Archives for October 2016

6 Healing Trees You Can Grow in Your Backyard

You know that growing your own food is a good thing. How about growing your own medicine using healing trees from your own backyard? Many common trees that have medicinal properties can be grown right in your backyard. And, surprisingly, creating a personal pharmacy by harvesting the healing bounty of Mother Nature is really no more challenging than constructing your typical garden. In the early… [read more]

10 Reasons Why You’ll Definitely Want To Try Mushroom Coffee

Image Credit: Four Sigmatic Instagram & Facebook If you haven’t heard about mushroom coffee, odds are, you soon will. While it may not sound all that appetizing, it tastes similar to coffee, only it offers a ton of health benefits and fewer unwanted effects. It’s brewed simply by using coffee beans that are infused with certain types of mushrooms, like Ganoderma lucidum, also known as reishi… [read more]

15 Beautiful Pine Cone Crafts To Make Stunning Home Decor

A ubiquitous feature of the autumn season, the humble pine cone is often found scattered beneath the branches of the conifer tree. The well-known woody cone (called a “strobilus” in botanical parlance) with overlapping scales that spiral in Fibonacci sequence, is actually the female. Underneath these scales are seeds that are wind pollinated by the smaller, herbaceous male cones. While still attached to tree or… [read more]

How To Make Fizzy Toilet Cleaning & Freshening Bombs

Cleaning day has arrived again, and without even thinking of it, you reach for whatever solution you have under the counter. For many of us, cleaning is just one more thing we have to check off our “to do” list on a weekly basis. Don’t assume your commercial cleaning products are safe… ever How much thought do you put into the composition of your cleaning… [read more]

21 Alternative Halloween Treats That Aren’t Sugar-Filled Candy

So why shouldn’t you hand out candy on Halloween? After all, it’s basically a holiday specifically designed for kids to dress up, stroll around the neighborhood collecting candy and proceed to crash in their beds in a sugar coma. “Sugar” is the key word here. Childhood obesity is skyrocketing at alarming rates and teaching kids that it’s socially normal to gorge themselves on as much… [read more]

Top 5 Essential Oils To Beat Acne & How To Use Them

While acne is often thought of as a teenage affliction, people of all ages can be affected by the condition that can cause unsightly, sometimes painful, breakouts that appear mostly on the face, shoulders, neck, chest and back. The condition affects tens of millions of Americans, both males, and females, and when left untreated, it can result in damaged self-esteem and other problems. While many… [read more]

6 Vitamin Water Recipes That Make Drinking Water Fun

Here at Natural Living Ideas, we’ve recently been on a bit of a water kick. In fact, the advice to “drink more water” seems to find it’s way into just about every list of ways to improve your health. Of course, there’s a very good reason for it. Water is the ‘magic diet supplement’ to cure all ills – or at least to help cure… [read more]

21 Surprising Home Remedies For A Cough That Will Give You Instant Relief

There is nothing worse than having a nagging cough. Coughing can keep you up at night, interfere with your work and make you feel just plain miserable. Coughing is a natural response to irritation or a blocked airway and often accompanies allergies, colds or the flu. There are many effective home remedies for coughing in general, but it helps to know what caused a cough… [read more]

12 Home Remedies For UTIs Without Using Antibiotics

Urinary Tract infections (UTI) are generally caused by bacteria that enter the urogenital tract through the urethral opening. Our body has many defense mechanisms against these invading microbes, but sometimes they do manage to get in and multiply in the bladder, taking hold on its lining and causing inflammation. UTIs can affect any part of the urinary tract, but lower urinary tract infections are the… [read more]

How To Make Switchel + 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking This Magical Potion

Long before the invention of sugary sodas, energy drinks, and vitamin water, there was switchel. An old-timey beverage to be sure, switchel is many things – thirst-quenching, refreshing, energizing, healthful – and it has recently regained some of the limelight it once enjoyed, thanks to both hipsters and health enthusiasts alike. While it is believed to have originated in the hot tropics of the Caribbean,… [read more]