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15 Uses for Distilled White Vinegar

By Alicia Lawrence: Almost everyone has a bottle of distilled white vinegar in the pantry. It’s one of those household must-haves that most commonly lends itself to recipes, Easter egg dying and cleaning out the coffee machine.Lately, it also has become a popular household cleanser because of its effects on …

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Bokashi Composting—From Scraps to Fertilizer

By Fredrica Syren: For years we have composted with a worm bin in our backyard, and the little wigglers would feast on our scraps and turn them into powerful nutrients for our garden. A few months ago, while interviewing Farbror Grön for an article about his roof top farm, he …

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Benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Recipe

By Fredrica Syren: Last winter all three kids and I got sick at the same time. We ended up with a loooooong three weeks of coughing, sneezing and that overall icky feeling. My friend Corri brought me a bottle of her homemade elderberry syrup to help with the cough and to …

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Keep Your Skin Healthy and Happy

By Amanda Wilkes: We all have faced acne attacks and blemishes. Naturally, we then turned to the over-the-counter and, perhaps, even prescription medications we are sold on while watching our favorite TV episode. You know, the one with the girl splashing her face with water in slow motion, or the …

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How To Make Acorn Meal

By Kim Robson: A couple of years ago, our neighbors gave us some acorn meal they’d made from wild-gathered acorns. I vowed to try it myself the following fall, and now I do it every year. There are different processes for leaching out the bitter tannins from the nut meat. …

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DIY Nontoxic Sunburn Relief Spray

By Kim Robson: If, like me, you have fair skin, you know how easy it is to get a sunburn, especially this time of year. We all know to use sunblock, but sometimes summer just gets the better of us (hello, day in the pool or at the county fair). …

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Process Processed Foods out of Your Life

By Amanda Wilkes: We’ve all become victims of processed foods. At times I have found myself in the downward spiral of a processed foods vortex that was seemingly impossible to retreat from. I’d notice only processed foods while trying to grab a quick bite between my college classes. While cramming for …

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Natural Pain Relievers–Most Of Them Found In Your Kitchen

By Kim Robson: When you’re in pain, pharmaceutical drugs don’t have to be your only path to pain relief. Many natural foods and herbal substances can provide significant pain mitigation. Capsaicin Derived from hot chili peppers, topical capsaicin may be useful in relieving pain for some people. Capsaicin works by …

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Edible Face Masks for Happy Skin

By Emma Grace Fairchild: One of the easiest ways to take a step back from our busy lives and pamper ourselves is by applying a simple yet luxurious face mask. It’s important to treat our skin with love and care by keeping highly processed oils, artificial fragrances and colors away, …

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Fresh and Clean Flavorful Popsicles

By Dawna Matthews: With its warmer days and sunshine leading the way, spring is around the corner. When the weather starts to heat up, my daughter craves lighter fare and popsicles to cool her down. I can definitely relate — as a child, I loved running around the yard and …

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