Lemon Balm – Spring’s Aromatic Tea Herb

This time of year, my favorite little herb that finally comes back around is Lemon Balm. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial, herbaceous herb that is a favorite for most any garden – from the lay person’s first kitchen garden to the more expert gardener. I’ve been growing lemon balm for several years, and it has been one my all time favorite herbs to use medicinally for almost 10 years now. It’s easy to grow, relatively hardy, fragrant and super easy to harvest! Continue reading

Cheers for Charity: Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond!


Thursday, April 27th / 5 – 7pm in The Beet and on the patio


Join us for a Happy Hour with our friends and second quarter beneficiaries of our Wooden Nickel Program, Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond!

$1 from each pint will be donated to this transformative program which inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Enjoy happy hour pricing on beverages while you meet the GOTR team and learn more about their work, mission, and how you can volunteer your talents to help them help local young ladies!

To round it out, we’ll have live music on the patio from the lovely Isabel Bailey!


It’s free, but we’d love to know if you’re joining!

Can’t attend but want to make a donation? Do that here!


Hello Hydration! with Dr. Marlisa Hurt



Wednesday, April 26th / 6:00 to 8:00pm in The Beet


Hydration: Your number one ally to help you #fightright—whether the inflammation you’re fighting is in the form of cancer, chronic headaches or fatigue, or abnormal fat storage and suppressed metabolism—understanding Cellular Hydration is the key to your way OUT, and onto healing your body!

It’s not just getting *enough* fluids that shifts your inflammatory gauges away from the danger zone of pain and disease.  Transporting nutrients, protecting cells from environmental toxins in common water and flushing toxins out are critical roles that purified water offers.  With 75% of your body being comprised of water, it’s vital to have the highest quality water empowering your cells to make your #fightright!

Please join Dr. Marlisa Hurt as she presents how pure water reduces cancer risks, understand the threats in bottled water and EPA-approved municipal tap water, and hear from special guest and frequent speaker from The Truth About Cancer’s stage: Paul Barratierro, CEO of ECHO Water Ionizer, as he teaches the empowering message of Healing with Hydrogen-infused purified water.

Taste and feel what healing water can do for you.  Bonus: each participant will leave with a jar of infused hydrogen water!


Marlisa J. Hurt, PhD in Anti-Aging Medicine  |  Dr. Hurt is a clinical restorative nutritionist who also works in research and development for nutritional supplement providers. She has presented at GI conferences, nutritional conferences, and Dr. Hurt is a Board member as well as the Education Director for the local cancer prevention organization Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2).

Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) is a Richmond-based cancer prevention organization which focuses on providing awareness raising events, prevention education, colorectal cancer early detection services, and support for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.


$10 donation to Hitting Cancer Below the Belt.  HCB2 is a local 501(c)3 non profit organization based in Richmond VA and serves the local community.

HELLO, HYDRATION! with Dr. Marlisa Hurt


Email thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com!



Wellness-Oriented Weight Loss: How to Finally Lose Fat, Fast & Forever


Tuesday, April 25th / 7:00 to 8:00pm in The Beet


Let’s face it, while fad diets and popular diet programs may help you lose weight initially, the pounds typically come right back…and usually with a vengeance, packing on more fat than you lost.  Why? Because these types of diet plans don’t really correct the underlying CAUSE of excess fat… a FIXABLE problem with your biochemistry.  Join us to find out the real reason behind yo-yo weight issues, and learn how to lose fat fast and for good… and all naturally!


Dr. Michael Wild | GetN2Balance

Dr. Wild graduated with Cum Laude Honors from Boston College with a BA in Psychology (concentration in Psycho-Physiology), and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1991.

Dr. Wild is a board certified Chiropractic Physician licensed by the Medical Board of Virginia. He has been freeing people from pain and helping them live healthier more productive lives since 1991, and has focused on the needs of his neighbors in Richmond’s West End since 1993.

Dr. Wild uses a “whole person approach” when taking care of his patients. By combining the very best hands-on healing techniques, state-of-the-art diagnostic & treatment procedures, and providing the newest and best natural whole-food vitamins and mineral supplements on the market today, Dr. Wild is able to help you to accelerate your journey to good health. His mission is to help people realize that “health comes from within, and ultimately, maintaining your health is superior to the treatment of disease.”


FREE! Just RSVP here


Email TheBeet@ellwoodthompsons.com!


Fact vs. Fiction: Busting 1st Trimester Pregnancy Myths



Wednesday, April 19th / 6:30 to 7:30PM


The Beet at Ellwood’s


Should you be eating for two?  What is folate and where are you supposed to find it?  Pregnancy is an exhilarating time in a woman’s life that can also be met with a lot of confusion, uncertainty and plenty of differing opinions and unsolicited advice.  Join Alexandra at this free event as she separates fact from fiction during the first trimester of pregnancy.  Walk away with a more comprehensive understanding of the first trimester as well as the transformational journey you are on towards motherhood.  Participants will receive complementary handouts at the end of the session with recommended foods for the first trimester along with favorite first trimester recipes.

This four part Mama In The Makin’ Nutrition Series for pregnancy is designed to provide nutritional information as well as holistic health and wellness resources to women who are thinking of conceiving, are currently trying to conceive or are pregnant at present.  While the series was created with these women in mind, Alexandra invites anyone to attend these sessions, one or all!  All are welcome, partners too!


Alexandra Cenname, CHC | Holistic Health Coach

Alexandra is a Certified Health Coach, specializing in personal health coaching for pregnant women as well as those trying to conceive and women postpartum.

She believes in an individualized approach to health and wellness and recognizes that what works best for one client may not work for another.  She founded Mama In The Makin’ in 2016 because she believes every woman can have a healthy pregnancy and achieve the birth experience that she wants with the proper education, encouragement and empowerment.  Her goal is to support you on your journey and transformation into motherhood with the right tools and resources, support and all the love.


FREE! Space is limited, so please RSVP here to guarantee your spot! Partners welcome!


Email The Beet Coordinator, Charlotte, at cchristensen@ellwoodthompsons.com!

Pesticides In Produce: The 2017 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

BY NICK LASKY, Food Advocate

Fresh with the news that the EPA recently halted its testing for Monsanto’s weed killer ingredient (known as Glyphosate) in our food , taking a look at how much pesticides are in our food is more important than ever!

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) creates a list of the top 12 types of “conventional” produce with the highest amount of pesticides and a list of the top 15 cleanest types of produce with the least amount of pesticides. The EWG uses pesticide residue testing data from the USDA and FDA and to create the lists.

Here are the lists for 2017:

The EWG’s Dirty Dozen below are fruits and vegetables listed from worst to best – lower numbers indicate more pesticides.

Dirty Dozen 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED when buying any item in the Dirty Dozen above to buy ORGANIC. Even after washing these types of produce, they are likely to still have the most pesticide residue.

The EWG’s Clean Fifteen below lists fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticide residue with the lowest number indicating the least amount of pesticide residue.

Spraying pesticide in melon farm of Thailand.

Clean Fifteen

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Avocadoes
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas Frozen
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew Melon
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

Now of course it is recommended that you buy only organic produce all the time. But if you find yourself in a situation where you are traveling and don’t have access to organic produce, on a low budget, or you are trying to choose between buying local and organic, then the Clean Fifteen is the way to go.

The Clean Fifteen should be not too bad as long as you give them a very thorough washing.

Clearly, most produce on the Clean Fifteen have a protective outer layer that absorbs the pesticides and preserves the integrity of the food inside. This is mostly a good rule to follow but is not universal. “Conventional” apples, for instance, have a pretty thick peel but are now generally treated with a fungicide after they are harvested in order to keep the peel from breaking down.

Glyphosate (Round-Up) is the most commonly used pesticide and has been linked with various health problems.

Here is a good study for learning more about the different pesticides used and their effects.


Spring Kick-off of Pups & Pints!


The 2nd Thursday every month | April 13th, 5 – 7PM


The Patio & The Beet at Ellwood Thompson’s


We are so ready to kick off our dog-friendly happy hour this season, and we’re even more pleased to partner with Richmond Animal League (RAL) as our first non-profit beneficiary!  Bring you furbaby and friends to enjoy some sunshine on our patio and foot-stamping tunes by Shine Delphi.  Hailing all the way from New Orleans, Shine is a modern day troubadour traveling through this world with a resonator guitar and a few words to share.   Take advantage of happy hour prices at the bar in The Beet and give back to RAL

Who is RAL?

Richmond Animal League is Richmond, Virginia’s oldest non-profit, no-kill organization, committed to saving lives by providing hope, help and homes for animals in need. Founded in 1979, our main goal is to reduce euthanasia rates in Central Virginia by transporting pets from partnering animal control agencies. RAL provides temporary housing, medical treatment, sterilization, and quality care to over 2,000 companion animals each year until they are adopted into permanent and loving homes. RAL also provides low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners without geographical restrictions.

They’ll be here – with a couple ambassador pups, of course – to talk, hang, and share their passion with you over a pint! And speaking of pints, $1 from each pint sold during the event will be donated to RAL!



Although this is free,  you’re welcome to RSVP ahead of time here!


Email thebeet@ellwoodthompsons.com or call Customer Service at 359-7527!

*Mother Nature has a way of surprising us, so please note this is weather permitting! Check our social media for the most up-to-date information*




CCF Tea – The Best Post-Meal Digestive Support

I’ve always been a big fan of after meal teas (especially after lunch and dinner) for two reasons:

  1. It prolongs the meal and makes the company last a bit longer to sit for tea after sharing a meal,and
  2. After consuming heavier meals during the day your digestive system can use some gentle support, and herbal tea is perfect for this purpose. My go-to post-meal tea has long been Cumin + Coriander + Fennel (CCF) tea, a traditional Ayurvedic tea to support digestion, liver detoxification and pancreatic enzyme production. It’s sweet, calming and cooling qualities resonate with nearly every body type, and it’s so easy to make you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen already. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits:

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Get to Know: Dr. Mary Frazier Colfer, MD

Dr. Mary Colfer. MD, is a new practitioner recently added to our Health Team and it’s been such a pleasure to get to know her and learn about her unique training and areas of holistic expertise. Dr. Colfer graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech with a double major in biology and animal sciences.  She attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia at VCU, and after completing her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia, she practiced emergency medicine for 14 years.  She also spent two years serving as the medical director for the Fan Free Clinic.  She completed a Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine offered in partnership between The George Washington University and the University of South Florida. During her lengthy appointments with her patients, she incorporates nutritional therapies, lifestyle adjustments and natural medicines into her personalized treatment plans. Continue reading