Help for New Year's Resolutions


Many people make resolutions at the start of the year, one of the most common of which is to lose extra weight. First, let me say that there is no miracle pill (unfortunately!), but there are some natural products that can really help.

This is a great rundown the different weight loss ingredients out there, and how they work. Everybody’s different, so reading it might help you to find the weight loss aid that’s right for you.

Another goal many people have for the new year is to live a healthier, more natural lifestyle. If that’s the case for you, be sure to read our article on whole body cleanses in this month’s newsletter. Additionally, this article on natural household cleansers (and their chemical laden counterparts) may be a helpful read.

Finally, if your resolution is to try to have a more calm and stress free 2017 (wouldn’t that be great?), here are a few articles that might help: 

Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Theanine, a Pass Favorite

Two Fantastic Natural Mood Boosters

We wish you the very best for this New Year.  Be well.

Natural Feminine Hygiene Products

With April being Earth Day, we usually think about natural household cleansers as a great way to reduce the toxins in your household.  This month, however, I wanted to write about natural feminine hygiene products, since it’s something most women don’t think about, but is something that can make a big difference in reducing the toxins in our lives and helping with overall health.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is extremely permeable to toxins- especially the vaginal area which is lined with mucous membranes that can easily absorb chemicals and pesticides.  There are no long term studies on the safety of using conventional tampons and the chemicals they contain on the human body. 

Also with conventional tampons, fiber shedding is an issue, where bits of rayon and other fibers are left in the vagina, which can cause bacterial infections or worse.  See this page for more information.  Organic tampons like those from Naturacare and Emerita do not have that issue since they are not made from rayon and other man-made materials.

It is best to choose organic, 100% cotton, chlorine free feminine products, not only for the health of the environment, but for the sake of our own bodies as well!  The average woman will use 11,000 tampons and pads in their lifetime- that’s a lot of exposure to toxins that can be easily avoided by switching to natural feminine care products.



Product Spotlight: Natural Cleansers

Since Earth Day is this month, I thought I’d write about natural cleansing products, since it’s an easy way to help the environment while going about our daily lives.  Often when people think about being healthier they look to diet and exercise, and those are two crucial areas of our health, but many people don’t realize the dangers of the toxic chemicals they’re exposing themselves to every day through conventional cleaning products.


On Earth Day, air pollution is one of the things we may think of, and ways to change that.  Unfortunately many people don’t think of the air pollution inside their own homes caused by toxic cleaning products.  According to the EPA the levels of indoor air pollution may be two to five times higher (and occasionally more than 100 times higher) than outdoor levels.  This type of air pollution is almost entirely avoidable, and switching to natural cleansers is a big part of that.

Only about 900 of the 10,000 chemicals in use today have been tested by the EPA as possible cancer causing agents.  Another problem is that conventional cleansers do not need to list their ingredients on the labels.  The chemicals in conventional cleaning products are toxic to humans, animals, and the environment.  Here’s a short list of some of the common chemicals used in cleansers (this list was taken from volunteerguide.org):


·         Phosphates, found in dishwasher and laundry detergents, cause algae bloom, which kills fish and aquatic plants, and produces chemicals that are toxic to animals and people who drink the water.


·         Trisodium nitrilotriacetate is a possible carcinogen in laundry detergents. It can disrupt the elimination of metals in wastewater treatment facilities.


·         Chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite), available alone and in detergents and other products, is toxic to fish and can bind with organic compounds in water to form organochlorines, which break down slowly in the environment and accumulate in the fatty tissues of wildlife. Chlorine is especially toxic to organisms that live in water and soil.


·         Napthas and mineral spirits, found in furniture polishes, are neurotoxins and considered hazardous waste. Mineral spirits break down very slowly and contaminate air and water.


·         Formaldehyde, an ingredient in furniture polish and various cleaning products, is a potential human carcinogen and a known cancer-causing agent in animals.


·         Phthalates, found in furniture polish, disrupt hormone function and can cause genetic defects in both animals and humans.


·         Ether-type solvents, methylene chloride, butyl cellosive, and petroleum distillates, found in oven cleaners are hazardous waste and can contaminate the air, water, and soil.


·         Sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide, in drain cleaners, can change the pH of water and cause fish kills.


Children are especially susceptible to damage from these toxins, since their brain, organs, respiratory and other systems are not fully developed.  There have even been studies showing damage to developing fetuses when pregnant women are exposed to certain chemicals.


I don’t want to sound alarmist, but rather hope this will make others consider switching to natural, earth friendly cleaning products.  I can’t encourage you enough to make the switch, for your own health and the earth’s as well.  It’s a simple change which can make a lasting difference.

Earth Friendly Product’s  Parsley Plus is one of my favorites.  It smells amazing and is great for kitchens and bathrooms or any hard surface.  You have to smell it to believe how wonderful it is, especially if you’re used to artificial, chemical based cleansers.

Citrasolv is a wonderful all purpose cleaner.  It’s concentrated, so it lasts a long time.  It’s great for removing grease and  all kinds of gunk, adhesive and stains without chemicals.  It’s definitely one to have in your cleaning arsenal.

Earth Friendly Product’s Window Kleener with Lavender is another I always have in my house.  It cleans glass (other surfaces as well) without chemicals and leaves them clean and streak free.  Plus, it doesn’t spray a bunch of chemicals into the air for you to breathe in (unlike conventional glass cleaners).

Another great reason to use natural cleaners is that kids can “help” without you having to worry about toxic chemicals.  I’d never feel comfortable giving my almost three year old a bottle of Windex to spray on the windows to help “clean”, but I feel comfortable with her using a natural window cleaner (with supervision of course) so she can help.