Archives for February 2016

5 Ways To Wash Pesticides Off Fruits & Veggies & Why You Should

Unless you’re buying exclusively organic fruit and vegetables (and here’s why we should all be striving to), thoroughly washing the produce you buy is pretty important. Swedish researchers recently proved that insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators can build up in the bodies of children and adults. Yet just a two week break from pesticide laden food sees the urinary levels of these chemicals fall… [read more]

9 Magical Benefits & Uses of Sandalwood Essential Oil

Of the plant genus Santalum, sandalwood is a slow-growing, semiparasitic tree native to South Asia, Oceania, and the islands of the South Pacific. With glossy green elliptical leaves and a root system that receives some of its nourishment from other living plants, sandalwood grows to a height of 33 feet and takes anywhere between 30 to 60 years to mature. It is highly prized for… [read more]

14 Fascinating Reasons to Eat More Flaxseed

Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, truly pack a powerful nutritional punch for their tiny size. These small wonders have been around since Mesopotamian times when they were grown for oil, seeds and fiber. Flax is a member of the Linaceae family, of the genus Linum, and botanically named Linum usitatissimum. Not only are these chewy seeds a nutritious and delicious addition to your diet but… [read more]

15 Herbs That Grow Well In The Shade

Love gardening? Then you’ll love our brand new Kindle book: 605 Secrets For A Beautiful, Bountiful Organic Garden: Insider Secrets From A Gardening Superstar. Most vegetables and flowering plants need sunny locations to do their best. But shady areas in your garden need not be bare, or without excitement, if you grow a wide selection of herbs. Many herbs do equally well in the sun… [read more]

14 Surprising Things That Happen To Your Body When You Give Up Alcohol

While a glass of wine or a bottle of beer can seem like the perfect way to unwind after a long week, or mark a special occasion, there’s a growing body of research that says alcohol isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. You don’t have to be a ‘binge drinker’ to be worried about the negative effects of alcohol on your physical and mental… [read more]

19 Natural Ways To Suppress Appetite & Fight Hunger

You don’t need to resort to starvation diets or unhealthy appetite suppressing pills to lose weight. There are plenty of natural tips, tricks and even foods that can stop you reaching for that second helping. Here are 19 of the best: 1. Balance Blood Sugar Levels Keeping your blood glucose levels stable is key when it comes to managing hunger and staving off unpleasant side… [read more]

13 Warning Signs Of Low Blood Sugar & How to Fix It

Extreme changes in blood sugar levels are more common than you might think, and can lead on to serious problems if left unchecked. A 2015 review found that, among those with type 2 diabetes, mild episodes of low blood sugar occur an average of 19 times a year, with almost one severe episode on average annually. This was particularly common among those taking insulin. Thankfully,… [read more]

12 Creative Ways To Upcycle Old Junk In The Garden

Spring is in the air! It is time to add some unique personality to your garden area. Instead of spending a fortune on new garden art or furniture, why not consider recycling? Repurposing used objects by moving them from the house into the garden helps reduce clutter and extra spending, besides helping the environment. Search the attic and basement, and even the stagnant pile at… [read more]

The Incredible Benefits & Uses of Arnica

Arnica is derived from the medicinal herb Arnica montana of European origin. It is a perennial member of the sunflower family, and grows wild in mountain ranges across Europe, but several closely related species are native to the subalpine parts of North America. The small plants that arise from a whorl of large, downy basal leaves carry a few leaves and golden yellow flowers that… [read more]

4 Easy Things You Can Do To Significantly Cut Your Cancer Risk

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released some surreal information regarding carcinogens found in our food supply. While you might be thinking that they listed flavorings, preservatives, and other additives, they made the statement that bacon and other meats that many enjoy on a daily basis as being carcinogenic. That’s right, your favorite morning breakfast could give you cancer. According to the WHO, cured… [read more]