Health & Fitness
Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living November - December 2018

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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in this issue

2 min.
reclaiming rest

@Hannah_Aften @HannahKincaidEditor THE HOLIDAYS can be exhausting. As much as I enjoy spending time with my family, the bustling weeks between Thanksgiving and the new year present few opportunities to recharge in solitude. Over the past few years, I’ve focused on uncovering slivers of time — anywhere from 5 to 40 minutes — to reclaim my rest during this season. The following three habit shifts have provided tranquility when I’ve needed it most. * YOGA NIDRA: Yoga nidra is not your typical yoga practice; it’s done lying down while listening to a guided meditation that can be anywhere from five minutes to one hour long. The meditation walks you through various states of deep relaxation and then back again to a waking state. I’ve found that this provides the benefits of a power…

4 min.
through the grapevine

MANY OF YOU shared helpful ideas and inspiring stories in response to Hannah’s letter, “Mindfulness in the Mundane” (“In This Issue,” September/October 2018). In the editorial, she reflected on changing her attitude and creating a positive ritual around her least favorite chore — washing dishes. We so enjoyed hearing your feedback that we’ve compiled some of our favorite responses below. Perspective on Privilege Hannah’s words on finding moments of mindfulness during the day reminded me of an article I read once. In this article, the author explains that instead of seeing dirty dishes as a curse, they should be seen as a blessing; having dirty dishes means that you are lucky enough to have food to eat. While this seems like a given in life, it is easy to forget that not…

7 min.
best for a healthy holiday

Celebrating Community No matter what you celebrate this winter, focus on friends, family, and community to make the season special. THE WINTER HOLIDAYS grow more commercialized each year, with endless depictions of social-media-worthy décor, flawless meals, and mountains of presents. But trying to pull off this perfect party often results in more stress than joy. This year, don’t let shopping and prepping overshadow the delight of gathering with friends and family. Cook, craft, celebrate, and give back together, and remember that the time you spend with those you love this season means more than any physical gift. Inspiration for the Perfect Present Find a gift idea to fit anyone on your list — from gardeners, to the tech-savvy, to those who could use a little pampering. Stainless Steel Drinking Straws | $7 This useful set of…

1 min.
dried citrus garland

Supplies Needed * Oranges* Grapefruits* Paper cord* Large sewing needle Let’s Begin 1. Cut your citrus into thin slices, leaving the peels intact to hold each slice together. Then gently pat the slices dry between two towels. 2. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your slices on a cookie rack and put the rack on a baking sheet. This will help more air circulate around the slices, assisting with the drying. 3. Bake citrus slices for about 12 hours, flipping them over halfway through. If you need the garland finished sooner, you can shorten the drying time to no less than 6 hours — the slices will dry more as they’re hanging. 4. Once you have all of your finished and cooled slices, gather your paper cord and needle. Cut a long piece of…

11 min.
play nice: pairing herbs with meds

WELLNESS + REMEDIES + BEAUTY AMERICANS ARE POPPING MORE pills than ever, and the older we get, the more meds, herbs, and dietary supplements we take. Approximately 60 percent of all adults — and 90 percent of elders — take at least one pharmaceutical. Meanwhile, 76 percent of adults use dietary supplements. Although most dietary supplement use consists of vitamins and minerals, one-fifth of Americans take medicinal herbs each year. Unfortunately, with greater consumption of all these substances in combination comes a greater risk for interactions. Fortunately, if you take pharmaceuticals, you can take a few steps to ensure safe herb use alongside them. Herb-Drug Interactions in Perspective Certainly, we should take herb-drug interactions seriously and do our best to avoid them. However, it helps to gain a little perspective on the fear and…

8 min.
all-purpose pine

MY KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL PICTURE is the first documented evidence of my lifelong love affair with trees, and with pine in particular. My dad once planted a little grove of white pine trees (Pinus strobus) in our backyard. I spent my afternoons playing in their whorled branches, unwittingly collecting resin in my locks while leaning my head against their sturdy trunks. My mom cut out the sticky parts, resulting in a hairstyle that could only be rivaled by the likes of Pippi Longstocking. There are more than 100 pine species worldwide, and most have recorded medicinal uses. Cultures around the globe have used the needles, inner bark, and resin to treat various ailments. Internally, pine is a traditional remedy for coughs, colds, allergies, and even urinary tract infections. Topically, pine is used…