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.

9 Benefits of Drinking Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea Benefits

Ginger has been used for centuries for its calming effects on the digestive system. While the taste of ginger is distinct enough to make it a main ingredient in some desserts, its ability to soothe an upset stomach has earned it some quiet fame with those who prefer to holistic healing at home. Ginger root offers a multitude of health benefits and because it’s a root, it can be saved and used in a variety of forms..

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Minty Fresh Peppermint Tea Benefits

Peppermint leaves

What is peppermint? Peppermint is a well-known herb that is best known by its distinctive odor. Peppermint is a hybrid herb with such a distinct taste that one drop can flavor thousands of packs of gum. The extract in non-diluted form can even be damaging to living tissue. However, peppermint has some well-known healing qualities as well as some qualities that you may not be aware of…

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8 Black Tea Benefits

Black Tea Benefits

Black tea is a dark tea that has more oxidation than other teas. Because it’s strong, it’s often mixed with other teas in order to reap the caffeine and antioxidants benefits without being overwhelmed by the strong flavor. Learn more about this popular tea, how to prepare it, store it, the benefits, uses and more…

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The Dirty Dozen: What to Buy Organic and What Not

Guide to Eating Clean

I’ve been working on cleaner eating for a while, but because we were still eating out more often than I care to admit, I hadn’t really worked hard to include organics in our budget. I bought organic when the prices weren’t that different (like with carrots), but I, honestly, sort of chose to ignore the dangers lurking on the regular produce shelves. Recently, I started hearing about grapes from a few friends. It’s sort of a no brainer than any fruit or veggie that you eat the skin of is probably best in the organic variety. Twice over the last month, I heard that because grapes skins are so thin, the pesticides can seep all the way through the grape. This is scary since I know pesticides have been linked to many different conditions and even cancer. That’s definitely not ideal…

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Green Tea Benefits (and How To Prepare)

Pot and cups of green tea

Green tea is made from a variety of sources, but originally the term “green tea” referred to the tea made of fresh leaves from the Camellia sinesis shrub. Unlike black tea, green tea undergoes very little oxidation and is made from fresh leaves rather than the aged leaves and stems from which the black version is made. Learn more about how to prepare, store and grow this popular caffeine alternative along with all its health benefits…

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Vegan vs Vegetarian: Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Pile of veggies

There are many reasons why individuals decide to choose a particular eating style, but it is important to understand the difference between these lifestyle choices. Below we will take an in depth look at what it means to be vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian including differences between them, acceptable and unacceptable foods and reasons why people choose each eating style…

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Jasmine Tea Benefits

Jasmine tea and spoon

What is jasmine tea? Jasmine tea is any tea that is blended with the jasmine flower to increase medicinal effects, as well as to improve the taste of the tea. Traditionally, jasmine is combined with white teas and green teas so as to enhance their medicinal effect and flavor. The scent of the jasmine on its own has its own healing benefit, while the sweet bodied flavor of jasmine makes any green or white tea less bitter. Because of the sweet taste of the jasmine, there is no need to add honey or sugars to the teas. This lack of the need for honey or sugar means that none of the healthy benefits of the tea are reduced in an effort to make the flavor more enjoyable…

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7 Benefits Of Cast Iron Skillets

Bacon in cast iron skillet

My mom gave me one of her cast iron pans, and I’ll admit, I’ve never used it. To be honest, the feeling of it is unpleasant to me. However, after researching and learning more about cast iron cookware benefits, I’m a changed woman. The number of benefits of cast iron pans outweighs (literally) the cons, and I think you’ll see that too…

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Veggetti Reviews: A New Twist on Veggies

Veggetti Reviews

We’re all about eating (and growing) our veggies at Earth’s Friends. That’s why when we discovered the Veggetti, we were beyond thrilled to see a gadget that gives a whole new “twist” (pun intended) to how you normally enjoy your vegetables. Pronounced “Veh-geh-tee” (get it, like Veggie but rhymes with spaghetti) the Veggetti is a great entry-level spiralizer that will give you a fresh cut, pasta alternative without the trouble or expense…

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Healthy Family Meal Plan: Week 2

Plate of chicken and rice

You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m not the absolute best chef, but I do like to eat, so that counts for something. I’m honestly more of a baker, but since I’m still trying hard to keep my sugar addiction from overtaking me, I try to only bake for others. To stay on track with my healthy eating, I really need a healthy meal plan. With a 2 week healthy meal plan, it’s easy to choose your favorites and make them staples in your house. That will make eating healthy on a regular basis much easier. So, try these recipes out, enjoy them, steal them, make them your own with modifications. Eat healthy; be happy…

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