May
26

Holistic Week — Makes Perfect Scents: DIY Aromatherapy

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Want a practical way to ease your pain and make your house smell nice, too? Here is a smart idea: DIY Aromatherapy. For centuries, people have been using plants and herbs, including essential oils, for mental and physical well-being. Today, we are going to show you how to make aromatherapy oil and turn it into a sachet. You can place these uplifting scent-filled bags around your house in a bowl, in your sock drawer, or just keep on-hand to sniff your cares away.’

Aromatherapy Oil

  • 1 clean, empty jam jar

  • 1 cup plants or herbs (try rose, lavender, rosemary but avoid these hazardous plants)

  • 1 cup organic almond oil

Clean your jam jar by washing and boiling in a pot for 5 minutes. Remove with tongs and set aside.

Stuff with plants and herbs of your choosing and add almond oil. Seal with the lid and place in a warm, sunny place like by a window or outside.

After a few days, remove the plants and herbs and discard. Pour oil in a new, clean jar and store in a cool place.

Aromatherapy Sachet

  • Homemade essential oil

  • Organic cotton balls

  • Lightweight scrap fabric from an old t-shirt or other clothing

  • Ribbon

Place a few drops of essential oil on the organic cotton balls. Put in the center of your scrap fabric and fold up the corners to make a pouch. Tie with ribbon.

If you want more of a pillow-like sachet, reverse two pieces of square fabric so the outsides are facing in. Sew the outside edges leaving one inch open. Turn right side out and stuff in the essential oil cotton balls. Hand-sew the last inch and decorate with ribbon. These make a great gift!

Greenista Cocktail Factoid: Aromatherapy can be used to combat certain ailments like aches, pains, and stress. By using essential oils to treat your problem, you’re avoiding chem-filled medications that are harmful to your body and the planet.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Holistic Health Counseling and Culpeper

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May
19

Shaken Not Stirred: Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

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Sick of bonding with your chem-filled cleaners? Try Shaklee on the double (07). These non-toxic, biodegradable products have been around since the 1950s – before green was cool – and were also the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral™ certification and totally offset its CO2 emissions. They have a bleach- and ammonia-free cleaner for everything including household, kitchen, and laundry. We love their one-stop-shop Get Clean Caddy Organizer Kit ($31.65) stocked with spray bottles, a measuring scoop, cleaning cloths, and more. Plus as foodies, the Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste ($8.50) is totally up our alley. It removes stuck-on messes including burnt pots and pans like you have a Goldfinger…er, touch.

Greenista Cocktial Factoid: Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home and common bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by Shaklee

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May
12

Best in Show: Eco Dog Beds

Brianne

Wanna blue ribbon place for your pup to crash? Check out this winner: West Paw’s Organic Bumper Bed. The super soft removable organic cotton cover comes in five vibrant shades – basil, ember, gold, huckleberry, and stillwater – and you can mix and match the outside cover and inner pillow.  The plush, fluffy stuffing is made from IntelliLoft, which is made using 100% post-consumer recycled and reengineered fiber fill. That means, IntelliLoft diverts tons of plastic from the landfill and uses 8 times less energy to produce fabric than it takes to make virgin fibers.  Our pup loves to burrow in his and hide toys in the comfy crevices. Greenista gives it first place.

Greenista Cocktail Factoid: By using an organic cotton dog bed, you are keeping pesticides from entering the environment. Plus, just one small dog bed stuffed with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic keeps 9.9 plastic bottles from gunking up a landfill.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by West Paw

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    This is a clever product. It is really nice to see more companies offering safer products for our pets.

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May
05

Table Manners: DIY Velvet Ottoman

Brianne

Do you have good table manners? Of course you do, so don’t toss out that yucky coffee table from the ‘70s — turn it into a posh ottoman. We found this awesome blog called Little Green Notebook where crafter Jenny did just that. She spotted a Restoration Hardware ottoman on sale for $150 (from $1,200 … eek!), but someone bought it right out from under her. So, she put her DIY skills to work and made a stunning replica with an old Craigslist coffee table for $25 and some velvet fabric. We Greenista Girls love that she used old items that would normally end up in a landfill to make something so fantastic. How polite of her.

Check out all the steps to make your own DIY velvet ottoman.

Greenista Cocktail Factoid: Throughout the US, 17 billion (yes, billion) tons of furniture are tossed into a landfill every year. By purchasing vintage, used, or making your own DIY items, you’re helping reduce trash heap waste and give new life to a landfill-bound pieces of furniture.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by Little Green Notebook

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Apr
28

Super Luxe Organic Bedding

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Early to bed? Make yourself healthy and wise by sleeping on Pottery Barn’s Organic Bedding. This collection of duvets, sheets, quilts, and shams is made from 100% organic cotton and cotton sateen that is certified to have grown without chems, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides. Don’t expect dull, crunchy fabrics, the bedding has a 200-350 thread count and comes in beautiful, bold colors.

We’ve got our eye on the handmade Scalloped Organic Patchwork Quilt & Sham ($250/queen) with a mismatch of fabrics in complementing yellows, blues, greens, and oranges. All the collections are inspired by nature like flowers, leaves, and seashells. If you want something a little more masculine, try the Sausalito Stripe Organic Duvet Cover & Sham ($99/queen) in light blue, taupe, and brown. The organic bedding’s so comfy you’ll have trouble rising early. That’s ok, we give you permission to sleep in.

Greenista Cocktail Factoid: Cotton is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world, accounting for 25% of all pesticide use. These chemicals are taking a toll on our environment and human health as a whole. Every T-shirt made of conventional cotton requires 1/4 pound of harmful chemicals – imagine how many pounds is requires to make a duvet.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by Pottery Barn

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