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)
(www.WomensVoices.org).

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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Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin - Control What You Can: Your HomePreventing Cancer with Audra Conklin, “Control What You Can: Your Home”

In our Telesummit Series, “Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes” we explored toxins, radiation, hormone disruptors, cell phones, sunscreens, fluoride, fracking, GMOs, flame retardants and BPA — and Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cancer and its Recurrence.  

Audra Conklin is the former owner of Modern Mermaids Eco-Products. She built her business with kitchen chemistry and Essential Oils, sleepless nights and a lot of humor. She manufactured and sold non-toxic cleaning products in a very competitive market. Audra grew up “green” so she has walked the walk her entire life. She educates the public and businesses on switching out your toxic products for non-toxic ones. You can listen free to Audra Conklin’s interview here!

In our interview, Audra taught us about the connections between Allergens, Asthma, Scented Candles, Plug-Ins, and Air Fresheners — and how eliminating the very small daily doses of these toxins can help prevent chronic health problems, cancer, and it’s recurrence.

She had some good advice for us to get started:

  • Switch out a product or a room at a time with safer healthier products.
  • “Fragrance” means synthetic, made in a lab with petrochemicals.Fragrances can cause health problems, neurotoxicity, headaches and breathing problems. Synthetic Fragrances are irritants, allergens, and can cause Asthma. The good news is most Asthma is preventable.
  • Safely wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Soaps, Toothpastes, and Fabrics may be associated with endocrine and hormonal toxicity, allergenic effects, organ toxicity, eye and skin irritation, and is suspected of being a carcinogen and environmental toxin.

Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes

 

 

Sign up and listen to all the interview in our “Preventing Cancer” telesummit series here. 

 

100% Natural Sun Protection

100% Natural Paleo Sun Protection by Primal Life OrganicsIf you are like me, you’re hearing a lot of new information about Sunscreens causing more harm than good. While daily exposure to the sun is essential to your overall health, 100% Natural Sun Protection is difficult to find.

We’re excited to share one woman entrepreneur’s recipe for Paleo 100% natural sun protection. SunUp Before Sun Protector by Primal Life Organics is Organic, Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan and Handcrafted. It’s truly Cavegirl Skincare that works for Caveboys too!

– 100% natural ingredients
– Full strength (NO Water)
– Sun-Up Balms are designed to stay on the skin and repel water while protecting your skin and your internal body
– Sun-Up has been tested and has remained on the skin for hours after application and water activity
– A VERY little bit goes a VERY long way
– Broad-spectrum protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays.

sunup before sun protection by primal life organics starts with raspberry seed oilIt all starts with Red Raspberry Oil which has an SPF of 25-50 and contains vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that protect you against free radical damage. Free radicals in the body can cause health issues such as cancer, immune suppression and signs of aging. Commercial sunscreens contains chemicals that promote free radical damage, and when you add that to sun exposure, the sun becomes your foe – not your friend!

SunUp Ulta Balm and Roll-On Stick contain Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, a non-toxic, and typically non-irritating, effective broad-spectrum sunblock. “Non-Nano” means that the zinc particles are too large to be absorbed through the skin. The zinc particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays, protecting the skin below.

The Ingredient List is all things familiar! Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Pure Filtered Beeswax*, Avocado Oil*, Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Virgin Coconut Oil*, Vitamin E Oil*, and Essential Oils of Carrot Seed*, Lavender*, Myrrh*, and Sandalwood*.

Trina Felber, founder of Primal Life OrganicsMeet our Woman Entrepreneur of the week: Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO and Founder of Primal Life Organics. Trina is a true 21st Century Cavegirl in search of other 21st Century cavemen and women looking for quality skincare that “fits” their lifestyle and habits. She is a wife, mother of three, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, CrossFitter, Paleo advocate, and educator.

Learn more about SunUp Before Sun Protector in this lively video with the enthusiastic creators discussing the benefits, cost, ingredients, and comparison to commercial sunscreens.

 

 

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:)

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DIY Coconut Oil Tips

DIY Coconut Oil Tips for health and beauty at greenwomanstore.comCoconut Oil is an amazing product that has come into popular use. We’ve gathered some DIY Coconut Oil Tips for your Health and Beauty.

Did you know that Coconut Oil can:
– help to combat influenza viruses
– fight bacteria that cause cavities
– expel lice
– improve digestion
– reduce inflammation, and so much more.

Coconut’s health benefits are many. Here are several DIY Coconut Oil Tips to increase your family’s health:

 

Coconut oil’s lauric acid is proven to have antiviral effects. The body converts it to monolaurin, which destroys the coating around lipid-enclosed viruses such as the common flu. We have used Monolaurin Supplements to strengthen our immune system when a member of the family has the flu as a natural alternative to Tamiflu.
.- Washing your face with Coconut Oil is wonderful for the skin and can help draw out dirt, oil and other toxins. Apply in a warm wet washcloth, add a little coconut oil and massage onto to your face until the washcloth cools. Wipe away with a warm washcloth.
For a silky smooth shave, rub a small amount of coconut oil on your skin before shaving. Adding a little coconut oil to your face or legs after shaving gives you a natural moisturizer and added protection from dry skin.
DIY Coconut Oil Tips for health and beauty at greenwomanstore.comMake your own natural DIY Insect Repellent or Deodorant by mixing 4 ounces of coconut oil with pure natural antibacterial and antiviral Essential Oils, making your use of these aromatherapy products preventive medicine! Essential Oils and peanut free coconut oils are available at your healthy food stores. We suggest using Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lavender, Tee Tree, Thyme and a little Peppermint. Essential Oils are strong concentrates and must always be diluted. Use the following dilution rates:
 
6 drops total per ounce for kids
12 to 18 drops total per ounce for adults
Apply this mixture to your skin and reapply as needed. Always package your DIY Aromatherapy products in glass containers. Depending on the strength of the Essential Oils, they can break down plastic and bring those toxins into your otherwise safe product. The plastic toxins mimic estrogen molecularly, and your body will take these plastic toxins everywhere that your body uses estrogen. Purchase your aromatherapy in glass whenever possible.
DIY Coconut Oil Tips for health and beauty at greenwomanstore.com For cleaner, whiter teeth, you can try a new fad going around called “Oil Pulling.” Please research this to see if it is recommended for your family. Oil Pulling is a technique whereby you swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes 4 to 5 times a week. Remember to spit out the coconut oil into a trash cando not swallow or flush oil down the drain – and rinse with water.
To find more DIY Coconut Oils Tips, and more about Oil Pulling, google “Coconut Oil Tips” and “What is Oil Pulling?”

Prevent West Nile Virus with Natural Insect Repellents

Climate Change is bringing a rise in West Nile Virus.

Prevent West Nile Virus with Natural Insect Repellents. These safe natural repellents are very effective.  We use them personally in California, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Mid West. Protect yourself and your family with Natural Insect Repellents containing Lemon Eucalyptus and other aromatherapy essential oils.

Consumer Reports, the FDA and CDC have analyzed the effectiveness of lemon eucalyptus to deter bites, and they all find it is just as effective as brands that contain more toxic chemicals. Aroma For Health adds Lemon Eucalyptus to all their repellents as a sure way to avoid mosquitoes and DEET!

Patchouli and Citronella Natural Insect Repellents by Aroma For Health

Patchouli and Citronella Natural Insect Repellents by Aroma For Health

Aroma For Health offers Patchouli  and Citronella insect repellents. You will be surprised at how good these repellents smell! Patchouli smells great when combined with citrus scents like lemon eucalyptus and lemongrass essential oils. Patchouli is the longest lasting natural scent.

Aromatherapy is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal — The best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to protect yourself and your family from getting bitten by mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

Ways you can reduce Mosquito Breeding:

Empty standing pools of water. This includes watering cans, gutters and drains, baby pools, old tires, and anything else that can trap water long enough for a mosquito to lay eggs.
Keep water moving in ponds and fountains. Put some fish or frogs in the pond to eat up mosquito larvae.
Fill in trenches. Fill them in with gravel or dirt.
Set traps. Traps lure mosquitoes into an inescapable container, where they lay their eggs and then die when they can’t escape. If you can get several neighbors to use the traps, you get more control throughout the neighborhood. Traps are more effective than electric bug zappers, and use less energy, too.
Attract animals and other insects that eat mosquitoes. Bats, dragonflies, and birds are famous for eating millions of mosquitos. Put up bat and bird houses to provide more nesting areas for these friendly creatures, and plant flower gardens to attract dragonflies.

Ways to Reduce Mosquito bites:

Cover up at dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are more likely to be out.

Prevent Mosquito Bites with Natural Insect Repellents, burn Citronella candles, run a fan. 
 
You can make your own natural insect repellents using Lemon Eucalyptus and other essential oils you enjoy. Ask your local healthy food store to order Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil.  Also pick up a GLASS spray bottle, put about 25 drops of Essential Oil, fill with water and shake before using.  Essential Oils are very concentrated and will eat into plastic.  Buy all your skin care and body care products in GLASS if they contain essential Oils. Remember, plants make their scents to repel bugs!

 

Menopause, Clean Cosmetics and Aromatherapy Products

by Guest Blogger, Genny LaMorgan of Aroma For Health

Clean Cosmetics are a specialty at Green Woman Store. We are passionate about simple and sustainable lifestyles.Natural skin care is part of a green lifestyle. Connecting conscious consumers with women owned businesses that deliver healthy, reliable and sustainable goods is our commitment. Our guest blogger today is Genny LaMorgan who makes some of our Natural Aromatherapy Products.

The “Art of Aromatherapy” is blending Essential Oils to reduce, treat and prevent stress, illness and symptoms. Essential Oils are the very concentrated natural compounds distilled from plants. Enhancing your well-being is sometimes the goal, but oftentimes, it is the very beneficial “side effect” of Aromatherapy products.

Aromatherapy Massage Oils blended with therapeutic Essential Oils allow these antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal concentrated compounds to be absorbed through your skn and into your bloodstream in 3 to 30 minutes. During the time you are using the Massage Oils, you are absorbing the healing vapors through your nose and your olfactory system which covers the entire top of your brain! Aromatherapy changes how we think.

Menopause requires mood enhancement as much as symptom relief. Aromatherapy products such as Sprays, Creams and Massage Oils introduce probiotic (Essential Oils do not destroy the good bacteria in your system) medicinals that treat our Menopause symptoms without the side effects of carcinogenic ingredients, toxic chemicals, and artificial hormones.

Vitex herbe, sometimes called Chaste Berry, is a hormone balancer that can be  taken as teas or capsules, and can also be absorbed through your skin when used in body care compounds. Aromatherapy’s Vitex Essential Oil cream is useful for strengthening vaginal tissue and reducing dryness which is so common as we women age. Vitex cream has also been found to help lighten the dark spots that come with hormone imbalance. 

Aroma For Health Estrogenic Face CreamWhen a hot flash hits, what is the best immediate relief? A soothing Aromatherapy Face and Body Spray! Keeping it in the refrigerator can increase the cooling effect. There are a few natural sources of Estrogen used in Aromatherapy. My favorites are Clary Sage and Fennel. These two Essential Oils add a wonderful aroma to our “over 40” Estrogenic Face Cream. Mixed with Rose Geranium to help with water retention, and lavender to calm and balance, this is an aromatic recipe for relief.

Do you take your own Massage Oil when you go to have a massage? Well, it’s always a good idea. Oftentimes massage therapists are not aware of the therapeutic benefits of Aromatherapy, and they may be missing this opportunity for optimum health. Aromatherapy Essential Oils are absorbed through your skin wthin 30 minutes directly into your bloodstream. Menopause Massage Oils introduce natural hormone balancing therapy at a safe and effective dose. When menopausal symptoms are at their worst, or when they are just beginning, having a 30-minute Aromatherapy Menopause Massage twice a week for four weeks has proven in studies to give effective relief.

A daily dose of Menopausal Creams, Sprays and Body Oils is something you can do for yourself to help bring symptom relief, and to add a great floral scent to your graceful aging process. It is always nice to smell the roses, and in this case the roses are right at your fingertips.

I am currently formulating a new Trio: Menopausal Face Spray, Vitex Cream, and Menopause Massage, Bath and Body Oil. I look forward to introducing our new Menopause Aromatherapy Products in the Fall.