12 Reasons To Swap Sugar For Monk Fruit Extract: The Zero Calorie Sweetener That Can Make You Live Longer

Here at Natural Living Ideas, we’re always on the lookout for new ‘health foods’ to pick apart, study and experiment with. So imagine my delight upon discovering a new zero-calorie sweetener cozied up next to our faithful companion Stevia rebaudiana at the grocery store a few weeks ago. It’s name is Siraitia grosvenorii (aka “Monk Fruit” or luo han guo); and while Monk Fruit isn’t… [read more]

15 Ways To Naturally Increase Your Skin’s UV Resistance

For those who love to work or live to play outdoors, sun exposure is an inevitable part of daily life. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you’re probably already well aware of the dangers of ultraviolet radiation and the damage it can cause to your precious skin. Contrary to popular belief, protecting your body and avoiding that dreaded sunburn isn’t just about liberally coating yourself with… [read more]

How To Make A Plantain Poultice – Heal Mosquito Bites, Poison Ivy Rash, Wounds, Eczema & More

The first time I ever heard someone say to make a plantain poultice, the image of mashed up banana spread across my forearm immediately popped into my head. I knew that wasn’t what he meant, but I was far more familiar with the fruit than I was with the herb at the time. For any of you who have worked with plantain (the herb) before,… [read more]

How To Turn 10 Of Your Favorite “Junk” Foods Into Healthy Delights

Making the decision to change your diet for the better is almost never easy. Learning how to curb cravings and say “no” to your guilty pleasures are two of the hardest parts of adopting healthy eating habits. To help you along the road to a slimmer waistline and a better body all around, here are some healthy substitutes for 10 of our all time favorite… [read more]

21 Free, Fun & Healthy Outdoor Activities To Try This Weekend

With summer close at hand, most of us are beginning to turn our gaze to the great outdoors in search of activities to enjoy our downtime. While there are certainly countless ways to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, coming up with that perfect pursuit – one that satisfies the desire for fun and fits within your budget – doesn’t always come easy. Relax.… [read more]

20 Reasons Why Beeswax Is One Of The Most Useful Things In The World

If you’re like us and you love all things green and growing, then you probably already know just how much we owe to the tiny marvel that is the honey bee. These perpetually busy little insects truly are one of nature’s greatest gifts to humankind, not just for their honey and all of the mighty health benefits carried within it, but also for beeswax. Beeswax… [read more]

14 Tips, Tricks & Exercises For Perfect Posture

As I writer, I spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk – an activity which tops the list of ‘Causes for Bad Posture’ – and once upon a time, I had the perpetual slouch to prove it! As the years went by, the pain in my back and neck grew steadily worse. I knew I had to do something or face the reality… [read more]

10 Most Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Ants From Your Home & Garden

There’s nothing like walking into your kitchen first thing in the morning, bleary eyed and ready for your morning cup of coffee only to find that your home has been invaded. Marching one-by-one in a seemingly endless stream, these tiny insects are one of life’s biggest pests and getting rid of them can be a huge pain. In fact, even many chemical ant killers often… [read more]

The 10 Most Popular Essential Oils & 174 Magical Ways To Use Them

Here at Natural Living Ideas we absolutely love essential oils (as evidenced by the sheer number of EO topics we’ve covered to date!) Whether you’re looking for health benefits, uses, diffuser blends or general information on a specific oil, chances are good that you’ll find it somewhere amidst our voluminous archives. But if you’re not keen on digging through all of those dusty old posts… [read more]

Top 20 Most Expensive Essential Oils In The World

If you love essential oils as much as we do, you’ve probably already noticed that some of these therapeutic wonders of nature come with an eye-opening price tag. But chances are pretty good that you’ve only scratched the surface of the world’s most expensive essential oils. The fact is, the crème de la crème of botanical distillates are so rare (and proportionately pricey!) that only… [read more]

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