Natural Health

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

Echinacea: A Common Medicinal for a Variety of Ailments

By Sean and Monica Mitzel, Sovereign Sonrise Permafarm

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

By Eleni Roumeliotou, Primal Baby

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

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.


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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.


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.