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Cannabis: the Ecological and Economic Imperative

Barack Obama’s website, Change.gov, opened a public forum in which 10,000 people asked questions about the future of America. The top question was not about the environment. It was not about the budget or the bailout. It was not even about the war in Iraq or terrorism. It was this: […]

Breathe Cleaner Air With These 7 Houseplants

I am marrying a man who knows how to work a houseplant. It is, as the Victorians might have termed, an extremely advantageous match. Why? Because I once kept a ficus tree in the same pot for 13 years and possess plant nurturing skills that work like a bottle of […]

Green Experts Polled: #1 Favorite Eco Beauty Product

Navigating the world of green beauty is a little like wishing we were in an episode of Mad Men. Everything looks really hip and cool, but there’s always a rancid egg martini you could accidentally ingest. False labeling is afoot, and it can be difficult to discern what’s free of […]

Greening Hospitals to Heal the Sick

Do we go to hospitals to get sick? It can seem that way. Aside from being the best place to come in contact with a full range of germs, most hospitals have been built with PVC flooring, conventional paint and other toxic products that leach carcinogens and pollutants into the […]

Top 20 Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol

The higher the test score the better, right? Not when it comes to your cholesterol. If yours is climbing over 200, it’s time to take action. But there’s a much more natural solution than popping prescription medicines. Unless you’re in the red zone, a few simple changes in diet can […]

Watch Out, Chia; Salba's on the Scene

And I thought chia seeds were the ultimate in simple, food-based nutrition. Not so. Chia has a stronger, healthier cousin named salba. Chia and salba both come from the same plant family, and salba’s got everything chia’s got, but so much more. What’s so good about this little South American […]

Are Women Becoming Vegan Just to Lose Weight?

Meat: It isn’t what’s for dinner if you want to be thinner – on and off the red carpet. Yes, a rigid diet is a great way to feel in control, and it shows up in vegetarian lifestyles just like all others. The most disciplined in our culture are Hollywood […]

Rethinking Fish Oil: 4 Facts About Your Favorite Supplement

Is fish oil really beneficial, safe and environmentally friendly? Depending upon whom you ask, fish oil is both wonder supplement and health menace. It protects against heart disease, but it can contain mercury. It’s linked to lower risk of breast cancer and diabetes, but it can be contaminated with PCBs. […]

Foodie Underground: Can Fast Food Be ‘Real’ Food?

ColumnAn interview with Burger King’s Executive Chef. The food coverage approach at EcoSalon can be summed up as: “Good food, from good places, with good people.” That can be broadly interpreted, but as the Foodie Underground columnist I get the chance to take a look at the food movement from […]

Green Hero: Sandra Steingraber

Last month, concerns about hormone-disrupting plastics leaching into food and posing very real risks, especially to children, finally reached critical mass. (And if you somehow missed the news, this excellent article from DISCOVER magazine will bring you up to speed). A few intrepid scientist-ecologists have been giving us plenty of […]

Improve Your Sex Life and Beautify Your Skin with Chocolate?

Remember the teen years, when chocolate meant sugar meant zits meant caked-on cover-up? Get ready to laugh in chocolate’s face, (and then consume it wildly like some mythical monster out of Lord of the Rings.) Now chocolate (can be) good for us! Okay, perchance not in the way of Willy […]

The Raw Almond Saga Continues

Lovers of raw almonds may soon have reason to rejoice. A few months ago we reported on the USDA’s 2007 law requiring that all California almonds be pasteurized (either by steam treatment or propylene oxide, a known carcinogen), thereby rendering them no longer truly raw. This law has led to […]

8 Ways to Survive High Heel Hell

We are anti-comfort shoe here at EcoSalon. Okay, so maybe we’re a wee bit sensitive about the Birkenstock-crunchy-hippie-girl stereotype that is burned into our corneas, often tainting our dreams with wide-splayed toes and collapsed arches. (You think?) But really, it’s because there are some killer eco-options out there for elegant […]

Striving For A (Mostly) Sugar Free Diet: Foodie Underground

ColumnReasons to consider striving for a sugar free diet. There has been an excess of apples from our local farmer lately, which means every Monday I find myself stuffing a kilo or two into my backpack. They’re small, crisp and full of flavor; what a real apple should taste like. […]

A Local Victory

During World War II, gardens were planted all over the country: in people’s front and back yards, in public parks, and on vacant lots for the purpose of supporting the war effort and raising public morale. The logic being, if people were growing their own food, more energy could be […]

Say No! 10 Tips for Healthy and Happy Ways to Set Boundaries

Do you unwittingly dish about your love troubles with your mom when her inquiring mind wants to know? Do you divulge your style sources to your BFF even though she is never a satisfied customer and will complain endlessly about the results? Do you agree to schedule dates and appointments that […]

Jiggle Your Way to Weight Loss

Jiggling, dancing, jumping up and down like a maniac to frenetic music – that’s how we started each Tantra class when I was offered free “lessons” from a couple I worked for on Maui. The whole point of vibrating your body like this was to get all your energy channels […]

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Try These 3 Low VOC Interior Paint Brands for Your Next Fall Project

The secret about the toxicity of wall paint is out, but select interior coating specialists have risen to the challenge by offering healthier paint for the home. Couple these eco-friendly low VOC interior paint brands with the fall 2015 color trends from Pantone and you’ve got a slew of stylish, bold, and […]

Herbs for Stress: Are Adaptogens the New Antidepressants?

One thing is for sure. Antidepressants abound these days. Seems doctors are prescribing them for everything from hormonal imbalance to headaches. But many people today are looking to herbal solutions as mood boosters and stress reducers. Adaptogens are herbal compounds taken to modulate stress. Not well known in the U.S. […]

How to Balance Chakras: A Beginner’s Guide

Chakras, meridians, and energy centers may once have ranked pretty high on the woo-woo scale. But today, chakras have gone mainstream, baby. All types, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Dr. Christiane Northrup, are touting the benefits of well aligned chakras. We all want to be well aligned, right? But what are chakras, […]

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Try These 3 Low VOC Interior Paint Brands for Your Next Fall Project

The secret about the toxicity of wall paint is out, but select interior coating specialists have risen to the challenge by offering healthier paint for the home. Couple these eco-friendly low VOC interior paint brands with the fall 2015 color trends from Pantone and you’ve got a slew of stylish, bold, and […]