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Links & Resources... Finding information and resources online can be tedious and frustrating; there's a lot more useless debris than valuable information out there. These links are my way of separating the wheat from the chaff. With the exception of wildcrafters/growers/medicine makers, all herb links lead to sites with educational content. I know pretty much everybody linked to here and feel real good about steering others their way. Live in Michigan? Lao Sativa Marijuana Strain Buy Lao Sativa Seeds at Discount PricesClassification: Sativa (100%)Parents: Lao Luang Prabang IBLGrowing Environment: Indoor/Greenhouse/Outdoor (sometimes)Garden Skills: IntermediateFlowering Time: 14 - 16 weeksYield: ModerateMedical Uses: Depression, arthritis, anxiety, migrainesBreeder: ACE Seeds Buzz Rating: A creeper strain in the truest sense of the word, Lao Sativa offers a long-lasting effect, after taking nearly 25 minutes to reach full intensity. This is a very clean, upbeat and alert high, that causes very little, if any, paranoia or other negative feelings typically associated with pure sativas.

No Outdoor Space? Try Gutter Gardens : Posted on | April 29, 2009 | 12 Comments I love this garden idea! Great for tip for urban living. Attach gutters to the back of a house/building or to a fence. Homemade Energy Drink I started out with the intention of coming up with a recipe for a homemade version of the store bought energy drinks, but after doing some research and discovering how unhealthy they are for you, I decided instead to try and design a less sugar/caffeine fueled way to help myself through the workday afternoon sleepy slump. What I landed on was a system of three drinks and some energy boosting ideas that are going a long way to helping me keep my energy up all day long! Here's the good on the drinks: The Fire Hydrant (left) - 3-4 8oz glasses throughout the day

Herbcraft - Mullein... (more pics) Verbascum thapsus Mullein is an easily recognizable plant found throughout Michigan in fields, meadows, and anywhere the ground has been disturbed. It is a biennial, putting forth a rosette of fuzzy leaves upon the ground the first year, and sending up its characteristic yellow flowered stalk the second. After seeding, the plant dies. The dead brown stalk is an excellent indicator of where to look for first year rosettes, as they can often be found within 15-20 feet from the dead stalk.

The Curated Eight: DIY Herb Gardens - Inspired by CharmInspired by Charm Okay. Seriously. Mother Nature, I am completely ready for spring. Vitamins & Minerals Vitamins for the Bodybuilder Bodybuilding relies greatly on a successful diet. However, this diet is different from some other diets from other athletes in the way that it is very specific in how the different micronutrients are broken down. As you all know, the bodybuilder will require more protein than for convential diets or for other athletes. Due to this high intake of protein, far greater demands are placed on micronutrients and can deplete levels already stored in the body. A multivitamin will be the perfect solution to minimize any potential harmful effect such a high quanity of protein will have on the body. Feminine Balance Tea - Real Food Outlaws by If you ask me what my favorite tea is, Feminine Balance would be my answer. It is amazing for hormone balancing and doubles as a fertility tea. This is based on a formula given to me a few years ago by my herbalist at the time, Sarah Powell from Lilith’s Apothecary. Using this tea, some additional tinctures and food, I was able to balance my hormones and get pregnant with my 4th baby. Since using this tea myself, I’ve been providing it to friends, family and clients with great results.

anderson + grant: Creating a Summer Flower Display I wanted to create a tall flower display in a urn as you walk up onto the porch. The pot is in the sun all day long so I needed plants that could handle those conditions. Adding a variety of types of plants in different heights and textures makes for a pretty planting arrangement, whether in a pot or in the ground. I bought four types of flowers: Getting Your Vitamins and Minerals through Diet The benefits of multivitamins are looking doubtful. Can we do without them? We all know that vitamin supplements are no substitute for a healthy diet, but nobody's perfect when it comes to healthful eating. It can be particularly challenging to get the nutrients you need if you're dieting or if you avoid animal or dairy products. So, many of us take a daily multivitamin as nutritional insurance. But research suggests that multivitamins may not be all they're cracked up to be.

How to Make Cordials, Naturally Making cordials is a good way to use up surplus produce, to extend the eating season and to ‘add value’ to your crop. Like any culinary operation, cordial making is a mixture of science, cooking and washing-up. You need to balance the ratio of fruit to water to sweetener in order to obtain a tasty drink that keeps well, whilst not adding overly to your sugar intake. 3 Composting Techniques Everyone Should Know We all know by now that composting is important to the environment. It allows natural waste to return to the earth, while adding a nutrient rich material to our gardens. Here is a break down of the top 3 most common techniques for composting for the home gardener. Hot Composting – Open Bins Triple Layer Chamomile Brownies Shanna Jade Everyone can use a good no bake brownie recipe in their life, am I right? This recipe is simple, uses wholesome fiber-rich ingredients that are naturally gluten and refined sugar-free. The chamomile layer adds a hint of freshness to the dense richness of the chocolate, however switching the type of tea up with the season is totally doable as well. Try Chia in the cold winter months, or a bergamot-rich Earl Grey for a nice slightly bitter citrus flavor.