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Herbal Delights Refresh and Relax

herbunch.jpgFor a breath of fresh air, try herbs around your home instead of so-called air fresheners. The fragrance from herbs affects the nerves in our nose to trigger various parts of our brain — affecting emotion, intuition and creativity. For a dose of relaxation — add thyme, lavender or chamomile to warm water and watch your mind float from your body. As their natural oils are released, so are your tensions.

Here’s how to make your own Herbal Room Spray
1. Place 2 large handfuls of fresh lavender in a saucepan, add 2 or 3 cups water, cover and bring to boil.
2. Lower heat, simmer for 15 minutes. Then turn off the heat.
3. Let cool and then strain the liquid to remove the impurities.
4. Pour the clear liquid into a spray bottle and add a sprig of lavender.
You could also try this with 2 large handfuls of fresh sage.

Now kiss those synthetic “air fresheners” goodbye, and enjoy the fresh sensation!

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Saturday, January 6, 2007

Same Organic Products, Just Cheaper

coupons.jpgIn my ever-challenging quest in NYC to re-everything: recycle, re-use, re-charge, … figured why not reduce my costs…to reap another kind of green reward.

Found a wonderful new site offering off-line and online coupons for organic products, like Stonyfield Yogurt, Organic Valley, Seventh Generation, The Healing Garden, Kiss My Face and lots more. It all adds up. visit

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Dry Cleaning – Think Twice

dry_clean.jpgI haven’t been to the dry cleaners in years. That “after-smell” on my clothes was so nauseating that I switched to a wardrobe that could be cleaned more simply. According to Greener Choices, over 80% of dry cleaners use perchloroethylene, or perc, a solvent which is associated with environmental and health risks. Perc has been classified by the EPA as both a hazardous air and water pollutant. It can potentially contaminate surface water, groundwater and drinking water, and it’s known to be toxic to plants and aquatic animals. To learn more about this polluter, and dry cleaning alternatives, visit Consumer Reports Greener Choices — click here.

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Clothes that Just Won’t Quit

on_on.jpgWith its unique take on fashion, Montreal-based On & On is creating one-of-a-kind, recycled, ready to wear, one stitch at a time. Established in 2002, this innovative and eco conscious fashion design company creates well-cut, hip clothes from recycled materials, just for you.

On and On also welcomes certain clothing that you may no longer want or need, giving them raw materials for more fashion-forward pieces. For specs on this contemporary fashion house, visit On & On.

If you’d like to make a clothing donation, go to their site and click Give Clothes, and feel good about re-newing the life of your worthy threads. Having just returned from spending Christmas in Montreal, a first-ever visit to that sweet city, I look forward to my next. c’est bon.

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Cleaning Up My Act

In an effort to be environmentally conscious, I’ve spent some time this morning cleaning up my desk. Ok, it took more time than I care to admit, but here’s the thing…I uncovered a little mantra that I’d been saving for awhile. And digging a little further, I found another. There must be a message in the mess, no? So here they are:

Go for long walks,
Indulge in hot baths,
Question your assumptions,
Be kind to yourself,
Live for the moment,
Loosen up, scream,
Curse the world,
Count your blessings,
Just let go,
Just be. — from a novel by Carol Shields, a wonderful writer who passed too young

Live with intention.
Listen hard.
Walk to the edge.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
— from Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

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