If you're going to start fermenting at home, and there are some great reasons to do so, like "growing" your own probiotics (much less expensive than buying them in pill form), and the fact that it's a fun, healthful and easy way of preserving foods for long periods of time, i highly recommend using The Probiotic Jar (i love their design and ease of use so much that i became an affiliate!). With airlocks, these jars make it super easy, even for beginners, to avoid mold and yeast (we don't want those!)! The website has fantastic videos for support, as well!
Buy your fermentation jars here!
WELLAND Acacia Wood Pounder, for pounding or pressing the liquid from cabbage. I use my fist to press it into the jar, but I have to stand in a chair for large/tall jars, so this can be a handy tool for helping your veggies release their juices for fermentation.
Favorite fermentation books:
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz
Fermented Vegetables:Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes by Christopher and Kirsten Shockey
Fiery Ferments: 70 Stimulating Recipes for Hot Sauces, Spicy Chutneys, Kimchis with Kick, and Other Blazing Fermented Condiments
I only recommend dōTERRA essential oils because of their quality and purity. I like that they use 3rd party testing! Find my dōTERRA page here to place an order or to sign up as a Wellness Advocate. It took me quite a while to get on the essential oil bandwagon, but once i hopped on, i really hopped on! Once i investigated the internal use of EO's, that was when i decided to give them a proper go. I was experiencing Estrogen Dominance at the time, which was triggering little yeast flare-ups during the luteal phase (the last two weeks) of my monthly cycle.
One of my favorite essential oils, Clary Sage not only helps balance hormones, it also reduces cortisol levels and has an anti-depressant effect.
Supplements That Actually Helped!
Have you ever been frustrated by supplements that seemed to have absolutely no effect? Like, you're taking them with dedication, on the regular, and zip, zilch, nada. No improvement. Yeah? Me too, and i hate that! Here's a list of things that actually helped me during the healing process.
Quercetin: reduces inflammation. This really helped with seasonal allergies, which are no longer a problem since healing my gut.
Evening Primrose Oil: helps balance hormones.
HCl: Betaine hydrochloride is necessary for proper digestion of proteins and absorption of amino acids, among other functions, like extracting vitamin B12 from our food and killing pathogens (parasite eggs are often found in food--i know, ewwwww!).
GABA: helped calm anxiety. Anxiety is no longer an issue for me since I started healing my gut.