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Still Focused on Being the Best Tasting and Highest Quality Kombucha!

Where We Check Back in with Daina, Justin, and Vanessa

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three-and-one-half years since I last interviewed Daina at Health-Ade (read about my visit here) so recently a few of us headed to Torrance for an update. What we found was amazing! They have gone from a little three-person start-up in 2012 to a massive operation, but the spirit of small, hand-crafted quality still permeates everything in the building.

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This time Vanessa showed us around. She, Daina, and Justin started brewing kombucha in a closet just a few years ago, and now they are a national company. They brew 120,000 bottles of kombucha every day! 

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Daina, Justin, and Vanessa in 2014

The forces that drove these three when they first started Health-Ade are the forces that still drive them today. They still brew in 2 & 1/2 gallon glass jars — 60,000 of them every week. No plastic! They still use the highest quality ingredients possible. Their ingredients are Organic! They filter their water. They source responsibly. The leftover tea bags, SCOBYs, and juice pulp are all composted. And so much more. 

You have to see it to appreciate the scale of this operation. There is fifty-thousand clean, organized square feet of activity that pumps out 320,000 cases of Kombucha per month — that’s just a bit of an expansion from the 35,000 cases per month they were producing in 2014! 

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And each batch rests for 1-3 weeks while the kombucha develops just the right amount of bubbly probiotics that are so crucial for a healthy gut.

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Thanks for hosting us, Vanessa — We love Health-Ade! It’s great to see how you’ve grown!

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Apple Cider Vinegar and the Common Uses

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You’ve probably already heard, but Apple Cider Vinegar can be a healthy part of so many areas of your life! From cleaning to health, ACV is one of those “go-to” items you should always have on your shelf.

Let’s start with cleaning.

Vinegar is one of the most versatile all-purpose cleaners around. Mix 1 part water, 1 part ACV in a spray bottle and get to work! You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to perk up the scent, too!

If you have hard water, use this diluted ACV solution to break up those mineral deposits on your shower glass.

If you’re having a fruit-fly infestation, try this trick: Put a shallow layer of ACV in a cup and add a drop of dish soap. The flies will become trapped when they go onto the solution.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a big help in the laundry as well. Add 1 cup of ACV into the bleach cup of your washing machine to get rid of urine smell. (Great for pet owners!)

How about adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your beauty routine?

Add one part ACV to 3-4 parts water and use as a facial toner. Apply this toner to your skin with a cotton pad, and then let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Your face will love it!

If you love a good soak in the tub, try this! Add about one cup of ACV to your bath water, along with Epson salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a soothing and relaxing bath.

Dab a little 50/50 diluted Apple Cider Vinegar on insect bites to relieve itchiness. A couple of cups of ACV in a bath can sooth the irritation of a sunburn, too.

A lot of articles are touting using Apple Cider Vinegar as a teeth whitener, but remember that it is an acid, and acid will dissolve tooth enamel. I remember hearing years ago about people who loved to suck on lemons, and how the enamel on their teeth was eventually eaten away. So not a great idea.

Use 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in 4 cups of water as a hair rinse after shampooing. Leave on your hair for a few minutes and then rinse with cool water. It will help keep your hair shiny and tangle-free!

Now let’s talk tasty!

Apple Cider Vinegar can be used in any of your salad recipes, or even just straight from the bottle with a little olive or grapeseed oil, a grind of pepper and some delicious pink Himalayan Sea salt! Try this one — Fall Kale Salad — found on this blog from a couple of years ago, but still looking tasty and fine!
Fall Kale Salad

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Try using SCV in your next smoothie! Add just a few teaspoons at first to see how much you like it, but it adds a great snap!

I love mixing some Apple Cider Vinegar with thin-sliced cucumbers and a little sweetener like honey or agave for a delicious salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Quick, simple and clean!

Apple Cider Vinegar for your health!

It seems counter-intuitive, but ACV can help with digestion. Mix 2 teaspoons ACV, 1 tablespoon each of fresh ginger-infused water and fresh lemon juice, 8 ounces of sparking water and raw honey to taste. Pour over ice and enjoy! Ginger is also good for reducing an upset stomach, so this will help on a couple of fronts!

I haven’t tried this one, but it sounds interesting — if you are plagued with hiccups, try tossing down a straight teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. The shock of the taste may just get ride of those pesky hiccups!

You can use apple cider vinegar as a healthy throat treatment. Dilute 1/4 cup ACV with 1/2 cup of warm water, add 1 tsp salt, stir until the salt is dissolved, and gargle.

If you suffer from leg cramps, Apple Cider Vinegar can help dissolve the acid crystals in the blood and provides minerals to help ease the cramping. Drink diluted ACV twice daily.

And on a related note, after a tough workout your muscles will likely have lactic acid buildup in the body. This causes fatigue and soreness, but the amino acids in ACV act as an antidote. Add a tablespoon to a glass of water after a workout.

There has been some research on using vinegar to help with diabetes. The conclusion is that consuming vinegar stimulates an antiglycemic reaction in those who have pre-diabetes. (Those who are showing signs of developing Type 2 Diabetes — also called insulin resistant.) The vinegar blocks the absorption of starch. The studies have been small so far, but this shows promise in slowing the progression from pre-diabetes to full-blown diabetes.

Apple Cider Vinegar is being tested in the area of heart disease as well. In animal studies Apple Cider Vinegar, due to its antioxidant properties, can reduce blood pressure, triglycerides, and total cholesterol. Again, more studies are needed, but it’s always great when something old-fashioned and down-to-earth is shown to have potential in so many areas!

Apple Cider Vinegar is showing great promise to be more than just another fad!

Enjoy your next Apple Cider Vinegar creation!



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The Detoxifying, Deodorizing Miraculous Molecule that is Chlorophyll!

Goodness Greeness!


In 9th grade science we all learned about chlorophyll, the molecule found in plants and algae that gives them their green pigment and plays a key role in photosynthesis, the process which allows plants to absorb energy from sunlight. My knowledge of chlorophyll plateaued in high school and remained that way for years after graduating until I began my job here at Lassen’s. Since then the many benefits of chlorophyll as well as the easy and delicious ways to consume it have become apparent to me.



Energy & Oxygenation of Blood

Chlorophyll is believed to increase the oxygen in our blood. This makes chlorophyll very popular for our customers who are runners, hikers, athletes as well as climbers and travelers experiencing altitude sickness. 

Deodorize and Detoxify

Chlorophyll is also known as nature’s deodorizer for its ability to help detoxify the blood. When taken internally, chlorophyll is absorbed in the intestinal tract and flows into the blood steam. For aiding in reducing body odor, it is recommended to take in liquid form 1-2 times a day with a healthy diet limiting or excluding coffee, alcohol and sugar (which are huge players in offensive body orders). It is also good to accompany the use of chlorophyll with a natural gentle deodorant free of aluminum or other harsh chemicals.

Blood Builder

Chlorophyll is also used to help prevent the build up of destructive toxins and as an aid in building healthy blood. It is often used complimentary for those taking regular iron supplements for its blood building properties.

We have chlorophyll in both capsule and liquid form 

for a refreshing way to get internally green, try mixing:

  • 1 dropper of Herbs Etc. Chlorophyll Concentrate
  • 6oz of distilled mineral water (make it sparkling water for fun!) 
  • juice of half a organic lemon (squeezed) 
  • and 1 tablespoon of local raw honey or agave nectar.
For more information on the properties of chlorophyll, check out Herbs Etc, or come on in and speak with one of our knowledgeable supplement specialists!
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Focus on Local… Lori’s Original Lemonade and New Oak Ranch Lavender

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This is Lori, owner of Lori’s Original Lemonade.
It started with a lemon tree in the front yard 
and three kids who wanted to make some money.
So Lori made some lemonade and the kids set up a stand outside their home in Ojai to sell that lemonade.  
It was a big neighborhood hit! 

But then Lori had an idea…

…to spruce up that lemonade with some lavender., Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
She got some lavender from a local farmer, brewed some lavender tea, and infused her lemonade with that delicious lavender flavor.
Soon people–including her three children–
were encouraging Lori to bottle her lemonade.  

Mom… you can do it!

So a year ago Lori took a deep breath and jumped into the business., Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
Recently Bethany (Marketing Director), Mykey (Art Director and Graphics Designer) and I met Lori at New Oak Ranch in Ojai, where Lori gets the lavender for her delicious lemonade. She told us her story and shared her excitement for her wonderful product.
Lori started by selling her lemonade in several Ojai shops, but then decided to expand.  
She had a goal to put her three kids through college.
She visited our buyer, Josh, at the Ventura store and was thrilled when he wanted much more than she expected him to order., Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
Lori uses Organic lemons for her lemonade, as well as Pure Cane Sugar–

No high fructose corn syrup!

Lassen’s is proud to have helped Lori as she was launching her business!, Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade 

New Oak Ranch

We also got to meet Bill, the owner of New Oak Ranch.  
Bill showed us the different kinds of lavender and taught us all about it.  
The culinary variety of lavendar is Provence, but Bill also grows the Grosso variety, 
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It takes about 30 lbs of lavender buds (shown here) to make (through steam distilling) 
6 oz of oil!    
It is used in many kinds of bodycare products., Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
This beautiful variety, Buena Vista, holds its color and is often used for decorating and in other items that need the color retained., Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
Bill also showed us his greenhouse where he has propagated (by cuttings) a full crop of new lavender plants.  
The cuttings take about 8-10 weeks to be strong enough to be planted.  
Bill will soon plant a full field of these new plants., Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
Bill also grows Olives, Ojai Pixie Tangerines, and Walnuts at his ranch., Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
With her unique and delicious recipe, Lori is getting rave reviews for her lemonade.  
Mykey, Bethany and I decided that heating up the lemonade to soothe a sore throat just might make feeling a little under-the-weather not so terrible!, Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade
Stop into Lassens and try LOL–Lori’s Original Lemonade!
Maybe her family motto will rub off on you too:
“Wish It, Dream It, Do It, and Anything is Possible!”
PS–and by the way, the drive through the Ojai Valley is spectacular!  Take Highway 150 through Ojai and beyond (keep following it and you’ll get to Santa Paula) for a beautiful drive!, Lori's+Original+Lavender+Lemonade