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Gift-Giving Goes Local at GreenStar

Monday, 01 December 2014 01:00

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

gifts 300Ithaca has become the kind of town where you can put an entirely local meal on the table with ease, year-round. For those who wish to extend their locavore lifestyle beyond the kitchen, and share its bounty with others, GreenStar offers a great collection of local gift items. Whether you're looking for gifts as part of a Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holiday celebration or simply to show appreciation for the host of that terrific party you just got invited to, we have an abundance of offerings that keep your dollars in the local community.

Though you can find local treasures in almost every aisle, our Wellness Department anchors the gift selection at the West-End store. Along with the fantastic array of Fair Trade gifts from around the world (profiled in this month's Gift Guide insert), local mainstays such as cards, pottery, soap, and candles abound.

For the bodycare lovers on your gift-giving list, look for soaps from Avital's Apiaries, 17th Century Suds' new Ithaca Soap line, Aromatic Traditions (based in Elmira), and Syracuse Soapworks. Soap is something everyone can use, but for bodycare that goes beyond simply getting clean, Avital's offers bath fizzies, winter balms (especially welcome for those who suffer from the dreaded winter dry-skin itchies), and even a men's wet-shaving set, packed with everything a guy needs for an old-fashioned shave, including a hand-made shaving mug.

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Light Touch, Big Healing through Quantum-Touch

Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

By Ken Zeserson

QTphotoworkingUnderstanding Quantum-Touch is like trying to grab a handful of water. You dip your hand in; you feel the water; you grasp the water; when you pick it up to look at it you don't see anything — but your hand is wet. Quantum-Touch officially came into being through the work of Richard Gordon, who studied an intuitive healer, Bob Rasmussen, for 22 years. He observed how Bob achieved results, carefully documenting what he saw. In 1999, he published "Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal." As he puts it in the introduction: "Employing only a very light touch ... you can profoundly accelerate the body's own healing response. The effect is so immediate and extraordinary, you can actually see bones in the body spontaneously realigning themselves with only a light touch."

As strange as this seems, Amanda York, a local Quantum-Touch practitioner, has witnessed the phenomenon many times during her years of practice. "The technique uses the biological phenomenon of entrainment," she says, "which refers to organisms synchronizing to an external stimulus. Fireflies' flashing is one example. Even the pendulums of grandfather clocks will synchronize in just a few days, if sharing a common wall. As the practitioner raises his or her level of chi, the client's body responds by raising its level, which allows for faster healing." Chi, or prana (in Yoga practice), is commonly known in most of the world as "life force energy," or that which precedes physical manifestation. In the West, as author Richard Gordon has wryly noted, we call it "woo-woo."

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make-artVisit the GreenStar Bazaar for your gift-giving needs — from stocking-stuffers to bigger items, we have a great selection.

Snowy, wintry December has arrived, so get ready for the season of gifting! We're excited to introduce the GreenStar Bazaar, located at the West-End store, hearkening back to the quaint holiday market times of yore — ah, but with a Fair Trade, progressive twist. Looking for a quick host/hostess gift? We've got gorgeous maple trivets, organic cotton napkin sets, and a variety of adorable ornaments from Peru and Nepal. Shopping for the wee ones? Come play with our toys: musical instruments, toddler-friendly jigsaw puzzles, boomerangs, log cabin sets, and DIY project kits. Those with teens in their lives may want to check out our selection of beautiful and radical posters from Syracuse Cultural Workers, funky organic socks from Pact Apparel, and notepads and journals from Sri Lanka made from (no, really) elephant dung fiber (and they're awesome!). See you at the Bazaar!

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