Natural Health

Stay healthy with herbal remedies, a nourishing diet, and a chemical-free home.

Mullein: A Common Medicinal for Home Remedies

By Sean and Monica Mitzel, Sovereign Sonrise Permafarm

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

By Eleni Roumeliotou, Primal Baby

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

By Agatha Noveille, The Herbal Academy

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

By Bruce McElmurray

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.


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Health and Environmental Effects of Triclosan

By Eleni Roumeliotou, Primal Baby

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

By Shelley Stonebrook

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


7 Easy Ways to Protect Your Skin Without Sunblock

By Tammy Taylor, Taylor-Made Homestead

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

By Jane Cookman Metzger, The Herbal Academy

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.