18 of Nature’s Most Powerful Medicinal Plants (Part of an Exclusive WebEcoist Series on Amazing Trees, Plants, Forests and Flowers) From marijuana to catnip, there are hundreds of remarkably common herbs, flowers, berries and plants that serve all kinds of important medicinal and health purposes that might surprise you: anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, insect repellent, antiseptic, expectorant, antibacterial, detoxification, fever reduction, antihistamine and pain relief. Here are eighteen potent medical plants you're likely to find in the wild – or even someone's backyard – that can help with minor injuries, scrapes, bites and pains
ffee 'may make us happier': Study finds people recognise positive words more quickly when dosed with the stimulant By Damien Gayle Published: 14:00 GMT, 13 November 2012 | Updated: 14:00 GMT, 13 November 2012 Drinking coffee might help us look on the bright side of life, according to a new study which shows caffeine can help people spot positive words. German researchers found that volunteers dosed the equivalent in caffeine of two to three cups of coffee were able to spot positive words more quickly in a series of experiments. But psychologists found it did not have the same effect when it came to negative words. Rousing: New research shows that coffee may make drinkers more cheerful by stimulating their response to positive words.
Growing mushrooms in a laundry basket Thought you might like to see a great way to grow mushrooms outdoors if you have a shady place that gets watered regularly… This technique also works indoors, but the laundry basket is usually bagged or boxed until the straw is completely colonised with mycelium. This technique has both upsides and downsides, but most importantly, it’s easy, and gets people growing mushrooms! Leafsnap, a new mobile app that identifies plants by leaf shape, is launched by Smithsonian and collaborators The Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University and the University of Maryland have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species. Smithsonian botanist John Kress uses the new mobile app to correctly identify a katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) growing in the Smithsonian’s Enid A.
DIY Trellis Ideas Hello! I hope you are all doing well! How is your veggie garden harvest going? I’m overwhelmed with zucchini right now, but the rest of my veggies are taking their sweet time! What Drinking Coffee Does to You The chances are that you saw the title of this article and winced a little. Usually, things which are enjoyable bring negative side effects to our bodies. Alcohol, chocolate and fast-food are all fine examples of things which are enjoyable at the time but have negative long-term side effects on your health. So how does coffee compete with these ‘naughty’ foods and drink? Drinking coffee is a great way to stay alert, both physically and mentally. It helps wake you up in the morning and aids your productivity, and help relieve workplace stress.
How to Grow Watercress Posted on 29 May 2011 by urbangardencasual.com Mindy McIntosh-Shetter Watercress is an herb that my daughter and I became very familiar with when she was younger. Identification of Edible Plants Copyright © 1998,2004 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E. All Rights Reserved. The best method of identifying edible wild plants is by consulting someone where you live who knows which plants are edible and which ones are not.
Water, rest, water, save Public release date: 9-Nov-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Richard Whiterhfirstname.lastname@example.org 979-845-1550Texas A&M AgriLife Communications COLLEGE STATION – A typical landscaped yard consists of lawn area and ornamental plants. If watered properly, homeowners can see the beauty, pocket some green and save some water, according to a Texas A&M University turfgrass professor. The Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet Get the FREE eBook! The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Paleo! Discover if Paleo is for you The one simple trick to know if your food is Paleo-friendly Easy Paleo recipes for beginners to get you started The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day…WAY back in the day.
companion planting I am keen to try out companion planting – the practice of planting beneficial plants with each other. I started last year and had some success so this year I hope to try some different things. There are a few different aspects to companion planting – some plants improve the flavour and growth of others, some attract beneficial insects and some repel them.
Eat wild stuff and not get poisoned Let's play pretend for a moment. Are you with me? Let's pretend you can't go down to the supermarket for food to eat. In fact, let's pretend that there is not a supermarket for one hundred miles in any direction, and you don't have any food with you. In this pretend land, you are stranded in the wilderness. Perhaps your GPS navigation unit directed you to detour onto a closed mining road in the middle of nowhere, and you didn't have the sense to second-guess it until your rental car got stuck in seasonal mud, and you decide to head out into the woods instead of following the road back. 10 Most Useful Medicinal Plants For Your Garden Would you like to create your very own backyard pharmacy by growing medicinal plants? There’s no better way to use whatever extra space you have at home than to create a garden space where you can grow medicinal plants. In fact, even if you live in an apartment setting, you can create a windowsill garden where you can grow medicinal plants. This is especially useful if you have little kids running around in the house who can acquire a burn, a shallow wound, a sore or strike up a fever. Basically, the medicinal plants to grow in your very own little garden space should be ones with the most number of medicinal values. Factors that You Need to Consider when Growing Medicinal Plants in a Garden