The Stevia Dilemma

The Stevia Dilemma

(about a 12 minute read)

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni1) is a small subtropical shrub with very sweet leaves and a complicated history. Here is some of what you might want to know before choosing if and how you'll use stevia-based sweeteners, along with tips on growing and using your own stevia plants.

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Seeing Through the Seductions of Science and Technology

Seeing Through the Seductions of Science and Technology

(a 4 to 5 minute read)

The history books in our schools tell us that scientific and technological advancement have freed us from boredom, ignorance and oppression; from drudgery and repetition; from dirt, disease and malnutrition.

Let’s briefly examine these assumptions about what “progress” has achieved, and consider where we go from here.

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The People’s Medicine

The People's Medicine

(a 3 to 4 minute read)

This is a short, simple article for what should be known as an easy, accessible practice: that of using humble, common plants in basic preparations to support health. 

It's not a how-to article, but it does link to resources that will help you with the how-to. Here are 9 quotes from herbalists about the oldest and simplest medicine in the world so simple, a child can do it. 

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Transitioning from Toxic to Natural

Transitioning from Toxic to Natural

(4 - 5 minute read)

Switching from synthetic personal care products to simple, natural alternatives means giving up superficial attributes like foam, fragrance, and texture, which are achieved using toxic ingredients. This article explores how we got so dependent on these products and shares 3 ideas we can rely on in our efforts to get back to natural.

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Essential Oils: Some Things to Consider

Essential Oils: Some Things to Consider

(4 - 5 minute read)

People tend to think that because they come from plants, essential oils are always safe and beneficial to use. But essential oils are highly concentrated and extremely powerful, are harvested and processed on an industrial scale, have big impacts on plants and communities, and should be used sparingly, with caution and respect.

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Regenerative Farming and Gardening

Regenerative Farming and Gardening

(2 - 3 minute read)

Growing food regeneratively means growing food in ecosystems, not mono-cultures. And it means doing so with an intention not just to feed people, but to build soils, care for ecology, and leave the surrounding web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient after our growing systems are in place, than it was before.

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