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Treating Allergies with Herbal Supplements

Treating Lice

If you have school aged children, you have probably heard and possibly been exposed to head lice.  Lice are a very common problem, especially for kids. They're contagious, annoying, and sometimes tough to get rid of.  Contrary to popular belief, anyone can get head lice, no matter how clean you are.  It's best to treat head lice quickly once they're found because they can spread easily from person to person.

Children, especially girls, have a habit of sharing combs, brushes, hair ribbons, headbands and hats.  This is the easiest way to pass lice from child to child.  Though you may remind your child not to share their hair accessories, it’s still possible that they will.  A new, brightly colored headband can be too much to resist trying on.

If you suspect your child has lice you should look for lice eggs.  These look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch.  Lice lay nits on hair shafts close to the scalp, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch.  Nits look sort of like dandruff, only they can't be removed by brushing or shaking them off.

When you need lice removal products, look for all natural, non-irritating products for a safer, non-toxic, available at Susan’s Green Marketplace. 

To help prevent re-infestation, wash all bed linens and clothing that's been recently worn by anyone in your home who's infested in very hot water then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer for at least 20 minutes.  Dry-clean anything that can't be washed. Or put them in airtight bags for at least 3 days.  Vacuum carpets and any upholstered furniture, then throw away the vacuum cleaner bag.  Soak hair-care items like combs, barrettes, hair ties or bands, headbands, and brushes in rubbing alcohol or medicated shampoo for 1 hour. 

By Susan Taylor | | Children, Health | Read more

Good Eco-Friendly Choices You Can Make

Go Organic

If you were to only pick one single change to make in your life, the most important one would be to go organic.. Whether you begin buying your food from a local farmers market, local organic grocery store, or you are using a delivery service, choosing organic food will limit pesticide residue absorbed through your food. It gives you a really good feeling to be buying locally, too...keeping the money in your own community.

Choosing Your Cosmetics

And when it comes to your own personal care products, you can make sure that you only purchase and use authentically organic beauty products. By buying certified organic beauty products, you will know that the majority of the ingredients have been farmed without synthetic pesticides and chemicals and thus limits the residue that our bodies may absorb, since your skin absorbs whatever you place on it. You’ll also feel a sense of pride in knowing that you’re taking great care of the planet! There have been studies conducted that have shown how organically farmed produce can have up to a 30% higher antioxidant level than food and cosmetics containing ingredients that are farmed conventionally. This means you’ll be feeding greater nutrients to your body and skin!

Stop Buying Synthetic Fragrances

Switching from synthetically produced perfumes and scents to a quality aroma from organic and natural essential oils is another good way to direct your life toward achieving a small but beneficial eco-friendly change. Synthetic fragrance, either listed as one ingredient in a cream or other cosmetic product, or as a stand-alone fragrance or perfume can contain hundreds of harmful chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruption has been determined to increase the risk of certain cancers.

Switch To Stainless

Get rid of all your plastic water bottles, and invest in a great water filter. Get yourself a stainless steel container to fill and take with you when you leave the house. Reserve your purchases of plastic water bottles for when you are out and about, but when you’re around the house…go with home-filtered water.
By Susan Taylor | | Going Green | Read more

Help Your Hair Shine With These 7 Tips

It's been said many times that your hair is your crowning glory. And women are not alone in this belief. Men, too, tend to get affected with receding hairline: One look at the plethora of hair regrow products aimed at the male audience and you get the idea.

But more than just an important accessory to an overall desirable appearance, human hair serves a lot of health purposes, foremost of which is to protect the humans’ thick neo-cortex in the brain (where higher thought processes are carried out) from extremes of cold and heat. Not as crucial but also important, the condition of your hair tells the status of your health. (Brittle hair, for example, could signal protein deficiency.)

Whether for bodily ornamentation or for health reasons, we need to keep our hair in excellent condition. Bad hair days may not be as serious as it looks, but for some, having, or lacking, thick gorgeous hair could mean landing a dream job in modelling or being the butt of jokes. So here are some easy things you can do to keep your hair the crowning glory that it is.

Eat Sufficient Proteins

Your hair is made up of keratin, a family of protein that's also found in your nails and skin. Inadequate intake could lead to brittle hair that no amount of hair products could improve. If you live an active lifestyle, eat plenty. If you are vegetarian, look for suitable substitutes in quinoa, nuts, soy, chickpeas and leafy greens.

Supplement With Iron

Iron is important to the health of your hair in not-so-obvious ways. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein, so if you do not replenish your body's store of iron (especially if you are of menstruating age), your body will have difficulty carrying oxygen to your follicles, and your hair will start to die out.

Invest In Organic/Chemical-Free Hair Products

A lot of hair care products today contain an array of ingredients like parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, and strings of acronyms like SLA (sodium lauryl) that cleanses hair but leaves them dry and prone to damage. Instead, opt for products that gently clean and nourish your hair from the roots without leaving undesirable residue in your hair and in the environment.

Follow Manufacturer's Advice

If the label says leave on the conditioner for five minutes, do not leave it on longer thinking that it will be more effective.

Modify Your Hair Care And Styling Habits

Do not weave your hair too tight, or put it under thermal stress (like flat ironing it when wet) more than once a week. Blow dry hair in low setting, and keep the blower at least 8 inches away from the hair.

Let Your Hair Down

Literally. Braiding your hair too tight, for example, creates tension on the scalp which in turn may cause alopecia or baldness. Your risk of alopecia also increases if your diet lacks protein and iron, as your hair follicles might not be strong enough to withstand the constant pressure on the scalp.

Get Enough Sleep

You may not easily make a connection between lack of sleep and dry hair, but if you think in terms of sleep as the time for the body to produce sebum, which in turn moisturizes your skin and scalp, then you would better understand why you tend to have a bad hair day after a tough time tossing and turning in bed. The more restorative your sleep, the better for your skin and scalp, and overall physical and mental health.


By Susan Taylor | | Beauty | Read more

Aromatherapy: Research on Treating Anxiety

For an estimated 40 million US adults, feelings of anxiety may occur even when there's no real threat, causing unnecessary stress and emotional pain.

Unfortunately, most people who suffer with anxiety either do nothing or resort to pharmaceutical drugs – many of which are ineffective and capable of destroying your health and sanity further. Commonly prescribed drugs include benzodiazepine drugs like Ativan, Xanax, and Valium.

Many of these anti-anxiety drugs exert a calming effect by boosting the action of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the same way as opioids (heroin) and cannabinoids (cannabis) do. This in turn activates the gratification hormone, dopamine, in your brain. Since the identical brain "reward pathways" are used by both types of drugs, they can be equally addictive and also may cause side effects like memory loss, hip fractures, impaired thinking, and dizziness. Ironically, the symptoms of withdrawal from many of these anxiety medications include extreme states of anxiety – some of which are far worse than the original symptoms that justified treatment in the first place. Clearly a safe, natural alternative for treating anxiety is needed, and aromatherapy may be one such option worth trying. Research shows:

  • A systematic review of 16 randomized controlled trials examining the anxiolytic (anxiety-inhibiting) effects of aromatherapy among people with anxiety symptoms showed that most of the studies indicated positive effects to quell anxiety (and no adverse events were reported)
  • People exposed to bergamot essential oil aromatherapy prior to surgery had a greater reduction in pre-operative anxiety than those in control groups.
  • Sweet orange oil has been found to have anxiety-inhibiting effects in humans, supporting its common use as a tranquilizer by aromatherapists.
  • Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduced anxiety and improved mood in patients waiting for dental treatment.
  • Compared to the controls, women who were exposed to orange odor in a dental office had a lower level of anxiety, a more positive mood, and a higher level of calmness. Researchers concluded, "exposure to ambient odor of orange has a relaxant effect."

Scientific evidence and clinical experiments have shown the efficacy of aromatherapy in relieving anxiety and at Susan’s Green Marketplace we have the products to assist you in establishing an effective aromatherapy routine with the best essential oils available at affordable prices. Take the time to browse our excellent selection of aromatherapy essential oils to empower yourself to putting an end to anxiety.

By Susan Taylor | | Health | Read more

Some Reasons To Light Up, Organically

Many of us enjoy good candlelight every so often. Whether it's setting ambiance for a romantic dinner, a wedding, a holiday church service, or simply some light during a power outage, a candle that is the right size has been an effective source of light for humans going back centuries, if not millennia.

There are so many millions of mass-produced candles in the marketplace, many of them created in various ways to either give off the best smells, be cheapest to produce or have natural ingredients so they are more environmentally friendly.

Whatever the motivation, chances are consumers will have lots of choices and will likely find the right choice for them. All-natural, or organic candles, have been around for a very long time but have become an "alternative" candle option compared to the mass-produced candles in the market. If you are looking for another option, check out some of these reasons for considering an organic candle:

Natural wax. Many mass-produced candles made from paraffin have very little wax in them. Organic candles, such as those made from soy or beeswax, are usually made with 100-percent natural wax. All-natural has nice benefits, including not having chemicals that have been linked to health troubles.

Soot deficiency. Virtually all organic candles, because they are all-natural, do not leave soot behind, which is great for your home in terms of dust, particulates, and staining or marking your furniture.

Air quality. Most wicks in organic candles are free of lead, and the all-natural wax does not give off chemicals that are toxic, plus the scented candles hold their fragrance longer.

Earth friendly. Since organic candles are all-natural, they are biodegradable and don't have any toxic chemicals or products in them that could affect groundwater or soil.

Simple cleaning. Since organic candles don't give off soot, there isn't a black mess left behind, so cleanup is a snap. A little soap and water is all it takes!

By Susan Taylor | | Going Green, Home | Read more

The Pros (and yes, the Cons) of Eating Organic

Of course we are huge fans of going organic in virtually all areas of your life, including the foods you eat. However, we also know that going organic is a choice that is not taken lightly by some people, and we admit that this is not for everyone. There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the word "organic" on many foods in your grocery store's produce section, but allow us to take a couple minutes to give you a fair assessment of going organic. 
While we believe in organic living, we're not afraid to admit that, like most things, there are pros and cons to it and every family needs to evaluate  their wants and needs according to these pros and cons and make the best decision for them. 

We'll start with the "cons" of going organic:
  • Organic food is usually more expensive - as much as 50 percent pricier than non-organic foods.
  • Organic food tends to spoil quicker than non-organic.
  • Organic food does not necessarily mean chemical-free; organic food just has tighter restrictions on allowable chemicals.
  • A couple studies in Europe have shown no real advantage in nutritional or health benefits in eating organic vs. non-organic foods.
And now, the positives about going organic:
  • Organic farming is claimed to be better for the environment; this type of farming tends to show a wider range of plants and animals on the farms.
  • Hydrogenated fat has been linked to heart disease - processed organic foods do not have this fat, while non-organics do.
  • Animals on organic farms are fed a natural diet and are able to live in more free-range conditions than those on non-organic farms.
  • Organics have less chemical residue than non-organic foods.
Now that you know the most basic positives and negatives, we trust that you will make the best decision for you and your family. Being organic is a lifestyle choice, and we don't want you being caught up in the hype, but instead make a reasoned and informed decision about this kind of living.
By Susan Taylor | | Going Green, Health | Read more

The Most Important Vitamin Supplements

Your body needs certain vitamins to help it function properly. These vitamins and minerals are absolutely essential, and if you don’t get enough from your diet or other sources you may need to take a supplement.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a group of important compounds that includes beta carotene. This is used in the eyes to absorb light, and in the rest of the body to help cells regenerate. Vitamin A can be found in carrots and many dairy products, but supplements can also protect against vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B helps cells convert food into energy and is an important component of the neurotransmitters in your brain. Vitamin B can be found in wheat, eggs, and beef. If you have allergies or are vegetarian, you might want to take a supplement to ensure you’re getting enough.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is one of the most famous vitamins. It helps heal wounds and keeps the immune system functioning correctly. This vitamin can be found in citrus fruits and many vegetables, but unfortunately many people still suffer from vitamin C deficiencies. Vitamin C is the most commonly taken nutritional supplement.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body absorb nutrients from the food you eat. Unlike all other vitamins, your body can produce it naturally—your skin synthesizes vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. However, people who live in rainy climates or spend a lot of time indoors may have to take a supplement to help them get the necessary amount.


Finally, calcium is used to construct your bones and teeth. Although dairy products are the best-known source of calcium; it can also be found in leafy greens such as spinach. Because calcium is so important, supplements are very popular.

All if these vitamins come in supplement form, and there are special men’s vitamins, women’s vitamins, and multivitamins. It’s possible to get all the nutrients and minerals you need from the food you eat, but many people don’t. A few vitamin supplements can really improve your health.

By Susan Taylor | | Health | Read more

Organic Products: The Perfect Way to Purify a Facial Routine

The body, in the early stages of life, is programmed to maintain healthy, clear, and soft skin. As the body begins to age, the program deteriorates and it becomes harder to keep up that healthy complexion. Nothing works as well as using natural methods to prevent the loosening and sagging of the skin. These techniques include activities as simple as getting enough sleeping, eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water, exercising, and relaxing to relieve stress. But this is merely the foundation for maintaining radiant skin. The importance of using pure, organic facial care products cannot be understated.

Synthetic vs. Natural Substances

The regulations for skin care products are surprisingly lax. People spend a lot of time looking over the ingredients of the food they eat, but often do not do the same for products such as cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. Skincare products with harmful substances are frequently allowed to sit on store shelves, waiting to be sold to the masses. Many of these products contain substances that the skin can easily absorb but that the body cannot flush out of its system. Organic products tend to do away with synthetic toxins and instead implement natural ingredients that do not harm the body.

Natural Skin Processes

It makes sense that natural ingredients are the best way to maintain the skin’s natural processes. Hormones and antioxidants need to be kept in balance, as well as the natural acid mantel in order to achieve the perfect amount of natural oil to moisturize the skin. Besides keeping these components balanced, one of the most important procedures is skin renewal through the constant shedding of skin cells so new, vibrant skin is always replenished. While nonorganic skincare products can be too harsh on skin and cause some of these processes to get out of whack, organic facial products are gentle and aid the skin’s natural ability to keep up good health.

Organic facial products, such as cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, help rather than harm natural skin processes. Use of organic skincare can help the skin become the way it was meant to be: vibrant and healthy.

By Susan Taylor | | Going Green, Health | Read more


Arnica has been used for many years as a plant-based pain reliever and is touted as a natural remedy to help relieve the pain of arthritis and sports injuries. Anecdotal evidence indicates that it is helpful in reducing bruising while serving to greatly reduce healing time. However, arnica has some powerful side effects, so make sure you discuss Arnica with your healthcare provider before you begin using it.


Arnica, also known as leopard's bane, wolfsbane and European arnica. It is a perennial flowering plant that looks similar to a daisy. It has bright yellow flowers and is found in Europe, southern Russia and in woody areas of North America. Arnica grows as far north as Alaska. It has been used as a herbal healing remedy for many years.


It is believed that Arnica helps increase circulation and helps reduce both pain and swelling from minor injuries. You can apply it to your skin, add it to water for external use or use it internally. Arnica is a natural anti inflammatory readily available without prescription from health food and organic products retailers as well as on the Internet. It is available in convenient forms including liquid, lotion, cream, gel and ointment.


When Arnica is applied to your skin, it is said to be beneficial to reduce the inflammation and pain that muscle spasm and strains can produce. It is also believed to be able to regenerate tissue and is used for treatment of injuries. Arnica is used to promote wound healing and reduce the symptoms of rheumatic pain, and swelling due to fractures and insect bites. You can dilute it in water and use it as a mouthwash or gargle for sore throat and gum infections, as a rinse for hair loss or as a soothing foot bath. In homeopathy it is used following an accident or shock and is believed to be beneficial in treatment of illness of the circulatory system. The ointment is also used to treat and prevent phlebitis.

As with any herbal remedy, it is essential to contact your healthcare provider prior to using arnica. She can determine whether it is safe for you.

By Susan Taylor | | Health | Read more
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