The Healing Benefits of Saffron and How to Grow It

The Healing Benefits of Saffron and How to Grow It
A whopping 90 percent of the world's supply is grown in fields across Iran and is mostly harvested by women who earn about $5 per day picking the fragile, sparse threads by hand. A prized herb for cooking and healing, it's often adulterated with cheaper look-alike ingredients. Find out the ideal conditions for growing it yourself.

Skullcap: A Restorative, Relaxing Herb

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Skullcap is a perennial herbal plant that’s part of the mint family. Prized for centuries for its calming, anxiety-relieving properties, this easy-to-grow herb can be taken as a soothing tea, made into a muscle-relaxing massage oil or used as a tincture for even more powerful relief.

This Common Drug Combo Raises Your Risk of Lethal Overdose Fivefold

combination of opioids and benzos
Make no mistake about it - this is your No. 1 risk of death if you're under 50. And combined, they're like poison, increasing your risk of a deadly overdose fivefold within the first 90 days. Don't trust your doctor blindly, or you could end up as collateral damage.

Maintaining Healthy Eyesight Can Help Keep Your Brain in Shape

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Declines in vision can be a sign of trouble in your brain, to the extent that maintaining good vision may help you stave off future cognitive decline. While vision problems and cognitive impairment are both all-too-common among elderly people, they're not inevitable.

All About Atlas Cedar Oil

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From medicinal to skin care advantages, atlas cedar is an essential oil that you can count on. Its fragrance also brings mind-calming benefits - perfect during stressful days. Discover the other ways you can use this herbal oil.

Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming

lab-grown meat
It's far riskier and less ecofriendly than you're being told, worse than factory farmed meats. But that's not what you're being told. They even boast of its GE components (and call them safe). Plus it's more energy-intensive to produce. Here's what to embrace instead, for many reasons.

Why the New Nicotine Is Super Addictive

Smoking cigarettes is now passé, it seems, which is a good thing. But e-cigarettes have become all the rage. One company has taken the concept to a new level with an experience that rivals the real thing — probably because it delivers around the same amount of nicotine as cigarettes. But why do experts call them scary?

How Big Soda Quickly Destroyed California Democracy

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In an unprecedented political move, the beverage industry held the California legislature hostage to pass a bill banning soda taxes. Using additional strategies borrowed from Big Tobacco, they hope to stop soda taxes across the country.

Majority of Supermarket Meats Are Still Riddled With Superbugs

Majority of Supermarket Meats Are Still Riddled With Superbugs
Be aware, 8 in 10 supermarket meats now contain fecal bacteria, and many contain antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Earlier testing found potentially harmful bacteria on 97 percent of samples tested of this widely popular meat, and half had at least one type of bacteria that was resistant to 3 or more antibiotics.

Boiled Frogs and the Pesticide Time Bomb

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Seeds treated with toxic neonicotinoid pesticides have become commonplace, even though they kill off beneficial insects that help control insect pests. The use of glyphosate and dicamba also continues to rise, while experts sound warnings that their continued use is threatening birds, amphibians and the environment as a whole.
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