Monday, 01 December 2014 01:00
By Kristie Snyder,
Ithaca has become the kind of town where you can put an entirely local meal on the table with ease, year-round. For those who wish to extend their locavore lifestyle beyond the kitchen, and share its bounty with others, GreenStar offers a great collection of local gift items. Whether you're looking for gifts as part of a Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holiday celebration or simply to show appreciation for the host of that terrific party you just got invited to, we have an abundance of offerings that keep your dollars in the local community.
Though you can find local treasures in almost every aisle, our Wellness Department anchors the gift selection at the West-End store. Along with the fantastic array of Fair Trade gifts from around the world (profiled in this month's Gift Guide insert), local mainstays such as cards, pottery, soap, and candles abound.
For the bodycare lovers on your gift-giving list, look for soaps from Avital's Apiaries, 17th Century Suds' new Ithaca Soap line, Aromatic Traditions (based in Elmira), and Syracuse Soapworks. Soap is something everyone can use, but for bodycare that goes beyond simply getting clean, Avital's offers bath fizzies, winter balms (especially welcome for those who suffer from the dreaded winter dry-skin itchies), and even a men's wet-shaving set, packed with everything a guy needs for an old-fashioned shave, including a hand-made shaving mug.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00
By Ken Zeserson
Understanding Quantum-Touch is like trying to grab a handful of water. You dip your hand in; you feel the water; you grasp the water; when you pick it up to look at it you don't see anything — but your hand is wet. Quantum-Touch officially came into being through the work of Richard Gordon, who studied an intuitive healer, Bob Rasmussen, for 22 years. He observed how Bob achieved results, carefully documenting what he saw. In 1999, he published "Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal." As he puts it in the introduction: "Employing only a very light touch ... you can profoundly accelerate the body's own healing response. The effect is so immediate and extraordinary, you can actually see bones in the body spontaneously realigning themselves with only a light touch."
As strange as this seems, Amanda York, a local Quantum-Touch practitioner, has witnessed the phenomenon many times during her years of practice. "The technique uses the biological phenomenon of entrainment," she says, "which refers to organisms synchronizing to an external stimulus. Fireflies' flashing is one example. Even the pendulums of grandfather clocks will synchronize in just a few days, if sharing a common wall. As the practitioner raises his or her level of chi, the client's body responds by raising its level, which allows for faster healing." Chi, or prana (in Yoga practice), is commonly known in most of the world as "life force energy," or that which precedes physical manifestation. In the West, as author Richard Gordon has wryly noted, we call it "woo-woo."
Sunday, 02 November 2014 02:25
By Ammitai Worob
According to the census bureau, the largest growing age demographic in the US and worldwide are centenarians — folks living past 100 years old. Do you think you'll live past 100?
Would you want to live that long? If you're like most people, the answer doesn't have much to do with chronological age, but on how you would be able to function, physically, mentally, and socially. If we're likely to live a long time and we want to make sure we're healthy to enjoy those years, how do we do it?
First, let's ask: "How do we know if we're healthy?" Most people's answer would be simple — they'd say that if they feel healthy, they are healthy. But what about the tens of thousands of people walking around with breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, and so on? They probably don't have any symptoms, but clearly they aren't healthy. So we get mammograms, prostate exams, colorectal exams, blood labs, and more. With these early detection measures we should have terrific health outcomes, right?
It's not news to most of us that despite exponentially outspending any other country when it comes to "health care," here in the US we are literally crippled by our poor health. Unsustainable cost aside (and this is obviously a major issue, but beyond the scope of this short article), we continue to see rising numbers in almost every lifestyle-related chronic disease: diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, several types of mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease.
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|Cold Outside? Bask in Bubbles!|
Fight the winter chill with a long, hot bath — we've got all kinds of great things to put in it: bubbles, salts, and oils.
Time to pamper yourself after a busy December! Why not spend this coldest of months soaking your cares away in a hot bathtub? New to our shelves this winter is Deep Steep, featuring both affordable and luxurious bubble bath. Pour a couple of capfuls into a tub and get ready to bask in bubbles! You may want to try more than one of the available scents: Passionfruit-Guava, Lavender-Chamomile, and Grapefruit-Bergamot. Are you aware that we've got a great little bulk section for body care? Bring your own container (or use one of ours) and scoop some espsom salts or Dead Sea salts for a detoxifying soak, or fill up a container of almond, jojoba, or Haitian black castor oil, to add some much-needed moisture to your skin during harsh winter conditions. Bring kindness into this cold, dark time of year by adding a bit of luxury to your routine self-care.
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Many of us have accepted for years that pollution of all sorts was a problem wreaking havoc on our internal and external environments. We have watched many things get worse. If you were like me, though I tried to be conscious, I also had blinders on to exactly how bad things had gotten. I preferred to maintain a certain comfort level, and to keep that feeling of being overwhelmed at bay.