This year Outside brought out a new health column called Well Spent, in which our staff and writers rave about their favorite wellness products. And they raved. From a favorite coffee to a panacea CBD balm, we’ve rounded up the offerings to give you a simple guide for your wellness clients.
Sachi Organics rejuvenation pillow ($ 96)
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This pillow, filled with wool and buckwheat husks, helped the audience’s development manager, Jenny Earnest, relieve her inexplicable neck pain. It’s also fully customizable: just remove some of the filling to make the pillow softer. Another bonus for hot sleepers: “The buckwheat husks offer better ventilation than other materials, which means that even in the depths of summer there is no head sweat,” she wrote.
Lazarus Naturals CBD Balm ($ 16)
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This CBD balm makes a great gift for the heavyweight athlete. Associate Editor Abbie Barronian used it to relieve pain throughout last year’s ski season. “For the first time since 2017, I didn’t have to take a break from my ski season to let the inflammation in my ankles subside. I believe the balm has something to do with it, along with engaging freezing, stretching, mobility work, and ski boots that have been tailored to my strange feet, ”she wrote. Portland Rose Balm is “fragrant without being intrusive” and helps to hide the aftermath of epic days on the slopes.
Laird Instafuel Instant Coffee ($ 27 for 16 ounces)
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Editor and self-proclaimed coffee snob Jeremy Rellosa was won over by the smooth profile, semi-sweet taste and nutritional makeup of this instant coffee. “With 13 grams of carbohydrates per serving, I’ll be full by lunchtime when combined with a light breakfast,” he wrote. It’s perfect for the athlete who is always on the go.
Howard Leight women’s earplugs ($ 8 for 14)
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For restless sleepers, I recommend these earplugs, which were specially developed for smaller ear canals. With a noise reduction rate of 30 decibels, I haven’t spent a night without it in over ten years. “Made with softer materials than other brands, they were actually comfortable and rarely fell out due to their compact size,” I wrote in my review.
ProsourceFit acupressure mat and pillow set ($ 24)
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After trying chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga and physical therapy to treat her mild scoliosis, Aleta Burchyski, assistant editor-in-chief, bought this acupressure mat and pillow on a friend’s recommendation. It has helped her mobility and eased her discomfort, thanks to 7,992 spines that create a “feeling best described as fiery with a little oops,” followed by “a gentle buzzing warmth as blood flow increases,” she wrote .
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