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Resources for making my own skincare products.

I'm interested in making things along the lines of Lush and Herbivore Botanicals, but all I seem to be able to find online is "how to mash a banana and smear it on your face." [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on Jun 12, 2014 - 13 answers

I want to cancel my natural gas service this summer. Is that possible?

I would like to cancel my natural gas service this summer. Last year, I didn't use any natural gas during June-August. I have a gas furnace and also a gas stove/fireplace. I do not have a hot water heater since that's supplied by the building. I don't cook or use the fireplace. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on May 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Did people really believe the Earth birthed minerals?

After browsing John Comenius' Orbis Sensualium Pictus (per this fine Mefi post), I came across this curiously worded statement in the The Fruits of the Earth section: [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on May 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Six weeks no-poo and I see Farrah in the distance...

I made the leap and stopped shampooing my hair six weeks ago, learned how a high pH can really mess it up and have almost found my outer Farrah. Enter the apple cider vinegar rinse. Do you do this? What is the right way? My approach needs finesse. No-poo MeFippies: help me tweak my routine. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Mar 26, 2014 - 28 answers

Can fluorosis vanish in a week?

Can fluorosis vanish in a week? I thought once you have it, it does not go away unless a dentist treats you for it. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Need some new nature documentaries.

I love nature documentaries (good ones), but I'm all out and need some recommendations. More inside for what I like, and what I've seen. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Sep 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Natural Gas Furnace Producing a Whole Lotta Gas Smell

Last night around 5 in the morning, we woke up because it smelled like natural gas--hard. After determining it wasn't coming from the oven, I remembered groggily to check the maintenance closet in our hallway, which contains two water heaters--one for our apartment, one for the apartment next door--and the natural gas furnace that heats our apartment through vents. I think something is happening to our furnace that causes it to do this, but I don't know what; I managed to stop it, but I'm not sure how. [more inside]
posted by stresstwig on Sep 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Elle Woods Problems

How can I be influential 'by default'? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Sep 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I get where I'm going when I'm through going places?

Death and DIY-filter! My dad, who is older but is not quite elderly or in dire straits with regards to his health, has always expressed a wish to be buried in as natural a way as possible. Think '1920s home burial with family dug grave' instead of 'put me in a biodegradable box made from reclaimed, waste wood fiber next to fifi the cat in a manicured cemetery' and you'll have the gist of what he's thinking. What are the ins and outs of making this happen? Look inside for specifics regarding our family situation/location/skillset... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Aug 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Bring me a shrubbery....or two

Can you help me create a natural looking barrier from my neighbors? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on May 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Positive religious spin on Katrina

There's a quote from Criminal Minds that has stuck in my head: Gideon: After Hurricane Katrina I read some essays by religious scholars. One writer said God was punishing America for its immorality; New Orleans was a wicked city, like Sodom and Gomorrah. Another one, a priest from New Orleans, he thought the hurricane was proof of God's love. Those levees didn't break until after the storm was over; if they'd broken sooner, thousands would have died. Sooo...is there any truth to that quotation? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Feb 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Most Efficient Anaerobic Digestion?

All other factors held constant, what types of microbes at what temperatures would yield the most efficient way of turning an organic waste stream into a a source of methane fuel for use as natural gas? [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Dec 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Apricot moisturizers?

Where can I find natural apricot moisturizer and/or soap? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Oct 12, 2012 - 5 answers

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

In Ontario, can a person be buried in a natural way, so that the body returns to the earth? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Sep 4, 2012 - 8 answers

enery shot without artificial sweeteners

Where can I find a 2oz energy shot that's not made with artificial sweetener? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Pacific Northwest Frog (Toad?) ID needed

A poorly-maintained ex Ornamental Carp Pond in Kenmore, Washington has unexpectedly become home to three lovely amphibians, 3-4 inches long. Brownish bodies, greenish heads (the green could be due to algae and weeds.) The most distinguishing feature of these little guys is a sound I have never heard a frog make: a "yowp" or "yelp" noise, which they make when they are startled into jumping back into the pond. Any clues?
posted by dorgla on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Small explosion.

Health-filter! I had a crazy reaction to a magnesium supplement- or did I? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

How is the body's set point determined

What is the mechanism by which calories gained from eating unnatural foods, i.e. foods full of chemicals and preservatives, changes a person's appetite or metabolism, leading to weight gain? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Jun 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Give me hope and fish oil.

Help me get off of SSRIs! [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jun 11, 2012 - 31 answers

Please help me clean my Camelbak!

Cleaning Camelbak's and other water reservoirs (bottles, tubing, mouth pieces, etc). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on May 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Natural cures for sinus pressure and headaches

What natural remedies work for sinus pressure and headaches? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Apr 16, 2012 - 23 answers

ISO Toilet Paper Moistener

Around 4-5 years ago, I attended the Natural Products Expo and received a sample of a product called Aaah Toilet Paper Moistener (photos). The company now has a dead website. Googling has revealed people making fun of their infomercial and reviews circa 2008, but no current product info. Where can I get some more of this stuff or some other toilet-paper-moistening *foam*? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Holistic, beautiful, affordable retreat in nature for the Breast Cancer threatened

After scary "you may have breast cancer" tests over the last year and a winter of too much flu and allergy-induced misery, I need a long-weekend getaway to a beautiful, allergen-free or almost free retreat in our majestic country. For a very affordable price. I feel like I need physical and emotional healing and restoration on this trip. I like restorative (or Iyengar) yoga, organic food, massage, hikes/walks outside, swimming in warm water, etc. I want to be around DOWN TO EARTH, interesting (not spooky spiritual) healing people. In a lovely place. I can do a house swap or retreat swap and a barter thing - I have good massage therapy skills and license....and a charming place in a hip village in a cool-to-visit city with a lovely guest room to rent. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Feb 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Possibly moving to the bay area?

Help an older couple move to the bay area-My parents are interested in moving to the bay area and are visiting this week to check out some possibilities. Do you have recommendations for areas/communities that might be a good fit for them? They are in their 60's and like quiet, peaceful places, natural beauty, the ocean, slower pace, and they don't have a lot of money. They are spiritual and into alternative medicine, holistic health and gardening. Thank you!
posted by tessalations999 on Feb 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for reading list suggestions for automatic topic/concept matching

Looking for reading list suggestions and search terms for fuzzy concept matching: given a list of topics, some of which might be defined by synonyms, how do you match to more exact concepts? I'm guessing that this is a natural language processing (NLP) or semantic web question but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 6, 2011 - 1 answer

green living

I love natural, reclaimed and sustainable products for the home. I prefer simple designs and natural materials: wood, stone, leather, silk, etc. My favorite online shops are VivaTerra and Terrain. The problem is that they only ship to US. Do you know of a shop that will ship to Europe or a similar European online shop?
posted by leigh1 on Nov 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Sneezeless in Manhattan

I am currently visiting in the upper east side of NYC and fighting off a cold that is going to ruin the rest of my time here. The one thing that almost always works for me is Echinaforce --the brand is A.Vogel. Places like gnc don't carry it. Mefites of New York, where can I buy Vogel's Echinaforce in your wonderful city?
posted by uans on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Questions for the crunchy.

Looking for good (i.e., valid, not just feel-good) natural/organic health and beauty resources - blogs, websites, or books. Asked another way, the facial oil cleansing method and its equivalents seem great! But do they actually work, and where can I learn more? [more inside]
posted by xaire on Sep 7, 2011 - 6 answers

a crash course in natural gas

What are the best resources (books, journals, blogs, etc) for becoming highly knowledgeable about the natural gas industry? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Aug 12, 2011 - 3 answers

reasonable price for tree removal?

Is this a reasonable price for tree removal? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on Jul 5, 2011 - 22 answers

Quality of Trader Joe's versus Whole Foods

Quality of Trader Joe's versus Whole Foods [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Feb 27, 2011 - 33 answers

If simply eating too many calories caused me to gain weight then I should be permanently gaining weight every time I eat a pizza and feel stuffed.

If simply eating too many calories caused me to gain weight then I should be permanently gaining weight every time I eat a pizza and feel stuffed. Yet, I don’t. What factors decide a person’s natural weight? I was watching a documentary about Rocky (the most recent one) and how Sylvester Stallone got in shape for it and did the last part of the movie first while he was still in good shape. It sounded as if his body was going to just lose shape the moment he stopped training. That made me wonder if even people like Stallone have a natural weight that they must fight against every second of every day. [more inside]
posted by HappyEngineer on Feb 22, 2011 - 25 answers

[Book filter] Seeking a decent primer on natural history - the big bang through to humans

Can you help me find a decent primer on natural history, from the beginnings of grey matter and the start of the universe, through to the present - including the evolution of humans? [more inside]
posted by mrme on Jan 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Help with Natural Ear Plugs?

I made Natural Ear Plugs - Now Need the Cool Eco Packaging - and help. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Oct 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Feet in the water.

Feet in the water in Philadelphia or New York? Someone I care about and I have been through a rough time, and we're looking for a non-creepy, non-scummy body of water or river where we can take off our shoes and socks, dangle our feet in, and just sit for a while.
posted by zeek321 on Sep 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Sorry dude, my kid's thirsty, I'm buying him a bottle of water

How does one remain friends with an uber-environmentalist/naturalist without having them drive you crazy? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Aug 18, 2010 - 33 answers

Natural healing of herniated disc

How long did it take you to heal naturally from a herniated disc? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

I want to feel pretty but not itchy

Longtime eczema sufferer looking for bath and body product recommendations, especially shampoos and facial moisturizers. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Apr 13, 2010 - 21 answers

How do political philosophers arrive at the idea of "natural rights?"

How do political philosophers arrive at the idea of "natural rights?" [more inside]
posted by weston on Apr 1, 2010 - 31 answers

Natural leadership

I've noticed that some people have what I'm going to call "natural leadership"--that is, even if they're put into a situation where everyone is formally equal, they're the ones everyone looks to. I've been in countless such situations, and there's almost always been one person who was the one everyone else said to check with. I want to be that guy. What do I need to do to be that guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2010 - 72 answers

Oxytocin sprays - do they really work?

Does anyone have any experience (positive or negative) with oxytocin nasal sprays? [more inside]
posted by champthom on Feb 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Alternatives to Alternative Cat Litter

Are there any decent alternatives to Feline Pine that my kitty will actually use? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 12, 2009 - 27 answers

Natural Dry Scalp 'killer' shampoo.

I'm currently suffering from a moderate bout of dry scalp (not dandruff). Could someone recommend a natural shampoo, free of SLS's, etc, that will combat dry scalp?
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 - 10 answers

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Natural Language Processing, relative basis for search.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) Filter. I'm looking for a method (or category of methods) to judge the relevancy of a small unit of text, 100-200 chars, against similar units of text. [more inside]
posted by kuatto on Aug 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Sensational scenic Shenandoah short-sabbatical suggestions

Travel Filter: Planning trip from NC to Appomattox and Shenandoah Valley VA for Memorial Day weekend. Looking for off the beaten path, cultural or natural destinations and any other "must see" recommendations on food, lodging or attractions [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on May 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Safe lubricants?

Natural, safe lubricant? NSFW [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 24, 2009 - 21 answers

What herbs or vitamins or food makes more blood flow to the brain?

What herbs or vitamins or food will make more blood flow into my brain? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Mar 18, 2009 - 20 answers

If I can't change my environment I must change myself.

If you were once susceptible to mold and other air quality issues but have since strengthened your immunity how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Jan 31, 2009 - 11 answers

Refill compressed natural gas tanks? Santa Cruz

Where can I refill compressed natural gas tanks? [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 on Jan 23, 2009 - 2 answers

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