This site has great columns, book reviews, easy to navigate herb searches, and recipes. It includes recent research findings, position papers on controversial herbs and news of pending legislation on health topics.


This is a comprehensive source of information on herbs' safety and efficacy. Sustainable rural development technical support and conferences are also listed.


Lynne Rossetto Kasper's (of Minnesota Public Radio) merry website, with marvelous recipes, bios of famous chefs, places to go - a riotous mix of information, from how to boil water to 20-layer tortes.


This is a timely compendium of information for cancer patients on how to use complementary therapies with your medical protocol, rather than before or after or instead of. Helpful, respectful, well-grounded information.


This is a compendium of sage advice, garden products - a real cornucopia for the beginner or advanced gardener.


This is a huge reference database, begun and updated by a Cortland, New York librarian, that provides lay people with web addresses and links to health information from hundreds of government and private sources.


This is Dr.James Duke's phytochemical and ethnobotanical database. Dr. Duke is an internationally known herbalist and author and his database, while complex and very scientific can be invaluable to practicing herbalists.


This is full of resources for people visiting the Lake Superior region, thinking about moving here, living here. It shows how actively many groups- people who would love to include you - are pursuing sustainable goals in their own lives and in the lives of the communities along the Shore.


Dr. Gary Schwitzer, University of Minnesota professor of health journalism, has set up this website to review clinical trials/health news stories for accountability. Among the concerns he applies to every study presented are 1) who paid for the study 2) has the manufacturer paid a fee to the FDA to have its drug submitted for approval? 3) has "absolute versus relative risk" been clarified in the "news" articles, with absolute numbers and 4) are the "news" articles from single-source stories submitted "ready-to-print" to already over-worked journalists? Many pertinent factors readers should know before judging/believing health news articles.


This link discusses goals of symptom and pain control within the context of an ill patient's quality of life. Palliative care can be considered if a person is not near the end of life. The web-site lists many resources, helps you to find the hospitals and other settings nearest you where palliative care teams are stationed.


Not only from China are we receiving products with melamine, lead and other toxic chemicals for our households and for our children. Companies in this country are churning out cosmetics with high levels of lead, phthalates, etc., without having to add these chemicals to their labels. This site is full of good information about which companies have signed pacts to make sure such poisons are not in the cosmetics they produce, and which our toddlers and teen-agers apply to their skin, and which companies can't seem to self-regulate. Safety testing is not forthcoming from governmental watch-dogs. "Safe cosmetics" and "what you can do."


The mission of Essential Life is to inspire healthier living through the goods and services it offers. Its cooperative of businesses feels strongly that integrity and values should be the basis of how they operate. As they grow and expand the Essential Life Center, they feel blessed to shine light into your life and inspire you to do the same.

Giving Ground
Favorite Links


Phone: 218.848.2302
Toll Free: 888.276.1336




Giving Ground
Superior National Forest
1223 Little Creek Road
Brimson, MN 55602