Living Naturally

December 19, 2019
Make homemade deodorant for men or women that really works, especially in a pinch! It's also easy to make a homemade shaving cream, aftershave, and toner. See our simple recipes using natural pantry ingredients. Most DIY body care 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…
December 10, 2019
Feeling sick to your stomach? Overindulgence in holiday goodies might not be the culprit. 'Tis the season for stomach bugs. And, by the way, there's no such thing as stomach flu. No Such Thing as Stomach Flu First, let's get this out of the way: Although it's commonly called "stomach flu," stomach bugs are NOT the real flu (influenza). Both strike more often in winter than at other times…
December 6, 2019
Maybe you’ve read that most Americans get less than half the fiber they need for optimal health, and thought, “Oh, boy, they’re going to push more husks, groats, skins, rinds, seeds, stringy and raw stuff at me.”  Well, maybe, but that's not all. For most people, the word “fiber” conjures images of thread and yarn; it seems out of place as a term for describing components of food.…
November 19, 2019
Pain brings more Americans to their doctors than any other complaint. Yet doctors can't just apply a pain monitor like they can check your blood pressure. How would you communicate your pain? It can be a challenge. Here are 7 tips for talking to your doctor about chronic pain. What is Acute Pain? Most all of us have experienced what pain experts call acute pain—pain that arises from…
November 19, 2019
If you've moved into middle age and beyond, it happens with increasing frequency: You see an old acquaintance and you can’t remember her first name. Or, you open a closet, then you can’t remember what you came to retrieve. Most of us find these lapses annoying, sometimes frightening. Is it normal?  Is My Forgetfulness Normal? Many people worry that their forgetfulness …
October 22, 2019
After water, tea (Camellia sinesis) is the world’s most popular beverage. Knowing its many benefits, this shouldn't come as a suprise! Here are just a few—for health and more! The Benefits of Tea You’ve no doubt seen references to the research suggesting that tea, especially unfermented (green) tea, may deliver many health benefits. Researchers say that regular tea-…
October 20, 2019
Black walnuts fall rat-a-tat-tat onto the metal roof of our (now uninhabited) chicken house; acorns litter my walking paths through the woods. The sight and sound of them falling makes me think of...well, nuts! Not only are they healthy, but they also help with weight control and so much more. Let's get nuts about one of nature's most perfect foods. Nuts and Weight Control If you…
October 18, 2019
Admit it: The crisp, flaky outer scales of the onions you use in soups, salads, and casseroles usually end up in the trash (or perhaps more usefully, the compost bin). But don’t toss them out before you’ve put them to use. For your health! Recent research confirms that the outer skins of onions provide an exceptionally rich source of plant compounds called flavonoids, especially the…
October 13, 2019
If you burn firewood, you have wood ashes. Don't throw them out! There are many surprising ways to use ashes around the garden and home. Here are five practical ideas. Each cord of firewood that you burn will leave you with about 20 pounds of ashes or more, depending on your fuel source, heating appliance, and wood-burning skill. Instead of putting them out with the trash, put your ashes…
October 4, 2019
You open a bag of whole wheat flour, a box of cereal, or a bag of dog food only to find little worms, moths, or even some webs. Ew! Here's how to get rid of these pantry pests. 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,…
October 4, 2019
It’s flu season. The signs have begun appearing everywhere, "Flu season is here. Hand sanitizer: two for the price of one."  Don’t count on alcohol hand sanitizers to ward off the flu.  For years we’ve been encouraged to locate these products around the house, stash them in knapsacks, purses, and glove compartments. At supermarkets, there are alcohol-wipe dispensers to…
September 30, 2019
As harvest time wraps up, most gardeners will "glean" the last stragglers—the tiny zucchini struggling, a malformed carrot. This act of "gleaning" is also a metaphor for life. What is Gleaning? “To glean” means “to gather what was left by the reapers.” Historically, the "reapers" were those who planted and harvested the main crops. The "gleaners" were those who followed behind and collected…