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Harvesting Herbs & Plants This came from a talk by Gwen a little while ago. When the idea was raised to do a talk on herbs it seemed like a simple thing to cover but when I sat down to compile information it felt like sitting at the bottom of a very large mountain looking up into the mists. Herbalism is very in-depth and involved subject which takes years and years of study – people like Culpeper and Beyeri dedicated their lives to this wonderful and endless subject. It is my aim to do a basic introduction to the ways in which common cultivated and commonly found local wild herbs and plants can be used for healing, magical purposes and sometimes for a free tasty meal. I personally try to work with as many local plants as I can, ones grown in my own garden or gardens of friends and family or ones in the wonderful local countryside. Transporting your herbs must be done carefully to retain their valuable powers. Harvesting and Storing When to harvest Early Spring: Collect Dandelion roots Drying and Storing the plant

Epsom Salt Beauty Recipes with Epsom Salts A Beauty Enhancing Element Epsom Salt By Kathryn M. DImperio Affordable, available and easy to use, Epsom Salt provides the beauty-conscious with a wealth of fun and healthy home remedies and beauty treatments. In Grandmas day, Epsom Salt was largely used as a laxative. Epsom Salt occurs naturally, although most of what we buy in the stores has been manufactured. To take advantage of the health and beauty related functions of Epsom Salt, the Epsom Salt Council suggests the following tips: To exfoliate: Mix together two cups of Epsom Salt and cup of petroleum jelly. For a facial: Mix teaspoon of Epsom Salt into a deep cleansing cream so you can reap the benefits of this mineral deep inside your skin. To accompany a pedicure: Before you go to the trouble of painting your nails, soften your feet by soaking them in a bathtub or plastic basin with warm water and Epsom Salt for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Relaxing bath crystals: Soothing spa treatment: For a tranquil soak:

The Seed Site Wilson Bros Nursery NAPRALERT - Natural Products Alert Database The Health Benefits of Rose Hips A Rose hip is the fruit of a rose. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated for their hips. This plant grows up to ten feet tall and bears a white, very fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide variety of preparations. The fruit acids and pectin in rose hip tea is a mild diuretic and laxative. The astringent qualities of rose hip oil makes it a valuable addition in cosmetic preparations. The vitamin A is also beneficial to the immune system. Rose Hips Health Benefits As said above, rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C. Here are just some of the health benefits of rose hips: Rose Hips For Arthritis Studies have shown that supplements made from rose hip extract can help reduce symptoms related to arthritis. The active ingredients in rose hips may help protect and possibly rebuild damaged joint tissue. Like this: Like Loading...

Natural Face Mask Recipes, Body Scrub Recipes, and More Plant oils are used generously in most beauty products. When you understand their uses and know where to find them, these oils can be used in homemade skin care recipes to suit your individual needs. They can usually be found in your local grocery store or health store. Avocado- The oil from avocados is very rich and one of the most moisturizing. Almond - Almond oil is high in proteins and is also good for those with dry skin. Apricot kernel - This oil is a rich and soothing emollient that can be used for homemade lip balm. Cocoa butter- This is water repellent and a very protective oil. Coconut- Coconut oil is great for moisturizing the skin. Grape-seed- Grape-seed oil is one of the least greasy feeling oils. Olive - Olive oil dries slowly and has a long shelf life.

pH for the Garden University of Vermont ExtensionDepartment of Plant and Soil Science pH for the Garden OH 34 Leonard Perry, Extension Professor What is soil pH? Soil pH is the measure of the acidity (sourness) or alkalinity (sweetness) of a soil. Why is pH important? Soil pH is important because it influences several soil factors affecting plant growth, such as (1) soil bacteria, (2) nutrient leaching, (3) nutrient availability, (4) toxic elements, and (5) soil structure. A pH determination (soil test) will tell whether your soil will produce good plant growth or whether it will need to be treated to adjust the pH level. The pH is not an indication of fertility, but it does affect the availability of fertilizer nutrients. How to correct pH Normally, lime or dolomite is used to increase the pH, or "sweeten" the soil. If a soil is tested as too alkaline, determine if this is due to recent application of lime or whether it is due to an inherent characteristic of the soil. Last reviewed 2003

Herb Companion Magazine | Cooking With Herbs, Growing Culinary Herbs, Herbs for Health, Natural Aromatherapy or Custom Search How to Stop Sugar Cravings We’re evolutionarily predisposed to like the taste of sweet stuff—but if your enjoyment has crossed the line to craving, it might be time to work to create a healthier diet and lifestyle. Learn how to stop sugar cravings with these helpful tips. May/June2014 NEWSLETTERGet the latest healthy living tips each week. 13 Proven Health Benefits of Probiotics There are many health benefits of probiotics—or beneficial bacteria—from digestive health to neurological well-being and much, much more. Well-Crafted: A Family Heirloom Homestead in Rural Oregon A pair of artists and entrepreneurs lives a handcrafted life on a family heirloom homestead in rural Oregon. How to Keep Animals Out of Your GardenLearn how to keep animals out of your garden with these proven defenses. Food Matters Your Natural Home Natural Health Wiser Living Thai Spring Rolls Recipe with Peanut Dipping Sauce Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes Recipe Black Bean Tamale Recipe with Spicy Tomatillo Salsa Journal Eatweeds Wild Food Forager’s Guide Homemade Beauty Recipes These recipes are the intellectual property of the creators and may not be duplicated without their permission. We wish to thank Jeanne Rose, Noreen Finneran, Spa Index, SharAmbrosia and the National Honey Board for generously allowing us to share their recipes with you. For more information, or to ask permission to use specific recipes beyond your own personal use, please visit these web sites to find the formulators. Jeanne Spa We celebrate free speech and the sharing of ideas. Stealing is stealing, and we appreciate you for not doing it from our site. Healing Herbs

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