Thursday, December 19, 2013

What's in a Cigarette?

Ingredients of a cigarette.  Click on image to enlarge.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm Giveaway

In celebration of the holiday season, we've decided to have another giveaway!  There will be THREE winners, and each will receive one Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm.

What Hidden Dangers are Lurking (and Licked) in Your Lip Balm?

Lip Balm.  Its application is almost automatic these days.  More than several times during the day, most of us apply lip balm to our lips without giving it much thought.  But have you given thought to the fact that you actually ingest anything you put on your lips?  Not only that, the skin on the mouth and lips is very absorbing, which means that what goes on top sinks right into your body.  So what’s really in your lip balm, anyway?

In conventional lip balm, you will find any or all of the following ingredients, which can be harmful to your health:

Petroleum and Petrolatum:  Already banned for use in cosmetics in the European Union, studies show they may cause cancer.  Skin irritant and allergen.  Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.  Petrolatum comes from crude oil, and is not a renewable resource, causing huge negative environmental impact.  Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.

Mineral Oil:  Related to petroleum jelly.  Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.  Causes breakouts and/or blackheads around the lips.  Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.

Parabens:  Linked to birth defects, sterility, cancer, and organ toxicity.  Known for being endocrine disruptors, they interfere with hormones.

Paraffin: A by-product of petroleum. The Environmental Protection Agency has found over 20 dangerous compounds in large quantities including acetone, benzene, toluene, and lead.  Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.  Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.

Propylene Glycol:  May cause damage to the central nervous system, heart, and liver.  Also used as “anti-freeze.”

Phthalates Increase likelihood of cell mutation, disrupt endocrine receptors, and are linked to birth defects.

Lanolin A product of sheep’s wool, chemicals are used to dissolve the fat from the wool.  In addition, it may be contaminated with other plants.

Phenol, Menthol or Salicylic Acid:  These cause the “tingling” you may feel when applying, which is actually layers of your skin, meant to protect you, peeling off, making your lips more chapped and exposed to environmental harm (like wind, sun, and pollution).

Artificial Color, Flavor or Scent Skin irritant.  May contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.

Common Wheat and/or Soy may be added in the form of Vitamin E.  Wheat and Soy are potential allergens for many people.

Why do conventional lip balms use these ingredients?  They’re cheap!  That cheap lip balm you buy is cheap for a reason.

What Makes Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm Different?

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm contains only organic ingredients grown right from the earth.

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm (vegan) Ingredients:

Organic Shea Butter (Unrefined, Fair Trade):  Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.  Contains vitamins A, E, and F, proteins, fatty acids, and healing minerals, and can help with dry skin without clogging pores.

Kokum Butter A very rich moisturizer.  Softens and heals skin ulcerations of lips, and helps regenerate skin cells and support    elasticity.  It is rich in fatty acids, Vitamins E).  Extremely emollient and non-pore-clogging.  Quick-absorbing, and excellent for sensitive skin (not recommended for those with nut allergies).

Mango Butter  Very emollient with many vitamins and fatty acids.  Treats dry skin, skin wounds and cracking, prevents stretch marks, treats skin conditions (such as eczema and psoriasis), heals sunburn, prevents and treats fine lines and wrinkles, heals peeling skin.

Organic Jojoba Oil:  Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.  Very hydrating with absorption properties very similar to human sebum, it helps keep moisture in while keeping bacteria out.  Helps to    reduce wrinkles and stretch marks.  Hypo-allergenic.

Organic Hemp Seed Oil:  High in omega fatty acids, Vitamin E and proteins.  Helps to heal skin, reduce and prevent wrinkles, and moisturize.  Increases immune system function, counteracts skin aging.  Increases skin elasticity.

Organic Avocado Oil: Contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids.  Heals skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.  Good for sensitive skin.

Organic Argan Oil Rich in Vitamin E, phenols, carotenes, squalene, and fatty acids.  Anti-aging, heals many skin conditions, reduces inflammation, Absorbs quickly, and moisturizes excellently.  Delivers hydration, strengthens hair and nails, and prevents/reduces stretch marks.   A truly luxurious and amazing oil!

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil: Rich in fatty acids, with a lipid profile similar to skin.  Helps soothe and heal rough and dry skin.  Absorbs quickly, and heals sore or chapped skin. Relieves itching.  Prevents and minimizes wrinkles.

Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera):  Natural thickener and moisturizer.  A vegan alternative to beeswax.

Rosemary Oil (in Olive Oil) Infused in organic olive oil, rosemary oil acts as a natural preservative, while giving a pleasing scent.

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm is compatible with vegan, paleo and primal lifestyles, and has been hand-crafted with those with food and chemical sensitivities in mind.  Bulk pricing is available.  Visit for all available products and current sales.

Note Neither this article, nor Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm, is intended as a diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, nor are they intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals [FD&C Act, sec. 201(g)(1)].

 Non-toxic, organic
 Vegan
 Gluten-free
 Corn-free
 Soy-free
 Paraben-free
 Phthalate-Free
 SLS-free
 Petroleum and Petrolatum-Free
 Mineral Oil-Free
 Lanolin-Free
 Paraffin-Free
 No Phenol, Menthol or Salicylic Acid
 Propylene-glycol free
 All-natural
 No Artificial colors, Fragrance or Flavors
 Organic ingredients
 Not tested on animals (Certified Cruelty-Free)
 Made in the USA
 BPA-free bottle (which was not made with any lead or mercury).

Do you want to win Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm?  Enter below.  Good luck!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Black Friday Weekend Sale

Did you miss the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle the first time it came around? We've heard from so many people who were disappointed they missed out the first time around, that we're happy to announce the Encore Flash Sale for Black Friday weekend only!

Green Tidings is so excited to be able to offer you this fantastic deal!  The great folks over at the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle have put together 86 wonderful e-books, membership to "coffee table conversations," a series of interactive online conferences, and over $150 of amazing bonuses from different healthy living companies!

What's in the Bundle?

Get Educated

We took 86 eBooks (plus 1 eCourse) by popular bloggers on topics like real food & recipes, green living, natural cleaning and beauty, mental and emotional health, fitness, herbal remedies and more.

Get Mentored

Then we added the brand new "Coffee Table Conversations," a 12-week series of author mentorship through interactive online conference calls and private support groups.

Get Equipped

We finished it off with 9 bonus sponsors offering you $150+ of incredible products and services to help you along your way. This includes bonuses like $25.98 of FREE eco-friendly laundry detergent from Dizolve (because we all need clean clothes). This bonus nearly makes up for the entire cost of the bundle!

How Much Does the Bundle Cost?

Ultimate: Maximum; decisive; conclusive. The best or most extreme of its kind.
We wouldn't call it the "ultimate" bundle if it wasn't true.

As our hard-working team pulled together the Ultimate Healthy Living 2013 Bundle Sale, we had 3 basic goals: to put a comprehensive health library at your fingertips, to offer something for everyone, and to provide so much value for an itty-bitty price that it would be irresistible.

In a nutshell? This bundle is brimming with more than 80 ebook and ecourse resources, from authors and bloggers known as authorities in their fields.

For less than $30, you can pick up your own bundle complete with more than $800 of ebooks, $67 of interactive "coffee table conversations" with their authors, and $158 of products and services to help you on your way toward healthier living. That's over a $1,000 value!

Additionally, 25% of this flash sale's proceeds go to a few of our favorite non-profit organizations... Shelter Box (specifically for Philippines relief aid), Compassion International, Hope for Women, and Love146!

But you don't want to wait! This bundle is available for only 4 days, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Friday, November 29 to 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, December 2. After this time, this bundle will never be available for purchase again.

Get yours now for just $29.97!
(Psst... did you know that you can add on two extra bundles for the price of one? Just choose the bonus 2-for-1 option during checkout!)

What's Included in the eBook Library? ($800+ value)

Real Food Cookbooks

Allergy-Friendly/Special Diets

Menu Planning/Meal Prep

Natural Skincare

Natural Health

Healthy Lifestyle



Green Living

Special Health Concerns

Healthy Kids & Babies

Learning About Real/Whole Foods

What are Coffee Table Conversations? ($67 value)

For 12 weeks starting in January 2014, we'll offer a series of weekly one-hour live conference calls, where you can join in and ask your questions on relevant and timely healthy living topics to a panel of eBook authors. We'll look at issues like allergy-friendly cooking, fighting fatigue (and finding energy!), eating well on a tight budget, an introduction to alternative health and herbal remedies, and tips and tricks for making real food in less time. You'll be able to listen to authors converse with each other on any (or all) of the 12 calls that you choose to take part in, and get answers to your questions in real time!

We'll also provide a private Facebook group, where that week's "mentors" will pop in as often as they can and chat with you on the topics at hand. Talk about up-close and personal learning!

What are the Healthy Living Bonus Offers? ($150+ value)

  1. Dizolve—A FREE 128 Load Twin-Pack of Dizolve Natural Laundry Detergent. Dizolve laundry detergent strips are an innovative, phosphate-free way to clean your clothes. ($25.98 Value. Standard shipping rates apply. Limited to the first 5,000.)
  2. Bulk Herb Store—An instant download of their instructional video Making Herbs Simple Volume 1 for only 1 cent. ($14.95 Value. No shipping restrictions.)
  3. Wise Choice Market—A FREE $15 store credit to be used at Wise Choice Market on the Finest Real Food around, including traditionally-made bone broths, organic fermented vegetables, wild salmon, sprouted breads, and many more. ($15.00 Value. Standard shipping rates and restrictions apply.)
  4. Fit2Be Studio—A FREE Two-Month Membership to Fit2B Studio (for new members) where their wholesome workouts for the whole family are TummySafe™and particularly target Diastasis Recti. Current members may apply the coupon code for $20 off a 1-year membership. ($19.98 value. No shipping restrictions.)
  5. Jenuinely Pure—$15 off any $30 order at Jenuinely Pure on the beautifully-crafted natural skincare products. Make the switch to natural skincare with Jenuinely Pure. ($15.00 Value. Standard shipping rates apply.)
  6. Plan To Eat—A FREE 4-Month subscription. Plan to Eat is an online menu planner that uses your recipes scheduled when you want them — and they make your grocery list! ($19.80 value. No shipping restrictions. New accounts only. Offer expires Dec.15)
  7. TrilLight HealthFREE $15 store credit to be used toward Trilight Health's Fast-Acting, Great Tasting Liquid Herbal Formulas, or anything else in their store. ($15.00 Value. Standard shipping rates apply.)
  8. List Planit—Your choice of 3 FREE ePlanners OR a 3-Month FREE Trial Membership to ListPlanIt, where you can organize your life with hundreds of lists that you can create and manage at home or on the go. ($15.00 value. No shipping restrictions.)
  9. Cultures for Health—A FREE sourdough or kombucha starter from Cultures For Health PLUS a $5 credit to put toward anything else in store. (up to a $17.95 Value. Both the starter and the $5 credit can be used in the same order! Standard shipping rates apply.)
All bonus offers are available for redemption until December 16th, 2013.

Important stuff you might want to know

  • Read the fine print. The details matter! 
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Question page, particularly to learn about file types, how downloading works, transferring to eReader devices, redeeming bonus offers, and all that good stuff.(
  • Remember, this bundle is available for only 4 days, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Friday, November 29 to 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, December 2. After that, this particular bundle will never be available for purchase again.
  • Affiliate disclaimer: [### Green Tidings makes no claims or assertions regarding the Ultimate Health Bundle. Nothing contained herein is medical advice, and a person should always consult with their medical professional before starting any diet or taking any supplements. Green Tidings is an affiliate of the Ultimate Health Bundle, and may make a small percentage of money for any referrals. ###]

In honor of this AWESOME Ultimate Bundle Sale, enjoy a Black Friday Weekend GIVEAWAY!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

NutriBullet Review and Giveaway

NutriBullet sent us a 12 piece blender to review.  We own another (very expensive) blender, but it does not do single size servings.  When the box arrived, we were so excited to try it.  It came with 12 pieces: 

The unique design of the all-new Extractor Blade, when combined with the Magic Bullet exclusive Cyclonic Action, generates the power to break through tough seeds, thick stems and tough skin to access the hidden nutrition inside. The blade is made of stainless steel and never needs sharpening.

The Flat Blade is ideal for milling grains, grinding fresh herbs and chopping nuts. The blade is made of stainless steel and never needs sharpening.

The Power Base is the heart of the NUTRIBULLET. Simply plug in the NUTRIBULLET, place the Tall Cup onto the powerful 600 WATT, High-Torque Power Base and press. No buttons to press, no complicated manuals to read. It doesn’t get any easier!

The extra-large Tall Cup is the main cup used for emulsifying and creating the healthy and nutritious life boosting NUTRIBLASTS to add years to your life!

This self-blending Short Cup is perfect for making single serving NUTRIBLASTS. Make and drink right in the same cup! It even comes with a handled Comfort Lip Ring to make drinks easier to hold.

Just like the standard Short Cup, with this Handled Short Cup, you can make and enjoy healthy drinks right in the same cup! It comes with a Comfort Lip Ring to make drinks easier to enjoy.

No plastic wrap or storage containers are needed to keep your drinks fresh. Your NUTRIBULLET comes with two Stay-Fresh, Re-sealable Lids that fit right on to the Short and Tall Cups. Great for taking your NUTRIBLASTS on the go!

The user guide and recipe book is full of delicious and nutritious life boosting recipes that will rejuvenate your body and make you feel better. Plus, it also includes the NUTRIBULLET 6-Week Transformation Plan that will have you feeling YEARS younger in just weeks.

The "magic" behind the NUTRIBULLET System starts with your handy in-store companion, the "Pocket Nutritionist" which teaches:
  • Which foods should be organic
  • How to choose a well-rounded weekly menu
  • How to select the freshest produce
  • Exactly how much produce to buy
  • The health benefits associated with the foods you choose
  • And more!

We decided to make a basic smoothie that we drink often (made with aforementioned popular blender):  Baby spinach and chard, kale, cucumber, pineapple, hemp seeds, and raw vegan protein powder (all organic).  Coconut water was added to liquefy it.

All ingredients are put into the cup (upside down), and then the extractor blade easily screws onto the top.  The cup flips over, and then is put onto the power base.  Simply push down on the cup, and the action happens!  You can see all of the ingredients working so fast, getting completely blended.
The Taste Test

Ok.  Here is where we have to be really honest.  When a company sends us a big unit like this for us to review, we are secretly hoping that it is good.  Wouldn’t it be terrible to have to write a bad review for them? 

So when we tasted our smoothie, we were absolutely SHOCKED.  We jumped up and down, and yelped in happiness!  It absolutely, completely pulverized every green, fruit, and seed that we added.  We have never had a smoothie like this before- not from our local, smoothie/juice bar, and not from our very expensive, very popular blender.  It was actually liquid.  Not a chewy/thick smoothie that you have to chew as you drink it.  This was the best smoothie we have ever tasted (and we’re not just saying that)!  And it took us under 2 minutes to make it.  The blending part took less than a minute.  

Another thing that we loved was that clean up was really easy. Since you're drinking out of the container used to blend, there is less clean up involved.  We simply cleaned the blade, and then stuck the cup in the dishwasher when we were done drinking.  So simple.

We wanted to make sure that it wasn’t a fluke, so we made several more smoothies (consisting of raw beets, carrots, oranges, greens, apples, and cucumber).  Again, they blended terrifically! 

What Makes the NutriBullet Different?

David Wolfe, Health and Nutrition expert and bestselling author, endorses the NutriBullet.  Why?  Because, as David would say, “We are not what we eat, we are what we absorb!”  Aside from a very powerful motor, fantastic (patented) extractor blades, and a handy, super-easy cup filling system, the NutriBullet “breaks down and pulverizes the stems, seeds, and skins where most of the essential nutrition lies – unlike what juicers and blenders do… Eating extracted food is great for EVERYONE in any state of health – from top performing athlete to someone suffering from fibromyalgia – because extracted food is virtually predigested, so your body can effortlessly absorb and utilize all of the nutrition that food has to offer. Even when we eat the healthiest foods, like a salad for example, it’s a lot of work for the body to break that salad down to get it ready for absorption into the body. When we prepare extracted foods with the NutriBullet, the foods are consumed in their most absorptive state, so we get the nutrition WITHOUT having to rely on proper chewing, effective stomach acids, digestive enzymes and the like to break down the food. It’s done for us!” (Nutribullet Website)

​We did notice having more energy after drinking our NutriBullet-made smoothie. Perhaps this is because our food was so broken down into a state of maximum absorption.

Good News- A GIVEAWAY!

We are so excited to announce that  NutriBullet will be giviving away one FREE 12 piece blender set to one lucky Green Tidings reader! 

To enter, you must be a resident of the United States or Canada (shipping only to these two countries).

Please use the Rafflecoptor widget below to enter the giveaway!  GOOD LUCK! Giveaway ends Friday, December 6, 2013, at 1:00 EST.

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