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Olivia Harris

Native Species VS Invasive Species: It’s Time to Get Involved

What are invasive species, and why should I care? Many of the plants growing in man-cultivated areas are considered non-native, and often invasive species. Invasive species are “an introduced, nonnative organism (disease, parasite, plant, or animal) that begins to spread or expand its range from the site of its original introduction and that has the potential to cause harm to the environment, the economy, or to human health” (USGS). Typically, a native species is considered native if it existed in… Read More »Native Species VS Invasive Species: It’s Time to Get Involved

3 Testosterone Boosting Herbs for Men

Hormones are finnicky little things, aren’t they? They keep us asleep, they regulate our sugar levels, and they create massive changes in our bodies. Having even one hormone out of balance can throw off your natural rhythm, causing a break in its perfectly oiled system. As with most conditions of the body, hormone deficiencies can usually be supplemented to some degree. This can be done with a pill, hormone pellet injection, or a simple sublingual tablet… or, if you prefer… Read More »3 Testosterone Boosting Herbs for Men

Prepping for Summer – Making Hand Fans and Neck Coolers

This post contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Warmer weather is returning, at least here in Florida; more and more often, we’ve had full days without much of a drop past 80°F. While I’m enjoying the spring weather and longer days, I find myself worrying over the coming heat waves. I’ve decided to begin prepping for the sweltering summer heat by creating a few useful tools to help my family… Read More »Prepping for Summer – Making Hand Fans and Neck Coolers

How to Take Care of Your Feet | 5 Tips for Healthier Toes

In the Northern hemisphere, winter is coming to an end. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, and the days of walking in sandals and flip flops are nigh. For many, winter comes not only with snow and hot cocoa by a warm fire, but also with dry skin and cracked, painful heels. These are some tips I’ve accumulated over the years as someone who struggles to keep my extremities maintained, and as a massive skincare enthusiast!… Read More »How to Take Care of Your Feet | 5 Tips for Healthier Toes

Herbal Spotlight: Passiflora Incarnata (Purple Passion Flower)

Several species of the Passiflora genus are native to Florida, including a well-loved medicinal variety known as Passiflora incarnata. Despite it’s exotic look and aggressive growth, this flowering vine is non-invasive in Florida (“Passiflora Incarnata”). You can find their extravagant day-long blooms inching across the tops of trees, over trellises, and splayed out on the side of the road, among other sunny spots. Their striking appearance and medicinal value have given them plenty of attention in both the horticulture and… Read More »Herbal Spotlight: Passiflora Incarnata (Purple Passion Flower)

Why Your Natural Deodorant Doesn’t Work—and How to Fix It

I’ve been using some form of aluminum-free deodorant for roughly a year and a half. While I can say I’ve found my favourite formula and feel confident in my routine, I can’t say it was easy. I’ve had my fair share of rocky starts, trial and error, and fails. These tips gleaned from the internet and personal experience may seem simple, but they’ve really helped me along when I decided to replace my antiperspirant for an aluminum-free alternative. This post… Read More »Why Your Natural Deodorant Doesn’t Work—and How to Fix It

How to Effectively Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Ingredients

When reducing your waste, especially in the kitchen, it can be difficult to replace convenient disposables and store-bought products with equally effective and easy-to-use alternatives. Sure, there are some great ideas out there, but knowing which ones are worth trying can be tricky. This is a guide for you to use on your low-waste journey, inspired by the questions I’ve had and the mistakes I’ve made. I began searching for the best disinfectants for Covid and other nasty bugs, and… Read More »How to Effectively Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Ingredients

How to Make a Mullein Glycerite for Respiratory Support

You may have spotted a mature Mullein plant while driving along the highway. Commonly found across North American roadways, its tall, yellow flowers catch the eyes of many travelers every year. Perhaps you’re even familiar with it’s first year appearance, speckling prairie lands as fuzzy, low-growing rosettes. Or, your first meeting with mullein may be happening now as you take a look at the pictures below. Whether you’re a seasoned mullein-spotter or are newly acquainted with its presence, I’d like… Read More »How to Make a Mullein Glycerite for Respiratory Support

How to Make A Nightly Conditioning Serum for Brows and Lashes

I wanted to make a lash and brow serum to use nightly as a conditioner, which helps strengthen and potentially has the ability to keep lashes from falling out. While not enough conclusive research has been done to show the full benefits of using castor oil on the scalp and hair, it is well-known for its ability to condition and protect. If you want more moisturized, healthy lashes and brows, give this a go! Olive oil is full of antioxidants… Read More »How to Make A Nightly Conditioning Serum for Brows and Lashes

How to Make Handmade Soap Last Longer

I made this quick and easy guide for lengthening the life of handmade soap for anyone annoyed by how quickly their new bar of soap seemingly vanished! These are my tips for how to make handmade soap last longer. I hope this helps reduce waste and encourages everyone with this experience to give handmade soap a second try. Image Description: Two soaps stacked on a counter with a body brush on top. Image text: How to Lengthen the Life of… Read More »How to Make Handmade Soap Last Longer