Health & Fitness
Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living May - June 2019

Mother Earth Living will bring you all the best and latest information you need to choose natural remedies and practice preventive medicine; cook with a nutritious and whole-food focus; create a nontoxic home; and garden for food, wellness and enjoyment. In every issue, you will find recipes for healthful foods suitable for a wide range of special diets; tips to avoid dangerous toxins in cosmetics and personal care items; hands-on gardening tips to help you grow earth-friendly gardens; and detailed information on the traditional medicinal uses of plants.

United States
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
pipsissewa and sassafras

@Jean.Denney14 @JeanMarieDenney MAY AND JUNE bring flowers, and with each new scent, waves of nostalgia; delicate violets, irises, peonies, lilacs … all favorites of mine. I grew up roaming the soft hills of the Catoctin Mountains, not far from Harpers Ferry Gap, where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers converge. It’s a gorgeous area, and an ancient subrange of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. While it was boredom that sent me into the woods around these mountains, it was curiosity that kept me there. Spring meant that there were discoveries to be made, and two discoveries were so sensorial that each remains permanently etched in my olfactory glands: pipsissewa and sassafras. Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata), a cousin to spotted and striped wintergreen, grows close to the ground and sends up one or two tiny flower clusters…

3 min.
through the grapevine

Garden Dreams I just subscribed to another six issues of Mother Earth Living. I’m planning a spring garden beside my home property, full of vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, and grapevines. The rich soil has been cultivated for over a decade. I also have a wooden honeybee hive that I hope to populate with native pollinators, such as leafcutters and mason bees. I just need a queen and some worker bees to get started! DAVID M. KOPLINSKI Galveston, Texas Walking into Resilience In Jean’s January/February 2019 “Seeds for Thought” column, she asked her readers what helps them actively nurture and build resilience given life’s everyday challenges. I find that if I go outside fairly early — before 9 a.m. — and walk for 20 minutes noticing nature, it helps me in many ways. I can process…

1 min.
sustainable cleaning supplies

Coffee Cultivator | $10 Give used coffee grounds new life — filters and all — by using them to feed and fruit oyster mushrooms. www.MotherEarthLiving.com/Store Pearwood Duster | $46 Instead of disposable dusters, clean those out-of-reach surfaces with this soft, durable, and long-lasting goat-hair brush. www.WildMinimalist.com Skoy Cleaning Cloth | $7 for 4-pack In an average home, one unbleached, biodegradable Skoy Cloth can replace the equivalent of 15 rolls of paper towels. www.Amazon.com Stay Away Starter Kit | $33 These pouches slowly release essential oil blends that have been formulated to repel a variety of pests. No more killer chemicals! www.EarthKind.com…

1 min.
industry news

EU ELIMINATES SINGLE-USE PLASTICS The European Union (EU) announced a new directive to restrict their reliance on plastic products. The restrictions will focus on throwaway items: plastic cutlery, plates, and straws; cotton swabs with plastic sticks; containers made of expanded polystyrene; and products made from oxo-degradable plastic — a huge factor in microplastic pollution. In addition, the EU aims to reduce their consumption of plastic food containers, cups, and lids, and they’ll soon expect all plastic bottles to be made of 30 percent recycled material. They plan to be completely free of single-use plastics — which together account for 70 percent of marine litter — by 2021. COMBATTING COLONY COLLAPSE Did you know that 10 viruses contributing to bee colony collapse have been associated with one species of mite? Most devastating are the…

1 min.
standup for kids

www.StandUpForKids.org WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: At least 1.7 million people under the age of 25 experience homelessness in America every year. Through StandUp for Kids, volunteers who have been interviewed, screened, and thoroughly trained take to the streets to seek out homeless youth and help connect them with life-saving services to improve their situations. WHAT IT DOES: * Makes care for those experiencing homelessness easily accessible, providing assistance regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, ability, or gender identity. * Encourages the youth in its care to set the goals and priorities they want to strive for, including food, hygiene, health, education, employment, and housing services. * Establishes mentoring programs to provide support to youths seeking change, as well as increase high school graduation rates, deter gang involvement, and reduce teen pregnancy. ADOBE STOCK/FMARSICANO; GETTY IMAGES/PEANGDAO; ADOBE STOCK/PHOTOGRAPHEE.EU…

1 min.
beyond the page

Kimberlee Bastien is a mother, blogger, homesteader, Mother Earth News Fair speaker, and most recently, an author. Over the course of a year, Bastien challenged herself to learn one new homesteading skill per week, and she details her lessons learned in her debut Ogden Publishing book: 52 Homestead Skills. Are you a rural gardener who needs advice about plants, pests, composting, or even letting your chickens help with your property? Perfect! Are you a city dweller who doesn’t think homesteading advice is for you? Think again. Bastien discusses saving and starting seeds — activities for a gardener in any environment. She creates mozzarella, bakes gluten-free sourdough bread, and cans vegetables. She talks readers through spinning and knitting projects; makes a variety of soaps (think laundry, dish, and bar); and perfects all kinds…