Health & Fitness
Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living January - February 2020

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.
watching the horizon

IN 2019, I experimented with my posture during my weekly runs. Instead of allowing my whole foot or my heel to strike the ground first, I led each stride with the ball of my foot. This changed so many things all at once. My shoulders dropped, and the work of my legs transferred up toward my inner thighs and core. I became lighter with each stride, and the weight of my head no longer stressed my upper back by hanging forward, but rather steadied over my spine and found easy support over its spring-like curves. Most remarkably, this slight shift in approach not only changed my physical posture, but also my mental and emotional focus. I was no longer scanning the ground; I was looking at the horizon, eyes set upon…

2 min.
industry news

ENJOY AN ECOASIS Though the date of the event is yet to be announced, The Miami Beach Pop Festival promises to be a unique concert experience, where sustainability will be just as critical as music. The artists will be those known for their social consciousness. Water will be sold in aluminum cans. Vendors are required to use only recyclable or biodegradable utensils and containers. An area called the “ECOasis” will be dedicated to promoting environmental organizations. And one dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to a local environmental nonprofit. Keep an eye out for festival updates at www.MiamiBeachPop.com. AN ORGANIC ADVOCATE Since 1981, the nonprofit Beyond Pesticides has been dedicated to protecting healthy air, water, land, and food, and in September 2019, it announced the formation of a watchdog agency, OrganicEye…

1 min.
bye bye plastic bags

www.ByeByePlasticBags.org WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Melati and Isabel Wijsen were only 12 and 10 years old respectively when they launched Bye Bye Plastic Bags, empowering youth around the world to help solve the problem of plastic pollution. Since 2013, volunteers from the nonprofit have met with government officials, taught 45,000 students, and spoken at more than 300 international events to raise awareness about the harmful impact of plastic on the environment. WHAT IT DOES: ✽ Manages a social enterprise, Mountain Mamas, where Balinese women turn recycled materials into reusable tote bags to be resold around the island. ✽ Supplies reusable bags to shop owners, which in one village has resulted in a 60 percent reduction in plastic use. ✽ Runs One Island One Voice, a collection of organizations, companies, and individuals who together have kept 135…

1 min.
through the grapevine

“I baked the “Black Bean Berry Brownies” recipe featured in the September/October 2019 issue, and I was so surprised by their rich chocolatey flavor! They’re sweet, without being too sweet.” — @JASMINE.ROSE.DOULA, VIA INSTAGRAM TIPS FOR TINCTURES I have a few questions about “Tinctures for Health & Well-Being” from the July/August 2019 issue. First, I’m processing bacopa, to which you suggest adding 10 percent food-grade glycerin, but I’m not sure when I add it, or how much to add. Also, I have some ashwagandha powder from Mountain Rose Herbs that I’ve been taking in water. Can I tincture it? Finally, I’m confused about how to tincture mushrooms. Should I do a double extraction with hot water only? And does the extraction get refrigerated? JERRI OLSONCrivitz, Wisconsin If you’re using dried bacopa, add 1 ounce bacopa per…

1 min.
could-do list

JANUARY ❑ January 1 is New Year’s Day! Rather than feel daunted by resolutions, remind yourself that the first of the year is for contemplating positive changes. ❑ Cozy close to your favorite person, pet, or blanket on January 6, Cuddle Up Day. ❑ Combine 1 cup fresh pine needles, 1 cup distilled water, and ¼ cup witch hazel to make a stimulating toner to improve winter skin. ❑ We could all use a little more positive human interaction. What better time for this than January 21, National Hugging Day? ❑ Step outside your comfort zone, and find at least one new meal to prepare at home this month! FEBRUARY ❑ Whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood or a cross-country ski trip, find a way to be active outdoors this month. ❑ Relax and recharge on February…

1 min.
book club in review

SINCE THE LAUNCH of our Mother Earth Living Book Club at the end of 2018, we’ve been thrilled to share and explore seven extraordinary titles with you — with My Penguin Year sure to become a fast favorite this January. The ongoing conversations about these books between our readers, our editors, and the authors themselves have led to deeper thought, discussion, and understanding of the content than we could’ve achieved alone, and we’re looking forward to continuing to read in community throughout 2020. As a new year begins, we’d love to hear more about your Book Club experiences. What titles have you enjoyed most? Which have impacted your life in a way that surprised you? Email JDenney@MotherEarthLiving.com to let us know. Or, maybe you’ve seen mentions of the Book Club in…