Vintage Traditions

Unveiled: The Secret of Tallow Balm for Skin Care and Its Benefits

Until recently, the modern world was oblivious to what our ancestors knew to be the absolute best substance for skin care. But, in 2009, Andrew Gardner, founder and owner of Vintage Tradition, made the astounding discovery himself during a tour of a farm in Tequila, Mexico. Tequila is, of course, where the famous liquor is produced from the blue agave plant. Even though the workers in this desert where the plants are cultivated did not use gloves, their hands were soft and not dry or calloused. He was informed that they had always used a balm which was a mixture of beef tallow and gel from the blue agave plant.

Armed with this information, Andrew created a formula that he could use and share with others. Made from a simple recipe for traditional nourishing and healing skin care, he made his Tallow Balm. This is available for others on his Vintage Tradition website. Before that time, there were virtually no skin care products available that were made with animal fats. Andrew also wrote a definitive research article on skin care. This appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Now the cat was out of the bag. The taboo on the use of animal products in skin care began to be lifted. And now tallow for skin care has become accepted due to his work.

Tallow Balm is the ONLY THING you need for your skin.

Did that sound like an exaggeration? It’s not! Without getting into all the science covered in Andrew’s article, let’s just say that tallow is extremely similar to our own natural skin oil or “sebum” which lubricates and waterproofs our skin. In fact, “sebum”, a term coined around 1700, means “tallow” in Latin! Sounds like our ancestors knew more we thought!

Traditional wisdom held that this whole-food substance was supremely nourishing to the skin. We who believe in natural health know that we must give the body what it needs to maintain and heal itself, since only the body itself can do that job. Tallow is that perfect food and nourishment for the skin. It can be applied directly to the skin to give amazing results of skin health and healing. This explains why Andrew branded his Tallow Balm as “The Whole Food of Skin Care”.

Let the results speak for themselves!

The proof of the skin care is in the applying, and the testimonials from Tallow Balm users are simply amazing. Let’s look at just a few of them from people who used it for their faces.

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“I love this cream! My 60+ sensitive skin has been through a lot but it is now well nourished, leaving me amazed and happy that it is never too late for one’s face to respond to what is really good and pure. NEVER BEFORE in my life did I EVER receive compliments about my complexion but I do now!

IMAGINE, AT MY AGE! I am so thrilled I discovered it! It is perfect for my skin. I apply it once a day in the morning. I could not believe the compliments I began getting when I started using it — praising my complexion even as I wore no make-up and USING NOTHING ELSE DAILY BUT THIS — praise from strangers and other women. What freedom and joy to use this INSTEAD of make-up. I go out with confidence knowing this balm is all I need to put my best face forward and age gracefully. I turned to it because I have always had very sensitive skin that reacted to anything.

FINALLY I found the simple wholesome product I have always wanted — with no suspicious and strange-sounding ingredients that have a string of chemicals on the label you can’t even pronounce or have allergens like soy.”

See more face testimonials.

Lips

“I’d had a split lip for about a year and a half. I tried everything to heal it—from regular old chapstick to natural oils and shea butter—but nothing worked. I used Tallow Balm for two weeks, my lip healed, and it’s been healed ever since.”

See more lips testimonials.

Moisturizer

“It exceeded my expectations! It is wonderful and soothing, absorbs quickly so you aren’t left feeling greasy, and my skin loves it. I never knew my skin could feel this soft and hydrated. It’s even making my breakouts vanish, and I was afraid they would look worse or even multiply from using the balm, but they do not. I am even using the balm all over my two-year-old, and she loves it too!”

See more moisturizer testimonials.

Eczema

“A few years ago I developed eczema on most of my body so severe I had to go on oral and topical steroids for six months. Desperate to get off those dangerous drugs I tried aloe, coconut oil, olive oil, manuka honey, raw honey, magnesium oil and the list goes on but nothing worked. Within a few hours of applying this tallow balm the itching and pain began to subside. Within a week or two I had weaned myself completely off the steroids and the eczema cleared in a couple of months.”

“To say I am stunned is an understatement. My family has tried everything you can possibly think of to help my two and a half year old daughter’s eczema. If it is out there, we have tried it. The recovery of her skin in less than two days is nothing short of a miracle! If only I had taken pictures of it two days ago, everyone would be shocked! At that time, it looked horrible. She had scratched her spots throughout her sleep, so much so that it was too sensitive for clothes to lay against her skin. Words can’t describe how you feel as a parent when your child is in pain and nothing you do seems to help. Our sweet girl would cry because she was in so much pain. It was heart-breaking.

But with just a few random applications of your balm over a couple days, our daughter’s skin is so much better! Not one spot is bleeding! My whole family is shocked!”

See more eczema testimonials.

Rashes

“Due to an undiagnosed skin issue, my face will often break out in boils, then a severe rash that dries to the point of cracking and bleeding. It is horrible! Dermatologists and doctors have given me steroid creams and lotions to no avail. I’ve tried applying coconut oil, olive oil, yogurt, raw cow’s milk—every idea I could find on the internet to relieve the burning and heal the dryness and cracking that results. Even water would cause my face to yield these burning red patches. My sister found Vintage Tradition and I immediately ordered Pretty Girly Tallow Balm based on the reviews. I just ordered my second jar as it is the ONLY thing that has ever helped and is continuing to heal my condition. It is wonderful and immediately gives me relief and calms the inflammation. I am so thankful to have found this product!”

“My natural conditioner recently changed its formula without notice, and I developed a massive allergic reaction with a rash and itching all over my face and neck. The only thing that stopped the itching and soothed the inflammation was the Tallow Balm I had on hand.”

See more rash testimonials.

Dry Skin

“I don’t use the term ‘life-changing’ loosely, but I’d like to pull out the trump card here and say that Tallow Balm literally changed my life (or at least my skin). Last winter, I had a terrible case of dry, chapped skin. Thanks to the dry, cold weather, it started getting so bad that my shoulders and upper arms were completely covered in patches of dry skin. No matter what form of over-the-counter lotion I bought, it just would not disappear. But then I found Tallow Balm. Within 5 days of applying it, the patches of dry skin were gone. GONE. Not reduced, not better. Gone.”

See more dry skin testimonials.

5 Reasons Why We Love MegaFoods

5 Reasons Why We Love MegaFoods

  1. They source their ingredients from REAL food. For example… their Vitamin C is sourced DIRECTLY from oranges…. like… straight from them!!  The same goes for most of their vitamins and minerals. Hence, Farm to Tablet! 🙂
  2. They support local farmers with whom they have formed close friendships.
  3. They use a one-of-a-kind Slo Food Process to ensure all of the nutrients are fully processed & available to the body… Each batch takes over 236 hours!!!
  4. They believe in total transparency and have links to Live Webcams within their facility so you can actually see where your supplements are being made.
  5. They produce allergen-free, non-gmo, organic wherever possible, top quality, sustainable, AND highly absorbed vitamins to help us feel amazing! #yup #theyrekillinit #thatswhy

The SierraSil Story

The SierraSil Story

Have you heard of SierraSil? It’s a joint health formula made of a mineral-rich clay that has shown to improve cartilage and joint function as well as support gentle detoxification of the body – thus promoting overall health and well being. It’s clinically researched and guaranteed to show results, FAST!

 

At Health Essentials, we love learning about the who, what, where and why behind the products that we carry, and we thought the story behind SierraSil was definitely worth sharing!

The Discovery of SierraSil

The story goes: A prospector in search of gold in the Sierra Mountain ranges in Yosemite National Park, stumbled upon the discovery of a VERY mineral rich clay.  Such clay was sought after by the wild animals in the region, who’s instincts drew them to the nutrients in the clay.  The explorer observed the animals, and decided to harvest some of the clay to feed to his domestic livestock.  He observed that the animal’s health steadily improved, and it wasn’t long before the clay was tested on humans.  Now, SierraSil has helped MANY people achieve improved health and vitality, all due to the wisdom of the wild! Pretty cool hey?! Have you used SierraSil? What did you think? Let us know! 🙂

Harmonic Arts Powered By

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Harmonic Arts

Harmonic Arts is a botanical dispensary from the Comox Valley area, right here on the Island! It is co-founded by Clinical Herbalists, Yarrow Willard & Angela Willard.  They are committed to high-quality & sustainable plant-based products that can promote health and vitality for people of all ages. The entire line of Harmonic Arts products is sourced as locally and organically as possible and offers a wide range of products including medicinal mushrooms, loose teas, loose herbs, herbal powders, wild raw honey & more!

Harmonic Arts Superfood Upgrades

Harmonic Arts does a variety of Superfood Upgrade Powders, each with unique flavours & health-boosting benefits. The three blends that we were able to try were: Activate, Elevate & Engage.  Here is a little bit more about each blend!

Activate:

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  • Chocolate Bliss
  • Deep Immune
  • Stress Balance
  • Core Nourishment

Ingredients: Raw Cacao, Lucuma, Mesquite, Maca, Mucuna Extract, Chaga Dual Extract, Reishi Dual Extract, Shilajit, True Cinnamon

Elevate:

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  • Creamy Cardamom
  • Uplifting Mood
  • Mind Nourishing
  • Energy Building

Ingredients: Tocotrienols, Lucuma, Mucuna Extract, Green Tea Pollen, Pine Pollen, Lion’s Mane, Coconut Water Crystals, Cardamom

Engage:

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  • Nutrient Dense
  • Pre/Post Workout
  • Power Boosting
  • No Sweetener

Ingredients: Ingredients: Sprouted Brown Rice Protein Powder, Rice Bran (Tocotrienols), Coconut Water Crystals, Maca Powder, Incan Spirulina, Goji Juice Powder, Cordyceps Dual Extract Powder, Pine Pollen Powder, Pumpkin Spice, Ginger Root Powder, Stevia Leaf Powder.

 

We were Powered by Harmonic Arts for one month…. & this is how it went for us!

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“I tried Harmonic Art’s Elevate powder. I blended it with my bulletproof coffee (coffee, butter, and xct oil) and loved it! It gave my coffee a delicious creamy taste with a hint of cardamom. Elevate made me feel more awake, energized, and more aware than just having my regular coffee. I love that it has the medicinal mushroom Lion’s Mane in it too. It is the perfect addition to my morning!” – Catherine

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“I tried the Harmonic Arts Elevate, I am new this product and it definitely did not disappoint. I mixed it in with my morning smoothies before school and It gave me a more centred and focused energy feeling that was perfect while studying! The cardamom flavour paired perfectly with a banana and almond butter smoothie. I have already bought more it is such a great product :)!” – Sarah
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“I loved trying out Activate in my morning tea. It has a rich, chocolatey taste, and it felt so good knowing it’s full of nourishing ingredients compared to the usual chocolate drinks! It was great having that extra boost of energy and stress-relief in the morning.I tried it a few different ways, but my favourite was blending a couple tablespoons in my morning rooibos tea. I added a little bit of honey for sweetness and it was a perfect blend. I felt like I was drinking hot chocolate but was also nourishing my body and mind for the day!” – Allannah
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“I tried “Engage” which is great for a little protein and energy boost. I made it with pumpkin purée, coconut cream, sunflower lecithin and added a dash of matcha ( I also may have put a dollop of unsweetened whip cream on there). I loved the pumpkin pie spice in it that gave it some warmth and the feeling of getting cordyceps, pine pollen and maca mid day to keep me going without stimulants.” – Tiffany

I tried Harmonic Arts Activate powder. It’s the first time I’ve ever tried it, and I LOVED it. Since it has a chocolatey flavour, I made it into a delicious & buttery 😉 hot chocolate with stevia. It also tasted really great mixed in with yogurt! I found that the Powder gave me a really calm & focused energy, which makes sense due to the Reishi & Maca, and I didn’t feel guilty after having it like I would sometimes with sugary hot chocolate powders :). I will definitely continue having Activate as my go-to hot chocolate (and even coffee) alternative! – Kelly

Kaizen Protein – Our Staff Review

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Kaizen Whey

Kaizen is a premium quality New Zealand sourced whey protein that comes from pasture-raised cows! This protein contains no added sugar, gluten, artificial flavours, hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. In addition, their whey protein is extremely easy to digest, tastes delicious and mixes easily without a blender!

There is a Kaizen Whey flavour for everyone! 🙂  Kaizen Whey comes in the following flavours:

  • Natural
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Decadent Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Cinnamon Bun

What is whey protein?

Whey is one of two proteins found in milk.  It is a complete protein, containing all essentials amino acids.  It’s also absorbed VERY quickly and is highly bioavailable.  Whey has been prized for aiding in muscle recovery, its immune modulating and regenerative components, and for containing pre-cursors necessary for glutathione production.

Most people will consume whey as a form of post workout nutrition to aid in recovery, but it can also be consumed at other times of the day as an added protein boost!


Our team tried Kaizen Whey protein for a month and this is what everyone thought:

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“I’m loving the Kaizen Whey, it mixes well with water and the Orange flavour is a great change from the typical Chocolate and Vanilla flavours. I really appreciate Kaizen’s commitment to keeping their product as clean as possible using stevia and natural flavourings as well as sourcing from quality dairy. I usually have my shake post exercise mixed with ice!” – Brady

 

 

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“Love using kaizen chocolate protein for a sweet treat without the harmful effects of sugar. Getting a little extra protein in my day gives me more energy too! I blend a scoop of kaizen protein with a quarter avocado , a splash of coconut milk and a half a frozen banana to make a delicious pudding… yum! ” – Tiffany

 

 

 

Johns review

 

“I loved using the Kaizen Whey protein! It worked great as a pick-me-up midday at work, especially on busy days. It helped fill me up and give me energy for the rest of my shift :). I tried the chocolate one because #chocolateislife.”
– John

 

 

 

“I tried the Kaizen Vegan chocolate protein. I very much enjoyed this protein. With most proteins I usually have some difficulty with my stomach, but with this one I had no trouble! It’s a great product for people with sensitive stomachs, like myself!” – Laura

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“I love adding Kaizen Whey protein to my morning shakes! My body digests the protein very easily, and I love how it’s from grass-fed New Zealand cows.  This protein tastes amazing too, and blends in flawlessly.” – Catherine

 

 

 

 

 

Kaizen Protein Tylers Review“Kaizen’s Whey protein is one of the best protein powders I have tried. It’s easy to mix with water, or my favourite way to have it, with yogurt. I have tons of energy after I have whey, and when mixed with yogurt, it also helps keep me full for hours.  My body has no problem digesting this protein powder!”-Tyler

 

Greens+ Extra Energy – The Staff Scoop.


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Have you ever tried Genuine Health’s Greens+ Extra Energy? Well we did, and WE LOVED IT!

 

Greens+ Original formula and History:

Greens+ is a nutrient-rich greens formula that was created by Psychologist, Sam Graci in 1989 to help treat behavioural problems in adolescents.  Sam worked closely with problematic teens and noticed that a profound difference in behaviour occurred upon dietary adjustments.  The original formula was made to be a dietary supplement that would help cover a lot of the bases that are missing in the majority of people’s diets.  It is an amazing source of over 23 phytonutrients sourced from many nutritious vegetables and fruits.  Greens+ has proven again, and again to be a fantastic nourishing super food blend that is alkaline-enhancing, & digestion-improving.

 

Greens+ Extra Energy:

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The same amazing Greens+ Formula, but with an added natural caffeine kick to help boost your energy and increase your mood throughout the day.  Greens+ has been Canada’s favourite green food supplement for over 20 years, bringing improved health, energy, and vitality into our lives. The extra energy version gives a boost of balanced and sustained energy! It contains energizing natural ingredients including taurine and naturally-occurring caffeine from the kola nut.

One serving daily provides:

  • Nutrient-rich Greens+ including an entire range of powerful nutrients from fruits, veggies, superfoods, sea vegetables, and standardized herbs, delivering all of the nutritional goodness these potent foods offer.
  • Long-lasting natural energy with no over-stimulation or energy “crash” side effects.
  • Increased mental clarity and vitality.
  • Sugar-free alternative to energy drinks and coffee.

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Kola Nut:
The Kola Nut is what the original “Cola” was made with as it has amazing energy increasing qualities, and it tastes great! Traditionally the kola nut was not consumed in sugar-filled, synthetic sodas that are void of any beneficial properties… but rather it was eaten for its “mind-clearing” benefits.  The kola nut has some amazing focus & energy increasing qualities.  Not only is it a natural stimulant, but it also has been known to increase cerebral blood flow, improving cognition! The kola nut can increase oxygen levels in the blood, further increasing energy throughout your mind & body!

Greens+ Extra Energy comes in two delicious flavours, to suit your preference. One is a delicious, tangy, and very popular Orange flavour.  The other is a fantastic, creamy, & energizing Cappuccino flavour.  They’re both really great, and are sweetened with stevia so they can be enjoyed guilt-free any time of day with no energy crashes! 🙂

 


We tried this amazing formula for a month and this is what we thought:

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“I absolutely LOVE Greens+ Extra Energy! I drink it everyday at work in the afternoon for a refreshing energy boost. It tastes the best out of any greens I’ve had and mixes super smoothly. I love the way it makes me feel!”
– Catherine

 

 

 

 

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“Greens+ Extra Energy (particularly the Cappuccino flavour… YUM) is literally the only reason I can wake up in the morning. I roll out of bed, sleepy-eyed, before saying good morning to anybody, mix up my Extra Energy shake, thoroughly enjoy it…. and then I’m ready to take on the day. I love how happy and energized Extra Energy makes me feel.  It is a must have each morning, and I even sometimes will have a second midday for a pick-me-up. 🙂  I tested my alkalinity after using Greens+ Extra Energy for a month and it truly does help keep my pH slightly alkaline!”
– Kelly

 

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“Greens extra energy is my absolute favourite way to get a burst of energy without a crash.  Essential for keeping up with a two year old 😜! I love a green drink in the afternoon especially if I haven’t eaten enough veggies that day. ”
– Tiffany

 

 

“Greens+ Extra Energy is great! I usually drink it as a mid afternoon pick-me-up during the work day. I feel so good when I drink it :)!”
– John

img_9590“I LOVE Greens+ Extra Energy. I tried the cappuccino flavour, I wouldn’t say it’s a true cappuccino flavour but more a cocoa coffee flavour profile (it was delicious!).  It’s the perfect thing to start my day with and was nice to have something that wasn’t fruity in the morning. It was delicious blended in with chocolate protein and almond butter, but I mostly had it solo with water and maca powder.  The thing I enjoyed most about it was the mental alertness it gave me and the extra boost of greens, cause who doesn’t want more greens right 🙂 ! #obsessed ”
– Lynn

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“Greens+ Extra Energy Cappuccino is my favourite thing to drink in the mornings during my sauna session.  It is a quick, easy, and delicious way to get an extra dose of greens in.  Greens+ Extra Energy makes me feel great, and helps me with multitasking during the day.  The natural caffeine, bee pollen, and taurine also provide a long-lasting energy supply with no crash!”
-Tyler

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“I have a  Greens+ Extra Energy Orange shake every morning!  The orange flavour is my favourite. It’s definitely the best tasting greens I have ever tried. I love taking it with me on camping and hiking trips because it’s light and easy to pack and I’ll occasionally have it mid-afternoon for some extra energy (no pun intended 😉 ).  I’ve never had anything that wakes my brain up like extra energy does anytime I have it!”
– Brady

 

Have you tried Greens+ Extra Energy before?  Do you love it as much as we do? What time of day do you find it works best for you 🙂 ?  Let us know! We love receiving feedback on our products!

Vitamix 101 – What’s all the Hype about?

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Have you heard people rave about their Vitamix Blender?
Are you yet to be convinced? Well, allow us to enlighten you a bit.

Whether you’re a smoothie-lover, a soup-lover, a Bulletproof Coffee lover, a chef extraordinaire or even a mega kitchen-hater… A Vitamix Blender could be a real game changer for you!

What makes them so amazing?


Simplicity is key.

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  • No extra containers, attachments, or blades to worry about.  Just one awesome, versatile package.


Easy to adjust dial and controls.

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  • The controls on Vitamix blenders are so straight forward and easy to follow – with speed options on one side, and preset smoothie, dessert, soup, puree & self-cleaning settings on the other!


Controlled power.

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  • These amazing blenders have the capacity to mix just about anything, not because they have the highest possible horsepower (although they do pack a punch – up to 2hp!), but because their components work together effortlessly to blend whatever you desire, smoothly.


Handles heat – Can actually heat soup!!

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  • Vitamix Blenders are perfect for blending up already warm ingredients – such as a Bulletproof Coffee – and they can actually heat up soup ingredients from cold using heat created by speed and friction.


Full Warranty Guarantee!

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  • In addition to the the fact that Vitamix Blenders are highly durable, this amazing company offers a fantastic warranty guarantee for up to 7 years after initial purchase! Understanding that this machine is quite an investment, the lengthy warranty that Vitamix guarantees can help put a wary purchaser’s mind at ease!


Self Cleaning in just 60 seconds!

 

Starting tomorrow, August 26th we are having a huge sale on Vitamix Blenders!

Save $25 off of our already low price on the Vitamix models that we carry! That’s $125.00 total savings!!

 If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call us at the store at 250-590-5524 or send us an email at hello@myhealthessentials.ca.

 

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Luna Sandals – THE Ultimate Adventure Shoe

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At Health Essentials, we’re crazy about the outdoors. Whether it’s super sunny outside like it has been this August, or it’s crazy rainy like it tends to be from time to time on the Wet West Coast 😉 … We just can’t get enough fresh air!  Perhaps as much as we love being outside, we love spending time barefoot, which is why Luna Sandals are one of our year round footwear essentials.

It can be hard to navigate on some outdoor terrains without a little protection for our soles, especially since most of us are so used to having worn shoes our whole lives.  Luna Sandals are the perfect medium between protection and freedom.  

What are Luna Sandals?

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Luna Sandals were created by a man named Ted MacDonald – aka: “Barefoot Ted” – whose journey of learning how to run pain-free led him to the concept of barefoot running. Running and moving without the impeding modern day “technology” of conventional shoes can have amazing benefits for our body, and actually reduce risk of pain and injury. Our bodies were meant to move – just not the way most modern day footwear forces them to.

Luna Sandals were inspired by traditional cultural styles of sandals, much like those in the Tarahumara natives of Mexico. On a trip to run a 50-mile Ultra Marathon in the Copper Canyons, Barefoot Ted became friends with a man named Manuel Luna, who made him his first pair of “huarache” sandals out of tire rubber and rope (see above). And thus, the name Luna Sandals came to be – inspired by and named after a true Tarahumara native.

Why we LOVE them.

We find ourselves regressing back to what our ancestors did and how traditional cultures lived again, and again when it comes to virtually all aspects of natural health and wellness. Allowing our bodies to express their natural biology seems to be the key to human vitality. Humans were created to move like humans, and Luna sandals allow our natural movement to be expressed to the fullest, while still providing protection.

Luna Sandals are a line of highly durable, adventure sandals that allow your ENTIRE foot to feel like it’s free!

This sandal is amazing for the heat – letting your feet fully breathe.
They are also fantastic for rainy weather – allowing water to wick away from the foot and rubber sole of the shoe.. puddle free!

There are different styles available for all types of weather conditions, terrain and preference, but they all keep the same simple concept in mind: Allowing your feet to act like the strong foundational bases that they are, allows your body to be aligned and supported properly.

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One of our very favourite, and perhaps one of the most versatile Luna Sandal styles that we carry is The Leadville PacerEquipped with a 9mm Vibram rubber sole, and aggressive tread that is designed to help you navigate any terrain, this sandal is perfect for even the most adventurous types.