The Words “Healthy Living”.

Do the words “Healthy Living” drum up images of nutrition and dieting trends? Or perhaps well-intentioned-but-unfruitful New Year’s resolutions? Maybe it isn’t an image; maybe it’s a feeling. A vague sense of guilt that weighs heavily on the chest as goal after goal goes unfulfilled.

I know it was for me.

Healthy living became some intangible thing that felt completely out-of-reach, much less attainable. If we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes healthy living feels more like a soy-free, gluten-friendly, dairy-free, vegan, keto, CBD nightmare than anything else. So, we don’t even try. And that is totally understandable in a world that is overly-saturated with the newest, hottest, you-won’t-be-healthy-without-it trends.

But fear not, friends.

The words “healthy living” don’t intimidate us here at Dorothy Lane Market. On the contrary, we are empowered by them. This demystification comes down to a crew of managers and associates that work tirelessly to make the road to healthier living something exciting and, more importantly, easily understood. They don’t just sell vitamins and protein bars. They attend seminars and trainings; they strive to procure products from reputable and reliable sources; they endeavor to build a bridge to the overwhelming world of health that is accessible to everyone.

Personally, Joanna at our Springboro location always blows me away with her breadth of knowledge. She makes selecting probiotics, multivitamins, hair supplements, etc. feel like an informed decision that I can handle, rather than an overwhelming one that I’d prefer to avoid. Even before I worked with her, Joanna was always ready to equip me with the information I needed to make good decisions about my health.

And that empowering energy is a company-wide point-of-pride. Joy and Kathy (Washington Square and Oakwood) and their associates share a similar philosophy. When you ask them a question, they want you to walk away feeling informed and confident, not intimidated. That personalized approach is an integral part of the DLM Difference, and it stems from a love for our customers that is unsurpassed.

So, whether it’s deciphering the difference between shelf-stable and refrigerated probiotics, or decoding the many (and often confusing) strengths of CBD oil, the Healthy Living Department is ready to help you. Their knowledge is vast, and their passion runs deep. (And speaking strictly from personal experience, they haven’t steered me wrong yet.)

If you’re on the journey toward better health, make DLM’s Healthy Living Department a stop along the way… I really don’t think you’ll regret it.

 

5 Reasons We Love Our DLM Bath Bombs!

Bath bombs are exploding with popularity to help relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize your body, mind, and soul. So, we researched and came a across a local shop that is a member of the Handcrafted Soap Guild and is passionate about using natural, simple ingredients to create handmade products. Now you can turn bath or shower time into spa aromatherapy time. Our DLM Bath Bombs are available in 6 fragrances including:  Pink Lilac, Pink Grapefruit, Lavender Rose, Green Tea, Florida Fresh, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

  1. They are beautiful, fun, and easy to use.

    Bath bombs look beautiful when they’re sitting in a clear jar on your bathroom counter. And as soon as you fill your bathtub with warm water and drop one in the tub, all the excitement begins as you watch the fizzy bubbles come to the surface, enjoy its lovely color, and gorgeous fragrance.

  2. They create a spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your home. 

    Life is busy and we can’t always make time to go to the spa. Bath bombs help create the perfect ending to any type of day. You just need some calm music, tea candles, fine wine, and a good book to relax your worries away!

  3. They are all natural and use organic essential oils.

    The local shop that we partnered with is a member of the Handcrafted Soap Guild and is passionate about using natural, simple ingredients to create handmade products.

  4. They are good for your skin.

    A bath bomb adds emollients and softeners to your bath’s water that moisturize and indulge your skin. No matter what your skin type, the beneficial ingredients in bath bombs leave it soft and silky. Yes, it’ll cleanse your skin, but the ingredients inside will also pamper and soothe it. 

  5. They have aromatherapy benefits.

    The scent lingers on your skin and stays with you all day. If you’re taking your bath in the morning, you’ll want to opt for an energizing scent like Grapefruit or Florida Fresh. It wakes up tired skin and a sleepy mind, and helps you face the challenges of the day. If you’re taking your bath in the evening, consider calming, relaxing scents like Lavender Rose.

Our shower tablets are similar to bath bombs but for those of us who don’t have the time to take a bath. Simply place the shower steamer in your shower away from direct water flow and enjoy as you breathe in the vapor filled with natural organic essential oils. DLM Shower Tablets come in the following scents: Energizing, Relaxation, and Sinus.

10 Ways to Stay Healthy This Season

‘Tis the season to be … SICK. As we head into cold and flu season, our DLM Healthy Living Managers have comprised a list of their Top 10 recommended products that you should have in your “Seasonal Medicine Chest” to help you and your family get healthy and stay healthy!

1. Everyone Hand Sanitizer

As the name implies, this hand sanitizer is for EVERYONE—including those with sensitive skin because it’s made with plant extracts and pure essential oils. The small 2 oz size makes it convenient to carry in your car, purse, or briefcase when you need to wash your hands on the go. And, since it is 99.9% effective against most common germs, it gets our No. 1 spot on the list!

2. Garden of Life Elderberry Syrup

A strong immune system is crucial to staying healthy. Whether you choose the gummies or the liquid, this highly concentrated immune system support is perfect for the whole family from ages 4 and up! Made with real fruit along with echinacea, zinc, and vitamin C, it’s certified organic, non-GMO, and gluten free.

3. Boiron Oscillococcinum

While it’s hard to spell and even harder to pronounce, it’s not hard to understand that this is the best homeopathic remedy on the market to combat flu-like symptoms. Proven to reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms including: fever, chills, body aches, headache, and fatigue, these quickly dissolving pellets are great for the entire family ages 2 and up! And, after a mom posted on social media how effective it was in conjunction with Elderberry Syrup, we couldn’t keep it on the shelves!

4. Garden of Life Oil of Oregano Seasonal Drops

Although this liquid herbal supplement is alcohol free, it’s not intended for children. Adults should dilute six drops into a glass of water and taken in between meals for maximum results.

5. Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol

Silver, which occurs naturally in mushrooms, has been used for centuries to foster good health. It tastes like water but works like a charm! Boost your immune system with the dropper top formula, the vertical spray, or the Kids’ Formula for children ages 4 and up. Gluten free, non-GMO, and allergen-free.

6. Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex Throat Spray

As soon as you feel that first tickle or hint of a scratchy throat, spray this peppermint-flavored super-antioxidant solution to the back of your throat (or your child’s) and repeat every half hour as necessary.

7. ManukaGuard Manuka Honey Throat & Chest Syrup

This medical-grade, alcohol-free syrup is “tough on seasonal bugs but gentle on families.” Great for everyone in the family ages 2 and up with its combination of organic apple cider vinegar, New Zealand Manuka Honey, along with olive leaf, ginger root, and licorice root extracts.

8. Quantum Health’s Thera Zinc Lozenges

Unlike traditional cough drops, these throat lozenges support your immune system as well as quell your cough. Whether you choose the Organic Elderberry flavor or the Blood Orange flavor, its special blend of organic marshmallow root, organic slippery elm, and echinacea pack a powerful punch when your body needs it most! And if you suffer from a sore throat and persistent cough, try their Meyer Lemon & Organic Honey Cough Relief Lozenges.

9. Xlear Natural Saline Sinus Spray

There’s a reason why healthcare professionals worldwide recommend XLEAR nasal sprays to their patients: it works! The winning combination of capsicum (fast-acting relief of sinus congestion), aloe (to sooth irritated nasal passages), and xylitol (to reduce swelling without steroids) is highly effective! But don’t take our word for it, XLEAR offers a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the results.

10. Traditional Medicinals Teas

Because all of their organic teas are caffeine free, a nice hot cup of Traditional Medicinals Tea is a wonderful way to end the day. Specially created by herbalists to be deliciously effective, choose the tea best suited to your specific needs. We highly recommend Breathe Easy, Gypsy Cold Care, Echinacea, and Throat Coat (with or without lemon).

Think Green: 4 Satisfying Salad Recipes

Signs of spring are showing up and with it come some of the best salad ingredients. Here are a couple of our favorite recipes that will bring the green to your plate!

1) Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad

Full of plump shrimp, fennel, herbs, and peppadew peppers tossed in a creamy dressing made with a touch of mascarpone cheese and Champagne vinegar. Try it piled on top of arugula for a main course salad.

2) Spring Greens with Green Goddess Dressing

If you are a ranch dressing fan, it’s time to switch it up! A green goddess dressing, in my humble opinion, will win over any ranch dressing with its creamy, herby goodness. It’s perfect with a lot of the delicate, early greens of the season and excellent to dip crunchy spring veggies. You’ve gotta try my recipe to make it at home!

3) Oh, Snap (Pea) Salad with Coconut Gremolata

If you are looking for a little more texture, our Oh, Snap (Pea) Salad with Coconut Gremolata is just plain fun to eat! Snap peas, crunchy pea shoots, and edamame tossed with a crunchy gremolata made with toasted coconut and crispy fried shallots.

4) Spring Pea & Pecorino Salad

Although it’s a simple and straightforward recipe, it showcases the quality of each ingredient. What helps bring it all together is the Pecorino Romano cheese. Instead of shredding or grating it, you just kind of crumble or break off little pebbles for a rustic chew that makes this salad special.

The Face of Natural

One of the most valuable lessons learned in caring for yourself is that what goes on your skin is as vital as the foods you eat. Quite simply, we absorb what we apply. Avoiding the dirty dozen chemical ingredients in soaps, lotions, hair care, and cosmetics has been an effective method for me in combating brittle hair as well as dry, painful skin irritations. Plus, it helps me feel my very best from the outside in. From therapeutic need to simple pampering, let the Healthy Living Department at DLM help tailor your healthy, nourishing body care regimen.

Natural Body Care Items found at DLM

Natural, Fashionable

Bodisafe Beauty cosmetics are made with only jojoba oil, shea butter, and castor oil as well as natural pigments. Their products are chemical free, anti-agin, conditioning, and antioxidant rich.

Pout it Out:

Dry winter cold is a leading culprit for chapped lips. Kiss petroleum chapsticks goodbye while you reach for the softening beeswax and honey of Savannah Bee Lip Balm and healing coconut and olive oils found in Portland Bee Balm.

Happy Hydration

Don’d despair when you can repair! Keys Feet and Hands is chemical free, using jellied avocado, blackseed, and carrot seed oil. Rich with full spectrum vitamin E to nurture dry sky and lock in moisture, we love the healing benefit of Derma E Intensive Therapy Body Lotion from head to toe.

Strong Locks

Vegan, sulfate free, and paraben free, Acure offers shampoos and conditioners made with natural and organic ingredients to promote hydration, volume, protection, and damage control.

Tough as Nails

No Miss Nail Polish is available in numerous brilliant colors that go on smoothly, dry quickly, and are made with natural ingredients that won’t damage nails. When you’re ready to change out your look, try their gentle, moisturizing, vanilla-scented Almost Natural Nail Polish Remover.

Shine from the Inside

Garden of Life MyKind Organic Plant Collagen Builder is made from over 30 family-farmed organic whole foods to support the body’s own collagen production and protection from UV damage.