Rebekah’s Locally Made Products!

Here at Rebekah’s, we’re proud to offer a host of wonderful locally made brands and products! We figured we’d get them all in one place to show them off a little, and to keep things easier for our customers who prefer to support local brands!

Awakened Naturals – Lapeer Mi

Awakened Naturals was created with the goal of providing a natural alternative to chemical-filled products. They take pride in knowing that none of their products contain any lab-made ingredients and that they all came from nature; healing us in the way it was designed to do! Awakened Naturals provides us with our natural bath bombs, which when dissolved, have a beautiful healing crystal or stone inside! We’ve also just started carrying their deodorant!

B Natural Cosmetics – West Bloomfield, MI

Out of West Bloomfield, B Natural Cosmetics pride themselves on being at the front of the Organic Skin Care market, as well as using the purest ingredients available, pioneering novel and natural formulations, and honoring the trust of consumers through the safety of their products. They also offer free consultations at expert@benaturalorganics.com. 

Champane’s Bee Company – Fillion, MI

Champane’s Bee Company from Fillion, Michigan produce excellent raw and unfiltered honey, as well as beeswax for your DIY needs, and some wonderful chapsticks, and delicious honey straws to snack on or for honey-minded coffee drinkers on the go! If you’re wanting to take advantage of the many benefits of local honey, and you live around North Branch/Marlette or north of there, Champane’s is the honey for you!

Enlightened Elements Jewelry – Davison, MI

These guys are so close to home, one of them actually works at our Grand Blanc Store! Beautiful necklaces and keychains, all hand wrapped by our very own Jay Watkins and his wife Danielle. They make so much cool stuff, and it’s always different, so what we have in stock changes pretty much constantly, they’re definitely worth checking out every time you stop in, just to see what’s new!

Frantz Honey – Davison, MI

Frantz Honey is a small, family run honey producer out of Davison MI! They’re a very clean company, that uses recycled and salvaged wood for their beehives. So if you’re wanting to take advantage of the many benefits of local honey, and you live in the Lapeer/Davison area, Frantz Honey’s probably going to be your best bet!

Good Stuff Cacao – Metamora, MI

Good Stuff Cacao is delicious raw cacao, sweetened with honey, and that’s it! At only two ingredients, it’s hard to find a cleaner chocolate than this, and it’s especially hard to find one that tastes better than this! Even better than that, Good Stuff Cacao makes their Chocolate right down the road in Metamora! They’ve got a bit of variety, with coconut, peppermint, trail mix, nib crunch, and straight up dark chocolate. Their smaller boxes go for $6.79, while the bigger bags are $25.99.

Guinea Hill Soap – Attica, MI

We’ve just recently started carrying Guinea Hill Soap, and it has been incredibly popular so far! Their soaps use clean and natural ingredients, colors, and fragrances. Entirely handcrafted, these soaps look as great as they smell! They’re definitely worth checking out next time you stop in!

Mirror Lake Organics – Davison, MI

Mirror Lake Organics are responsible for a lot of the variety we have in our bath and beauty section. Out of Imlay City, Michigan, Mirror Lake Organics provides us with, Shampoo, Body Wash, Deodorant, Chap Stick, Laundry Detergent, Hand Soaps, Lotion, and more, all clean, chemical free, and organic!

Rustic Maka – White Lake, MI

Rustic MAKA is a family-owned, natural skin care company, out of White Lake, MI, dedicated to working toward reclaiming your well-being. They embrace simplicity and offer high quality products that go beyond today’s standards of natural, through the use of exceptional ingredients and sustainable applications! And, even better than that, they don’t test on animals!

Thumb Roast Coffee – Croswell, MI

We actually drink this coffee just about every day at Rebekah’s! It’s very clean, with no fillers, additives, chemicals, or flavors added; but more importantly, it’s delicious. Thumb Roast has coffee from all over the world, locally roasted in Croswell, Michigan. This is honestly some of the best coffee I’ve ever had, and I’m so glad we sell it because it’s so much fun to get to introduce it to someone that hasn’t had it before.

 

Defining Ketosis

What is Ketosis?

By Dr. Andrea Eenfeldt

The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”.

This is an alternative fuel for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar).

Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose… or ketones.

On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat. Insulin levels become very low, and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy.

When the body produces ketones, it’s said to be in ketosis. The fastest way to get there is by fasting – not eating anything – but nobody can fast forever.

A keto diet, on the other hand, can be eaten indefinitely and also results in ketosis. It has many of the benefits of fasting – including weight loss – without having to fast.

Click Here for a what to eat/not to eat guide for your Ketogenic Diet!

Article by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt

Holiday Gifts for $30 or Less! (updated November 2018)

Christmas is right around the corner, so we figured we’d help some of you figure out gifts for your friends and family with this handy Rebekah’s Health & Nutrition Holiday Gift Guide! So let’s get down to it!

Great Gifts for Under $30!

Bath Bombs

We are super excited to announce that we’ve started carrying Bath Bombs here at Rebekah’s! Each bath bomb fizzes for a short amount of time, leaving you with a relaxing, wonderful smelling bath. And the best part is, they’re locally made! (Actually, the best part is the price, they’re only $9.99!) These make a great stocking stuffer, or a great way to treat yourself!

USB Car/Desk Diffuser

We’ve got these wonderful USB powered Essential Oil Diffusers! They fit in cup holders just fine, so you can take it in your car with you, or if you just want a small diffuser for your desk, the USB power supply allows you to charge it at your computer, or with most phone chargers. And they’re only $26.99!

Garden of Life Small USB Diffuser (New 2018!)

These are new this year! The USB plug lets you power it with a phone charger if you just want a small diffuser for the bedroom, or if you want to plug it into your computer for your desk at work or at home! And it’s only $14.99! Or, if you buy the Garden of Life Essential Oil starter kit for $49.99, you get the Garden of Life Diffuser with it for free!

Essential Oil Starter Kits by Now

If you need some Essential Oils to get started with, these starter kits are perfect! Each one comes with 4 different NOW essential oils, and all for $22.99 per kit!

Dirty Girl Farms

 

Salt Lamps

Our Salt Lamps make an excellent gift, they purify the air, and combat the blue light from cell phones and tablets to help you get a better night’s sleep! Not to mention, they just look nice! Our salt lamps start at $20.99, and all of our smaller, USB powered salt lamps are less than $30!

Good Stuff Cacao

Need a gift for someone that love chocolate? Our Good Stuff Cacao is made from raw cacao, and sweetened with honey, and it tastes great. Only $19.99 for a big 16oz bag, give in to your dark (chocolate) cravings. Also, it’s locally made in Metamora!

 

This should be a good start for some gifts on a budget! Check back in a couple weeks and we’ll have another Holiday Gift guide for you with some new ideas!

-Cody

 

Baby Steps part 2

Toddler Steps?

I’m back with more things that you may or may not know! Since the last post I did, I’ve learned a lot and hopefully you can benefit from that this time around!

We’ve been selling a lot of Manuka Honey lately, which is cool, because I had no idea what it did until like, last week. Manuka Honey is harvested in New Zealand, and prevents damage from bacteria when used topically. Apparently the honey produces Hydrogen Peroxide, and that’s partially why it’s so effective at treating small topical wounds and burns.

Another fun thing I’ve learned about is Arnica, more specifically, how crazy good it is at healing bruises. Now, I don’t bruise very easily, (I’m like the opposite of a banana. I never bruise, probably not rich in potassium either.) so this never really comes up for me. I’ve had a few customers in the past few weeks though, wanting to get some bruising cleared up, and after recommending Arnica in its various forms and having some of them stop back in, I can’t believe how effective it is.

A lot of other customers also swear by Arnica as a topical pain relief, especially for sore muscles. I haven’t tried it yet, but LB says it’s pretty effective, and it seems to be pretty popular with people that have tried it.

Serotonin is a chemical produced by our brains that keeps our moods balanced. If you feel like you need your mood balanced, you can help your brain produce Serotonin with 5-htp and L-tryptophan, they’re the ingredients brains use when making serotonin, and we sell both of them in capsules in the store! They’re both pretty popular, and from what I can tell, they seem to be effective.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid is really popular, after Turmeric it’s probably one of the most popular products we carry. It helps with nerve problems from diabetes, as well as helping to regulate blood sugar levels. It improved the functional ability of neurons, as well as restoring Vitamin E and Vitamin C to the body/
It’s also used by the body to break down carbohydrates, which makes at effective as a weight loss supplement. I have no idea which use is more popular, but we sure do sell a lot of it.

We got tiny little stroop waffles in. As far as I know they don’t really provide much in the way of health benefits, but they’ve got honey in them and they’re delicious. If I have a cup of hot tea, I set the waffle on top of the cup, and the hot tea warms up the waffle, and it’s great. I recommend trying them if you get a chance. I won’t shut up about them to the other people that work here.

That seems like plenty for now, if you’ve read this one and the last one of these I did, you can be confident that I know at least 10 things whenever you stop in.

-Cody

Baby Steps

Hiya. I’m Cody, and I’m the newest employee at Rebekah’s, if you’ve been to the Lapeer store in the past couple months then I’ve probably been the one to ring up your order. In addition to being the cashier though, I’m also partially in charge of our Social Media presence, and some of the content on our website. (Like blog posts, go figure.) Anyway, I know oodles less than any of our other employees when it comes to Health and Nutrition. However, since I’ve started working here, I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about the things we sell, and the kind of help we offer.

So, I figured, instead of just reposting parts of articles on our blog every once in a while, I’d do a little write up from the point of view of the least knowledgeable person in the store, and what sort of things I’ve picked up recently from coworkers, or the many, many customers that come in with more knowledge than me.

Just a heads up, if this goes over well, and I do more of these, a lot of the content of these posts is going to be stuff I’ve picked up from conversations with LB. He knows just about everything about everything in the store, and talking to him is like talking to a friendly, man-shaped library.

I suppose that’s enough rambling for now, let’s get to some of things I’ve learned since I’ve started; so that maybe you can learn something too, or at the very least, marvel at how little I know!

So for starters, Turmeric. Turmeric is probably one of our most popular products. A lot of our customers take it because it helps with inflammation, and especially joint pain from Arthritis. Craig, (one of the managers here) made the point recently that nobody has ever said anything to us about having tried Turmeric and had it not work, and he’s right. Pretty much everyone that takes it seems to have it work, and just about everyone that works here takes it and swears by it as well.

Speaking of inflammation, our Baltic Amber Necklaces are pretty interesting. Most people buy them to help with teething babies, but we sell a lot of our adult sized bracelets and necklaces as well. Our body heat causes the necklaces to release an oil that contains succinic acid, when this is absorbed by the body it has an anti-inflammatory affect on say, swollen, teething baby gums, or arthritic joints. Or joints that just hurt for other reasons, I’m not here to discriminate. On top of all that, the necklaces look pretty neat.

Fish Oil’s another one I’ve learned a lot about. It’s good for preventing heart disease and strokes, and it reduces the effects of depression, which is mind blowing to me. We’ve got a brand called “Barlean’s” that is supposed to actually taste really good if you’re apprehensive about taking a spoonful of Fish Oil and having it taste like, well, Fish Oil. LB described it as having an almost “ice cream”-ey flavor recently.

Our Himalayan Salt lamps are something I get asked about constantly, If you’re curious, they’re supposed to release a negative Ionic Charge, which is supposed to cause dust to settle and purify the air. The warm, amber color of the light they give off is supposed to combat the blue light given off by computers and cell phones, which in turn is supposed to help you sleep. I can’t speak for how well they work because I don’t have any, but we have some shaped like turtles and elephants, and they look pretty cool.

Also, for some reason older guys really like to come in and ask if they can lick the lamps. Yes, they are made of salt, but please don’t like our lamps. If you want to buy a lamp and lick it, go for it. Just don’t lick ours.

Aloe Vera juice/gel is popular as a daily supplement, and is good for helping Diabetics to lower their blood sugar, and to help lower cholesterol. This is, of course, in addition to the well-known topical uses of Aloe Vera gel in treating minor burns and psoriasis.

That’s probably enough for right now, hopefully I get the chance to write another one of these with less rambling and more introductory Health and Nutrition Knowledge.

-Cody

By the way, if you do want to come in and talk to me about things I do know, it’s chocolate. I’ve tried a lot of the chocolate we sell, and it’s all good.