My Favorite Things
I always love when someone writes these lists and guides me to some amazing new experience. I hope this list does that for you.
Life is better with tea. I gave up coffee thirty years ago and never looked back.. I particularly like the Green, White, and Oolongs from these two incredible companies:
For herb tea, this company always has the freshest teas:
And for Chinese herbs and medicinal teas – Ron Teeguarden inspired the craze for tonic elixirs which have spawned several elixir bars to open, most notably, at Erewhon in Los Angeles. New York needs one! Listed below are his company and several of his proteges:
To learn how to turn these herbs into delicious tonic beverages, watch Dara Dubinet’s very informative YouTube videos, and also try her tonic Mocha blend. She is also one of my favorite raw foods/lifestyle coaches.
Phase out your unsafe cosmetics and embrace clean, green versions of everything. If you are unsure of the purity of a product or an ingredient you can check this website which will tell you exactly how safe it actually is:
They are an amazing resource, and they have an app, so you can check their site before making a purchase while in the store. In New York City ABC Home carries several natural brands of makeup, notably Ilia and RMS.
At Bigelow Pharmacy, there is Jane Iredele cosmetics.
On-line, check out:
Favorite skin care:
Dr. Alkaitis or better yet learn to make your own! I like natural oils, hydrosols and rose water.
For the highest quality supplements, raw food basics, and organic body care, these two shops set the bar very high, and are an absolute must for the serious devotee of healing and natural beauty:
138 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009
261 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009
The best app/website when looking for vegetarian/vegan restaurants world-wide:
Essential oils have been a huge part of my healing journey, and I could not imagine life without them. These are some of my favorite purveyors:
John Steele is one of the world’s experts on essential oils and sources some of the finest and rarest oils around. You can reach him at 818-986-0594.
I very much like this local distiller in California who does not have a huge selection, but what she does have is very high quality. Some of my favorite lavender oil is distilled by a very special woman named Arrya:
In New York City, check out Enfleurage which also offers free classes on the occasional Sunday nights:
237 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011
A few personal favorite veg restaurants, or restaurants with great veg options:
Angelica Kitchen, Blossom, Hangawi, Kajitsu, By Chloe, Superiority Burger, Buddha Bodai, Peace Food Cafe, Avant Garden, Dirt Candy, OO + Co., The Butcher’s Daughter, Sun in Bloom, Gingersnaps Organic, Dimes.
In Philadelphia, check out:
Vedge, Blackbird Pizza, Charlie is a Sinner.
For luscious vegan cheeses these two Brooklyn locations are a must: Dr. Cow and Riverdel Fine Foods.
For the perfect honey to go with that perfect cup of tea check out:
Two favorite things to wake up to: Abraham-Hicks quote of the day, and The Course in Miracles Lesson Book.
Favorite sources for organic towels and sheets:
rawganique.com …exquisite linen sheets and waffled cotton towels.
coyuchi.com …Spend the entire winter wrapped in their lush flannel sheets
Mentors for green living:
Annie Berthold- Bond
Debra Lynn Dadd
Learn how to create inexpensive, effective natural cleaners for your home..Add a few drops of essential oils to your solutions to clear your space energetically/aromatically.
Read: Better Basics for the Home by Annie B. Bond
I buy my long lasting spray bottles for my home made cleaning products from this site which has so many excellent offerings: www.reuseit.com
Favorite Health Food Store:
Integral Yoga Natural Foods
229 West 13th Street NYC 10011
Manu Dawson has curated an excellent selection of organic prepared foods, supplements, cosmetics and the best produce section in the city. Most important of all is that it is what health food stores were meant to be: VEGETARIAN.
Other mentors who inspire me:
David Wolfe has the consummate health nut source for rare and unusual superfoods and he has hundreds of super informative videos. www.longevitywarehouse.com
I watch the You tube videos of these people when I need inspiration: Dan McDonald Life Regenerator, Dr Robert Morse, Dara Dubinet, Caroline Myss and Marianne Williamson .
For protection from cell phone radiation (which redirects radiation away from the body) I use the cases from: www.pongcase.com
Little by little I have moved towards buying organic clothing as much as possible:
For socks and leggings: www.maggiesorganics.com
For underwear: www.wearpact.com, www.pansy.com, www.rodales.com
For clothing: Hempest.com, prairieunderground.com, johnpatrickorganic.com
Check back occasionally! As I will add new people, places and things soon!
Buy green and clean!