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Turn Your Apartment Into An Apothecary With 7 Healing Houseplants

Beautify your space and clear your sinuses at the same time

Though the U.S. healthcare system might disagree with him, there’s a terrific—and quite possibly apocryphal—quote typically attributed to Plato suggesting that all humans need to “replenish our bodies … are the trees and the plants and the seeds.” While it wouldn’t be prudent to rely on sprouts or herbs as one’s primary medical treatment, many of the drugs we pick up at the pharmacy (or under more illicit circumstances) were originally derived from wild plants. Flora-based healing treatments are as old as human history itself.

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For Better Health, Close Your Eyes And Do Nothing

Whether you think it’s magic or cosmic mumbo jumbo, sound therapy can be traced back to the dawn of civilization

Surrounded by her collection of 18 gongs and dozens of crystal and brass singing bowls, Jamie Bechtold, 39, caters to a clientele that can’t get enough of good vibrations. In 2015, she opened up a sound-focused wellness space in Eagle Rock, a gentrifying neighborhood just north of Los Angeles, the perennial hub of new age therapies—and lately, business is booming. So to speak.

With major outlets like The New York Times and Vogue endorsing sound baths as “mainstream” and “the new shortcut to Zen,” visibility for the metaphysical health craze may be at its peak. Yet, according to Bechtold, authenticity appears to have taken a backseat to the mania; many are rushing to jump on the bandwagon without a true understanding of how sound healing—which is also called vibrational therapy—actually works.

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Inside The Vexing Quest To Safely Light Our Modern Lives

For better sleep, try more (of the right) light—not less

In 1988, Tucson, Arizona-based astronomers David Crawford and Tim Hunter became concerned that the night sky above their heads was getting too bright. The city lights certainly posed a professional threat—obscuring the stars and galaxies that had become their livelihoods. But even more troubling to the duo was that increased economic development in urban areas (construction sites, downtown strips, shopping malls, restaurants) appeared to be having unusual effects on human health, as well as on urban wildlife populations. Migratory bird species, for instance, were often driven off course by billboards or skyscrapers with a neon glow.

So Crawford and Hunter founded the International Dark Sky Association, or IDSA, a network of astronomers and other scientists, along with volunteers, bent on preserving the sanctity of light pollution-free, star-filled night skies. Today, the group numbers around 3,000 members spread over 50 countries. IDSA program manager John Barentine says that the organization’s goal is not to turn off all the world’s lights, but rather to improve the quality of outdoor lighting.

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