What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection

What we are
doing to the forests
of the world is but a
mirror reflection
of what we are
doing to ourselves
and to one
another.
~ Ghandi
do it for the
KIDS!
Many people change behavior because their kids want them to. This can be
a good reason to make necessary changes in going greener. Our children
will be living in whatever we leave behind in the aftermath of our short
sited thinking. The Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy, the oldest living
democracy on earth, adhered to this philosophy. This Great Law advised us
to take care of the next seven generations and not just the current one.
At the recent Bioneers Conference at Cal Poly, I listened to words that affected me strongly: “We
are bloated with information but starved for wisdom.” Living in harmony with the Earth requires
wisdom. All indigenous cultures valued this information and passed it down thru generations. Do
we? Our society frequently focuses on our present family. We may make different decisions about
the environment and daily choices if we consider our family and descendants, generations into the
future. Solving environmental problems today will leave the planet in better shape for our children
and theirs. It’s all about legacy. So, do it for the kids!
Margaret Hennessy
Founder/Publisher
Photo by Jenny Malott
The Green Team: left to right: Gary Elem (“The Green Wizard”), Stacy Morse, Carol Dawn,
Letty Stafford, Marcie Morgan, John Karp, Margaret Hennessy, Alison Cebulla, and Eddie Rivera.
Not Shown: Brian Hosp, Judith Bernstein, and Margaret Camuso
Solstice Green Directory Mission: To provide information on environmental issues and ways to address concerns of residents on the Central Coast. To help educate consumers so that they can make better choices locally by
providing visibility of green and healthy products and services. To develop and provide business networking opportunities
to encourage relationships that will support a more sustainable community.
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Founder/Publisher
Margaret Hennessy
Graphic Designer
CONTENTS
The Solstice Green Directory
Spring 2011
John Karp
Marketing Coordinator
Stacy Morse
Advertising Sales
about the directory
Why Solstice?
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Carol Dawn, Marcie Morgan,
Letty Stafford, Judith Bernstein
and Brian Hosp
Five Habits of Happy People
20
Distribution Coordinators
Healing Herbs
22
Easy, Eco-Friendly Tips for Spring
25
Surprising Eco Uses for Coffee Grounds
26
Dealing with Daily Stress
28
Dandelions... More Than Just a Weed
30
Fighting Fat with Chili Peppers
32
Honey, is it Real?
35
Epsom Salts: Some Surprising Uses
36
10 Ways to Save Money on Fuel
38
Energy 101
40
Eddie Rivera and Margaret Camuso
Special Thanks To
Gary Elem, Jackie Turner,
Warren Dolezal, Diane Parnell,
Jack Sterling and Debbie Maggipinto
Website, Tech Support, Ad Design
Jenny Malott and Chris Maloney
Community Relations
Amanda Wood
features
New Market Development
Ferris Ferdon
Solstice Publishing, LLC
4251 South Higuera Street, Suite 800
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 473-5064
www.slosolstice.com
info@slosolstice.com
This publication is printed on
recycled paper with soy ink.
Solstice Green Directory provides an
advertising service. We cannot warrant or
guarantee any of the products or services
advertised. All feedback is most welcome
and will help us provide a better service
for you. Solstice Green Directory reserves
the right to accept or reject advertisers.
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why
Solstice?
We have been asked many times why we
chose the name Solstice for our Green
Directory. Twice each year, the Earth is at
a point in its orbit, where one hemisphere
is most inclined away from the Sun. This
causes the Sun to appear at its farthest below
the celestial equator when viewed from the far
hemisphere. It creates the longest day (summer) or
longest night (winter). The Sun appears to “stand still,”
which is the literal Latin translation of the word solstice. It can
go no further before returning to balance. It then begins its journey
back to the point of equinox (equal day and night). We are now at the point
of “solstice” for our species and all living things on Earth. We too must begin our journey
back to balance on this beautiful shimmering blue planet we call home, if we are to survive.
www.slosolstice.com
Solstice...
what’s new on our website?
Visit our web site and check out the newest features like “The Eco Spot” where you can feature
your favorite Central Coast Green Business. In 200 words or less, tell us about your favorite local
business that is doing their part in helping the area stay green! Also, browse the new blog for
up-coming local events and happenings! Plus, watch the quick-tip video podcast updated with
a new green tip every week! More features are constantly being added and Solstice appreciates
your comments and feedback. Lastly, remember to “like” Solstice on Facebook and follow our
green tweets on Twitter.
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And the
Winners Are...
Congratulations to the 2010 SLO Chamber Green
Award winners! Elemental Herbs, Sierra Vista
Regional Medical Center, Solarponics Energy
Systems INC, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden,
Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa, and Tolosa Winery.
Thanks for making the Central Coast a greener
and healthier place to live!
If it’s good for the
planet, it’s good
for the patient.
At the CHW Hospitals on the Central Coast, Arroyo Grande Community
Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Medical Center,
we recognize the interdependence between human health and our
environment; we believe in the caring stewardship of a renewable
Earth. For many years, our hospitals have been recognized nationally,
as well as at state and local levels, for leadership in ecology.
www.chwhealth.org
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ACUPUNCTURE
AROMATHERAPY
Clare B. Lowery L.Ac. • (805) 541-6772
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Herbology
Licensed over 20 years • ClareLowery.com
Jenny Dull L.Ac.
www.jennydullacupuncture.com
(805) 481-1035 Elements of Health
(805) 226-5190 Salus Integrative Medicine
Please see display ad on page 31
Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage
Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660
Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years
1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo
Please see display ad on page 44
Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205
Handcrafted products made w/ organic herbs/essential
oils for healing & relief • www.ruthsherbalremedies.com
Please see display ad on page 27
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
REC Solar • (805) 528-9705
Use the SUN to save money & go green!
Cash in on great savings with solar! www.recsolar.com
Please see display ad on page 23
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ann Marie Tommey M.D. • (805) 295-6095
Hormone balance evaluation and treatment
www.annmarietommeymd.com
Please see display ad on page 31
Jenny Dull L.Ac.
www.jennydullacupuncture.com
(805) 481-1035 Elements of Health
(805) 226-5190 Salus Integrative Medicine
Please see display ad on page 31
ASTROLOGY
SLO Astrologers • (805) 546-3420
Learn Astrology • 1st & 3rd Tues, 6:30-8:30pm
Coast National Bank Comm. Rm, 500 Marsh St. SLO
sloastrologers.blogspot.com
Please see display ad on page 16
AYURVEDA
Balanced Living Ayurveda
Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
Holly Padove • (805) 440-4561
Please see display ad on page 47
Shirodhara • Organic Herbal Oil Therapy
Deeply calms the central nervous system
ClareLowery.com • (805) 541-6772
Kohana Pharmacy & Center
for Regenerative Medicine
Diamond Way Ayurveda
(805) 542-0864 • www.kohanarx.com
181 Tank Farm Rd. Suite 120 • San Luis Obispo
Please see display ad on inside front cover
Ayurvedic Spa Services, Products & Consult.
Melanie & Robert Sachs • 805-543-9291
Please see display ad on page 46
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BATH & BODY
CABINETS & CASEWORK
JaNene Natural Body Products
Green Goods • (805) 543-9900
950 Chorro St., SLO. Ca (805) 546-0900
www.anointyourself.com • “Beautiful Naturally”
Please see display ad on page 44
Green building supplier, design consultant and
construction service • www.slogreengoods.com
Please see display ad on page 41
Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229
Natural hair & skin care for the whole family
www.OriginalSprout.com
Please see display ad on page 47
BIODIESEL FUEL
American Biodiesel Buyers Club
(805) 235-0508
A local non-profit; opening access to sustainable
biodiesel and creating biodiesel educational materials
www.ambioclub.org
BOOKKEEPING
BottomLine Bookkeeping
Affordable! Accurate! Prompt!
Diane Parnell • (805) 709-4443
Please see display ad on page 12
BOOKSTORE
QuietStar Center, SLO • (805) 783-2662
Create the life of your dreams! Body-Mind-Spirit-Earth.
Aura Photos, music, gifts, crystals, jewelry, local artists,
essential oils, didgeridoos, singing crystal bowls, books.
Resources for New Kids • QuietStar.com/Store.htm
BREWERY
CentralCoastBrewing.com • (805) 783-BREW
Local, fresh & delicious beers • 1422 Monterey St, SLO
Sustainable business practices, including bike delivery
Café
Honeymoon Café • (805) 773-5646
Espresso, coffee, pastries, food, and catering
Local & Organic when possible
999 Price St, Pismo Beach
Please see display ad on page 27
CATERING
Honeymoon Café • (805) 773-5646
Espresso, coffee, pastries, food, and catering
Local & Organic when possible
999 Price St, Pismo Beach
Please see display ad on page 27
CHIROPRACTOR
Dr. Margaret C. Carman
Intuitive and gentle chiropractic
1319 Garden St. SLO • (805) 541-5736
Please see display ad on page 8
CHOCOLATES
SweetEarthChocolates.com • (805) 782-9868
Local, handmade, organic & fair trade
1445 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo
Please see display ad on page 44
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
DreamWear.us • (805) 400-5960
Custom Apparel, Bridal Boutique, Nursery Décor,
Embroidery, Handcrafted Gifts
Alterations • Sustainable Options • Free Estimates
Please see display ad on page 19
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CHC Arroyo Grande The Doctors Office/Fair Oaks (TDO/FO)
COIN-OP LAUNDRY
Kleanerette Dry Cleaning & Laundry
(805) 925-3695
1057 Grand Ave., AG, CA 93420
(805) 270-1700
CHC Arroyo Grande - AG High School
495 Valley Road
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 481-1549
CONFECTIONS
SweetEarthChocolates.com • (805) 782-9868
Local, handmade, organic & fair trade
1445 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo
Please see display ad on page 44
CHC Atascadero
7512 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 792-1400
CHC Cambria
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
CHC of the Central Coast, Inc.
Directory
Large clean facility & machines
Open 6am-8:30pm • 7days/wk
1529 S. Broadway, Santa Maria
Please see display ad on page 41
2515 Main St., Suite B, Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-5292
CHC Guadalupe
Corp. HQ: 150 Tejas Place, Nipomo
www.chccc.org • (805) 929-3211
Please see display ad on page 9
4581 10th St, Guadalupe, CA 93434
(805) 343-5577
CHC Arroyo Grande Coastal Medical Center (CMC)
425 W. Central Ave., Suite 201 Lompoc, CA 93436
Primary Care/Pediatrics - (805) 737-1169
Dental - (805) 735-2846
CHC Lompoc
336 S. Halcyon, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Primary Care/Pediatrics
- (805) 270-1600
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COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
(CONT.)
CHC Santa Maria - SM High School
901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. CA 93454
(805) 614-9275
Directory
CHC Morro Bay
660 Harbor St., Morro Bay Blvd., CA 93442
(805) 771-8489
CHC Nipomo (NCMC)
150 Tejas Place, Nipomo, CA 93444
Primary Care - (805) 929-3211
Dental - (805) 929-3254
CHC Oceano
1981 Cienega St., Oceano, CA 93445
(805) 270-0025
CHC Paso Robles - North County Pediatrics
500 1st St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 286-3100
CHC Paso Robles - Primary Care
345 Spring Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-7250
CHC San Luis Obispo Primary Care/Pediatrics
1551 Bishop St., Suite A160, SLO, CA 93401
(805) 269-1500
CHC San Luis Obispo - Women’s Health
1551 Bishop St., Suite B-240, SLO, CA 93401
(805) 549-0402
CHC San Luis Obispo - Pharmacy Services
2180 Johnson Ave., Suite A, SLO, CA 93401
(805) 269-1300
CHC Santa Maria - Arbor Medical Group
Women’s Health/OB/GYN
1418 E. Main St, Suite 210, Santa Maria CA 93455
(805) 928-3678
CHC San MIguel
1385 Mission St., San Miguel, CA 93451
(805) 467-2344
CHC Templeton
325 Posada Lane, Templeton, CA 93465
Primary Care - (805) 542-6703
Dental - (805) 542-6702
Women’s Health - (805) 542-6701
COMPUTER CONSULTING / SERVICES
GO! Computer Services • www.go-cc.com
More Than a Tech, More Than a Tutor,
On-Site Help for Your Computer! 704-0833
Repair, Refurbish, Recycle, and More!
Please see display ad on page 46
KCBXnet • (805) 781-2580
Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Quickbooks and more.
4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.kcbx.net
COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICE
GO! Computer Services • www.go-cc.com
More Than a Tech, More Than a Tutor,
On-Site Help for Your Computer! 704-0833
Repair, Refurbish, Recycle, and More!
Please see display ad on page 46
COMPUTER TRAINING
KCBXnet • (805) 781-2580
Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Quickbooks and more.
4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.kcbx.net
CHC Santa Maria I - Primary Care
2801 Santa Maria Way, Suite A, SM, CA 93455
(805) 934-5400
CHC Santa Maria I Women’s Health/Well Pregnancy Program
2801 Santa Maria Way, Suite B, SM, CA 93455
(805) 934-5402
CHC Santa Maria II - Dental/Pediatrics
201 W. Mill Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 346-2753
CHC Santa Maria III - Primary Care
1414 Miller St, Ste 9, SM CA 93454
(805) 346-2753
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CONSIGNMENT
Act II Boutique • (805) 489-5266
405 E. Branch Street • In the Village of Arroyo Grande
Women’s clothing, accessories & more
www.act2boutique.com
DRY CLEANING
Kleanerette Dry Cleaning & Laundry
(805) 925-3695
Non-hazardous to our air, water & soil
greenearthcleaning.com
1840 N. Broadway / 1529 S. Broadway, Santa Maria
Please see display ad on page 41
EARTH CONSCIOUS VENUE
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES
Sage Eco-Gardens & Nursery
(805) 574-0777
Mia Simmons, ADV, Level 3 • (805) 528-7633
ENERGY WORK / ENERGY MEDICINE
Amethyst Healing Center
Original Sprout • (888) 805-2229
704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-1700
Please see display ad on page 29
Natural hair & skin care for the whole family
www.OriginalSprout.com
Please see display ad on page 47
B. Christine Shea Ph.D.
(805) 709-1683 • cshea.com
EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Directory
Advanced, Level 3 EFT Practitioner
Meridian tapping technique • www.miasimmons.com
Please see display ad on page 27
Sustainable gardens & gifts
Complete landscape services
1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos
sagelandscapes.net
Please see display ad on page 21
Certified Wellness Coach & Independent Retailer,
CieAura • Drug-free technology for wellness & athletic
performance
EMBROIDERY
DreamWear.us • (805) 400-5960
Custom Apparel, Bridal Boutique, Nursery Décor,
Embroidery, Handcrafted Gifts
Alterations • Sustainable Options • Free Estimates
Please see display ad on page 19
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Intuitive and gentle chiropractic
1319 Garden St. SLO • (805) 541-5736
Please see display ad on page 8
Mia Simmons, ADV, Level 3 • (805) 528-7633
Advanced, Level 3 EFT Practitioner
Meridian tapping technique • www.miasimmons.com
Please see display ad on page 27
Smart Indoor
& Outdoor furniture
handcrafted from
100% recycled
Wine Barrel Oak
To visit our showroom,
please call for appointment.
Dealer inquires are welcome.
3195 Brown Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93458
805.922.0508 • sales@ecowinefurniture.com
www.ecowinefurniture.com
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ENERGY WORK /
ENERGY MEDICINE (Cont.)
QuietStar Center, SLO (805) 783-2662
Frontier Floors • (805) 238-7878
Law of Attraction, Chakra Balancing/Clearing, Healing
Sound, Reconnective Healing™, Soul Path Alignment ™,
QuietStar.com
Recycled Flooring Options
& Sustainable Window Coverings
830 21st St. • Paso Robles
The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney
(805) 478-1223
Green Goods • (805) 543-9900
Shamanism, Energy Medicine, Medical Intuitive
405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Please see display ad on page 41
ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES
DR. MAGIC • (805) 544-7737 • drmagic.biz
Educational Fun-filled COMEDY MAGIC for All Ages!
Great Shows for Children to Seniors as
DR. MAGIC or “The GREEN WIZARD”!
Please see display ad on page 33
Teaching boys & girls about “GREEN LIVING” now!
Supporting family activities to: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!
Please see display ad on page 33
ESSENTIAL OILS
Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205
Handcrafted products made w/ organic herbs/essential
oils for healing & relief • www.ruthsherbalremedies.com
Please see display ad on page 27
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Natural Investments, LLC • (805) 235-3031
Socially Responsible & Sustainable Investment Advice
3591 Sacramento Dr., Ste. 110, SLO, CA 93401
Please see display ad on page 23
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Green building supplier, design consultant and
construction service • www.slogreengoods.com
Please see display ad on page 41
FLORIST
Fairyscape • (805) 550-9580
The “GREEN” Alternative to the Florist!
www.Fairy-Scape.com
Please see display ad on page 23
Shell Beach Floral Design • (805) 474-9710
Flowers, Gifts, Home Décor, Fine Art, Organic Roses
260 West Grand Ave., Grover Beach
shellbeachflowers.biz
“The GREEN WIZARD”
(805) 544-7737 • drmagic.biz
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FURNITURE
Eco-Wine Furniture • (805) 922-0508
3195 Brown Rd., Santa Maria CA 93458
Showroom hours by appointment only
Please see display ad on page 11
GARDEN FURNITURE
Eco-Wine Furniture • (805) 922-0508
3195 Brown Rd., Santa Maria CA 93458
Showroom hours by appointment only
Please see display ad on page 11
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GARDENING SUPPLIES
HEALTH / FITNESS
Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa
(805) 595-7600
1041 E. Grand Ave. Arroyo Grande 93420
Mon-Fri 11-7 / Sat & Sun 11-5
Please see display ad on page 37
Tropical paradise, tennis, ozone pools, classes, cafe &
catering • Conference rooms, special events
avilabayclub.com
Please see display ad on page 5
GARDEN MAINTENANCE
B. Christine Shea Ph.D.
(805) 709-1683 • cshea.com
Stein Garden Service • (805) 544-2282
“Beauty is my Watchword”
Maintenance, Design & Irrigation
Directory
Sweet Harvest Hydroponics & Organics
(805) 473-0004
Certified Wellness Coach & Independent Retailer,
CieAura • Drug-free technology for wellness & athletic
performance
GENERAL CONTRACTORS
Mary Kay Stenger, RN, CHT, PhD
Green Goods • (805) 543-9900
Green building supplier, design consultant and
construction service • www.slogreengoods.com
Please see display ad on page 41
(805) 544-9766 • Health Psychologist
www.naturalhealthybalance.com
HEALTH FOOD STORES
GREEN BUILDING RESOURCES
SunShine Health Foods/Shine Café
Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600
181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste 140, SLO
EcoBusiness with EcoProducts • www.mattclarktile.com
Please see display ad on page 37
Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe
415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873
Please see display ad on page 45
HEALTH / HEALING CENTERS
SLO Green Build • (805) 286-0072
Amethyst Healing Center
Non-profit green bldg education & support
www.slogreenbuild.org
Please see display ad on page 14
704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-1700
Please see display ad on page 29
GREEN EVENTS
James Shapiro, CMT • (805) 215-4566
Earth Day Food & Wine Festival
(805) 369-2288
Therapeutic Massage, Injury Rehab, Chronic Pain Relief
On-Site service available, or SLO office on
Southwood Dr.
Please see display ad on page 23
April 16, 2011
www.earthdayfoodandwine.com
Please see display ad on page 43
GREEN FLOORING
Matt Clark Tile & Stone • (805) 543-7600
181 Tank Farm Rd. Ste 140, SLO
EcoBusiness with EcoProducts • www.mattclarktile.com
Please see display ad on page 37
QuietStar.com
Eclectic Spiritual Community in SLO
(805) 783-2662
Sound-Light-Energy, Bowen Therapy, Aromatherapy,
Reconnective Healing™, Lomi-Lomi, Massage, Intuitive
Guidance, Angels, HigherSelf, Past Lives
HERBALISTS / HERBAL REMEDIES
HEALTH / DETOX
Annie Laurie’s Whole Body Therapy
(805) 595-6221 • www.AnnieLaurie.com
PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE with various specialties
$59 for a 6 month
Web Listing. Call today!
www.slosolstice.com
Clare B. Lowery L.Ac. • (805) 541-6772
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Herbology
Licensed over 20 years • ClareLowery.com
Ruth’s Herbal Remedies • (805) 481-9205
Handcrafted products made w/ organic herbs/essential
oils for healing & relief
www.ruthsherbalremedies.com
Please see display ad on page 27
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HOLISTIC HEALTH
Directory
Ann Marie Tommey M.D. • (805) 295-6095
Hormone balance evaluation and treatment
www.annmarietommeymd.com
Please see display ad on page 31
HOME IMPROVEMENT
LifeSource Whole House Water Systems
(805) 641-9361
Water filtration units for home & commercial.
Eco-friendly. Highest rated system in the industry.
Please see display ad on page 39
HOME LOANS
Central Coast Lending • 805.543.LOAN
Mortgage Loans: Purchase, Refinance, Cash-Out,
Energy Efficient Refis
Offices in Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, Paso Robles,
and San Luis Obispo
Email: info@centralcoastlending.com
Web: www.centralcoastlending.com
$59 for a 6 month
Web Listing. Call today!
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HORTICULTURE CONSULTING
Healing Earth Design • (805) 305-3988
www.healingearthdesign.com
Mediterranean & CA Native Plant Designs
& Horticultural Consultation
Please see display ad on page 39
HOSPITALS
Marian Medical Center • (805) 739-3000
167-bed acute care hospital serving
Central Coast residents
1400 E. Church St, Santa Maria, CA
marianmedicalcenter.org
Please see display ad on page 5
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
(805) 489-4261
65-bed acute care, medical-surgical facility
345 S. Halcyon Rd. Arroyo Grande
ArroyoGrandeHospital.org
Please see display ad on page 5
French Hospital Medical Center
(805) 543-5353
112-beds. Your Award-Winning Community Hospital
1911 Johnson Ave. San Luis Obispo
frenchmedicalcenter.org
Please see display ad on page 5
HOTELS
SeaVenture Resort and Restaurant
(805) 773-4994
A boutique resort located directly on Pismo Beach.
We also accommodates meetings, weddings, and private
dinner functions. • www.seaventure.com
Please see display ad on inside back cover
HYDROPONICS & ORGANICS
In a sustainable future
every building is a
green building.
Learn more | Join us
www.slogreenbuild.org
(805) 286-0072
info@slogreenbuild.org
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Sweet Harvest Hydroponics & Organics
(805) 473-0004
1041 E. Grand Ave. Arroyo Grande 93420
Mon-Fri 11-7 / Sat & Sun 11-5
Please see display ad on page 37
HYPNOTHERAPY
Mary Kay Stenger, RN, CHT, PhD
(805) 544-9766 • Health Psychologists
www.naturalhealthybalance.com
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INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC HEALTH
Dr. Abiola O. Oladoke • (805) 757-9802
INTERNET MEDIA
Annie Laurie’s Whole Body Therapy
(805) 595-6221 • www.AnnieLaurie.com
PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE with various specialties
MHI Tech Labs • (661) 513-3828
Web Sites, Computer Support, and Creative Services.
www.mhilabs.com
Please see display ad on page 37
LANDSCAPE DESIGN /
ARCHITECTURE
Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage
Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660
Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years
1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo
Please see display ad on page 44
Harmony House Yoga
991 Price St Pismo Beach - (805) 773.0380
Yoga classes/Massage/Deep Tissue/Hot Stones
http://www.harmony-house-yoga.com/
Sage Eco-Gardens & Nursery
(805) 574-0777
Sustainable gardens & gifts • Complete landscape
services • 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos
sagelandscapes.net
Please see display ad on page 21
LANDSCAPE DESIGN
James Shapiro, CMT • (805) 215-4566
Therapeutic Massage, Injury Rehab, Chronic Pain Relief
On-Site service available, or SLO office on
Southwood Dr.
Please see display ad on page 23
MEAT & SEAFOOD WHOLESALE
Fairyscape • (805) 550-9580
The “GREEN” Alternative to Landscapes!
www.Fairy-Scape.com
Please see display ad on page 23
Central Coast Seafood • (805) 462-3474
The Freshest Fish On Land!
www.CCSeafood.com • (800) 273-4741
Please see display ad on page 45
Healing Earth Design • (805) 305-3988
MEDICAL CENTERS
www.healingearthdesign.com
Mediterranean & CA Native Plant Designs
& Horticultural Consultation
Please see display ad on page 39
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
(805) 489-4261
65-bed acute care, medical-surgical facility
345 S. Halcyon Rd. Arroyo Grande
ArroyoGrandeHospital.org
Please see display ad on page 5
Stein Garden Service • (805) 544-2282
“Beauty is my Watchword”
Maintenance, Design & Irrigation
French Hospital Medical Center
(805) 543-5353
LANDSCAPING SUPPLIES
Sage Eco-Gardens & Nursery
(805) 574-0777
Sustainable gardens & gifts • Complete landscape
services • 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos
sagelandscapes.net
Please see display ad on page 21
MARTIAL ARTS
Budo Ryu Martial Arts Ctr • (805) 544-8008
Krav Maga • Kick Boxing • Traditional Karate
Self-Defense • Fitness • cckravmaga.com
3566 S. Higuera #205, San Luis Obispo
704 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-1700
Please see display ad on page 29
Directory
Ayurveda, Nutritional Therapy, Aromatherapy, Magnetic
Therapy • For A List of Services Offered Visit
www.healthy-palate.com
Please see display ad on page 31
MASSAGE
Amethyst Healing Center
112-beds. Your Award-Winning Community Hospital
1911 Johnson Ave. San Luis Obispo
frenchmedicalcenter.org
Please see display ad on page 5
Marian Medical Center • (805) 739-3000
167-bed acute care hospital serving Central Coast
residents
1400 E. Church St, Santa Maria, CA
marianmedicalcenter.org
Please see display ad on page 5
r e u s e , r e i n v e n t , re s t e
or
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Directory
MEDICAL INTUITIVE
MULTIMEDIA
The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney
(805) 478-1223
KSBY TV, KSBY.com, The CW5
(805) 541-6666
Shamanism, Energy Medicine, Medical Intuitive
405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Please see display ad on page 41
Number 1 source for local news and information.
Learn more about Living Green on line at
www.ksby.com.
Please see display ad on page 6
MORTGAGE
Central Coast Lending • 805.543.LOAN
Mortgage Loans: Purchase, Refinance, Cash-Out,
Energy Efficient Refis
Offices in Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, Paso Robles,
and San Luis Obispo
Email: info@centralcoastlending.com
Web: www.centralcoastlending.com
MORTGAGE - GREEN SPECIALIST
The Mortgage House, Inc. • Kevin Hauber
Loan Officer Green Rate Mortgage Program
kevin@themortgagehouse.com
c. 805-459-8844 o. 805-788-4488 f. 805-788-4490
NETWORKING
Solstice Green Directory • (805) 473-5064
Solstice Green Mixers • Mix & meet local
green businesses that make a difference!
See NEW Website for venues, times and other events.
www.slosolstice.com
NEWCOMERS SERVICES
Local Welcome Service • Since 1972
(805) 549-7755
Free newcomer packet of maps, coupons & local info.
centralcoastwelcome@gmail.com • Liz Hiatt
Get Listed in the Summer Solstice Edition, June 1st for $109!
Call Today: (805) 473-5064
SLO Astrologers is offering free astrology workshops each month on
various subjects from basic astrology to natal chart reading. The group is
entering its’ sixth year and welcomes anyone looking to learn more about
this subject. Workshops are interactive with time for group discussion.
Coast National Bank Community Room/500 Marsh Street / San Luis Obispo.
SLOAstrologers • P.O.Box 81 San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
805-546-3420 sloastrologers@aol.com • sloastrologers.blogspot.com
www.slosolstice.com
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SunShine Health Foods/Shine Café
NON-PROFIT
Whole Food Market & Organic Cafe
415 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805) 772-7873
Please see display ad on page 45
American Biodiesel Buyers Club
(805) 235-0508
ORGANIC T-SHIRTS
Dolphin Shirt Company • (805) 541-2566
Sierra Club-Santa Lucia Chapter
Quality Screen Printing Since 1981
757 Buckley Rd • SLO • dolphinshirt.com
Please see display ad on page 48
547-B Marsh St • San Luis Obispo
(805) 543-8717 • santalucia.sierraclub.org
Please see display ad on page 46
SLO Botanical Garden • (805) 541-1400
Garden, workshops, kids classes, tours
Located in El Chorro Regional Park
3450 Dairy Creek Rd., SLO, CA 93405
info@slobg.org www.slobg.org
Please see display ad on page 47
Directory
A local non-profit; opening access to sustainable
biodiesel and creating biodiesel educational materials
www.ambioclub.org
PARKS AND RECREATION
SLO Botanical Garden • (805) 541-1400
Garden, workshops, kids classes, tours
Located in El Chorro Regional Park
3450 Dairy Creek Rd., SLO, CA 93405
info@slobg.org www.slobg.org
Please see display ad on page 47
SLO Green Build • (805) 286-0072
Non-profit green bldg education & support
www.slogreenbuild.org
Please see display ad on page 14
PHARMACY
Kohana Pharmacy & Center
for Regenerative Medicine
NON-TOXIC PAINTING
Erich Fraede • (805) 305-8324
Sustainable Construction, Environmental Testing
Non-Toxic Painting • www.baucraft.net
Please see display ad on page 41
(805) 542-0864 • www.kohanarx.com
181 Tank Farm Rd. Suite 120 • San Luis Obispo
Please see display ad on inside front cover
PLUMBING
A Perfect Plumbing Solution • (805) 709-6311
NURSERY
Commercial & residential sustainable systems:
Installation, service & repairs
Paul Karp, Owner/Operator
Fat Cat Farm • (805) 239-0743
Organic herbs for cooking and landscaping
2485 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles
Please see display ad on page 47
RADIANT FLOOR HEATING
NUTRITION ON THE GO
Cienaga Solar, Inc. • (805) 481-5310
Juice Plus+ • (661) 703-0844
Vegetarian blends of berries • fruits • vegetables •
grains • Vegetarian Meal Replacement
trishfinnjuiceplus.com
Please see display ad on page 45
OFFICE SPACE
San Luis Business Center • (805) 540-5100
Shared resources - sustainable options/office space
4251 South Higuera, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Please see display ad on page 42
ORGANIC CAFÉ
BeLoveCafé.com • (805) 534-1023
Living • Organic • Local • Vegan • Fresh
Made with Love • 690 Santa Maria Ave, Baywood
Please see display ad on page 44
Solar power, hot water, pool heating &
radiant floor systems. Leading our industry since 1981
RADIO BROADCASTING
American General Media • (805) 781-2750
KZOZ, KKJG, KIQO, KKAL
americangeneralmedia.com
Please see display ad on page 24
El Dorado Broadcasters • (805) 545-0101
KSLY-FM, KSTT-FM, KURQ-FM, KVEC-AM
KSMX-AM, KSMY-FM, KSNI-FM, KXFM-FM
Please see display ad on page 34
KCBX FM Public Radio • (805) 549-8855
Symphonies, jazz, daily news & transforming stories
Streaming live on the internet at www.KCBX.org
Please see display ad on page 29
Tell them you found them in Solstice! • www.slosolstice.com
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Directory
REALTOR-GREEN / ECO-BROKER
SOLAR POWER
C. Green Real Estate Co.
Absolute Solar • (805) 528-7706
171 N. 13th St., Suite A, Grover Beach
O: 481-7700; F: 481-9338; P: 441-7370
Please see display ad on page 29
Call for a free solar quote for home or business
Huge rebates available • AbsoluteSolarPro.com
Please see display ad on page 39
Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate
(805) 234-0809
Cienaga Solar, Inc. • (805) 481-5310
Allyson Nakasone, Realtor® Ecobroker®
Live green-save green!
689 Tank Farm Rd. Suite 230, SLO
www.mySLOhome.com
Please see display ad on page 31
REFLEXOLOGY
Carol Dawn’s Reflexology & Massage
Aromatherapy, too • (805) 546-8660
Serving San Luis Obispo for 26 years
1171 Toro St., Suite B, San Luis Obispo
Please see display ad on page 44
RESALE
Act II Boutique • (805) 489-5266
405 E. Branch Street • In the Village of Arroyo Grande
Women’s clothing, accessories & more
www.act2boutique.com
Solar power, hot water, pool heating &
radiant floor systems. Leading our industry since 1981
REC Solar • (805) 528-9705
Use the SUN to save money & go green!
Cash in on great savings with solar! www.recsolar.com
Please see display ad on page 23
SPA SERVICES
Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa • 595-7600 ex.0
Use of club included on day of service!
Full range/spa treatments, rolfing, organic facials
6699 Bay Laurel Plc, Avila Beach • avilabayclub.com
Please see display ad on page 5
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
Erich Fraede • (805) 305-8324
Sustainable Construction, Environmental Testing
Non-Toxic Painting • www.baucraft.net
Please see display ad on page 41
RESTAURANT
SeaVenture Resort and Restaurant
(805) 773-4994
A boutique resort located directly on Pismo Beach.
We also accommodates meetings, weddings, and private
dinner functions. • www.seaventure.com
Please see display ad on inside back cover
SUSTAINABLE PRINTED APPAREL
Dolphin Shirt Company • (805) 541-2566
Quality Screen Printing Since 1981
757 Buckley Rd • SLO • dolphinshirt.com
Please see display ad on page 48
THERAPEUTIC BODY WORK
SHAMANISM
The Healing Works • Brenda Keeney
(805) 478-1223
Shamanism, Energy Medicine, Medical Intuitive
405 E. Branch St. #107, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Please see display ad on page 41
SKIN CARE
JaNene Natural Body Products
950 Chorro St., SLO. Ca (805) 546-0900
www.anointyourself.com • “Beautiful Naturally”
Please see display ad on page 44
Dr. Abiola O. Oladoke • (805) 757-9802
Energy Therapy, Detoxification,
Reproductive Care Therapy
For A List of Services Offered Visit
www.healthy-palate.com
Please see display ad on page 31
THRIFT STORES
Goodwill Industries • (805) 544-0542
Facilitating reuse for over 100 years, with all types of
second-hand merchandise • www.scgoodwill.org
Please see display ad on page 33
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Call Today: (805) 473-5064
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MHI Tech Labs • (661) 513-3828
TRANSPORTATION
Web Sites, Computer Support, and Creative Services.
www.mhilabs.com
Please see display ad on page 37
Regional Rideshare • (805) 781-4362
WINDOW COVERINGS
Frontier Floors • (805) 238-7878
Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
(805) 541-2228
RTA buses get you around the county 7 days a week!
Talk Green. Live Green. Hop Aboard.
www.SLORTA.org
Please see display ad on back cover
Recycled Flooring Options
& Sustainable Window Coverings
830 21st St. • Paso Robles
Directory
Information on bicycle commuting, ridesharing,
transit and telework • www.rideshare.org
Please see display ad on page 37
WINES & WINE TASTING
*SIP- Sustainability In Practice
VEGAN CUISINE
*Castoro Cellars • (888) DAM-FINE (CCOF)
BeLoveCafé.com • (805) 534-1023
Living • Organic • Local • Vegan • Fresh
Made with Love • 690 Santa Maria Ave, Baywood
Please see display ad on page 44
VEGETARIAN MEAL REPLACEMENT
Juice Plus+ • (661) 703-0844
Vegetarian blends of berries • fruits • vegetables •
grains • Vegetarian Meal Replacement
trishfinnjuiceplus.com
Please see display ad on page 45
Making DAM FINE wines since 1983
Open daily 10-5:30 pm
1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton • castorocellars.com
Please see display ad on page 43
Earth Day Food & Wine Festival
(805) 369-2288
April 16, 2011
www.earthdayfoodandwine.com
Please see display ad on page 43
*Pomar Junction • (805) 238-9940
Family owned, SIP certified. Historic ambience:
farmhouse, cupola caboose & boxcar. Open daily 11-5
www.pomarjunction.com
Please see display ad on page 43
VINEYARD
*SIP-Sustainability In Practice
*Castoro Cellars • (888) DAM-FINE (CCOF)
Making DAM FINE wines since 1983
Open daily 10-5:30 pm
1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton • castorocellars.com
Please see display ad on page 43
*Pomar Junction • (805) 238-9940
Family owned, SIP certified. Historic ambience:
farmhouse, cupola caboose & boxcar. Open daily 11-5
www.pomarjunction.com
Please see display ad on page 43
WATER FILTRATION
LifeSource Whole House Water Systems
(805) 641-9361
Water filtration units for home & commercial.
Eco-friendly. Highest rated system in the industry.
Please see display ad on page 39
Yoga
Harmony House Yoga
991 Price St Pismo Beach - (805) 773.0380
Yoga classes/Massage/Deep Tissue/Hot Stones
http://www.harmony-house-yoga.com/
Dream Wear
Custom Designs for the
Dreaming Mind
Bridal Boutique • Embroidery • Alterations
Nursery Decor • Casual and Evening Apparel
Custom Orders • Sustainable Options
www.dreamwear.us (805) 400-5960
WEBSITE DESIGN
Live Artfully Productions, LLC
(805) 709-3969
Full-service design studio building dynamic websites
to help build your brand • Call Jenny Malott for a quote
today! • www.liveartfullyproductions.com
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five habits of
Happy People!
Features
Take a look at this fascinating list of five things that people who
are not depressed and who lead what they consider happy lives
with a positive mental attitude, usually have in common. How
many of these things do you have in your own life?
1. Plenty of Affectionate Give and Take
This can be measured in everything from
the number of hugs we give and receive to
the giving of praise or help to others. From
friendly interactions with the check-out
clerk to a loving phone call to a friend.
4. A Sense of Purpose. When we believe
we are here for a reason, that our lives
have purpose and meaning, we are more
apt to be happy. It is a hallmark of real joy
to know what your passions are, and to
pursue them.
2. Staying Happily Busy. People who are
engaged in many pleasant hobbies and
interests have less time to brood or be
unhappy. Note, however, that “happily busy”
is not the same as “stressed busy” or “way
too busy.”
5. Faith. Whether you belong to an organized
religion, or believe in the power of prayer
or positive energy, several studies suggest
that having a spiritual belief system of
some sort, leads a longer life and less
depression.
3. Making the Best of It. Trying to maintain
a positive attitude in the face of adversity
is a great indicator of happiness. When we
ask “What am I meant to learn from this?”
rather than “Why me?” we’re halfway there.
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do you want to
Nominate a
Beneficiary?
Features
Solstice Green Directory offers regular Green Business Mixers.
They are networking opportunities for the “green” community and
fundraiser’s for local non-profit groups that provide valuable services
to residents of the Central Coast. To date, these events have donated
approximately $2,000 to organizations in SLO County. These
include: Woods Humane Society, The SLO Food Bank, The
Land Conservancy (SLO),The Botanical Gardens (SLO),
SurfRider Foundation, SLO Green Build, HumanKind Fair
Trade Store, Camp Hapitok, and Transitions Mental Health
Association. Our next mixer will be for Prado Day Center.
You can submit the name of a non-profit organization
on the Central Coast to receive the attendance donations
from our next Green Mixer... For more information visit the
Solstice website at www.slosolstice.com
SAGE Ecological Landscape & Nursery
1188LosOsosValleyRoad•LosOsos,CA93402
(805)528-1800•www.sagelandscapes.net
Monday-Saturday9-5•Sunday9-4
Beautifying and Preserving the Central Coast
Landscape Services
Sustainable Landscape Design
Construction
Maintenance
Habitat Restoration
Nursery, Garden & Gifts
California-Friendly Plants
Pottery, Fountains
Statuary, Outdoor Furniture
Display Garden
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Healing
Features
herbs
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“For every ailment on earth, there is a healing
herb,” so speaks the wise grandmother in
Double Luck, a Chinese memoir written by
a local Morro Bay restauranteur, Lu Chi Fa.
Our grandmothers did indeed know the herb
for each of what ailed us, but with modern
medicine, we’ve quickly turned our power to
heal over to doctors and the pharmaceutical
industry. For thousands of years, herbs have
assisted in the healing process for a variety
of problems such as the flu, colds, hay fever,
headaches and hormonal balancing to name
a few. Herbs help regulate and maintain the
Solstice Green Directory - Spring 2011
by Ruth Madocks
systems of the body and aid in preventing
illness. Herbs work slowly but effectively in the
body’s systems, but their effects are subtler
than medication. It is important to take them
consistently over time, as this is the way that
natural medicines work.
Herbal teas are probably the most common
form of taking herbs. Infusions are made by
heating flowers and leaves and decoctions are
cooked longer for roots and berries. Herbal
teas are gentle and soothing and make a
great daily regimen for improving our health.
Tinctures are concentrated extracts usually
made with alcohol to insure the maximum
extraction and preservation of the herbs.
Tinctures, when taken under the tongue, are
assimilated directly into the blood stream so
they are the strongest, most immediate herbal
remedies that exist. Taken before meals,
tinctures go directly into the bloodstream
and are 5-7 times stronger than teas. The
use of medicinal extracts and herbal teas are
growing as people turn to more natural ways
of healing.
Quick Fact:
One four foot stack
of newspapers is the
equivalent of one 40 foot fir
tree. That’s what you are
saving when you collect and
recycle rather than throw
away your newspaper.
Features
Barter
is smarter!
Do you have a skill? Do you know French,
math tutoring, carpentry or have any other
commodity (veggies from your garden?) you
could exchange for other goods or services? It
is a great way to do business locally, consume
responsibly, avoid waste and make new
relationships.
Fairyscape
James
Shapiro, CMT
The
“green” alternative
to a florist
Affordable,
Client-Centered Therapy
805-215-4566
Gift Certificates available for
30/60/90 minute sessions
www.fairy-scape.com 805.550.9580
1020 SOUTHWOOD DR., SAN LUIS OBISPO
SPORTS/PERFORMANCE MASSAGE • ON-SITE SERVICE AVAILABLE
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Solstice Green Directory - Fall/Winter
Spring 20112010/2011
easy, eco-friendly
Tips for
Spring!
There’s something so exciting about seeing the
first buds and little green shoots appear after
being dormant all winter. Here are a few tips to
help you make green, earth-friendly choices
throughout this Central Coast spring season!
1. Choose organic, heirloom, native plants for your garden. It’s
time to plant most spring and summer vegetables, fruits, herbs and
ornamentals. If you haven’t already started your own seeds indoors and
are planning to buy plants from the nursery, go local. Local nurseries will
be able to help you choose plants that are uniquely suited to your area,
which means less work for you – native plants don’t need as much
water and fertilizer. And, look for organic heirloom varieties of edibles.
2. Cleanse your body and spirit naturally. Spring is a time of
rebirth and renewal. Give your body a fresh start with a spring
detox: sip teas that help your body eliminate toxins, eat a light,
cleansing diet and welcome tranquility into your life.
3. V
isit a national or state park, or a botanical garden.
A big part of living an eco-friendly life is embracing and
appreciating nature. In the springtime, there’s so much to
see and do!
4. Set a goal for being greener by summer. Changes to your
habits that are better for the earth and for your family’s health stick
better when you take it slow. Little things like skipping the drinking
straw at restaurants, buying a reusable coffee filter, and eating
ice cream out of a cone instead of a cup are easy to do.
5. Skip the chemicals when spring cleaning your home. Here are
easy, eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products – you probably already
have most of the ingredients in your home (see page 33 for an
earth-friendly product list)!
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Features
surprising eco uses for
Coffee Grounds
by The “Green” Franciscan Sister, Janet Corcoran, OSF
As you may know, the worlds most heavily
traded product is coffee behind only
petroleum. In the United States, coffee is the
largest food import and in excess of $4 billion
dollars is paid for it. The people of the United
States consume one-fifth of the world’s coffee.
Each day over 50% of Americans over the age
of 18 drink coffee. This represents over 100
million daily coffee drinkers.
It is important to buy Fair Trade Certified
coffee so that farmers are paid a fair price for
their product and helps in ending their cycle
of poverty. Also environmentally sustainable
practices were used in the production of Fair
Trade Certified Coffee.
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The following are ways to reuse coffee
grounds:
• Recycle your coffee grounds as fertilizer
as they are high in nitrogen. Besides
adding nitrogen to the soil, used coffee
grounds also help replenish the soil by
adding other nutrients such as magnesium.
Coffee grounds add many of the same
nutrients as commercial fertilizer. Adding
coffee grounds to flower beds and plant
soils helps to increase the acidity of
the soil. For example, roses, gardenias,
azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, carrots,
radishes, cranberries, oaks and spruces
respond well to the coffee ground mulch.
However, don’t add coffee grounds to all
flower and plant soil as it could make the
soil too acidic.
Local & Organic
when possible
(805) 773-5646
Espresso
coffee
pastries
food
and catering
Features
• Used coffees grounds are a natural pest
repellent when used in garden or flower
beds. The coffee grounds can keep bugs
at bay such as slugs, ants, snails etc. For
example, earthworms love coffee grounds
and the gardener appreciates them as they
help to aerate the soil naturally. This process
allows more oxygen to get to the roots of a
garden item.
999 Price St, Pismo Beach
• Coffee grounds may be used to scour
grease and stains on pots and pans.
• One may freshen up one’s house the
eco-friendly way by placing a bowl of used
coffee grounds in the refrigerator or freezer
which will in turn remove unwanted odors.
Ruth Madocks
805.481.9205
www.RuthsHerbalRemedies.com
ruth@ruthsherbalremedies.com
• Rubbing your hands in dry coffee grounds
removes smells from one’s hands
(i.e. when working with garlic, onions, or
other pungent foods).
• Coffee grounds are a great ingredient
for your compost pile. The grounds add
nutrients in the soil and enhance the acidity
of soil while acting as a natural fertilizer.
In purchasing items like coffee, always seek to
make the “green choice” and in so doing one
is environmentally friendly and demonstrates a
respect for our sister, Mother Earth.
Sister Janet Corcoran is the Chairperson for
the Partners for the Environment Committee,
Marian Medical Center.
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EFT is an innovative form of emotional
acupressure using a tapping procedure
stimulating meridian endpoints, addressing
emotional challenges and experiences.
A combination of tapping with insights and
verbal statements opening links between
the conscious and unconscious allowing
painful events, traumas and feelings to
dissipate and your Qi to flow, achieving a
more joyful, satisfying and fulfilled life.
Mia Simmons
Advanced, Level 3 EFT Practitioner
805.528.7633 • www.miasimmons.com
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dealing with
Daily Stress!
Features
by Gary Elem, Ph.D.
Everyone has stress. Since each of us is unique, we need to
choose the simple stress aids that fit best for our individual
personalities. Here are just a few tips to put you on track to a
healthy and stress-free way of life...
Physical Tools
Take a brisk walk, soak in a tub, or just take few minutes
to relax your body each day. Learn to relax from cats and
dogs. They simply stretch on a regular basis to stay more
physically relaxed. Take 5 to 10 slow, deep breaths to
calm yourself and focus in the present. Enjoy yawns,
sighs and laughs… they are great stress relievers!
Mental Techniques
Give yourself a short “minute mental
break” at least 2 to 3 times a day for
4 to 8 minutes to break up any daily
stress cycle. Pause periodically
to rest your mind: meditate,
visualize a comforting nature
scene, listen to soothing
music or just “vegetate” for
a few minutes! If it fits for
you, take a 20 to 30 minute
nap… which may increase
your energy and strengthen
your immune system.
Talk yourself down from
high anxiety, anger or
negative moodiness
through positive
thoughts and talking
positively to yourself
as a good friend
would! Be very aware
of your negative
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attitudes and work daily to keep a more
positive attitude of graditude.
With and for Others
Focus outside yourself by doing something
good for someone else… it feels great!
Compliment someone else who deserves it!
Don’t lower yourself to other’s negative level.
Carmen Green
Broker
Prepare for Bedtime
Prepare for more restful sleep by stretching all
of your muscles to discharge tension. Let your
whole body be very heavy when you go to bed.
List anything that is heavy on your mind on a
piece of paper. This can be a schedule for the
next day.
171 N. 13th St. Suite A, Grover Beach, CA 93433
cgreenrealestate.com • 805.481.7700
Holistic Healing
& Massage for
the Mind, Body
& Spirit
www.AmethystHealingCenter.com
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Everything in Moderation, Simplify Life
Watch out for unreasonable needs and undue
expectations. Instead, focus on excellence
rather than perfection.
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it’s spring...
Dandelions
they’re more than
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just a weed!
Spring is the season to welcome new growth,
longer days, and lots and lots of sprouting green
stuff. But wouldn’t it be great to actually be able
to identify all of that new plant life in your
neighborhood? And wouldn’t it
be even better to be
able to pick out
those plants that
are actually edible?
Indeed, there are many wild edibles to
be had in your own backyard, but it helps
to know what they are and what they’re
good for. Wild edibles are often the source
of very valuable nutrients and can make
a lovely, delicious, and unique addition to
your diet. For instance, dandelion, which you
might think of as little more
than a garden-variety weed is
actually an incredibly nutritious
wild edible plant. In a single
hundred gram amount of cooked
dandelion greens, there is 11,000
mg of potassium, 18 mg of vitamin C
and 42 mg of calcium. To enhance your
knowledge of edibles, you may want
to visit your local library or search
a variety of popular websites. You
can also take a wild edibles walk
to learn even more about the power
of wild plants!
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Allergy
Relief
cleaning tips!
1. Use special bedding covers and launder
sheets and blankets weekly in 130°F
water to kill dust mites or try tumbling
items first in a hot dryer for 30 to 60 minutes.
2. Clean drapes, throw pillows, and stuffed
animals, which are prime allergen collectors,
every few months.
3. Trap dust and prevent it from becoming airborne
with electrostatic dusters.
4. Zap mold by scouring bathtubs, tiles, and trash cans
with a natural mildew-removing cleanser.
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fighting fat with
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Chili Peppers!
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Capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers
their kick, may cause weight loss and fight
fat buildup by triggering certain beneficial
protein changes in the body, according to a
new study on the topic. The report, which
could lead to new treatments for obesity,
appeared in ACS’ monthly Journal of Proteome
Research. Laboratory studies have hinted
that capsaicin may help fight obesity by
decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue,
and lowering fat levels in the blood. Nobody,
however, knows exactly how capsaicin
might trigger such beneficial effects.
In an effort to find out, the scientists
fed high-fat diets with or without
capsaicin to lab rats used to study
obesity. The capsaicin-treated
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rats lost 8 percent of their body weight and
showed changes in levels of at least 20 key
proteins found in fat. The altered proteins
work to break down fats. These changes
provide valuable new molecular insights into
the mechanism of the anti-obesity effects of
capsaicin, scientists say.
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Baking Soda: An all-purpose, non-toxic
cleaner. Cleans, deodorizes, removes stains
and softens fabrics. • Borax: A natural
mineral that kills mold and bacteria. An
alternative to bleach, it deodorizes, removes
stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap.
• Castile-Based & Vegetable Oil-Based
Soaps: Safe, gentle, effective non-petroleum
based cleaner. • Cornstarch: Starches
clothes, absorbs oil and grease. • Herbs &
Essential Oils: For disinfecting and fragrance.
• Lemon Juice: Cuts through grease and
removes perspiration and other stains from
clothing. A chlorine bleach alternative. • Salt:
An abrasive. • Toothpaste: A mild abrasive. •
White Vinegar: Cuts grease, removes stains
and is an excellent water softener. • Washing
Soda: Cleans clothes, softens water, cuts
grease and disinfects. Increases the cleaning
power of soap.
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Honey,
is it real?
Real honey is just that. Honey without additives. It’s a pure
product that varies widely in color and taste
depending on what the bees have been
consuming. However, there is no federal
definition of pure honey for the
product that ends up on the store
shelf or farmer’s market table.
There are as many as 200,000 hobbyist
beekeepers in the U.S. and about 1,600
commercial operations. The result is that
hobbyists and part-timers turn out about 40% of
the nation’s honey crop, often retailed by growers at
farm markets. However, more than 200 million pounds
of it came from China and nearby countries in 2009.
The government recently seized 64 drums of imported honey
which contained antibiotics not allowed in food in the United
States. In order to safeguard the purity of honey, some states
have now stepped forward to take up the slack. Florida, North
Carolina, California and Wisconsin have established criteria
mandating that honey should be just that; 100% honey, not
mixed with corn syrup or the like.
The National Honey Board recommends that consumers review
the price. If the price of a bottle of honey seems substantially
lower than market price, it may not be 100% pure honey.”
Find a container of real honey from a source you
can trust and taste it to remind you
of what real honey tastes like.
Doing this should help you
recognize when you’re getting
a cheap imitation.
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Epsom Salts
some surprising uses!
Epsom salts have amazing health benefits. Most of us know
that soaking in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom
Salts is good for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the
body. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin,
such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the
nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural
emollient, exfoliator, and much more...
1. Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in
warm water and 2 cups of epsom salt.
2. Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors
and soften rough skin with a foot soak.
Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt to a large pan
of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it
feels right. Rinse and dry.
3. Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salt
will reduce the swelling of sprains and
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bruises. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a warm
bath, and soak.
4. Splinter remover: Soak in epsom salt, it
will draw out the splinter.
5. Face cleaner: To clean your face at
night, mix a half-teaspoon of epsom salt
with your regular cleansing cream. Just
massage into skin and rinse with cold
water.
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7. Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of
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with your feet and continuing up towards
the face. Have a bath to rinse.
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6. Homemade skin mask: Apply the mask
to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix
1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of
non-fat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and
a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. For normal
to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1
1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a halfteaspoon of epsom salt.
8. Remove hairspray: Combine 1 gallon
of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup
epsom salt. Combine, cover and let set for
24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture
into your dry hair and let it sit for 20
minutes. Then shampoo as normal.
Adapted from the Epsom Salt Industry Council
(Note: Check with a doctor before using if you
have any concerns.)
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10 ways to
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Save Money
on Fuel!
Want to save up to 20% or
more on the cost of gas?
Follow these 10 simple tips
from the Consumer Federation
of America.
1. Check Your Air Filter
Nearly one in four cars needs an air filter
replacement. A clean air filter can improve
gas mileage by as much as 10%.
2. Straighten Up
Poor alignment not only causes tires to
wear out more quickly, but also forces
your engine to work harder. Align your
tires regularly and you can save
up to 10%.
3. Tune Up
When was your last
tune up? A properly
maintained engine can improve
mileage by up to 4%.
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4. P
ump ‘em Up
More than one-quarter of vehicles are
driving on deflated tires. The average
under-inflation of 7.5 pounds causes a
loss of 2.8% in fuel efficiency.
5. Check Your Gas Cap
Believe it or not, it’s been estimated that
nearly 17% of cars on the road have
broken or missing gas caps. What’s the
big deal? Escaping fumes not only
hurt fuel economy but release
smog-causing
compounds into the air. Avoid air pollution
and improving fuel mileage is as easy as
replacing a bad gas cap.
6. Slow Down
For every 5 mph you reduce highway
speed, you can reduce fuel consumption
by 7%.
8. Lay Off The Brakes
Riding with your foot on the brake pedal
will not only wear out brake pads (which
will cost you at the maintenance shop) but
can also increase gas consumption by as
much as 35%.
9. Lighten Up
For every 100 extra pounds carried
around, your vehicle loses 1 to 2% in fuel
efficiency. Don’t drive around with too
much junk in the trunk.
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7. Drive More Smoothly
Avoiding jack-rabbit starts and stops
and herky-jerky driving will improve fuel
economy. Don’t believe it? Lousy driving
on the highway can add as much as onethird to your gas bill.
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10. Don’t Idle
Besides causing pollution, idling wastes
gas. If stopped for more than 30 seconds,
turn off the engine, and don’t bother to
“warm up” your car before driving — it is
not necessary.
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Energy 101...
six kinds that
make the world work!
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An old song says, “Love makes the world go ‘round.” They were
wrong. Energy makes it all happen! Here’s how...
1. Fossil Fuels: When dead plants and
animals decay, they produce carbon
dioxide, a gas made of carbon and oxygen.
The carbon from ancient plants stays in
the earth in the form of fossil fuels such as
gas, oil and coal.
2. G
eothermal: The heat deep inside the
earth can be used to produce electricity.
The natural part of the process occurs
when rain seeps into the earth through
fissures, cracks and in the
crust. The heat
turns water
into
steam, which comes out and can be
trapped and used for power.
3. Hydroelectricity: When water is made to
spill over a dam, it drops into the pipes of a
power plant, where it pushes the blades on
a turning shaft. This process converts the
water’s energy into electrical current.
4. N
uclear: The nucleus of every atom is
filled with nuclear energy. A process called
nuclear fission allows us to split atoms in
a power plant. The energy created can be
used to make electricity.
5. Solar: Even on cold days, the sun’s light
can be turned into heat and energy. Solar
panels are big mirrors that focus the sun
to build up heat, boil water, and produce
steam to drive generators.
6. W
ind: For centuries, windmills have
been used to provide power around
the world. Large-scale wind farms
are connected to the electric power
transmission network; smaller
facilities are used to provide
electricity to isolated
locations.
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Is It Local?
Food miles, the distances that food has to travel to get to our plates, has lengthened considerably
in the past two decades. If you don’t have a garden to grow some of your own organic
vegetables, visit local organic farmers markets. Read the labels in the supermarkets for the
country of origin. Buying produce grown in your own country is not only patriotic and supporting
your home agri-economy, it supports the planet. Try eating more of what can be grown in your
own country and in season.
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Sink the
Iceberg!
The most popular lettuce, iceberg, is basically devoid of nutrition. The
deeper the color of lettuce, the more vitamins and nutrients it contains.
Try creating your salad with these popular and healthy greens:
Arugula: One cup of this aromatic green contains 15 to 20%
of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
Spinach: Full of iron, vitamins A and C, and folate,
spinach is also high in phytonutrients that may help
protect against eye diseases.
Watercress: One cup provides about twenty percent of
the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and more
than fifty percent of vitamin A.
Leaf: A good source of vitamin C and an excellent source
of vitamin A.
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It’s in the
Bag...
reusable of course!
Take a peek at five eco issues
associated with the use of paper and
plastic bags and see why we need to
bring a reusable bag.
1. A plastic bag takes about 450 years to biodegrade.
2. An average person will use over 350 plastic bags in a single year.
3. Reusable bags save 700+ plastic bags over the span of their lifetime.
4. The production of paper bags causes 70% more pollution than plastic.
5. When plastic is discarded, it ends up in our oceans and consumed by fish and birds.
6. 50% of Americans want to use reusable bags, but only 25% remember to do so.
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Refuse!
Before you buy
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or recycled?
Everyday, recycle
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as you can.
Refuse to buy
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When cooking vegetables, you can switch off
the gas or electricity a few minutes before
cooking is complete. You will make use of
residual heat, which will continue the job while
saving energy.
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grilled garlic
Artichokes
• 2 large artichokes • 1 lemon, quartered
• 3/4 cup olive oil • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Fill a large bowl with cold water. Squeeze the
juice from one lemon wedge into the water. Trim
tops then cut in half lengthwise. Place into
bowl of lemon water. Bring a large pot of water
to a boil. Add artichokes to boiling water, and
cook for about 15 minutes. Drain. Squeeze the
remaining lemon wedges into a medium bowl.
Stir in the olive oil and garlic, and season with
salt and pepper. Brush the artichokes with a
coating of the garlic dip, and place them on
the preheated grill. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes,
basting and turning frequently, until the tips
are a little charred. Enjoy!
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leftover
Cooking Oil
safe disposal
Here is a way to dispose of it according to the
US Environmental Protection Agency: Wait for
pan to cool. Pour the oil into an empty milk
carton or an old, recyclable takeout container.
Wipe out pan to remove any excess grease.
Whatever you do, do not pour the oil down the
drain where it will pass through the pipes and
solidify and cause blockage.
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Potato
with a plus...
Just about everyone loves baked potatoes.
To get the most nutrients from it, eat the
potato skin too. Ounce for ounce,
the skin has far more fiber, iron,
potassium, and B vitamins than
the flesh. The only reason to
avoid the skin is if the potato
has a greenish tinge. That’s
chlorophyll, a sign that the
potato has been exposed to
too much light after harvest. It’s
also an indication that solanine
(a naturally occurring toxin) may
be present in increased amounts,
especially in the skin.
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