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January 22, 2018

Thinking of raising honeybees? Here are the pros and cons of keeping an apiary in your backyard. Starting an apiary is relatively easy. However, as with caring for any new animal, you should learn all that you can about their husbandry before diving in. Here are some things to consider about keeping bees: Pros There are many reasons why you might want to raise honeybees, including: Honey is probably the obvious answer. Who wouldn’t love their own fresh batch of honey to use in recipes? A single... more

January 20, 2018

Think of soup as a great way to boost your health by adding herbs. It’s easy way to create your own herbal health booster. For millennia, our ancestors experimented with the leaves, roots, seeds, fungi, lichens, barks and other natural substances around them for healing. Modern medical science owes a lot to their discoveries. More than 27 percent today’s over-the-counter and prescription drugs derived originally from plants. Much of the sophisticated plant wisdom of previous eras has been lost... more

January 18, 2018

Ever experienced muscle twitches, jerks, or involuntary tics? What causes them? Are they serious? Don’t panic—here’s everything you need to know. What are Muscle Twitches and Tics? After recent hip surgery, I began experiencing unsettling twitching, cramping, and wavelike sensations along my affected side. My physical therapist reassured me by saying this was no doubt my tendons and muscles objecting to and gradually accommodating to new positions. He was right. The weird movements slowly... more

January 6, 2018

Coming indoors and going out, the dry winter air causes static hair, parched skin, and—especially—cracked lips. It’s easy and inexpensive to make your own moisturizing lip balm from natural ingredients. You need only two ingredients for the most basic product: a little beeswax and a good-quality oil. The oil and wax together seal in moisture; the beeswax (which contains healing anti-inflammatory and antibiotic compounds) stiffens the product. I add a little raw honey to mine, for its flavor,... more

January 3, 2018

Sometimes, it can be difficult to start exercising—and even more difficult to stick with it! Here are some tips to help you start exercising again, even if you do not have a gym membership. Why Bother Exercising? Let’s start with this thought: If your doctor gave you a prescription that she said would improve your mood, improve energy, keep you mentally sharp, help you manage weight, reduce your risk of disease and injury, improve your sex life, extend your life span, and cost little to nothing... more

January 2, 2018

How can we avoid colds and flu naturally? Both—along with pneumonia, strep, chicken pox, and norovirus infections (“stomach flu”)—rise dramatically during the winter months. We even suffer more (and more damaging) heart attacks and strokes during winter. Why do we fall prey to these infections and cardiovascular events more often in winter, anyway? It turns out that the answers are complex, elusive, and still evolving. For a long time, experts told us that we catch more colds and flu in winter... more

December 18, 2017

If you grow (at least some of) your own food, prefer scratch cooking at home to dining out/ordering in, and aim to eat for optimal health, you’re already in sync with many of the major food and food gardening trends prognosticated for 2018. You may even be part of the driving force that’s been moving these trends forward for years. Let’s focus on a few: Flowers and flower-flavors Edible flowers and flower extracts made everybody’s trend list this year, showing up in high-end food products... more

December 14, 2017

At some point, most of us will experience the sometimes debilitating and always irritating effects of a headache. But not all headaches are created equal. Learn about the many different types of headaches and headache treatments. Before we get into the nitty gritty of headache who’s who, there are some things you can do now to stave off a headache. Let down your locks. Seriously. Tight pony tails, braids, headbands and even swim goggles can send you down the rabbit hole. And brace yourself... more

December 13, 2017

Most DIY bodycare articles seem to aim exclusively at women. But both men and women may have similar concerns about the products they use on their bodies, and like women, some men have taken to making their own. See our recipes below. Or, you can make the ultimate homemade gift for someone in your life! Lose the flowery scents, add a spicier one (or not), and the homemade products work well for men. When made from a few readily available ingredients, the homemade products are generally much... more

December 13, 2017

We subscribe to our local daily newspaper and a couple of Sunday papers, so even though hard times have rendered newspapers a lot thinner than they used to be, the papers tend to build up. Here are a few ways we like to reuse our newspapers around the home and garden! How to Reuse Newspapers In the Garden With two woodstoves in continuous use from late November through April, we use most of our winter newspapers as fire starters. The ashes we don’t use to provide traction on icy walkways, we... more

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