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"Living Naturally" is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that's good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, and ideas to make your home a healthy, safe haven. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it's re-learning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better healthier lives.

December 6, 2017

Most do-it-yourself 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. 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 less expensive, too. Repurpose or buy a few attractive glass bottles with caps or... more

December 4, 2017

Peanut butter sure is delicious, but did you know that it’s useful, too? From shaving cream and leather polish to mousetrap bait, here are some of the best household uses for peanut butter. Warning: If you or a family member suffers from a peanut allergy, please do not try these solutions. According to the National Peanut Board, Dr. George Washington Carver developed more than 300 products from the humble peanut. They include face powder, shampoo, paper, shaving cream, hand lotion, insecticides... more

November 21, 2017

Facing some health issues this fall, I turned my mind toward how to make holiday meals that would minimize exertion but maximize variety and flavor. For some reason, instead of frozen casseroles, stews, lasagnes, and quiches, two words popped into my mind: bowls and boards! Bowls, boards, mugs, and platters offer up the variety of foods that guests enjoy without endless cooking. Work smarter, not harder! Here are some examples: Cheese board. Mix the flavors, such as a soft Brie with a... more

October 25, 2017

Enjoy free, tender salad greens indoors in recycled plastic containers under a couple of inexpensive fluorescent shop lights. Seriously, it’s not that hard to grow salads all winter long! Here’s how. Growing Lettuce Under Lights For starting my spring transplants, I’d already installed six two-bulb shop lights outfitted with full-spectrum grow lights and suspended by chains and S-hooks from the ceiling of my living-room alcove. I used a couple of them for my experiment growing winter greens.... more

October 23, 2017

Do you have trouble sleeping at night due to restless legs? Here’s a list of restless legs syndrome home remedies and symptoms. What Is Restless Legs Syndrome? They arrive soon after you lie down to sleep: strange sensations creeping through your legs. People variously describe the sensations as tugging, pulling, tingling, stinging, throbbing, itching, or aching; others say it feels as if something is crawling or flowing inside their legs. The sensations produce a near-irresistible urge to... more

October 17, 2017

You open a bag of whole wheat flour, a box of cereal, or a bag of dog food to find little worms or moths or perhaps some webs. Ew! What Are Pantry Moths? You’ve just encountered the Indian meal moth, perhaps the most common among the “pantry pests.” These moths can infest bags or boxes of flour, grains, dried beans, seeds, nuts, cereals, baking chocolate, cake mixes, rice, nuts, dried fruit, dog food, birdseed, teas, herbs, spices, potpourri mixtures, and even decorative wreaths that include... more

October 13, 2017

There are many ways to mask bad smells in your home, but how do you truly get rid of them? Here’s how to get rid of bad smells once and for all! Neuroscientists say humans can distinguish 10,000 scents, though we don’t have names for a lot of them. Our sense of smell—the olfactory sense—brings depth and emotional richness to daily life. Think about the feelings and memories that flow when you catch a whiff of fresh-cut grass or lilacs in bloom, bury your face in a sun-dried bed sheet just off... more

October 12, 2017

You’ve seen herbal vinegars in upscale food boutiques and catalogues, usually stoppered or corked glass jars with sprigs of herbs floating in translucent liquid. Gorgeous. And pricey. Why not make your own herb-inflused vinegar? It’s easy! Why not make your own? Herbal vinegars are inexpensive and easy to make, and you can make different vinegars for different purposes: culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, and even household cleaning. I like to use apple cider vinegar for any product I’m likely to... more

October 5, 2017

It’s that time of year again! As temperatures cool, various flies, bugs, and beetles slip into your walls, and sometimes into your home’s interior, trying to find somewhere to stay warm for the winter. They appear suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, massing (sometimes by the thousands) on the west wall and windows of your kitchen, or perhaps as swarms of lazy flies buzzing annoyingly and aimlessly around the room. If you live in a part of the nation where temperatures can dip below freezing... more

September 25, 2017

Do you ever experience a deafening buildup of ear wax? It usually hits me early in the outdoor swimming season, when water finds its way into my ears. Here’s my favorite method of earwax removal: using olive oil! Earwax Removal with Olive Oil Years ago my doctor recommended an olive-oil and warm-water procedure to remove a buildup of earwax safely at home. When I suspect the wax buildup, I get out my gear: an eye-dropper a hand-held bulb syringe  a little olive oil I sterilize the dropper and... more

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