Health & Fitness
Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living September - October 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.
legs, lungs, pups, and poo

THE LARGE INTESTINE, an organ most active in fall months, resonates with the emotion of grief, or simply sadness. In Julie Bear Don’t Walk’s article “Protecting Your Body in Autumn” (Page 46), she recommends that we honor our feelings, then let them go. This is what I did a few years back. I was trying to sidestep sadness and found myself insufferably irritated with everything, even the poor dog. I wrote about it in my journal: I ran a 5K today and took my dog, Maizie. I don’t usually like to take her, as she’s a handful and I’d rather run hands-free, but she needed the exercise. As soon as we headed out, she was pulling, then stopping abruptly, all the while loosening my humerus from its socket. I felt myself…

2 min.
industry news

FIRE CIDER TRIAL Every herbalist has a warming, immune-boosting “fire cider” recipe in her arsenal. It’s typically a combination of apple cider vinegar, horseradish, garlic, hot peppers, citrus, and onions. Rosemary Gladstar first coined the name for the folk remedy in the 1970s. But in 2012, a company called Shire City Herbal trademarked the term. Despite outcry that the generic name shouldn’t belong to any one person, a petition to cancel the trademark, boycotts on the brand, and claims that “fire cider” is the intellectual property of Gladstar, Shire City Herbals hasn’t changed its stance. In fact, in 2015, it sued herbalists Nicole Telkes, Mary Blue, and Katheryn Langelier for trademark infringement, among other claims, and on March 25, 2019, they finally went to trial. This ongoing case will set a…

1 min.
charity: water

My.CharityWater.org WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Worldwide, 1 in 10 people don’t have access to clean water. Most of these people live in isolated, rural, or underdeveloped communities, where women and children spend hours walking every day to collect water for their families. Not only does this keep kids out of school, but the water often carries disease; former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence in the world. Clean water could change everything. WHAT IT DOES: • Works locally to find the best sustainable water solution, whether that be a well, a piped system, or a system for harvesting rainwater. • Trains community members to make minor repairs to water projects as needed, or connects them to professional mechanics, to ensure the lasting…

1 min.
through the grapevine

AWESOME OXYMELS When I read “Stay Well with Oxymels” in the May/June 2019 issue, I fell in love. It was just what I was looking for! I’d like to prepare my own oxymel with a mix of oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Can you tell me the benefits of using these herbs? CAMILLA MAFFIULETTI Bergamo, Italy Oregano and thyme are both wonderful antimicrobial herbs that support the immune system and aid digestion. Rosemary is also a circulatory stimulant and memory booster. Enjoy experimenting!— JULIETTE ABIGAIL CARR, RNC, BSN, AHG“Thanks for your Facebook post with the basil tarragon puree recipe; I love tarragon and I can’t wait to try it!”— PAULA BURKE, VIA FACEBOOK VITAL VIOLETS AND GROUND IVY I loved Jean’s article, “Pipsissewa and Sassafras,” in the May/June 2019 issue about plants that root us and…

1 min.
could-do list

SEPTEMBER ▪ Our favorite holiday, Eat an Extra Dessert Day, is on September 4. Enjoy another helping of your chosen sweet treat! ▪ Pot up your garden herbs to bring indoors, and enjoy their freshness all winter long. ▪ What better way to use homegrown produce than whipping up a batch of guac for Guacamole Day on September 16? ▪ Maybe September 26, Johnny Appleseed Day, will inspire you to plant a fruit tree! If you don’t have the space, enjoy an apple-centric meal to celebrate. ▪ Did you know you can dig up tomato plants and hang them upside down in a dry, sheltered location to encourage those last green fruits to ripen? OCTOBER ▪ Enjoy a bike ride, a local park, or even a card game with friends to observe Frugal Fun Day on October…

1 min.
mother earth living book club

Celebrate the launch of Fermentation magazine by reading our next book. The novel comes recommended by associate editor Jessica Mitchell, who says it’s laugh-out-loud funny, and NPR agreed, naming it one of the best books of the year! In Robin Sloan’s Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market, an exhausted software engineer inherits a colony of microorganisms from a pair of immigrant brothers who suddenly lose their visas. Lois learns how to keep the bread starter alive, and eventually her own bread bakes her into a new existence. The fun starts September 1 – October 31, 2019.…