Top 10 Natural Foods for Cat Health

If you are planning to feed your cat raw food, you should at least know the basic ingredients that are necessary to promote cat nutrition. Here are some of the top picks when it comes to giving your feline food that would support its complete nutritional needs.

Comparing Soap Ingredients: Farm-Made Goat's Milk vs Corporate-Brand Soaps

Here are the ingredients listed on the Dove Brand label, with a comparison to the ingredients in our Goat’s Milk Soap. The definitions and explanations for the ingredients were taken from the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website. No interpretations or judgements were added.

Echinacea: A Common Medicinal for a Variety of Ailments

Echinacea has a rich history, used by several Native American tribes of North America for different purposes, the chief one being as an analgesic (it relieved fever, headaches, and provided pain relief). Echinacea is a natural remedy to turn to the next time you or a family member come down with a cold.

Negative Effects of Loud Noise on Our Bodies

There is scientific evidence that loud noise is not just annoying, but also detrimental for human health. For our bodies, loud noise is a special kind of stress, which not only increases the production of stress hormones, but also causes detectable DNA damage and affects profoundly the cellular defenses.

Mullein: A Common Medicinal for Home Remedies

Cowboy’s Toilet Paper, Our Lady’s Candle, Bunny’s Ear, Beggar’s Blanket, & Quaker’s Rouge are just a few nicknames for Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), a member of the snapdragon family. You will find this fuzzy, biennial plant growing on roadsides and in areas that have been disturbed in almost every state. A pioneer plant, it grows well in any type of soil, enhancing the soil as it grows (nitrogen fixer) which means it is a great plant to keep on your permaculture property for more than just an herbal remedy (or toilet paper emergency).

Killing Microbes Without Antibiotics

We think that antibiotics and antibacterial substances are the only ways to contain pathogenic bacteria and cure infections. But there are simple and very efficient tools available to everyone, which provide significant protection from pathogens.

4 Ways to Use Beautiful Bee Balm on the Homestead

When it comes to landscaping the farmstead or urban homestead, it’s nice to be able to include plants that are both beautiful and functional. Bee balm is a North American wildflower that easily fills both roles. With an unusual, eye-catching bloom that is loved by bees and butterflies, these showy flowers can come in either scarlet or lavender, but this plant provides more than just looks and wildlife habitat: It is also a versatile herb with many different uses for health and home.

Canine Homeopathic Treatments for Natural Pet Care

We live in the mountains with our four German shepherd dogs. Our nearest veterinarian is approximately 45 miles one way and so we often treat our furry family members with homeopathic remedies. These have worked for us in the past, and although I am unable to say that the natural remedies always work, these are worth giving a try.

Health and Environmental Effects of Triclosan

Recent scientific studies suggest that the widely used antibacterial substance triclosan is not as harmless as we thought it was. It has significant health effects on different systems of the human body, while toxic intermediate can form easily once it is released in the environment.

Be Wary of 'BPA-Free' Cans

BPA-free cans sometimes include PVC copolymer and other unsafe bisphenol A (BPA) replacements.

7 Easy Ways to Protect Your Skin Without Sunblock

Sun protection is important, and although sunblock is marketed as safe and effective, I'd rather not slather chemicals on my skin every day. Although sunblock has its place in my skin-protection arsenal, here are seven easy ways I'm able to protect my skin from the sun's harmful rays without resorting to sunblock.

Local Herbal Remedies Using Violets, Plantain, and Dock

These three underappreciated plants deserve their time in the sun, so to speak! Let’s dive into Local First Aid, learning about the edible and medicinal uses of these common wild plants: violets, plantain, and yellow dock.

Study Finds Benefits in Mediterranean Way of Eating

The blessings of the Mediterranean diet have been praised for years. The fact that a diet based on olive oil, vegetables, and pulses has significant cardiovascular benefits makes it immediately a sensible and healthy gastronomic choice. But thanks to a major scientific study, we may also have some real evidence that Mediterranean diet is a powerful and tasty way to prevent serious chronic diseases.

Herbalist and Artist Create Everyday Guides for Healthy Living

The ‘Everyday Living Series’ by Thyme Herbal offers a supportive guide for healthy living. The series is created by herbalist Brittany Wood Nickerson, who shares her experiences and advice concerning herbal practices and homesteading.

The Exciting Herbal Resurgence

Herbalism has a rich, beautiful history and is once again finding a place in many modern homes. Now is a vibrant, exciting time to be an herbalist!

Drummer Shares Tips for Healthy Living While on the Road

Being a touring musician poses challenges for a healthy life. I’m always trying to figure out how to get vitamins and nutrients without having to carry a garden behind the tour bus. There are things you can do in almost every profession to live more sustainably and help the environment, and I share some of my go-to tips here.

Entertaining Yourself When Living Off-Grid

How do you currently fill your spare time? Is it with things that are time wasters or things that are productive? How do you entertain yourself when Living Off Grid, Really?!?!

Homemade Coffee-Lemon Body Scrub

Eager to make some yummy, detoxifying scrubs for my arms and legs, I mixed some simple ingredients to my trusty epsom salts to achieve clarity, exfoliation, and moisture using coffee grounds, lemon zest, and coconut oil. Brilliant? Yes! Simple? You bet. Here are DIY instructions on how to make a homemade coffee-lemon body scrub!

How and Why to Support Beneficial Bacteria During Pregnancy and Beyond

Recent scientific studies show that the baby is interacting and takes in the mother´s beneficial bacteria throughout pregnancy and during natural birth and breastfeeding. The risk for pregnancy complications seems to partially depend on whether mother´s bacteria are dominated by beneficial or potentially pathogenic strains. This new knowledge means that we need to pay close attention to the symbiotic bacteria of pregnant women and new mothers and help beneficial strains thrive and prosper.

7 Food Nutrients that Promote Optimum Health

Many people take multivitamins, calcium or fish oil to help ensure that they get the essential vitamins they need. That said, the majority of people aren't aware that there are some other supplements and foods out there that may even more beneficial to the body.

DIY Sweet-Dreams Herbal Pillow

Learn to make a lovely herbal dream pillow to enhance dreams and their recall. Or make an herbal sleep pillow to encourage restful sleep. A natural sleep aid.

Real Food for Your Skin

Feed your skin real food with homemade skin-care recipes by Rosemary Gladstar.

A Right and Wrong Way to Squat When Giving Birth

There is a right and a wrong way to squat when in labor and giving birth. Unfortunately, most women are taught the wrong way. Learn the true birth-squat position and why it will lead to a more comfortable birth.

Doctors Prescribe Walking as a Boost to Your Health

A major new study found that lack of physical activity is twice as deadly for us as obesity. But as little as 30 minutes of walking a day cuts the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in half, lowers the likelihood of diabetes by 60 percent, limits colon cancer by 31 percent for women and reduces risk of dementia, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, glaucoma and catching a cold. This prompted U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to issue a call for Americans to walk more.

Self-Healing Visualization

Learn this ocean healing visualization and access your self-healing potential through the mind-body connection.

Original Fire Cider Recipe and Controversy

Learn how to make Rosemary Gladstar's original Fire Cider recipe and chutney to help keep your immune system healthy, and to ward off infections. Also learn about the Fire Cider controversy, and why it should matter to you.

Is Honey Good for You?

If you need a treat and are choosing between refined sugar and honey, honey definitely has its benefits.

Top 10 Immune-Boosting Tips to Survive the Cold and Flu Season

As we enter into the cold and flu season, it is the perfect time to be thinking about your immune system and practical ways to help boost it. Here are 10 tips to stay your healthiest this season and all year round. These tips are our tried and true suggestions for increasing immunity and maintaining good health all year long.

Make Your Own Hand and Body Cream (with Bonus Beeswax Hand-Saver Recipe)

Making your own hand and body cream is not difficult. Just be sure you can work for 30 minutes or so with no interruptions. Be very sure that the essential oils you choose are actually pure essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, etc. Quantities needed for a both a single 4-ounce jar and a large batch of nine 4-ounce jars are given.

The Benefits of Outside Games for Kids: Boost Physical and Mental Health

Given a shift towards being indoors instead of out, engaging with technology instead of nature, and sitting instead of moving, what exactly are kids missing out on? Research shows that children’s physical and mental health are both taking a toll. Encouraging outside games for kids is important in promoting their health and well being.

7 Aloe Vera Plant Uses

Aloe may be best known for its use as a natural treatment for sunburns, but the benefits of aloe extend far beyond helping your skin heal. Learn how aloe can help keep your heart, teeth, digestive tract, and more healthy.

How to Determine the Quality of Essential Oils, Part 3: Honing Your Senses

Finding authentic, plant-derived, high quality essential oils and knowing what to look for is a challenge, particularly given the power of marketing. What do we mean by the terms genuine, authentic, plant-derived and unadulterated anyway? This post explains how to hone your senses and find the best suppliers of top-quality essential oils.

11 Steps to Make Walking an Easy Habit for Life

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's recent Call to Action made it clear that walking is the best way for most people to stay healthy and fit. Here’s how to do it more often and make it more enjoyable.

Natural Wound Care: How to Heal a Cut Fast

With minor, common injuries, you’ll likely be able to care for the wound yourself. These simple guidelines will help you to be better prepared next time you or someone around you gets a cut.

3 Health Benefits of Beets

These beautiful root vegetables make for nutritious additions to any meal. The many health benefits of beets include lowering blood pressure and boosting your physical performance when you exercise.

Is Breastfeeding Better for Your Baby?: 5 Benefits of Breastfeeding

The choice to breastfeed or formula feed is a highly personal one, and new mothers will need to take many factors into consideration when making the decision. Experts suggest that new mothers breastfeed exclusively for at least the first six months, if possible. Besides providing you and your baby with time to bond, studies show that breastfeeding can protect your child from a variety of illnesses and conditions.

Prepare for Winter Wellness with Garden Sage Body Oil

Sage is an herb of ancient repute, long valued as a culinary and medicinal plant. It has a stimulating, heating, and drying energy and is a well-known cold germ and flu fighter, having particularly potent antimicrobial, respiratory antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, mucolytic (mucous thinning), antispasmodic, and vulnerary (tissue healing) properties. Prepare for winter wellness with this garden sage body oil recipe.

How to Determine the Quality of Essential Oils, Part 1

Discover how to expand your olfactory palate to be able to determine qualitative differences between essential oils and learn what all the terms used in the marketing of essential oils mean. Feel more empowered in choosing a supplier and learn key elements to look for when making that decision.

Cooling Herbal Recipes for Your Canine Companion

Dogs may have had nothing to do with the naming of the season, but they, like us, will most likely desire some respite from the heat. Here are several cooling herbal recipes for your furry friends to try at home!

Traditional Medicinal Plants at Guam’s Amot Taotao Tano Farm

In the months before our move, I did extensive research to familiarize myself with gardening in Guam. I found Amot TaoTao Tano Farm and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a free tour of the farm to learn about native plants grown to educate the public about traditional healing practices of the Chamorro people. Here I share some of what I learned.

Reaching My Goal

After writing weekly blogs for MOTHER EARTH NEWS and reaching my goal, my writing will switch to a monthly blog.

Meditation Prayer Walking

How my practices of meditation, praying and walking centers my soul, days and my life.

6 Top Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

Don’t let a toenail infection get the best of you; try these easy and effective home remedies for toenail fungus that will help you get your nails back to normal.

Hopelessly Lost

Why studying a map before traveling is a good idea.

6 Saffron Benefits for Your Health

Saffron contains more than 150 compounds, many of which have medicinal properties like carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and more).

Making Your Own Herbal Medicine: Tinctures and Infusions

To make potent extractions of the medicinal properties from plants growing nearby, you can easily learn to make your own tinctures and infusions. Alcohol-based tinctures are often used for acute or specific concerns, while water-based infusions are strong, medicinal teas which gently strengthen the body over time.

Unconditional Love

The gifts we are able to share in a long and respectful relationship.

Context Shapes Our View

How we look at the world stems from our context how we were raised and many other variables.

5 Summer Herbs to Preserve Fresh

While many herbs can be dried and stored for later use in teas and remedies, these five summer herbs are best preserved fresh!

Is Homeopathy Effective?

A new report by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council finds that homeopathy is not effective for treating health conditions.

Live Political Debate

Why I think live debates are important way to educate voters in our country.

A Lifetime of Accumulation

How I helped a woman friend of mine to sort and find places for her life-long collections.

Nettle Tea Benefits

Infusing a large amount of dried stinging nettle leaves in water for a long period of time is one of the easiest and most traditional ways to obtain nettle tea benefits.

Forward Focus For Good

I find hope when I meet people like Pat Holm and learn about organizations like Democracy Collaborative.

Traveling By Train

How I slowed down my internal clock on a train trip from Seattle to Portland.

Is Coffee Healthy?

Most people think they should ditch their coffee habit or at least cut back on it significantly. So is coffee healthy or not?

4 Calendula Uses for Your Health

The many calendula uses for health include treating diaper rash, healing wounds, and helping with side effects of radiation therapy.

Healing 101

How I encouraged a swift healing for my body.

Using Tonic Herbs for Health and Vitality

Many of us are familiar with Echinacea and yarrow as antimicrobials, wild cherry bark for a cough, ginger for nausea, and a host of other herbs used in acute situations to restore health. Herbs can be very effective used in this manner, but herbs also shine when used as daily building and strengthening tonics!

Birth Is As Beautiful As Bali

Ten days in beautiful Bali with some of the most influential birth keepers has this writer and doula asking, Why Bali?

People Are Messy

How we deal with each other’s emotional messiness.

6 Tea Tree Oil Uses

What can freshen breath, fight infection, and clear up acne all at once? Tea tree oil, from the Australian plant, Melaleuca alternifolia, has widespread medicinal qualities, making it an effective home remedy for many different conditions. Try these tea tree oil uses for yourself.

Easy Homemade Toothpaste

We often want to live a healthier lifestyle, but forget that our mouth health is so essential to living healthier. Here are a few reasons why you should consider making your own toothpaste, along with a quick and easy recipe.

Are Oats Good for You?

Oats are rich in protein, vitamins (like vitamin E), antioxidants, and fiber, making them a good food to start off your day.

Preparing for the World

Make sure to listen for wisdom and jewels while listening to lectures and speeches.

Mother Earth Embodied: Honoring Our Fertility

In this guest blog by Samantha Zipporah, full spectrum doula and holistic sexual health educator, the relationship between the natural cycles of the earth and the woman are poetically explored.

7 Surprising Benefits of Chia Seeds

While some proclaimed benefits of chia seeds may be a bit exaggerated, these seeds are packed full of vital nutrients like fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and should not be overlooked as a healthy addition to your diet.

Best Sources of Vitamin D (Video)

Learn the best sources of vitamin D to achieve your recommended dosage of “the sunshine vitamin," and put the "D" in diet!

Valerian Root for Sleep Improvement

Valerian is known for its sedative qualities, which can help to increase sleepiness, as well as to decrease nervousness and restlessness.

Belly Dancing Through Pregnancy

She had ballet under her belt with her first birth and has turned to belly dance with the birth of her second. In a conversation with Jamie Rose Lyle, who dances with Gypsy Heart Tribal Belly Dance, she tells us about the birth of her first child and how she thinks belly dancing will change the birth of her second.

"Kinfolk" Magazine

Some great insights on building community thanks to "Kinfolk," a quarterly publication.

A Close Study of Holy Basil

Holy Basil is an herbaceous plant in the mint family that is native to South Asia. It grows throughout lowland regions of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, southern China, Thailand, and Malaysia. The species name, sanctum, reflects the sacred nature of the plant in Indian culture. Holy basil includes a few species and varieties.

'Numen: The Nature of Plants' Is a Film to See

"Numen: The Nature of Plants" is a cornucopia of intuitive wisdom, science based knowledge, and exuberant passion and reverence for plants around the world. The film opens with plant close ups and stunning time lapse photography of plants throughout their growing cycles, their intrinsic eye catching patterns and their symbiotic relationships with pollinators. Numen is defined as the spirit believed by animists to inhabit natural objects. The film describes that we sense this force the most abundantly through plants.

My Tee Shirts

Do well-behaved people seldom or rarely make history?

Herbal Supplements Controversy Spurs ‘The Sustainable Herbs Project’

The Sustainable Herbs Project is a new project by the producers of the award-winning documentary, Numen: the Nature of Plants, the first feature-length film on the healing power of plants. We are creating an online interactive documentary following medicinal plants through the supply chain to launch a more educated and responsible consumer movement supporting high quality herbal remedies and sustainable and ethical sourcing.

Is Asthma a Vitamin Deficiency: Vitamin-D Uses You Didn't Expect

There are numerous vitamin D uses, but did you know that this vitamin might play a role in preventing asthma attacks? Studies show that people who are vitamin D deficient tend to have more asthma attacks. Correcting a vitamin D deficiency could help you breathe easier.

BPA Dangers Include Elevated Blood Pressure

High levels of BPA exposure have been previously associated with cardiovascular disease. One reason for this is likely that BPA can lead to elevated blood pressure.

How to Whiten Your Teeth DIY Style

If you want whiter teeth but don't want to buy chemical-heavy products at the store, these food and DIY home remedies will help you get whiter teeth, without the cost and chemicals.

7 Herbs for Asthma

Ease the suffering of asthma attacks with the help of these healthy herbs!

A Transparency Movement

Can we and should we be transparent with each other? Who should be transparent with whom?

Wealth of Wisdom

Who shares with you a wealth of wisdom that enriches your life?

Home Remedies for Toothaches, Gingivitis and More

If you have recurrent dental problems or are currently suffering from pain in a tooth, give these home remedies for toothaches, gingivitis and bad breath a try. Herbal treatments like turmeric, sage and peppermint are natural and effective ways to ease pain, fight bacteria and prevent inflammation.

Oregano for Flavor, Nutrition and Healing

Oregano is well known as a culinary herb with warming and aromatic flavor. The oil of oregano has shown great promise in treating many illnesses, including colds, flu, muscle pain, GI problems, respiratory illnesses, skin conditions and urinary-tract infections.

Top 10 Comments from Home-Birth Mothers

In listening to the stories of mothers who have chosen home birth, the same sentiments are heard again and again. Here is what they have to say in their own words.

A Heavy Heart

How this last year of discrimination and profiling in the news has impacted me.

The Growth of Goals

The accomplishment and goal that I achieved with a "little" help from my friends and family.

Inspiration From a Women's Gathering

Women have gathered since the dawn of humanity. Women tend to lose sight of self care because we are the caregivers. When women gather, we renew the inner fire in our hearts, we brainstorm solutions to global problems, we connect to the earth.

How To Transition Healthfully Through Life Changes and Challenges

Practical tips for transitioning through life's changes mindfully and healthfully. This will cover simple ways to get back on track and stay focused forward. Alex and Ashley share their own personal experience with picking back up and moving forward.

Coping with Ebola and Other Emerging Infections

Renowned herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner outlines how plant medicines can prevent and treat emerging infections such as Ebola and discusses why these deadly outbreaks are happening. He explains how to use more than a dozen antiviral and immune-boosting herbs, including elder, licorice and skullcap.

Interview with Herbalist and Author Rosemary Gladstar

Watch an interview with Rosemary Gladstar, during which she discusses the goals of the non-profit United Plant Savers and the importance of plant conservation. Plus, read about how Rosemary became a leading figure in American herbal medicine.

Hoarding: Greed, Part 2

What is the difference between hoarding stuff and money? Is there any difference?

Consumption Greed: Part 1

Part one of a three part series on greed, consumption and economic oppression. Exploring how we may have gotten here and what we can do about improving our lives and the lives of others.

The Art of Herbalism

Working with medicinal plants can not only help heal ourselves and each other, but also contribute to the beauty of our lives and our world.

Well Read

What does well read mean to you? Does the material you read and your personality traits determine how you view the world? This blog explores what well read means to me.

The Hidden Risks of Nightlights for Children

While many kids (and adults, too) might prefer to sleep with a light on, research shows that exposure to artificial light after the sun goes down can disrupt healthy body function and is associated with an increased risk for cancer. So turn off your computers, TVs, and nightlights for kids, and learn to embrace the nighttime darkness.

Herbal Tea Recipes for Colds

Sipping on medicinal herbal tea is one of the best steps you can take to shorten the duration of illness when the symptoms of a cold, sore throat, or other upper respiratory infection begin.

Who Am I?

Exploring our misconceptions of who we are when we are defined by our online presence.

Man's Best Friend

The benefits of adopting a pet. And the sadness that occurs when they die.

Hand Sanitizer Dangers

Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready can come in handy in situations where you can’t access soap and water, but using it too often can come with some risks.

Dirty It Up With Herb-Seasoned Condiments

Don’t eat the plain, clean, boring stuff! Dirty it up with earth’s goodness in the form of herbs. There are many ways to use herbs in health and healing, and here we will share some of our favorite herb condiments to spice up any meal.

Is Chewing Gum Bad For You?

Here are four things you need to know about gum chewing to decide whether chewing gum is bad for you.

Discovering Dancing for Birth

A few words describing how I came to Dancing for Birth and why I believe every woman should dance through her birth.

Getting to the Root of Maca

Highly nutritious, maca has been used as a staple food source by the people of Central Peru for thousands of years, as well as a ceremonial offering in traditional sacred rites, as currency, and as medicine to improve overall health in both animals and people.

Meet Lovely Rosemary

Rosemary is known as a tasty condiment, but it has also long been used as medicine, and makes for a blissful foot soak.

Intentional Legacy: Writing Your Own Parenting Book

In this blog post, parenting mentor Shawn Hosford introduces herself, along with some of her background and beliefs. Her hope is that this post provides the necessary foundation for continued conversations about intentional parenting.

The Dangers of Sitting Too Long

Anyone who spends prolonged periods of time sitting, regardless of their overall activity level, is at risk for the dangers associated with sedentary lifestyles.

My Breastfeeding Relationship with My Kids

In honor of World Breastfeeding Month, this momma shares Part 1 of her relationship with breastfeeding including her beastfeeding timelines for each child and her variety of pumping locations.

The Medicinal Properties of Neem

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is used in so many ways in herbal medicine, which is why it has been tagged the "village pharmacy." Neem is used to combat tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestations and so much more.

4 Reasons to Avoid Food Preservatives

Processed foods contain a variety of chemical preservatives that have been linked to serious medical conditions. Here’s what to look for and how to avoid food preservatives.

Medicine of the People: The Joys of Healing Herbs

There is no experience or practice more valuable, empowering, and utterly satisfying than enabling the health and well being of ourselves, our family, friends and community... naturally.

Chickweed and Lavender Insect Bite Salve

With our chickweed and lavender salve, the bites I typically get that are swollen and painful were nothing more than a minor annoyance. All came from ingredients that we made ourselves.

Fit Farmers for the Future

In a post-carbon agriculture, much of the work of growing food will be done through physical labor and one in six of us will need to have our hands in the dirt. How do we foster a new generation of 50 million fit farmers?

Black Pepper: King of Spices

Black pepper, the king of spices, has been part of Indian cooking and medicinal traditions for thousands of years, and now sits next to almost every saltshaker on countless tables across North America. Find out black pepper's medicinal and culinary uses in this post.

What to Do During Pesticide Drift

Be sure to contact the Environmental Protection Agency and the Poison Control Center, as well as seek medical attention after experiencing pesticide drift.

Spicy, Healing Horseradish

Horseradish is often overlooked as a mere hot condiment. In reality it possesses many healing properties and is easily accessible to all.

How to Avoid Unsafe Chemicals in Plastic

Learn about Bisphenol A (BPA) and its prevalence in plastic manufacturing, and get tips on how to limit your exposure to BPA, phthalates, and other unsafe chemicals in plastic.

The Benefits of Kombucha

The benefits of Kombucha are many. Find out why you should add this healthful probiotic to your life.

What Is a Fast?

Fasting is a great way to cleanse the body and to tune it in for the changing seasons. In today’s world, toxins can leave the body feeling weighed down and sluggish, but with a little fasting know-how, toxins can be removed and no one needs to be a nutritionist, a doctor, or plastic surgeon to do it. Following a fast, the body and mind will experience a natural high, bringing with it motivation and healthier lifestyle decisions.

3 Herbs for Nausea (Video)

These herbs for nausea can be used to soothe upset stomachs, calm nerves and prevent illness.

Catching Colds and Flying on Planes

Catching a cold after flying is common. Find out why plane travelers get sick after flying, and learn how to boost your immunity to avoid post-flight colds and flu.

Safer Flea Control for Your Pets

Fleas and ticks can bring severe itching, allergic reactions, discomfort, and even serious diseases (such as lyme disease) to your pets, so it’s important to protect your pets from them. However, studies have found that many common flea and tick control/treatment products aren’t just toxic to those bugs; they can actually poison your pets, as well. Find out which ingredients and products to avoid, and some safer alternatives to use.

The Waves of Labor and Birth

A recent trip to the Oregon coast reminds me of how labor contractions mimic the waves of the ocean. How does this visualization help in childbirth?

Aromatherapeutic Cold and Flu Relief

You know when a dreaded cold is coming on: Your throat and voice feel a bit scratchy, your nose begins to run, your eyes resemble those of a frog, your energy dips, you get the chills, and, in general, you feel like a blob. Compound these symptoms with muscle aches, joint stiffness, occasional nausea and fever, and you’ve got the flu.

Am I Too Attached to My Baby?

Do I hold my babies too much? Should I let them cry more? Or, is it okay to be too attached to my baby?

Healthy Lunch Recipes

This time of year, many are intent on healthier eating, but find it hard to find healthy foods that actually taste good. Use these 3 delicious healthy lunch recipes for a mealtime you can truly enjoy!

Why I Was Too Chicken to Have a Medicated Birth

I do not know that there is a natural birth movement. I do not know what a doula is. I do not know about pre-natal yoga. The only thing I do know at this point is that there is no way in hell that anyone is sticking a huge needle into my spine and no one is going to be cutting anything around me unless it is an umbilical cord.

Herbal Remedies: Fenugreek and Thyme for Winter Ailments

Fenugreek has been indicated in some historical texts as being used for inflammation of the stomach and digestive tract, too. It is said to be the oldest recorded herb found so far. When you couple this flower with another common flower, Thyme, there isn’t a swollen sinus passage that stands a chance!

Healing With Potatoes

The discovery of an uncommon remedy for blood poisoning in my pantry.

The Compost Bandit

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.

Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade cough syrup made with on-site elderberries and locally produced honey.

Making a Healing Salve or Balm

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.

America's Immune Response to GMOs

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.

8 Natural Bee Sting Treatment Options

To get fast relief, here are eight natural bee or insect sting treatment options you can use at home. You likely have what you need in the kitchen cupboard!

Paleo Diet Benefits: Is It Worth the Switch?

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?

Herbal Remedies for Colds and Flu

These natural cold and flu remedies will help you build up your immune system and reduce the duration and discomfort of colds and flu.

Rosemary - The Herb of Remembrance

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.

Liver Detox: Why You Need It … How to Do It

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.

Small-Scale Medicinal Herb Farming: A (Very) Personal Journey

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.

Kitchen Pantry Cure-Alls: Natural Homemade Deodorant

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.

Use a Detox Cleanse to Regain Sagging Energy

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!

Why Am I Tired All the Time?

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.

Make Your Own Natural Lotion

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.

Soda Consumption Raises Cancer Risk

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.

Natural Treatments for Bronchitis

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.

Sip Tea and Stress Less

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.

New Year’s Revolution: Stop Making Excuses!

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.

Old School Beauty Basics: How to Make Glycerin

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.

Physical Causes of Mental Illness

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.

Prepare for Pesticide Spray Season - Part I

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.

CSA Health Insurance Rebates

FairShare CSA Coalition partners with health insurance groups to offer a rebate for selecting fresh, organic, local produce.

Do Flu Vaccines Really Work?

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.

Nordic Naturals Introduces Vitamin D3 Gummies

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.

My Sabbath Garden

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.

New Year's Revolution: Throw Out Your Rule Book

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.

New Year's Revolution: Putting Your Life into Perspective

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.

New Year's Revolution: Give Compliments! Freely!

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.

A New Year’s Revolution

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.

Saving Yourself: That Little Two-Letter Word That Begins With N

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.

Don’t Judge Me by My Cupboards — Why Not?

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.

Killing That Nagging Sense of Inferiority(2)

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.

Killing That Nagging Sense of Inferiority

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.

A Collection of Responses to Stanford's Organic Food Study: Organic Food Is Worth It

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.   

Don’t Mistake Ignorance for Perspective

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.

Intro to Happiness Exercises

Feeling blue? Try these simple happiness exercises including bouncing on an exercise ball and smiling while holding a pen or pencil in your mouth.

Are You Drowning in a Sea of Misinformation?

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.

Plastic Surgery Everyone Should Get

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?

A Time to Hate, A Time to Love?

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.

A Loving Heart is the Truest Wisdom

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.

Changing the Inner Voice, Changing Your Life

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.

Your Mind Can be a Pain in the Butt

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.

3 Great Pregnancy Skin Care Products

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.

Folk Medicine Cures?

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.

Don't Believe Everything You Think

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.

The Mind Can Be a Terrible Thing

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.

Silence the Liar and Thief!

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.

Excuses Don’t Feed the Bulldog

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.

Can an Egg Timer Motivate You to Get Work Done?

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.

Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy: Retinol

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 Trials and Tribulations of Starting a Candle-Making Business

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 over the Barriers

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.

Creating an External Hard Drive for Your Brain

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.

You’re nobody till Somebody Loves You – Not!

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.

A List that Could Reshape – Even Save -- Your Life

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.

One Surefire Way to Create an Enjoyable, Fulfilling Life

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.

Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy: BPA

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.

Donate Blood — The Life You Save May Be Your Own

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.

We Love Eu -Bacteria!(4)

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.

We Love Eu -Bacteria!(3)

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.

We Love Eu -Bacteria!(2)

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.

We Love Eu-Bacteria!

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.

Sometimes Life Has a Better Plan for You

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.

Choose Strength and Happiness

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.

Strength and Resilience: Two Keys to a Happy Life

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

Listen to Your Inner Voice

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.

Redesigning Your Life

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.

What Do You Really Want Out of Life?

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.

The Anthropology of Food

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.”

USDA Knows of Link Between Factory Meat and MRSA

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.  

Should I Use Sunscreen?

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.

Calm Yourself with Skullcap

Skullcap is the best herb for calming nerves, according to Erin McIntosh at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup.

The Many Uses of Ginger

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.

Alternative to USDA Dietary Guidelines Proposed

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.

Hazardous Substances in the Living Room

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.

Hazardous Substances in the Bathroom

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.

Foamy Shampoo Bar Recipe

Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.

Going Green

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.

Pay the Farmer or Pay the Doctor

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.

Left-Over Lasagna Trumps Sugared Cereal for Breakfast

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.

Country Lore: Hiccup Remedy

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.

Talking About a Weed Diet at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

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.    

Win Herbal 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!

What Is Your Favorite Do-It-Yourself Home Spa Recipe?

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.

Natural Sunscreen Reviews

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.

Will You Change Your Sunscreen Habits Because of Recent Reports?

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: Three Reasons to Live Shampoo Free

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.

How Do You Get Your Vitamin D?

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?

Have You Stopped Eating a Food for Health or Other Reasons?

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?

A Safety Report On Cell Phone Radiation

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.

Will You Get a Flu Vaccine This Year?

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.

What Are Your Tips for Beating Insomnia and Sleeping Better?

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.)

Dangerous Plastics, Safe Plastics

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.

Almighty Olives: These Small Fruits Pack Big Health Benefits

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.

Country Lore: Refreshing Homemade Facial Masks

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.

Aging and Brain Health: What Have You Been Learning Lately?

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.

What Do You Think About the Proposed Soda Tax?

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?

Country Lore: Vinegar, the Natural Sunburn Remedy

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.  

Are You Worried About the H1N1, or Swine Flu, Virus?

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. 

Natural Ways to Increase Energy

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.

Live on Less: How to Save Money and Enjoy a Simpler, More Sustainable Life

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.

The Hidden Health Hazards of Factory Farms

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.

More Great News About Free-Range Eggs

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.

Healthy Choices for Cancer Prevention

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.

No More Fiberglass Itch

This reader has found a simple way to prevent fiberglass itch after installing insulation. Originally published as "Country Lore: No More Insulation Itch" in the October/November 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Stop Bleeding With Yarrow

A reader who suffered a bad wound relates how yarrow leaf enabled her to stop bleeding. Originally published as "Country Lore: Use Yarrow for Healing" in the October/November 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Herbs from Antiquity, Uses for Today

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.

10 Common Medical Pitfalls

Not feeling so hot? Time magazine offers 10 things to consider before your next visit to the doctor.

Drink Garlic Tea for Colds

Drink garlic tea for colds. When you feel the symptoms of a cold coming on, drink this garlic tea to chase the cold away. Originally published as "Country Lore: She Found the Cure for the Common Cold" December 2008/January 2009 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How Important is Exercise?

While often considered imperative to a healthy lifestyle, exercise by itself might not be all it's hyped up to be.

Good Calories, Bad Calories: What Really Makes Us Fat?

Good calories, bad calories. 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.

Easy Tips to Protect Yourself from Osteoporosis

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.

Check the Safety of Personal Care Product Ingredients

Check the safety of personal care product ingredients for dangerous chemicals. 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. Originally published as "What's Your Make-up Made Of" August/September 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Get Off the Couch: It's July!!

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!

Latte to mate

This ancient beverage has provided a nutritious, naturally-caffeinated boost for centuries and a new carbon-subtracting brand benefits the earth and consumers alike.

Understanding Beating Headaches

Headache Type Primarily Affects Triggers Remedies Tension Men & Women Stress Biofeedback, relaxation (yoga, meditation, massage), aerobic exercise, cognitive behavior therapy,

'No Child Left Behind' Meets 'No Patient Left Behind'

 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. 

6 Top Herbal Adaptogens

Did you know that ginseng is just one of a class of herbal remedies called adaptogens? Here’s an introduction to adaptogens, with more information about the specific effects and uses of each.

Low Levels of Vitamin D Increases Health Risks

Experts suspect that low 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.

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Garlic

Many experts agree that the health benefits of garlic are numerous. Garlic can combat infection, help lower blood pressure and keep arteries in good condition. Plus, it tastes great too.

Keep Warm, Do Yoga

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.

Studies on Depression Drugs Selectively Published

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.

Garlic and Your Health

Garlic is packed full of health-promoting power. Learn more about it in the following resources.

Laughter as Medicine

Have the holidays got you down? Maybe you need a good belly laugh!

Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

The H5N1 flu strain arising out of Asia 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.

Natural, Effective Remedies for Colds and Flu

These natural, effective remedies for colds and flus will help you stay healthy. 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.

Study Shows Organic Food is Healthier to Eat

A study shows organic food is healthier to eat. We know that organic produce has less pesticide residue than nonorganic crops, but do they actually have more nutrients? A new study shows organics have a nutritional edge over their nonorganic competition. Originally published as "Is Organic Food Really Better for You?" December 2007/January 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Salt on Trial

The FDA held a public hearing to debate limiting the amount of salt in the American food supply.

What's In Your Turkey?

If you're buying a frozen turkey from the supermarket this Thanksgiving, you may be bringing home more than you bargained for.

Avoid Chronic Disease with Vitamin D

What do osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer have in common? All have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.

Could Your Job Cause Cancer?

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.

Eco-Friendly Baby Products

From diapers and bottles to carriers and toys, here are some of our favorite low-cost, natural eco-friendly baby products that don’t skimp on comfort or convenience. Originally published as "Better Basics for Bringing Up Baby" October/November 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Winged Bean Fights Cancer

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. 

Hysterectomy Education the Focus of Upcoming Conference

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.

Support Better Sunscreen Labels & Safer Products

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.

Toxic Double Standards

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!

BPA Controversy Heats Up

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.

Just Say No To Bottled Water

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 Mosquito Repellent, and Other Uses for Lemon Balm

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.

Natural Sunscreen Update

Having trouble choosing a safer, natural sunscreen? See what the Mother Earth News editors are slathering on this summer.

Herbs vs. Drugs: Get the Facts About Medicine

One appears safe but is clinically unproven. The other is closely regulated not always safe. Get as many facts about medicine as you can before you decide between herbs vs. drugs. Originally published as "What You Should Know About Drugs vs Herbs" in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The Perils of Too Much Sugar

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.

Pass the Organic Ketchup, Please

Research shows some organic ketchup contains more lycopene than its conventional counterpart. Originally published as "Pass the Organic Ketchup, Please - Green Gazette" in the October/November 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Best Buy Drugs

Don't be swayed by advertising. The Consumer Union evaluates prescription medication, and offers its recommendation for best buy drugs. Originally published as "Best Buy Prescriptions - Green Gazette" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

6 Natural Allergy Remedies

'Tis the season for sniffling, sneezing and itching. Breathe easier with these medically proven natural allergy remedies.

The Secret to Relieving Anxiety and Stress

For those feeling the effects of anxiety and stress, new research verifies that exercise is as healthy for the mind as it is for the body. Originally published as "The Secret to Stress Relief" in the June/July 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The Health Benefits of Eating Fish

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.

12 Essential Herbs

Follow this expert advice to use herbs safely and effectively.

Strategies to Help Prevent Diabetes

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.

Choose the Right Vitamin Supplements

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.

10 Edible, Herbal and Medicinal Flowers

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.

Does Echinacea Fight Colds

During the winter cold season, many people turn to echinacea supplements to boost their immunity and fight off illness.

Herbal First Aid

Many natural products can help you soothe minor cuts, scrapes, burns and bruises — safely and naturally.

Get the Sleep You Need Naturally

Get natural sleep with gentle, soothing herbs that deliver restful slumber. Plus instructions for making a hops pillow.

Natural Body Care

Choose healthier, natural body care products to protect your family and the planet.

Renew Your Room

Renew your room and create a healthier, safer space and sleep easy.