How To Create Your Own Thriving Backyard Water Garden

There are many reasons to undertake the project of building your own backyard water garden. For some people, it is the appeal of aquatic plants like the water lily and lotus with their brilliant and exotic flowers. For others, it’s the soothing sound of a babbling stream or waterfall that inspires them. Experienced gardeners may find the sheer challenge of building their own water feature… [read more]

How To Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites: 15 Home Remedies For Instant Relief

First you catch a glimpse of a mere wisp of movement out of the corner of your eye. You swipe at it, but hit only air as the tiny predator deftly evades your hand and disappears. Then comes the high-pitch buzzing in your ear. Over and over you attempt to swat it away. Sadly, your efforts are all in vain. Before you know it, you’re… [read more]

20 Mind Blowing Reasons Why Epsom Salt Should Be In Every Home

Epsom salt is best known as a component of bath salts, but it offers a wide range of uses, from soothing sore muscles, benefiting health and improving a gardener’s crops to household cleaning, enhancing beauty and more. It was discovered in the 17th century, first distilled from the water of a bitter saline spring at Epsom, in Surrey, England. What is Epsom salt? Epsom salt… [read more]

10 Christmas Essential Oil Blends That Will Warm Up Your Home This Winter

With the holidays upon us, nothing beats filling your home with the scents of the season like evergreens, peppermint, gingerbread cookies and spiced cider. Even if you can’t have the real thing, simply adding a few drops of essential oils to your diffuser will do the trick. If you don’t already have one, be sure to read our review of five of the best to… [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]

Carrier Oils: 21 Of The Best For Skin, Hair & To Mix With Essential Oils

When mixing essential oils for topical application, it’s almost always recommended to dilute them with a carrier oil. (Exceptions being for oils like lavender and tea tree which are generally considered safe to use undiluted.) Most of us are very familiar with a select few carriers such as coconut, olive, jojoba and sweet almond oils. However, the list of possible carrier oils which may be… [read more]

31 Gift Ideas For Essential Oil Lovers That Everyone Will Want

If you have an essential oil enthusiast on your gift list this holiday season (or any other holiday, for that matter) choosing the right present couldn’t be easier. We’ve got you covered with the following list of gift ideas for essential oil and aromatherapy lovers. You’ll find everything from carrying cases and diffusers to oil blending equipment and beautiful glass bottles which are a must-have… [read more]

23 Things That Happen To You When You Eat A Spoonful Of Coconut Oil Every Day

During a recent visit from an old friend, one of my habitual behaviors earned me an odd look and a question. “Did you just eat a spoonful of coconut oil? Raw!?” Well, yes. I certainly did. But for me, eating coconut oil straight from the jar isn’t even something I think about anymore. I just do it. If you’ve never tried it, you should. Eating… [read more]

Coconut Butter: How To Make It & Why You Should + 15 Ways To Use This Healthy & Delicious Treat!

If you enjoy using coconut oil as a regular part of your daily life, the discovery of coconut butter should come as quite a pleasant surprise. While it has a similar coconutty flavor to the oil, coconut butter is a totally different experience. Its texture is similar to that of a good all-natural peanut or almond butter. Also, because it is made from the actual… [read more]

10 Reasons To Start Using Manuka Honey Bandages Right Now

Image Credit: DermaSciences.com – Bandage pictured is Medihoney Calcium Alginate Application If you’re at all familiar with natural remedies, you probably already know about the benefits of honey as a natural sweetener, improved digestion and increased energy, as well as reduced risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer. Maybe you’ve even heard of Manuka honey made from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known… [read more]