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Winter 2011

Thinking Globally, Living Locally

Community Seeds Magazine

Earth Friendly Gift Wrapping Tips

Yummy Sustainable Hot Toddies!

Great Green Gift Ideas!

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Vol. 4, No. 3 Winter 2011 Issue 15 Community Seeds Eco Magazine is published quarterly, exclusively online; at no cost to readers.

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From the Editor

A Note From the Editor Who doesn’t like the holidays?

Happy Holidays !


he holiday season is a time to be thankful and to spend memorable moments with friends and family. It is also a time to shop ‘til you drop! With that being said, the staff at Eco Community Seeds wants to thank you again for being part of our extended family. As our gift to you and a heart filled “thank you,” we put this issue together while focusing on holiday solutions. We hope it helps in accommodating a little relief attached to the stressful task related to the exhausting holiday hustle. The Winter issue is designed to be the designated guide to a greener holiday season. This issue will aid you with finding:


amily outings

ift wrapping solutions

Editor-in-Chief Publisher

ift ideas

ew Year’s venues

s well as festive food and spirt recipes

We hope you enjoy this issue and that it will be useful in helping with the decision process, so that you can enjoy your holidays to they’re fullest, stress free.

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Community Seeds Magazine

In Every Issue


58 Earth Friendly Gift Wrapping Tips

2 Magazine Information 66 Yummy Sustainable Hot Toddies 3 Note From the Editor 22 Great Green Gift Ideas! 4 Tell Us What You Have To Say 10 Green & Gold 8 Issue Contributors Tips on Buying Jewelry 18 Eco Kids Photos 44 Green Scene 80 Advertisers Index 12 Monks Dedicated to:

True Life

Faith, Hard Work, Winemaking and Sustainability 6

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Departments Easy Being Greener

16 Green Garden Gadgets 28 Hot Sustainable New

Healthy Living

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Years Getaway


18 Eco Kids 24 Victorian Christmas 31 Kids Fashion 38 Tribal’s Health Practices For Children

Making a Difference

Medicinal Plants You Should Know An Interview with Lev of Lev’s Original Kombucha

Cook’s Corner

60 Kitchen Widgets 63 Cooks Corner:

Chef Nathan Lyon

64 Citrus Raw Kale Salad

66 Garden Fresh Libations 68 Food Bites

44 Green Scene 51 Conservation Is Key,

Natural Beauty

Even During Winter

Earth Friendly Beauty Products

50 Eco Movie Review 50 Eco Book Review Eco Friendly Crafts

58 Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas


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Green Holiday Jewels

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Gear Head


Eco Toys For Boys

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Contributors: Winter 2011 Lorianne S. Riley Editor-in-Chief, Owner, Publisher, Web Designer, Photographer & Wife. Lorianne holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from CSU, Chico, and is licensed as a Cosmetologist and Certified Massage Therapist.

Deanna Holman Web Designer, Graphic Artist and Mother of Three, DeAnna holds a BS Degree in Gerontology from USC, a California Teaching Credential and Science Supplement From CSU, Chico, and an AA Degree in Liberal Studies/ Photo Journalism from Grossmont College in San Diego.

Aimée Sunseri Aimee graduated from the University of California, Davis, with honors in Viticulture and Enology. She then immediately began to prepare for New Clairvaux’s first “crush,” relying on years of field experience at her family’s wineries, Nichelini Family Winery in St. Helena and Boeger Winery in Placerville. As a fifth-generation Californian winemaker, Aimee continues to work for the Nichelini Family Winery and the 60-acre vineyard her greatgreat-grandfather and great-grandfather planted in the foothills of St. Helena.

Lev Kilun Owner of Lev’s Original. Emigrat from Uzbekistan, Russia and a back ground as a telecommunications engineer. Is committed to freshness at every step of the process while brewing his kombucha.

Sean Delloiacono Sean DelloIacono has been a bartender for eight years and Is currently working at 5th Street Steak House in Chico Ca. He has been as active member of the Flair Bartenders’ Association since 2004 and has competed in, several national and world flair bartending competitions. He is also an active member with The Guild of Sommeliers , and is currently pursing his Sommelier Certification.

Nathan Lyon Chef Nathan Lyon is known for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS), Nathan was the creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), and among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star.

Dr Anshu Shrivastava We at Abhumka Herbal are working on translation of tribal’s traditional herbal knowledge. Botanical Survey of India, Jodhpur was my learning institute where I was associated with the studies of floral elements of Ranthambhore - a famous tiger habitat... in India.


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Contributors: Winter 2011 Lily Liebenberg Owns Konjo boutique. Konjo is Funky Cool and carries one of a kind pieces for all ages.

Stephanie McHugh An intern while studying Organizational Communication and Broadcasting at CSU Chico and will be graduating this year. She enjoys the outdoors and takes full advantage of the beautiful parks within the Chico community. She has a passion for sustainablity and strives to live a completely eco-friendly lifestyle.

Dr Deepak Acharya A microbiologist turned ethnobotanist, a herbal hunter and Director of Abhumka Herbal Pvt Ltd (, Ahmedabad, India. He has been involved in scouting, documentation and validation of indigenous herbal practices of indigenous healers in Patalkot ( and Dangs. He can be contacted at

Morgan Palilla I’m senior currently attending CSU, Chico. I’m aiming to graduate in December of 2011, and receive my degree in Communication Studies and Marketing. I was involved in Gamma Phi Beta sorority for the past four years, and held many small leadership roles.

Dr Sanjay Pawar A Botanist involved in documentation of indigenous herbal practices in Patalkot. He has written several herb research based popular articles (sanjay@

Ger alyn Sheridan Studied at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and Revere Academy Masters Symposium with world class designers. She has been featured in GIA’s Loupe magazine . She also trained at the Drouhard National Jeweler’s School earning certificates in jewelry repair and advanced diamond setting.

Pamala Geisel Pamala holds a M.S. and a B.S. in Plant Science from California State University, Fresno. Pam is currently the Academic Coordinator for the Statewide Master Gardener Program, University of California, Davis. Pam has been published in many academic journals and publications.

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Darci Crossin Mike Pembroke Sheila Murray

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Green & Gold By Ger alyn Sheridan


esources and technology exist today which enable customers many “green” choices to adorn responsibly. By creating transparency in the “traditional”

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jewelry industry, we can all make decisions which take into account all the sustainability aspects of the social, environmental, cultural, and economic issues associated with jewelry production, gemstones and precious metals. Photos courtesy of digitalart / africa /

Green & Gold


reen does not have to be grunge! Whether your environmental concerns are global, local or individual: education is the key. Discover the following ideas and learn key questions to ask in gathering information to make informed jewelry decisions which can benefit the earth and stimulate your local economy.

gems and diamonds originate as well as where they are cut will give you more insight to making your decision to adorn responsibly. Locally mined and cut gems may be available at your local stores, such as Oregon sunstone, Nevada opals or Montana sapphires.


earls are the only organic gem from a living source. Pearl producing mollusks tart at a local grass roots level. Look for need a healthy natural environment to local jewelry artisans and ask local custom produce quality lustrous pearls. The pearl jewelers about green practices in their studios farmers are considered “watch dogs” of the and businesses. environment and are often leaders in their local environmental movements. They eek out designers who have a commitment promote sustainable forestry, reduction of to the environment and source Americansewage and regulation of manufacturing by made materials. Hoover and Strong’s products entering the waters. They understand “Harmony Metals” are American, recycled and the benefits of being vigilant in maintaining beautiful. They are the first manufacturer in the health of the surrounding waters which the industry to attain certification, in August is critical to the success of the industry. 2009, from Scientific Certification Systems Beautiful pearl jewelry ranges from the (SCS), a globally-recognized independent traditional strand of white cultured pearls to third-party certifier and sustainability expert. designer pearls of many colors and shapes. They are committed to 100% recycled precious metals and clean processes from upport the global effort to preserve refining to returning clean water back to the our planet’s future. Consider the environment. many sustainable options when looking for that special piece of jewelry. Whether e-cycle your own precious metals with a commemorating a special occasion, custom jewelry designer. Since precious celebrating your love or getting all decked out for the Holidays. Enjoy jewelry made with metals can be re-cycled, it may be important to you to have your own heirloom gold pieces materials from responsible sources that respect transformed into a newly designed piece of and protect the earth, its peoples, and cultures. jewelry. Keep your memories alive with your Choose green own personal story of the transformation while gold and adorn responsibly. saving you money.





ab grown sapphires are real, smart and beautiful. Chemically and optically they are the same as naturally mined sapphires but - no mining damage to the environment. At a fraction of the price of natural sapphires, they are an affordable green option for a gorgeous piece of fine jewelry.

Links: HARMONY+at+Hoover+and+Strong/

thical gemstones or conflict free diamonds are also good choices. Asking where the


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True Life

Monks Dedicated to

Faith, Hard Work, Winemaking and Sustainability By Sheila Murray

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Monks Dedicated To Faith, Hard Work, Wine making


world. Stanford had a passion for fine wine, growing 3,825 acres of wine grapes on the property and building a massive, beautifully designed brick winery that is used today to produce, age and bottle the monastery wines. He also built a row of beautiful brick brandy sheds

The monastery is situated on land, infused with a long history of notable local figures including Peter Lassen, who first discovered the land while tracking cattle rustlers in the area with General John Bidwell. Lassen was given a Mexican Land Grant and used a portion of the grant to grow Mission grapes and produce wine on the property until his suspicious murder in 1859.

that remain on the grounds.

olorful history, faith and winemaking collide in the small town of Vina, Calif. Just 20 miles north of Chico, this tiny town was once the site of the largest vineyard in the world and is now home to the Abbey of New Clairvaux, the only Cistercian monastery in America to grow, vinify and bottle its own wine.

After Lassen’s death, a man named Henry Gerke acquired the land as a payment for a loan from Lassen. Gerke planted close to 100 acres in wine grapes and built a winery in 1861. Gerke’s original winery still stands on the property and is third- oldest California winery, trailing behind Buena Vista, built in 1857 and Charles Krug in 1860. The town was later named Vina in honor of all the vines Gerke planted. Railroad magnate and former California governor Leland Stanford purchased the land in the late 1800s, where his Great Vina Ranch became the largest vineyard and winery in the

After Stanford’s death and the prior to the onset of prohibition, the winery ceased operation and the ranch was sold off in pieces by the Trustees of Stanford University. Today, the land is home to 24 Cistercian or “Trappist” monks, who purchased 590 acres in 1955. The monks are part of a contemplative division of the Catholic Church known as the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. They follow the teachings of St. Benedict, balancing their lives with private and communal prayers and self-support through manual labor. Abbot Paul Mark Schwan explains that the monks’ way of life is directed by the teaching that the monks be self-supporting through the work and labor of their own hands, and that the monastery be as self-sustaining as possible. “We support ourselves through the labor of prune and walnut orchards, through our vineyard and winery, and we try to do as much of the labor as possible,” says Schwan. Their by-laws also state that the brothers are to be concerned about conservation of the environment and to manage www.communit 13

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natural resources prudently, adds Schwan.

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“We raise much of our own fruit for house consumption, bake our own bread, care for our land and have gone more ‘green’ in recent years with solar panels that power our operations and water supply,” he says. Dairy and prune and walnut farming served as the Abbey’s main source of income in the early years. Realizing the need to increase profitability to cover their expenses, in 2000 the monks decided to return to their European roots in viticulture and winemaking. Their monastic and viticulture traditions reach back to the 12th century when Cistercian monks began planning some of the most famous vineyards in the world, most notably Clos de Vougeot in Burgandy and Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau.


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Working with the Sunseri wine family, the monks conducted extensive research to determine which European winemaking regions most closely resembled the climate and soil conditions of Tehama County. Phil Sunseri is a longtime friend of the monks and associate in the winery. Together, they planted two vineyards they named St. James and Poor Souls, which produced the first New Clairvaux Vineyard wines in 2003. Fifth-generation winemaker Aimée Sunseri heads up the winery’s operations. Her family is part of the

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Nichilini winery, the oldest operating winery in the Napa Valley. While in college she worked alongside the monks to plant the original vineyards. At the time she was completing coursework at UC Santa Barbara for a Bachelor of Science degree. One day, one of the monks turned to her and asked, “Why aren’t you continuing your family’s legacy in the winemaking business?”

“white of the Rhine.” Today it is considered the best white wine grape grown in Spain. New Clairvaux’s Albariño is a top seller and has garnered international wine awards for its wellbalanced flavors. Many of the winery’s varietals have received top awards in leading wine competitions. The dedicated labor of these Trappist monks combined with Sunseri’s winemaking skill are helping restore the monks’ and Vina’s legacy in the winemaking world.

It was at that moment that Sunseri realized she, too, had a distinct calling. She quickly finished up her coursework to receive her degree and then enrolled in UC Davis’ wine program, where she New Clairvaux Vineyard is located at 26240 graduated with honors from the viticulture and 7th Street in Vina. The winery’s tasting room enology department. is open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to Sunseri spends her time between New Clairvaux 5 p.m. excluding Holy Days. Tastings are and her family’s Nichelini winery in the foothills complimentary. For more information, visit of St. Helena . She serves as winemaker at both wineries, producing about 3,000 cases for each. ”I consider both wineries my family and both places my home,” says Sunseri . “I have my brothers in Vina and my cousins in Napa.” The winery currently offers four red wines and three white wines, as well as Vina Ranch Red Table Wine and Vino Dolce, a dessert wine. Some varieties include Albariño, Barbera, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo and Viognier. “All our wines are reminiscent of the Spanish and Italianstyle wines best suited to the area’s warm climate and loamy soils,” explains Brother Rafael, who is the vineyard manager of the St. James block in Vina. Interestingly, Sunseri and the monks planted a grape variety that Cluny monks, who were also Cistercian, had transported to their sister houses in Spain during the 12th century. The variety originated from the Rhine, which separates Germany from France. They gave it a Spanish name “alba-rino,” which means the

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Easy Being Greener

Green Garden Gadgets By Lorianne S. Riley & STEPHANIE McHUGH

Garden Wizard Electric Tiller This convenient corded electric garden tiller is just the right size for tilling at home. Electric motors have a lot of torque by design, so you’ll get plenty of tilling power. The tines are made from hardened, stamped steel, and do not require sharpening. They are removable, and can be replaced after many years of use. The electric tiller can be used with an outdoor extension cord of up to 150 feet, depending on the quality of the cord. Longer distances require a better grade of electric cord to prevent a drop off of power. Extension cords have an AWG rating, and the smaller the number, the thicker the wire. 16 AWG is fine for up to 50 feet. 150 feet requires a 12 AWG cord. $249.99

Bamboo Garden Gloves Garden in comfort with our new eco-friendly Bamboo Garden Gloves. Soft, stretchy bamboo fabric, combined with tough rubber grips makes these gloves great for everyday weeding, planting, and pruning prickly shrubs. Keep your hands dry, clean and free of scratches. Gloves are available with green and rust red colored grips, and fit the average adult hand. $9.00

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Garden Water Conservation Kit This Box has a set of water saving superstars that are perfect for those who want to have the right affordable tools to save water in the garden. This box will help you save up to 25% of the water you generally use in the garden, or thousands of gallons of perfectly good water every year. Households can easily use up to 400 gallons of water each day, with 120 gallons used outdoors-60 gallons a day going to watering lawns and gardens. So an important overall water savings plan includes having water- efficient landscaping and the right tools. It is easier than you think and will promote a healthy and thriving garden! This kit includes a Rainfall reader, water wick meter, hose leak repair kit, smart water use book, Water Saving Garden Nozzle, Garden Hose Timer, Coldwater Catcher, Water and Energy Home Audit. $77.25

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byBeaute’ eleMENts Unisex Spa, Salon, Boutique, Wine Bar & Wellness Center

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What’s Good For The Earth Is Great For Your Body Only Organic and / or Sustainable Products Are Used!

Meet The Owner Lorianne S. Riley, CMT

Artistic Director, Cosmetologist, Makeup Artist Lori is a business major that has been working in the beauty industry for approximately ten years. She has and will continue to combed the United States to find only the best organic and / or sustainable products available.

organic botanicals and use sustainable practices while producing their products.

Upon Entry

Upon arrival savor the aromatherapy of elegant spices, hear the trickling water from a fountain, and dare to enjoy 9 varietals of organic wines or a selection of Sierra Nevada beers. If an alcoholic beverage is not what you desire we also have a complementary tea bar and fruit infused water.

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Everything in the boutique is available for sale online. Including makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care,vitamins, candles, one-of-a-kind art, artisan jewelry, home goods, and luxury bedding, plus much, much, more... We also offer a wide variety of waxing services.

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Relax in the restful zen inspired spa adorned with aroma -therapeutic candles, chiming Tibetan Bells, and soothing background music. All facial, massage and body treatments are preformed with only the finest certified organic products. Each treatment begins with a cup of tea or fruit infused water, a botanical and healing salt foot bath, as well as a heated flax seed neck cozy.


The on premise boutique encompasses every product used during the salon and spa services, even the one -of-a kind art is available to take home.

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Nail Salon



We believe in giving back by re-using our industry by-products to make the world a better place to live. We donate hair to:

Only beautifully crafted organic products are used for our nail services. Nothing but the best!

Full Service Hair Salon

The salon is completely full service. Hair cuts, color, color correction, texturizing perms, relaxers, braiding, hair extensions, clipper cuts and old fashion hot shaves, as well as specializing in ethnic hair is what the talented hair styling team thrives at doing. All hair care products contain

Giving Back

Matter of Trust- Hair is used for nets to clean up oil spills. Locks of Love - Hair cuts are free to anyone that donates hair over ten inches long. The hair is used to make wigs for children that have lost their hair due to illness.

Hours of Operation Tuesday through Thursday 9am to 5pm

Friday through Saturday 10am to 5pm By Appointment Only 6am to 10am & 5pm to 9pm

Great Green Gift Ideas!

Great Green Gift Ideas! By Morgan Palilla and Lorianne S. Riley

Recycled Cotton Sari Scarf in Beautiful Colors! The fabric that is used to make these incredibly colorful scarves comes from Recycled Cotton Saris. Sari refers to the traditional dress that Indian women wear. The sari materials were purchased at a fair rate from poor areas of Calcutta, and the scarves have been tailored by a non-profit organization. The manufacturing of these beautiful accessories provides fair-wage jobs for over 50 men and women in one of the poorest areas on Earth. The scarf measures 8” wide and 70” long, approx. They can be wrapped several times for extra warmth, or worn just under the collar of a jacket for a lightweight colorful touch! Wear several together for a real color splash, and extra warmth. Makes a truly unique gift! $24.00.

Under $25

Ultra Hip LP Coasters Made From Recycled Vinyl Records

Sustainable Animal Love Support the planet and the animals that live on it with these ecofriendly mittens. Knitted from yarn spun out of the leftover material from apparel and upholstery factories that would have been discarded, they give your hands a welcome respite from the cold. Available in two conversationworthy animal patterns - “raccoon” and “fox”. Each mitten is made out of 75% recycled cotton and 25% acrylic. Made in the USA. $22.00

Made by American artist Jeff Davis, this cool set of six assorted drink coasters are made from the center of vintage, recycled record albums with the original labels intact. Set of 6. $20.85

Olive Wood Modern Carved Cross Necklace

Recycled Trash iPhone Case From ReCase Protect your iPhone 4 with the RE-Case, an elegantly designed snap-on iPhone 4 case “100% MADE FROM TRASH”. POLLI-BER is a Revolutionary Material made from re-engineered trash. Rice farming by-products, usually discarded as agricultural waste, are reprocessed and added to post-consumer thermo-plastics to form a new revolutionary group of materials. The reprocessed rice husks serve as a performance enhancer that counteracts the mechanical strength loss due to degradation of poly propylene as it is recycled. The end result is a highly durable material of architectural grade which is recyclable and able to be manufactured at an unbeatable minimum of CO2 emissions. $25.00

This beautiful contemporary elongated cross is made from olive wood and sanded, then lightly varnished. Comes on a black braided cord, this unique and simply cross is perfect for men and women. Hand made in the West Bank, this is such a special gift! Comes in a small jewelry gift pouch. Measures- Pendant is 1 1/2 inches, cord is 21 inches long. $8.00

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Great Green Gift Ideas! By Morgan and Lorianne S Riley

Under $100

Don’t Wine, Just Hang Up Your Coat! Hang up your coat and have a drink. This fresh and innovative coat rack features the top portions of wine bottles rescued before they went to the landfill. Elegant and interesting, these different colored bottle necks affixed to glass will look stunning hanging on your walls. Personalize your reclaimed wine bottle coat rack by putting your own memorable corks in the bottles. The rack comes with a set of four clasps. The clasps secure the rack with the screws provided. Make sure the clasps are positioned over wall studs for secure fastening. Do not install behind a door where it might get crushed. Do not hang excessive weight - designed to withstand weight from up to four heavy coats. It is advised to have a certified contractor install this rack. Handmade in Wisconsin. Item ID: 15988 Materials: recycled glass bottles 20” L x 3.5” W x 5” D Due to the recycled nature of this item, bottles may vary. $75.00

Organic New Baby Basket You will love this amazingly adorable, organic, five-piece layette set that makes sweet peas even sweeter! It all starts with a natural woven-wood basket filled with sweet peas. The graphic of a small, swaddled baby snuggled in half a pea pod appears on the blanket, PJs, cap and bib, and a green,sweet-pea pod rattle on top makes this a magnificent baby gift!

Green Toys Pizza Parlor

Features and Facts: New! Place your order and # Soft-beige, organic layette set watch your child pile your includes a 24 ½ “ x 28 ¾ “ blanket, slice high with all your favorite footed PJ’s, cap, bib and pea-pod rattle fixings. This interactive food # Blanket, PJ’s, hat and bib are set is eco-friendly, nontoxic imprinted with the Sweet Pea graphic and ideal for role play. 7.75” (a bundled baby in a pea pod) framed diameter Made from food-safe by sage-green faux stitching 100% recycled plastic milk # Machine-washable, 100% organic containers. Set includes four cotton pizza crusts, 20 pizza toppings, # Size 0-6 months a pizza cutter, Pizza Parlor order $64.99 forms, and a pizza delivery box. BPA- and phthalate-free. $27.99

Save the Cook Inlet Belugas There are only 340 beluga whales left in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. These musical white whales face serious threats from pollution and development -- including the massive and destructive Pebble Mine project -- in the Bristol Bay watershed. Your gift will help NRDC fight in federal court to ensure a future for these amazing and endangered whales. $35.00 22 Community Seeds . Winter 2011

Great Green Gift Ideas, Continued

Eco-Friendly Table-top Spherical Fire Eco-friendly, ethyl alcohol burning, Spherical Table-top Fireplace features a half sphere of stainless steel with a tempered glass tube, which embraces the flame creating a visually dynamic tabletop fire. Put it on your dining room table, outside on your patio, or just about anywhere you wish to enjoy the dancing flames. $269.00

Lap Top & Phone Solar Charger

Under $500

4K Gold Cascading Teardrops Earrings14K Rose and Yellow Reclaimed Gold Like a glistening waterfall on a summer evening, three strands of beads in warm tones of rose and yellow gold combine to create this organic earring full of shimmering movement. The high polished teardrop beads and ear wires in 14K recycled gold are offset beautifully by the satin finished round beads in 14K recycled rose gold. * 14K socially responsible rose and yellow gold * Mixed colors add fashion interest * Measures 2 and 1/4” in length * Finely crafted from durable gold that resists dents and scratches * Made in the USA $280.00

Charge almost any laptop with Solar Power! Take your laptop on your travels anywhere the sun shines without worrying about plugging into the grid. It can charge not only iPads and mini laptops but any normal laptop as well! You get 8 different connectors compatible with most of the makes and models of laptops available on the market today. Not only laptops but you can also charge your mobile phones as you get 4 different connectors for cell phones as well. There is a multi-functional LCD display that shows different charging status by solar, DC, digital devices status with simple icons - so you don’t need to be a geek to use this super handy dual purpose solar charger! Indeed your travel was never so worry free and fun! $199.00

Arbor Snow Board Arbor Coda 159cm 2012 Men’s Snowboard The Coda is Arbor’s answer to “all-aspect performance.” The medium-flex, directional-twin snowboard will go wherever you need it to. Be it carving groomers, weaving through the woods, or hitting those big kickers, the Coda from Arbor Snowboards has you covered. $499.99 www.communit 23


Victorian Christmas Nevada City Family Fun By Lorianne S Riley


f you are anything like me you don’t particularly like shopping during the holidays. It always seems like such a mad rush. I’ve tried to shop throughout the year and buy that perfect item when I happen to see it, but it never works out. I always have a couple more gifts I have to purchase in December because I couldn’t find anything earlier or I just forgot. So I still have to deal

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with the crowded malls anyway. Plus, when I did buy gifts early I would hide them away to never find them until two years later when I was deep cleaning the house! ell I found a solution to the December shopping blues and it’s not cyber shopping, it’s destination shopping! Yes that’s right destination shopping, at least that is the name I am coining


It’s Here!

to a webstore accessible to you!

Live The Lifestyle of... Sustainable Wishes... and Organic Dreams...


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City. Nevada City is a charming old gold love to shop local. mining town in Northern California set on a Boutiques in old hillside adorn with Victorian era structures down town areas and narrow streets always have the meant for horse and buggies. Nevada coolest gift ideas that are difficult to Cities elevation find anywhere else. is 2,477 feet, Plus I think supporting making It cold in December, small businesses is screaming a great idea that feels good too. There is even a with holiday designated day now every year that celebrates cheer. small business owners. In lieu of recognizing small business as a vital part of the economy, uring Victorian many Christmas, which is



celebrated on selected nights and days over a two week city organizations such as the Chamber of duration, all of the Commerce hold events merchants are dressed to drive revenue in Victorian style clothing and serve offerings to small business such as mulled wines and hot districts. Holiday cider to drink as you shop. events are very The streets are filled popular. with venders that sell one-of-a-kind items y


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ut the thing I love the most about the festivities is that it’s a fun family outing. This year I went with my mom, dad and husband. We shopped, tasted wine at the local winery tasting rooms, enjoyed local talent and ate at the towns charming restaurants. My parents had a great time, visited, got some shopping done and managed to catch some Christmas spirit. Now isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

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HOT! Sustainable New Years Getaway

By Lorianne S. Riley


like to think big when I consider how I am going to bring in the New Year. The City Center fits this bill at a whopping 16,797,000 square feet. The City Center was just opened in November of 2009. It consist of five large resort hotels, two casinos, 500,000 sq. ft. mall and residential condos. It even has its own zip code, fire department, energy plant and tram. The City Center boast of utilizing green technologies, such as using reclaimed water. Three of the Resorts on premise have received LEED certification.


he property within the City Center that I want to talk about is the Cosmopolitan. The Cosmopolitan is not LEED compliant but it does defiantly practice stainability. The Cosmopolitan is an opulent place to enjoy bringing in the New Year. This casino / hotel boast 800 hotel rooms and 2200 residential condos. On average each room is a little over 600 square feet in addition to a 150 square foot private balcony. The rooms have a kitchenette, small dining room and living area seperate from the bedroom. It almost feels like a home away from home; it’s that comfortable! The rooms are smart rooms, so you can control everything with one remote (TV, curtains, light etc...). And best of all, for us greenies, you have the option of participating in The Cosmopolitan

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conservation program. If requested, the lighting and temperature of your room will be pre-set for eco-efficiency.


hen in the lobby the pillars are alive with ever changing displays and the building directories are customer interactive touchscreens. This place is a techies dream! To the ‘Bar Chefs’ mixology is king. The bars serve drinks with fresh herbs; there is no such thing as a bad drink. There are eleven restaurants ranging from high quality to inexpensive, which are located in the resorts upstairs mall along with some fun, funky stores that wont brake the bank. If you want to take a break from shopping and don’t want to go in a restaurant or sit on a bench, don’t worry you can play pool. That’s right, there is pool tables along with comfortable sitting areas in the walk ways of the mall. Pretty cool huh?


nough with the amenities, this place is just fun. If you are into really bringing the New Year in with a bang, the Cosmopolitan will be featuring Stevie Wonder as their New Years Eve show. But if that’s not your style, there is a indoor / outdoor night club that is said to be one of the best in Las Vegas. There are a lot of fun things to do. I might just see you there!

Sites: Benston, Liz (2008-05-16). “CityCenter will not all open at once after all”. Las Vegas Sun. gaming/2008/may/16/citycenter-will-not-all-open-once-after-all/. KTNV News at 11

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Herbal Healer

Tribal’s Health Practices For Children

By Deepak Acharya, Sanjay Pawar and Anshu Shrivastava

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ITribal’s Health Practices For Children


ndigenous tribesmen in India have been practicing herbal treatment from time immemorial. The knowledge is passed from generation to generation through the words of mouth. Tribal practices are safe and effective for the use with children of all ages. The authors have extensively worked among the indigenous tribesmen of various remote pockets in India and have documented their herbal formulation. In this article, they attempt to share few important herbal practices performed by the tribesmen for curing children health disorders (Acharya and Shrivastava, 2011).


ripe fruits of Jack Fruit the indigenous knowledge (Artocarpus heterophyllus) pertaining to preventive is boiled in water, and once and curing measures for cooled down, one glass various child health disorders of this drink is given as a and their nutritive food health tonic. habits from various tribal pockets (Patalkot, Dangs • Leaves and seeds of and Aravallis) in India. Lollipop Climber The company is presently (Bryonopsis laciniosa) are validating few very important used as a tonic. They are and potential herbal practices boiled in water and later and trying to add value to it. given to the child. The herbal practice databank • of company comprises • Dry Indian Gooseberry more than 20000 different (Emblica officinalis) fruits herbal healing methods and Sesame (Sesamum which include nutraceuticals indicum) in equal amount and practices related to is said to be effective as women and child health care tonic if given 20 days too. During the extensive along with honey. documentation, we have come across various multi-faceted approaches by the tribals to MEMORY make their children strong and BOOSTER powerful.

t is important to understand that the children today are under immense pressure of stress. The stress can anytime • Equal quantity of Indian convert into many health TONIC Asparagus (Asparagus ailment associated with it. The racemosus) root powder, uncontrolled diet, encounter • Water or milk extract of Indian Pennywort with continuous television the Sweet Flag (Acorus (Centella asiatica) leaves, viewing and less exposure calamus) is said to be good Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza to natural environment for brain, it works as a glabra) roots and Dwarf results many health related tonic. Morning Glory (Evolvulus issues.. Abhumka Herbal alsinoides) whole plant is Private limited- India is a company engrossed and dedicated to research and product development of preventive and curative health care products with Jackfruit special reference to child healthcare. It has been • Mashed pulp of the Indian Asparagus involved in documenting

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taken and mixed thoroughly. One teaspoonful powder with milk is given everyday. • Thyme Leaved Gratiola (Bacopa monnieri) powder is mixed with Ashoka (Saraca indica) bark powder and 5g of this formulation is given everyday. • Powder of Indian Pennywort (2g), Dwarf Morning Glory (Evolvulus alsinoides) (5g), Almond (Prunus amygdalus) seeds (2 nos.) and Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) fruit (1 no) is mashed in water and added to 500 ml milk/. It is boiled and given for 6 months. It is said to be an effective memory booster. • The young plants of Dwarf Morning Glory are soaked in water for an over night. The mixture is filtered next day and given to the children.

jatamansi) are suggested by herbal healers for memory enhancement in children.


• Half cooked curry of Fennel (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is good for increasing memory power and mental strength.

WEIGHT GAINING • The Indian Bdellium (Commiphora wightii) gum is prescribed by the indigenous herbal healers. It should be taken with honey everyday in the morning. It works as an appetizer and also it is considered to improve digestion.


Dwarf Morning Glory

• The aromatic rhizomes of Indian Nard (Nardostachys

is mixed properly and chapattis are prepared.. It has a good nutritive value and help in gaining the weight.

• For improving immunity and resistance power, False Black Pepper (Embelia ribes) seed powder is boiled in milk and given daily.

SPEECH DISORDER • Children are advised to chew rhizome of Sweet Flag. It cures stammering and speech related problem among children.

DIARRHEA DIGESTIVE DISORDERS • In bleeding diarrhea, Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) root powder with sugar and honey is given along with a glassful of rice starch.

• Equal amount of Finger • For controlling bleeding Millet (Eleusine coracana), in stool, Bitter Oleander, Wheat (Triticum aestivum) (Holarrhena pubescens) and Corn (Zea mays) flour and Mat Bean (Vigna

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ITribal’s Health Practices For Children, Continued

aconitifolia) are mixed, powdered and a decoction is made. The formulation is given for 7 consecutive days. • Powder of Green Chirayta (Andrographis paniculata) roots or juice of the same is given 2-3 times a day. Only milk is recommended to the child during the medication.

VOMITING • In vomiting, Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) powder with sugar and honey is given.


• About 50g Mango Ginger (Curcuma amada) rhizome should be taken for 5 days. It kills intestinal worms. Fresh slice of Mango Ginger also acts as good anthelmintic.

(Curcuma longa) rhizome powder is added in milk and boiled. This milk serves as a good antitussive formula.

Common Rue plant juice is given to children as a remedy for worms.

• Add Carum, milk and Turmeric powder in an earthen pot and boil for 15 minutes. It should be given as a hot drink.

Mixture of False Black Pepper, Carom (Trachyspermum ammi) powder and black salt is given everyday before going to bed.

• Equal proportion of Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and Liquorice powder is said to be very effective in curing cough and cold.


• A decoction of Basil (Ocimum sanctum) leaves (10 nos.) and Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) seeds (2 nos.) is very effective cure.

• A mixture of Malabar Nut (Adhatoda zeylanica) leaves juice and honey is given.

• About 10g Cumin • About 1 teaspoonful raw (Cuminum cyminum) Onion (Allium cepa) juice seeds are roasted in earthen along with little honey pot and powdered. This should be placed in a dark powder is mixed with 1 room for 3 to 4 hours. It teaspoon Onion (Allium makes an excellent cough cepa) juice so that it syrup. becomes a paste. This formulation has to be given • Citron (Citrus medica) empty stomach in the fruit juice (5ml), pinch of morning. roasted Asafoetida (Ferula foetida) and Liquorice • Juice of the Bone Setter powder (5g) should be (Cissus quadrangularis) mixed and given along plant (25 ml) is said to be with sugar. very effective in intestinal worms. • About 1g Turmeric

• Black Pepper seed powder, Ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome powder and Belleric Myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica) fruit powder are mixed together and taken along with honey. • Carom seeds are roasted along with Turmeric rhizome powder and rock salt. It should be taken twice a day. • Crush dry Ginger and add equal amount of jaggery (unrefined sugar) to it. This

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mixture cures cold and cough. • Ginger rhizome, Basil leaves and honey is good remedy.

FEVER • A decoction is prepared by mixing Malabar Nut leaves, Giloe (Tinospora cordifolia) and honey. This combination is given to children twice a day. • Garlic (Allium sativum) bulbs are given at the time of dinner. • Green Chirayta leaves (11 nos.), Black Pepper seeds (5 nos.) are taken and boiled water, filtered and given twice a day.



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• Long Pepper (Piper longum) leaf extract mixed with Ginger extract and honey is said to be good. • Powder or decoction of the Indian Gentian (Swertia chirata) plant is given 2-3 times a day. • To cure typhoid fever, Giloe juice with honey is given orally.


• Seeds of False Black Pepper, Pyrenees Monkshood (Aconitum ferox) bud, Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) and Long • Decoction of Neem Pepper is crushed and (Azadirachta indica) twigs, prepared fine powder. Indian Gentian (Swertia About 5g powder should chirata) and Coriander be given orally with honey. (Coriandrum sativum) is prepared and given orally.


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• Whitehead (Enicostema axillare) leaf juice (5g) and Black Pepper seeds (3-5 nos.) are taken orally.

• Decoction of Ginger rhizome powder and Chebulic Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) fruit powder is prepared. To it, a pinch of Long Pepper (Piper longum) is added and taken twice a day.

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PNEUMONIA • Bitter Cucumber (Citrullus colocynthis) root powder and pinch of black salt in lukewarm water is given to treat pneumonia in children.

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Much valuable knowledge he indigenous Indian about uses of plants is still tribals have accrued endemic to a few seniorconsiderable knowledge in most persons. This traditional this field of potential interest and they very well identify the knowledge is disappearing plants which could be utilized even faster than the plants themselves. The forest plays for children’s health. With a vital role in the life and the opening of new vistas of ethnobotanical studies during economy of tribal and rural peoples. The rapid loss of last century, the scope of forest cover due to over ethnobotany has now greatly enlarged, both in terms of it’s dependency poses a serious threat. Semi-modernization, theoretical contributions to an understanding of plant-human relationships, as well as for the practical applications of the biological knowledge of ethnic groups about herbal medicines. Ethnobotany has become an important and crucial area of research in recent years. The herbal practices mentioned Dr Deepak Acharya with Herbal Healers in this article are purely transmigration, deforestation derived from the grassroot urbanization have threatened knowledge of healers the survival of traditional practicing in a community. cultures. There is a greater need to evaluate this knowledge The current devastation of scientifically so that one can indigenous people and the get cheaper, safer and ecoecological systems that they friendly options for better have conserved, managed health. and intimately known for he loss of ethnobotanical millennia, requires new and drastic steps. Modernization diversity associated with and colonization has shaken indigenous people is one of the very base of diverse tribal the great crises of this time.


cultures; many of them are declaiming and becoming acculturated at an alarming rate. These processes have already led to a great loss of the empirical knowledge that the forest-dwelling tribes have had. Our great concern, therefore, lies in the progressive divorcement of people in traditional societies from dependence upon the immediate environment and rapid disintegration of aboriginal traits with acculturation. There is an urgent need for ethnobotanical documentation before information is permanently lost (Acharya and Shrivastava, 2008).


e here with acknowledge herbal healers from Patalkot, Dangs and Aravallis for sharing their immense knowledge.

References Acharya, D. and Shrivastava, A. 2008. Indigenous Herbal Medicines: Tribal Formulations and Traditional Herbal Practices. Aavishkar Publishers Distributors, Jaipur. ISBN 978-81-7910252-7. Acharya, D, Shrivastava, A. 2011. Ethnomedicinal Plants of Gujarat State. Forest Department, Gujarat, Gandhinagar. ISBN 8190311484. 412pp.

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Green Scene-Celebrations Victorian Christmas

eld in December for five days and nights, scattered within a two week period of time, the shop windows and the town’s streets are decorated to the nines. Mulled wine and hot chocolate are the featured drinks to keep you warm while roaming the town streets filled with venders and carolers. A true holiday wonderland is the scene in Nevada City, CA . If you need to capture the Christmas spirit and get some shopping done, this is the place to take your family. - By Lorianne S. Riley


Christmas Preview


tart your Christmas shopping off early in Chico, CA. The Sunday before Thanksgiving at 5pm every year downtown Chico merchants hold a Christmas extravaganza filled with savings and Christmas Cheer! - By Lorianne Riley,

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Green Scene-Celebrations Wooden / Johnson Wedding


ames Dean Johnson and Kelly Dianne Wooden exchanged vows outside of Santa Cruz, CA, on Saturday the 22nd of October, 2011. - By Lorianne Riley, Photos courtesy of Emily S. Wheeler

Riley’s, Franky’s, 5th Street Steak House, LaSalles & eleMENts Christmas Party


n annual company Christmas party was held in Chico, CA on December 5th. Employees, venders and guests enjoyed spending time, drinks and food together at La Salles. - By Lorianne Riley

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Green Scene-Festivals Green Festival


hink of Green Festival™ as a walk through a sustainable community. It begins with finding solutions to help make our lives healthier—socially, economically and environmentally. Individuals along with business and community leaders come together to discuss critical issues that impact us at home and abroad. Organizations and businesses showcase programs and products that restore the planet and all that inhabit it. Neighbor-to-neighbor connections are formed, and skills are shared to empower people to create positive change in the world. For more information http://www. Sara Needham, Photos courtesy of Ata Toth-Fejel and Green Festival

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Green Scene-Festivals

Folsom Live For a fun weekend filled with live music, check out Folsom Live! Folsom Live is held in late September, featuring 30 bands and 10 stages for two fun filled evenings in old downtown Folsom. All the stores, watering holes and restaurants stay open during the event. The streets are closed and it’s just one big, fun party! Folsom Live is produced with Hope Productions Foundation in support of childrens charities. For more information http:// - By Lorianne S. Riley

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Lori’s Book Pick By Lorianne S. Riley


in Tin Tin is a fun, well thought out read about the true life story of a legendary dog and his master. The book talks about how his master Duncan found him, the relationship they had and Tinni’s rise to fame. Rin Tin Tin was one of the largest movie stars in Hollywood back in the early 1900s, making over 26 films. This is a book that I highly recommend. It is very interesting to read about the bond between a man and his dog. It will pull at your heart strings. -By Lorianne S. Riley

Movie Review ‘Connected’ By Lorianne S. Riley


ow, what an interesting movie about the evolution of man and how technology and nature are so profound to our existence as a whole. The movie was an homage to writer Tiffany Shlain’s father, Leonard Shlain, a Brain Surgeon and author of three books on the subject of physics and evolution. It explains how everything is so interconnected and how people used technology in the early days to be less connected to the earth and its creatures. Now people are shifting their thoughts through the web and recognizing that we have to consider how technology can help or hurt the delicate balance of the earth’s ecosystem. The world is having an Ah Ha moment and a new kinder revolution is heading our way! To find out more 50 Community Seeds . Winter 2011

Making A Difference

Conservation is Key Even During Winter By Mike Pembroke


ow that December is upon us, you might be less inclined to think about water conservation. After all, the weather is cooler and wetter, football season is well underway, and the holidays are fast approaching. But no matter how many holiday parties you must attend, games you must watch, or stockings you must stuff, water conservation is still essential year-round.


y now you have no doubt seen or heard news stories about limitations on the state’s water supply due to environmental and operational concerns. There is some good news: there are still adequate water supplies to meet our community’s needs without requiring

mandatory conservation right now.


owever, we will be required by the state of California to achieve a 20% reduction in customers’ water use by December 31, 2020, so it is still important to reduce your water usage and use water efficiently, regardless of the season. he first and most impactful thing you can do to reduce your winter water usage is to turn off your automatic sprinkler system and let Mother Nature do the watering for you. It is also important to check your system regularly and adjust sprinkler heads to avoid overspray— doing so can save 20 gallons every time you water.

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Some other tips:


ash only full loads in the clothes washer. That saves up to 100 gallons of water per week. Wash only full loads in the dishwasher, too. Half-loads use the same amount of water. ix leaky faucets. A little drip may not seem like much, but a faucet that drips just five times a minute can waste more than 200 gallons of water per year. horten your shower by five minutes, and save up to 70 gallons of water per week.

nd turn off the tap while you brush your teeth to save up to 70 gallons of water per month. While you’re at it, turn off the tap while you shave or peel vegetables, too. orking together, we can make conservation a part of our everyday lives, even when there’s a chill in the air and a fire in the fireplace. Whether it’s winter, summer, spring, or fall, your efforts to use water wisely are essential.





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Healthy Living

Medicinal Plants You Should Know Dr. Deepak Acharya


he traditional storage of ethnobotanical knowledge in memory and practices has a long history and must go back to the beginning of human existence. Likewise, ethnobotany is of great age in India, where it has been described in several ancient literatures. One of the most important sources is the Rig Veda (1200-900 BC), which has been useful in the attempt to identify the source of the traditional medicine system, also known as ‘Ayurveda’. Application of such herbal remedies has also been mentioned in the Atharva Veda (around 3,000 to 2,000 BC). It was in the 19th

century when scientists started focusing on the active components found in herbs that gave a way to the research on molecular level. Herbs like Caraway, Cardamom, Turmeric, Aniseed, Clove, Cumin seeds, Basil, Ginger etc. are a few among the gigantic range of culinary herbs. The wild plants have been providing an important source of medicine and food since time immemorial. In an attempt to feature traditional herbal applications, the author aims to feature one herb in each issue of this magazine. www.communit 53

Medicinal Plants You Should Know

Crab’s Eye Botanical Name: Abrus precatorius L. Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae) Vernacular Names in India: Liluwani, Raturmani (Assamese); Chunhali, Kunch (Bengali); Chanothi, Gunja (Gujarati); Ganchi, Gunchi, Rati (Hindi); Ganji, Gul-Ganju, Guluganji, Madhuka (Karnataka); Kunni, Kunnikuru (Malayalam); Chanoti, Gunchi, Gunja (Marathi); Gunja, Runji (Oriya); Labrigunchi, Ratak (Punjabi); Gunja (Sanskrit); Gundumani, Kuntumani (Tamil); Guruginia, Guruvenda (Telugu). Plant Profile and Distribution: Much-branched, woody, perennial, deciduous, twining or climbing herbs; leaves paripinnate; leaflets oblong, mucronate; flowers pinkish-white, in axillary racemes; pods turgid, with a sharp deflexed beak; seeds glossy shining red, with black blotch around the hilum. Commonly found in mixed and dry deciduous forests in moist shady localities Medicinal Importance The seeds are considered abortifacient, anodyne, aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, emollient, febrifuge, hemostat, laxative, purgative, refrigerant, sedative, vermifuge, antidote and used in various ailments to cure headache, snakebite, blennorrhagia, boil, cancer, cold, colic, conjunctivitis, convulsion, cough, diarrhea, fever, gastritis, gonorrhea, jaundice, malaria, nightblindness, ophthalmia and rheumatism. The seeds are also used to treat diabetes and chronic nephritis. Leaves, roots and seeds are used for medicinal purposes. The plant is used in some traditional medicine to treat scratches and sores and wounds caused by dogs, cats and mice, and are also used with other ingredients to treat leucoderma. The leaves are used for their anti-suppurative properties. They are ground with lime and applied on acne sores, boils and abscesses. The plant is also traditionally used to treat tetanus, and to prevent rabies. Various African tribes use powdered seeds as oral contraceptives. Traditional Tribal Formulations Leaves of the plant mixed with sugar are excellent 54 Community Seeds . Winter 2011

in laryngitis. Five gram root boiled in milk is given to unproductive males. White leprosy is cured with the leaf extract of the plant mixed with roots of Wild leadwort (Plumbago zeylanica). Hair growth is promoted when the extract of whole plant is applied over the scalp. Fresh extract of roots of this plant is good in cough. Crushed root of Crab’s Eye taken with pure clarified butter thrice a day for 4 consecutive days to cure cough. Paste of roots is administered to cure abdominal pains and tumors. The paste with fresh rhizome of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is applied on wounds. This paste is also taken orally as a single dose once only for abortion. In migraine, roots are flattened in water and the sap is dropped in nasal cavities. In chickenpox, leaves of this plant and Casotr (Ricinus communis) seeds are crushed and a mixture is prepared. The mixture is then applied in eyes. To add to sperm count, roots are boiled in milk and taken orally with sugar. In mouth ulcer, leaves are taken alongwith sugar. In diabetes, leaves of the plant, Henna (Lawsonia inermis) and Carum seeds (Trachyspermum ammi) are mixed and taken with sugar. Paste of leaf is applied on affected part in case of arthritis. In paralysis, Crab’s eye seeds, bark of Indian Oleander (Nerium indicum) roots, Dhatura (Datura fastuosa) leaves are grounded and powdered. The powder should be mixed in Sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil and patient should be given massage with it. (Acharya and Shrivastava, 2008, 2011) References Acharya, D. and Shrivastava, A. 2008. Indigenous Herbal Medicines: Tribal Formulations and Traditional Herbal Practices. Aavishkar Publishers Distributors, Jaipur. ISBN 97881-7910-252-7. Acharya, D, Shrivastava, A. 2011. Ethnomedicinal Plants of Gujarat State. Forest Department, Gujarat, Gandhinagar. ISBN 8190311484. 412pp.

Moving is the best medicine. Keeping active and losing weight are just two of the ways that you can fight osteoarthritis pain. In fact, for every pound you lose, that’s four pounds less pressure on each knee. For information on managing pain, go to

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Healthy Living

An Interview With Lev Of Lev’s Original Kombucha Interviewed By Lorianne S. Riley Written by Morgan PALILLA


met Lev at the Monterey Bay Aquarium during the 10th Annual Cooking Solutions Show. It is an event devoted to sustainable cuisine and cooking solutions. He had a booth along with 50 to 70 other venders out on the veranda of the aquarium, facing the ocean. It was a beautiful venue and he was a pleasure to speak with. During my brief visit with him, I learned that he makes a variety of products consisting of kombucha, kombucha extract, tea vinegar and mustard. I also learned the he produces these products outside of San Francisco on the old naval base Treasure Island. I was fascinated and wanted to find out more about him, his location and 56 Community Seeds . Winter 2011

the beneficial drink that he produces. Lev was kind enough to allow me to interview him and a few months later, unbeknownst, I visited his business to find that he it is located in the old prison kitchen. The building is shared with a number of other businesses including a winery. In fact, there is a number of wineries and tasting rooms located on the Island. So if you are going over the bay bridge and want to take a pit stop, check out Treasure Island. It’s an interesting place with a lot of (no pun intended) little treasures, including a beautiful view. by Lorianne S. Riley

An Interview with Lev of Lev’s Original Kombucha,

: “Helpful bacteria called probiotics are what are in the drink. Although, There are many grey areas. You need a lot of it on a constant basis for it to really do its job. Everyone has to find out what works for him or her. Kombucha is not a just another


health drink. Probiotics are very personal you have to get what works for you. There are no guidelines for probiotics.” : “How can you enlighten me on kombucha tea?” : “The process involves sugar and yeast converting to alcohol then a culture is added which forms into amino acids (similar process to making and drinking vinegar). Some like it more acidic some less acidic.”

: “Is Kombucha Tea FDA approved?”



: “So it’s made from the fermenting process of the tea right?” : “Yes the culture called kombucha (bacteria) is added to the fermenting process.”

: “Tell me about the flavor?” : “Flavor is very important many companies on the market are making it. What sets us apart is that we are trying to stay away from sugars, so ours is sour. Sugar defeats the health purposes!”


: “Is it like drinking vinegar?”

: “Apple cider vinegar is associated with the simple things needed for digestion, but kombucha vinegar is better for you. It has different amino acids. Also, the green tea has a lot of extra enzymes and minerals that regular vinegar doesn’t have.”


: “Is it Jewish?”

: “No. Back in the early Roman days they used the vinegar with the water and that kind of purified /sterilized it. It also makes more sense health wise. It is very big in Eastern Europe.” : “I have problems with digestion, so I tired it, I don’t know if it helped or not. How do you think it is beneficial?”


: “It’s not FDA approved because we don’t make claims. This tea is solely for people who want to use it for digestion health benefits.”


: “What are all the flavors available?” : “The popular flavors include: Mint (original), Mango (sweetest), Currant (high antioxidants), and Hibiscus (vitamin C on top on vitamin B12).”


: “Where are you guys based?” : “We are based and produced in San Francisco, California.”

:” What’s the best way to buy the Kombucha tea?” :” I would say to grow your own Kombucha like you grow flowers in a garden.”


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Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas By Stephanie McHugh

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Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas

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ift wrapping can be a fun task during the stressful holiday season. However, spending money on fancy gift wrap that just ends up in the trash can be wasteful. Why not get creative with it?

Using newspaper or tissue paper to wrap gifts is easy and recyclable. Finding the comic section is a fabulous idea to wrap and keep it cheap. You can also use computer paper and magazine cut outs to make a collage while personalizing a special someone’s gift. It’s also fun to pick and choose what to include on your package. Printing messages on computer paper can be easy and fun, just let the gift do all the talking!


1. Felt and Rose Ribbon

2. Tissue Paper and Shells

3. Magazine Clippings

4. Computer Message


ut you don’t always need paper and a bow to wrap a gift.

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Using felt is an excellent resource that most people already have. Including natural objects on the gift is also a way of making it look fancy while at the same time reusing items such a sea shells, sand dollars, bow tie pasta, mistletoe, or feathers. Or try using containers that require no wrapping at all! Just decorate it with lace, ribbon, puff paint, or even jewels. Also, consider personalizing a gift by making your own holiday tags to add a nice touch to finish off the present. You can use recycled cards, construction paper, stickers, or stamp names or messages on Popsicle sticks too.


Key Notes • • • •

Have Fun Think Outside The Box Make It A One Of A Kind Be Creative

sing these techniques and thinking outside the box is fun and requires no extra trips to the store during the busy holiday season. Make the gifts you’re giving truly, one of a kind!

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Kitchen Widgets By Lorianne S. Riley ecycled Glass Traffic Light Lens Counter Bowl In Red Means Go Faster!


Made from a recycled traffic light lens, this glass bowl is lovingly hand made by TrafficlightWare® and features a rubber base. These reclaimed and repurposed lenses are cleaned, polished, and ready for use! Use this bowl on your countertop to display candles, a seasonal centerpiece or as a catch-all in the entryway for keys and mail • •

Made in USA Not dishwasher safe due to rubber base - please hand wash. For display only.

Costs $39.95 at


apturing the look and feel of glass shaped by ocean waves, SeaGlass offers a variety of shapes and colors to create your signature style, season, mood or food service. The uses are endless with our Sea Glass Collection. Great for bread, salad, canapes, sushi, candles, desserts, soaps, jewelry, use your imagination! These beautiful combinations are an instant eye opener. Gracefully Transforming recycled glass into elegant pieces of art that also offer functionality & purpose. •Material: Post-industrial/ pre-consumer recycled glass colored, textured, bent. •Care: Dishwasher safe microwave safe for heating. Costs $79.95 to $175.00 at


ave time and money with a halogen oven that requires no preheating or defrosting.

* Cooks 50% faster than conventional ovens saving you time * Uses 75% less energy than conventional ovens so you can reduce energy bills * Healthier cooking - no fat or oil is required to cook * Smoke free, odor free cooking that won’t heat up your kitchen * Holds up to eight pounds of meat and more with an extender ring * No preheating or defrosting is ever required Costs $131.94 at

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Cook’s Corner Chef Nathan Lyon is known for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS), Nathan was the creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), and among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star. www.communit 63

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Raw Kale Salad with Feta, Pine Nuts, and Cranberries by Nathan Lyon


his is a great healthy side dish for the holidays. The antioxidant packed kale is a nice twist on the traditional holiday fare. Kale possesses qualities that are linked to cancer protection and lowered cholesterol. This paired with the old holiday favorites, dried cranberries and pine nuts will be sure to please your guest and will have them asking for more. Photo courtesy of Nathan Lyon

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Raw Kale Salad with Feta, Pine Nuts, and Cranberries

INGREDIENTS: Serves Four Salad: 1 bunch curly kale ¼ cup pine nuts ¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped roughly ¼ cup toasted almonds, chopped roughly ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas) ½ cup dried cranberries, preferably unsweetened 3 large oranges ½ cup crumbled feta cheese Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Vinaigrette: 1 medium shallot, peeled and diced finely (3 tablespoons) 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (from the oranges) ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Strip the tender leaves from the tough stems of the kale; discard the stems. Rinse and dry the leaves, then roll them up and slice into thin strips. You should have approximately 5 packed cups of kale ribbons. 2. Cut the peel and pith off the oranges, then segment them by cutting between the dividers. Discard any seeds, but reserve the juice for the vinaigrette. 3. In a medium container with a tight fitting lid, combine the vinaigrette ingredients, close the lid tightly, and shake well to combine. Or, whisk to combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. 4. Add the kale, nuts, seeds, cranberries, orange segments, and crumbled feta to a large serving bowl. Drizzle half the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper, adding more vinaigrette if needed. 5. Wonder aloud why you didn’t make this salad sooner, then serve.

Note: Other optional ingredients that go wonderfully in kale salads are sunflower seeds, diced avocado, and diced apples.

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Dreamy Sustainable Garden Fresh Libations Holiday Spirits

by Sean Delloiacono

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Garden Fresh Libations

Fig and Toasted Pecan Cocktail One small hand full of toasted pecans Three ripe figs One bag of “Wholesome Fair Trade Certified Organic Sweeteners” 1 ¼ Ounces of Courvoisier Cognac V.S. 1 ¼ Ounces of Disaronno Amaretto 1 Ounce of “Organic Valley” Half and Half Crush the pecans in the cocktail shaker with a muddler, next add the figs and one heaping spoonful of Wholesome Fair Trade Certified Organic Sugar in the shaker with the pecans and muddle all three ingredients together. Pour the Courvoisier and the Disaronno into the mixture with one scoop of ice. Shake as hard as you can for about twenty seconds. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass over ice. Top the cocktail with a splash of your Organic Half and Half then garnish with a slice of fig and a candied pecan. Enjoy.

Organic Hot Buttered Rum One stick of “Organic Valley Pasture Butter” One ½ cup of “Wholesome Fair Trade Certified Dark Brown Sugar” One Large Heaping Scoop Alden’s Organic Ice Cream 1 tea spoon Ground Cinnamon 1 tea spoon Ground Nutmeg 1 pinch Ground Cloves One bottle of “Crusoes Spiced Organic Rum” Place a half cup of brown sugar, one stick of your pasture butter, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted about ten minutes. After the mixture has cooled pour into a bowl over a large scoop of the ice cream and mix it all up until smooth. Spoon as much of this delicious mixture as you see fit into a large mug add two ounces of Crusoes Spiced organic rum and top with boiling water. Stir and sprinkle with a pinch of ground cloves. Enjoy.

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Cook’s Corner

Food Bites By Lorianne S. Riley

2006 Abbots Reserve This wine is 50% St. James Syrah and 50% Nichelini Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a beautiful burgundy color with rich aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry and cherry, as well as soft tones of smoke and anise. The texture is smooth with a nice lengthy finish. Where to fined

2007 Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvee New release. Vintage dated each year, the Domaine Carneros Brut cuvée represents the best of Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made into a classic sparkling wine. 90 Points & Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast Where to fined

Small pecan pie Our pecan pie is deliciously moist and chock full of pecans. This 6” pie is perfect for dinner parties and holiday gatherings. It’s so good, you won’t want to share. Plus, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free!

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was the night before hristmas By Lorianne S. Riley

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hile visions of sugarplums danced in their heads...

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Three Silver Rings: Chocolate Diamond Pink Sapphire Encased in Gold Bezel Yellow Sapphire



hen, what to my wondering eyes should appear... appear,..

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Copper and Silver Earrings with Fresh Water Cultured Pearls

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ith God to guide and strength to toil,


he moon on the breast of the newfallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, Ribbon Candy Collection Earrings Silver & 24k Gold Eco Friendly Pink Sapphires

- Clement Clarke Moore

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What You Need To Know to Achieve The Looks Fabrics & Details

Where To Find Kon.Jo, chico CA 530-342-1222 AicoraGems

“Jewelry Box” Gallery


Designs by

It’s All About The Accessories

Oregon Sunstone Necklace Two Strands Of Fresh Water Cultured Pearls

Copper and Silver Necklace with Fresh Water Cultured Pearls

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Handmade Copper Bracelet with Chocolate Diamond Encased in Silver Bezel

Tulip Whitewash Basic Threads Geralyn Sheridan Designs

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‘Tis the Season...

For looking radiant For feeling wonderful For sharing your joy

Rosemira Organics offers luxurious, natural, spa quality skin care products. Our products are made in small batches to ensure quality and consistency, and always using only the highest quality ingredients. For the holidays, our festive kits, body butters and bath salts make the perfect gifts. Shop our full line at Reference promo code SEEDS11 for free local delivery. 4FCBTUPQPM $"ttJOGP!SPTFNJSBPSHBOJDTDPNtXXXSPTFNJSBPSHBOJDTDPN

Earth Friendly Beauty Products

Earth Friendly Beauty Products By Lorianne S. Riley


etter Me Beauty Kit


A selection of 2 exotic body scrubs and a floral body butter. Re-define your bathing experience. Kit includes:

regnancy Gift Set Bag

Packaged in a pretty natural fiber bag, this organic beauty care gift set is a perfect present for a pregnant co-worker, relative, or friend. The trio of organic pregnancy essentials includes: Stretch Mark Oil to condition delicate skin on the belly, breasts, and thighs; a canvas pouch of Mommy-to-Be Milk Bath, which decreases irritation and itching on stretched pregnant skin; and Back Rub Oil to release tightness and induce sleep with lavender and Roman chamomile. Erbaviva is one of the few companies with skin care products certified organic by the USDA. Can be found at

• Refine Me – Petals & Spice Body Scrub – 2 oz • Take Me - An exquisite and fine Gardenia Dry Sugar Scrub – 2 oz • Alluring Jasmine – A tantalizing Body Butter - 4 oz Can be found at organic-skin-care.asp


ruit Pigmented Lip Glaze Boysenberry

100% Natural, 100% Vegan, Gluten free Beautiful brick red. Gorgeous colors from fruit pigments in a moisturizing base of avocado and cocoa butters. 100% natural formula will give your lips a sheer wash of fruit pigmented color while nourishing your lips with vitamins and antioxidants Can be found at


linically validated, proprietary blend of fruit stem cells, Vitamin C & Resveratrol-rich organic juices. Kit includes:

• 1.7 oz. Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer • .17 oz. Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment • .33 oz. Stem Cellular Repair Booster Serum. Can be found at

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Eco Toys For Boys

By Lorianne S. Riley and Stephanie McHugh


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he Shimano Curado E baitcasting reel is an award winning baitcasting reel with premium features and top notch performance.


prout Men’s ST3202BKOL EcoFriendly Multi-Function Dial and Olive Corn Resin Bracelet Watch • Olive green corn resin case • Grey engraved bezel • Black corn resin dial with grey bamboo day, date and 24 hour sub-dials • Arabic numerals; White hour hands • Sweep second hand; Printed outside minute track • Olive corn resin bracelet with adjustable fold over buckle

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• New Construction

• Remodels • Additions • Kitchens • Baths • Decks 35 Years

License # 930420

Why build green?...

Of Experience Counts!

...We do it for

their future Build it GREEN (BIG) Member

...No job too big or small...

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Eco Community Seeds, Winter 2011 Issue  

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