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Yoga Class Etiquette — the Basics

By Dawna Matthews As both a yoga practitioner and a yoga teacher, I have learned a few essentials when it comes to ensuring that your class is enjoyable. When you keep these things in mind, you honor your class and your practice, as well as the practice of the other …

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Tips for Staying Hydrated

By Kim Robson: Climate change is here. Every summer, we hear of more frequent and deadly heatwaves around the world. Recently, heatwaves have been blamed for countless deathsin Europe, Canada, Australia, China, South America and the U.S. One of the most important things we can do to avoid dangerous heat-related …

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Stay Cool and Beat the Heat Wave

By Fredrica Syren: These days it seems like you can’t escape the hot weather anywhere.  Japan, Europe and the U.S, all have record hot temperatures. According to scientists, the heat is something we had better get used to since global warming is heating up our planet. And, yes, each year …

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Plastic –Free July—Nix Plastic Toothbrushes

By Fredrica Syren: It’s amazing how significantly the items we use every single day impact our environmental. Take toothbrushes, for example. Each year, 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced, and most likely they are packaged in plastic. You probably will use a toothbrush for only a month or so until …

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DIY All-Natural Bugs Spray and Remedies to Treat Bug Bites

By Fredrica Syren: As daylight and temperatures increase, we tend to spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately we’re not alone …. Bugs!!! Like it or not, they are part of summer and one part of nature that can be quite bothersome. Luckily, there are sprays and other products you can use …

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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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