Hi, I'm Jenessa!


I'm Jenessa--the newest writer on Swanson's Web Content team. I've always known Swanson had great products and an interesting history, so I'm more than excited to be a part of this company. While I don't have a huge background or knowledge in natural health, I'm looking forward to learning more about the topic, and hopefully bringing some of that knowledge to you along the way.

Some of my favorite ways to spend time are crafting, hanging out with family and friends, tweeting and extreme couponing. On that note, if you've got any neat craft ideas or couponing sites, feel free to let me know!

"The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy."

Sweet Surprise: Nutrition Facts May Soon Show You How Much Sugar is REALLY In Your Processed Food

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Jenessa McAllister

Sugar facts labelNutrition label guidelines have been the same since 1990, when they were first required. Now, after 20+ years, the FDA says they’ll be getting a makeover. While the Food and Drug Administration’s unofficial announcement has no published date of these changes, the nutritional community and health experts are offering a few suggestions... and praise.

The biggest change has to do with sugar and how it’s represented on the label. Specifically, the changes being considered would essentially unhide the...

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Sweet Perks of Cinnamon Spice (The "Sweet Spice")

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Jenessa McAllister

Cinnamon rolls, snickerdoodle cookies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Those are the first things I thought of when I began researching this cinnamon-focused blog post. I thought to myself, “What a delicious assignment!” Little did I know, cinnamon is one of the most widely used and highly beneficial spices out there. It can be sprinkled, simmered, baked with or taken as a supplement. It’s full of nutrients and has long been known as a blood sugar regulator, not to mention countless other health...

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Oil Pulling: All Hype Or Is There Something to It?

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Jenessa McAllister


My First Experience with Oil Pulling

Is the secret to better health hiding in the ancient tradition of oil pulling? Could swishing oil around in your mouth really deliver the plethora of promised benefits? I was determined to find out.

I was intrigued, confused and a little bit grossed out by the concept of oil pulling, so I decided to give it a try. Trust me; the experience was one I’ll never forget.


It can do what for my health?

Oil Pulling Health Benefits

Oil pulling, by Wikipedia definition, is...

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Ginger: Unique Uses, Health Benefits and Fresh Ginger Recipes

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Jenessa McAllister

What comes to mind when you think of ginger? Childhood memories of an upset tummy and drinking ginger ale to soothe it? Christmas traditions like the friendly ginger bread men or ginger bread cookies? Or, perhaps like many people around the world, you enjoy the spice for its distinct taste and numerous health benefits.

Embarrassingly enough, I had never actually worked with fresh ginger, and it was quite the adventure! I read all about how to pick it out in the produce section, and the right way...

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Hot Summer Essentials (You Didn’t Know We Had)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Jenessa McAllister

Summer is here! This means it’s time for swimsuits, sandals and sunshine! Unfortunately, sometimes those awesome aspects are overshadowed by things like sunburn and nasty bug bites. Not only are those annoying, they can be dangerous. One thing a lot of people forget, though, is that some chemicals found in popular brands of sunscreen and bug spray can be dangerous as well. If you could remove potentially hazardous elements from your household, wouldn’t you? There are a ton of ways to make simple...

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