Take care of your body plus prevent and treat common ailments with a healthy diet and natural remedies.
The American Botanical Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an herbal education using science-based and traditional information, celebrated their 25th anniversary this year and the 100th issue of their acclaimed quarterly journal, ‘HerbalGram.’
Compost and mulch material are in abundance in our backyard and our communities. What is ones man's yard waste is this man's treasure.
Summer fun gives way to windy, cold weather and before you know it, you've got winter dry skin – chapped, red and itchy hands. Use this easy-to-make DIY lotion; it’s a remarkable remedy for dry, cracked hands.
A natural kennel cough cure will be better for your pet and your wallet while not contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.
Heat Holders keep in the heat in your feet.
Homemade cough syrup made with on-site elderberries and locally produced honey.
Use these herbal remedies, recommended by Stephen Harrod Buhner in Herbal Antibiotics, as alternatives to pharmaceutical antibiotics.
As the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs” become more numerous and more virulent, herbal medicine offers an alternative to increasingly ineffective drugs.
If your household buys a community-supported agriculture (CSA) share, you may be eligible for a health insurance rebate.
What is a salve or balm?
The dictionary definition explains in simple terms, “an ointment
used to promote healing of the skin or as protection.” I like this definition as it explains a simple solution for what may be a simple or complex health issue.
Making salves and/or balms is also simple: They can easily be produced in your own kitchen with a few basic natural and organic ingredients.
Despite the challenges, momentum for GMO labeling is growing. Natural food retailers are either committing to labeling GMOs in their stores or removing them from shelves. National labeling legislation has been introduced. Even big food companies recognize the growing demand for labeling.
Bee stings are so painful you feel like a burning torch has touched your skin! To get fast relief, here are 8 natural bee sting treatment options you can use at home.
These Dental Treats are helpful in improving pet breath and wellness.
A new CDC report shows a growing threat posed by antibiotic resistance. Consumers Union is calling for stronger action against the overuse of these medicines.
Natural beauty doesn’t come in expensive cosmetic jars, but rather the herbs growing all around.
Explore in detail the scientific link between the air pollution, such as burning coal and diesel exhaust, and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes Mellitus.
Claims for the Paleo diet benefits are substantial – improved cholesterol, improved blood pressure, improved blood sugar control, improved appetite control. How legit are these claims and do they make it worth a switch to this type diet?
Discover new products by Gaiam Restore, like the Hot/Cold Foot Roller.
We all suffer from some sort of pain. The real green living question is how to deal with that pain.
How to wild harvest medicinal plants with respect and intention.
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
This divine herb has a multitude of properties – it’s a potent skin-cell regenerative, mucolytic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, vulnerary, antioxidant, antifungal, analgesic and deodorizing agent. I use both the essential oil and the infused oil in formulas to relieve sinus and respiratory congestion, muscle tension and soreness, and headaches; to soften and fade scar tissue; to stimulate memory, creativity, confidence and mental energy; and to stimulate circulation to encourage hair growth.
Detoxification is a powerful tool for treating fatigue and helping your body handle toxins—everything from car exhaust to junk food. Give your body a natural energy and health boost using this simple liver detox program.
From the moment of realization that the world of healing herbs was calling Susanna Raeven, to herfirst herbal class, to running a small-scale herb farm that grows medicinal herbs with organic methods, to creating artisan herbal products, and finally to working with clients to help them find balance in their lives with the generous support of the plant kingdom, the journey has been quite a ride with many joyous moments, but also doubts, insecurities, and cloudy days.
Studies show unhealthy dieting kills more people than alcohol, cigarettes and drug use combined.
Store-bought deoderants contain aluminum and other harmful substances that find their way into your bloodstream. Try this recipe for natural homemade deodorant that uses baking soda with coconut oil and essential oil to create a effective and safe alternative.
Try making these herbal remedies for aging skin — from a nourishing facial moisturizer to a fragrant immunity balm.
What do farm-raised salmon, your typical DEET bug spray, and non-filtered drinking water all have in common? These are frequently encountered sources of toxins which in excess could be threatening your health, but following a detox cleanse will keep you protected and restore energy!
Bringing joy to your life, happiness researchers say, has little to do with wealth or possessions. Find out what truly makes people happy in this thoughtful documentary film.
Obesogens are a class of endocrine disruptors, and new research suggests that exposure to these disruptive chemicals that are in many everyday products could have effects generations into the future.
How you handle, store and cook fresh fruits and vegetables — and the types and varieties you choose — can notably affect their nutritional value.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including the deadly MRSA, are growing in part as a result of the overuse of antibiotics in food animals.
You don’t have to endure persistent fatigue. Use two stress-busting herbal remedies, Rhodiola and Ashwagandha, as part of your adrenal fatigue treatment program.
Learn these Lyme disease prevention strategies to keep you and your loved ones safe from infected ticks, flies, mosquitoes and more.
Investigators have traced a recent Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak back to live poultry from multiple feed stores and mail-order hatcheries across the United States.
Studies conducted by Consumer Reports strongly suggest that there is a direct relationship between the routine use of antibiotics in animal production and increased antibiotic resistance in bacteria on ground turkey.
American College of Healthcare Sciences provides four holistic health education graduate programs including Health and Wellness and Aromatherapy.
The answer to your burning question, “Why am I tired all the time?” may simply be this: your body’s ability to manage stress effectively by means of the adrenal glands has been compromised. Chronic or excessive stress disrupts the normal functioning of the body’s stress response system. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of this disruption.
The Environmental Working Group has released their 2013 best sunscreen guide which rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and more.
Kick toxic chemicals to the curb and make your own natural lotion using just a few ingredients. Making homemade lotion is an easy, fun and creative process.
As a powerful disinfectant, thyme is among the most effective herbal cold remedies. Mix up some thyme syrup or thyme honey for a natural, cost-effective, and delicious herbal cold remedy.
You may want to think twice the next time you reach for that cola. A recent study has found that one can of soda a day can increase chances of prostate cancer by 40 percent.
Using just a few basic ingredients, you can make your own DIY cosmetics, such as this simple-yet-luxurious organic skin toner.
Summer skin problems are irritating and embarrassing. Show off your best skin with these inexpensive natural remedies.
Make your own medicinal syrup from the herbs in your garden using author Rosemary Gladstar’s herbal syrup recipe.
Many diets are deficient in seven key nutrients.
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum discusses some of his favorite natural therapies for pain — from willow bark to passionflower.
Sometimes what starts out as a cold or flu develops into a deep bronchial cough that just won’t go away. These natural treatments can help you heal your bronchitis without antibiotics.
After giving energy to family members, work projects, home duties, and friends there is often little time left for ourselves! Taking a few minutes to brew, sip, and enjoy herbal tea provides an easy and much needed opportunity for personal reflection and self-care during an otherwise hectic day.
If you want to achieve your goals, stop making excuses for the things that go wrong on your path to success. Learn from them. Never stop trying to improve. And never stop trying. Work smart and hard.
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
Millions of people suffer from mental illness and depend on psychiatric drugs to get them through the day. Conventional treatment may block the symptoms but do nothing to address the underlying cause. There are 5 common physical causes of mental illness.
Get out of your shell and lend a hand to those around you, even perfect strangers – you’ll be amazed at what you become and how your kindness touches others
Smile more and experience an uplifted mood for the rest of your day.
A study that concluded there is no health benefit to eating organic foods prompted consumers to ask questions and received a round of rebuttals.
Treated municipal sewage sludge may be causing illness in people up to a mile from where it is applied on land as a soil amendment
What is Pesticide Drift? “Pesticide drift” is the movement of a pesticide through the air away from the intended target. You might actually see the drift in the form of a mist. You may smell it. But it can be invisible and odorless. The spray may be applied from the back of a tractor — referred to as a “rig.” Or it may be applied from a spray plane or helicopter.
Learn these techniques for better sleep and better health with natural sleep aids to help manage chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Not just flavor. Antioxidant herbs and antioxidant spices provide medical benefits too.
Are GMOs dangerous? A new study shows that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and Roundup herbicide cause negative health effects in rats, and is raising questions about the safety of GMOs.
We all have dreams but why is it that some are so lucky that they come true?
FairShare CSA Coalition partners with health insurance groups to offer a rebate for selecting fresh, organic, local produce.
Food-animals are given 80 percent of the antibiotics consumed in the United States. Thanks to this kind of misuse, antibiotic-resistant diseases now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS.
Although the Centers for Disease Control has launched a vigorous nationwide public health campaign urging everyone, particularly elderly and vulnerable people, to get vaccinated against the flu, some researchers disagree with the message.
To counteract life's stresses and strains, to slow down the pace of life, stop and smell the roses...or any flower. In the absence of flowers, you'll find another way to bring a smile to your face, the songs of birds.
Nordic Naturals introduces Vitamin D3 Gummies, the delicious, chewable, wild berry gummy that provides 1,000 I.U. of vitamin D in each serving and is sourced from cholecalciferol, the natural form of vitamin D preferred for optimal absorption. The pectin-based product is gelatin free and does not contain artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives.
The art of fermentation produces food filled with active, live cultures. Learning how to ferment food can provide a more nutritious and digestible diet, but be wary of health claims that seem too good to be true.
OK,I'm giving no hints as to why you should think like a chemist...Read it and see for yourself. At the very least, you'll be entertained by a crazy new way of thinking about life.
Vernon O. Mayes and Barbara Bayless Lacy's book "Nanise' A Navajo Herbal" features 100 plants from the Navajo Reservation. Each plant's profile includes its common, Latin, and Navajo name as well as its common Navajo uses.
A great way to get more enjoyment in the garden and less work, is to try the ancient concept of a garden Sabbath. That's one day a week where gardening isn't allowed, but communing with nature is.
Watching TV or sitting may take time off of your life expectancy, according to an Australian study.
While the AAP acknowledges the potentially harmful effects of pesticide residue, it falls short of recommending that children eat more organic foods and fewer conventionally grown foods.
We all have a rule book inscribed in our minds that dictates how we and others should act. Though handy at times, it often becomes a liability, a huge liability. See why in this blog and what you can do about it.
Many of us make a habit out of complaining, when in fact our lives are pretty good. In this blog I suggest that gaining perspective -- focusing on how good your life really is -- will help you live a much happier life. Give it a try.
Studies show shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing or time spent in green spaces, can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase your immune defense system.
In this New Year, my first recommendation for personal transformation is to give compliments generously to those who grace your life. You'll brighten the lives of others and your own life enormously.
Stay fit and have fun with hula hooping.
In this blog, I challenge readers to abandon the typically new year's resolution and embarking on a New Year's Revolution. Read it and see if you'd like to join me on what could be an exciting and profitable new venture.
Many readers can't say no to spouses, children, bosses, and so on. To please and care for others, we often sacrifice ourselves, working long hours, exhausting our energy. There is a cure. It's a two-letter word that starts with n. Try it.
Stronger nanotechnology regulations are needed because current laws monitoring nanotchnology risks and safety are highly insufficient.
A new Canadian study shows a link between consuming Roundup-contaminated water and/or GM corn and increased likelihood for illness and premature death in rats.
Many people believe that their values define who they are. Unfortunately, many of our values don't translate into action. To live a fruitful, peaceful, and productive life, meld your values and actions. You'll be happier and content -- whole.
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
Are organic foods healthier? In the wake of a media frenzy revolving a “study” by Stanford University claiming to answer this question, many people were left wondering. Benefits of organic food go beyond the vitamin content: The overwhelming amounts and types of pesticides in our food play a major role in many shoppers’ decision to go organic.
Many of us spout opinions and make bold assertions based on very little evidence. Our ignornance is often mistaken for perspective. We think we know a lot more than we do. Take time to acquire knowlede and create true wisdo. It has a settling effect.
Researchers have found that inhaling a bitter substance calms and dilates the airways. Can sniffing horseradish also calm and soothe the mind? Sniffing horseradish works for Ellen Sandbeck; can it work for you?
Feeling blue? Try these simple happiness exercises including bouncing on an exercise ball and smiling while holding a pen or pencil in your mouth.
Stay well this winter with these proven strategies for preventing colds and flu and some simple, natural cold and flu remedies.
Things are not getting better in the United States when it comes to outbreaks of foodborne illness, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group says. In fact, they're getting worse.
A New York Times article reports a recent, rigorous study confirming that acupuncture can ease chronic pain, including that from migraines and arthritis.
Much to our chagrin, many things we believe are true are dead wrong. Things we believe about other people, health, medicine, renewable energy, and the environment are wrong. Start digging and you'll see and you will start living a smarter life.
How to make your own homemade deodorant that really works!
Recent reviews of several scientific studies support the idea that chocolate is good for your heart. A University of California/Berkeley Wellness Letter breaks down the good news on healthy chocolate.
Tips on how to protect children during Children's Health Month in October!
Worrying about what others think about you can drin you of energy and make you do some pretty stupid things. What if you could rid yourself of that penchant? What kind of life would you lead?
Walking to School promotes healthy living among young people.
Slaughter says that the newly announced FDA task force on new antibacterial drugs falls short.
The best strategy to control mosquitoes and thus eliminate the threat of West Nile virus is to control mosquito habitat and the immature stages of the mosquito.
In this political season, politicians often define people by their differences, creating strife and even outright contempt among people with opposing political views. Truth is, we have a great deal in common; it is our commonalities that bind us.
One of the most powerful lessons I have learned in my life is the power of love to create happiness and harmony. Let your life and your interactions with others be goverened by your love for others. Make preserving and fostering love a goal.
Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog, files a formal legal complaint with the USDA.
Tips on how to improve air quality while driving your kids to school.
Steuart Laboratories manufactures and markets several dozen herb-based healing and pain products for both the human and livestock markets.
Your mind can often trip us up, make things worse than they are, even lead us into disaster. You can control your own mind and change negative messages to positive ones, creating a much more productive,calmer. and fullfilling life.
Our minds are powerful things. The beliefs we hold and our perceptions can be dead wrong. Our minds can even create pain that doesn't exist. Questioning what we perceive and believe can help you live a more conscious, honest and successful life.
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home and Garden Magazine, shares three pregnancy skin care products that will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
Before turning your back on modern medicine, consider the results you might have achieved (or rather, not achieved) with folk medicine. Originally published as "Sure Cures?" in the December/January 1994 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Many of us hold convictions about others and the world around us that are so wrong that they seriously misguide us, even rob us of happiness and contentment. Don't believe everything you think. Question your beliefs and discover the truth.
Tips on how to protect yourself form harmful algal blooms.
Our minds can play tricks on us, and often do, bending and shaping our perceptions to our own liking. As a result, what we hold to be true about ourselves, others, even the world around us, can be dead wrong.
The American College of Healthcare Sciences and Apothecary Shoppe have been re-certified as Green America Gold-Certified businesses.
Tips on how to protect your skin and stay safe in the sun.
Many of us listen to negative internal messages about ourselves that drag us down, robbing us of happiness. To find happiness, you must change the dialogue inside your head. Focus on what is good in you and all that you do to brighten others' lives.
Hydrogen peroxide and a cotton ball can safely remove a tick.
Are you one who can't get things done on time or follow up on promises? If so, you are probably an excuse maker. To get off the hook, you'll come up with a thousand reasons why you didn't get your work done. Read this blog and put an end to excuses.
Many people waste too much time each trying to get motivated to work. As a result, they get a lot less done than they need to or would like to. In this blog, I show a way that has helped me for many years get motivated to work and stay on task.
In the third in a series on potential toxins and chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Natural Home & Garden Editor Jessica Kellner discusses the dangers associated with use of retinol in skin care products.
The USDA and FDA have produced evidence of pesticide residue in produce, baby food and tap water.
Iain continues to battle with the frustration of starting up a candle making business hitting trouble at every corner. Here he talks about his plans moving forward and how he still plans to succeed in his socially responsible candle making business
Getting started each day presents a major challenge to many people. With so many pressing demands, it's often difficult to know where to start. Feeling overwhelmed and panicked, you may end up frittering away your time. He's a trick to get you going.
Many people have trouble getting things done or done on time. The blog presents a simple technique that will help you become more effective and more successful in all you do.
Use this tick property check list (TICKOFF) to help prevent Lyme and tick-borne diseases in your yard this summer.
Many of us grow up disliking, even hating, ourselves. Learning to love oneself is no easy task, but it is vital to creating happiness and loving others. If you can learn to love yourself, you'll be rewarded many times over and be able to love others.
As intuitive as relaxation may seem, replenishing our mental and physical reserves is actually a skill — one we must learn and one we can practice, yet also something we can neglect or go about all wrong. Want to truly de-stress? Try turning off the TV, grabbing a trowel, being a little selfish, and enlisting these other simple, surefire strategies for improving your well-being by tapping your inner calm.
Many of us suffer from low self-esteem. Negative self-images plague our lives, robbing us of happiness. Here's an exercise that can help you rid your self of those thoughts that prevent you from seeing who you really are.
These natural mosquito repellents, such as mosquito-repellent plants and homemade mosquito traps, will help you have a less buggy summer.
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
Life is full of amazing things and remarkable people that make our lives richer and worthwhile. However, many of us hone in on what's wrong with life and others. Focusing on the good will bring great happiness to you. It will turn your life around.
Trace amounts of chemicals are particularly harmful to developing babies, which means expectant mothers should be careful. In the first post of a series, Jessica Kellner writes about the dangers of BPA and how to avoid the chemical.
Adult males and post-menopausal women are quite likely to suffer from health problems caused by excessively high levels of iron in the blood. Donating blood is the safest and most useful way to deal with this potential problem.
In part, we owe our existence on earth to the unicellular prokaryotic eubacteria. It is right for eubacteria to have a kingdom all on its own. Eubacteria is my “new best friend”, and I have certainly taken a “personal interest” in it.
In part, we owe our existence on earth to the unicellular prokaryotic eubacteria. It is right for eubacteria to have a kingdom all on its own. Eubacteria is my “new best friend”, and I have certainly taken a “personal interest” in it.
In part, we owe our existence on earth to the unicellular prokaryotic eubacteria. It is right for eubacteria to have a kingdom all on its own. Eubacteria is my “new best friend”, and I have certainly taken a “personal interest” in it.
In part we owe our very existence here on earth to the unicellular prokaryotic eubacteria. It is right and proper that eubacteria be a kingdom all of its own. Eubacteria is my “new best friend”, and I have taken a personal interest in it.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
Adversity is a part of life. Enbrace the hard times. Sometimes, adversity can lead to new opportunities that allow us to pursue new paths, sometimes even re-invent our lives. Knowing something good may arise can help us cope with adversity, too.
Life presents many challenges, but if you consciously choose to be strong and resilient you can recover more quickly and grow even stronger. Your experiences will make you better able to cope and will help you live a happier, more productive life.
A recycled cork yoga mat prototype gets a rigorous workout as one editor puts it through the ropes in her quest for more eco-friendly Zen.
LIfe is full of adversity. Whether you succumb to it or bounce back is up to you. Knowing that no matter what life throws your way you will emerge stronger will help you become more resilient and stronger and will help you create a happier life
Many of the dishes humans have eaten for generations — rice and beans, tomatoes drizzled with olive oil — have withstood the test of time not just because their ingredients taste delicious together, but because combined they deliver more health benefits than they do on their own, a science known as “food synergy.” From blueberries teamed with walnuts to eggs mingling with cheese, check out these 21 food duos (plus recipes!) that bring out the nutritional best in each other.
In each of us is an innervoice that really knows what we want to be and what we want out of life but we continually ignore it for the sake of security or out of fear of failure or a million other reasons. Listen to the innervoice and heed its advice.
Many people admit that their lives haven't turned out the way they'd hoped. Fortunately, it is never too late to re-design and re-create your life so that you live up to your full potential and find the happiness and fulfillment you seek.
Creating the life you want, both personally and professionally, requires clear goals. By establishing the direction of your journey and sticking to your goals, you can achieve anything you want.
Convincing evidence suggests that diet and activity level are not the only factors in the rising world-wide obesity trend — chemical “obesogens” may alter human metabolism and predispose some people to gain weight.
According to the Natural Products Association, the NPA Natural Standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability.
Learn how to prepare basic homemade herbal remedies such as teas, infusions and tinctures, and try these three easy recipes to sip your way to better health or simply a more soothed state-of-mind.
Jessica expounds on the concept of cures in your cupboard with a few natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has officially launched its brand-new, redesigned website.
Wood Prairie Farm encourages citizens to sign a petition in support of family farmers and to attend the citizens assembly on January 31st, 2012.
Food is the most universal symbol of America’s age of excess. The average American’s dinner comes from five different countries, with a combined airfreight and ocean freight mileage tab that often exceeds 10,000 miles. At least three-fourths of that meal is processed and packaged, its nutrients stripped away and replaced by texturizers, sweeteners, and flavor “enhancers.”
Mindfulness meditation helps us shift the way our minds relate to the world, and it can exert a powerful influence on our health, well-being and happiness. Discover the benefits and main tenets of mindfulness meditation, and try it out with a simple, one-minute meditation exercise from the book “Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World.” Deep wellsprings of peace and contentment live inside all of us — they’re just waiting to be liberated from the cage that our frantic and relentless way of life has created.
For years, researchers have implicated Bisphenol A (BPA) as a cause of cancer, obesity, diabetes and more. What’s the story behind this chemical?
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
Cole responds to a critic.
Cole responds to a critic.
Soy-free, mushroom-based Quorn frozen products offer convenience without sacrificing a healthy diet.
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that today we’re eating more of everything, and the prevalence of cheap, processed foods is the prime culprit. In addition to their paltry nutritional value, processed foods disappear down our throats so quickly that they fail to leave us feeling satisfied. The result? More eating. In this excerpt from his New York Times best-seller, “The End of Overeating,” David. A. Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, reveals just a few of the ways the savvy, profit-hungry food industry has tapped the science of eating to exploit our appetite and, ultimately, harm our health.
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
Avoid triclosan, an antibacterial chemical that may damage human health and cause the growth of resistant bacteria.
A higher demand for bison meat is causing a renewed interest in bison history and bison farming. Try cooking with bison, a healthier and richer-tasting alternative to grain-fed beef.
There are plenty of alternatives to handing out sugary candy at Halloween time.
There can be no greater happiness, the Japanese say, than to live a life that follows the natural order of things.
Confused about the potential benefits and risks of drinking raw milk? Consider both sides when weighing the pros and cons of enjoying raw milk. Author Anne Mendelson helps you sort out raw milk’s safety issues and potential benefits.
Discover some of the properties of essential oils, along with some tips for cleaning with them.
Faith Starr of Living Green With Faith will present workshops on weeds and wild plants at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
Over the past 15 years the noise level in cities has increased sixfold; urban noise doubles every eight to ten years. Even in the country, we can't escape the sound of airplanes and engines. What can you do?
Hibiscus tea is a safe, effective and tasty way to manage high blood pressure, and tropical hibiscus plants can in fact be grown in much of the United States. Check out the evidence backing this beautiful botanical’s health benefits, plus find out how to grow your own and put it to use as a delicious, lemony beverage that packs a blood-pressure-lowering punch.
Bastyr University and Premera Blue Cross today announced the launch of an innovative pilot program aimed at preventing or reversing childhood obesity.
Not quite ready to get rid of family heirlooms and art that you don’t have space to display? The Japanese practice of rotating precious items through a special alcove, or tokonoma, on a seasonal basis is less painful than giving away or selling them.
Late summer's hot days give way to cool nights--perfect for sleeping under the stars. Spend a few nights outside, before it's too late.
In a wabi-sabi house, space and light are the most desirable ornaments. Follow these steps to clear the clutter so they can shine through.
Giving yourself a quiet space for retreat and reflection helps nurture quiet, calm and peace.
Our lives tend to be fast-paced and full of demands, deadlines and decisions, all of which can undoubtedly lead to stress, physical pain or just plain burnout. Try unwinding, easing aches and lifting your spirits with these natural remedies for stress relief that use pain-fighting feverfew, lulling lemon balm, blues-busting borage and other nourishing herbs that you can grow right on your windowsill. In this excerpt from the book “Homegrown Remedies” by Anne McIntyre, you’ll learn how to make a pain relief compress for headaches and migraines, a de-stressing soak for tension and anxiety, and an uplifting tisane for when you’re feeling down.
Meditating has never come naturally to me, probably because of my goal-oriented approach. Wabi-sabi helped me see find peace in simple solitude (and long dog walks) instead.
During tough economic times, local university not only survives, but thrives. Bastyr University announced today it will open a new campus in San Diego, CA, with plans for the first class to begin in Fall 2012.
Jeremy Galvan of Maryland Families for Safe Birth will present a workshop on midwives and home births at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.
Wabi-sabi is never slobby, but we can allow ourselves to stop trying so hard and just appreciate our warm bed at the end of the day—whether it’s made or not.
Sue J. Morris of Sue's Salves will present two workshops on gardening and creating salves at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
Fat is essential for the human body to function — for adults, 20 to 35 percent of daily calories should come from fat — yet Americans continue to be told they should eat less fat, and whole industries of food manufacturing are still perpetuating a national fat phobia. We go back to the basics of fats to cut through some of the widely held yet false doctrines about saturated fats, unsaturated fats and your health. Find out which fats you need, which you should avoid, and the top food sources for a healthy fat diet.
The US Department of Agriculture really, really doesn’t want us to read this report, which proves the connection between factory meat and MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that now kills more people each year than AIDS.
Tips on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, naturopathic physician, will present workshops on natural menopause options, building a natural first aid kit and detoxing at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25 in Seven Springs, PA.
Forced to extremes by illness, these homeowners built sacred, beautiful homes completely free of toxic chemicals, petrochemical fumes and other poisons. For all three, better housing has meant better health.
While photographing homes from California to Maine, I’ve found much wabi-sabi brilliance. My favorite shots of all time capture the magic of simplicity, the beauty found in age and the good instincts that wabi-sabi encourages.
Natural beauty is priceless. We can take in and appreciate a great view because we don’t have any hope of owning it, and we can’t manipulate it. With our egos out of the way, we can learn to simply observe.
Is sunscreen necessary? Can it actually do more harm than good? We cut through this cloudy issue like a ray of scorching summer sun! Find out how much vitamin D you need from the sun, whether sunscreen can prevent cancer, which ingredients in sunscreen may have adverse health effects, and the best ways to truly protect yourself from that fiery sphere in the sky, including recommendations for the safest commercial sunscreens.
Try a bag of frozen peas as a reusable cold pack. A Country Lore tip from the August/September 2011 issue.
Radiation exposure from nuclear power plants has been a heightened concern worldwide following the tsunami that shut down several nuclear power plants in Japan earlier this year and led to higher-than-usual levels of exposure. How much radiation is too much? What are the sources of the radiation we face on a daily basis? Get the facts on radiation exposure.
We no longer have to make what we need to get by day by day, but for many the desire lingers—and even surges as a strong cultural movement from time to time. Making and growing things yourself is a gentle rebellion against a mass-produced world.
One small brown bat can eat several thousand insects each night. Install a bat house and invite them to feast in your yard.
Opting out of the conventional, chemical-laden cleaning products that have become so ubiquitous in today’s homes can be a challenge for even the most eco-conscious consumer. Find out what to look for on product labels to avoid detergents chock-full of hazardous chemicals, and learn how to use baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice and other simple, natural ingredients to clean, soften, whiten and freshen your clothes — no harsh chemicals necessary! When it comes to the cleaning solutions you use in your laundry room, those that are better for the environment are actually better for your fabrics, too.
Wabi-sabi is wildflowers, not roses; weathered wood, not plastic laminate; native landscaping, not Kentucky bluegrass. Pictures tell a thousand words.
In the kitchen, we can cultivate our sense of aesthetics and function. Tools can be beautiful. Food can be art. Cooking can be meditation.
Cam describes his weight loss program which involves lots and lots of gardening....
Innovative concept reveals next generation in performance tweezing.
Avid 4-wheeling enthusiast shares his most important advice for protecting yourself outdoors.
Bust the myths surrounding poison ivy and decide which DIY remedies are right for you.
With all the recent panic about radiation contamination, our loyal BõKU customers felt safer, and more protected, with BõKU's nutrient dense support.
Wabi-sabi is sinewy, flecked browns and yellowed greens, the myriad stone and moss shades, a slate-gray cloud’s washed violet underside. Like nature, wabi-sabi paints in multidimensional swatches that are never what they appear to be.
LiceGuard, the premiere name in non-toxic and chemical free lice treatments for over 10 years in over 34 countries, is proud to announce a new business affiliation with the American Camp Association
Salt glaze pottery, primitive colonial furnishings and pewter bring wabi-sabi into your home--while honoring our American traditions.
Wabi-sabi has infused Western design for centuries—though its advocates rarely knew it. It’s in the plain, efficient homes built by the Shakers, the unsentimental Arts and Crafts style, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses and midcentury furniture.
Foodborne pathogens such as E. coli can be spread by uncomposted manure from grain-fed cattle on high-concentraton factory farms. The E. coli outbreak in northern Germany reminds us to look twice at the quality of our manure.
Chris Kilham—founder of Medicine Hunter, TV personality and author of 14 books on natural health and plant-based medicines—speaks about three plants he's disovered that could make a profound difference in our health -- naturally.
Take a look at these mouth-watering berries perfect for summer picking.
On Wabi-Sabi Wednesdays, I feature excerpts from my book, Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House, which was released last month.
Wabi-sabi’s roots lie in Zen Buddhism, brought from China to Japan by 12th-century traveling monk Esai, who also picked up a few tea seeds while he was there. Zen, with its principles of “vast emptiness and nothing holy,” stresses austerity, communion with nature, and reverence for everyday life and everyday mind as the path to enlightenment. Zen monks lived ascetic, often isolated, lives and sat for long periods of concentrated meditation. To help his fellow monks stay awake during these sessions, Eisai taught them how to process tea leaves into a hot drink. Tea had arrived in Japan.
Once it left the monk's hands, tea took on a life of its own. Around the 14th century, the ruling classes developed elaborate rituals that took place in large tea rooms built in a gaudy style known as shoin, with imported hanging scrolls and formally arranged tables for vases and incense burners. Tea practitioners proved their wealth and status through their collections of elegant tea utensils and lacquered serving ware during three-day weekends where up to 100 cups of tea--as well as food and sake--were served. All of the day's revered Tea masters pushed the opulent style, to the delight of Chinese merchants and importers.
At the Healthy Homes Conference in Denver today, I heard Home Depot Foundation CEO Fred Wacker say that the nonprofit sector is so far ahead of the profit sector in addressing healthy homes that it’s embarrassing for the profit sector.
I heard Ellen Tohn of Tohn Environmental Strategies say that the government will fund energy-efficiency updates in 1 million homes in the next year, making it paramount that energy workers understand healthy home principles. Poorly done house tightening could trap residents inside with contaminants and create hazards.
And I was pleased to hear health care pioneer Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, put quality housing in the same arena as diet, exercise and public policy as a key to achieving individual health. “If you don’t have healthy housing, I don’t care how many times you push away from the table or how far you walk, you’re not going to be healthy,” he said.
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
There’s plenty you can do to protect yourself—inside your home and out—from the potential risks of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium updates The Super Green List, a guide to helping you choose healthy and safe seafood from more sustainable waters.
Housekeeping tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News--published in 1970--are surprisingly relevant today. Use these to make this task--which we all have to do sooner or later--more efficient and enjoyable.
Wabi-sabi is underplayed and understated, a quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered. It’s a fragmentary glimpse: the branch representing the tree, shoji screens filtering the sun, the moon obscured behind a ribbon of cloud.
Despite their widespread use, nanoparticles are not well classified, regulated or even understood. Fortunately, the FDA is signaling a turn toward more accurate classification and rules for their use.
When the dining table is laden down with mail, laptops and other clutter, the entire house feels messy. Follow these seven steps to keep your dining table free of detritus. (Set it for dinner right after breakfast, if you have to.)
After years of caving to the chemical industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has delcared formaldehyde—common in particleboard, plastics and textiles—a known human carcinogen.
I had such a great time talking with attendees at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, this past weekend about how to make green cleaners. As always, I learned a new trick or two, and I promised everyone I’d recap our conversation here for easy access. Today let’s talk about some of the unexpected food items—most of which you already have in your kitchen cupboards—that can be used to clean your home.
Use tea to remove old furniture polish and prepare wooden furniture for polishing. Simply soak a rag in room-temperature tea, then run it over the wood. The tea’s tannic acid makes your wood shine while removing all the dirt. Once that’s done, you can use mayonnaise to make the piece shine. Just rub the mayo into the wood, then follow with a damp rag and a few drops of vinegar to remove any residue. Olive oil is also a great natural furniture
Noxious fumes aren’t conducive to happy cleaning. Give all your homemade cleaning solutions an invigorating and healthy boost by adding a few drops of pure plant essential oils such as lavender or lemon. Heavenly!
My old wabi-sabi home stood witness to celebration, sorrow, our children’s first words and fumbling first steps, dinners shared at the end of each day. It provided all that a home could and should, and now it's my lesson in non-attachment.
Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibacterials that keep your home clean--and safeguard your family's health.
There's only one rule for wabi-style flowers: strive for a natural look, with seasonal blooms and branches arranged as they are in the field. Don't worry about perfection. Your "arrangement" is a humble admission that we can't improve on nature.
Highlights from the "Make Your Own Green Cleaners--for Pennies" workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair: How to use vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything.
Keep your pets from licking off herbal ointments by adding a pinch of cayenne.
Skullcap is the best herb for calming nerves, according to Erin McIntosh at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup.
Learn why making soap doesn't have to be as intimidating as it may sound. Katherine from Bramble Berry chats with an Herb Companion editor.
Alabama Chanin makes sumptuous fabrics from scraps, Mona Hoffman imagines the people she's crafting each lamp for as she makes it, and potter Shiho Kanzaki believes that attitude is everything. These are a few of my favorite wabi-sabi artists.
Sen no Rikyu's simple, unpretentious ceremony using rustic, local tools usurped the elaborate, ostentatious Tea ceremonies that were the norm in 16th-century Japan. His "aesthetic of the people" made Tea accessible to all--and endures to this day.
A proper tea house is a luxury I believe in.
Erin McIntosh of Mountain Rose Herbs and Victoria Miller of Canyon Creek Farms will present workshops on calming herbs and how to keep turkeys at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
A flea market basket that called to me, my grandmother's hand-embroidered linens and a quilt made by a circle of women in Minnesota are among the wabi-sabi items that I wouldn't want to be without.
Learn to let go of associations with price, value, age and prestige and just appreciate beauty without judgment. Nature is the best muse for cultivating wabi-sabi.
"Green" cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third-party certification to assure you're buying the healthiest, most environmentally friendly cleaners.
The Burning House website asks people to post lists and photos of everything they would take if their house were on fire. It's an interesting glimpse into what really matters--and a bittersweet reminder to love what we have.
If you look at the labels of many organic health and cosmetic products, you may think you need to own a state-of-the-art laboratory and scour the Amazon for rare plants to prepare such remedies. But in fact all sorts of natural therapies can be made right atop your kitchen stove in minutes, and your ingredients can be as common as the fresh fruit on your counter. Find out how to whip up these fun, effective and fantastically fruity recipes for Cherry Cough Syrup, Kiwi and Papaya Face Mask, Cranberry and Apple Crush, Syrup of Figs, Senna and Ginger Tea, and more.
In the first study of its kind, Duke University researchers found multiple toxic chemical flame retardants in car seats, breast-feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges and bassinet mattresses. Ask about flammability standards before you buy.
Sulfites are widely used in winemaking, and for those who have sulfite sensitivities, drinking wine can cause rashes and other allergic reactions.
If we use high-quality items in our everyday lives, our lives become a sort of training. By using each item with care and careful consideration, the way we live becomes a tradition.
Crazy, vigilant moms who scrub their toilets with baking soda are a threat to the chemical industry. Laugh out loud at the industry's twisted logic in this video from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families--and pass it on.
Bird-X's new Bed Bug Alert is a business card-size device that can be slipped under a mattress or into any tight spot to attract and trap bed bugs--alerting you to a problem before it's too late.
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
Building homes using dangerous and impactful industrial chemicals--in the name of energy efficiency--is not sustainable or ecological, a green building veteran says. His Health-Based Building model is an important step forward for green design.
A San Francisco architect brings wabi-sabi to his work through craftsmanship, employing natural materials to create a holistic environment that’s not cookie-cutter or slick, and eschewing ornamentation for what is needed and meaningful.
Every once in a while we need to rebel against the machines. Hand a towel to your significant other and ask him to dry while you rinse. Sweep the floor with a real broomcorn broom. Have a real conversation. Enjoy things happening slowly.
Patty Bouillon started a Facebook group to connect tornado victims with photos after she found an ultrasound photo among the debris swept in by last month's tornadoes. Her account is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time
What better part of your body to care for naturally than your eyes? Not only do they work hard as your windows to the world, but your eyes are more sensitive than many other body parts — all the more reason to avoid the chemical additives and mystery ingredients often lurking in commercial body care products. With these simple concoctions from the book “Natural Beauty Basics,” you’ll learn how to use calendula, chamomile, lavender and other nourishing herbs and all-natural ingredients to soothe, refresh and care for your eyes. Recipes include chamomile eye soother, lavender for tired eye relief, rosy eye makeup remover, and more.
If the DEA can't tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants, says a former Kentucky governor, how can it distinguish between powdered sugar and cocaine? Hempsters: Plant the Seed is a must-see movie that gives pro-hemp activists a voice.
Erin Harwood and Eloyce O'Connor of the Garden Delights CSA and Herb Farm will present a workshop on natural remedies at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
Here are three great reasons that hemp cultivation should be legal in the United States: food, health and shelter.
Mother readers weigh in on the wabi-sabi objects that give them joy and solace--from old books to heirloom quilts (and a few surprises). This community of kindred spirits embodies the art of appreciation. Enjoy!
The DEA spends more than $10 million to eradicate "ditchweed"--the remaining stalks of heirloom hemp that were protected by the military and considered a national treasure during World War II.
Will our nation's positive moves toward saner, simpler living and smaller homes fall victim to an improving economy? No way.
We can learn a lot from the Amish, who have passed down wisdom on living simply and celebrating community for generations.
Zen Buddhism's Seven Ruling Principles are wabi-sabi's foundation. They're also excellent guiding lights for a good home and life.
Feeling under the weather? Ginger may help you feel better. Whether you have a stomachache, a headache or the common cold, some folks swear up and down by the restorative properties of the root.
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
Charles and Ray Eames are modern wabi-sabi heroes who brought fresh, spare furniture, without pretense or stodginess, to the masses. Their home was a wabi-sabi masterpiece.
Washington, DC nutrition foundation, Weston A. Price Foundation, proposes a Healthy 4 Life dietary plan in the form of a colorful booklet and poster featuring four food groups: animal foods; grains, legumes and nuts; vegetables and fruits; and healthy fats.
We all have hoarding tendencies. If yours are getting the better of you, rest assured that there are support groups and professional organizations just waiting to help.
Home building materials and furnishings. Originally published as "MOTHER's Guide to Hazardous Household Substances" in the May/June 1984 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Frugality and lack of pretense or compromise are key ingredients in creating a wabi-sabi home.
A quiet life filled with appreciation for simple things is the richest life possible.
The urge to eliminate clutter and create space for ourselves is a healthy sign of self-respect. Why, then, is it so darn hard?
The not-so-pretty risks of cosmetics and medications. Originally published as "MOTHER's Guide to Hazardous Household Substances" in the May/June 1984 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
What lurks in your utility room? Originally published as "MOTHER's Guide to Hazardous Household Substances" in the May/June 1984 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate on the side? Originally published as “MOTHER’s Guide to Hazardous Household Substances” in the May/June 1984 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
Medical marijuana was a $1.7 billion industry last year--just shy of Viagra as pot-related businesses crop up across the country.
Your kitchen likely already has all the tools you need to concoct your own simple, all-natural herbal skin care remedies. In this herbal skin care primer from the book “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health” by renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, you’ll learn about the best natural skin care ingredients and their unique uses and benefits, and find easy, renewing recipes for Rose Water, Bay Rum Aftershave and Astringent, and Sea Salt Glow.
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
While federal regulators fiddle, Wal-Mart bans controversial flame retardants from its shelves. Will more retailers follow suit?
China joins Canada, Europe and the United Arab Emirates in banning BPA from children's products. What is the United States doing? So far, nothing.
The best defense against potential hazards in products you like? Be responsible.
Go Greens - Super Fruits and Veggies supplies the natural antioxidant power of 6 servings of vibrantly colored organic fruits and vegetables in every handy “stick” pack. To Go Brands plans to continue to expand the Healthy To Go® product line.
Think you're safe because you're buying BPA-free plastic? A study has found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in 70 percent of plastic products--even those without BPA.
EcoSmart's new line of natural bed bug repellents can prevent the pests from hitching a ride home with you.
While it's almost impossible to completely avoid GMOs, you can minimize your exposure by eating organic and knowing which products are the worst offenders.
Labels on commercial foods are difficult to decipher and misleading. For healthful food, healthy bodies, healthy communities and planet, we need to grow and purchase our food locally.
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
Keep your family healthy by paying close attention to your home's 10 germiest places.
Food labels are confusing, but you can be sure that processed foods with many ingredients are not as healthful as whole foods. Here is a explanation of processed-food ingredients and some suggestions for healthful breakfast foods.
The ground hog may be signalling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
Revering modest living and authentic, useful objects, the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi can help you discover the sacred in the everyday and the beauty in imperfection.
Our dependence on medical and pharmaceutical technology distracts us from the more important goals of disease prevention and health promotion, and it blinds us to the body's own capacity for healing. It is possible — and often easy — to heal by making lifestyle changes and drawing from natural, safe and effective therapies. In this excerpt from the best-selling book “You Can’t Afford to Get Sick,” Andrew Weil, M.D., one of the world's foremost authorities on health, wellness and integrative medicine, challenges us to rethink our beliefs about the nature of health and healing, the role of technology in treatment, and our expectations of medicine.
In this excerpt from the book “Zapped,” health expert and best-selling author Ann Louise Gittleman discusses the potential health hazards of electromagnetic radiation.
Make your New Year's Resolution to be healthier fun and family-oriented: Plant a vegetable garden, eat more vegetables and make 2011 The Year of the Vegetable.
The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies offers scientific backing to herbal and natural medicine.
Part 1 in a series on Mat and his wife's experiences dealing with toxic mold, its health effects, and what you can do to eliminate or control mold in your home.
Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, Omega-3, vitamins and minerals, and has a delicious nutty flavor!
Public outcry and increasing scientific evidence of the health hazards associated with chemicals such as BPA and triclosan cause 18 states to pass toxic chemical reforms.
Research shows a positive correlation between fish oil and depression — omega-3 fatty acid can naturally improve your mood. Originally published as "Can Fish Oil Fight Depression?" in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
One reader reports that drinking water really can be a hiccup remedy, if you do it in a series of small swallows. Originally published as "Hiccup Remedy" in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
An attendee at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Penn.,
speaks to GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan about his experience
surviving on little more than kefir and common weeds for 40 days.
Paul Carmichael of Lily of the Valley Herb Farm talks about his experience at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, including the top herbs and working with kids at the Treehouse Club.
The Natural Resources Defense Council sues the FDA to get triclosan and triclocarban, synthetic hormone-disrupting chemicals that are bad for our health and the environment, out of personal-care products.
Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
A little pampering can go a long way in making you feel rested, cared for and treated — and it doesn’t have to be expensive or involve complex chemistry. Check out this recipe for homemade bubble bath, and share your tips for creating a do-it-yourself home spa experience.
A leading advocate of simple living argues people don't need to own a lot of things to be happy and enjoy life.
Used correctly, herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals. Doctors have begun to recognize their treatment value.
Keep your skin protected from the sun as well as from toxic chemicals that can potentially cause severe health risks. These reviews of all-natural sunscreens explain which ingredients to avoid when choosing a sunscreen.
Medicinal herbs can provide natural, safer remedies to dozens of common ailments. This chart shows you more than 75 herbal remedies that do just that.
If passed, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act would regulate dangerous chemicals and offer Americans better health protection from toxins in everyday products.
emerginC, a leading professional skincare collection, has just launched a natural yet serious results-oriented collection aptly named Scientific Organics.
During healthy stay-overs at Cooper Wellness, certified trainers explain how to stick with an exercise program over the long haul.
RADIUS, the leading manufacturer of specialty, natural dental products, announces the launch of the RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss, the first 100 percent biodegradable dental floss.
Modern medicine can help if you get sick, but for the most part it's up to you whether you maintain good health. If you want good health, here are some tips to strengthen your immune system naturally.
The editor of Herbs for Health magazine suggests effective herbs and supplements for the treatment of macular degeneration.
With the media reporting widespread vitamin D deficiencies and the Environmental Working Group's 2010 Sunscreen Guide reporting that some sunscreens may do more harm than good, there seem to be a few good arguments for getting a little exposure to unadulturated sunlight. What do you think? Will you change your sunscreen habits because of recent reports?
Natural hair care products are a great substitute for chemical-heavy beauty brands, but you shouldn’t have to break the bank to get healthy hair. Learn about life without store-bought shampoo, how to create your own natural shampoo and conditioner and what it takes to make your head happy, both outside and in.
Environmentally induced cancer is more prevalent than expected, according to the President’s Cancer Panel’s first report on reducing environmental cancer risks.
To date, some research suggests vitamin D can help build bones, strengthen your immune system, and lower the risk for diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and heart and kidney disease. Have you had your vitamin D levels tested? How do you get your D?
Life in the slow lane is better for you, the planet and our society as a whole — but getting there isn’t always easy. This manifesto on slow living will inspire you to take a look at the pace of your life and help you realize that slow really is beautiful.
Given their capacity to carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick prevention is a must if you're spending time in wooded areas. Here are 10 tips we recommend. Originally published as "Ticks: Natural Prevention and Remedies" in the June/July 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Nanotechnology has profound effects for the commercial industry, but nanoparticles can be harmful to the environment and human health.
Find out what the best home remedies are for easing the symptoms of bee stings.
Public health administrators have had some success with West Nile virus prevention, but the disease continues to crop up in random places. Originally published as "Make Skeeters Scarce: Avoid West Nile Virus" in the June/July 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn how this Japanese philosophy fits into the simple living movement. It will inspire you to see that less is more, simple is beautiful and there is endless beauty in the everyday objects around you.
Learn more about allergy causes — from mold and pollen to cockroaches and pet dander — and natural allergy remedies to relieve and prevent allergic reactions.
It can be challenging to stay physically healthy and keep your spirits up during the winter months. You tell us, what do you do to say healthy this time of year?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concerns about how BPA affects infants’ and children’s health. Studies have shown that BPA can affect reproduction, development, metabolism and behavior in children.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
’Tis the season for planning, making preparations and, often, feeling extra stress. Learn how you can get holiday stress relief this season with these natural remedies, including tips for treating hangovers. From stress-relieving diet suggestions to ways to make your environment and your schedule less anxiety-inducing, there are a wealth of options for reducing stress naturally.
The herb stevia is 250 times sweeter than sugar, but much healthier for you. Until misguided FDA intervention in 1991, it had been used safely as a sweetener for centuries. The good news is it’s finally being recognized once again for its many benefits — in baking and in health. Find out more about stevia and its health benefits, plus how to grow it and cook with it.
A new Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report reveals traces of lead and other heavy metals in children’s face paints.
To fight the flu this winter season, here’s what you need to know about prevention and treatment.
Knowing that MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers are often health-conscious and choose to grow their own food, we're curious: Have you cut back or eliminated certain ingredients or foods from your diet? If so, why, and what effects have you noticed as a result?
Before buying a toy, the first consideration should be its health. We’ve seen a lot of recent news about unhealthy plastics and paints in inexpensive children’s toys. Making sure any toy you select is healthy should be your number one priority.
Cell phone radiation has been a concern for years, but yesterday the Environmental Working Group released a report that rates the safety of cell phones on the market.
Learn all about H1N1 (swine flu) and the seasonal flu viruses, including how H1N1 developed, how flu viruses spread, how to prevent the flu, and who’s most at risk to get these flu viruses. Plus, read about natural flu prevention and treatment options — from herbal supplements to vitamin D recommendations — and find links to even more useful information.
We received more than 900 responses to a recent poll about flu shots, and we want to know: Are you getting a flu shot this year, and why or why not? Plus, share your tips for staying flu-free, flu vaccine or no.
Factory farming and long-distance live animal transport apparently led to the emergence of the ancestors of the current swine flu threat.
Here are some helpful online resources where you can start learning more about medicinal herbs.
Everyone gets stuck with a restless night from time to time, and some of us suffer from full-blown insomnia. We want to know, what do you do to make sure you get a good night's sleep? (Plus, check out a few tips from our editors.)
According to a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, organic food is not nutritionally superior to conventional. We know this isn't true, and here's an excellent response from The Organic Center.
Concerned about pesticides in your food? The Pesticide Action Network’s online database helps you understand which carcinogens and pesticides are present in 89 common foods.
From toys to water bottles, we're all surrounded by dangerous plastics. Here’s how to choose safe plastics. Originally published as "Plastics: What’s Dangerous, What’s Not" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Tiny as they may be, olives are proving to pack a big health punch, particularly in keeping the mind in shape by preventing neurodegenerative diseases. Find out more nutrition facts about olives, and discover some olive-tastic recipes.
Using common food items from your kitchen, you can make homemade facial masks. Originally published as "Recipes for Refreshing Face Masks" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Current research indicates that taking on challenging new activities might be one of the best things you can do to stay sharp — and we want to know what fun, challenging new activities you've tried recently. Whether it's woodworking, jazz clarinet or raising rabbits, tell us what you've been learning lately.
Find out how to decipher health articles and news segments in order to determine which news is worth heeding. Tips include five important questions to ask, as well as a link to the Harvard School of Public Health’s guide to understanding media stories on health.
A new federal tax on soda and other sugary beverages has been suggested as a way to pay for part of the major overhaul of the U.S. health-care system proposed by the Obama administration. What do you think of the proposed soda tax?
A reader shares some family lore about what might seem an unlikely natural sunburn remedy. Originally published as "Incredible Sunburn Remedy: Vinegar" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives.
As H1N1 (also known as "swine flu") continues to spread, people are taking a variety of precautions to avoid catching or spreading the virus — from being more diligent about washing hands to cancelling long-awaited vacations. Tell us what you're doing, and find out more about H1N1 and how you can stay informed and healthy.
Make you own inexpensive, pampering - and edible - homemade face mask with this simple recipe. Enjoy!
Shouldn't our kids' lunches be determined by nutritional value, not special interests?
Looking for natural ways to ward off that 3 o'clock slump? Real Simple magazine offers nine natural tips for increasing your energy — no pills, caffeine or other stimulants required.
Practiced in China for 600 years, Tai Chi is becoming more popular in the United States. From improving balance to fighting heart disease and osteoarthritis - among many other ailments - research is increasingly verifying the benefits of practicing tai chi. Learn more about this exercise and its health benefits; plus, find out how to get started with your own tai chi practice.
Self reliance and the simple life have always been a big part of what Mother Earth News is about. And as more people take an interest in taking better care of the Earth, the good news is that living simply, saving money and saving the Earth easily go together. Check out some of the most recent articles about how to live on less from a few of the magazine's long-standing departments, including Country Lore; Firsthand Reports; Bootstrap Business; and DIY, Low-cost Homebuilding.
It's amazing what mushrooms can do! Mushroom-guru Paul Stamets answers our many questions about those fabulous fungi, including how different types of mushrooms can help us get the nutrients we need, develop powerful new medicines and clean up toxic waste.
The rise of factory farms, growing global demand for meat, and indiscriminate use of antibiotics has created new (and/or revived old) health hazards for humans. Originally published as "The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Tests show free-range eggs have more vitamin A and more omega-3 fatty acids than factory farm eggs. Now it turns out they have more vitamin D as well — three to six times as much! Originally published as "More Great News About Free-range Eggs" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
While it's true that cancer respects no boundaries, in most instances environmental factors are responsible. Making healthy choices like those recommended here will go a long way to helping you with cancer prevention. Originally published as "Healthy Choices to Keep Cancer at Bay" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Meditation can be used to lower blood pressure and alleviate pain, depression, even diabetes — and anyone can learn how to do it! Find out more about the benefits of meditation, and learn how you can get started.
These books are great sources of information on the best herbs and foods for maintaining good health.
A good laugh doesn't just brighten your day. It turns out that laughing is good for your health and might even help your performance at work. In fact, laughing might also help you live longer! Find out how laughing helps your life and how to get more giggles into your day.
Promote AIDS awareness, not just on World AIDS Day, but every day!
How to stop the itching that occurs after you install fiberglass insulation.
Use yarrow to stop a bleeding wound.
Many of the herbs used for beauty and health today have been tested and tried over centuries. A new article by James A. Duke, Ph.D., discusses the history and uses of flax, myrrh and others.
Not feeling so hot? Time magazine offers 10 things to consider before your next visit to the doctor.
When you feel the symptoms of a cold coming on, drink this garlic tea to chase the cold away.
Back pain effects 15 million Americans on any given day. Whether it's caused by muscle strain, a herniated disk or some other trigger, learn how you can effectively relieve back pain with these simple tips.
FDA won't require companies to specify whether or not they use GM sugars in food.
Women are often paying far more for health insurance than men, in some cases by as much as 49 percent more!
Check out Annie B. Bond's list of 11 easy tips for making your kitchen more healthy and safe, from Care2.
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) can be used to repel fleas and other insects, but taking pennyroyal internally is thick with risks.
Treat your skin with one of these easy, inexpensive skincare recipes.
While often considered imperative to a healthy lifestyle, exercise by itself might not be all it's hyped up to be.
The EPA continues to fight a six-year battle against White House and Pentagon officials about drinking-water standards.
Here's a good source to learn about screening recommendations for different types of cancer. Where can I learn more about cancer screening guidelines?
How modern medicine has failed us: Learn why dietary fat isn’t as bad as its rap, how modern medicine and media have gone astray, and what’s really causing our obesity epidemic. Plus, it turns out grandma really did know best.
Learn about how it works, its safety, what it treats and where to find a licensed practitioner. Plus, find links to great resources and more information, then share your experiences with acupunture in the comments section.
The editor of Herbs for Health magazine offers practical advice about some herbs and simple techniques gthat can help you sleep better.
Whether you like milk or not, incorporating calcium into your diet is an important factor in bone health. Learn about the other ways, besides dairy, that you can strenthen your bones to avoid osteoporosis.
It’s easier to prevent osteoporosis than treat it. Here’s the essential information you need to know about healthy behaviors that can prevent osteoporosis and keep your bones strong throughout your life. Making sure you get a few essential nutrients can make a big difference, and some types of exercise help build bone mass, too. However, bone mass decreases with age, so the earlier you start working to build strong bones, the better.
The Environmental Working Group maintains a searchable database, called Skin Deep, to help guide you in your quest for personal care products that don’t pose a health risk.
Children have gotten lazy, and it's not getting better as technology keeps advancing, making it easier to sit on a couch then go outside. Problems like childhood obesity and ADHD in children keep progressing, but nature can help!
Lyme disease is a real bummer. If left untreated, it can lead to painful, swollen joints, chronic fatigue and worse. But if you’re aware of the symptoms and catch it in its early stages, you can usually count on a full recovery. Even better, if you’re proactive, you can take the necessary steps to avoid it altogether.
This ancient beverage has provided a nutritious, naturally-caffeinated boost for centuries and a new carbon-subtracting brand benefits the earth and consumers alike.
Headache Type Primarily Affects Triggers Remedies Tension Men & Women Stress Biofeedback, relaxation (yoga, meditation, massage), aerobic exercise, cognitive behavior therapy,
My mother is brilliant. We were comparing recent frustrating experiences with doctors one evening when Mom, a 4th grade teacher, had an idea: The United States should do away with our current healthcare system and replace it with one similar to No Child Left Behind (called No Patient Left Behind), in which physicians are held personally accountable for the continued well-being of their patients.
Summer brings its own kinds of fun, from picnics and gardening to fireworks and county fairs — but it also has its hazards. Did you know that you can find relief from allergies, bee stings and even sunburn right in your kitchen or garden? Discover simple natural remedies for a variety of summar ailments and how to use them, plus great resources for even more information.
Many people have heard of ginseng, an herb that’s said to promote overall health. But did you know that ginseng is just one of a class of herbal remedies called adaptogens? These herbs include eleuthero, rhodiola, reishi mushrooms, ashwagandha and schisandra. All of these herbs are taken as tonics that help promote general health and protect the body from the physical effects of stress. Here’s an introduction to these gentle healing herbs, with more information about the specific effects and uses of each.
Studies show that eating some vegetables may help prevent certain types of cancer. Find out which are the best for you, and why.
Most of us know fresh foods are the healthiest choices, but when time is tight and you need to choose prepackaged foods, be sure to read the labels first. Here are some things to watch out for on processed food labels.
A study funded by Britain’s Food Standards Agency has reported what many parents have long suspected: Artificial food colorings and preservatives can make kids hyperactive. The study is landmark in that it demonstrated an impact of artificial food additives on children in general, not just those previously diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as earlier studies had indicated. Additives such as those tested in the study are found not just in candy but in a wide variety of breakfast cereals, soft drinks and other processed foods, as well as in vitamins, toothpaste and over-the-counter medications.
Since antiquity, people worldwide have used garlic to prevent and combat a long list of infectious diseases, cancers, heart disease and other conditions. However, some skepticism has surfaced over garlic’s most famous attributes: its ability to lower cholesterol. Nonetheless, garlic has been shown to inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol (oxidized LDL is what damages the blood vessels), reduce atherosclerotic plaque size, retard the deposition of calcium that hardens the arteries, mildly lower blood pressure, hinder platelets from sticking together in a clot, and reduce homocysteine (an amino acid that raises cardiovascular disease and stroke risk).
Experts suspect that insufficient levels of vitamin D raise your risk of getting osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Find out how to get enough of this important vitamin.
Can eating grapefruit really fight cancer? Do you need to drink eight glasses of water every day? When you have health questions, are you able to interpret the thousands of health Web sites that promote wonder cures, advice and diets? Most people aren't.
If you're skipping yoga practice this winter because of cold drafts, rejoice! Here are a couple of quick tips to keep up your yoga, even as temperatures go down.
A new report finds that studies of depression drugs were selectively published, which not only points to problems with the FDA drug approval process, but also also calls into question the increase in depression drug prescriptions in recent years.
After the holiday decorations have come down and your relatives have all gone home, you may find yourself stuck with a case of the winter blues. Colder temperatures and limited sunshine can make anyone feel like curling up in bed rather than facing the outside world.
This short video by Dr. Mao will give you a quick overview of the wide-ranging health benefits of garlic.
Unless you're sure you're wearing a safe lip product, a kiss really isn't just a kiss. Find out might be lurking in your lip products, why it matters, and learn how to choose a safe, effective alternative.
More than half of Americans are deficient in key nutrients. Use this online resource to see how your home state measures up.
Garlic is packed full of health-promoting power. Learn more about it in the following resources.
Have the holidays got you down? Maybe you need a good belly laugh!
Ever wonder why more people catch the flu in wintertime? Researchers think they've found the answer.
Though yoga has grown increasingly popular in the West, to many people the study can still seem foreign or intimidating. Learn about the mental and physical benefits of this exercise and find helpful resources in this simple introduction to yoga.
Put your immune system in top-notch form to fight colds and flu by employing a variety of natural methods for hastening recovery and easing symptoms, such as herbal remedies, water therapy and dietary supplements.
The H5N1 flu strain arising out of Asia also has killed about 200 people. The last time a bird flu virus adapted to humans, it triggered the flu pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people around the globe. Experts believe that as long as poultry is being raised in stressful, filthy, overcrowded conditions, virulent strains of this virus will continue to arise.
We know that organic produce has less pesticide residue than nonorganic crops, but do they actually have more nutrients? A new study from the University of California-Davis has uncovered higher levels of flavonoids (plant compounds thought to protect against cancer, dementia and heart disease) in organically grown tomatoes.
The FDA held a public hearing to debate limiting the amount of salt in the American food supply.
A good night’s rest can be more precious than gold to an overworked, over-stressed body. But it’s not always easy to get to bed on time, or to relax once you’re there. Try these tips for a more successful slumber.
If you're buying a frozen turkey from the supermarket this Thanksgiving, you may be bringing home more than you bargained for.
What do osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer have in common? All have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.
Residents of Sommerville, Texas are suing a railway company they claim caused higher cancer rates in their community. Find online resources to learn more about the impact of your environment on health.
Is the amazing ability to say no to chocolate willpower, or bacteria power?
From diapers and bottles to carriers and toys, here are some of our favorite low-cost, eco-friendly, natural baby products that don’t skimp on comfort or convenience.
In "Introducing the Hunan Winged Bean" (June/July 2007), we asked readers to write in about their experiences growing winged beans. In his letter internationally renowned herbal expert James A. Duke, Ph.D., discusses winged beans as a source for betulinic acid, a promising anti-cancer compound.
According to the Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Service Foundation, 99.7 percent of women they surveyed said they weren't properly informed about the ramifications of hysterectomy before receiving the surgery. The upcoming 26th Hysterectomy Conference is designed to educate women about the procedure.
Ginger is a great remedy for motion sickness and troubled tummies. Cultivated for millennia in the Far East, this useful root was approved by the German Commission E to prevent motion sickness and dyspepsia.
Think that bagged spinach is safe to eat? Think again.
Do know know what's in your microwave popcorn? Neither does Uncle Sam!
If you have something to say about the release of genetically modified crops into our environment, now's the time to say it.
Discover natural, effective alternatives for allergy relief.
Going vegan can reduce you risk of developing serious diseases like cancer.
You can easily make safe, effective toiletries — including lotion and deodorant — at home, using simple, healthy ingredients.
If you've got an opinion on safer sunscreen, let you voice be heard! The FDA just proposed updating its sunscreen labeling laws, and has set a 90-day comment period for the public to submit their thoughts before the final version is approved.
Did you know that some companies are removing toxins from their products for distribution in the European Union, but selling the original toxic versions to U.S. consumers? Talk about double standards!
The controversy surrounding the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) heated up as the findings from an impartial panel of scientists contradicted those from a government-sponsored panel.
If you think you're drinking better water out of a bottle, guess again - it may just be glorified tap water in disguise.
Lemon balm is a valuable ally against biting insects, as well as a gentle curative. It's an easy plant to grow yourself and has also been tested to be beneficial for anxiety, cold sores, sleep and indigestion. Originally published as "Grow Your Own Mosquito Repellent" in the August/September issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
It's hard to resist the lure of the outdoors during these summer months. But whether it's a chore, a meal or a simple frolic that beckons you into the open air, you're likely to be stung, feasted on or just irritated by bugs.
Aloe vera gel is a quick, natural first aid burn treatment option.
Having trouble choosing a safer, natural sunscreen? See what the Mother Earth News editors are slathering on this summer.
Several years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a process called irradiation for protecting meats, fruits, vegetables and spices from disease-causing bacteria. Irradiation uses gamma rays, electron beams or X-rays to break up bacteria lurking in mass-produced food.
Look beyond the saltshaker to reduce your sodium intake — most added salt comes from processed foods.
Did you know that cosmetics and personal care products aren't tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they go on the market? In fact, manufacturers are responsible for testing their own products for safety. Unfortunately this means unsafe ingredients may be lurking in your favorite soap, shampoo or makeup. The Environmental Working Group found that 80 percent of the products they tested were contaminated with one or more substances linked to cancer and?
Natural preventive treatments can help you stop headache pain before it starts.
Why sleep is essential and how to establish good sleeping habits.
Before adding a dietary supplement to your health routine, research the ingredients or speak to your doctor to avoid possible drug/herb interactions and complications.
Medicines, both herbal and pharmaceutical, are big business. These days, Americans spend $200 billion per year on prescription drugs and $20 billion on herbs and other dietary supplements. When choosing the best remedy or preventive medicine, most of us simply want the safest, most effective option available, whether it’s food, herbs or a pharmaceutical drug. People often turn to supplements because they’re seen as more natural than drugs, can have fewer side effects and generally cost less.
According to research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service, some organic ketchups contain 50 percent more lycopene than ketchup made from conventional tomatoes.
If you choose “antibacterial” products because you trust them to kill germs, think again. According to recent studies, antiseptic ingredients added to numerous products are not effective and may actually be harmful.
Ever wonder why they put those racks of candy bars right next to the checkout counters in grocery stores? It’s not much of a mystery really — few of us can resist the siren song of a sweet treat to eat on the way home. We succumb fairly often, and it shows: our nation is getting progressively fatter. The effect has been most devastating on kids — the prevalence of childhood obesity increased 100 percent between 1980 and 1994.
’Tis the season for sniffling, sneezing and itching. Breathe easier with these natural, medically proven allergy treatments.
In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration relaxed its restriction on advertising drugs directly to consumers.
Looking to dine on something sweet that’s good for you, too? Try berries! These little fruits pack a big health punch thanks to their stores of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.
New research is proving that exercise is as healthy for the mind as it is for the body.
Learn about the health benefits of eating fish and pick the most healthful, sustainably-harvested species with help from our handy guide for buying seafood. Originally published as “Fish and Your Health” in the April/May 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Follow this expert advice to use herbs safely and effectively.
These simple strategies can help prevent diabetes or manage it over a lifetime. Originally published as “Sweet Success in Staving Off Diabetes” in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
You may not be getting enough of some essential nutrients, and the right vitamin supplements can help make up the difference. Originally published as “Get the Nutrients You Need” in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
These special plants provide beauty, fragrance, food, medicine and more. Originally published as “10 Easy & Useful Flowers” in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Beef from a cow raised on pasture is a safer choice than feedlot beef, offers richer flavor and more nutrition, and is even healthier for you than a chicken breast.
During the winter cold season, many people turn to echinacea supplements to boost their immunity and fight off illness.
Garlic and other foods can help you battle the unseen dangers of the plaque monster.
Avoid these red bugs and take the itch out of summer.
Use these tips to defeat the sweet tooth monster.
The Truth about Fats and Oils February/March 2005
By Lynn Keiley
Some fats are killing us, some actually make us
healthier. Which ones are you eating?
“Butter (high in saturated fat) is bad for you; use
margarine instead.” That’s the message most of
Soothe minor cuts, scrapes, burns and bruises - safely and naturally.
Gentle, soothing herbs deliver restful slumber. Plus instructions for making a hops pillow.
Choose healthier personal care products to protect your family and the planet.
A bedroom should be a clean, comfortable haven from a stressful world, but many of the comfort items with which we surround ourselves can unintentionally cause us more harm than good. Learn how you can make your home cozy and healthy.
We live in an overstressed society, and unfortunately, stress often has serious consequences for our health. Stress contributes to indigestion, headaches or muscle aches, sleeplessness and anxiety, not to mention high blood pressure and heart disease. Understanding your body's natural responses can help you learn how to relax your body and alleviate all of the symptoms that come with stress.
Understading why we gain weight, the pitfalls of doing so and how to safely loose weight and maintain a sensible lifestyle.
Learn how to make herbal poultices, tinctures, infused oils, salves, balms and teas.
Explore the holistic health care options and whoose what is right for you.
What you need to know to avoid Lyme disease and other illnesses from ticks.
K. C. Compton discusses the choices to make between natural herbal medicine and synthetic pharmaceuticals. Originally published as "Herbs or Drugs?" April/May 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
James A. Duke, Ph.D. shares information on 13 powerhouse herbal remedies for good health. Dr. Duke recommends herbs that can help lower your cholestoral, boost your immune system, detoxify your liver and much more. Originally published as "Herbs for Good Health" April/May 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
James A. Duke Ph.D. shares ways to combat repetitive motion injuries using natural remedies and herbs for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Discover how to benefit from herbal medicine, includes herbs vs traditional medicine, safety and herbs, herbal side effects and herbal medicine tips.
Discover how you can use these kitchen spices for health, includes a description of each common herb and its medicinal uses.
James A. Duke, Ph.D. shares his experience with herbs as natural remedies for indigestion, including green pharmacy herbs for troubled stomachs.
Discover natural sunburn remedies from your garden, including aloe vera, cucumber, calendula, witch hazel and eggplant.
James A. Duke, Ph.D. shares his research and personal experience on how to quit smoking using these natural remedies of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Originally published as "Quit Smoking Naturally" June/July 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn more about alternative medicine and natural remedies for treating and healing back pain naturally.
James Duke, Ph.D. explains how to use these natural remedies for arthritis pain, includes information on which herb helps with inflamation, pain, helpful antioxidants and herbal recipes. Originally published as "Relieve Arthritis Pain With Nettle" February/March 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Take the challenge out of using eye drops. These tips for applying eye drops will ensure you won't blink or waste a drop if you follow this foolproof method. Originally published as "Easy on the Eye Drops" February/March 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The other cholesterol problem few people know about. Control homocysteine levels and heart disease using these five vitamins along with healthy eating habits. Originally published as "Another Cholesterol?" December 2001/January 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Studies show school lunches lack the nutritional requirements needed for learning. Berkeley, California is leading the way for public school cafeterias to serve healthier menus. Originally published as "Giving Students Better Food for Thought" December 2001/January 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
It's long been known that arsenic is found in deck and playground lumber, and arsenic content found in water systems is currently a hot topic in Washington. Originally published as "Arsenic Seeps into the Spotlight" December 2001/January 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
James Duke, Ph.D. discusses lowering cholesterol naturally using these healthy plant-based foods.
Here's a temporary herbal treatment using sage that will make your sore gums more comfortable. This article was originally published as "Sage Advice for Painful Gums." A Country Lore tip for wiser living from the August/September 2001 issue.
A report from the Journal of Ethnopharmacology shows that weeds often have important medicinal uses.
A tiny dab of sulfur mixed with molasses and taken in early spring will help to repel ticks. This article was originally published as " Icky-Tasting Tick Tip." From the August/September 2001 issue, a Country Lore tip for wiser living.
Get the scoop on four common poisonous plants: Western poison oak, Eastern poison oak, poison sumac, and common poison ivy. Originally published as "The Toxic Four" in the June/July 2001 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Try these natural home treatments to ease the irritation from poison ivy, poison oak and other itch-inducing plants. Originally published as "The Itch and You" in the June/July 2001 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
According to the Childrens Health Study, youth in the most polluted areas of Los Angeles are suffering a reduction in lung growth and capacity by an average of ten percent.
Science restores an old medicine, as studies show that regular consumption of cranberry juice cocktail decreased the frequency of urinary tract infection. Cranberries may also have broad-spectrum antibiotic value against E. coli and other harmful bacteria, and they are an excellent source of vitamins A and C and potassium.
Country Lore: To treat chest congestion from a cold : brown paper bag, butter or shortening and nutmeg
Charcoal: the Antidote April/May 2001 Here's an old-time remedy that really works wonders: I was stung by yellow jackets this past summer. The pain and swelling were relieved almost immediately by using activated charcoal. Make a paste with charcoal and water (charcoal capsu
In 1996 Congress passed the Food Quality and Protection Act (FQPA) to give the EPA authority to screen all 400 of the nation's commonly used pesticides. To date only eight have been reviewed, and of those eight, seven have been banned. Why is the EPA gambling with our health?
Pollen, dusts and dander are only a few of the irritants that plague allergy sufferers and housekeepers alike. Read about a handful of air filters that could cut down - if not eliminate - these airborne pests.
New research is revealing additional sources of flavonoid antioxidants in food... and they're turning up in things you might actually consume.
Do They Work? February/March 2001
One of the challenges, if not the challenge in
buying an air filter is that there is no one way to judge
performance. A dozen manufacturers include the AHAM
(Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) test sticker
and/or logo (right a
10 Tips to Attack The Source February/March 2001
Wherever possible you should try to limit your exposure to
dust, smoke and allergens. Besides practicing the obvious -
not smoking, not having pets, and cleaning frequently - you
should also consider these measures:
Author Richard Firshein suggests there are many food neutraceuticals to help medical conditions, many of these ailments can be prevented or treated with dietary changes and a core group of neutraceuticals. Originally published as "The Neutraceutical Hotlist" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This list of herbs containing natural COX-2 inhibitors is considered a natural medicine used to ease pain and fight cancer. Originally published as "A List of Herbs and Some of the Natural COX-2 Inhibitors They Contain" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Dr. James Duke shares information on COX-2 inhibitors and urges homesteaders to grow vegetables to fight cancer and pain naturally. Originally published as "The Most Important Medicine You'll Ever Grow" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Marguerite Lamb explains why you should drink tea for your health, including information on the differences between tea and herbal tea, health benefits of tea, tea and anemia and types of tea for brewing.
Learn about the health benefits of food neutraceuticals, food or food products that are believed to provide medical or health benefits and help in the prevention and treatment of disease. Originally published as "Neutraceutical All-Stars" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This holiday plant has a long history when it comes to the mythology and medicinal uses of mistletoe. Includes legends of mistletoe, mythological Gods and historical figures recommendations for medical uses of the plant. Originally published as "Medicinal and Historical Mistletoe?" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
An interview with Stephen L. DeFelice, M.D. on The Neutraceutical Revolution and the hidden medical miracles in everyday food. Originally published as "The Neutraceutical Revolution" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Dr. Sharon Hagemann discusses nine age-old herbal remedies to relieve stress in your life. Originally published as "Herbal Stressbusters" October/November 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A MOTHER reader shares her natural remedy for insect stings, this vegetable takes the pain out of bee, wasp and bumble bee stings. Originally published as "Bee Sting Salve" October/November 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A MOTHER reader shares that using the juice of the aloe vera plant is a natural treatment for burns, grow your own plant and protect yourself from household burns and scars. Originally published as "Beating Burns with Aloe" August/September 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Home Remedies column shares natural and herbal dental care information, including recipes for how to make your own mouthwash and toothpaste, and information on applying first aid for tooth problems. Originally published as "Natural Dental Care" August/September 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn about how to apply spiderwebs on cuts for natural wound sealing. According to the author spider webs cause clotting immediately and help to naturally seal wounds. Originally published as "Spiderweb Secrets" August/September 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Susan Glaese recommends you garden for essential vitamins and minerals, growing plants high in vitamins and minerals improves health naturally.
Garden for Essential Vitamins and Minerals
The following listing contains
major plant sources of important vitamins and minerals. The
information is approximate: It's impo
Charles Dickson tells readers how to create a vacation first-aid kit to protect against simple stings, scrapes and sprains. Originally published as "A Vacationer's First-Aid Kit" June/July 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column discusses the different classes of antidepressants and how they work.
This safe, natural mosquito repellent uses vanilla extract to ward off mosquitoes from people and critters. Originally published as "Extracting Mosquitoes" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Use this natural vinegar solution for sunburns, a safe and low-cost way to soothe sunburns. Originally published as "A Fine Pickle" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn about the results consumer watchdog company ConsumerLab.com has discovered when testing of some of the more popular dietary supplements ingredients. Originally published as "Are All Supplements Created Equal" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Home Remedies column discusses five natural supplements to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Originally published as "Nature's Mood Boosters" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The eco-friendly Preserve recycled toothbrush is made of recycled plastic and virgin nylon bristles. Each toothbrush purchase includes a postage-paid envelope so you can recycle the toothbrush again. Originally published as "Give Mother Nature Something to Smile About" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
One in eight plants worldwide are now known as wild endangered medicinal herbs. Learn which wild medicinal plants are being overharvested. Originally published as "Nature's Ailing Medicine" February/March 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
James A. Duke, Ph.D. suggests that Americans turn back to herbal alternative medicine and choose herbs and leafy green foods instead of costly Western medicine. Originally published as "Remedies for the New Herbalist" December 1999/January 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This natural health chart lists a comparison of pharmaceutical and herbal medicines used for ailments and their daily cost per dose to the consumer. Originally published as "Day Herbal Option Cost" December 1999/January 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
These seven herbs have historically been used medicinally, but all have failed the scientific test of time: Chinese lantern, cinquefoil, dandelion, great burdock, hemp dogbane, sorrel and vervain. Originally published as "The Emperor's New Herbs" in the October/November 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Because of its high iodine content, the health benefits of kelp are many. You may even consider taking a kelp supplement, which can be found in most health food stores. Originally published as "Deep Water Medicine" in the August/September issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
It may surprise you to know that the very ingredient that makes your Friday night chili an adventure has also been documented as a powerful medicine for more than a thousand years. Learn all about the benefits of cayenne, including medicinal recipes.
Herbal treatments for scrapes and scratches using arnica and calendula. Originally published as "Curing the Common Contusion" in the June/July 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Medicinal plants from the southern Appalachians such as foxglove, St. John's wort, witch hazel, mayapple, Indian tobacco, butterfly weed, blue cohosh, Queen Anne's lace, Oswego tea and peppermint. Originally published as "Mountain Healing" in the April/May 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Whether against sore throats, infected wounds, or upset digestion, the health benefits of honey have been demonstrated time and time again. Originally published as "The Benefits of Honey: A Remedy for Sore Throats, Wound Care and More" in the February/March 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A recipe for liniment to treat sore muscles, cuts and rashes. Originally published as "Homemade Herbal Liniment" in the February/March 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Don't leap blindly into herbal medicine. Learn the facts about herbal supplements and what to look for on herbal supplement labels. Originally published as "What the Labels Don't Tell Us" in the December 1998/January 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to reduce stress and promote healing and wellness. Create blends for massage oil, baths, foot soaks, compresses and steam inhalation. Originally published as "Follow Your Nose to Better Health" in the October/November 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
If you don't trust conventional treatments or have already had them fail your, try these natural remedies for allergies.
Learn how to make homemade soaps from herbs and flowers, including a recipe for rosemary lavender soap. Originally published as "Soothing Soaps" in the June/July 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn how to prepare a homeopathic first-aid kit. Originally published as "Homeopathy for Homesteaders" in the April/May 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn these simple home remedies for a healthy family including the amazing benefits of ginger, multiple uses for basil tea and how to use juniper berries as a natural disinfectant. Originally published as "Unsung Heroes" in the February/March 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Stay well using natural health options, including inner medicine suggestions such as breathing, sweat lodge, empathy, body awareness, healthy eating and a chart of specific herbs for the cold season. Originally published as "Inner Medicine" December 1997/January 1998 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
You can change cholesterol numbers and lower blood pressure naturally with garlic, onions and other natural remedies.
You can fight depression naturally with herbs like St. John's Wort (hypericum verbatim), includes report information on side-effects, effectiveness of lifting depression and list of companies to buy herbs. Originally published as "Pursuits of Happiness and the 'Miracle Herb'" October/November 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column talks about the health benefits of oak and elder trees. Includes identification and beneficial properties information for oak and elder trees and an acorn bread recipe. Originally published as "Miracles of Oaks and Elders" June/July 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column shows you how to use homegrown herbs and plants for healing from the garden, including dandelions, spinach, ginkgo, vitamin C from roses, carob pod, eucalyptus tea, aloe and garlic and onions. Originally published as "A Better Way to Heal" April/May 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column shows you how to use natural home remedies for noses to help with allergies, colds, and sinus problems. Originally published as "Mind Your Nose" February/March 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Use these natural remedies for heartburn and indigestion that will take care of gastrointestinal problems, including a number of herbal and fruit-based preparations to soothe your stomach. Originally published as "Heading Off Heartburn" December 1996/January 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column shows you how to use the versatile the willow tree: creating soothing tea, a natural aspirin substitute for pain and emergency food in the wilderness. Originally published as "Life in the Willows" October/November 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column shows you how to create your own homemade eyedrops, and shares optometrists' tips for eye exercises and preventing eye strain and vision loss. Originally published as "An Eye on Good Health" August/September 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column showcases Sweet Annie's Herb Store, a hobby that turned into moneymaker for gardener Ann Marie Wishard. Originally published as "A Small Business Blossoms" June/July 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Natural Remedies column shows you how to make your own home homemade beauty supplies for pennies on the dollar. Originally published as "Homemade Beauty Supplies