DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

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Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup of chamomile tea to alleviate insomnia, or a peppermint infusion to soothe an upset stomach. In addition to serving as drinkable herbal delights, tinctures can be effective remedies for a variety of health issues, from anemia to PMS, and can also boost your immune system. Many herbs and flowers are now ready to be harvested, so read on to learn more about medicinal tinctures, and how you can make your own at home.

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

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Heads up design fans – are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to report on the best green designs from this year’s show! We’re offering you the opportunity to share your photos and writing with our audience of millions of readers around the world – and many of our Milan correspondents continue on to become regular Inhabitat contributors. The fair is coming up quick on April 14th, so we’re looking for correspondents who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend this year’s events.

If you think you’d make a fantastic Inhabitat contributor, send an email to editor[at]inhabitat.com with the headline “Milan Furniture Fair Contributor” and the information below. Please note that only contributors who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend the Milan Furniture Fair will be considered.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Inhabitat correspondent.

2. Send us 2-3 samples of your writing

3. Send us 2-3 samples of your photography (or a link to your online portfolio).

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520 recycled pallets

How do you design an outdoor music festival which leaves no trace? That was the goal of Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn when he and his team envisioned an eco roots music festival in the outskirts of Portland Oregon. Since it was launched in 1999, Pickathon Music Festival has been the only waste-free and plastic-free outdoor music festival in the US, featuring solar-powered structures and an outdoor stage designed to be dismantled and recycled at the end of the concert. When students from Portland State University were tasked with designing a recyclable stage for the 2014 concert, they rose to the challenge with an incredible structure built entirely out of recycled shipping pallets. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that documents the development of this portable stage, which will help to ensure that the wild concert experience will leave no trace on the surrounding environment.

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VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

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The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that the water keeps on flowing through farms and households, using everything from desalination plants to make seawater drinkable to massive water reuse and reclamation endeavors. But there’s plenty that the average person can do at home—from harvesting rainwater to retrofitting bathrooms—that can help to conserve water and make it through drier years to come. Read on for our top 8 water-saving ideas, whether you’re in the heart of the drought or beyond.

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Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

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Spring has officially sprung according to our calendars, but Old Man Winter’s refusal to leave has many of us still shivering in our britches. The drawn-out cold weather has probably also taken a toll on your wallet, with money flying out every time you crank up your thermostat. Instead of using up all that expensive energy, why not try some DIY ways to stay warm that won’t break the bank? Whether it’s creating your own 5-minute heater, using a knitting hack to fix up your own chunky blanket, or insulating your house with little to no effort, check out Hometalk’s clipboard of easy DIY ways to stay warm without touching the thermostat!

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Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden gardening potential between sidewalk cracks when others see decay and abandon, well then, you might be a budding guerrilla gardener and not even know it! The guerrila gardening phenomenon is sweeping the globe as folks are finding innovative ways to come together for the optimization of neglected land and paved surface area. It’s a turf war for some, a poetic gesture for others, but either way, citizens are rolling up their sleeves to create gardens in the most unlikely spaces.

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How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

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Bearded visionaries, a trippy tricked-out van, and lots of herbs. This isn’t a flashback to the 60s – it’s just another day at Juniper Ridge. The company bottles botanicals fresh from the West’s forests, deserts, and coastal regions to create “wilderness perfume” that captures a glimmering burst of the great outdoors. Inhabitat recently joined Juniper Ridge for a rollicking weekend hiking through Mount Tamalpais (just north of San Francisco), where we learned about the plants and techniques they use to craft their Winter Redwood fragrance. Hit the trail with us after the break!

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South Africa’s BIG Five Adventures to Cross Off Your Bucket List

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Got a thirst for adrenaline? Check out these BIG five must-do activities for any global thrill seeker to embark upon in the world-class adventure destination known as South Africa. No matter how adventurous you are, South Africa has the perfect challenge for you.

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5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

 

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Dome homes. They’re kind of weird looking and they don’t exactly fit into those perfect little neighborhoods you see when walking around a cute downtown area or a clean-cut suburban gated community. But Buckminster Fuller saw the potential is those triangles: With the goal of creating a structure analogous to nature’s own designs, Fuller began to experiment with geometry in the late 1940s. In 1951, he patented the geodesic dome, and while you may not see a lot of on a normal city street, geodesic domes are known to be the most efficient building system available. So, why should you want a dome home anyway?

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won't

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If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods, and cones in preparation for seeding the next generation of trees. These majestic beings have been self-propagating for hundreds of thousands of years, but what if we’d like to harness some of that growing power to start our own food-bearing trees?

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5 vegan Irish recipes for St. Patrick's Day

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Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, and people will be donning green and quaffing Guinness to celebrate this quintessential Irish holiday. Although a lot of traditional Irish recipes are quite meat-heavy, there are some great vegan and vegetarian ones as well, and some of the classics can also be veganized with a bit of creativity. Read on to discover 5 meat-free dishes you can create for a good bit o’craic this holiday.

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Reading your weeds—what's your soil telling you?

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So, it’s mid March, which means that the summer growing season is a few short weeks away, and many springtime plants will be popping up soon. Although you might already be starting seeds for this year’s garden, it’s important to survey your growing area long before you pop any tomatoes into the ground. Some of the plants you’d like to grow this year might not be ideal for the soil you have, and reading the “weeds” that spring up in your space can give you a solid idea of what your soil is like, and what it might need, before investing time and energy into a garden only to have it fall short of your hopes and expectations.

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6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

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People & Mice Mouse Mates is Dutch designer Roel de Boer's playful hanging artifact created for mice. This peculiar and interactive structure combines strings, springs, slides and…

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

Photo via Shutterstock 1. Thrift Stores Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private…

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7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize winning architect Frei Otto

7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize winning architect Frei Otto

Roof for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium Designed in collaboration with Gunther Behnisch, the roofing for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium was considered a pioneer in lightweight…

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Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a luxurious Coyuchi air-weight bath towel

Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a…

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Image via Shutterstock 1. Look Under Your Bed Our beds are tied closely to our personal energy, but we often forgot or avoid cleaning underneath them. While you’re down there, maybe…

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6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

Smith|Allen's Biodegradable Woodland Structure California-based architecture studio Smith|Allen built Echoviren, the world’s first structure made using 3D printing technology.…

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

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ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) Sorry for using morbidity to illustrate our point, but the ZZ plant is so hardy, it will most likely outlive you. This cockroach of the plant world…

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PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine James Gilpin has a bit of a different interpretation of the adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Gilpin, who…

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Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may…

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Although the term "hugelkultur" was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years.…

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6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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WINDOWHOP It's easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you've got the sickly pallor to match and it's not nearly as sexy on you).…

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9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

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