Go green—for the environment, for the holidays, for your health.
You hear a lot about the Green Movement these days, and you see products that are labeled “green,” and that’s supposed to be a good thing, but what does it all really mean? Yes, the Green Movement is the support of environmentally friendly products, but it is far more than that. In the United States, the Green Party actually came up with “Ten Key Values of the Green Committees of Correspondence” (1989) and lists these values and explains the goals and ideas of each value in greater detail. These 10 values are: Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Nonviolence, Decentralization, Community Based Economics, Feminism, Respect for Diversity, Global Responsibility, and Sustainability. Looking at the list, you can easily see why people involved in natural health would want to be involved in the Green Movement. For example, in natural health, we rely on the earth to provide us with natural remedies, like herbs and nutritious foods, so ecological wisdom, global responsibility, and sustainability alone are pretty important.
Also, one of our biggest passions in natural health is educating others. Therefore, we will always try to share with you information that will make your life greener. (It’s such a good color, don’t you think?)
Here are some little things that you can do to make an impact on our environment and your health. -Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use, especially cell phones; the waves affect your nervous system in profound ways. -Walk or car pool when possible; we could all use the exercise. -Use glass or stainless steel re-usable water bottle; plastic bottles have false estrogen and other hormone disruptors. -Buy locally grown and produced products; they generally are healthier and help the local economy. -Reduce waste. This includes many things: make your own snacks instead of buying prepackaged, individually wrapped snacks. Take your own re-useable bags to the grocery store. Use your own sandwich boxes and containers instead of using sandwich bags. Most of them contain BPA, and this is very hard on weight balance and energy! -Open your curtains and enjoy natural light as much as possible; sunlight improves our attitude. -Before buying anything new, check Good Will or Craigslist or other places. -Make your own household cleaners with healthy ingredients. -Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.
There are lots of things that you can do to help the environment, your health, and everyone on this planet. Start with one or two things today, and watch the green grow!