A Few of My Favorite Things

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel…so bad.”

Agreed, Maria. To that end, our MOPS group had a “Favorite Things” theme meeting for December. Everyone brought in a few of their favorite things, each $5 or less. There was a WIDE variety of items–everything from laundry stain sticks, to lip balm, mascara, and aloe-infused socks. In case you’re curious, here is what I brought:

1. A bottle of Eden’s Garden Lavender Essential Oil: As I mentioned in my post on my 5 favorite essential oils, lavender is the oil that made me an essential oil believer because it cured my eczema patches on my legs when even prescription creams failed. Anything skin-related, lavender essential oil is amazing. From insect bites to scrapes, it helps it heal fast.

true cinnamon 2. Ceylon Cinnamon: This is “true” cinnamon and NOT what most Americans buy/use. The majority of stores here only carry cassia cinnamon, which is a completely different species of cinnamon and contains much higher levels of coumarin. Coumarins are naturally occurring plant components that can have strong anticoagulant properties. Our blood needs to maintain its ability to coagulate in times of injury, and excessive intake of coumarins over a prolonged period of time can pose health risks. We use cinnamon in morning oatmeal quite often, so the ceylon variety is a better bet. As far as taste, ceylon cinnamon is similar to cassia, but much more delicate and smooth, with an almost citrus undertone.

3. A sample of Choffy with the Primula Brew Buddy to steep it in: I did a product review of Choffy several months back, and I have been drinking it or other ground cocoa beans for brewing chocolate (Chocolate Alchemy and Crio Bru are two online companies) ever since. I love all the health benefits, the pick-me-up in the morning, and I love the chocolate fix. Since I only ever drink one cup at a time, the Brew Buddy is a great alternative to a french press, and it’s easier to clean. However, I was surprised to see the price on it had jumped; I only paid about $5 for mine, so shop around.

I got to bring home a new Harlequin romance novel (yay!) and a bag of french vanilla coffee for my husband. It was a wonderful meeting and a fun peek into other people’s “must haves.” What about you? What would you have brought?

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