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A Sacred Rub-a-Dub-Dub

By Heather O'Neill
June 17, 2009
File under: Gifts, Lifestyle, Personal Care, Products


I’m a girl who loves my suds, especially when there is a tub around. The problem with most soaps is that they aren’t very eco-friendly, using chemicals to make them bubble and scents made in a lab. (Seriously, I’ve never been to Ireland but I doubt I know from showering what an Irish Spring smells like. Think about it.)

Here is my new favorite thing to suds up with: Sacred Suds. Sacred Suds is a woman-owned, handmade soap business, which handcrafts vegetarian soaps for spirit-conscious customers.

The company’s soaps are unique in that they are inspired by deities of ancient mythology – the Goddesses of love, peace, and prosperity, and the Gods of action, nature, and joy – and each soap is carefully crafted in a focused effort to channel those energies. …read more of A Sacred Rub-a-Dub-Dub here

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Sparkling, Green Teeth

By Linda Brown-Kuhn
May 11, 2009
File under: Health, Personal Care


When thoughts turn to spring cleaning, as they do for many this time of year, most people don’t think of their teeth. But there are eco-options available that deliver a bright smile without all the chemicals and waste.

True, toothbrushes are small, but we go through a lot of them. If someone replaces their toothbrush the American Dental Association-recommended four times a year and lives to be 80 years old, that’s around 300 toothbrushes tossed out over the years.

Petroleum-based plastic is the material du jour, so alternatives that incorporate greener choices like recycled plastic and replaceable heads reduce the impact and numbers of toothbrushes destined for landfills. …read more of Sparkling, Green Teeth here

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Stamp Out Tampons!

By Christie Nash
March 2, 2009
File under: Health, Personal Care, Products


In 1999, the U.S. Congress passed the Tampon Safety and Research Act, which stated the importance of research being done “to determine the extent to which the presence of dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other additives in tampons and similar products used by women with respect to menstruation pose any risks to the health of women, including risks relating to cervical cancer, endometriosis, infertility, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, immune system deficiencies, pelvic inflammatory disease, and toxic shock syndrome, and for other purposes.”

The results of this research shows that the effects of these products can take up to 20-30 years to surface. Until this Act was passed, research done on the above was being paid for by the manufacturing companies themselves, and there was no independent research being done to ensure the safety and health of women who use these products. …read more of Stamp Out Tampons! here

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Eco-Luxe Day Spas

By Linda Brown-Kuhn
February 5, 2009
File under: Culture, Lifestyle, Personal Care, Travel


I must admit I’ve never been wrapped with seaweed or experienced a cedar enzyme bath. It’s on my list of things I’d like to do, I just haven’t gotten that far yet.

Surrendering myself to become rejuvenated, detoxified, and spiffed up at a spa sounds wonderful. The allure is even greater since I discovered there are a growing number of eco-friendly day spas that offer their pampering services with an eye out for the environment.

In their list of 2009 spa trends, the International Spa Association includes organic spas, which make available environmentally friendly products and services, as one of their top ten trends. Aside from using products that are organic, plant-based, and non toxic, green spas may also take steps to conserve water, energy, and reduce waste. …read more of Eco-Luxe Day Spas here

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4 Tricks to Beat the Winter Blues!

By Andrea Moss
January 11, 2009
File under: Fitness, Health, Personal Care


Do you feel down when the days are short, it’s dark at 4pm, and the winter sun barely seems to shimmer in the sky? You’re not alone. Pretty much everyone I’ve asked admits to occasional bouts of the “winter blues.” Colder weather and lots of time spent trapped indoors can give us all a bad case of cabin fever. But luckily there are some easy, natural solutions to the winter blahs that I’ve found made a big difference in my life.

1. Fish Oil Supplements. In addition to lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in our body, helping to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and assisting in weight loss, fish oil is also known to uplift our mood. It is often used by doctors to help treat depression. Fish oil is also great for skin disorders such as eczema, which can be worsened by winter’s harsh weather.

2. Daily walks. Just getting outside and taking a brief walk – even if it’s blustery and cold out there – can greatly brighten our mood. Getting some fresh air can help clear your mind and increase focus and concentration. And if it’s a sunny day, you’ll get a dose of vitamin D3. Which brings me to my next point:

3. Vitamin D3. Several studies over the last couple of years have indicated that many individuals suffer from …read more of 4 Tricks to Beat the Winter Blues! here

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