Mother Nature’s Antibiotics

Mother Nature probably has a plant of some kind to balance every microbe problematic to humans and other species. Our foremothers were scientists. I call their ancient science and knowledge of Nature, “matriscience,” because it has been followed in continuum from matriarchal times to modern times. And we benefit from all that herbal and plant wisdom today as Mother Nature’s Antibiotics.

Antibiotics are expected to heal us of stronger and stronger viruses, bacterias and molds — ones created by the very unnatural antibiotics invented or developed by the science I call “patriscience” — the science of greed and other patriarchal and corporate priorities.

Thanks to today’s herbalists and healers, we have the benefits of learned and instinctual wisdom. Here is a list of Nature’s antibiotics, some will surprise you!

  • Garlic (I learned recently that we should peel and smash each garlic section, then wait about ten minutes to let the medicinal aspects develop before cooking. Have any of you heard this too?)
  • Goldenseal (My favorite goldenseal tincture blend is Zand’s Ensure)
  • Licorice (This is such a nice sweetener to add to teas)
  • Echinacea
  • Aloe Vera (I didn’t know this was antibiotic, but this may be why it is so healing for wounds!)
  • Coconut Oil (Monolaurin is sourced from coconut and is a natural TamaFlu Antibiotic. It comes in Capsules)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (Can be fatal for cats, so use with caution if you have any.)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Tumeric (Fermented Tumeric is good too.)
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (organic)
  • Ginger (Have you ever smelled the flower that comes from the ginger plant? Beautiful!)
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Oregano (Capsules or Essential Oil)
  • Honey (of course! it is the Bees’ medicine:)
  • Cinnamon (One of the Essential Oils used in “Thieves” formula used in Europe in the Middle Ages to protect folks from the plague. Some folks who used essential oils in their work were immune to the plague and stole the belongings of the afflicted.)

And here’s some new info: : A class of antibiotics recently discovered by patriscience and made by soil-dwelling microbes may kill deadly superbugs — bacteria that no longer succumb to known pharmaceutical drugs. Mother Nature’s got us covered every time.

I do think we are wise to work with a learned herbalist or functional medicine doctor who know about the interactions of plants and the bacterias and viruses we want to kill and the ones we want to grow in our gut and brain. This is a new avenue of medical science that most MDs have not caught up with yet. The gut “biome” has been found to have the same bacteria as our brain biome. Isn’t that an amazing thing.

We never knew we had good bacteria in our brain before, but it makes matri sense. Our brain needs to stay healthy too. And, if we have leaky gut, where our gut lining is allowing food and protein particles into our bloodstream, we most likely have a leaky blood brain barrier too, allowing these same particles into our brain. We are getting closer to solving a lot of disease mechanisms that have to date been a mystery to modern science. Just in time for all the Baby Boomers scheduled for Alzheimers. Full circle medicine – matriarchy to patriarchy — and Matriarchy wins! Bee well:)

Grain Free Waffles with Cassava Flour

cassava flour at greenwomanstore.comAre you thinking about going Grain Free? Well, me too:) I have been grain free for a few months now and have experienced a real reduction in inflammation. I lost 8 pounds without trying and I seem to be okay with that. I do love my breakfasts, and have tried several waffle recipes and this one is the best so far.

So, I am sharing it with you here. I’ve given you links for finding most of the ingredients at wholesale prices at Thrive Market online:

Cassava Flour Waffles

Makes 2 1/2 waffles or 10 break off sections.

Preheat  your Waffle Iron.

4 pastured or omega 3 eggs from farmers markets or neighbors or your own backyard

1/2 cup Cassava Flour

1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil melted or already liquid in your cupboard if it’s hot like mine is right now

1 Tablespoon honey 

1/2 teaspoon aluminium free Baking Soda 

1/4 teaspoon good pink or mineral sea salt

Mix in your small smoothie blender until well blended and foamy, or you can

Wisk eggs, oil and honey by hand and then add the dry ingredients.

Pour 1/4 cup onto waffle your iron. These Cook Quickly, so watch your waffle iron!


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Why Eat Organic by Sandi Star


This article is by Sandi Star, Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Nutritionist, and founder of

Why Eat Organic – The Inside Scoop with Sandi Star of“By eating organic foods, you limit your exposure to synthetic insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, because organic farming avoids using these chemicals. Additionally, by eating organic foods, you limit your intake of growth hormones and antibiotics, because organic meat and dairy farmers are prohibited from using hormones and antibiotics in organic livestock and dairy production. Finally, by eating organic foods, you limit your intake of GMO (genetically modified) foods because organic farmers cannot raise genetically modified crops or livestock — or use production aids/feeds that are genetically modified.” Sandi J. Star, HHP, CNC, Founder of

 The Organic Difference

Sandi Star has been eating and recommending organic foods for some time. It’s an important part of her service as a Health Practitioner. She believes it’s  important for us to know why we would go to the store and pay more for our food:

Can we justify our commitment to preventative medicine, which is what food is supposed to be.

We pay for your health now by buying organic and non-GMO food, or we pay later in health care costs. This is what Sandi Star tells her patients. She believes that our food needs to be our medicine because good nutrition is what makes our body thrive. Sandi doesn’t think enough of us are questioning where our food comes from, or that we have a good understanding about the toxic affects that Monsanto’s GMOs have on our diets.



When it comes to Monsanto’s RoundUp, remember non-organic animals are fed grains and foods that are sprayed with RoundUp — and we are eating what they ate — RoundUp is present in the muscle of meat. Cows are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn. The conventionally raised cows are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. Cows are meant to eat grass which gives them a lot of Omega’s in the meat whereas cows fed grains cause inflammation in our body. Big difference.

There are new antibiotic rules for 2017 you might have seen news about that are worth a further look. Farmers are being required to work with a Veterinarian to treat their livestock with antibiotics. Antibiotics and hormones are a serious issue within the meat industry because farmers are now obtaining antibiotics without a prescription. We have to question the integrity and expertise of each veterinarian working with farmers and hope they use these drugs only when necessary. Remember, antibiotics are prohibited in organic farming. Organic Farmers take care of the environment by allowing the cows to graze in fields as opposed to keeping them confined where disease can easily spread.

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules and regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the public.

Why Eat Organic – The Inside Scoop with Sandi Star at Karmic-Health.comThe “organic” food label identifies food grown with sustainable practices that:

Rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control, synthetic pesticides, herbicides and soil fumigants.

Improves the quality and fertility of our soil

Protects water quality locally, nationally and globally

Reduces soil erosion

Reduces the impact of agriculture on our environment

Produces high quality, nutritious and great tasting food

Does not use genetic engineering

Does not use sewage sludge as fertilizer


Here are some studies:

In a 2002 University of Missouri study, chemists were shocked to discover that smaller, organically grown, oranges delivered 30 percent more vitamin C than the large conventionally grown ones. Certified nutritionist Virginia Worthington found that a serving of organic lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage provided the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, but not so for the same veggies grown by conventional farming.

Worthington reported that organically grown fruits and vegetables outpaced their conventional counterparts with as much as 27% more vitamin C, 21% more iron, 29%t more magnesium, 13.6% more phosphorus, and 18% more polyphenols. Polyphenols are a group of plant compounds such as bioflavonoids, flavanols, and pycnogenols. They are anti-inflammatory and have a wide range of health benefits, including protection against allergies, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and more. The organics also showed 15% fewer nitrates and heavy metals than the conventional foods.

Here’s another interesting point. These phytonutrients, such as polyphenols and antioxidants, protect both people and plants. Pesticides — insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides — actually block a plant’s ability to manufacture these important plant compounds. Without them, plants are handicapped and too weak to fight off pests. The organic farmer, on the other hand, builds up these important nutrients by feeding the soil, emboldening the plants to naturally defend themselves against pests and disease.

In a study of antioxidants in organic and conventionally grown fruits, scientists found higher concentrations of valuable vitamin C, vitamin E, and other antioxidants in the organic foods. They theorized that the organically grown fruits developed more antioxidants as a defense and repair mechanism against insects when grown without the use of pesticides.

A 2007 study by researchers at the University of California-Davis, for example, found that organic tomatoes had nearly twice as much flavonoids as industrial tomatoes. Flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, and naringenin have been found to reduce cardiovascular disease. The UC-Davis study suggested that industrial tomatoes may have fewer of the metabolites because they are over-fertilized. When researchers at Washington State University compared organic strawberries and industrial ones, they found that the organic berries had 8.5% higher antioxidant activity, 9.7& more ascorbic acid, and 10.5% more phenolic than industrial berries. Finally, a January 2011 study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that milk from cows raised organically in the UK had higher levels of beneficial fatty acids.


Glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp) is presented by Monsanto as a benign chemical for weed control which is inactivated in the soil. However, this is far from the case. Glyphosate interferes with enzymes in plants and microbes because of its ability to chelate (bind) trace metals and by its antibiotic action (RoundUp is patented for both). Other chemicals used in formulated products sold to farmers and gardeners enhance RoundUp’s toxic effects.

Commonly claimed to be only present in higher plants for production of essential amino acids, alkaloids etc., WRONG – important – microbiota in soils supports plant growth mineral uptake mammals supports gut organisms,


Kills SOIL bacteria, compromising soil quality and plant growth.

Kills GUT bacteria – compromising digestion, contributing or leading to Leaky Gut/Gut Permeability, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Autism, Obesity, Cancer and Endocrine Disruption.

I could go on and on. There is a lot of research showing the toxic effects of RoundUp despite Monsanto’s continuing claims that it is safe. RoundUp is not safe and there are numerous studies that prove it.


I looked up the MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet) on Round Up and found the following:

Active ingredient Potassium salt of N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine; {Potassium salt of glyphosate} Composition COMPONENT CAS No. % by weight (approximate) Potassium salt of glyphosate 70901-12-1 49

Other ingredients 51. The specific chemical identity is being withheld because it is trade secret information of Monsanto Company. Needed to put that in bold!

Now doesn’t every ingredient in everything else that has to do with food legally have to be disclosed? This is interesting because on the MSDS it clearly states Do NOT contaminate water when disposing of rinse waters. That alone would make me nervous to try it on food and one of the obvious reasons to go organic.

It also has a list of ECOLOGICAL information showing the toxic effects on our ecological system. It goes on to say it is “practically nontoxic” to our honey bee. What do they mean by “practically” anyhow? My question would be then why are we losing so many of these bees and what else could possibly be doing it? According to Monsanto’s website they are working with organizations to save the bees which puts out a mixed message. Let’s just stop putting toxic chemicals in the ground to begin with.

Advice to doctors it goes onto say; This product is not an inhibitor of cholinesterase which is basically denying studies that show it inhibits an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine thereby increasing both the level and duration of action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which as we know can cause neurological concerns.


This is a huge area in need of awareness and more research so I invite you to start your own research by questioning where your food comes from for starters. I’ve dedicated many years in creating awareness that will impact our nation’s focus on disease prevention. I am so grateful I had that curiosity years ago, as it changed my life, my health and my appreciation for old school ways of farming. Just as we give our kids the nutrition and support they need to grow into healthy, productive adults with a purpose, we should also support our food systems that fuel them.


CCOF works to level the playing field for California’s organic producers. CCOF members and other supporters came together to help pass the recently enacted California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA). COFFA ends duplicative paperwork for CCOF-certified farmers and makes other important reforms to support the next chapter in organic agriculture.

Learn about COFFA and how you can get involved in other CCOF-led campaigns at

Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Their mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable and find practical ways to tackle big challenges. Their mission is to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, social equity, policy and the marketplace.

Learn more about getting involved at

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS also provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country.

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Winter Blues – Get Mud on Your Hands

Winter Blues - Molly's Organic FarmWinter Blues
Get Mud (Serotonin and Dopamine) on Your Hands
And Shoes!

Improve your Winter Blues by digging in your garden! Hunting and gathering the fruits of your labor also add to your your happiness level.

Serotonin and Dopamine are 2 natural anti-depressants that boost your mood and your immune system. We didn’t need science to tell us that Gardening makes us happy, but it’s always fun when science catches up with women’s wisdom.

TIP: Garden without gloves and get your hands into the dirt and compost heap.

Here are some facts:
– Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
– Soil contains Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacteria that triggers the release of serotonin in your brain.
-Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, found in our soil, waterways, mothers’ breast milk, food plants — and in non-organic Roundup-ready wheat, corn and soy — depletes your serotonin and dopamine levels. Depression is a global epidemic right alongside Monsanto’s worldwide sale of Roundup.
The Immune System Link

Soil bacteria cause immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which activate the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain. The stimulated nerves cause neurons in the brain to release serotonin into the prefrontal cortex, an area of your brain involved in regulating your moods.

Winter Blues Remedy - i love dirt! by Jennifer Wardi love dirt! by Jennifer WardLet Your Kids Spend More Time Getting Dirty!

Studies link early childhood exposure to bacteria to protection against allergies and asthma in adulthood, suggesting that bacteria-exposure boosts your immune systems and alters your vulnerability to conditions such as depression as well.

Check out Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and Giselle Potter. A clever twist on a classic fairy tale, this story stars a whip-smart girl instead of traditionally lazy, not-so-bright Jack. It stays pretty true to the original, but has a surprising ending.

Healthy Kitchen Tips

healthy kitchen tips - eat the rainbowWe are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy kitchen tips for you and your family:

Choose recipes that call for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat the Rainbow of antioxidant colored foods. Wash them with water and a few drops of vinegar or lemon.
Eat GMO Free and Organic to make sure you are not eating RoundUp which is sprayed on GMO foods and on many non-GMO foods — especially grains — just before harvest. I know these are a little more expensive, but it will save you money in medical bills treating cancers, diabetes, obesity, autism and other diseases being connected to GMOs and Glyphosate (RoundUp herbicide) in our diet and our environment. Farmer’s Markets and growing your own backyard and kitchen window gardens help to save money and give great pleasure.
Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen TipsKitchen clean-up can be green too! Try natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda and water. Make your own DIY cleaner or buy it healthy. An easy and very economical cleaner that I use for kitchen counters, mirrors, etc., is turning your vinegar bottle into a spray cleaning bottle by attaching a sprayer from an empty spray bottle. They fit the glass vinegar bottles! Add water and a small amount of any vinegar and you have a very effective, versitile and economical cleaner.
Select organic meats and dairy to limit exposure to hormones and antibiotics creating resistant strains of bacteria. Meat production is the biggest creator of climate change and the destruction of our lands and seas, so limit eating meat and dairy and consider becoming a vegan. See our favorite book on this subject below.
Use cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic cookware. Non-Stick pans release Perfluorochemicals into food and air, and have been linked to cancer.
Buy foods packaged in glass rather than plastic or cans to reduce your family’s exposure to endocrine disrupting BPA – bisphenol A, also linked to cancers.
diy freeze in glass jarsStore leftovers in glass. The chemical additives in plastic can migrate into foods and liquids. You CAN freeze in glass jars! You can see here that I have frozen hot peppers that I got at the Farmer’s Market. Too many to use immediately, so I froze them. The secret is keeping the lid off until the food is frozen. When you defrost, make sure you do it slowly so you don’t crack the glass.  Do not immerse the cold glass jar into hot water.
Never microwave in plastic, even if it says “microwave safe.” Heat can release plastic chemicals into your food and drink. Living an anti-cancer lifestyle requires never letting your food touch plastic!

Enjoy the smells and the togetherness of the Seasons. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy! And check out our FREE Lean Into Green Telesummit for more tips and ideas for more Healthy Kitchen Tips here. 

Remember: Help the bees and other pollinators, don’t use toxic garden pesticides.” I am doing some “companion gardening” and planting garlic in with my Milkweed to keep the aphids off for the Monarchs. Center for Food Safety

Here are some helpful products from our female entrepreneurs to have healthy meals and families:


Summer Natural Pest Control

natural pest control

Marcie, a NORSLED.Org Rescue Huskie

Your Family’s Health Matters! Summer is bringing bugs, ants, fleas, flies, moths, weevils and silverfish. They can be a nuisance for sure, and there are natural non-toxic solutions!

Don’t put your family’s health at risk. Hot weather natural pest control is easy and easily available. Here are some tips and information to guide you:

Very similar to the RoundUp/Glyphosate studies:

Common Insect Repellents – Insect studies show that pyrethroid exposure affects the brain and nervous system, increases thyroid and liver cancers, damages male reproductive organs, and reduces testosterone levels and fertility. The Cancer Assessment Review Committee classified pyrethrins as “likely human carcinogens” if ingested.

Pyrethrins concern environmentalists and lawmakers who are introducing legislation that explores links between hormone-disrupting chemicals such as pyrethroids and the dramatic increase in autism, hyperactivity, diabetes, obesity, and breast and prostate cancer.

Propoxur, commonly found in ant and roach killers, depresses the central nervous system and respiratory tract, and overexposure can cause muscle weakness, dizziness, headaches and nausea. This noxious chemical also damages DNA and negatively affects fetal growth. The chemical N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide which is found in ant and roach sprays, household foggers, and flea and tick repellents is an excitotoxin that can depress the central nervous system, causing decreased heart rate, loss of consciousness and possibly death.

Infants and children, whose internal organs and brains are still developing, and who are especially sensitive to the health risks these pesticides pose, require us to be very careful about the ingredients on the labels of the products we use — especially in our gardens and play areas. Researchers have found that exposure to home pesticides and insecticides more than doubles a child’s chances of developing neuroblastoma, a rare type of malignant brain tumor, and increases the risk of leukemia.

An American Cancer Society study suggests children exposed to household insecticides are three to seven times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is terrible knowledge to live with, and we would think it enough knowledge to take these products off our store shelves. We can’t depend on every citizen to do the research required to protect themselves and their families and neighbors!

Here are some DIY Non-Toxic Solutions for You, Your Family & Neighbors:

natural pest controlAnts – If they aren’t too bad, I put a spot of honey on the counter and let them sugar-up. It seems to distract them from other foods. Borax mixed with sugar at entry points will help too. Vinegar washes away the scent trail ants leave so other ants can find and follow them. Here’s the recipe:

1⁄4 cup vinegar
2 cups water
10 to 15 drops of peppermint, clove, eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil.

Keep ants out of your cupboards too: Sprinkle powdered cinnamon, paprika or cayenne pepper across their trails.

Fleas, Silverfish & Mites Hate Diatomaceous Earth!

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (cheap at feed stores) is fabulous, I hear lots of great things about this product that is new to me. Here’s how to use it:

Fleas: Bathe your dog or cat in natural flea shampoo containing cedar or other essential oils
Rub Diatomaceous Earth on your dog or cat
Sprinkle it in your carpets and vacuum dead fleas after 4 days
Repeat frequently to kill newly hatching fleas

Also, a little vinegar in the water bowls will help keep fleas off animals, and add a little Hymalayian salt for the minerals they need.

Mites: Mix Diatomaceous Earth with dry cactus soil to make a dust bath for chickens and birds to kill mites.

Silverfish: Vacuum the area to remove food particles and insect eggs
Dust with either diatomaceous earth or boric acid (do not use boric acid if you have pets)
Trap silverfish in a small glass jar by wrapping the outside with tape so they can climb up and fall in
The silverfish will be trapped inside because they can’t climb smooth surfaces

Moths & Weevils in Your Grains, Flours and Pasta?

Put a cinnamon stick or bay leaf in the containers to repel the insects without affecting the food’s taste or smell.

House Flies hate Mint, Bay Leaf, Clove and Eucalyptus! Make your own DIY flypaper:

Mix 1⁄4 cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar in a small bowl

Cut strips of brown kraft paper and soak it in the sweetr mixture
Let dry overnight
Hang by making a hole in the top of each paper strip and hang with string.

Moths Hate Cedar Chips & Lemon Peels!

Cedar for making sachets hand picked by Yolanda Martinez

Cedar for making sachets – hand picked by Yolanda Martinez

Make Moth Sachets with cheesecloth squares, dried lemon peels and cedar chips.
Place them in your drawers and cabinets, and hang them in your closets.

(Commercial mothballs contain naphthalene, a hydrocarbon derived from coal tar. This toxin destroys red blood cells and has been found in human breast milk.)

Stay healthy! And shop fair trade, green and woman made with us. We do the research for you!



Don’t Use Monsanto’s RoundUp

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpAre We Creating Cancer Clusters, Putting Our Health & Property Values at Risk When We Use RoundUp in Our Yards and Gardens, Parks and Recreation Areas, Schools and Senior Communities?

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is predicted that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2016. We’re experiencing a cancer epidemic, and evidence is growing that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this disturbing trend.

I would like to see a 1970 to 2016 graph paralleling the growth of cancer rates globally alongside the worldwide growth and sale of Monsanto’s RoundUp-Ready Crop/Seed/Fertilizer/Herbicide Systems.

DIY – Safe Weed Killer = No RoundUp:

1 gallon of white vinegar. (More Uses for Vinegar Here.)

4-6 oz lemon juice.

½-cup castile soap. (More uses here.)

Salt for extra strength! (Not good for brick or plants.)

Fill your spray bottle and label with the recipe.


When transitioning from lawns to sustainable landscaping, the last thing we want to create is a “Cancer Cluster” in our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Don't use Monsanto RoundupUnless we are very specific about what chemicals we want and don’t want used on our properties, landscaping companies are using pesticides and herbicides like Roundup to kill existing lawns and weeds, as well as other systemic neonicotinoid insecticides that have been identified by the EPA to weaken bees’ immune systems causing colony collapse.

Important: Let your landscapers and Home Owners Associations know you do not want RoundUp used on your property!

The international scientific community announced two very loud wake-up calls in March 2016.

First, the U.N. World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer released a consensus report that RoundUp is a “probable carcinogen.” A few days later, a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that RoundUp can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria.

In addition to these findings, there’s a growing body of evidence of health impacts associated with exposure to RoundUp such as endocrine disruption, organ damage and birth defects. The facts are established: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to humans and animals.

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ RoundUp/Glyphosate

Don't use Monsanto Roundup

Use Organic Tampons!

Most of the cotton production in the U.S. is genetically modified cotton that is resistant to RoundUp. The cotton is sprayed with RoundUp when the bud is open and the RoundUp/glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.

RoundUp is the most popular weed killer in the U.S. and Roundup Ready cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand applications of the RoundUp – but we cannot withstand this toxin without experiencing health effects! And if we are not using organic cotton in all instances, we are using RoundUp in these intimate applications. We carry organic Menstrual options here.

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected Roundup in 75% of our rain and air samples.

Roundup is also found in our food supply, streams, ground water, and Mothers’ Breast Milk. Roundup is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied, contaminating our drinking water.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpDo we want to contribute to this contamination?

We are trying to save water with our new more sustainable landscapes and conservation efforts — not destroy it, along with our health! To make matters worse, weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to RoundUp, prompting a new stronger product that’s a mix of glyphosate and the herbicide 2,4-D.

Do we want to contribute to this resistance? Let us heed Rachel Carson’s 1962 warning! Today’s experts are saying RoundUp is worse than DDT.

The U.S. and Canada are conducting formal reviews of RoundUp’s safety, lawsuits are pending, and some groups are calling for a global ban.

The European Union Parliament voted to ban RoundUp for most uses in April 2016; 30,000 of Argentina’s doctors have demanded Roundup be banned because it is associated with spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin disease, neurological disease and respiratory illness.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, said RoundUp has been found in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, showing the chemical has been absorbed by the body. A summary of this study was published in The Lancet Oncology.

I do think landscape companies are unethical that offer RoundUp as a viable solution for our transition to drought tolerant landscaping. Why endanger the ground water when we are trying to save ground water???

Please consider the health of humans, pets, wildlife, bees and other pollinating insects – not to mention property values if cancer rates skyrocket in your community creating a “Cancer Cluster.” There are safe and sustainable options to RoundUp.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpMonarch Butterflies are becoming extinct due to RoundUp.

RoundUp has killed off most of the Milkweed plant across our nation, and it’s the only plant Monarch caterpillars eat while fattening up to become butterflies. I plant Milkweed in my yard to give the Monarchs food and a place to lay their eggs.

Let’s give Monarchs and our Self a helping hand by demanding our local stores stop selling RoundUp. Boycotts are a good call in this situation. Let your local store owners know that you will be back when they discontinue these products.

I called my local Ace Hardware that I rely on often, spoke to the manager, and let her know that local health and our water supply trumps corporate policy. I will not shop there as long as RoundUp is on their shelves.

Bee well, and vote Genny

Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski – Women’s Voices for the Earth

 Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski - Women's Voices for the EarthOur Health. Our Future. Toxic Free!

We interviewed Erin Switalski for our Lean Into Green Telesummit. Erin is the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE)

WVE is one of those organizations you want to be involved with. Sign up for their Newsletter, and they make it very easy to add your voice to their tremendously important campaigns to keep toxins out of our lives.

Listen to Erin Switalski as she shares with us WVE’s top 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure. Erin also shares recipes for making your own products and saving money, and your family’s health!

WVE’s campaign to get Tide to reformulate its laundry detergent and leave the carcinogens out is one of her amazing success stories. Listen in for healthy tips, recipes, and ways that you can join her campaigns for change, it’s as simple as opening your email!

Become a WVE ActionistaBecome an Actionista! Women’s Voices for the Earth Actionistas are a group of Sheroes who help spread the word on WVE campaigns, go the extra mile to take action, and build leadership among women for a healthy future. Click here to learn about some amazing Actionistas. 

Safe Cleaning Products: Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption. There is no federal law requiring cleaning product companies to list all the ingredients in their products on the label. This means companies can keep toxic chemicals a secret from you. Warning: Products you clean your home with shouldn’t contain toxic ingredients in the first place. Take Action here. 

Join Women’s Voices for the Earth “No Secrets” Campaigns: Are Air Fresheners, Feminine Care Products, and Musk Fragrance disrupting your hormones? Plus 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure, recipes for saving money and your family’s health!

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Rebecca Spector at the Center for Food Safety

Rebecca Spector at the Centor for Food Safety InterviewWe interviewed Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director at the Center for Food Safety. Listen and learn about food issues and how to join with her to change our world.

Rebecca ran an organic farm for ten years, and she studied organics and environmental issues in college. California farming showed her the intersection between the environment and farming.

In our interview, Rebecca talked about how we can avoid GMO foods by avoiding 5 specific crops: Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton, Sugar Beets, and GE Alphalfa mostly used for animal feed.

Myth: 80% of our food is GMO. This myth refers to processed foods. Whole foods that we buy fresh are primarily not GMO. Processed foods like crackers and breads with lots of ingredient or made with corn, soy and canola may very well contain GMOs. We now have the availability of foods with the “No GMO” label. Look for them at your healthy food stores.
popcorn and pesticides video
Hear Rebecca talk about the connection between GMO crops and allergens. GMOs create new allergens by splicing one food into another. This will result in an allergic reaction in the final product if a person is allergic to the food that was spliced in.

Good News! So many countries around the world require GMO labeling, or they have banned GMO crops all together! The numbers increase almost weekly, and you can get involved by joining with Center for Food Safety.

Confused about which fish are safe? Listen to Rebecca’s interview and hear why wild salmon is better, and Pacific vs. Atlantic. She suggests getting the SeaFood Watch APP from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on your cell phone so it is close by when you shop.
Rebecca Spector at the Center for Food Safety

Bees and butterflies are critical to our food supply. Rebecca is working on that too!

Check out the FREE reports, fact sheets, videos, Non-GMO shoppers guide, and a lot more at the Center for Food Safety. Get involved, join their newsletter and receive notices and easy to sign petitions on issues you care about. Let legislators know what you want and make change in how your food is produced.


Green World Rising Videos

Green World Rising Videos are a series of films aimed at moving the climate debate forward. Viewers can take action with resources, contact elected officials, and spread the word. Enjoy and share the following 4 short videos:


#1 Restoration: How nature can protect the Earth from the harmful effects of climate change and how industrial design and science researchers can learn valuable lessons from natural systems.

Green World Rising - Restoration: how nature can protect the Earth


#2 Green World Rising: Not just nation shifting solutions, but planetary shifting solutions. Transferring the control of energy resources into the hands of the People: cooperatives, farmers, and individuals who are now providing their own energy and creating solid investments that generate cash flows every month. We can power civilization with existing sustainable technologies.

Green World Rising Video - Not just nation shifting solutions, but planetary shifting solutions.


“People should not have the “freedom” to destroy the planet.
They cannot continue to do that with impunity.”
Bernie Sanders

#3 Carbon causes Climate Change. This video puts a price on Carbon Pollution. Carbon Tax improves energy conservation and cuts out the wastful use of energy. England, Norway, Costa Rica, Finland, The Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, China and Boulder, Colorado have created their own versions of a Carbon Tax. Last year — around the world — more wind power was added than Natural Gas/Fracking. We have got to be bold and aggressive. We need to take it into our own hands, town by town, state by state, toward a new economy and a sustainable future.

Green World Rising: Carbon - "People should not have the "freedom" to destroy the planet. They cannot continue to do that with impunity." Bernie Sanders


#4 Last Hours describes a science-based climate scenario where a tipping point to runaway climate change is triggered by massive releases of frozen methane. Whether methane release comes from humans or volcanic lava flow, the result is the same — Climate Change — and it has happened before on earth. When the sea beds warm, methane is released into the atmosphere. Climate Change is Earth’s self-correcting mechanism.  This video explains when and how this has happened in Earth’s past, and why and how we need to prevent future methane releases.We must create the biggest movement in history — in the most urgent of times.


These short videos provided a real education for me and my family. I hope you enjoy and share them too. Here’s the link to

And here’s a book that explains it all, Genny


Multipure Water Filters for Flint & Everyone

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneThe water emergency in Flint, Michigan, has exposed thousands of families to massive levels of lead contamination, among other potentially dangerous contaminants. This blog is about Multipure Water Filters for Flint & everyone.

Rachel Maddow’s “Town Hall Meeting” this week opened our eyes to the Heroines, Heroes, and Culprits.

Multipure Water Filters in Flint Michigan

“If you lived in Flint, Michigan, and you had a Multipure Aquadome or Aquaversa filtration system, your family would be okay. Multipure offers solutions that work at affordable prices — even with no-interest payments. My goal is to educate and make a difference “ Barbara Golden, Multipure Distributor since l986.

I met Barbara Golden and Multipure in 1991 when I weighed 80 pounds and had severe Environmental Illness. I had worked in a toxic office for six months and became disabled with multiple health issues. I couldn’t tolerate even the smallest amount of chlorine in the water. Multipure saved my life then, and I still trust it today – that’s why I share their products with all of you on

Other filters get the lead out, but not for the large capacity of water that Multipure does. Multipure requires a filter change every 6 to 12 months vs. every two weeks. Multipure is much more affordable, plus it takes out many other pesticides and contaminants. Yes the water problems are everywhere.

Multipure Point-of-Use Water Filters can protect us when our municipalities don’t — or won’t — or can’t — as we are seeing so clearly in Flint. We need to protect ourselves. Similar situations can be caused by earthquakes, train derailments, and many other unexpected catastrophes. And many experts are saying that poor governance nationwide is pointing to expected situations similar to Flint’s.

Multipure Drinking Water Systems Reduce MTBE, Chlorination by-products, PCBs, Chloramine, VOCs, Heavy Metals, and so much more. Multipure is NSF Certified and rated “Best Buy” by Consumer Digest and Consumer Reports.

For a detailed contaminant reduction list, click HERE.     

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneWhat sets Multipure apart is that most drinking water systems can remove chlorine from water. Multipure is one of the few companies whose products are NSF certified to reduce such a wide array of drinking water contaminants, including such classes as disinfection byproducts or gasoline additives, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbicides and pesticides, and chemical compounds like BPA – contaminants that can get into water sources through pollution or leaks, or just bad water purification systems.

One of the best ways to prepare for disasters like the one in Flint, is to spread knowledge and awareness of water safety, and the power of “point-of-use” water filtration systems like Multipure. This is our goal with this Blog, and our intent in sharing Multipure products with you on at

Multipure Water Filters for Flint and Everyone: To gain valuable background information about the events in Michigan, please listen to Multipure’s special podcasts below:

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What can Multipure do in Flint Michigan?

Multipure water filters meet the NSF challenge of 150 parts per billion of lead. Multipure’s Aquaversa Water System is able to take this high concentration of lead out of 750 to 1,500 gallons of water. Multipure replacement filters need changing once or twice a year, not every two weeks like Michigan Senator, Debbie Stabenow, mentioned in her interview with Rachel Maddow.

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneFlint, Michigan’s water tested at 25 parts per billion (ppb) of lead. This is over the EPA allowed level of 15 ppb that is applied to high risk homes. Several Flint samples exceeded 100 ppb, and one sample collected exceeded 1000 ppb. Had Flint families had the benefit of a Multipure point-of-use filter, they wouldn’t have the health issues they are facing at this time and in the future.

Multipure is on the ground with solutions in Flint. They have donated many water filters to non-profits who are distributing bottled water. Here are several ways you can help the folks in Flint, Michigan:

Multipure’s Pure Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Flint 

Catholic Charities

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneNo matter where we live, let’s all get protected before these situations arise in our own hometowns. Quality water filtration is not a luxury! Water purification is water and health insurance. If you don’t have a water filtration system, you ARE the filter for your home!

Be proactive and prepare the people around you, be a good citizen, and please share this information. People want quality and safe water. You have the power to protect.

Green Woman Store is a Multipure Independent Distributor: ID# 430194
Here are our Multipure Water Filters:

AquaMini Water Filter by MultipureMultipure Aquamini Travel Drinking Water System  $170.00

Aquaversa counter top or below sink water filter by MultipureMultiPure AquaVersa Counter Top & Below Sink Drinking Water System  $385.00

AquaDome water filter by MultipureMultiPure Aquadome Counter Top Drinking Water System  $300.00



Food Waste and Climate Change

food waste and climate changeOur food choices have environmental consequences, and our food waste is no different. Farming uses about 70% of our water, and pollutes rivers with fertilizer and waste that in turn create vast coastal dead zones. The food on your plate literally touches everything.

Let’s talk about our trash: In the U.S., 40% of our food is thrown away every year. It’s an environmental tragedy. An estimated $165 billion per year — that’s $1,500 per family of four.

Kitchen food waste is not harmless. Food Waste = Methane Gas = Climate Change — it generates significantly more of the greenhouse gas methane when it’s buried in landfills than when it’s composted. The environmental benefits of composting make it a far better choice. Putting your food waste in the compost bin can really help reduce methane emissions from landfills, and it’s an easy thing to do that can have a big impact.

I learned about the food waste problem this past holiday season when a friend visiting questioned my practice of tossing food waste into my kitchen trash. I did my research and learned that we should all definitely pay attention to where we put our food waste. In the U.S. 95% of food scraps are thrown in the trash and eventually end up in landfills. The best thing is to not have food scraps or waste in the first place. But what you do with them makes a big difference for our environment and our climate.

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Pollution from Methane Gas: When organic material, such as food and garden waste, rots under anaerobic conditions it produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change, so it is important to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere. Reducing food waste is one important way we can each do that.

Most of us are aware that our food choices have environmental consequences. Who hasn’t heard about the methane back draft from cows? Well, we are contributing methane through landfill food waste in much the same was as the cattle industry.

Here are some ways that you can change the way you think about and treat the food at your house and table:

Do you compost your food scraps?
Some cities have curbside compost pickup. If yours doesn’t, you can do some kitchen composting and feed your garden (big or small) with your kitchen waste.

Shop Smart: Make a shopping list and plan meals. So many times we are tempted by sales but never eat the temptations. Ask yourself, “Will I really eat that?”

Do you eat leftovers? Soups, stews and smoothies are great ways to use up aging foods. Only toss out the non-edible parts of produce. Freezing leftovers in small portions — and in glass or ceramic dishes — will provide welcome snacks and healthy meals when time to prepare a meal from scratch is in short supply.

food waste and climate change

Would you buy or eat bananas with brown spots? They don’t have potassium until the spots appear. You can put spotted bananas in the refrigerator and they stop aging — although the peelings will continue to get dark. The peelings will make your roses happy, they love the potassium too!

What do you do when you can’t finish a meal? At home and when eating out? Portions are so large in most restaurants that leftovers are almost a certainty. Bringing our own non plastic containers are the best way to ensure that our food doesn’t touch plastic and the estrogen mimicking toxins in plastic. Glass or ceramic containers make it easy to stick the leftovers in the freezer when you get home. Label and date leftovers — and remember to eat them!

What do you do if you find a can of soup in the pantry that is 2 months passed its best before date? Use by and best before dates are not expiry dates, they indicate peak freshness. These dates are often not definitive — except for tomato and green bean products. These two vegetables can give you food poisoning — along with meat products.

What temperature is your fridge?  Set your fridge at 33-41 F/1-5 C to keep your foods fresh. First in First Out: Organize your foods newest in back, oldest in front. Make a section for foods that need to be eaten ASAP, or freeze, dry or dehydrate it.

Does your family serve up their own plates, or does the cook or host serve portions? Best to leave portion choice to the person eating the food, this leads to less waste. Put less on your plate, eat family style, or ask for smaller portions.

Cosmetic standards lead to copious food waste. Buy the funny looking produce. It tastes just as good and you will reduce the waste. Does the grocery store you shop at have a food recovery program where they donate excess food? Many do, and if yours doesn’t, suggest they begin one.

Check out the Movie “Just Eat It: A Story of Food Waste”

Share leftovers with a friend, a pet, or compost it –Food does not belong in the landfill. The Good News: We have the opportunity to effect change and save the planet three times a day!

Bee Health Improving

Bee Health ImprovingBee health is improving with the removal of Neonicotinoids from agriculture in the U.S. and worldwide. Neonicotinoids are based on nicotine, a natural insecticide produced by the tobacco plant. In addition to being a highly addictive neurostimulant in humans, nicotine is toxic to insects and pollinators like bees. Another reason to Stop Smoking!

Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides that are devastating bee populations and threatening our nation’s food supply. Neonicotinoids act as an insect nerve agent. They are mostly used as a seed treatment, meaning the chemical pervades the plant, including the nectar and pollen on which bees feed. Neonicotinoids have been in use for more than a decade and are thought to be harmless to humans and other mammals.

Neonicotinoids were banned in the European Union two years ago. Fast-declining-populations of pollinators, including bees, have been identified as a serious risk to global food production. 90% of pollination is performed by wild bees, moths, hoverflies and other insects. Neonicotinoids have only ever been tested by regulators on honeybees, and these tests were only conducted for a few days to check for immediate lethal effects. The sub-lethal effects that could, for example, weaken bees’ defences against disease were never tested. Cocktails of pesticides used by farmers are not tested either. The ban on Neonicotinoids in France is not a total ban. Only three neonicotinoids will be suspended and only from flowering crops, on which bees feed. Neonicotinoids will still be used on winter crops, when bees are dormant, and in greenhouses.

2nd Largest Popcorn Supplier Commits to Phasing Out a Bee-Killing PesticideBee Health Improving - Center for Food Safety - Victory Pop Corn
– Popcorn Lovers Beware!
There are roughly 40 insecticides currently registered for use as an active chemical on popcorn, including 3 bee-toxic neonicotinoid chemicals: clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and imidacloprid. Between 79 and 100 percent of corn seed in the U.S. is coated with neonicotinoids, and popcorn is no exception. In October 2015, one week after The Center for Food Safety (CFS) launched their campaign, the popcorn giant, Pop Weaver — the second largest popcorn supplier in the U.S. — made a precedent setting commitment to phase out bee-toxic popcorn seed coatings. This is the first U.S. food company to commit to phasing out uses of neonicotinoid seed coatings. CFS’s campaign also targeted Pop Secret, which sources much of its popcorn from Pop Weaver, and is working to secure a similar commitment from the company.

“We are pleased to see a leader in the popcorn industry make this commitment to protecting bees and the environment. With a large share of the market, Pop Weaver has the ability to not only become leaders in pollinator protection but to also influence their competitors in the popcorn seed market to do the same. This is a very important market shift. We have offered to work with Pop Weaver and other popcorn companies to effectively reach these benchmarks and ultimately phase out the use of bee-toxic seed coatings all together.” Larissa Walker, Pollinator Program Director at Center for Food Safety.

Bee health improvingSeed coatings are a common but relatively new method of applying pesticides to crops. The seed is covered with the pesticide or pesticide mixture (fungicide, herbicide, and insecticide combinations are common), allowing the chemicals to be taken up into the plant as it grows – ultimately rendering the whole plant toxic. Yet only 5% of the active chemical pesticide on the seed coating enters the plant, leaving the remaining 95% to enter the environment through seed dust or soil contamination and water runoff.

bee health improvingThe widespread use of neonicotinoid seed coatings on popcorn is particularly alarming because of their documented harm to pollinator species, like bees, that are vital to our food supply and environment. To date, more than 4 million Americans have called on the government to take stronger actions to protect bees from toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids.

Pop Weaver is not alone in taking action to protect bees from neonicotinoids: In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that their agency is banning neonicotinoid insecticides from being used on all wildlife refuges nationwide by January 2016. The European Union has a moratorium on the most toxic uses of neonicotinoids. The Province of Ontario, Canada plans to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-coated corn and soybean seeds by 80 percent by 2017.

Bee Health Improving4 Million Signatures to Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides were presented to the White House by conservationists, beekeepers, farmers, and ordinary citizens demanding a ban on pesticides implicated in the die-off of pollinators.

A coalition of 125 groups including eleven of the nation’s top environmental organizations gathered these 4 million signatures in an effort to keep pressure on the Obama Administration to take action, urging the President to take meaningful action on neonicotinoids.

Lowe’s & Home Depot are phasing out Bee-Killing Pesticidesbee health improving – I stopped shopping at Lowes as part of the “Bee Boycott.” After nearly two years of pressure from the public, in April 2015, Lowe’s Home Improvement announced it will begin taking steps to protect bees and similarly affected pollinators from neonicotinoids.

Lowe’s is committed to regularly reviewing the products and information we offer customers and we’re taking the following actions to support pollinator health:

  • Including greater organic and non-neonic product selections
  • Phasing out the sale of products that contain neonic pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available (Alternatives can be worse, so the public needs to keep an eye on this one)
  • Working with growers to eliminate the use of neonic pesticides on bee-attractive plants we sell
  • Encouraging growers to use biological control programs
  • Educating employees and customers through in-store resources such as brochures, fact sheets and product labels

In December 2015, Home Depot announced it would stop pretreating plants with neonicotinoid pesticides by 2018. They have already stopped treating 80 percent of plants with the harmful chemicals. Last summer, Home Depot announced it would start labeling neonicotinoid-treated plants after a Friends of the Earth study found that more than 50 percent of plants sold in Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Walmart were treated with bee-killing pesticides. Hurray for public pressure! We can vote and make big changes with our consumer $$!

White House Introduces Plans to Improve Bee Healthbee health improving – In May 2015, the Presidential Task Force released its strategy on reducing honey bee population declines and how to improve Bee health and habitat. The USDA and Department of Interior also introduced a set of guidelines for land planners and overseers outlining how to maintain pollinator-friendly properties.


Bee Health ImprovingFederal Court Rules in Favor of BeesBees Win!  In September 2015, a federal appeals court overturned the EPA’s approval of Sulfoxaflor, another pesticide that is known to be highly toxic to bees. When sprayed on crops, this pesticide kills insects instantaneously and absorbs into the plant itself. Bugs that eat the plant die as well. Judge Mary M. Schroeder wrote that the EPA “unconditionally registered” Sulfoxaflor without sufficient research into the toxicity of the chemical compound. Judge Schroeder ordered that Sulfoxaflor be pulled from stores by Oct. 18, 2015. In response, the EPA issued a cancellation order on Sulfoxaflor products, prohibiting the distribution and sale of these bee-killing pesticide-laden items.

Chemical companies warn of a return to older pesticides that are even more harmful to bees. But, there is little evidence for this and recent farming trends are towards using natural predators and crop rotation to control any pests. That’s the good news.

U.S. Considers Listing the Rusty Patched Bumblebee as EndangeredBee health improving – There are no bees or bumblebees listed under the Endangered Species Act. This move comes amid growing concern about the decline of honeybees which pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. Once common to the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest, the rusty-patched bumblebee has disappeared from 87 percent of its historic habitat. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in January 2013 petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the rusty-patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. After no action was taken, the group followed up with a lawsuit in 2014. Last week the FWS finally responded and agreed that the species may merit protection. The agency will conduct a 12-month review to determine if an Endangered Species Act listing is warranted.

“This is a pretty big deal, even though this is just the first step in the listing process. Listing the species could not only help preserve it, but also help the many plants that it has historically pollinated, including wildflowers and commercial crops such as blueberries, cranberries, apples, and alfalfa.” Sarina Jepsen, Endangered Species Program Director for the Xerces Society. She cowrote the initial petition.

So, it seems, the tobacco industry has found another market for its toxic nicotine. But like all issues at this time, consumers and activist organizations are fighting this greed too. Remember to use organic farming and gardening methods, and to add flowering plants to your home gardens to help grow our bee colonies — and to save the bees, ourselves, and our planet. Bee well!

Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen Tips

winter owl We are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy holiday kitchen tips for you and your family during this wintery time of the year:

Choose recipes that call for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat the Rainbow of antioxidant colored foods. Wash them with water and a few drops of vinegar or lemon.
Choose organic foods when you can, these are also non-GMO which is a big plus until we get more labeling legislated.
Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen TipsKitchen clean-up can be green too! Try natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda and water. Make your own DIY cleaner or buy it healthy. An easy and very economical cleaner that I use for kitchen counters, mirrors, etc., is turning your vinegar bottle into a spray cleaning bottle by attaching a sprayer from an empty spray bottle. They fit the glass vinegar bottles! Add water and a small amount of any vinegar and you have a very effective, versitile and economical cleaner.
Select organic meats and dairy to limit exposure to hormones and antibiotics creating resistant strains of bacteria. Meat production is the biggest creator of climate change and the destruction of our lands and seas, so limit eating meat and dairy and consider becoming a vegan. See our favorite book on this subject below.
Use cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic cookware. Non-Stick pans release Perfluorochemicals into food and air, and have been linked to cancer.
Buy foods packaged in glass rather than plastic or cans to reduce your family’s exposure to endocrine disrupting BPA – bisphenol A, also linked to cancers.
diy freeze in glass jarsStore leftovers in glass. The chemical additives in plastic can migrate into foods and liquids. You CAN freeze in glass jars! You can see here that I have frozen hot peppers that I got at the Farmer’s Market. Too many to use immediately, so I froze them. The secret is keeping the lid off until the food is frozen. When you defrost, make sure you do it slowly so you don’t crack the glass.  Do not immerse the cold glass jar into hot water.
Never microwave in plastic, even if it says “microwave safe.” Heat can release plastic chemicals into your food and drink. Living an anti-cancer lifestyle requires never letting your food touch plastic!

Enjoy the smells and the togetherness of this Winter Season. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy!

Remember: “No Bees, no pumpkin pie, cranberry relish, stuffed celery, or green bean casserole! Help the bees, don’t use garden pesticides.” Center for Food Safety 


Water Filters and Endocrine Disruptors

Good and effective drinking water filter systems can play a vital role in a comprehensive strategy for reducing a person’s exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds found in our local water supplies.

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Water Filters and Endocrine Disruptors – Connecting the Dots:

Endocrine disruptors are known to mix up signals in the body and trigger unwanted actions such as increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

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Multipure’s Solid Carbon Block Filters reduce a broad spectrum of harmful contaminants.

If you do not have a water filter, YOU are the water filter!

The Multipure drinking water systems have been certified for the widest range of contaminants.  You are not just getting any water filter, you are getting the best filtration system available on the market today.

We never know when contamination is going to happen.  In the news, we are constantly hearing about pollution in our water.   Having a Multipure in your home will ensure that your family is getting the best quality of water for drinking, washing fruits and vegetables, steaming and cooking foods and making beverages like juice, tea and coffee.

The Environmental Working Group has identified 12 noteworthy endocrine disruptors (The Dirty Dozen):

BPA – Multipure NSF 401 Certified for the reduction of BPA
Dioxin – mostly found in food supplies
Atrazine – Multipure NSF 53 Certified for the reduction of Atrazine
Phthalates – Found in plastic food containers, and personal care products
Perchlorate – Multipure RO system NSF 58 certified for the reduction of Perchlorate
Fire Retardants – Multipure NSF 401 certified for the reduction of TCPP, a fire retardant
Lead – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Lead
Arsenic – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Arsenic
Mercury – Multipure NSF 53 certified for the reduction of Mercury
Perfluorinated Chemicals – No certification available.  Although exposure comes from cookware (and some water resistant products), the carbon block has shown effective at reduction of PFOAs
Organophosphate Pesticides – Multipure NSF 53 certified for some Organophosphate Pesticides such as Carbofuran
Glycol Ethers – exposure from cleaning products, paints and cosmetics

For a detailed contaminant reduction list for Multipure Water Filters, click HERE.      

Your body is 70% – 80% water, doesn’t it deserve the best quality water?

We spend thousands of extra dollars each year for gym memberships, organic fruits and vegetables, foods that are GMO free.  But healthy living has to start with the cleanest water.

MultiPure Water Filters - Water & Endocrine Disruptors - Connecting the DotsPollution Can Happen anywhere..

The EPA reports that 44% of streams, 64% of lakes and 30% of bays and estuaries are not clean enough for fishing and swimming (let alone drinking)

Bottled water is expensive, of unknown quality and bad for our environment.

Two million tons of plastic bottles end up in landfills each year. The cost of bottled water is about $3.55 per gallon, it’s inconvenient to use, and no one opens bottles of water to cook with or wash fruits and vegetables — it’s just too inconvenient!

MultiPure is your best choice:

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MultiPure Water Filter Systems for Above & Below Your Sink.

Just 9 cents per gallon or 19 cents a day! No bottles to store or dispose of.

Easy to use for cooking, washing fruits and veggies and making beverages.

Certified to reduce widest range of contaminants..

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New Certification – MultiPure Water Filters reduce Pharmaceuticals from the water like ibuprofen, hormones, deet, and more.


Live an AntiCancer Lifestyle

I am convinced that in this day and age with chemicals in everything we eat, breathe and wear, that in order to prevent cancer, we want to Live an AntiCancer Lifestyle.

It is possible, and a lot of us are already doing it. Take the fear out of the word “Cancer” by ridding your life of carcinogens and strengthening your immune system. By eating well, exercising and consuming consciously, we can cure the disease if it does occur, or prevent it entirely. With the fear of cancer gone, we won’t be forced into surgery, chemotherapy and radiation before we have a chance to investigate the alternatives. We can research natural remedies that are specific to different cancers, or are overall cancer cures. We can witness the stories of people around the world who have used these cures and be profoundly strengthened through our own process by knowing we are not alone in this journey.

Here are some tips for Living an AntiCancer Lifestyle:

  • living an anticancer lifestyleEat the Rainbow – the colors in foods fight and prevent cancer. It’s true that the colors in our fruits and vegetables are indeed cancer curing, cancer fighting, and add to our longevity and overall health. This time of the year, many colorful fruits and vegetables come available that weren’t there in the Spring and Summer. Enjoy learning new recipes for winter squash and add many new spices and herbes to soups and salads. Tumeric, green tea, and Resveratrol fight cancer at it’s stemcell root so it doesn’t metastasize. Eating the Rainbow adds a whole new palate to our meals every season!
  • Eat locally grown organic foods in season. Of course, organic foods are preferred, and some foods are especially important to buy organic, like apples, strawberries and potatoes. (See the whole “Dirty Dozen” list here.) Buying organics in bulk help us to get the price down, and growing as much of our food ourselves that is absolutely possible adds to the quality of our life and our connection to Mother Nature.
  • look for non-gmo certification to live an anticancer lifestyleEat GMO-Free foods – look for certification. GMO foods are created by adding carcinogenicchemicals and organisms of other plants and animals. Our own DNA can be altered by these genetically modified frankenfoods. They are also designed to blow open the bellies of the insects that might eat the plants. The result is that today we have a much higher rates of gluten sensitivity and leaky gut syndrome in humans and livestock than ever before.
  • Sugar feeds cancer cells – eat as little of it as possible – and NO artificial sweeteners. Cancer cannot live without sugar, and each of us consumes large amounts of sugars unless we mindfully decide to limit our consumption. For me, this is my most difficult journey. Eating gluten free also adds a lot of useless sugars to our diet if we are not careful. And please research artificial sweeteners if you are not already aware of their serious health effects, including obesity.
  • Good fats are a better form of energy than sweets. Good fats like coconut oil give us a much better afternoon energy spurt than any candy, ice cream, or pastry ever will.  If it’s energy you are looking for, go for the good fats.
  • exercise regularly for an anticancer lifestyleOxygen kills cancer cells so exercise regularly. Cancer cells cannot live in oxygen nor an alkaline environment. Many of our foods are acidic, so it’s very important to balance our Ph through our diet. Exercising is a great way to oxygenate every cell in our body, as well as drinking filtered and even alkaline water.​
  • Cook with stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramic – NOT non-stick or aluminium cookware. The manufacture of non-stick cookware even destroys our ozone, so you know it can’t be good to cook in. We only have to look at how our grandmothers cooked using cast iron skillets and ceramic bakeware to see how they lived to  be old and wise! Add these wonderful olde cooking tools to your kitchen, along with stainless steel — and toss out the aluminium and non-stick cookware — and you will be serving up delicious and healthy meals.
  • reusable produce bags for an anticancer lifestylereusable bags for an anticancer lifestyleNever let your food touch plastic! For me, this is the most important take-away from our Lean Into Green Telesummit. Wax paper is available again in healthy food markets, and with the help of saved rubber bands, it is possible to keep leftovers fresh in the fridge. Wax paper or cloth food bags also work for lunches and food storage. This isn’t as difficult as it may seem, and it adds to the mindfulness of our eating and food prep activities.
  • Be really particular what you put on your face and body, it’s all absorbed into your liver and other organs. This includes hair products and nail polishes. There’s a lot of carcinogens in these products. Shop carefully and read labels. Check out our natural beauty products here. 
  • Since we are talking about cancer, protect your kidneys and all your vital organs from carcinogenic materials by drinking and cooking with Multipure Drinking Water Systems. These systems are tested and certified to reduce the widest range of contaminants than any other filter in the industry.Genny, hope this helps women connect the dots a bit more to protect from breast cancer and other cancers.

audra conklin on live an anticancer lifestyle


We interviewed Audra Conklin for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit. You can listen to her free by clicking here. She has a wealth of information that will enhance your knowledge base as you gear up for your Cancer Free Lifestyle.

Preventing Cancer Telesummit Sign UpSign up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes here. You will learn how easy it is to control what you can, your home and your consumer choices.

Bee well, and please share your AntiCancer Lifestyle tips with us!

Preventing Environmental Cancer – Protecting Those You Love

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comOctober is Cancer Awareness Month. 51% of all cancers are environmental, an astonishing new statistic. At Green Woman Store, we believe it’s important to increases our awareness of the environmental causes of cancer — to expose and explore the growing evidence of cancer’s environmental connections.

We interviewed Kristi Marsh, a Breast Cancer Warrior and a Rockstar Advocate! She was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Cancer, and has become a nationally recognized advocate for women’s environmental health. She also wrote a book, “Little Changes” sharing what she learned and steps she took that can help us all deal with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products — and preventing environmental cancer.

kristi marsh interview on preventing environmental cancers“In 2007, I just wanted ‘just’ to build a better body for my children and myself and it was books that filled my mind. It was books I turned to when I had no more than two people in my life talk about things like endocrine disrupters or GMOS. Too afraid to think everyone else would observe me as woo-woo, out there, or maybe on a crazy post chemo warpath. At the time, I had so many questions and no answers. I had frustrations and few options. And even less options that were hopeful.” Little Changes, 2014 Evergreen Gold Medal Winner!

Preventing Environmental Cancer with Kristi Marsh – Protecting Those You Love. LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW HERE

When Kristi was diagnosed, she had 3 children at home. She started with a spreadsheet full of facts about toxins that cause cancer.

little changes by kristi marshIn Kristi’s interview and in her book, she shares woman to woman, the “Little Changes” she made that help us move through the emotions of dealing with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products. We’re all advocates when we share articles, books, emails, etc., with our friends, family and colleagues. Advocacy is something women do naturally, because we care.

In Kristi’s case, advocacy also means marching on City Hall and Washington D.C., bringing the attention of the press, elected officials, and mainstream women to these issues.

Kristi will encourage you in small meaningful ways to become a role model for others and an advocate for a healthier environment. The good Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comnews she shares is that you don’t have to do this alone. She shares tools, resources, and lessons she learned from her journey from mainstream mom to advocate and educator. She assists us all in creating not just a healthy home, but a better world.

Click on the green box to your right and Sign Up for our Free Telesummit on Preventing Cancer and learn steps you can take to prevent cancer and its recurrance.

You will hear from Scientists, Environmental Researchers, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors. Meet Your Experts here.


Why Vegan? There’s More to Climate Change than Fossil Fuels

Why Vegan? Animal Agriculture and Forest DestructionDid you know that the key actors in climate change are cows, pigs, and chickens! Animal Agriculture is THE leading cause of environmental destruction, ocean dead zones, habitat destruction, and species extinction.

I thought that if I drove less and showered less, if I ate organic and used fewer plastic bags, I could turn climate change around for my daughters and future generations. What I really need to do is stop eating meat and dairy for a real and faster return to climate stabilization and environmental sustainability.

Why Vegan?

Animal Agriculture produces more greenhouse gasses than all cars, trucks, trains, boats and planes combined.

Methane gas from livestock is 86 times more destructive than carbon from vehicles. Animal Agriculture produces 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide, a gas with a global warming potential 296 times greater than Co2. 

If we reduce the amount of methane emissions from Animal Agriculture, the level in the atmosphere goes down within decades. If we reduce the amount of Co2 emissions from our transportation needs, we won’t see a reduction in the atmosphere for 100 years.

Why Vegan? Dead zones are often caused by the decay of algae during algal blooms, like this one off the coast of La Jolla, San Diego, California.The health of our oceans also begins with animal Agriculture.

Farm animal waste produced by land based animal agriculture (116,000 lbs produced every second in the U.S. alone) has created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans, comprising more than 95,000 sq miles of areas completely devoid of life.

Why aren’t Greenpeace, Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, and other sea-loving organizations focusing on Animal Agriculture? They believe it would hurt their fundraising.

One hamburger uses 660 gallons of water to produce — that’s 2 months of showers!

30% of the world’s water, and 55% of U.S. water, is used for animal agriculture. The average Californian uses 1500 gallons of water per day. Half is related to the consumption of meat and dairy products. Animals eat water intensive grains and these are part of the water footprint of that meat or dairy product.

Animal Agriculture consumes 34 trillion gallons of water per year. Fracking uses 100 billion gallons per year.

Why Vegan? Smoke from man made forest fires to clear land for cattle or crops.Cattle ranching is the the leading cause of rain forest loss.

One acre of rain forest is cleared every second to to graze animals and grow their feed crops. 136 million acres lost to date. Every day almost 100 species are lost due to rain forest destruction.

Livestock are a major driver of global trends in land-use including deforestation (the conversion of forest to pasture and cropland), desertification, and the release of carbon from cultivated soils.

Is the Problem Over Population or Animal Agriculture?

– The world’s 7 billion humans raise 70 billion farm animals.
– The world’s humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water daily. The world’s 1.5 billion cows drink 45 billion gallons of water daily.
– The world humans eat 21 billion pounds of food daily. The world’s 1.5 billion cows eat 135 billion pounds of food daily.
– Nearly half of U.S. land is dedicated to animal Agriculture.

Globally, livestock production and consumption and contribute:

35% of methane (296 times times the Global Warming Potential of CO2). What this means is that if we stopped eating meat today, the planet would recover in a few decades  vs. the 100+ years recovery will take by reducing oil and gas emissions.

80% of agricultural methane emissions (2.2 billion tons of manure per year). If you’ve ever driven past a cattle farm you know what the stench means to passers by and the families who live and work near these factory farms.

This is the quote that put all the pieces together for me:

“You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products, period.”

Fossil fuels are not the problem Animal Agriculture is. I recently watched a film titled Cowspiracy on Netflix. It changed my priorities and my dietary choices. I interviewed Carol Adams and Lisa Kemmerer for our recent Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit, they tried to educate me/us on the impact of Animal Agriculture on climate change, but I didn’t get it. Cowspiracy got me, and I’m glad it did!

“Animal Agriculture is the alcoholic in the family no one wants to talk about. Raising and killing animals for food is what’s killing the planet — not driving our cars, and taking showers.”

Eating vegan can be as difficult as being an informed citizen. Dairy and meat are as available to us as violence on t.v. If we want a better world we have to educate ourselves, and our love for the world can’t be casual. I have gone off the vegan wagon a few times now, I’ve made a few attempts. Cowspiracy has helped me to get serious and join my granddaughters in their vegan lifestyle. I know I will be healthier and happier for it. I know I will be a better world citizen. And I know my spirit will be more at peace with my professional goals.

Here are the tools I’m using. I invite you to explore these books, and Veganism, with me:)

What’s Your Shopping Carbon Footprint?

shipping-mail-boxes shopping carbon footprintOur personal carbon footprint has become increasingly important to us all as we understand our role in climate change.

Here at, we definitely support Shopping Local. Our 100+ Female Entrepreneurs are Local Business Women serving their communities as well as online shoppers, and we feel privileged to share their visions and passions for a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

What’s your shopping carbon footprint? The statistics are now in and show us that Online Shopping typically has a lower carbon footprint than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. There are exceptions, like Manhattan where bicycling is the trend. Walking and bicycling always improve our impact on the Earth as well as our own physical and mental health.

Here are some tips to lower your shopping carbon footprint whether shopping online or in your local marketplace:

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Minimize the number of miles you drive to purchase each item. Plan your shopping trips so that you save time and fuel. Purchasing just one item online delivered by truck has roughly 1/2 the carbon footprint of driving to a local store to buy that one item.

usps shipping go green stamp shopping carbon footprint* Give yourself plenty of time to plan and allow for more flexible online shipping options. And choose U.S.P.S. as your online shipping choice whenever possible. The U.S. Postal Service is the only mailing and shipping company in the world whose packaging meets the Cradle to Cradle standards for human and environmental health and recyclability!

usps shipping go green stamp*Shop Woman Made – Female Menstruant Entrepreneurs are in touch with what the world really needs vs what will satisfy a growing greed. Our menstrual cycles are connected to earth’s lunar cycles, and our menstrual visions become our passions and our products. We make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity and conservation. We women are menstrually and intimately connected to the Earth, her Lunar Cycles, and Her Natural Resources. Our cycles are her cycles.

At, we’ve done the safe and non-toxic research for you. And it’s easy because we have only women to work with here, only woman made visions and products. We trust the Menstrual Minds of our partners, and the direction of their visions. We encourage you to support female owned businesses locally and online. Increasing women’s share of world trade will change your shopping footprint!

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor spaces. Here are some tips to improve indoor air quality in your home and office:

– Open your windows daily.

As soon as the weather warms up, open your windows and let in that fresh air. When the weather is still cool, open them up during the warmest part of the day for a fresh invigorating breath of fresh air. When the days are going to be hot, open your windows early in the morning, and then close them up to keep the house cool. Nature’s air conditioning is the safest and most refreshing.

African Violets to help clean your indoor air quality– Bring plants indoors, they actually create clean air.

There are any number of flowering and non-flowering plants that do well indoors and are not toxic to cats and dogs. My favorite at the moment are African Violets which I am actually getting to rebloom with a product named VF11 that can be used indoors and out to increase flowering. The secret with orchids and African violets is not to overwater. Once a week is enough, and test the soil to make sure it is dry before watering. These plants are natural to rainforest where the ground is sheltered from direct hot sun, so mimic that environment for your plants if they are not friends with hot sunny windows.

grow herbs in your window sills to clean your indoor air quality– Grow herbs in your window sills to save money and improve indoor air.

Many herbs are antiviral and antibacterial, such as thyme, basil, dill, oregano, garden sage, and others. And if they are right in front of you when you are in the kitchen, you are more likely to include them in your salads, sandwiches, and main dishes. People around the world use their food as medicine, and we can too!

Use natural non-toxic body products that don't off gas toxins– Use skin products that are safe for all family members.

“The average woman uses 9 personal care products a day, containing over 100 unique ingredients, some of which are linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Start giving your personal care products a safety makeover.” Women’s Voices for the Earth. We know that what you put on your skin is in your your blood and filtered through your liver. Make sure it is nourishing!

– Don’t use candles and air fresheners with the word “fragrance” on the label.

Fragrances are especially toxic and contain any number of carcinogens and neurotoxins. Manufacturers are protected from telling us what ingredients make up their proprietary fragrance recipes, so beware. Buy and use products that use natural ingredients for scent. Essential Oils of familiar plants like lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and others are scents you can trust. Essential Oils come in small 1/4 to 1 oz. bottles and can be found at all your healthy food stores.

The Joy of Green Cleaning by Leslie Reichert– Use vinegar and baking soda to clean with.

There are many new products on the market that are safe with ingredient lists you can understand. You can make your own cleaning supplies by adding water to the last couple ounces of table vinegar and putting a spray top on the bottle. We use this for cleaning counter tops, breadboards, tables, stove tops, floor spots, and more. Easy and affordable.

– IMPORTANT: Don’t use dryer sheets or laundry detergents with fragrance.

Synthetic fragrances that last many hours or days are particularly hazardous to your health and your indoor air quality. Bed sheets and clothes that off gas fragrance neurotoxins are particularly hazardous. Many detergents now come Fragrance Free!. These are your safest choices. Add a little lavender or peppermint Essential Oil to your laundry if you want a real clean fresh smell. And dry clothes outside whenever possible to save on gas and electricity. Solar is still available for free:)

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenMore tips from 21 Green Lifestyle Experts: Sign Up for our FREE Lean Into Green Telesummit and Podcast Series here. You receive the interviews in your email box and you can listen at your convenience.

2015 UN Year of Soils

2015 UN Year of Soils. Soil, where food begins.Soil – The Nearly Forgotten Resource. The top six inches of soil are the most precious.

Without healthy soil, life on earth would be unsustainable. Soil is the foundation of agriculture, and the largest pool of organic carbon essential for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

New approaches must be adopted. As much as one-third of all soils are degraded due to:

– erosion
– compaction
– soil sealing
– salinization
– soil organic matter and nutrient depletion
– acidification
– pollution
– other processes caused by unsustainable land management practices

It takes up to 1,000 years to form one centimetre of soil. Investment in sustainable soil management is be cheaper than restoration and is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development.

2015 UN Year of SoilsSoil – the nearly forgotten resource:

– Soils are the foundation of agriculture. They provide vital ecosystem services and the basis for food, feed, fuel, fibre and medical products important for human well-being.

– Soils are fundamental for the appropriate storage and distribution of water.

– 1/4 of the world’s biodiversity lives underground, where, for example, the earthworm is a giant alongside tiny organisms such as bacteria and fungi.

– Organisms and plant roots act as the primary agents driving nutrient cycling and help plants by improving nutrient intake — in turn supporting above-ground biodiversity.

– Organisms boost soil’s ability to absorb carbon and mitigate desertification, so that even more carbon can be sequestered.

2015 UN Year of Soils2015 UN Year of Soils

In 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects around the world and produced together with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Soil Map. Among the most urgent priorities is to update, standardize and render accessible the world’s knowledge of soil types and distribution. One of FAO’s priorities is to establish a global soil information system that could assist with reliable data decision-making regarding soil management.

Natural Egg Dyes from Veggies & Herbs

Natural Easter Egg Colors with veggies and herbsHere are some fun recipes for vibrant all natural egg dyes made from veggies and herbs you have in your refrigerator and cupboards.

We used the dry outer onion skins last year and the result was beautiful eggs that looked like carved mahogany! Have fun with these recipes and methods, and improve upon them each Spring. You will be amazed.

Here’s how you begin:

1) Room Temperature eggs so they don’t crack when boiling
2) 2 cups of water plus 1 Tsp vinegar to hold the color
3) Bring water to a boil with colorants and fully hard boil eggs for 12 to 15 minutes
4) Remove eggs and pour colorant and colored water into a jar (or bowl)
5) Put eggs into the jar so they are covered with colorants and colored water
6) Let the jars cool then place in refrigerator 24 hours
7) Remove the eggs, rinse, and polish with vegetable oil

Ideas for Vegetable & Herbal Colorants:

Green: 3 TBS Dill and 3 Dry Outer Red Onion Skins
Yellow: 2-3 TBS Turmeric and/or a lot less Saffron
Gold: Espresso or 3 TBS Dill Seed
Mahogany: Red Onion Skins and/or 1 TBS Paprika
Light Blue: Spinach
Dark Blue: 6-8 Red Cabbage Leaves
Purple: Cranberry and Raspberry Juice or Red Zinger Tea Bags
Orange: 4 Carrot Tops and 4 Yellow Onion Skins
Textured Shell: Red Wine will form crystals on the shell

Colors will vary depending on whether you use white, brown or pastel eggs, so mix and match your colorants to experiment with your own unique colors!

Wrapping cooled hard boiled eggs with rubber bands before placing back into the colorant will give you stripped eggs.

You can also very carefully color designs on the raw eggs with crayons or wax, make a small hole at both ends, blow out the insides of the eggs, dye them, and then spray with a sealant to keep these decorated beauties a long time! The sealants are not edible.


reproductive-acts-heather-latimerFor the “Fertility” aspect of Spring, read up on Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in N. American Fiction and Film by Heather Latimer.

Striking a balance between fictional, historical, and political analysis, Reproductive Acts makes a compelling argument for the vital role narrative plays in how we make sense of U.S. reproductive politics. Read more here.


Let us know how your eggs turn out!

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips at Green Woman NewsWater conservation efforts ensure that there will be enough for the future. Outdoor water use typically makes up 50% to 70% of home water use.

Many of us love the summer months and wish we knew more ways to conserve water during droughts and dry seasons. We’ve gathered a few helpful hints here that are easy to do, and easy to remember!

Here are 5 outdoor water conservation tips:

#1 Victory Gardens are back in style! Use your garden water for edible plants.
#2 When your existing inefficient hoses and sprinkler heads need replacing, buy water saving ones. Ask your local family owned nursery or hardware store what options they have available.
#3 In drought areas especially, think about replacing your brown lawns with drought tolerant plants, beautiful rock gardens, and even a vegetable garden so at least your outdoor water use is producing food.
#4 Share the water conservation methods you learn and use with your friends, family, neighbors and landlords. Everyone is willing to join in the efforts to save our planet, most of us just need more information.
#5 Take the “Dirty Car Pledge” and wait 60 days or more — until absolutely necessary!

We have a whole section of books on Eco-Feminism. We are sure you will find something that peaks your curiosity or satisfies your thirst for knowledge. Here are some of our favorite titles:
EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95
A multicultural anthology of writings by women that provide vital insights into the causes of current environmental crises, and important recommendations for addressing them.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!
Meet the 30 exceptional Women of Farmer Jane. This is a celebration of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm, and advocate for change.

Let us know your conservation ideas and tips, and we’ll share them with our readers:)

Soil & Your Serotonin

Serotonin and Happiness at Green Woman StoreImprove your mood by digging in your garden! Hunting and gathering the fruits of your labor also add to your your happiness level.

Serotonin and Dopamine are 2 natural anti-depressants that also boost your immune system. We didn’t need science to tell us that Gardening makes us happy, but it’s always fun when science catches up with women’s wisdom.
Here are the facts:
– Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
– Soil contains Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacteria that triggers the release of serotonin in your brain.
-Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, found in our the soil, waters, plants — and in non-organic Roundup-ready GM cotton — depletes your serotonin and dopamine levels. Depression is a global epidemic right alongside Monsanto’s worldwide sale of Roundup.
The Immune System Link

Soil bacteria cause immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which activate the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain. The stimulated nerves cause neurons in the brain to release serotonin into the prefrontal cortex, an area of your brain involved in regulating your moods.

Let Your Kids Spend More Time Getting Dirty!

Studies link early childhood exposure to bacteria to protection against allergies and asthma in adulthood, suggesting that bacteria-exposure boosts your immune systems and alters your vulnerability to conditions such as depression as well.

TIP: Garden without gloves and get your hands into the dirt and compost heap.

Non-Toxic Shopping Guide & Holiday Twitter Party

Women have so much economic power to convince companies to make safer products! Let’s use our power for good this holiday season and join Women’s Voices for the Earth’s #safeshopping Twitter party to get green gift ideas straight from the experts!

This time of the year, we are tasked with trying to find the perfect gift. No one wants to commit the dreaded faux pas of accidentally giving a gift laden with toxic chemicals that could harm your family, friend or colleague’s health. Plus, we exercise so much economic power during the holiday season that we want to make sure we’re supporting those companies doing good things!

Women's Voices for the Earth 2014 Non-Toxic Shopping GuideIt is possible to find the right gift that’s thoughtful, comes from an environmentally progressive company, and is non‐toxic. And here’s is where WVE’s 2014 Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide comes in handy. Green Woman Store is a proud sponsor of this Annual Guide.

On behalf of all our female entrepreneurs and artisans, we love partnering with WVE and being a part of their Non-Toxic Shopping Guide another year. Our goal is to provide fair trade, green, and woman made products that increase family health and sustainability. We love to support women and women’s safe choices, and it comes full circle at WVE — and everyone benefits!

With sections that cover clothing, personal care products, fitness products, baby products, home décor, toys, DIY gift ideas, and more, WVE’s Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide is poised to become your wingwoman for the 2014 Holiday Season.

Women's Voices for the Earth Twitter Party November 20, 2014 to launch their Holiday Non-Toxic Shopping GuideJoin our #safeshopping Twitter party on 11/20 to get:

Top Picks from Experts in the Guide: Women’s Voices for the Earth asked for safer product ideas from some of the most eco‐friendly, conscientious women in the WVE community who are experts in their field.

Guide Links, Tips & Resources – Green ideas and sustainable shopping resources to help you avoid giving toxic gifts this season below:

See the Guide here!

Safe Non-Toxic Toys here!

Gardening Tips: Tools Leach Lead, Phthalates, BPA

Gardening Tips to ensure the health of your crops and the people who eat them. Your gardening tools and implements can leach toxic phthalates, flame retardants, lead and bisphenol-a (BPA).

garden hoses can be toxic leaching lead, phthalates and BPAHoses: Hoses leach lead, phthalates, and BPA they were made of into the water that flows through them. Hoses are unregulated and can be made from anything.

Hose Tips:

-Let your hose run for a few seconds or minutes, depending on length, to flush out any standing water inside the hose. This “old” water is likely to have absorbed the greatest amounts of any toxins that are present in hose materials.

-Store your hose where it’s protected from the sun. Heat greatly accelerates the leaching process.

-Don’t drink from your hose.

-When it’s time for a new hose, choose one labeled “lead-free” or “drinking water safe.”

Gloves: Avoid gloves that have rubber or plastic components. Choose gloves made from natural materials like hide, leather, or cotton. Some gloves can also leach Chlorine, so read labels.

Garden Implements: Use garden tools made of stainless steel, a metal alloy which typically does not contain lead. Unpainted wooden tools are another option.

California Prop 65 warning for unsafe hoses and garden toolsLook for California labeling on products. Thanks to California’s Proposition 65, products that contain any of about 800 different unhealthy chemicals must state that they contain “a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.” Run if you see it!

The good news is that there are plenty of safe options out there. More Info, watch this short Healthy Stuff Video.


What if Everyone Became a Vegetarian?

Climate Change oftentimes feels like a catastrophe too big to make a difference on a personal lifestyle level. But if we take just one piece, one of the major contributors: The meat industry directly and indirectly produces about 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. As population grows, and we eat more animal products, the consequences for climate change, pollution, and land use could be catastrophic.

What if Everyone became Vegetarian?What if everyone became a vegetarian, and the global community came to eat less meat, no meat, or no animal products at all? Universal vegetarianism or veganism would go a long way toward mitigating climate change, and at a much lower cost than carbon taxes and renewable energy technology:

– Agriculture-related carbon emissions reduced by 17%

– Methane emissions reduced by 24%

– Nitrous oxide emissions reduced by 21%

– The economy would tank. Livestock production accounts for 1.4 percent of the world’s total GDP and 1.3 billion jobs.

– Industrial farmers who grow corn to feed animals on factory farms would shift to in-demand plant-based food production (fruit and vegetables).

– Expanses of new land would become available and at a cheaper price: grazing land is 26% of the world’s ice-free land surface – plus 386,000 sq mi of land is used to grow crops for livestock.

– The risk of antibiotic-resistant infections would plummet – at least 2 million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant pathogens every year.

We can all stop giving our money to factory farms, the biggest and worst offenders from a pollution and public health perspective. We can eat less meat than we currently do, especially meat from methane-releasing ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, etc.) We will be giving the market time to adjust to our change of lifestyle. With the world’s population slated to grow to 9 billion by 2050, we will need to take some of the 25 percent of the world’s land area back from the cows.

Baby steps:

– meatless Monday
– vegan before 6pm
– fake chicken
– vegie burgers

Taking meat out of my diet feels like a way that I can “lean into green” a little deeper. You will be seeing more posts about my journey. Please comment with tips and tools to inspire us toward Universal Vegetarianism! (More from Mother Jones here.)

For Earth Day: 10 Easy Steps to a Vegan Diet

Genny's Roasted VegiesAdopting a plant-based vegetarian or vegan diet is as much of an environmental issue as recycling and water conservation. A wonderful article by Kathy Stevens, Founder and director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, came across my desk today and I just have to share her 10 easy tips with you:

1. Eat vegan in the morning: Oatmeal, berries and granola with almond milk, fruit and soy yogurt, tofu scramble.

2. Switch to non-dairy milk: Coconut, almond, hemp, rice. Healthier too!

3. Go Meatless Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays: If all Americans participated in this popular trend, 1.4 billion animals per year would be spared.

10 easy steps toward a vegan plant based diet

4. Bake without animal products: Coconut, Grapeseed, nut seed oils are healthy and delicious.You can’t taste the Vegan difference!

5. Try one new vegan product every week: And add some Gluten-Free products to try out too!

6. Try Loving Hut and Native Foods: 100 percent vegan fast food chains. Moe’s and Chipotle also have many delicious vegan options.

7. Choose ethnic restaurants and recipes: When choosing restaurants or recipes, think ethnic: Eat the foods you already love that happen to be vegan!

8. Give up one animal a month: Do a whole lot of good for the animals, your health, and the planet we all share.

9. Make friends with other vegans: Join a meet-up group and see how “seasoned” vegans live for inspiration and fun!

10. Visit an animal sanctuary: Be prepared to fall in love! And be prepared for a new way of eating to begin feeling much easier than you ever imagined.

You can read Kathy’s entire article here. As my husky rescue friend, Gail deRita at NORSLED says, “Save animals three times a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner!”  Click below for easy vegan recipes:

Halloween Safety, Treats and Money Saving Green Ideas

Healthy Halloween Ideas from Green Woman StoreMix In Some Green with Halloween’s Orange and Black To Save Money and the Environment!

*Decorate with Nature: Leaves, Branches, Hay Bales, Gourds, Pumpkins, Mums and other Dried Flowers. All available at your local farmers market.
*Hand out pencils made from recycled paper or wood instead of junk food. 
*Skip the plastic pumpkin and Trick-or-Treat with reusable canvas bags or pillow cases.
* Test your creativity with DIY, thrift store or yard sale costumes. Organize a Costume Swap with friends and neighbors.

Halloween Safety with Luna Tagz at GreenWomanStore.comHere Are Our Halloween Safety Tips!

Be creative in helping your child to create her own costume and theme. Choose a costume that fits snugly and is the right length for her height. Flowing costumes can easily snag on objects and other people, and can be dangerous around open flames.

Keep your child’s neck area clear, and avoid jewelry, cords, sashes, anything that could pose a choking hazard. Skip the capes, they can pose strangulation risks, and could get caught on something or cause a child to trip.

Use masks cautiously. Don’t  have your child wear them when walking. Many masks can obstruct a child’s vision, especially when it’s dark at night. Check to make sure that he can breathe comfortably. Read face paint labels. A great alternative to masks is face paint, but make sure you read labels carefully and choose a face paint that is FDA-approved and meant for use on skin (non-toxic doesn’t necessarily means it’s safe for use on the face).

Ditch the accessories so that she has a free hand to carry her candy and another to hold your hand, especially while crossing the street or while walking on crowded sidewalks.

Halloween Safety with LunaTagz at GreenWomanStore.comUse Luna Tagz, or tape, sew or glue reflective tape onto your child’s costume or jacket to make sure that she can be seen in the dark. Adults, carry a flash light with you while trick or treating to light the path and also allow motorists to see your trick-or-treaters.

Wear shows your child is used to, or opt for safe footwear not the cheap, plastic kind that have no traction and could cause a child to slip and fall, or if it’s the boot-cover type that is made out of fabric or rubber, make sure it’s fitted securely so that it doesn’t slip off and pose a tripping hazard.

Have fun, and remember this is the season when Grandmothers past are close again and blessing us with their wisdom!

Electromagnetic Radiation EMF Protection for Home, Office, WiFi, Cell Phones and Your Self

Our homes and cars are a web of electrical grids. Add appliances, computers, smart meters, wifi, and we are living in a soup of electromagnetic pollution.   

For 25 years, Jean Gallick has been providing EMF protection devices to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers worldwide. Much of the world is ahead of us in acknowledging the health effects of EMF radiation. 90-day money back guarantee on all products. 

EarthCalm Home Protection System

EarthCalm Home Protection System. On Sale Until 12/31/12!

Green Woman Store is not just an online shopping experience. We are a gathering of like-minded women, a showcase of dreams come true and inspired and inspiring visions. Women creating the world in deed.

EarthCalm Voyager EMF Protection for Cars

EarthCalm Voyager EMF Protection for Cars

Each new product teaches us all what is possible, and what is needed. This week is a confirmation of my belief that if we each do as we are inspired, all of the world’s needs will be met. It has been my  dream to find EMF protection products made by a woman with a technology I can understand. Here they are today, EarthCalm, our newest woman made product.

How do EarthCalm products protect us from EMFpollution?

EarthCalm EMF Protection Products ground us to Earth’s Energy, also known as the Schumann Resonance. This is the natural energy field for our body to heal and thrive in. Immersed in Earth’s Energy, man made EMF radiation does not effect us. 

 Here are a few of the health benefits experienced  by users of EarthCalm EMF Protection Products:

Increased sense of calm and relaxation.
A deeper and more refreshing sleep.
Greater resilience to flus and colds.
Relief of chronic pain.
Increased mental clarity and performance.
More energy and increased vitality.
A greater ability to handle stress.

Jean GallickEarthCalm FounderListen to Jean Gallick, inventor of EarthCalm Products, talk about EMFs (Electromagnetic Frequencies) and the human body here. (Takes about 30 seconds to load.)

EarthCalm technology explained by inventor Jean Gallick


Living Green with Renee’s Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Renee's Homemade Laundry SoapYou will love this soap. It gets your laundry clean, and is a wonderful PRE-TREATMENT to get out the dirt and food spots that can turn into stains if you don’t get them out, especially before using the dryer.

All of the Ingredients are found in the laundry product section of your favorite grocery store. Using ¼ cup to ½ cup for each load, you will have enough soap for 50 to 100 loads of laundry. The Initial Cost is approximately $7 and there will be lots of Borax and Washing Soda left for future batches.  Here’s your shopping list:

Ingredients are Borax, Laundry Soda and Fels Naptha Soap1  large box of Borax, 1 large box of Washing Soda (this is not Baking Soda, it’s “Washing Soda”) and 1 bar of Fells Naptha Soap.

1 batch of Renee’s Homemade Laundry Soap makes 3 gallons: 

Step 1Step 1:
Pour 1 gallon of water into a large stew pot and put it on the stove
Add 1 cup of borax
And 1 cup of Washing Soda
And Grate ½  of a5 ozbar of Fells Naptha soap into the water

Step 2Step 2:
Heat the pot of water on the stove over medium heat
Stir with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are melted. 
The mixture will thicken slightly, get foamy, and turn a golden milky color.

Turn off the heat and take the hot mixture over to your kitchen sink where you have placed a 5 gallon bucket or pot into the sink.

Step 3Step 3:
Put 2 gallonsof cold water into the 5 gallon pot.
Pour the hot concentrated1 gallon batch of Laundry Soap mixture into the 5 gallon pot.

Step 4Step 4:
Using your funnel, pour the Laundry Soap mixture into your1 gallon containers.
You will have3 gallons.  One to keep, and two to share with friends, neighbors and family.

Your Homemade Laundry Soap will tend to separate, so shake it up a little before using it.

¼ cup is recommended for front loading washers, and ½ cup for top loading washers. You will have enough soap for 50 to 100 loads of laundry. Enjoy getting all your clothes very very clean.  Watch our video of Renee’s Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe.

Waldorf Gnomes are Nature Guardians for Children

My Little Waldorf Gnomes by Michelle ReidI love these little Gnomes! My Grandaughter kept her lost tooth in hers until the Tooth Faery came!

My Little Gnomes are made of recycled, upcycled felted wool sweaters by Native Wampanoag Grandmother, Michelle Reid. Michelle tells us that Faeries live among and protect the flowers.  Gnomes are the “Little People” who live out with the trees as  Guardians of the Forest. Each of her Little Gnomes  is different,  and one-of-a-kind.

These little creations are Popular as Waldorf Gnomes. Gnome Guardians are wonderful for children’s bedsides, school bags, sleep overs, and castle play. Let your child’s imagination fly!  Each Gnome comes with a pocket for objects, and if you are very, very lucky, some Little Gnomes come with a magical piece of sea glass or crystal.

Michelle Reid is a Native American woman who has helped teach her traditional culture to children, including Wampanoag tribal members. She is a mother of five, and has been handcrafting and involved with Waldorf Schools and their fondness of Gnomes for 26 years.

Michelle has found her Little Gnomes to be helpful as magical guardians for foster children and she brings her Little Gnome “Magic of Childhood” into public schools. Here is the video we made of her Little Waldorf Gnomes for school age children, foster children, and Waldorf children most definitely.

Eagle Valley Eco-Fuel Brickenmore Natural Fire Starters Showcased in CT September 28!

Eagle Valley Eco-Fuel is heading to the Big E, where their Brickenmore Natural Fire Starters are being showcased by the State of Connecticut on September 28th! 

Brickenmore Fire Starters by Eagle Valley Eco FuelThis is a great opportunity for owner, Cindy Richey, whose life long goal to live truly green has lead to creating the  BRICKENMORE™ product line. All products are produced in the U.S.A., in fact, right in Connecticut’s farmland!  Her love of nature and its precious creatures, waterways and natural habitats has led her to create Eagle Valley Eco Fuel, Inc., which offers only natural, affordable, renewable, environmentally friendly fire starter products. 

Brickenmore Fire Starters by Eagle Valley Eco FuelEagle Valley Eco-Fuel is no longer just for camping or outdoor use!  They have moved into a larger manufacturing facility, hired employees, and will be adding Heating Bricks and Fire Logs this Fall.  Cindy is excited, and her work to recycle horse manure into these truly renewable products is an exciting step forward for all of us who love to build safe, sustainable fires! Camp fires, backyard fires, fires in our living rooms.  Thank you, Eagle Valley Eco-Fuel, for keeping our home fires, and all our fires, burning green!

You can contact Cindy at her office in CT at 860-872-1200, Ext. 102.