Health

Living a natural and healthy life is important at any age. We realize that chemicals are harmful to our bodies and to our environment so we do our best to keep it natural. That includes putting healthy foods in our body like fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and checking the labels of our beauty products. Peruse our Health category to learn how to treat your body and your environment more friendly.

Herbs for Anxiety

Passionflower blooming

Pharmaceutical drugs are popular remedies for anxiety because they hone in on the brain’s receptors that cause you to suffer the symptoms of anxiety. Pharmaceutical drugs literally change your brain’s chemistry. Pharmaceutical drugs are both powerful and effective. The problem, however, is that such synthetic drugs also have negative side effects…

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How to Make Natural Shampoo

Shampoo and towels

Here at Earths Friends we like to emphasize how important it is to pay attention not only to what you put in your body, but what you put on it. Why? Because your skin is sensitive, and chemicals that come in contact with it will absorb into your body…

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The Local Food Movement

Food outside at farmer's market

The word local is one of America’s hot new buzz words. Although the idea of buying locally grown food is not at all new, the local food movement has certainly picked up momentum in recent years and has therefore thrust the word “local” into all kinds of headlines. Forty years ago it was mostly grown hippies and environmentalists who promoted local food. College towns had food co-ops and bigger cities hosted weekend farmer’s markets. Today, politicians, white collar workers, blue collar workers, housewives, retirees, college students and people from all parts of society are getting on the local food movement bandwagon.

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What is the Best Natural Shampoo?

Shampoo bottles

There are plenty of choices in natural shampoos, so you may have to experiment with several brands and products before you find the best one for you. Not all natural shampoos are purely “natural” because it is the artificial additives that make most commercial (and natural) shampoos give hair its shine, create volume, and produce a sudsy lather. Therefore, it is important to know about the common chemical ingredients found even in many “natural” shampoos. It is also important to know what natural ingredients best treat specific hair needs…

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Carlo Petrini and the Slow Food Movement

Mother and kid at farmer's market

In a nut shell, the slow food movement is the opposite of fast food. In fact, it was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy as an initiative to preserve local, cultural cuisine, and thereby combat the unchecked growth of unhealthy fast food. The slow food movement encourages us to return to our roots…

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Swine Flu: 1976 vs. Today

Flu needle

The swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus (and recently referred to exclusively as this by Obama during his press conference), is likely to become a full fledged pandemic. What does that mean to the public? At this point, it is hard to tell. To the health care worker, it will be very busy. If the swine flu becomes a pandemic then it is estimated that 25-30% of the U.S. will become infected by the virus, the severity of which should not be much worse than what we see with the typical flu. There is a chance that the virus could mutate again and become more severe but thus far the U.S. cases are much less severe than the ones in Mexico. There will be casualties however.

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Buy Local Produce

“Why should I buy my produce locally? It’s usually more expensive and I have to go somewhere else to buy it. What’s the point?” I bet that’s what you sound like, but really there are more benefits than you think when it comes to buying your produce locally…

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