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An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
For a quick (and inexpensive) burst of color, nothing beats painting the walls. Here’s why it’s worthwhile to make the paint you use low-VOC.
Texas artist Sandra Stevens has always been crazy about cows. Today she creates cow paintings for Western art lovers.
Guest blogger Christine Wilson reviews Olympic's Premum Paint line.
Refresh the exterior of your house with a coat of YOLO Colorhouse paint inspired by the landscape around it.
Decorating with materials that would otherwise be considered junk can bring pops of life and color to your home’s style. Check out these bottle cap crafts for a fun way to decorate with junk!
Guest blogger Christine Wilson shares another snapshot of her new master bedroom's wall color, painted with VOC-free paint.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace finds four shades of turquoise for her living room accent wall from Olympic Paint and Stain’s “Colors of Inspiration” paint color swatch booklet, which is filled with 1,200 zero-VOC interior paint colors.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence reviews the latest proposals banning urban chicken farming.
In this update on nursery renovations, Jessica shares her progress on re-wiring, installing windows, insulation and new drywall.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the Marrakesh House, the new sustainable home of filmmaker Chris Paine.
Conventional over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen carry risks such as internal bleeding, liver toxicity and increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
In the third in a series on potential toxins to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers associated with use of retinol in skin products.
Unearthed Paints, a start-up paint company, aims to change the industry by offering biodegradable, vegan and 100 percent VOC-free paints with full disclosure of ingredients.
Jessica talks about the importance of volunteerism and service as she searches for some new ways to dedicate time.
These powerhouse herbs are great for runners. They act as natural energy enhancers, improve stamina and endurance, heal aches and pains and improve circulatory health.
In the first in a series of posts on the most important chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers of BPA (bisphenol-A)exposure to developing babies.
The benefits of home birth outweigh the risks for many expectant mothers. These simple perks can help you decide if it’s the right choice for you and your family.
If the heat is getting you down—and out of your comfortable sleeping—take your bedroom outside and let Mother Nature cool you while you slumber.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
My baby chicken, Blondie, is growing up to become quite the obedient bird and developing quite the personality.
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design.
Give your bathroom a little flair—and have fun doing it—by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone—whether you're a DIYer or not.
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies helps parents find safer and affordable school supplies for their children.
Headaches are one of the most common ailments. Next time you’re suffering from one, try one of these natural home remedies for headaches and pass on conventional painkillers.
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
Despite criticism by some of the scientific community, this classic 1939 materia medica is still one of the best herbal reference books in Western herbology.
Back to the Roots (BTTR) is collecting 20,000 pounds of coffee grounds each week, cultivating them into a rich substrate from which to grow oyster mushrooms and make grow-it-at-home mushroom kits.
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
Prepare your body and mind for delivery with prenatal yoga poses and delicious red raspberry and nettle tea.
A new Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report reveals traces of lead and other heavy metals in children’s face paints.
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
This spring become more self-reliant by planting herbs in pots, building raised garden beds, creating a worm composting bin and making your own fence paint. These gardening tips for spring will have you anticipating sunny days.
Try these five herbs to ease winter aches.
Learn how to make a tea for pain or menstrual cramps using white willow bark.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Finding used art can brighten your garden without emptying your pocketbook.
Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herbalist should consider keeping bees and how to go about it.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
Relieve sore muscles using ginger. Learn how to make a ginger compress in this video from Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
This school year pack a healthy lunch with zero waste!
Unused and expired medications are difficult to recycle. Participate in National Take-Back Day this Saturday for an easy, safe way to dispose of old pills.
Herbs can help increase fertility in men and women, but it's not recommended to take fertility drugs and herbs at the same time.
Wabi-sabi is sinewy, flecked browns and yellowed greens, the myriad stone and moss shades, a slate-gray cloud’s washed violet underside. Like nature, wabi-sabi paints in multidimensional swatches that are never what they appear to be.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Getting kids outdoors can sometimes prove challenging. Help your kids lead a happier, healthier life with these six inventive outdoor activities.
Find out the best oils to moisturize big, pregnant bellies.
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
Stinging nettles may sound intimidating, but once you get past their prickly exterior this classic spring weed offers many health benefits.
Ginger root treats circulatory and digestive systems, coughs, colds, aches and pains. Use it in recipes like Ginger Pumpkin Pie and Indian Lemonade-Ginger Ale.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
Keep your little ones busy outdoors with these five fun and innovative outdoor crafts for kids found on Pinterest. From backyard teepees to homemade slime, we've got you covered.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!
Tackle chronic inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia and more.
Treasure the golden spice turmeric for its health-boosting properties, as well as its myriad other uses.