Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutritionist on the staff at Village Green Apothecary.
Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience. read more..
With his duel background in holistic nutrition and exercise Jared takes a comprehensive and integrative approach to wellness. read more..
Ellen’s knowledge base has given her the tools to be an effective nutrition and health counselor. read more..
Naz is a nutrition counselor and lifestyle educator for Village Green Apothecary. read more..
Carmen is a therapeutic lifestyle educator for Village Green Apothecary. read more..
Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach. read more..
Steve is committed to greener living and offers to easy-to-implement green living tips and ideas.
Farzin Farid, Pharm.D
Farzin is a licensed pharmacist with a strong background in herbal, mineral, and vitamin therapy. read more..
Joe, Director of Medical Education at NeuroScience, Inc., provides scientific and clinical education on neuro-endo-immunology. read more..
by Paula Gallagher | May 8, 2013
Mother’s Day is only days away and if you haven’t found something special for your mom yet, Village Green Apothecary has wonderful gift ideas that are natural and that she will love.
1. Logona Free Body Lotion: FREE Body Lotion meets the unique requirements of highly sensitive, easily irritated skin. Premium botanical ingredients, such as sweet almond oil, jojoba, shea butter and burdock seed oil, nurture and protect the skin, and improve the balance of the skin’s oil and moisture levels. The neutral pH value reinforces the acid mantle and strengthens the skin resistance to negative environmental influences. FREE Body Lotion helps restore a more supple texture to your skin and produces a well cared for appearance. (more…)
by Paula Gallagher | August 1, 2012
Now is the time to support your farmers markets and take advantage of nature’s bounty. Here are some of the reasons why:
1. Saves gas. Produce isn’t being shipped all over the country (or world) to get to your grocery store. Most vendors are with 100 miles of the farmers markets that they attend. Therefore it also cuts down on pollution. The average distance our food travels is 1,500 miles, mostly by air and truck, increasing our dependence on petroleum. By buying locally, you conserve the energy that’s used for transport.
2. Less packaging. You will notice that your household garbage produced from food wrapping/boxes/containers will be greatly reduced.
3. Freshness and peak flavor. When you buy closer to home, it just plain tastes better and you feel a connection with the local organic farmers. Plus it’s more nutritious, since local produce is sold right after it’s picked. (more…)
by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | June 18, 2012
One of the greatest differences in organic fruits and vegetables lies in how the food is grown, handled and processed. Because organic foods aren’t treated with preservatives and waxes, you may find that organic fruits and vegetables spoil more quickly than non-organic varieties.
Organic fruits and vegetables also aren’t sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, which leave a residue on the food – something many people want to reduce their exposure to whenever possible. Organic farming methods are also designed to conserve water and soil while reducing pollution, making organic foods more environmentally friendly. There is a price for these farming practices however. While these methods encourage the growth of fruits and vegetables free from herbicides and pesticides, it often means that the farming method is more labor intensive, increasing the price of the food.
If you’re interested in shopping organic and there’s a limited supply at your local supermarket, you can look for local farmers’ markets, organic foods and community supported agriculture near you. Check out this link to find out what’s being grown and harvested in your surrounding area. (more…)
by Paula Gallagher | May 9, 2012
Did you know that Mother’s Day accounts for one-fourth of the floral purchases made for holidays? More than a third (35%) of adults (37% of men; 34% of women) bought flowers or plants as gifts for Mother’s Day 2011. That sure is a lot of flower picking.
Wonder where all those pretty blooms come from?
Just like fruits and veggies, many cut flowers have pesticides. So before you put you take a deep whiff of that bouquet (or let your children do that), keep this in mind…
Most cut flowers from flowers shops in Canada and the US come from Columbia and Ecuador and, according to the Washington, DC-based International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), an advocacy organization aimed at establishing just and humane treatment of workers around the world, workers on some flower farms in Colombia and Ecuador are regularly exposed to toxic chemicals that have been linked to respiratory problems, rashes, miscarriages, premature births, and congenital malformations. (more…)
by Paula Gallagher | March 28, 2012
As my daughter rounded the 6-month mark, I began to think about what sorts of foods I would start her on. I perused the grocery aisles and was not impressed with the selection, even with the organic and natural varieties. They seemed colorless and bland, and when I read the ingredients lists, water was near the top.
Convenience is definitely a selling point when it comes to jarred baby food. But I started wondering – how complicated and time-consuming could making my own baby food really be? So I left the baby food aisle and headed over to the produce area and picked up some organic carrots, beets, bananas and apples.
The only equipment you need to make your own baby food is a pot! But if you have a steamer, then you can use that, too. Wash, peel and chop your fruits and veggies and steam them until the are tender. If a fork easily passes through, then it’s ready. If steamed vegetables and fruits are soft enough, you can mush them with a fork. I also like to use a handheld blender. (more…)