Archives for April 2016

10 Reasons Diatomaceous Earth Should Be Every Gardener’s Best Friend

Diatomaceous earth––also called diatomite––is a naturally occurring substance mined from certain lakebed deposits. It is made up of fossilized diatoms, a type of single-celled planktonic algae that lived in the oceans and freshwater lakes of old. The silica rich shells of these microscopic organisms give this chalk-like substance exceptional porosity and an abrasive property. Diatomite has many industrial uses as filters and polishing agents because… [read more]

10 Things To Do Before Bed for the Best Sleep Ever

Want to sleep like a baby and wake up refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to tackle a new day? Here we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite things to do before bed that will not only help to lull you into blessed slumber, but will often make your mornings so much easier too. 1. Shower Taking a warm shower or bath before bedtime helps prime the… [read more]

Here’s Why You Should Never Use Dryer Sheets Again & What To Use Instead

Clotheslines laden with wash drying in the sun may seem like an iconic thing of the past. When automated clothes dryers hit the market, doing laundry quickly became an indoor activity and a very convenient one at that. But little did we think that this welcome change would add to the chemical load on the clothes already carrying the residues of detergents. Truth be told,… [read more]

7 Reasons You Need To Try Castile Soap & 18 Genius Ways to Use It

Castile soap, which originated in the Castile region of Spain, is an all-natural vegetable oil-based soap. Pure castile soaps are genuine soaps – as opposed to the complex blend of detergents that we generally regard to be liquid soaps which often, in fact, don’t contain any soap whatsoever! Here’s why you should always opt for the ‘real deal’ castile variety: Want to try using Castile… [read more]

10 Reasons Why You Should Only Cook With Cast Iron Pans

Pots and pans made from aluminum, stainless steel and Teflon-coated non-stick have nearly replaced the cast iron pans of old, but they are no match for them in safety and durability. If you have inherited any rusty old pans from your parents or grandma, hold on to them. If you find them in garage sales, grab them. People are increasingly welcoming these relics of the… [read more]

3 Reasons You Should Do An Armpit Cleanse (& How To Do It)

While many people have considered doing a juice cleanse, probably far fewer have ever thought about doing an armpit cleanse! Chances are the latter would benefit far more people than the juice cleanse would, especially those who have been wearing conventional antiperspirants or deodorants for quite some time. Not only will an armpit cleanse clean out the build-up of toxins on the skin, but it… [read more]

20 Clever Ways To Use Basil Leaves That Goes Way Beyond Pesto

As one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors, many newbie gardeners may find themselves landed with an abundance of pungent and peppery fresh basil leaves to use up. Availing of the flavor and healing powers of basil shouldn’t be of concern though – this herb is as easy to use as it is to grow! How to Harvest and Prepare Basil You can harvest… [read more]

23 Mesmerizing Ways To Upcycle Mason Jars In The Garden

A country staple, traditional mason jars have been around a long time – for over 150 years in fact! The last few years, however, have seen a huge upsurge in the number of mason jars being sold and used, especially among the DIYers out there. It’s not surprising that we’ve embraced the humble mason jar though, it’s an incredibly versatile vessel with a seemingly endless… [read more]

12 Reasons To Start Drinking Turmeric (Golden) Milk + How To Make It

Turmeric is the golden yellow spice used in Asian curries. It is obtained from the ginger-like rhizome of Curcuma longa, a tropical herb from India. The well-researched anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties of turmeric make it worth including in your diet. If you are not a curry fan, turmeric milk is an excellent option. Turmeric milk, also sometimes referred to as golden milk, is an… [read more]

12 Things Your Hair Is Desperately Trying To Tell You About Your Health

Has your brush suddenly become clogged with what seems like hundreds of new strands of precious hair? Or perhaps you’re noticing your once auburn locks are peppered with graying wisps? While these are often innocuous changes (after all, most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day and Caucasians and Asians tend to go gray in their 30s) there can sometimes be a more… [read more]