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Fire Cider Recipe: Holistic Immune Booster

fire cider recipe

By: Ariana Palmieri

If there's one thing no one likes, it's being sick. Colds and flus suck, but what if I told you an herbal tonic could help prevent them? Introducing fire cider: A powerful holistic immune booster. With autumn here, and winter right around the corner, it's so important to stay on top of your health. This tonic will help you do exactly that: It's designed to produce natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory activity in the body. It also increases blood circulation and lymph flow in all parts of the body, and contains natural antioxidants. How amazing is that? But what exactly is fire cider? Essentially, it's the perfect blend of hot, spicy, pungent, and sweet flavors steeped in apple cider vinegar. There are many variations to this tonic, but the original (created by Rosemary Gladstar, a master herbalist, in the early 1980s), calls for garlic, onions, horseradish, ginger root, hot peppers, sometimes turmeric, and often echinacea. 

Why You Should Avoid Face Paint This Halloween

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By: Ariana Palmieri

With Halloween fast approaching, you can expect to see a lot of people wearing face paint. Stores like Party City, CVS, and even supermarkets are selling it like crazy. There's only one problem: Face paint is loaded with toxins, especially face paint meant for children. I don't mean to scare you, but according to a 2009 study conducted by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, lead, nickel, cobalt and chromium were found in most children's face paint. To make matters worse, these products were still labeled "hypoallergenic" and "FDA compliant", despite containing these known toxins and allergens. Isn't that ridiculous? Well it gets even more terrible: Those findings were again reconfirmed in 2014 when the FDA themselves tested 10 face paints for heavy metals and detected lead in all 10 samples (along with other hazardous metals). There's no safe level of exposure to lead, so it's not exactly a comforting find.

How to Shop Zero Waste at the Farmers Market

zero waste farmers market

By: Ariana Palmieri

It's 11 a.m. on a Saturday and it feels like everyone is at the farmers market today. I walk up to the compost bin with my mom and dump our food scraps from this week into it. The food scraps stink, but they'll become beautiful, fertile compost in no time, thanks to John (who manages the compost pails at my market). After a quick chat with him (probably about the native plants), me and my mom head over to the booths. There's so much produce and it changes with the passing seasons. I get my cloth produce bags ready and put some apples in one of them. I pay for them after they're weighed, no questions asked. Then, I put the produce bag in my reusable tote bag and move on to the next booth with my mom. We pretty much repeat the same process: Food goes into cloth bag, it gets weighed, we pay for it, we put it in the tote bag. This is how we shop zero waste at the farmers market every week. 

How to Create an Eco Garden

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By: Ariana Palmieri

Have you ever heard of the term eco garden? An eco garden is both a mix of nature and garden. Most conventional gardens contain invasive species and pests are killed using harmful pesticides. Not an eco garden: It's designed to operate like a mini ecosystem in and of itself, with a little human help along the way. Most eco gardens contain native species, organic pesticides, and natural predators (animals that eat pests - lady bugs, birds, etc.). They are safe havens for wildlife and help reduce your environmental footprint.