Eco Community Seeds, Summer 2013

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Summer 2013


Thinking Globally, Living Locally

Community Seeds Magazine

The Healthy Human Recipe

A True Ironman Summer is for Flowering Perennials !

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From the Editor

A Note From the Editor

Dog Day’s Of Summer!


o, this issue isn’t devoted to Fido. What it is devoted to is everything that makes Summer more beautiful fun and enjoyable. In the pages of this issue you will find landscaping tips for easy care flower bed options. A wonderful BBQ recipe to enjoy with friends. Welcoming DIY inexpensive wreath ideas, great summer fashion and much, much more... Also we are proud to announce the Community Seeds Foundation which is a non-profit charitable fund concentrated on donating and giving back to Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties. 1% of all profits from the Eco Community Seeds magazine will be going directly to the foundation in order to support and better our local communities. The foundation supports local rescued farm animals including sheep, pigs, cattle, and chickens. It helps keep family farmers in the area on their land by promoting food from their farms and helping their farms thrive. We will also donate to feeding the hungry through member food banks and engaging the community in the fight to end hunger. The foundation will also help provide hairpieces to local financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss of any diagnosis. As well as supporting Natural Abundance Programs such as donating hair and money to create buoys to soak up oil spills in the ocean.

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The profits will also go to assisting animals in areas of conflict and disaster and protecting animals that are in risk. It supports rescued abandoned domestic cats within the greater Chico urban area. Lastly, the foundation will give to the practice of healing massage therapy that tailors to the specific needs of their clients. As always we are always moving and shaking around here and we are always working on ways that we can contribute to the community. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more exciting things to come. Cheers!

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In Every Features Issue

2 Magazine Information 3 Note From the Editor 8 Issue Contributors 24 Eco Kids Photos 28 Green Scene 64 Advertisers Index


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10 Vaca In L.A. 12 The Health Human Recipe

True Life 17 A True Ironman



Departments Easy Being Greener

19 Green Garden Gadgets 20 Summer Is For Flowering Perennials


24 Eco Kids &

Community Outreach

Cook’s Corner

38 Kitchen Widgets 39 Cooks Corner:


Chef Morgan

40 Bloody Mary

Marinated Skirt Steak

42 Espresso Martini 45 Food Bites Natural Beauty

Healthy Living

46 Summer Fashion Must

26 Medicinal Plants You

64 Earth Friendly Beauty

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48 Summer Jewelry


Making a Difference

28 Green Scene 32 Eco Movie Review 32 Eco Book Review Eco Friendly Crafts

36 DIY Vases

56 Otis & Maclain


60 Recipes For Common Hair Problems


Gear Head

63 Eco Toys For Boys

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Contributors: Summer 2013 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.

Jennifer K aplan Studied Merchandise Marketing at FIDM San Francisco. She is Co-

owner of the dress shop ‘A Bit Unruly’ in Chico CA and previously was a stylist with ‘Cabbie’. She is now opening a sister store to ‘A Bit Unruly’ that will exclusively sell shoes.

Ken Hodge Ken Hodge started Hodge’s Nursery in 1986. Ken received his Bachelors degree in Agronomy as well as Pomology & Viticulture in 1979 from CSU Chico. Then he returned for his Masters degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1987. Ken also worked through college doing landscape maintenance as well as landscape contracting in later years.

Morgan Ferguson

Morgan Ferguson is a well accomplished chef at 5th Street Steak House. He has been in the restaurant business all of his professional life and is very well rounded in a variety of different types of cuisine.

Mike Hall Mike has over 12 years of experience in culinary arts. Starting at Johnson & Wales University where he received a Bachelors in Culinary Arts. Then he worked at the Back Bay Hilton In Boston and the Popponesset Inn in Cape Cod, after that he moved to Germany for a year cooking and tasting food in Germany, France and Italy. Finally ending up at 5th Street Steakhouse in Chico, CA.

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.

Dr. Jason Gonzales Originally from Seattle, moved to California in 2004 after graduating from the University of Washington. He spent 4 years in San Francisco completing his chiropractic education and moved to Chico in 2008. Dr. Gonzales and his wife, Amy, just had their first child, Leo, and are enjoying living, working and raising a family here in Chico.


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Contributors: Summer 2013 Sydney Oliver

She is going into her senior year at CSU Chico studying Business Administration with an emphasis on Project Management and will be graduating in Spring of 2014. During her time at Chico State she’s had the opportunity to play on the Chico State Women’s Soccer team her freshman and sophomore years (2010-2011). She was also fortunate enough to join a sorority which allowed her to become involved with the Chico community and numerous other organizations.

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

Reanna Jackson

I am a senior attending CSU, Chico for my last semester. I plan to be finished in the Fall of 2012 and receive a degree in communication studies with an emphasis in special events. I enjoy being apart of the community action and volunteer program at CSU, Chico and meeting new people.

K atie Robertson

I am currently a senior attending CSU Chico. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2013 with a degree majoring in Organizational Communication Studies and with a minor in Management. During my time here in Chico, I was fortunate enough to be extremely involved in the CSU Chico Greek Community. This helped me get involved with multiple organization on the CSU Chico campus and get involved in the Chico community.

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.

Allison Dowell

I am a senior at CSU Chico studying Communication with an emphasis on Public Affairs and a minor in Broadcasting. I will be graduating this spring and relocating to beautiful San Diego, where I was born. I love being involved with the community since Chico is such a unique town with so many things to offer. Living here has also enabled me to become more eco friendly and educated on stainability.

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Vaca In L.A.


here are a few key elements to creating any successful weekend getaway; where you stay, what you do and you see, and where you eat. In Los Angeles there are more than enough options to meet all these needs! But here are a few of our own recommendations to meet your perfect LA weekend getaway needs.

Where you stay… f you are looking to vaca like a true Hollywood star, at the five star Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas, luxury is an understatement. Located in West Hollywood, the Sunset Marquis has a boutique style of luxury. But don’t let all that make you think this hotel is too frou-frou for you. The hotel actually has a history of famous rock bands such as The Who, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and more recently artists such as John Mayer, U2, Green Day, and Eminem. Even movie stars such as George Clooney and Brad and Angelina have been registered under pseudonyms at the Sunset Marquis. Not only is Sunset Marquis popular with the stars but it is also made efforts to become more green and sustainable. Some upgrades the hotel has recently had to become more ecofriendly include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, environmentally safe cleaning, and their reduction of waste, just to name a few. There are enough accommodations to make anyone more than happy. To see more about the Sunset Marquis history,


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present day, accommodations, pool cabanas, spa, restaurant and rate you can check it all out on their site


nother spectacularly beautiful and green hotel located right on the beachfront of Ocean Ave in Santa Monica is The Georgian. Some of the ways this hotel is staying sustainable is by having a water conservation program in all guest rooms, having a compost bin in the kitchen, having multiple different biodegradable products, energy conservation, and many other green efforts. The Georgian has an ideal location and is walking distance from many of Santa Monica’s attractions. The ambience of The Georgian is nothing but glamour with a speak-easy flavor. This hotel has extensive amenities (including being petfriendly) and prime location. For further details on The Georgian visit

What you do and to see… For the big fans….


ollywood Walk of Fame – The world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame is essential to see when in LA. The walk celebrates over 2,400 famous movie stars, music artists, directors, producers and musical and theatrical groups. Image Courtesy of Sunset Marqui

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For the shopaholics….


he Grove – The Grove is a shopping center located in the center of Los Angeles. You will find all the shopping, entertainment, and restaurants your heart could desire. The eateries in the historical Farmers Market are definitely worth the fresh deliciousness.

Osteria Mozza

a certified green Italian dine in restaurant with a mouth watering exquisite dinner and wine menu. But if you are looking just a fast take out restaurant there is Mozz2go green pizzeria that is equally satisfying and also green certified conveniently located on the same street. Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes

For the socialites…. unset Blvd. – Sunset Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in the world. The street connects the metropolitan downtown Hollywood to the chic celebrity neighborhoods of Beverly Hills. One of the most popular sections of Sunset Boulevard is known as Sunset Strip, the perfect place for nightlife and party-goers.


For the people watchers…. enice Beach Boardwalk Venice Beach’s claim to fame is its boardwalk. But this beach also hosts wealthy canal side mansions, the alternative spirits, and the bizarre beachgoers.


For the artsy people…


etty Center – The Getty Center is a museum with free admission that looks out over the California coastline and the LA skyline. You will be surrounded by breathtaking views as well as their world-class art collection, which includes European paintings, contemporary photographs and decorative arts. For the hippies… Treepeople – Treepeople is an LA-based nonprofit organization that has helped plant and care for trees over the last 30 years while also being the leader in ecotourism and educating people about the environment.

ocated right outside Beverly hills, this is a great certified green family restaurant with an extensive and monthly changing menu. Their menu includes different breakfast items, tossed salads, house made soups, hot pastas, and


different baked goods.

Sauce on Hampton


restaurant owned by two brothers, all the dishes at Sauce on Hampton are filled with foods that are seasonal, organic, healthy, locally sourced, and delicious. Paul Martin’s


or a more upscale but green and organic dining experience the American Bistro, Paul Martin’s, is the ideal eating experience. With an exquisite and flavorful menu while also being organic it is the perfect fine dining event in LA. Reference Links

Where to eat…

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The Healthy Human Recipe By Dr. Jason Gonzales, DC

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The Healthy Human Recipe

are going to get out of here. Our current health care system has created a river of money that flows into a very small number of pockets. Those o this guy gets sick and goes to the doctor. The same pockets spend lavish sums of money to doctor asks the guy what’s wrong and the guy ensure the system doesn’t change, at least not so much as to dry up their river. says “I’ve got a horrible lifestyle. I sit too much, eat too much, drink too much and watch a lot of o whom do these pockets belong? Pharmaceunews which makes me depressed.” The doctor tical companies, medical device manufactursays “OK, I’ve seen this problem before. Here, take one of these every day, keep taking it forever ers, hospitals and insurance companies own the biggest pockets. All of these industries profit from and come back for more if you run out.” our declining health. As stated in the award winjest, but the current state of our health care sys- ning documentary Escape Fire, in just one year tem is no laughing matter. After all, individual’s ( 2009-2010) these industries spent a combined lives are at stake. It’s been a hot topic in the politi- 1.1 billion dollars lobbying Washington D.C. on cal arena for years as our elected officials form behalf of our current health care system. committee after committee in an effort to solve ou can think of it like this - on the specthis fiasco of gigantic proportions. trum of health there is very little money to am of the opinion that this problem will never be made at either end. If someone dies they stop be solved from the floor of the Senate. The spending money on their health. If someone is ‘powers that be’ are attempting to conjure up a healthy they don’t spend very much to maintain system capable of both caring for and paying for their health. The vast majority of profit in health the ever increasing volume of sick people in our care is extracted from the crowd in the middle country. Sorry, ain’t gonna happen. - those that aren’t quite dead and aren’t quite healthy either. It is in the managing health probe don’t have a logistics problem in need of lems, not in the fixing of them, where there are fixing we have a quantity problem. America mountains of money to be made. has the world’s brightest and most highly skilled doctors, surgeons, nurses and health professionals. K, enough about the problem, now let’s talk These professionals can fix a broken bone, fix a about the solution. As previously mentioned broken heart, even replace body parts like a masour doctors, nurses, and health professionals are ter automobile mechanic, but they are ill equipped some of the best in the world and they can absoto fix a broken lifestyle – the real cause of most lutely save a life in a crisis situation. However, the health problems in our country. majority of us that visit a doctor are not there for a crisis we’re there to seek help for a chronic probn issue of this magnitude requires everyone’s lem. participation. ‘We the people’ cannot wait for a solution to be presented to us as we sit around he underlying cause of most chronic health (literally) and change nothing about our daily problems can be found in one’s lifestyle. lives. As the opening joke alluded to, our lifestyle The things we do, or don’t do, on a regular basis is what put us in this quagmire in the first place. impact our health more than the things we do occasionally. here’s another factor at play that needs to be addressed if we are going to truly understand hen explaining this concept to my patients I tell them a healthy lifestyle is like a recipe, how we got here and more importantly how we ave you ever heard the one about health care in America? It goes something like this…









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not a menu. A menu invites you to pick and chose If you still can’t sleep think about adding more of based on your preference or mood. Whereas a rec- the first ingredient on the list. ipe calls for certain ingredients in certain amounts, Positive Attitude nothing more, but nothing less either. Have one. If this is a tough one for you maybe just wait a bit while you focus on the other four ingreThe recipe for a healthy lifedients as getting more of those will surely help the style goes a little something attitude. like this… Nervous System Interference Don’t have any. To function at its best your body needs optimal brain-body communication via the Mix together the following ingredients in your nervous system. Just like your house needs to average day. receive the electrical signals being sent from the 1 dash of exercise fuse box in the garage. Sometimes the first four 2 handfuls of real food ingredients alone will not reverse the course of 1 big scoop of sleep chronic disease or dysfunction if the body’s in2 pinches of positive attitude ternal communication system (nervous system) Precisely zero nervous system interference is suffering from interference. A commonly overRepeat as often as possible. looked, but fixable cause of nervous system interference is poor posture or small misalignments in here isn’t anything on that list of ingredients your body’s frame (skeleton), especially the in the that the average person can’t get on a regular basis. The only thing that would prevent one from spine. If you suspect you have an electrical problem in your house you might want to call an elecgetting everything on that list would be excuses. Four of the ingredients require little to no explana- trician. If you suspect you have a nervous system problem you might want to call an upper cervical tion. That last one about nervous system interference is the only one that may raise a few eyebrows chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist, or and I’ll touch on that in just a moment. But for the physical therapist. sake of being thorough let’s make sure we’re on es we have a problem our current health care the same page about the first four ingredients. system, but at least the solution is within our grasp. Exercise Do it. You don’t have to climb Mt. Everest, but Eco Community Seeds Magazine would you do have to climb some stairs once in a while. like to extend a very special thank you Be OK with parking your car far away from the entrance to a store rather than driving around for to Mediastar Data Recovery in Chico 10 minutes looking for the closest parking spot. for making our How To Make A Healthy Human



Real Food Eat some. Think farmer’s market not fast food. Think garden not grocery store. Real food doesn’t have labels.

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Sleep Get Some. Try turning off the TV, laptop and Smartphone (portable Facebook device) by 10 pm.


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True Life

A True Ironman By Allison Dowell

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rom the starting line to the finish line no challenge seems too hard for Blake Anderson, a passionate marathon and triathlon participant. Blake got into this lifestyle after he decided he needed to make changes in his life. As Blake says he “put the bottle down” ending his partying lifestyle and hit the pavement hard, not looking back since.



he motivation it takes to endure such rigorous training and be able to handle these events is absolutely incredible. For Blake to train for such events he is pretty much nonstop running day in and day out.


his is especially true for the Ultra Marathon he participates in since it is strictly a running race. One thing Blake is extremely proud of is his accomplishment in the Ultra Marathon as he was able to break and set a new record in it!


A True Ironman

e also shared how he has been able to learn so much from fellow competitors throughout the years, which he says, has helped him figure out what tips and training methods work best for him and develop his own style.


lake has recently started to train for his next Ironman coming up in September, which will be held in Lake Tahoe. He must bike, run, and swim constantly to be prepared for what’s ahead. For the swim part of the race he has hired a coach to help him and has drastically cut his time down which will only help him in September. This is also crucial since his goal is to beat his last Ironman results and seems so driven to do so.


nother part of Blake’s training is diet. It surprised me that he still is able to lake also pretty much eat what participates in he wants and Blake the Ironman, which is a very well known even joked about eating a Round Table pizza triathlon including biking, swimming, and for dinner. Although when it comes around running. Blake describes Ironman as a lifestyle race time it is a stricter diet of lots of brown and an experience that barely anyone gets rice, eggs, and sandwiches to name a few. He to experience or can handle since it takes also must strictly monitor his water intake someone with so much training and endurance since it is absolutely crucial to his health. to handle. He is so passionate about Ironman ith Blake’s strong motivation and he even tells us he has a tattoo on his calf dedicated to Ironman! passion, he is someone anyone could



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look up to no matter what kinds of challenges or goals they are trying to overcome. He is very inspirational and we wish him truly the best with his upcoming race, we know he will do great things!


or more of our interview with Blake Anderson visit http://www. and search Eco Community Seeds to listen to our full radio show titled “Interview with Blake Anderson”. We also have many radio shows coming up so keep checking back to hear some great interviews we have planned.

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Green Garden Gadgets

Green Garden Gadgets By Lorianne S. Riley

Basic Green House The Basic series is the ideal greenhouse for the first time buyer or the buyer with limited space in the garden. Basic 300 size: 6’6”W x 5’0”L x 6’6”H

French Hanging Slate with Iron Hanger This rustic iron label hanger gives our French slate labels that beautiful finishing touch...

Solar Tea Lights Each light’s silvery cap conceals a solar panel, which powers the long-lasting, energy-efficient LED bulb inside. A sensor in the lid automatically turns the light on when it’s dark. The brightness and duration of the light will vary depending on the amount of light exposure it has received. Hand-blown in China by glass artisans.

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Summer is for Flowering Perennials By Ken Hodge


hat can be done for yards in the summertime to beautify, make more enjoyable and relaxing? Plant some flowering perennials! Unlike annuals that die in the first frost of the fall, perennials live for three years and sometimes even longer. lowering perennials can flower just as long a season as annual flowers. An example of this is the Perennial Verbena, it flowers for nine months of the year. The best feature about perennials is that unlike annuals, perennials don’t need to be replanted every year. The variety of flower colors, textures and shapes are much greater with perennials, as well.



ome perennials bloom best in the spring and summer, while others bloom better in the summer and fall. By planting a variety of perennials, a garden can have flower color almost year-round. Perennials naturalize in the flower beds and come back year after year to enjoy. No need to reestablish every spring.

stablishing a flower bed full of annuals requires more watering and fertilizing care then perennials, so it makes sense environmentally to plant perennials. Continuous fertilization creates nitrate runoffs into our waterways and water table compromising the water we eventually drink. It is also important to note that when caring for perennials there is no need to till up and denude the soil for flower


Photos courtesy of Ken Hodge

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production creating less erosion in the flower beds.


ven with all of the environmental drawbacks the flower colors that annuals provide can not be beat in some applications. With that being said, it’s good to depend on perennial flowers for most of the gardens color and texture needs. Annuals and perennials can


his spring, in our nursery we planted a demonstration garden for attracting native flying and pollinating insects. It’s called our “Bee Friendly Garden”. It is located by our demonstration fruit tree orchard and vineyard to help with the pollinating chores. I have to say that perennials are also much better at attracting native flying insects, such as the native Blue Mason Bee that pollinates better than work well together. but a garden filled with mostly perennials will be easier to garden from year to year. Established plants are easier to take care of requiring much less frequent watering.


esides coming in a huge variety of colors and textures, perennials also grow to different heights. Some Verbenas and Thymes are ground huggers. While many perennials are much taller, like Foxglove and Bee Balm Monarda.

the European Honey Bees and they don’t sting. Butterflies love the perennials and other shrubs like Buddleia. And few plants attract Hummingbirds better than the Pink or Red Perennial Salvias. here is no end to the types and varieties of perennials available. There is a wide range of perennials available that can grow in the shadiest of garden conditions to the warmest sunny Northern California conditions. For more information please visit hodgesnursery. com


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Meet The Owner Lorianne S. Riley, CMT Cosmetologist, Makeup Artist, Body Care & Household Product Creator

Lori is a business major that has been working in the beauty industry for approximately fourteen years. She has and will continue to comb the United States to find only the best organic and / or sustainable products available.

very own hand crafted Lavender Products. Made with only the finest natural ingredients we could find. While enjoying a pedicure, manicure or massage at eleMENts you will enjoy our very own Lavenderology product line made with your health in mind.

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Relax in the restful zen inspired spa adorn 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

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

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...


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Medicinal Plants You Should Know

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. 26 Community Seeds . Summer 2013

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In an attempt to feature traditional herbal applications, the author aims to feature one herb in each issue of this magazine. The current issue brings information about Onion.

Allium cepa L. Family: Liliaceae Vernacular Names: Palandu, Onion (Bengali); Onion (English); Dungali (Gujarati); Piyaz (Hindi); Irulli (Kannada); Ulli (Malayalam); Kanda (Marathi); Nripakanda, Palandu, Raktakanda (Sanskrit); Iravengayam, Irulli, Vella-vengayam (Tamil); Nirulli, Vulli Gaddalu (Telugu). Plant Profile and Distribution: Small, biennial herbs, with underground bulbs rooting at base and strong pungent odor; leaves sub-dichotomous, fistular,

Medical Plants You Should Know sheathing on stem; flowers greenish-white, stellate, in large globular umbels, enclosed by a thin membranous spathe; seeds flat, black. The plant is commonly cultivated for edible bulbs throughout India.

Medicinal Importance Skin of Onion has pronounced antioxidant properties. Onion nourishes, heals, renews and softens the skin and aids in tissue rebuilding. It acts as a cleansing agent to remove dirt, dust and makeup from the skin. Allicin (Onion extract) works wonders on scars, calluses, stretch marks and other skin hardening, and scar tissue. The sulfur compound in Allium reduces excessive sebum secretion and cleanses the hair of dandruff. It also aids the formation of scar tissue on wounds, thus speeding up the healing process, and has been used as a cosmetic to remove freckles. Onion juice rubbed into the skin is said to promote hair growth, and works as a remedy for baldness. It is also used in cosmetic for the treatment of freckles.

and given to the cholera patients. According to Rajelal of Chimtipur village in Patalkot, chop one raw Onion and cover with salt and leave overnight. Apply the juice 3-4 times a day on warts or wounds. It will heal the wound like anything. A syrup of 1 teaspoonful raw Onion juice with 1 teaspoonful of honey kept over 3 to 4 hours serves as an excellent cough syrup. About 50 gm of Onion soaked in water and 10 gm sugar should be eaten twice daily. This helps in curing bleeding piles. One teaspoon of raw Onion juice is good in bronchitis. Raw Onion is good to reduce the cholesterol. 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.

Bulb of this plant is said to be effective in diabetes, hypertension and used as an aphrodisiac, in cough and fever, boils, diarrhea, abscess, fractured bones, wounds and sprains. The bulb is also beneficial in respiratory and pulmonary disorders and inducing menstruation. The bulb is externally used in skin diseases (Acharya, 2011). In Saudi Arabia, decoction of the bulb is orally given for dropsy, colic, catarrh, chronic bronchitis, epileptic fits, hysterical fits, epistasis, jaundice, enlarged spleen, rheumatic pain etc. The bud is an antiscorbutic, an antiphlogistic and externally it is used to treat infections. Juice of fresh bulb is used to improve eye sight and as a decongestant in insect bites. Root juice is given to treat cough, colds, worms and intestinal parasites (Acharya and Shrivastava, 2008).

Traditional Tribal Formulations Mix Onion extract with honey and consume. This gives warmth to the cold body. Onion juice with honey is useful for colds, coughs, bronchitis and influenza. Consuming Onion and jaggery every day helps in increasing weight. It contains iron, therefore, beneficial in treating anaemia and effective in preventing heart attack. About 30g Onion and 7 Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) can be finely pounded www.communit 27

Making A Difference

Green Scene- Philanthropy

Frugal House

he fifth annual Frugal House was held in Chico, CA and took place inside a brand new Epick home (20 Abbott Circle) in The Orchard Home development off Eaton Road June 6th, 7th and 8th. This is the North State Symphony’s largest Fundraiser. Chico State University interior design students are teaming up with decorating duos, also known as “Partners in Design” to offer ticketholders incredible, affordable, restyled household items and creative “D-I-Y” decorating ideas. The Frugal House is truly about stainability at its best. The furnishings are all donated and then restored to like new or better than new condition. Everything is then put up for sale or auction, except the house! - By Lorianne Riley


Chico Masters


onday, August 4th is the 17th annually held Chico Masters. The Golf tournament is almost always a sold out event with the proceeds going to The Boys and Girls Club. There is over 50 volunteers that donated their time to make sure that this worth while event is pulled off without a hitch. It’s sure to be a fun time for all. - By Lorianne Riley 28 Community Seeds . Summer 2013

Green Scene

Green Scene-Awards In The Arts

Kruschke Piano Competition SU, Chico Department of Music and Theatre student Naoko Terakado recently won two piano performance prizes. Terakado, a music student majoring in Recording Arts and Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy at Chico State, won both the Second Prize of $500 and the Special Prize of $100 (The Johannes Brahms Award) in the 2013 Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance Competition, a statewide competition open to outstanding college, university, and high school piano students.


Terakado is a student of Dr. Natalya Shkoda, an internationally renowned awardwinning pianist who is both Coordinator of CSU, Chico’s Keyboard Program and Artistic Director of the Kruschke Competition. - By J. Paul DiMaggio



ina Gower from Chico, California was honored Sunday night, April 14, at the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California and captured the Golden Pen Award, the internation grand prize for the Writers of the Future contest as well as a cash prize of $5,000. - By Carmen Barth

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Making A Difference

Green Scene- Celebrations

Kevin Riley’s 50th Birthday Bash April 30th in Monterey, CA, Kevin Riley’s 50th Birthday Bash took place. Kevin was blessed to spend time playing golf as well as dine with 20 of his closest friends and family. A day of golf at Pebble Beach Golf Course followed by Dinner at Roy’s Restaurant where everyone enjoyed Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine was the days activities. -By Lorianne S. Riley

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Green Scene-Events

Green Scene

Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge


evada Innovation Challenge will be held Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Chico, CA. The Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge occurred in the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Big Room and served as the only statewide Most Innovative Product Competition exclusively focused on businesses located outside of the Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles and Greater San Diego. - By Lorianne Riley

Blessing Of The Grapes


ew Clairvaux Vineyard celebrated harvest with their Annual “Blessing of the Grapes” Event on August 2nd. The ceremony began with a captivating procession of the monastery’s whiterobed monks chanting and singing through the vineyard. Abbot Paul Mark Schwan conducted the centuries-old European tradition where workers and vineyards are blessed to ensure a robust harvest and wine making season. Winery tours, barrel tasting, and complimentary wine sampling followed the ceremony. - By Aimee Sunseri

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Making A Difference

Movie Review “Chasing Ice” By Sydney Oliver

“Chasing Ice” is a breathtaking film that documents environmental

photographer James Balog’s mission of capturing visual evidence of our changing planet. The documentary has won over 30 awards at film festivals all over the world, including the “Excellence in Cinematography Award” at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. “Chasing Ice” is also a documentary by the producer Jeff Orlowski who produced Academy Award winning film “The Cove”. This film was first screened in theaters in November 2012 and has made such an impact that it was screened at the White House on Earth Day this year. “Chasing Ice” begins in the spring of 2015 as James Balog sets out to the Arctic on an assignment for National Geographic to capture pictures of Earth’s changing climate. This trip opened his eyes to the severity of the issue and sparked a passion to portray evidence that our planet is in danger but also delivers hope that we can do something about it. James and his team install several cameras that are timed to take multiple images throughout the year in order to capture the depletion of the glaciers. The documentary is filled with stunning videos and beautiful images that have never been captured on film until now. “Chasing Ice” is now available on iTunes and Netflix and should definitely be added to your summer movie list!

Lori’s Book Pick By Lorianne S. Riley


welve Seconds wrote by Tina Gower, a Chico writer, is one of the short stories featured in the Writers of the Future Volume XXIX. Which is part of the bestselling anthology series of short story books about fantasy and science fiction. Tina was the international grand prize winner at the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards which earned her short story a place in the Writers of the Future Volume XXIX. If you like Sci-fi this book is a great read. Not only for the fact that a local Chico girl is featured as one of the authors, but also because all of the stories where hand picked as some of the finest short stories by up-and-coming writers.

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Eco Friendly Crafts

DIY Yarn Wreaths By Sydney Oliver

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DIY Yarn Wreaths


y inspiration for this craft came from one of my favorite websites, Pinterest. This website is an amazing way to gather ideas for any project, hobby, or passion you have, from recipes and health and fitness to wedding ideas and fashion tips. I can spend hours and hours browsing through the millions of pins that people have posted, it’s dangerous! I came across this craft when I was looking for ways to spruce up my new house for summer. I thought that these wreaths looked simple and were out of the ordinary so I wanted to share it with all of you! Not only do these wreaths look fabulous traditionally on the outside of your front door, they look just as amazing inside and can be designed to accent any room or season!

Materials Needed: • Foam floral wreath • Mod Podge • Paint Brush (I used a foam one) • Hot glue gun (and glue!) • Flowers (your choice of color) • Yarn (again, your choice) • Scissors

When you are done it should look like this!

Step 2:Allow for your mod podge to dry for 5 minutes, this will allow you to plug in your hot glue gun and wait for it to get hot. As you are waiting, take your flowers and start taking them off of the stems. I found my flowers at Michaels in the clearance section so they were extremely inexpensive! When you have all your flowers in a pile, you can begin gluing them to your wreath. I didn’t plan out where they were going to be placed, I just sporadically applied them. It looks best if you overlap them!

Tools & Steps Needed

Step 3: I chose to choose two different types of

Step 1:

Take your yarn and cut about a foot of it in length. This makes it easier to wrap around, trust me, I learned the hard way! Then apply a couple inches of mod podge on the foam wreath and begin to wrap the yarn around. Continue to cut the yarn in 12 inch increments and wrap around the wreath until you wish to switch the color of yarn. I wrapped my colors about 4 inches in length.

flowers so that I could add a couple flowers on top of my base of white flowers. So if you would like you could always stop at Step 2, or instead of adding another color of flowers you could add your house numbers or even your last name! Be creative!

Key Notes •

Crafts are all about thinking outside the box and adding your own personal touch. Have fun!

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Cooks Corner

Kitchen Widgets By Allison Dowell


ulti-Function Vegetable Fruit Nicer Dicer Kitchen Tools Cutter Plus Peeler - Green + White - Material: ABS plastic - Multi-function nicer dicer - Fruits and vegetables can be sliced into different shapes - The hands would not get hurt by using safe handle - Good kitchen helper - Easy to store food with transparent collector $40.00


aised cutting board with storage drawers underneath. Bamboo surface treated with mineral oil, durable and beautiful. Three prep drawers pull out so you can slide chopped food in them $39.99 ef=&CJURL=&CJID=1511450

he Egg & Muffin Toaster also features wide toasting slots, an auto shut-off for individual toasting and poaching options, an easy-to-clean control touchpad, light to dark toaster settings, and the ability to boil up to four eggs. It also includes cord storage and a removable crumb tray for easy cleanup.  $49.99

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Cook’s Corner

Morgan, practicing his cooking magic at 5th Street Steakhouse

Cook’s Corner


very town usually has a culinary jewel and in the town of Chico, California the jewel is 5th Street Steakhouse. The quality of the food is excellent, but most importantly the chefs are creative and very thoughtful about the menus they create. And no wonder they pride themselves on using local seasonal fruits and veggies, wild fish and free range. - By Lorianne S. Riley

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Bloody Mary Marinated Skirt Steak

with horseradish twice-baked potatoes, sautĂŠed green beans, and celery root puree by Morgan Ferguson

For the marinade: 2 lbs. skirt steak 1 dash ea. 2- 8 oz. cans tomato juice Worcestershire 1T garlic minced Tobasco 1T shallots minced A1 1T prepared horseradish celery salt and black pepper Whisk all ingredients together and pour over steaks. Marinate 4 hours or overnight. Twice-baked potatoes: 2 large baked potatoes- cooled Your favorite mashed potato recipe plus Âź cup horseradish Photos courtesy of Gunita Reine and Lorianne S. Riley

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Celery root puree: 1 large celery root- washed, peeled and diced into 1” cubes 2 cups chicken stock ½ cup heavy cream 2T butter Kosher salt and white pepper In a large sauce pot, boil celery root, cream and stock until tender, about 25 minutes. Strain reserving liquid. Puree in food processer slowly adding liquid until sauce is smooth (most of liquid will be used). Return to pot and stir in butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm. Green beans: ½ pound cleaned green beans 1t minced garlic 1T butter Salt and pepper Blanch beans in boiling salted water until tender. About 3 minutes. Remove from water to hot sauté pan with garlic and butter. Sauté over med-high heat 2 minutes until garlic is toasted. Season with salt and pepper. Prepare a medium-hot grill Season steaks with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-5 minutes per side turning once. (Serves 4)


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Espresso Martini by Kevin Riley

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Espresso Martini

Ingredients What you will need: 1 Shot of Espresso 1 1/2 ounce Kahalua Coffee Liqueur 1 full dropper Herba Sway Creme De Chocolat our ingredients into a cocktail Chopin Potato vodka shaker with two scoops of ice. Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Shake until a light frost forms Organic Whip Cream on the outside of the shaker. Strain the Cocktail shaker and strainer mixture into a martini glass and garnish with whip cream and chocolate covered coffee beans.


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Food Bites

Food Bites

By Lorianne S. Riley Glutino Yummy glutino free cracker that pairs well with dips, cheese and spreads. Sure to be a hit with everyone at the party. Where to find:

Heavenly Sugar Certified 100% Organic, Herbal-Purified, Sun-Dried, Great-Tasting, Whole-Cane Sugar (1.25 lb package) The only certified 100% organic sugar available in the U.S. marketplace. This sugar is purified with herbs to remove toxins that come from the bark of the sugar cane without removing the natural nutrients found in raw sugar cane juice. The purified sugar cane juice is then sun-dried giving it the added vitality of the suns energy. The result is the healthiest and the best tasting sugar in the world. Where to find: pasta_pasta_sauce Veestro Veestro makes delicious, chef inspired, plant-based meals delivered straight to your home anywhere in the US. This is the healthy alternative on those days when you’re too busy or too tired to cook. JUST DEFROST, HEAT AND ENJOY! Where to find: www.communit 45

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Summer Fashion Must Haves!

Summer Fashion Must Haves! By Jennifer Kaplan & Jennifer Merlo


his season has a wide array of trends making this the spring and summer of “anything goes!� From black and white bold prints and stripes to peek a boo pieces and cutouts, the upcoming months will have it all. ops of bright coral and mint are everywhere along with flowing maxis, distressed denim and short rompers, all of which are multi-functional pieces that easily go from day to night with a few minor accessory changes.


L i-low dresses and tops are still going strong in flowy, sheer and floral fabrics as Hwell as color blocking and sporty dresses which are great for gals on the go! eather details are going to carry through spring into fall where we will see touches of leather luxe on cuffs, lapels and epaulettes.

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Summer Fashion Trends! By Lorianne S. Riley Jewelry Courtesy of Geralyn Sharidan Designs Clothes Courtesy of A Bit Unruly

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Parker, Bay hi-low dress::

The color blocking on this tan and black dress aren’t the only thing that make it a showstopper, it’s the open back that will turn heads! $297.00 Handcrafted Sterling Silver Rose Jewelry $85-110.00

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Young, Fabulous and Broke, June maxi dress:

This olive green racer back maxi has a sheer ombre layer to add just the right amount of sexy to a “wear anywhere� dress. $253.00

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KOCH, Harvey blouse:

This fun striped cold shoulder top can be worn dressed up or down, either way you will be comfy and fabulous, especially because of the cute touch of leather on the straps! Made in America $176.00 Level 99 Gina shorts: These cuffed trouser shorts are great for any occasion and in washed sorbet it’s that perfect pop of color your outfit needed. $86.00

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Bailey 44, Sting Ray top:

A navy cold shoulder blouse is a perfect addition to any wardrobe, and the sheer panels at the shoulders make it transition from day to night easily. $130.00 Copper and Silver heart Earrings. $36.00 Sterling Silver Heart Ring and Pendants. $95.00 each.

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Denim cutoffs, now what says summer better than that? Our Level 99 shorts are always a hit! $106.00

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Natural Beauty

Otis & Maclain Designers By Reanna Jackson


hamani Hall and Andrea Cheatham Quattlebaum are the fashion designers of Otis & Maclain which is a Los Angeles based women’s ware brand. Shamani Hall is the co-owner/designer of Otis & Maclain INC. She is a Skagit county native and was raised in Mount Vernon and graduating high school from Mount Vernon High. Following her graduation, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles and FIT in New York City and also got her degree in visual communications. Soon after, she started Otis and Maclain. Andrea Cheatham Quattlebaum is born and raised from St. Clair, Missouri and after high school, attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and earned a bachelor’s degree in textile and apparel management and merchandising with a minor in business. She moved to

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Los Angeles following graduation where she managed Jill Roberts Beverly Hills and Madison Melrose. She met Shamani at Madison Melrose where they became the best of friends.


tis & Maclain is a Los Angeles based apparel company which was created in the spring of 2007. Each piece they created is easy and wearable making any outfit feel effortlessly chic. Otis & Maclain’s vision is to create beautiful clothing for women of all ages and backgrounds. Both designers got started while working together at a retail store called Madison which is located in West Hollywood. They both decided to make a few pieces to sell in a few of the Madison stores and they became an instant hit. After their pieces started to take off through

Otis& Maclain Designers Jessica Alba, The Kardashians, Rachel Zoe, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Lindsay Lohan, and Lauren Conrad and many more. Otis has also been featured in Elle, Instyle, Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, Life and style and St. Louis Magazine. Two years ago they joined Lefties Showroom where their clothing is now sold across the country and beyond.


Madison, they started contacting other friends and acquaintances they had from their careers in the fashion industry. Soon after, they got picked up from a handful of stores in Los Angeles and New York. Slowly, their fan base and store count started to grow. After

tis and Maclain has matured and improved through each season. They started off their line by off the shoulder senorita dresses and boy tans. They are now designing full collections with new styles and fabrics and have come a long way. There style is a free spirited vintage feel which love to show off their hippie style. There inspiration from their clothing line comes from The Beatles, The Beach

only five and a half years, Otis & Maclain have become a huge success and is now selling their clothing in over 200 stores worldwide. Examples of some of the stores they sell at are Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropology, Dash, Madison and many more. They have been featured on several television programs and have celebrity clientele: Halle Berry, www.communit 57

Boys, California dreaming. Their goal in ten years is to hopefully have the opportunity to be doing what they love for a living. Their upcoming projects for summer 2013 is their next collection that is currently in the works. They featured this new spring 2013 collection at the capsule show in New York City on September 18th. Otis and Maclain are a huge inspiration to young women trying to make their dreams come true. They have worked hard and proved to all of us we can do anything we set our minds too. To learn more about Otis &Maclain clothing, visit their website at

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Earth Friendly

Earth Friendly Beauty Products By Allison Dowell


ur exclusive formula moisturizes lips for a full 8 hours. Lips renewed in 1 week


uxurious argan oil, shea butter, jojoba & quinoa proteins naturally soften & nourish Strengthen, silken and separate strands, eliminate tangles & fly-aways, or increase shine Great for all hair types Use anytime to calm cowlicks or kickstart curls. Knots & frizz be Gentle & safe for everyday use and colortreated Plant-Based / Vegan / Biodegradable NO Harsh Chemicals (ever!) honest-conditioning-mist


ed Flower encourages the enjoyment of simple experiences and celebrates life through the beauty of flowers. Created with the deeply-perfumed oils extracted from the rosy zest of the rind, this candle burns for 35 hours. Can be found at,default,pd.html?cgid=ECOBEAUTY01&index=4

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Natural Beauty

Tribal Herbal Therapeutic Recipes for Common Hair Problems By Deepak Acharya and Anshu Shrivastava


here is no doubt, that shiny, strong, voluminous, healthy and beautiful hair is something, which everyone wants. A glorious crown of healthy hair can create or shatter your entire gaze. There are many causes for hair loss in men and women. Sometimes it may be genetical or due to some natural causes such as hard water or extreme weather conditions. Or it may be due to any major surgery, sickness, hormonal imbalance, stress or improper care. By applying some extra care and precautions one can get healthy shining hairs for most part of their life. A healthy diet is the basis for healthy hair. This is the best way to keep your hair healthy and strong apart from some extra care. Eat plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables, nuts, brown rice, beans and pulses for proper nourishment of the hair. In the market there are so many products are available for healthy hairs. Beauty treatments are also available in the market. However, they may be costlier affairs or sometimes may not suit on your skin type. Herbal alternatives are a good option for both the reasons.

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Recipes For Common Hair Problems

Tribesmen of Central and Western India are actively performing traditional system of medicines for some common hair problems. The knowledge of these herbs and their medicinal values is age old. For them, use of herbs is the cheapest way for cure of various health and beauty disorders. Their community resides in between dense dry deciduous forests. In this article, we report the herbal treatment of some very common hair related problems such as hair fall, hair loss, dandruff, scalp, baldness, premature graying of hairs, frizzy split-ends, mild skin infections and lice problem. Here are some simple tribal recipes which you may prepare at home for hair care.

- Eclipta (Eclipta alba) leaves 1 tablespoon - Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) fruits 1 tablespoon - Neem (Azadirachta indica) oil 1 tablespoon - Desert Date (Balanites roxburghii) leaves 1 tablespoon - Indian Nard (Nardostachys jatamansi) rhizome 1 tablespoon Method of preparation: Take 250 ml coconut oil in an earthen pot and pour dried powder of Centella leaves (1 tbsp.), Eclipta leaves (1 tbsp), Indian Gooseberry fruits (1 tbsp), Neem oil (1 tbsp), Desert Date leaves (1½ tbsp) and Indian Nard rhizome (1 tbsp) in it. Boil it for 15-20 minutes. Filter the oil after cooling and store in a glass bottle. Massage approximately 10 ml of this oil daily with finger-tips for 10 minutes at least 1 hr before taking bath. Avoid using soap or shampoo during bath.

- Soap Nut (Sapindus emarginatus) 100g - Sikakai (Acacia concinna) 100g - Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) 100g - Appropriate water Method of preparation: Take dried fruits of equal quantity of Soap Nut powder, Shikakai powder and Indian Gooseberry powder approx. 100g each in an iron pot and pour approximately 500 ml water. Boil it for 10-20 minutes. After cooling filter it with cotton cloth and use this water for shampoo the hairs. Apply it twice in a week for better results.

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Medicated Hair Oil

Benefits: Useful in hair fall, dry hairs, baldness, frizzy split-ends and for healthy hair growth.

Benefits: Beneficial in hair fall, scalp and baldness. It also promotes healthy hair growth. Ingredients:


Hair Shampoo

- Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil Benefits: Hair fall, scalp, 250ml dandruff, premature graying of - Centella (Centella asiatica) hairs leaves 1 tablespoon

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peel 1 teaspoon - Appropriate water Method of preparation: Take 100g Fenugreek seeds in a pot and pour 200ml water into it. Leave it for overnight and prepare a smooth paste in the morning by grinding it properly. Add 2 teaspoon curd and a few drops of lemon juice or 1 teaspoon powdered orange peel into it. Apply this paste on uniformly on your head for half an hour. Wash off the hairs with cold water. Do not use any shampoo and soap after this. Massage your head with hair oil. Apply it once in a week for 1 month.

- Lemon (Citrus lemon) juice 20 - Black Cumin (Vernonia anthelmintica) seeds powder drops 10g - Appropriate water - Lemon (Citrus lemon) juice 20 drops Method of preparation: Take - Water 1 Liter. 250g Henna powder in an iron pot and mix 50g powder Method of preparation: Take of Indian Gooseberry and 1 1 liter water in a and add 50g tablespoon of leaves of Eclipta. Neem leaves powder, 20g Indian Add ½ teaspoon coffee powder Beech powder, 10g Custard and soak it overnight after Apple seeds powder and 10g mixing appropriate water to Black Cumin seeds powder. Boil form a uniform paste. Add few it till it remains half. Let it cool drops of fresh lemon juice and and filter it with cotton cloth. apply on hairs and head for 2-3 Add a few drops of fresh lime hours. Gently wash the hairs juice into it and rinse the hairs with cold tap water. Do not with this filtrate. Do not add apply shampoo or soap to rinse the hairs. Apply this recipe once extra water to wash the hairs. Use this hair wash for 3 days for in a week for at least 3 months. better results. References Acharya, D. 2012. Adivasiyon ki Aushadhiy Virasat, Aavishkar Publishers Distributors, Jaipur. ISBN: 978-81-7132706-5.

Hair Pack Benefits: Checks hair fall, scalp, dandruff and baldness. It is also a natural hair dye. Ingredients:

Hair Wash for mild infections and lice control Benefits: Lice control, antibacterial and antifungal.

- Henna (Lawsonia innermis) Ingredients: powder 250g - Indian Gooseberry (Emblica - Neem (Azadirachta indica) officinalis) powder 50g leaves powder 50g - Eclipta (Eclipta alba) leaves 1 - Indian Beech (Pongamia tablespoon pinnata) leaves powder 20g - Coffee (Coffea arabica) - Custard Apple (Annona powder ½ teaspoon squamosa) seeds powder 10g 62 Community Seeds . Summer 2013

Acharya, D, Shrivastava, A. 2007. Ethnobotany, Alternative Medicine and Conservation of Indian Herbal knowledge. In: Souvenir of India International Convention on Health for All in 21st Century- Medicine for Future, 4th-5th Aug, 2007, Apollo Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat. 22-25 pp. Acharya, D. 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 State, Gandhinagar. ISBN: 8190311484. pp 1 – 414.

Eco Toys

Eco Toys For Boys

For Boys

By Lorianne S. Riley


he Voltaic OffGrid Solar Backpack is versatile enough for use as a weekend hike bag or as a large daypack. The shell of the backpack is made with recycled PET and its solar pocket is removable so it can be attached to other bags or equipment for easy access to solar power wherever you go. Besides charging all of your handheld electronics, such as cell phones, iPads*, satellite phones, PDAs, GPSs, iPods, and cameras, the backpack has 1,500 cubic inches of storage space, a padded laptop sleeve, integrated phone pouch and plenty of other pockets...


etired bike gear get a second life in this quality-crafted, buckle-andbelt duo. Handmade of recycled bike chains,...


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Advertisers Index Chico Connection ............................................................................................................................. 04 Dr. Marc Garrison DO ..................................................................................................................... 35 eleMENts by Beaute Salon and Spa ................................................................................................ 23 eleMENts by Beaute Salon and Spa ................................................................................................ 36 eleMENts Online Store .................................................................................................................... 32 eleMENts Magazine ......................................................................................................................... 43 Geralyn Sheridan Designs ................................................................................................................ 55 Growing Up Chico Magazine ......................................................................................................... 58 Growing Up Chico Magazine ........................................................................................................ 27 Franky’s. ......................................................................................................................................... 44 Knottycase ...................................................................................................................................... 58 Lavenderology ................................................................................................................................ 15 Rose Mira Organics ......................................................................................................................... 34 Sutter, 5th Street Steak House ......................................................................................................... 05 Tracy Lynn Photography ................................................................................................................. 47 Wexy Bags ....................................................................................................................................... 22

Special Thanks To: Jason & Heather Ugie

Additional Thanks To:

TJ Farms. ......................................................................................................................... Susan Burke March, MS, RD/LD, CDE Deanna Zachrich ................................................................................................... The Health and Community Services Department at California State University, Chico

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Join Us In The Fall! • Send us an article about being eco-friendly or community-minded • Send us photos of you and/or your family and friends in the Fall • Send photos of unique green products • Tell us what you like to do in the winter to be more sustainable • Send us a green craft idea • Write a book review • Send us an article on living a healthier lifestyle • Tell us how your business is being more sustainable • Tell us about Fall community projects • Purchase advertising


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