The 5 Products Chef & Author Phoebe Lapine Recommends To Everyone
Uma Pure Rest Oil
Uma is an organic essential oil company that's ayurvedically influenced. And I'm not kidding you when I say that, when it comes to my entire arsenal of natural sleep aids, one little drop of this Pure Rest Oil on the bottom of my feet (the quickest point of entry for essential oils) works so well—it's an essential part of my nighttime routine. It contains soothing essential oils like vetiver and plant extracts like ashwagandha blended with jojoba oil. Like a lot of high-quality essential oils, it's a little pricey ($85), but it's really concentrated, so one bottle lasts me about six months.
Wildling Empress Stone
I'm obsessed with the Wilding Empress Stone gua sha tool as a dual health and beauty regimen. I feel like jade rolling was the main trend for a while, but I got into gua sha through my acupuncturist for my thyroid health since I've had raging Hashimoto's for the last 10 years. I use it around my neck every morning and night (I do it pretty lightly around the thyroid area) to aid with lymph drainage. It really gets into all those nooks and crannies, and you can rotate the tool depending on where you're using it. Then I work my way up to my face for a little lifting, depuffing, and detoxification action. For anyone looking to get into gua sha, I'd recommend Britta Plug's tutorials.
Staub Cast-Iron Skillet
Staub makes some beautiful enameled cast-iron skillets, and they're one of my absolute favorite kitchen items. I get a lot of questions on my site about safe nonstick pans to use, and the thing is, there's really no good options. So I use my nonstick pans at very low heat for certain tasks (basically just scrambling eggs and making omelets), then I use a naturally nonstick cast-iron skillet for everything else. The key to making it naturally nonstick? Season it after every use—rinse it, get rid of food bits with a scrub brush, dry it with a dish towel, heat it up on the stovetop, then rub a few drops of oil into the pan with the towel. Over time, this will create a nice smooth finish.
New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Plus Water Filter
I'm a big evangelist of water filters, and I've used this New Wave Filter for a while. It looks and functions like one of the expensive custom ones, but it just sits on top of your counter and attaches to your faucet. It removes over 99 percent of chlorine and other funky contaminants, and its filter cartridge is good for a year, so it's way better than the pitcher-style filters. I use it when I'm making rice or pasta or steaming vegetables—basically for all of my cooking and drinking—which is kind of impossible with pitcher filters since you'd need to keep filling it up.
Epica Compost Bin
What's been hard for me in the wellness world, and just as a chronically sick person who's trying to heal, is that there's a lot of waste that gets generated just from all these products. So for my mental wellness and to benefit the planet, I feel very passionately about doing some low-waste things. Two products that help me generate way less waste: my countertop Epica Compost Bin, which has a charcoal filter to neutralize nasty smells), and the TerraCycle Zero Waste Box, which you fill up with basically anything that you don't want to toss but doesn't make sense to donate (like old cassettes) and TerraCycle will find a way to reuse it, upcycle it, or recycle it.
Phoebe Lapine is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, wellness personality, culinary instructor, and speaker based in New York. She has a B.A. from Brown University, but but was born and raised in New York City. On her award-winning blog, Feed Me Phoebe, she shares recipes for healthy comfort food and insights about balanced lifestyle choices beyond what’s on your plate. Lapine's forthcoming memoir, The Wellness Project, chronicles her journey with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and how she finally found the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one month at a time. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook for more creative clean recipes and inspiration.