By Kim McDermott, Wellness Manager

An annual tradition continues! Each year our Wellness Staff pick their top supplement and body care products for the new year.

Here are 10, in no particular order, selected for 2022.

1. Plus + CBD ‘Calm’ Gummies

What do you get when you combine CBD with other calming ingredients like L-theanine and 5-HTP? A stress-busting supplement that helps in these trying times! L-theanine regulates a neurotransmitter that can promote a Zen-like state, while 5-HTP supports healthy serotonin levels, and may be associated with calm feelings and a positive mood. Find your calm!

2. Wild Carrot Wildflower Prairie Body Oil

Think of this as your ultimate self-care pampering product! Wild Carrot Herbals hand crafts skin care in their small Oregon community using high quality botanicals. This lovely body oil is made from skin-loving rosehip, olive, and hemp oils infused with prairie flowers, arnica, St. John’s wort, and a whole lot more. See how this herbaceous scented oil wonderfully hydrates winter parched dry skin immediately after your shower or bath.

3. Natural Factors Beets & Berries Powder

Natural Factors has hit it out of the ballpark with this product! Beets and Berries powder gives you a full antioxidant boost -it’s chock full of healthy beets, blueberries, strawberries, black currants, raspberries, and acai berries. I like that it’s very low sugar, mixes easily in water, and has a natural fruity flavor. Use as a pre-workout drink, in smoothies, or anytime you want to boost your antioxidant levels.

4. Melora Manuka Toothpaste

Melora is a newer Australian company that features the super plant Manuka. Manuka honey and oil are known for their healing, antimicrobial properties that give this toothpaste its beneficial properties. Melora gel toothpaste is fluoride-free, low foaming, and has a mild mint flavor that really leaves my teeth and mouth feeling clean!

5. Wheatsfield Brand Mushroom Defense capsules

Mushrooms have been used medicinally for centuries, and have grown immensely in popularity in the coop’s wellness aisles, especially in the past year. Valued for their potent immune-stimulating properties, each mushroom species has its own unique defense supporting components, like beta glucans. Our blend has 8 different mushrooms; thereby giving it broad based immune supporting capability.

6. Inesscents Roll on Perfumes

All natural perfumes expertly blended with some of the world’s most precious essential oils in an organic jojoba oil base. Try one or all four scents! Staff favorites are Liquid Sunshine, with uplifting citrus notes, and Temple Blossom, containing notes of neroli and sandalwood.

7. Nordic Naturals Magnesium Complex

A complex with three highly absorbable, digestive friendly forms of magnesium- magnesium glycinate, aspartate, and taurinate. Magnesium supports healthy cardiovascular and muscle function, energy production, and overall relaxation. A lot of customers report getting a better night’s sleep with regular magnesium use. I’m getting a blissed out feeling just thinking about these!

8. Gaia Bronchial Wellness Syrup

When you’re in need of serious cough and respiratory relief, Bronchial Syrup to the rescue! Gaia’s bronchial syrup combines herbs like plantain, grindelia, and eucalyptus that have been traditionally used to support respiratory health. Star anise essential oil gives the syrup a black licorice flavor.

9. Aura Cacia Medieval Essential Oil Blend

Similar to the popular ‘Thieves Oil’, this blend combines many of earth’s most potent essential oils for protecting us during the winter season. Oils like thyme, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, and rosemary provide a synergistic blend to help purify and cleanse the air. Make a protective travel spray using 24 drops of the oil in 2 oz of water and use in a mister bottle.

10. Bulldog Razor

Staff members sing praises for this effective razor. Its ecofriendly bamboo handle looks sleek and enables a firm grip. The rotating head glides effortlessly over those hard to shave bony areas like chins and shins with nary a nick! Lather up for a pleasant shave you actually look forward to.