Safest and Least Safe BB and CC Creams

From the desk of OMBE…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friends over at Badger Balm USA just shared a very insightful article on Twitter via takeapart.com about the best and worst BB and CC creams. Otherwise known as beauty balms and color correctors, these products are coveted for their ability to mix the concealing properties of makeup with the healing capabilities of great skin care. Many promise to replace a multitude of other merchandise, such as foundation, bronzers, highlighters, anti-aging creams, and in some cases, sunscreens.

But what are these miracle products actually made of, and how safe are they to use?

Click here for the full article.

 

Holistic Moms Network Boston Chapter

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac. DNBAO,

HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK LAUNCHING CHAPTER IN BOSTON’S BACK BAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOSTON, MA – The Holistic Moms Network is launching a new Chapter in Boston’s Back Bay Area and will hold an Open House Event right here at OMBE (551 Boylston Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116) on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Pre-register online through the HOLISTIC MOMS OPEN HOUSE tab and be entered into a raffle to win a Manduka yoga mat!

The Holistic Moms Network is a rapidly growing national non-profit organization connecting moms who are passionate about holistic health and green living.  “Through monthly meetings our local chapters bring parents together in a non-judgmental environment that honors their lifestyle and parenting choices,” says the group’s Executive Director Dr. Nancy Massotto. “For new parents who choose to raise their children holistically, having the support of like-minded parents is critical,” she says. The Holistic Moms Network encourages new moms to trust their instincts, to parent from the heart, and to educate themselves about the pros and cons of all healthcare options.  Through a dynamic e-mail discussion loop, members of the group share life-changing information and advice on a variety of topics including pregnancy, breastfeeding, natural childbirth, positive discipline, alternative medicine, and all aspects of green living.

The organization, which was founded in New Jersey in 2003, currently has more than 120 chapters across the United States.  “A majority of today’s moms say that pregnancy inspired a shift to green living, and three quarters of Americans seek out some form of alternative medicine,” says Massotto, “so we’re seeing a surge of interest in our organization.”

Moms, dads, grandparents, partners, and other caregivers are all welcome to join.  The Boston Back Bay Chapter will be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm beginning in October and welcomes volunteer guest speakers on a variety of holistic lifestyle topics.  You’ll receive an OMBE Eco-Beauty Bar gift basket when you sign-up on or before September 21st.

For more information, please contact Chapter Leader Jessica L. Molleur at (617) 447-2222 or via e-mail at info@ombecenter.com.  For general information, please visit the Holistic Moms Network website at www.holisticmoms.org or contact the organization at (877) HOL-MOMS.

 

Biking Makes Life Better

From the desk of Kimberly Fitzgerald, RYT…


Ever since I started riding my bike to work, life has been grand. I get some exercise while I take care of my commute in a shorter amount of time and with a very low level of stress. I am reducing my “carbon foot print” and saving a bunch of money on “T” fare. The best part is – I feel great! Not only do I have more energy during the day, but when I go out on a bike ride on the weekends with friends, I am a stronger rider.

I am not alone as a bicycle commuter here in the city. There has been an initiative in Boston to make the city easier to navigate by bicycle. With the addition of more bike lanes and a focus on education, great strides are being made to allow those of us who are a little timid on a bike to pedal around town a bit more comfortable and safe. For more information about events, safety, improvements and other resources, click here.

Here at OMBE we are dedicated to being eco-friendly AND helping you achieve your personal transportation dreams. If you already use your own body power to get to work, we can help you stay in tip-top shape. If you are having trouble getting places the way you want to, let us know and we can help your body. If you need advice on the logistical challenges, we may even be able to give you some pointers in that department too!

By decreasing stress, improving cardiovascular health and making the smile on your face grow, biking to work really has the potential to do great things for you, your friends, your family and the planet. Now, doesn’t that sound nice?

Kimberly Fitzgerald, RYT
Registered Yoga Teacher

Kim became introduced to yoga at a young age, attending her first class at age 13. Once in college, she started practicing more regularly and began to notice the benefits of yoga in other aspects of her life.  Wanting to learn as much about yoga as she could, she traveled to the origin of yoga to complete her training. Kim completed her 200-hour Hatha Yoga training at Kasi Yoga in Southern India. From here, she went to teach yoga at a wellness center in Thailand, until she relocated to Boston. Her classes are geared towards relaxation and deep stretching. Her classes are slow paced, but challenging with an emphases on connecting the movement with the breath and finding inner peace.
Kim additionally holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science. She also is a professional scuba diver. In her free time she enjoys photography and hiking.

$10 Yoga Class with EBB Purchase

From the desk of Team OMBE…

Make any Eco-Beauty Bar purchase in December and take a yoga class for just $10!

Turn a gift for a loved one into a gift for you! Make a purchase from our Eco-Beauty Bar and take any one of our 20+ yoga classes for just $10! Products include local, organic and eco-friendly products from LEAP Organics, Badger, Manduka, Marie Veronique Organics, and more!

 

Find out more about shopping green this holiday season:

Eco-Beauty:  What Do All The Certifications Mean?

Check out some of our practitioners’ favorite items!

 

More about OMBE’s yoga studio:

Visit OMBE’s eco-friendly yoga studio overlooking beautiful views of Boston’s Copley Square. Our yoga classes provide a welcoming atmosphere for students of all levels. OMBE’s yoga instructors encourage students to develop their strength, flexibility, and balance as well as a deeper sense of relaxation. All yoga classes are limited to six participants ensuring that each student receives individual instruction.

Book online for any yoga class or private session at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

15% OFF Any Eco-Beauty Bar Item

From the desk of Team OMBE…

Check out OMBE’s specials this month, designed to help you be healthy and stress-free for the start of the winter season!

Holiday Eco-Beauty Bar & Gift Certificate Special

Get started on that holiday shopping!  Receive 15% off any single eco-beauty bar item when you buy a gift certificate of $100 or more.  OMBE’s organic skin care and wellness treats are the perfect way to treat yourself or favorite someone this holiday season.

*Offer expires 11.30.12. Visit us online.

Find out more on how to shop green:

Eco-Beauty:  What Do All The Certifications Mean?

Check out some of our practitioners’ favorite items!

More about our eco-beauty bar:  Every year OMBE reviews its green business practices on Earth Day. The Eco-Beauty Bar (EBB) launched in November 2011 and has been a welcomed addition to the health center ever since .  Owner, Jessica Molleur, researched hundreds of locally-made and eco-friendly products.  The EBB is a manifestation of the desire to provide a one-stop shop for skincare, fitness and wellness products.  “Consumers are starting to experience green fatigue and confusion by all the green-washing.  Our focus is to guide our guests in feeling confident in making eco-conscious choices that will have a positive impact on their health.  We want them to be able to test and experience eco-friendly products that will benefit their health and mother nature.”

Book online for any class or service and for eco-beauty bar products at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

The Link Between Common Household Chemicals and Your Health

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

 

Greening Your Household

 

According to a 2003 report, more than 60 hormone-disrupting chemicals and 27 pesticides were found in samples taken from 120 homes in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts.  Many common household and workplace items contain chemicals that have been linked to fertility disorders and other health conditions in men and women.  Several recent studies have found dioxins, flame-retardants, pesticides, PCBs, and other pollutants in human breast milk.  The following is a list of hormone-disrupting chemicals that you should become familiar with and avoid:

 

  • Dioxins: Non-organic beef, poultry, and dairy products.  Also found in bleach and chlorine products, bleached toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and tampons.
  • BPAs: Water bottles, baby bottles, canned food, and more.  BPA increases insulin resistance and mimics estrogen.
  • Xenoestrogens: Found in plastic bottles, wraps, and food storage containers.
  • Parabens: Found in perfumes, bath and body products, make-up, and anything listed with a “fragrance.”
  • PCBs: Pesticides, paints, fire retardants, and wood floor finishing’s.
  • PVCs: Found in plumbing fixtures, rain gear, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, and toys.
  • Pesticides & Fungicides: Choose non-chemical treatments whenever possible.

 

Research Findings

  • In the early 1970s as part of an investigation into reproduction, a group of rhesus monkeys were exposed to many environmental pollutants, including PCBs. Endometriosis developed in 79% of the monkeys who were exposed, and in only 33% of the monkeys who were not.

 

  • Women with higher levels of PFOA and PFOS in their blood took longer to become pregnant than women with lower levels, according to the study of 1,240 women. Compared to women with relatively small amounts of the chemicals in their blood, the incidence of infertility increased by 60 to 154% in women with higher concentrations. Infertility, in the terms of the study, was described as a woman taking longer than 12 months to become pregnant, or seeking infertility treatments. Other studies have tied them to liver, immune system, developmental, and reproductive problems.

  • Phthalates are produced in many chemical forms and are known to be toxic to the reproductive system. Several phthalate compounds have caused reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy, and structural abnormalities in the reproductive systems of male test animals, and some studies also link phthalates to liver cancer, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s 2005 National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.

 

 

Ten Ways to Reduce Chemical Exposure

 

 

  • Replace cleaning and all bleach products with eco-friendly products such as Ecover or Seventh Generation.
  • Replace bleached paper products with non-bleached substitutes: toilet paper, paper towels, tampons, scented napkins, and tampons.  Look for the phrases: “non-bleached” or “un-bleached”.
  • Replace plastic containers and plastic wrap with glass storage containers such as Pyrex.
  • Give up the water bottle habit and avoid all #7 plastics.  Recycle any plastic water bottles or beverage container that does not have a BPA-free label.  This includes baby bottles, many canned foods, and soda cans.  Replace them with a stainless steel water bottle such as Klean Kanteen or choose Eden Soy for BPA-free canned goods.
  • Begin reading labels on your bath and body products.  As you run out of each item, find a suitable replacement.  See #5 for some good suggestions.  Avoid products with the following ingredients:
  • Methyl, Propyl, Butyl & Ethyl Parabens
  • Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA)
  • Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
  • Petrolatum
  • Propylene Glycol
  • PVP/VA Copolymer
  • Stearalkonium Chloride
  • Synthetic Colors
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • When choosing skin care and makeup products, avoid products that contain the above ingredients.  Great resources and websites for safe sunscreens, skin care, and makeup include:
  • www.ewg.org/skindeep/company/Eco_Skin_Care
  • www.saffronrouge.com
  • www.figandsage.com
  • www.badgerbalm.com
  • www.californiababy.com
  • Start Purchasing Organic Produce:  Begin with the top 10 fruits and vegetables that have the highest exposure to pesticides and other chemicals: Peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, cherries, grapes, raspberries, pears, and tomatoes.
  • Start Purchasing Organic Meats: Choose organic meats when looking for a source of protein (beef, chicken, pork). Check out http://www.localharvest.org/ to find a local CSA to provide you with local organic produce and meats.
  • Start Purchasing Organic Dairy Products:  You’ll be avoiding pesticides, bovine growth hormone (BGH), and antibiotics
  • Go Green with Household items.  Each time you make a purchase for your home, consider the packaging, materials, or chemicals required to manufacture the product.  In most cases, there are greener options.  Here are a few resources to get you started:
  • www.treehugger.com
  • www.storyofstuff.com
  • www.ourgreenhouse.com
  • www.greendepot.com
  • www.seventhgeneration

SOURCES:

  1. Sinclair, M.D., Wayne. “Environmental Causes of Infertility.” n. pag. Web. 19 Jul 2011. <http://www.chem-tox.com/infertility/>.
  2. “Researchers Report That Some Household Chemicals May Reduce Women’s Fertility.” n. pag. Web. 19 Jul 2011. <http://www.asrn.org/journal-american-nursing-review/531-researchers-report-that-some- household-chemicals-may-reduce-womens-fertility.html>.
  3. “Phthalates.” n. pag. Web. 19 Jul 2011. <http://www.ewg.org/chemindex/term/480>.4.
  4. Worwood, Valerie Ann., Stonehouse, Julia. The Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program. Novato, California: New World Library, 2003.
  5. Worwood, Valerie Ann., Stonehouse, Julia. The Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program. Novato, California: New World Library, 2003. pg 120.

 

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Women’s Health Book List

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

Here’s a  book list I’ve put together over the past few years of several texts that are great resources for women’s health issues including pregnancy, childbirth, fertility treatment, PCOS, endometriosis, and much more.

WOMEN’S HEALTH BOOK LIST

WOMEN’S HEALTH

 

  • Northrop, Christine. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 2002.
  • Agee, Eve. The Uterine Health Companion: A Holistic Guide to Lifelong Wellness. New York, NY: Celestial Arts; 1 Edition, 2010.

 

INFERTILITY BOOKS

 

  • Barbieri, Robert L., Domar, Alice D. Ph.D., and Loughlin, Kevin R. M.D. 6 Steps to Increased Fertility: An Integrated Medical and Mind/Body Approach To Promote Conception . New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
  • Weschler, Toni. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health. New York, NY: Harper-Collins, 2002.
  • Lewis, Randine. The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2005.
  • Holland, Julie Renee. Natural Infertility Treatments. Julie Renee Callaway, 2011.
  • Glenville, Marilyn. Natural Solutions to Infertility: How to Increase Your Chances of Conceiving and Preventing Miscarriage. New York, NY: M.Evans & Company, 2001.
  • Chavarro, Jorge., Willett, Walter., Skerrett, Patrick. The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • David, S. Sami., Blakeway, Jill. Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2009.

 

PCOS BOOKS

 

  • Wright, Hillary. The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. New York, NY: Random House Inc, 2010.
  • Harris, Colette., Cheung, Theresa. The Ultimate PCOS Handbook: Lose Weight, Boost Fertility, Clear Skin and Restore Self-Esteem. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press, 2008.
  • Legro, Richard S. M.D., Boss, Angela., Weidman, Evelina Sterling. Living with PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Omaha, Nebraska: Addicus Books, Inc, 2001.
  • Thatcher, Samual S. PCOS The Hidden Epidemic. Indianapolis, IN: Perspectives Press, 2000.

 

  • Grassi, Angela., Mattei, Stephanie., Troiano, Leah., David, Christine. The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health. Haverford, PA: Luca Publishing, 2009.

 

ENDOMETRIOSIS BOOKS

 

  • Ballweg, Mary Lou. Endometriosis. The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
  • Ballweg, Mary Lou. The Endometriosis Sourcebook. Chicago, Illinois: McGraw-Hill, 1995.
  • Mills, Shepperson Dian., Vernon, Michael. Endometriosis: A Key to Healing Through Nutrition. Thorsons, 2002.
  • Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program: A Complete Self-Help Plan for Improving Health and Well-being. Novato, California: New World Library, 2007.
  • Levett, Carolyn. Reclaim Your Life- Your Guide to Aid Healing of Endometriosis. Endo Resolved, 2008.
  • Levett, Carolyn. Recipes for the Endometriosis Diet. Endo Resolved, 2007.
  • “The Endometriosis Association.” N.p., 2011. Web. 11 Jul 2011. <http://www.endometriosisassn.org/>.

 

PREGNANCY, CHILD BIRTH PREPARATION & HYPNO-BIRTHING

 

  • Kitzinger, Sheila. The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth. New York, NY: Knopf, 1996
  • England, Pam., Horowitz, Rob. Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation. Partera Press, 1998.
  • Mongan, Marie F. HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A Natural Approach to a Safe, Easier, more Comfortable Birthing. Deerfield Beach, FL: HCI, 2005.
  • Balaskas, Janet. Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, Revised Edition. Boston, MA: Harvard Common Press, 1992
  • Ingraham, Erick., McCutcheon-Rosegg, Susan., Burningham, Robin Yoko. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition. New York, NY: Plume Book, 1996.
  • Gaskin, Ina May. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. New York, NY: Bantam, 2003
  • Gaskin, Ina May., DiFranco, Ani. Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2011
  • Wolfe, Naomi. Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood. Anchor, 2003.

 

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

This Earth of Ours

From the desk of Sarah J. Rogers…

With Earth Day on the not-so-distant horizon, it’s easy to start feeling motivated to make better decisions, to have better practices, to be considerate to the earth……… but what about the rest of the year?  We have become so gung ho on holidays that the anticipation and arrival of specific days become the epicentres of our focus – creating a great discontinuity.  Though Earth Day is indeed coming and though WE LOVE EARTH DAY, I thought I would remind you of some of the practical ways that you can make small changes in your home and in your life.  These may seem overwhelming en masse, but if you consider what you can do, choose wisely, and start small, you can inspire other people to do the same – and that is a huge part of what OMBE is all about.
To start, I’ll remind you of some of the practices OMBE has in place – many of which are relevant to your own personal lives outside of a business-setting:
-choose products based on green reviews / ingredients lists / earth-friendly practices / and proximity (we know sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two not so hot choices – but CONSIDERING your choices is key)
-encourage vendors to use BPA free receipt paper: a good way to encourage – simply ask “is your receipt paper BPA free?”
-Consider the words:  Paraben free, biodegradable, fair-trade, local, organic, phosphate-free, renewable
-use recycled and post-consumer waste paper instead of brand new paper
-use post-consumer waste paper towels or, better yet, cloth towels when you can
-print on both sides of your paper
-compost
-high efficiency flush toilets
-aerators in faucets
-recycle and/or refill your ink cartridges
-recycle old CFLs and electronic equipment
-when having something shipped to you, ask for minimal packaging
-use light dimmers
-set thermostats  to 76+ for cooling and 68 or below for heating
-keep refrigerator at a middle-to-low setting instead of at its coldest setting
-use floor fans and space heaters
-insulate windows to reduce need for the use of heat
-use compact fluorescents
-unplug things that aren’t being used
-use public transportation, carpool, walk or ride a bike
-use non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products
-get regular inspections to avoid large-cost maintenance issues that can also be high consumers of energy
Remember, you can always do something, however small.  Bringing your own coffee cup instead of taking a to-go cup, reusing the back of paper, taking your own reusable grocery bags, being a conscious recycler and minimizing your trash: these are only a few simple things you can do to make your life a more sustainable-oriented life.  OMBE is happy to share this goal with its clients and encourages everyone to take a step to improve your relationship with this whole “being green” concept.  We aim to make it a lifestyle instead of a fad and would LOVE to know your ideas for how you make your life more “green.”  Email us and tell us your green action plan.
GET INSPIRED!
Sarah J. Rogers, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sarah J. Rogers is a licensed massage therapist who received her training at the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her practice focuses on the mind-body relationship and the usefulness of this connection not only for healing, but also for seeking balance in everyday life. Sarah brings her experience as an athlete and her compassion for mind-body health to her practice, inspiring growth and comfort in her clients. Along with massage, Sarah is now offering Active Isolated Stretching which can be done alone or in tandem with massage therapy. Employing techniques focusing on relaxation, neuromuscular therapy, stretching, myofascial release, and overall balance, Sarah will work with you to develop a treatment style that suits your needs.

“Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul and good for either is the work of the other.” -Henry David Thoreau.

Book online for any massage service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Eco-Beauty: What Do All The Certifications Mean?

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

So, you’ve finally decided to ditch the old lipstick and moisturizer in your beauty bag in favor of green, eco-friendly alternatives given the growing number of options out there.  But how do you know that something that you will put on your skin every day is really a better alternative?  In addition to reading ingredients, one way is to check for certifications.  Here’s a list of eco-certifications and organizations in alphabetical order to help you clarify what’s in that jar of magic cream and how to shop green:

 

ACO: (Australian Certified Organic)

These products contain (excluding water and salt) at least 95% organically produced agricultural ingredients. The  remaining ingredients (up to 5%) can be non-agricultural substances or non-organically produced agricultural ingredients, with strict processing criteria (e.g. absolutely no GMOs or synthetics chemicals).

 

BFA: (Biological Farmers of Australia)

Made with organic ingredients products contain (excluding water and salt) at least 70% organically produced agricultural ingredients. Any remaining can be non-agricultural substances (eg. Clay, bicarb soda, minerals) or non-organically produced agricultural ingredients with strict processing criteria (e.g. absolutely no GMOs or synthetics chemicals). Mineral based products contain non-agricultural substances (e.g. clay, bicarb soda, minerals), with strict processing criteria (e.g. absolutely no GMOs or synthetics chemicals).

 

CALIFORNIA ORGANIC PRODUCTS ACT: (COPA 2003)

Any product that does not meet COPA requirements cannot legally be sold as organic in the State of California.  The product is not considered organic unless that product meets the criteria of 70% organic content. This is calculated based on the actual agricultural organic content which does not include “water” and “extracts”.  This means water and extracts rarely contribute more than 1% of the total organic content.

 

 

CERTIFIED ORGANIC:

Products that contain at least 95% organic ingredients can claim to be certificated organic and will bear the USDA organic logo. These products may contain up to 5% non-organically produced agricultural ingredients that are not commercially available in organic form and/ or a short list of other neutral (e.g. not harmful) substances as allowed by USDA organic regulations.

ECOCERT:

Is an internationally recognized organic certification that guarantees the genuine practice of environmental respect throughout the formulation and manufacturing of the product. The certification ensures that 100% of the total ingredients are of a natural origin. Ecocert is the leading European authority on organic certification, and the standards used by prestige organic brands. It’s the only organic certification for color cosmetics.

 

 

NATURAL:

Organic and Natural are not the same. The term natural is not regulated and has a broad meaning. According to government labeling requirements, it means that an ingredient “has not been significantly altered from its original state, nor has anything been removed from it (with the exception of water).  It also means that no other substances been added to it.

 

NOP: (National Organic Program)

Develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA.

 

NSF International: (National Sanitation Foundation)

This organization helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods. As an independent, nor-for-profit organization, their ongoing public health commitment is to encourage everyone to live safer.

 

OASIS: (Organic and Sustainable Industry Standards)

This is the only cosmetic and skincare “organic” certification and is also a private, rather than a governmental certification. The standards are meant to bring some sort of standardization to personal care industry organic claims.  This standard requires 85% certified organic content which will be expected to increase as green chemistry and products evolve.

 

ORGANIC:

Organic refers to the way plants and food are grown.  This is a strict standard that ensures no synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, sewage sludge, or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are used.  It also suggests that animal welfare and the environment is respected.

  • Organic products are made with ingredients grown without any synthetic chemicals, sewage sludge or genetically modified organisms. Organic products do not contain synthetic ingredients.
  • Products only labeled “natural” often use synthetic preservatives and other un-natural ingredients, alongside plant ingredients, and get labeled natural with only few ingredients actually being “natural”.

OTA: (Organic Trade Association)

This is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. OTA represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop. Over sixty percent of OTA trade members are small businesses.

 

SOIL ASSOCIATION:

Ensures the integrity of the products in relation to the environmental impact of their farming and long-term sustainability of the crops. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are permitted in the growing of the crop.

 

USDA: (United States Department of Agriculture)

These products meet the strict ingredients and processing criteria in accordance with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Last Minute Gift Ideas from OMBE

From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LMT AND Sarah J. Rogers, LMT…

Here are my 3 favorite eco-beauty bar products that saved me in the nick of time for some last-minute holiday shopping this year.

Tspheres – Peace and Quiet
These are the perfect gift for holiday travelers who have a tendency to develop headaches, muscle soreness or have difficulty sleeping. The blend of the aromatic lavender essential oil combined with the just the right amount of pressure from the racquet-ball sized orbs will leave the recipient of this gift very happy it landed in his/her stocking.

Farmaesthetics Organic Baby Gift Box
I don’t know about you but there have been a lot of babies  between our family and friends just over the past few months.  And the more I talk with moms and dads, there is a great deal of consideration taken when buying products that aren’t harmful for their baby or the environment.

Resist-A-Band
This is the perfect for friends and family who would like to stay on track with their exercise routine. The holidays can be tough to stick to your rehab program so these give you the perfect reason to stay on point. Plus, they are latex and PVC-free, so you’re doing your part to be green.

 

 

A GIFT FROM US TO ALL YOU YOGA LOVERS!

Love massage and acupuncture and wish you could experience them more?  What about aromatherapy?  Well, lucky for you we have an idea that you will LOVE and you might love it so much you’ll have to share it with a friend too which, just so you know, is A-OKAY with us!   As many of you know, OMBE recently launched its exciting and exclusive Eco-Friendly Beauty Bar.  For those of you who attended the open house you know it was fun and exciting!  For those who missed it, well we’re sorry we missed you but we want you to enjoy the gifts our Beauty Bar too so listen up!  Purchase a 5-Series yoga class and get 10% off Tspheres!  What are Tspheres?  Our new portable and eco-conscious aromatherapy massage/acupressure ball.  Tspheres come with natural infusion oils and an adorable bag to tote them around in.  Bring them with you while you travel for the holidays and take a little bit of OMBE with you!  Get Tspheres in lavender/grapefruit+peppermint / mint / and unscented!  For more information, visit our shop in person or online at www.ombecenter.com.   ~Sarah

 

WELCOMING A NEW SKINCARE LINE TO THE EAST COAST!

Have trouble skin?  Does the cold winter air leave your face/neck and hands feeling chapped, sore, inflamed, dry?  We at OMBE are so excited to introduce a new skin care line that we are carrying:  Marie Veronique Organics.  A highly regarded and well-researched company, MVO is located in Berklee, CA.  As the only clinic on the East Coast carrying their skincare line, we stand behind their scientific research and promote their products with great enthusiasm.  With 4 simple steps (cleanse, hydrate, replenish, repair), MVO has systematized all of their products in a way that is easily used by anyone.  With products within each step tailored to specific skin types, MVO doesn’t treat any skin alike except in that each product is filled with natural and organic ingredients that your skin will love.  Come in and visit us to get more information on this exciting line of skincare.  Know someone else who might be interested?  Send them along to visit us too, or get them an OMBE gift card!  ~Sarah

 

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