Gifts for the Healthiest Peeps You Know
Written By: Kait Fowlie | @kaitfowlie
For your health-conscious pals (from the very-crunchy to the New-Year-New-You health-kick-inclined and all in-between), this list of locally-made, health-supporting gifts go beyond a “nice thought.” Spread some love this Christmas – give a gift that’ll help a friend DIY their own day-to-day health and well-being. Here are 8 ideas:
Digestive health is a key part of overall wellness and fermented, probiotic-rich foods (think: sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and kombucha) can be a powerful ally in your diet. Fermenting isn’t that difficult to do, especially when you’ve got a starter kit like this one, which contains everything you need to make a batch of sauerkraut in your kitchen. (And a go-to recipe. Check out this Red Cabbage and Beet Sauerkraut how-to).
Made from hand-picked, indigenous Canadian herbs from the Algonquin region, this line of tea offers a real deal introduction to at-home healing with herbs. Each tea supports a specific health function – cold and flu prevention, immunity boosting, lucid dreaming, and more.
If you happen to know an aspiring urban forager, you’ll want to check this book out for them. An “indispensable guide to identifying and using northern plants for food and medicine,” it’ll help reader identify fifty-five common wild plants that have healing properties, from the backyard to the wilds of the great white Canadian north, and offer instructions for using them.
Pure beeswax candles are proven to help people with allergies and asthma (they create negative ions when burning, similar to how housents work to improve air quality). They’re pricy, but their burn time is much longer than paraffin or soy candles – a beeswax tea light will burn for 4 – 5 hours. They’re fragrance-free toxin-free, and will make your place smell dreamy.
Sprouts have many health benefits and the satisfaction of bringing seeds to life in your own kitchen is pretty great. These sprouting seed kits come with a sprouting jar, jar screens, and several different types of seeds – all you need. Most sprouts only take 2 – 4 days to do their thing.
Greenhouse Juice Co. is a Toronto-based organic cold-pressed juice company offering delicious and nutritious juices to give you a healthy boost. Know someone who might want to try a juice cleanse this January? Greenhouse is offering 10% off on gift card purchases totaling $50 or more at any of their shops through December 26th. Gift cards can be redeemed in any of their locations, and are valid through the end of 2016.
Try to not be motivated when you’re wearing these Aurora Sky-themed yoga pants. This Ontario brand makes leggings in other fun patterns like Mondrian Squares, Adventure time, and more. Ideal for yogis, runners, or pro relaxers.
This experiential gift will equip your health conscious friend with the introductory knowledge they need to make a foray into a raw food diet. Learn about the techniques, equipment, pantry staples and easy recipes to master in the kitchen and try your hand at making some yourself. Think of it as inspiration 101 for a new year.