Category: Health

Aromatherapy with California Native Plants

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I believe that mother earth provides us with everything we need to heal.  Our earth is full of natural medicine, we just need to be opening and willing to try it. As a child, my mother had a tea for everything! I wish I had paid a little more attention and wrote her remedies down.

Every once in a while something I’m reading or learning about in one my classes brings a memory of one of my mother’s many natural cures. Finding events such as this one brings a smile to my face and no doubt makes her happy.

Tree of Life Nursery is holding a FREE “Aromatherapy with California Native Plants” class this weekend. This a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season, be surround by nature and learn something new.

For centuries, aromatherapy has been used to enhance health and well-being. Modern research recognizes the benefits of aromatherapy for stress reduction, sleep and mood management, as well as easing discomforts associated with anxiety and chronic pain. During this workshop, Certified Yoga Therapist and California Native Plants Education and Outreach Specialist, Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT, will discuss her approach to sustainable aromatherapy, and how she uses the healing property of California Native Plants cultivated locally, at Tree of Life Nursery.

  • When: Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

  • Where: Tree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

  • Cost: FREE


Vegan Faire

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Bring your appetite and your Yoga mat at to the Fourth Annual Healthy Junk Vegan Faire! This annual one day festival showcases a full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services. There will be booths and workshops focusing on food, environment, local artisans, wellness, live music and FREE YOGA!

Enjoy live music from Blue Breeze Band (Motown R&B Soul Funk Band) from 6:00pm-7:00pm, Supremes – Just Sway Music from 7:30pm-8:00pm and Michael Jackson- RemJ Experience from 8:15pm-9pm

Unroll your yoga mat for some FREE Yoga compliments of the Yoga Mat! Classes begin at 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.

Vendors included in the day’s events are:

Follow Your Heart
Raw Life Cultivated
The Abbot’s Butcher
TGI Vegan
Best Gumbo In The Hood
Baby Love Sweetery
Clean South
Vegan Pizza
Good Town Doughnuts Costa Mesa
Hummos and Pita
Unisoy Foods
Mod Owl
Ash & Rae
Califia Farms
Evolve Bakery
Infinity Sauces
Fermensch Kombucha
Kelly’s Croutons
Orgain Inc.
The Little Sweet Place
Fed Up Food
Kacey Cakes
Proper’s Pickle
Mother’s Market & Kitchen
Young Living Essential Oils
Crate of Plenty: vegan subscription box
Prima Pilates Anaheim Hills
Sea Shepherd Los Angeles
Share International
Dolpin Project
Loveland Farm/sign up 4 love
Serenity Designs OC
Morning Blossom Boutique
Juice Plus & Tower Gardens
Threads for Love
Tadah Organics
Humane Project
Eco Dogs And Cats
Davids Natural Toothpaste

  •  When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4;00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Where: Center Street Promenade in Anaheim, CA

  • Cost: Admission is FREE!

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Pantry Tasting

wpid-2015-05-01_13.40.38.jpgThe Ecology Center is hosting a Fall Community Supported Pantry Tasting. Today, October 3, 2105 at 10:00 am, enjoy free samples of pantry goods featured in their fall Community Supported Pantry basket.

The Community Supported Pantry Program (CSP) is a seasonal subscription of locally made, artisanal goods created in collaboration with the Ecology Center’s community partners.

The Community Supported Pantry Program (CSP) box may include pantry items such as rustic bread, olive oil, artisanal sea salt, herbal medicine, simple syrups, custom tea blends, local honey, DIY handbooks, housemade jams, craft beer, flour & grains, seasonal recipes, and fresh garden herb bundles, all seasonally curated by The Ecology Center.

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If you’ve ever had questions about CSP boxes, this is a great chance to see what’s available. Also, you can stock up your pantry for an entire season or sign up for a year subscription and receive 15% off! Prices are $65/SEASON or $220/YEAR

The CSP boxes are available quarterly at The Ecology Center. Orders for the Fall Pantry will close today, October 3, 2015 at 6pm. you can order online.

The Ecology Center is located at 32701 Alipaz St, San Juan Capistrano, 92675

The Ecology Center’s talented community partners include:

The Ecology Center Pantry, San Juan Capistrano – Our Residence Chef, Kerri Cacciata uses The Ecology Center’s seasonal harvest from our orchard, veggie beds, and herb garden to make delicious preserves, jams, and pickles for all to enjoy.BREAD Artisan Bakery, Santa Ana – A family owned and operated bakery specializing in rustic & traditional French breads using age-old leavening methods.Angel’s Honey Farm, Brea – Angel’s farm rescues unwanted bee hives and gives them a new purpose – making the best tasting and most beneficial honey. The honey is said to help with seasonal allergies, a result of the bees pollinating local plants such as avocados, eucalyptus and local wildflowers.

King’s Road Apothecary, Los Angeles – Rebecca Altman, the extraordinary herbalist behind King’s Road, creates herbal tinctures, salves, and ointments from local, wildcrafted plants. She also teaches herbal remedy workshops at The Ecology Center.

Chocolatl, Poway – A chocolatier devoted to raw, wildcrafted ingredients and small batch process to develop chocolates that are high in minerals and nutrients.

Grist and Toll, Pasadena – As purists, Grist and Toll uses ancient stone milling techniques and local-only growers to provide the finest flour products and support our local grain economy.

Terrace Hill Olive Oil, San Miguel – A family olive orchard using sustainable practices to grow, pick, and process their olives.

Soapy Layne Vegan Soap, Rancho Santa Margarita – Cassie uses plant based materials to make vegan soap and natural skin care products

Laguna Salt Company, Laguna Beach – A specialty salt company handcrafting raw, infused, and smoked sea salt that are versatile enough to be used on any dish.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Vista – Makers of the best organic, biodegradable, all-purpose soap. We especially recommend Dr. Bronner’s for greywater systems.

Kean Coffee, Newport Beach/Tustin – A coffeehouse created by Martin Diedrich, Kean purveys fresh-roasted artisan coffee from around the world with a focus on organic and sustainable farms.

Eden’s Savory Sap – Handmade, plant-based simple syrups for concocting sodas, cocktails, dressing, cakes, cookies, pickling, soups, and more!

Kung Fu Tonic – Certified organic herbal remedies using a high-concentrated blend of roots to boost your immune system. We love Kung Fu Tonic during flu and cold season!

Caen Deming Candles, Laguna Hills – A candle maker dedicated to hand-poured, botanical-based candles. The candles are packaged in Weck canning jars, perfect for re-use in the kitchen.

Red Pig Tools, Oregon – The only blacksmith in the U.S. specializing in hand forged garden tools for home gardeners and farmers.


OC Great Park has a great weekend of FREE events

Yesterday, I shared the Fresh Plates: Culinary Workshop that will take place to today at 10:00 am in the Farm & Food Lab at the OC Great Park but there are so many other great events going on at the Great Park this weekend, I had to share them with you.

I do want to highlight one event – Clinic in the Park. If you or anyone who needs health or dental care,  please let them know about this FREE event held on the second Sunday of each month.  Clinic in the Park is an Orange County-based nonprofit community health collaborative.


Now on to the weekend events:



SPIRIT: Tae Soon Kim (Opening Reception)

Saturday, July 12

Time(s): 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Great Park Gallery | Map & Directions
Gallery admission, parking and the opening reception are free to the publicThe artwork of Tae Soon Kim reveals the “spirit” of traditional Korean culture by transforming, through the technique of collage, handmade paper (Han-ji) and old damaged books into objects of everyday life such as clothing, furniture, and books. Tae-Soon Kim was born in Kyungnam, Republic of Korea. Her artwork has been displayed worldwide, including at […]


Movie on the Lawn – The Lego Movie

Saturday, July 12

Time(s): 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Terraced Lawn | Map & Directions
Starts at Dusk; Weather PermittingJoin us for an outdoor movie experience under the stars. Grab your beach chair, blanket and snacks for a night out with the family. Come see blockbuster hits and family favorites on the big screen at our Movie on the Lawn nights! This year’s Movie on the Lawn series will feature seven film screenings beginning […]


Certified Farmers Market

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Farmers Market | Map & Directions
Free Parking & AdmissionSundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Take home fresh […]


Clinic in the Park

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Great Park Certified Farmers Market | Map & DirectionsOn the second Sunday of each month, Clinic in the Park connects children and their families to medical and dental resources, provides application assistance for low cost insurance, developmental health screenings for children, community resource referrals and facilitates health chats with doctors and nurses. These programs are offered and staffed by health-related professional organizations and […]


Children’s Garden Workshops

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
FreeThis season’s Children’s Garden Workshop Series is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.  A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and […]

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It’s FPIES awareness week! What’s FPIES????

That is same exact question I asked my daughter-in-law. Our Grandson was finally diagnosed with FPIES – Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome when he was almost a year old. Before that it he was always sick, he couldn’t keep his food down, they had endless trips to the doctor and the hospital. Thank goodness they found a doctor who diagnosed him. With a very strict diet. They now have his condition under control.


Here’s a description of FPIES from the FPIES Foundation

Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) is a type of food allergy affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  Classic symptoms of FPIES include profound vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. These symptoms can lead to severe lethargy, change in body temperature and blood pressure. Unlike typical food allergies, symptoms may not be immediate and do not show up on standard allergy tests.  Furthermore, the negative allergy evaluation may delay the diagnosis and take the focus off the causative food.  Nonetheless, FPIES can present with severe symptoms following ingestion of a food trigger.

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Here’s my daughter-in-laws story: