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Can Your Jewelry Make You Healthier?

By Uma Campbell: There have been reports on the dangers of costume jewelry. In fact,CBS News reportedthat some of those baubles may contain lead and other hazardous chemicals. But what about real jewelry—fine jewelry. Is it safe or even beneficial for the wearer? Unless an individual has an allergy to …

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Alternatives to Sudsing with Traditional Shampoos  

By Larraine Roulston:  It was once quoted that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. So why do we smother it with so many chemicals? If you are seeking alternatives to shampoos and conditioners, why not test the benefits of using a shampoo bar or the “No Shampoo”method that uses …

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7 Natural Remedies for Allergies

By Emily Folk:  By some estimates, 25 percent of the population has an allergic disorder. And, while there are plenty of over-the-counter remedies that can assuage the symptoms of seasonal allergies —including sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion— you’re not limited to manufactured treatments. Instead, try any of these all-natural options for …

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Why Natural Sunblock Matters

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green Mom: Goodbye winter clothes and hello sandals, swimsuits and long days at the beach. I know we all have been lectured about the importance of sunblock to prevent skin cancer and premature aging, so I’m not going to preach about that. However, natural sunblock is …

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Tick Prevention and Safe Removal

By Kim Robson: This time of year, we’re spending a lot of time outdoors, and we’re likely to encounter ticks. I’m grateful that my pup has short, light-colored fur, as it makes spotting ticks on him that much easier. Tick bites are not only painful and annoying, but they can …

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How to Avoid Hormone-Harming Endocrine Disruptors

By Fredrica Syren: As a woman with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, I’m always concerned with hormones or anything else that disrupts my hormone system. So, I immersed myself in learning more about what disrupts hormones and how I can reduce exposure to those things. Well, the more I learned, …

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Sunscreen Ban in Hawaii

By Kim Robson: I’m one of those weirdos who hate to wear sunscreen. It’s expensive, smelly, greasy, sticky and full of toxic chemicals; and the SPF ratings are not to be trusted. I feel disgusting with it on. You have to reapply it every two hours (more often if you …

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Natural Cosmetics

By Kim Robson: Recently we’ve discussed natural fabric dyesand natural perfumes. But what about the makeup we apply to our faces? You may be surprised to hear that makeup — especially lipstick — can contain dangerous chemicals, toxic heavy metals and animal byproducts. Studies conducted by the Campaign for Safe …

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Chemical Free Beauty– Say Hello to Natural Perfumes

By Kim Robson: Recently, a friend gave me a delightful and unexpected gift: a bottle of aromatherapy body spray  called “Hippie Bitch”from herbalist Raven Bella Zingaro.I love the refreshing scent comprised of lavender, lemongrass, geranium, sandalwood and a touch of patchouli. It lasts for only a short while before dispersing, …

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My Zero Waste Hair Care

By Fredrica Syren:  Ok, just because I am a natural mom does not mean I do not care about what I look like. I think there’s a misconception that we “granola moms” live a natural life and do not care about our appearance. Since going zero waste, I have tried …

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