Our Story

We believe choices like the food we put in our bodies, the paint we put on our walls, and the cleaners we use around our homes have power; the power to rob us of good health or to cultivate it.

We experienced this first-hand. Whether it was avoiding a looming kidney transplant, recovering a severely ill son that was medically deemed unrecoverable, being freed of debilitating mystery pain, overcoming long-term hormonal complications, or simply getting rid of cramps and dry eyes, our lives were transformed because of the power of real food and a non-toxic environment.

Branch Basics is our passion project to help others do the same.

So why cleaning products? Well, because 1) cleaners and laundry detergents have a major impact on our air quality and overall health, 2) switching to healthy cleaning is much easier than kicking a sugar addiction, 3) the world is in need of truly safe cleaners that work and 4) everyone cleans! 🙂

If we can help change even one person’s life for the better with our products and education, then we consider it a success. But of course, it is our utmost desire to enable and inspire as many people as we possibly can to live life clean and experience the power of pure as we have.

We’d love for you to join us and help us spread the word!

Allison, Kelly and Marilee

More About the Founders

Marilee Nelson

Marilee Nelson

For almost 30 years, Marilee has been advocating clean, natural living. It all began when she avoided dialysis and a kidney transplant through a change in diet using “Food as Medicine”. She saw clearly how the choices we make each day, such as the food we eat, can literally change the course of our life. Years later, her ten-year-old son, Douglas, was exposed to high levels of pesticides, leaving him extremely chemically sensitive to the point he could hardly function. The doctors’ prognosis was that he would never recover, but Marilee believed there had to be a way. She was a mom on a mission! She began studying how chemical exposures and the environment impact health. After a steep learning curve and seven years of discovery, Douglas fully recovered, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, worked in Japan as a Naval Aviation Intelligence Officer, and is now living in Texas with his wife and two children. Truly remarkable!

These experiences resulted in a strong commitment to help others with chronic illness and were the impetus for the creation of “The House Doctors”. Marilee is a Dietary and Environmental Consultant and Materials Specialist and is a go-to source for clients across the country who are chemically sensitive, chronically ill, and often given little hope for a normal life. She works from the premise that removing immune stressors facilitates the body’s innate design to heal and that eliminating harmful chemicals from the diet and products in the home are foundational to health. When she’s not consulting or researching for Branch Basics Marilee enjoys the beautiful Texas Hill Country where she resides with her husband, Doug. Read Marilee’s Full Story to get a more in-depth understanding of what she and Doug did to heal their son.

Allison Evans

Allison Evans

In 2007, as a 20-year-old college student, Allison called her Aunt Marilee desperately seeking relief from sudden unexplained chronic pain and loss of motor skills that over a dozen doctors could not diagnose. Marilee linked Allison’s physical breakdown to chemical exposure from the building materials in her newly-constructed apartment. Over the course of several months, with Marilee’s guidance, Allison began a real-food diet and supplement program which brought her tremendous relief. However, she still had home and body products containing toxic ingredients lingering in her apartment. It wasn’t until she spent a summer living with Marilee - where everything Allison put in, on and around her body was truly clean - that her symptoms disappeared and she experienced whole-body healing. To say she was sold on this lifestyle is an understatement! She went on to naturally reverse PCOS and, in 2016, conceive a beautiful baby girl, something doctors told her would never happen. Allison has since dedicated herself to helping others reap the incredible benefits of clean living, talking about the power of a real-food diet, clean products, and all things birth-and-baby-related to anyone who will listen! She serves as the Branch Basics VP of Sales, living pain-free and joy-filled with her highschool sweetheart, Will, and their baby girl, Sloane, in Houston. More about Allison in her Journey To Fertility and Home Water Birth.

Kelly Love

Kelly Love

Kelly and Allison met and became best friends during their college years at The University of Texas at Austin. After seeing how the changes in Allison’s diet and environment completely turned Allison’s health around, Kelly became hooked on living a cleaner, less toxic lifestyle herself. Kelly joined Allison and Marilee in the Texas Hill Country for a summer detox where she lived in an environment free of harmful chemicals and ate according to the principles Food As Medicine. The results? All of the “normal” problems Kelly had experienced her whole life: dry and itchy eyes, painful menstrual cramps, headaches, etc. disappeared! Turns out they don’t have to be normal after all, and Kelly is now passionate about helping others avoid unnecessary suffering. Kelly lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Sam, and baby girl, Reid.