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Category Archives: Health and Safety
Sage – a plant for Salvation
Lamiaceae, or the Mint family, contains the majority of the species we usually consider culinary plants, and include in our kitchen gardens. An older name for this group was ‘Labiatae’ which referred to how its petals were usually fused together … Continue reading
Posted in Cool plants, Food and Drink Recipes, Health and Safety Tagged edible, flowers, folklore, Four Thieves Vinegar, life elixir, Plants, recipe, Sage, Saint Germain, Salvia, soup 9 Comments
Kombucha – the “immortal life elixir” of ancient China, and so easy to make yourself!
In a culture as full of toxins, harmful chemicals, pollution and bad habits as ours, there probably is no such thing as a cure-all silver bullet to ensure optimal health. But, I think KristenM from the Food renegade blog nails … Continue reading
Posted in Food and Drink Recipes, Green Living, Health and Safety Tagged drink, easy, fermented tea, health, healty, Kombucha, make your own, recipe, SCOBY 3 Comments
Rainbow Salad and Pâté – sure to please my mitochondria!
They say if you want to stay healthy, you should eat something of each color, every day. A TED talk I saw a few weeks ago reinforced that statement. It’s a fascinating testimony by a physician who cured her own … Continue reading
Posted in Food and Drink Recipes, Green Living, Health and Safety Tagged apple, beets, brain health, cauliflower, kale, liver pâté, mitochondria, onion, salad recipe, vegetables Leave a comment
Pumpkin Parmesan Soup
– or PP soup as my juvenile delinquents like to call it. Aside from being chockfull of fiber, and brimming with immune-boosting vitamin A, the best thing about pumpkins is that they are fairly non-descript in flavor and take very … Continue reading
Posted in Food and Drink Recipes, Green Living, Health and Safety Tagged easy, harvest, nutritioun, parmesan, pumpkin, recipe, soup 2 Comments
Killer Kale Salad!
I love when a trip to the grocery store teaches me something new. The other day I ventured in to Whole Foods (or Whole Paycheck as we also like to call it), and came upon a poster with interesting information … Continue reading
Posted in Food and Drink Recipes, Health and Safety Tagged ANDI index, food, healty, kale, nutrition, parmesan, pine nuts, raisins, salad recipe 4 Comments
The Living Building Challenge is kicking my butt!!!
Imagine that you are cooking dinner, but you are restricted to only using ingredients sourced from within a geographical radius of 500 kilometers. That’s a tad over 310 US miles. This would mean that if you use salt, you would … Continue reading
Posted in Creative pursuits, Environment, Green Living, Health and Safety, On Building, On Design Tagged Beauty, efficiency, Energy, Equity, habitat, health, Living Building Challenge, Materials, non-toxic, plumbing, red list, sharing, site, Water 4 Comments
The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen
I just started reading the classic “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. The book was first published in 1962, and became the spark that ignited the entire Green Movement. As a result of the newly awakened debate, a toxin known as … Continue reading
Posted in Green Living, Health and Safety Tagged environment, EPA, FDA, food, health, pesticides, USDA 1 Comment
Make your gray water cleaner!
Came across this great tip from the editors at MAKE magazine – an all-acrylic little doily you can easily make yourself, that will make your dishes, bathtubs, and cars clean without the use of synthetic soaps. The super-fine filaments making … Continue reading
Posted in Creative pursuits, Environment, Green Living, Health and Safety Tagged cleaning, environment, gray water, non-toxic, soap, water quality 2 Comments
Protect yer Noggin!
2011’s first day of ski patrolling brought an experience everybody dreads, but most of us patrollers never get to experience – I skied upon an unconscious person laying face down in the snow. My heart skipped not once, but at … Continue reading
Posted in Health and Safety Tagged head, helmet, injuries, skiing, snow sports, snowboarding Leave a comment
Vinyl fences – yuck!
18 September 2010 Okay – here is my first real rant… For weeks, on the way to my kids school, I kept passing a highly skilled stone mason at work. Day after day, I watched him go about his work, … Continue reading
Posted in Environment, Gardening and Landscaping, Green Living, Health and Safety Tagged Building, Curb appeal, Design, fences, Health and Wellbeing, Materials, off-gassing, toxic, Vinyl 2 Comments