $5 or $10 off your order, and it will help me try more products too. ;)

My Reviews

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My staple aloe! My skin and my gut loves it.

Posted on Apr 04, 2012

8 people found the following review helpful

I always keep a jug of George's on hand. I love this stuff -- best aloe I've ever tried for topical or internal use! I take it internally upon occasion when I'm having digestive problems but I use it daily in a spray bottle for my sensitive skin. Actually, I have an old George's spray bottle and an old rosewater bottle filled with aloe so I can keep one by my bed upstairs and one in the fridge downstairs. :) I also apply it to my face with a cotton pad as a toner after washing my face. I'm fairly active person, and the sun and wind isn't always kind to me here in California, but George's always soothes my skin and eases any discomfort. It soaks in immediately and doesn't leave a weird residue.

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Rich, delicious, fruit-filled preserves

Posted on Mar 16, 2011

5 people found the following review helpful

This is a truly superior product at an amazing price. I'm not even a big preserves/jelly/jam eater, but this stuff is so tasty that I crave it on my toast, English muffins, mixed with fruit to make a compote for waffles... yum! IMHO, the fruit flavors are so rich and sweet that you just need a touch on your food, which makes the jar last longer than other preserves. It's chunky but it's still easy to spread right out of the fridge. I bet this would be amazing paired with something savory, like a sharp cheese & hearty crackers, or with a pork tenderloin roast (perhaps diluted to use as a glaze, or just served on the side as a sweet topping)... really, you've got to try this stuff!

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Goes down easy

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

5 people found the following review helpful

Really smooth and balanced flavor -- an enjoyable cup from beginning to end! I actually prefer white tea to green tea because they have similar characteristics but the delicate white tea flavor profile is so nice in comparison to the bite of green tea. I also appreciate that this tea is full of large leaves and not all ground up and powdery like many inferior brands. I plan to try more varieties from Just a Leaf based upon this purchase.

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heaven in a bar.

Posted on Apr 04, 2012

4 people found the following review helpful

These are so delicious. I love the flavor -- sweet yet savory, with a good chew (but not so jerky-like that it wears out your jaw!) I'd choose these over a grain/soy-based bar ANY day of the week. I do wish they cost a little less so I could eat them more often, but I understand that Tanka is more of a small, artisan company, not a mass-production outfit. Highly recommend these to anybody looking for a natural, low-carb, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly snack.

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I'm finally going to give up PB!

Posted on Jan 25, 2011

4 people found the following review helpful

I disagree with the other commenter that this tastes "nothing" like peanut butter. Sure, straight out of the jar, it wouldn't fool me. But it's certainly much closer to natural peanut butter in texture and flavor than anything else I've tried, especially compared to almond butter. Also, when used in baking, and spread on apples/carrots/celery, I really can't taste much difference. It's creamy, smooth, and delicious... the flavors of the tahini and cashew meld together wonderfully. I've been moderately allergic to peanut butter for most of my life but have never been able to totally give it up because I was so hooked on the delicious peanut-buttery flavor. I've tried all kinds of nut butters and they all disappointed me. This stuff, however, has made me decide to give up peanut butter for good! I know my body will thank me. One other perk -- most nut butters (especially almond butters) get rock-solid after refrigeration, but not this stuff. A quick stir makes it spreadable again. Perfect!

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This stuff is seriously tasty.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

3 people found the following review helpful

We can all read about the benefits of this product but really, who wants to drink something regularly if it tastes terrible? Well, I have to say that this is the best-tasting protein powder I've ever tried. I feel great when I take it and it smells and tastes just like a fresh milk product. Actually, as another rater said, you CAN smell the difference the moment you open the can. It's truly remarkable -- I've tried almost everything on the market after working in a big health food store for 4 years, and nothing else really tastes that great unless it's chock full of sugar and other junk. I'm still amazed that this is made with stevia, too. I really can't detect it, and neither can my girlfriend (who normally hates anything with stevia.) I like to formulate different smoothie concoctions with this powder, but my simplest recipe is: blend a scoop with some ice, cold water, half a frozen banana, maybe throw in some almonds, and voila -- I have a delicious milkshake. So good!

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When it works... it really works!

Posted on Jan 12, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

With homeopathics, if the symptoms don't match up with the remedy, then it just doesn't work, but when it does -- it's fabulous! My partner had a horrendous migraine on top of prepping for a colonoscopy, so she was miserable. Normally she will take aspirin in combination with other drugs but she isn't allowed to take them before the procedure. I remembered that I had this in the medicine cabinet (it works for some of my migraine and cluster headaches so I keep it on hand) and it's not a blood thinner, so I made her take a couple of them under her tongue. Within half an hour, her headache was gone! She's so relieved.

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Great quality candle!

Posted on Apr 04, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

I'm not a big scented candle fan but I'm familiar enough with Aloha Bay's line that I knew they don't use heavy chemical perfumes like most candle companies. I wanted something to burn to cleanse the air and add some warmth to our cold studio space and this candle really fills the bill! This scent is pleasant, noticeable but not intrusive, and makes the place smell homey. Like apple cider or similar. Also, I appreciate that the candle burns cleanly and evenly, without any smoking. I didn't even need to trim the wick. By the way, our small business has had its best month ever, billing-wise, since purchasing this candle, so maybe the candle has mystical qualities after all?! ;) In any case, I'll be happy when they come back in stock so I can buy a second one. And probably some extras for friends!

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Smells amazing and isn't drying to my hands

Posted on May 19, 2011

3 people found the following review helpful

I have tried a few of the Deep Steep hand soaps and I didn't expect to like this one the best, but I really love it. It's not too strong but just smells fresh and happy and clean. I also like the foaming quality and the fact that it doesn't dry my hands out. Thanks for making it refillable, too -- I hate to throw away lots of plastic and this helps a little (I would actually prefer an even larger refill bottle.)

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I had no idea prunes could be delicious...

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

2 people found the following review helpful

...but they are actually pretty great! The texture is so perfect (you don't need to gnaw on these) and they taste so fresh. They are simple but so good. I hoard them like little treats.

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Soothing relief for suspected ulcer

Posted on Oct 18, 2011

2 people found the following review helpful

My partner has experienced stomach pain first thing in the morning or after drinking coffee or eating other acidic foods, so I got these for her. She's experienced gradual improvement since purchasing them -- she definitely feels less and less pain. I'm having her take up to 6 a day, in between and before meals. Also, I think Enzymatic has improved the flavor since I last tried them a few years ago. Not bad tasting at all, kind of malty.

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Works just as well as my Rx did!

Posted on Apr 04, 2012

2 people found the following review helpful

I was prescribed some very expensive drugs for chronic asthma problems that have flared up since moving to an urban area and living with 4 cats in 650 sq ft. I couldn't afford to keep shelling out a hundred dollars a month or more for those drugs, plus I was experiencing side effects, but when I stopped taking them, I needed to use my rescue inhaler far too often. Fortunately, I remembered this product from when I worked at a health food store and I ordered a bottle to give it a try. I started taking two of these every evening and I noticed a drastic reduction in how often I would wake up in the morning and need to use my inhaler. When I started taking it morning and night, I didn't have to use my inhaler at ALL except during very rigorous physical exertion. If I forget it for a couple of days, I notice my asthma comes back again. This Ivy extract is obviously working! As a side note, these tablets are very small and easy to swallow, and they don't have a funny taste. (Now I'm seriously thinking about mailing a bottle of the liquid to a friend who has asthmatic children!)

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