About Natural Solutions
Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living (formerly Alternative Medicine) magazine has been the trusted voice in natural health since 1994. Our content reflects our readers’ commitment to healthy, natural living. In every issue, we highlight health information pertaining to all aspects of our lives—food, beauty, family, pets, home, and beyond.
Natural Solutions works with the top health writers in the country to develop research-backed content that emphasizes practical solutions and gives readers the information they need to better care for themselves and the planet. Our readers are savvy and passionate about improving their health and the quality of their lives. In each issue, we offer the latest news on herbs and supplements, natural beauty products, healing foods, and natural household products—plus up-to-date research in the fields of complementary medicine and alternative therapies.
We focus on information that will help our readers take charge of their own well-being. Each article must be grounded in some kind of authority—citing studies, where applicable, and interviewing experts in the field—but it also must give our readers practical advice. They want to know what the information means for them, how it fits into their lifestyle and how it can inform the choices they make about their health.
Writers interested in submitting story ideas are encouraged to carefully examine the magazine before sending their queries. Please submit your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief explanation of why you think your story would be a fit for Natural Solutions,and attach three published clips. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Although we try to respond to every story pitch, we receive hundreds of emails daily, and you may not receive a timely response. Our editors will contact you if they are interested in pursuing a story.
Here are the sections we are currently accepting pitches for.
HEALTH MATTERS & SIMPLE SOLUTIONS. These newsy, front-of-book and back-of-book sections are the best place to pitch Natural Solutions because we are always looking for innovative ideas. Health Matters and Simple Solutions highlight the latest research studies, trends, tips, and interesting product finds in short, easy-to-digest articles of 50 to 200 words. Each subsection in Health Matters focuses on a particular topic—food, self-care, beauty, pet health, families, balance, and the environment. Simple Solutions stories should always contain doable solutions to common conditions or health issues.
HEALING FOODS. Highlights ways food can support your health and ways it can be used as an alternative therapy for particular conditions. Recent topics have included gluten-free diets, using an elimination diet to address allergies and food intolerance, and eating to ease diabetes. Note that we work with only experienced recipe developers. Stories in this department range from 800 to 1,200 words.
NATURAL RADIANCE. This department looks at the latest trends in natural beauty, present the purest and most effective products available, and provides solutions to promote healthy skin and hair. The editors closely read product labels and identify the not-so-clean—and sometimes toxic—ingredients found in so many cosmetics. Stories in this department range from 800 to 1,200 words.
HEALTHY TONICS. Highlights alternative therapies for common conditions such as insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure, and more. Includes a sub-section called “Alternative Medicine Cabinet” that focuses on nutritional supplements for a particular condition. Stories in this department range from 500 to 1,200 words.
INNER BALANCE. Our mind-body-spirit section explores practical ways to strengthen the body, clarify the mind, and open the heart. Through personal essays and inspirational stories, this section explores pursuits and practices that can help our readers stay in physical and emotional balance. Topics have included techniques to avoid injuring yourself during your yoga practice, how one reader lost weight with Pilates, living through a divorce, and managing stress. Stories in this department are approximately 1,200 words.
FEATURES. Features generally cover specific conditions (cancer, pain, anxiety, autism), investigative topics, action plans (10 steps to a healthy back, 9 ways to ease insomnia), and the natural lifestyle (stick to New Year’s resolutions, detox the right way, green your home). Features run between 1,200 and 2,000 words.