One plant, many talents

A study from the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research revealed that aloe vera contains many vitamins, such as vitamin B and the antioxidant vitamins A, C and F. The Journal of Hazardous Materials reported that aloe vera can remove the major indoor air pollutant formaldehyde, which can be a health risk. Need another reason to decorate your home with aloe vera? You can also eat their leaves in a fresh salad.

Set your goals

We all know physical activity is a must. But sometimes it can be hard to integrate your physical activities into your busy schedule. Results from a review of studies on goal-setting effects from the American Psychological Association show that specific goals lead to higher achievement than non-specific goals. Make sure your personal goals are challenging enough for you, but also realistic, like something you can complete in four weeks instead of four months.

Lovely lawn

As warmer weather rolls in and homeowners spend more time outdoors, it becomes apparent the toll winter took on the lawn. recommends these tips for springing your lawn into the season.

  1. Choose your grass seed based on your geographical location (St. Augustine is good for subtropical areas like Florida, whereas Bermuda fares well in most of the U.S.).
  2. Find a seed blend, like fescue, that works well in partially shaded yards.
  3. Use fertilizers to provide the correct nutrients for your lawn.
  4. Seed and fertilize your yard during the cooler parts of the spring.

Tips for a healthy spring

With the weather clearing and days lengthening, it’s the perfect time to go outside and feel the new energy of spring. Dr. Elson Hass, director of the Preventive Medical Center in San Rafael, California, has some suggestions for creating some new beginnings this spring.

  • Take a two-week break from alcohol, caffeine, sugar or nicotine as a way to cleanse your body
  • Adjust your diet and resist eating hydrogenated fats; start eating more of the good fats found in nuts and fish. This will also help promote liver and gallbladder health
  • Take advantage of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Add more sprouts and legumes to your diet, like red lentils and garbanzo beans
  • Get outdoors, enjoy the sun, look at the blooms and watch your stress melt away
  • Update or begin an exercise program
  • Start a journal to help create some much needed reflection and clarity for the coming months