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.

Zika Virus: Should I Be Scared for Myself or My Baby?

Mosquito on skin: Zika Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika Virus (also known as the Zika Fever) a global health emergency. The virus was first discovered in the 1940s in Uganda. Since then, cases have been found in warm climates, but this current outbreak is much more widespread with a few cases even popping in areas of the United States (All confirmed cases in the United States were seen in women who had traveled to affected regions). Does that mean you should be scared of the coming warm weather? Should you be scared to get pregnant? A lot depends on where you live and where you travel to. It’s hard to say at this point if that will remain the case or if the risk will spread to the mosquitos in the United States; however, it appears it is definitely something to take seriously and take precautions against, especially if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant…

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UrthBox Reviews: Be A Conscious Snacker

UrthBox Reviews

Want to discover new healthy snacks, beverages and more? UrthBox is a healthy snack box subscription sent to you once a month. They offer various sizes and give discounts if you pay for 3 or 6 months at a time. If you have specific dietary needs you can specify them when choosing your box. Learn more about this healthy snack box in our UrthBox Review…

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Easy Almond Milk Recipe

Jar of homemade almond milk

So I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow’s milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! And with commercial Almond Milk manufacturers now in class action suits about how few almonds yet how many chemicals are in their products, I am further encouraged to make my own. So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you…

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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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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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Herbs for Anxiety and Depression: The Natural Path to Calm

Herbs for Anxiety and Depression

Natural herbs can change the brain’s chemical makeup without all the negative side effects. In fact, one of the biggest side effects of natural herbs used to cure anxiety is a positive one – namely that it becomes easier to make positive changes in your lifestyle as well. Below is a brief list of natural herbs people most commonly used to help treat anxiety and depression…

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Holistic Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Cup of tea

Depression is one of the most common concerns in mental health today. While depression is the natural reaction to certain situations, like the death of a loved one or other major life changes, it becomes problematic when it’s the reaction to much more minor situations and when the condition dominates most of your conscious awareness. Learn about a holistic approach to depression paired with a number of tips and suggested remedies for managing and preventing depression altogether…

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Benefits of Tea

Iced tea in sun

Before there were over the counter medications or prescription drugs, there were illnesses that had to be treated. While people knew of herbs that could soothe an ache or cure an illness, they had very limited means of ingestion. They might have been able to eat the plant raw or put it in food, but if the plant could be dried and saved, it could be used during times when the live plant as unavailable and when there wasn’t a meal to eat it with. The concept of making a tea from an herb was most likely developed as a means of medicinal convenience that later became a social ritual. Let us explore the benefits of tea…

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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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