11 Steps To Starting Your Own Organic Backyard Vineyard

More and more people are turning to backyard gardening with an eye to raising their own crops and becoming more self-sufficient. One area that has a seen a lot of growth is the organic backyard vineyard. Having a small-scale vineyard is a little different than growing a few clusters of table grapes though the practices are similar. The process is initially labor intensive, as you… [read more]

Bar Soap vs Liquid Soap – Which is Best?

Many of us are hypersensitive to cleanliness. We’ve been trained to wash our hands numerous times a day and to avoid contact with germs at all costs. As a means to this end, soap is an important facet of our daily lives. For many years, the market consisted of only bar soap and everyone seemed completely satisfied. Then liquid soap arrived on the scene and… [read more]

Easiest Homemade Lavender Linen Spray That Actually Kills Odors

Linen spray is perfect for adding a scent boost to your bed sheets or even freshening up your linen closet. You can use your favorite essential oil combinations or go with a classic like lavender. Lavender is known to help with nervousness, anxiety, stress and sleeplessness. This makes lavender linen spray perfect for spritzing on your pillows right before bed. If you have a cranky… [read more]

Fidget Spinners: Do They Actually Have Any Health Benefits?

The dictionary definition of fidget is, ” to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.” If you watch people closely enough, you will notice that everyone fidgets in one form or fashion. Some people pace, some wiggle their toes, some doodle, some twirl their hair, some lick their lips, some jiggle their legs, some tap, some open and close their hands, etc.. Bottom line, we all… [read more]

8 Ways To Improve Gut Flora To Aid Weight Loss, Beat Anxiety & Allergies

If you aren’t familiar with the term, gut flora, you really should be. Gut flora is the community of microorganisms that call your digestive tract home. In humans, the gut microbiota has the most bacteria and the most varied number of species of bacteria compared to any other part of the body. In fact, there are about three pounds of bacteria living in the human… [read more]

12 Reasons You Should Have A Cup Of Rooibos Tea

Just about everyone knows by now that tea offers a multitude of health benefits, but most don’t realize that there is one type of tea that may be better than all the rest. No, it’s not green tea or even black tea, it’s rooibos tea. Rooibos comes from an herb that’s native to South Africa. In fact, the only place in the world it thrives… [read more]

Top 7 Essential Oils For Dogs & How to Use Them

Essential oils can offer a multitude of benefits for humans, but can they help our pets  – and especially man’s best friend – too? Smell is an essential primeval sense, in fact, the first major nerve that enters the brain can detect a scent, and our emotions are strongly influenced by it. Good smells can calm and relax us, as well as bring other benefits,… [read more]

10 Ways To Use Colloidal Oatmeal For Beautiful Skin

Oats – or Avena sativa – have enjoyed a long history of use as a safe and effective topical treatment for a wide array of skin conditions. First used medicinally in ancient Rome, oatmeal carries both dermatological and cosmetic benefits: it cleanses, moisturizes, soothes, and protects the skin. Setting itself apart from other cereal grains, oatmeal is especially rich in proteins, complex carbohydrates, lipids, vitamin… [read more]

13 Unusual Uses For Bar Soap You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

While just about everyone has a bar of soap at home, and probably many of them, especially if you’re a germaphobe, few people realize that its uses go far beyond washing your hands. You might really want to stock up when you learn just how versatile they really are. 1. Make soap sachets to keep deer and other wildlife out of your garden If you… [read more]

5 Reasons You Should Build a Bug Hotel & How to Do It

Insects are an integral part of a successful garden. Some beneficial insects can actually help control and reduce the populations of detrimental insects, and many are responsible for the pollination of flowers, both ornamental and for food crops. By providing these insects with inviting homes, you can help promote their wellbeing and contribute to increasing their numbers. When spring arrives, you’ll have all the pollinators… [read more]