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The Seed Guardians: Meet the Women of India Who are Revolutionizing Organic Farming | Openhearted Rebel. By Carolanne Wright, Wake Up World For some time now, we’ve been hearing about the important role women have in curbing environmental destruction. After all, the argument goes, the patriarchal system is at the root of our environmental problems — with its sole focus on the profitable bottom line and a complete disregard for the effect industry has on clean air and water, animal habitats, human health and our food supply. What we need is a more feminine approach that sees value in preserving and caring for our natural world. Granted, there are plenty of men who are extremely concerned about the environment and are actively working towards protecting our gorgeous planet.

Often, part of this education includes learning about the importance of preserving the environment and developing more sustainable practices with fuel for cooking, food cultivation and water conservation. Over ninety-percent of cotton grown in India is now genetically modified. Related reading: Article sources: Organic control of bronze orange bugs - eco-organic garden by OCP. Juvenile bronze orange bug Bronze Orange Bugs are those smelly, ugly bugs which crawl over your citrus. Commonly called stink bugs they can be quite damaging to citrus trees as they suck the goodness out of stems. New shoots wilt and fruit and flowers can drop prematurely.

You also need to be careful of the foul liquid they eject as their defense mechanism. This liquid will burn skin and eyes on contact. Bronze Orange Bugs change colour as they grow. Plants AttackedAll citrus plants including a range of native citrus Organic Control Method for Bronze Orange BugsMost people only think about this pest when they notice the large orange and black bugs in late spring and summer.

Adult bronze orange bug Physical Removal On smaller trees it is possible to catch and kill the bugs as they don’t move quickly. On hot days bronze orange bugs will withdraw from the foliage and will congregate on the lower trunk of the tree where it is cooler. Adult bronze orange bugs clustering low to avoid the heat. How to make a pvc greenhouse cheap! Elderberry Extract: Nature’s “Tamiflu” The most important weapon against influenza that you can add to your herbal arsenal is elderberry extract Whether you are concerned with the seasonal flu or the potential of a deadly strain of influenza becoming pandemic, elderberry extract is a vital addition to your vault of flu remedies.

Unlike the highly touted flu shot, black elderberry has actually been conclusively proven to be effective. It is one of the few natural remedies that has been written up in the medical journals. The studies I’m listing here are based on black elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L) - name brand Sambucol. According to PubMed: Sambucus nigra L. products – Sambucol – are based on a standardized black elderberry extract. The Journal of International Medical Research concurs that elderberry extract is a proven treatment, referencing a different study: An Ancient Panacea The medicinal use of the elderberry is nothing new.

How It Works Scientists have isolated the active compound in the elderberry. Avian Flu. Mulch and Native Plants. Jeff Howes There have been many articles written on mulch and the following are my views together with the results of some research that you may find of benefit. There are three types of mulch: Organic material such as: eucalyptus leaf litter, wood chips, pine bark chips, compost, lawn clippings, pea straw, stable straw, lucerne, seaweed, hay, manure, sugar cane mulch, paper etc. Inorganic mulch such as: gravel, decorative pebbles, any crushed rock, sand,etc Living mulch: any dense growing ground cover plant. Why do we mulch native gardens? How thick should mulch be applied? Advantages of mulch An effective and safe way to reduce weeds.

Disadvantages of mulch Soil needs to be wet/damp before mulch is applied. Mulching tips Before mulching, remove any grass, weeds and dead plants from the bed. Conclusion Not one mulch is universally the best so consider the above before making a choice. Synthetic Cannabis Extremely Dangerous Compared to Natural Marijuana, New Study Reveals | Culture of Awareness. Forest for the trees: Suzanne Simard at TEDSummit. Forest ecologist Suzanne Simard examines the unseen relationship between trees in a forest.

Photo by Bret Hartman/TED. Have you ever stood among the trees — those tall, stoic, magnificent plants — listening to their leaves rustle in the wind and imagined quietly to yourself that they’re communicating in some way? Perhaps in whispers, or hushed voices? It turns out that your imagination isn’t at wild as you might believe; Trees do, in fact, talk. However, as forest ecologist Suzanne Simard discovered through her research, this communication happens not in the air but deep below our feet in an incredibly dense, complex network of roots and chemical signals. “Trees are the foundation of a forest, but a forest is much more than what you see,” says Simard.

“The great thing about forests,” says Simard, “is that as complex systems, they have an enormous capacity to self-heal.” “In a single forest, a mother tree may be connected to hundreds of other trees,” she says. Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other. Deep Green Permaculture | The Sustainable Organic Gardening Guide for Self-Sufficient People. Native Lore: The Origin of Light. Native American Lore In the early times, there was only darkness; there was no light at all. At the edge of the sea a woman lived with her father.

One time she went out to get some water. As she was scraping the snow, she saw a feather floating toward her. She opened her mouth and the feather floated in and she swallowed it. Then she had a baby. When the woman's father came home, he scolded his daughter for taking the bladder down from the wall and giving it to the child. An Alaskan Myth from the Inuit || Back to Native Lore Index || || Stonee's WebLodge|Quotes from Our Past || || NativePoems|| ©1996 StoneE Producktions ___________________ All Sponsership Welcomed. Native American Indian Lore: ORIGIN OF OUR TRIBAL FLOWER -- THE TRAILING ARBUTUS. Many, many moons ago, there lived an old man alone in his lodge beside a stream in the thick woods. He was heavily clad in furs; for it was winter, and all the world was covered with snow and ice.

The winds swept through the woods; searching every bush and tree for birds to chill, and chasing evil spirits over high hills, through tangled swamps, and valleys deep. The old man went about, and peered vainly in the deep snow for pieces of wood to sustain the fire in his lodge. Sitting down by the last dying embers, he cried to Kigi Manito Waw-kwi (the God of Heaven) that he might not perish. The winds howled, and blew aside the door of his lodge, when in came a most beautiful maiden. The old man said, "My daughter, I am indeed glad to see you. He then filled two pipes with tobacco, that they might smoke together as they talked. The old man replied, "I breathe, and the snow covers all the earth. " "When I walk about," answered the old man, "leaves wither and fall from the trees. Plant Lore & Cultivation Info -                      White Buffalo Trading                 &nbsp. Daturas Moonflower and Jimson Weed are the most well known Daturas.

Since Datura is plentiful throughout Europe and the Americas, it has a long history of psychoactive use. Its main component is the alkaloid atropine, an excellent remedy for asthma, motion sickness and poisonous nerve gas, but itself is toxic in high doses. This genus has nine to 15+ species ranging from annuals to perennials, all with upright, trumpet-shaped flowers and green, oblong seed pods covered in long, sharp spikes.

The plant was used by European gypsies, shaman from many indigenous peoples worldwide including the Aztecs, was mentioned in the Kama Sutra, and has been used widely in witchcraft. The common weed “poisoned” a group of British soldiers in Jamestown. Center of the Stramonium, Apothecary Art Datura Sun Burst, Apothecary Art Syrian Rue Peganum harmala . Tobacco, Nicotiana rustica Rustica is a delightful plant to grow. Rows of rustica at NightShade Farm Carob Tree, Ceratonia Siliqua Ceratonia Siliqua. Solanum mauritianum (Wild Tobacco) Originally Posted by TemplarShort answer... no.It is not related to the Nicotiana spp. which is the cultivated type.

It is a good example of a confusing Common name, which is why we use Latinate names when we ID plants.Long answer,,,yes, it is very much related to Nicotiana tabacum and N. rustica. They're the main tobaccos of commerce (and their hybrids)and as related to S. mauritianum as smoking tobbaco is to potato, or potato is to tomato. Most definitely related.

Best to stick to binomial taxonomy when dealing with potential toxics. Solanum mauritianum. "Solanum auriculatum" redirects here. This name and Solanum mauritianum itself have variously been applied to other plants; see below. Solanum mauritianum is a small tree or shrub native to South America, including Northern Argentina, Southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.[1] It has become a widespread invasive weed in Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawai‘i, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Réunion Island, Mauritius, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka[2] and several southern African countries.[3] Its common names include earleaf nightshade[4] (or "ear-leaved nightshade"), woolly nightshade, flannel weed, bugweed, tobacco weed, tobacco bush, wild tobacco and kerosene plant.

The plant has a life of up to thirty years, and can grow up to 10 m (33 ft) tall. Its large oval leaves are grey-green in color and covered with felt-like hairs. The flower is purple with a yellow center. The plant can flower year round but fruiting occurs in late spring to early summer. Permaculture.

Sustainable SOLUTIONS. Why 80% of People Worldwide Will Soon Stop Eating Wheat. The future of wheat is certain, and it’s toxic. There are as many health risks associated with the consumption of wheat as there are nutritional benefits claimed by the wheat industry. Why is there such a strong emphasis on the development of wheat products all over the world when there are so many adverse and crippling effects such as neurological impairment, dementia, heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis and visceral fat accumulation, not to mention the full range of intolerances and bloating now experienced by millions of people? Approximately 700 million tons of wheat are now cultivated worldwide making it the second most-produced grain after maize.

It is grown on more land area than any other commercial crop and is considered a staple food for humans. At some point in our history, this ancient grain was nutritious in some respects, however modern wheat really isn’t wheat at all. Dr. Health Effects Wheat-Free Options 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Source: Prevent Disease Share: Comments comments. Valerian Root | The Happy Herb Company. Status message Active context: herbpage Valerian root is used as a nerve sedative and anti-spasmodic as well as a remedy for hysteria and other nervous complaints.

Used since ancient times, Valerian (its name derived from the Latin 'valere', meaning 'to be in health'), has long been valued around the world. Valerian root comes from the perennial flowering Valerian plant, a hardy plant with sweet smelling pink or white flowers that blooms in summer. Effects: Muscle relaxant and mild tranquilliser. NB. Precautions / Contraindications: As Valarian is known to be a nontoxic sedative, dosing too much of the root can cause dizziness and drowsiness and as such Valarian should not be used before driving or operating heavy machinery. References: Happy High Herbs seventh edition book How can I use herbs in my daily life - Isabell Shipard 3rd edition. 12 Top Vegan Iron Sources. If you are a vegan, what is the first argument you hear from meat-eating advocates? Well the sarcastic ones might say something about plants having feelings too, but the most popular rebuttal usually has something to do with iron.

And yes iron is an essential mineral because it contributes to the production of blood cells. The human body needs iron to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. But just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean you’re going to wither away with anemia. However, anemia is not something to be taken lightly. So here’s the 411 on iron: how much you need, where you can get it, and tips to maximize its absorption. Love This? Thanks for subscribing! Iron Requirements The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine recommends the following: Infants and children • Younger than 6 months: 0.27 milligrams per day (mg/day) • 7 months to 1 year: 11 mg/day • 1 to 3 years: 7 mg/day • 4 to 8 years: 10 mg/day Non-animal iron sources:

9 Uses For Hemp You Won’t Learn From Mainstream Media | Culture of Awareness. By Amanda Froelich, Wake Up World These are the most newsworthy benefits of industrial hemp corporate media won’t teach you about. Although the negative stigma associated with cannabis has lessened in recent years – especially since THC- and CBD-rich oils were found to be a powerful aid in fighting cancer – it still hasn’t garnered full support from the public. This is unfortunate, as hemp is one of the most versatile (and longest cultivated) crops on the planet and can be used for a variety of practical and economical uses.

According to some sources, the crop is humanity’s answer to creating a cleaner energy source that can replace nuclear power, removing radioactive water from the soil, and eliminating smog from skies in industrialized areas. In addition, nationwide hemp production (which creates more oxygen than standard crops) could eliminate deforestation by converting current paper to hemp paper, which can be recycled up to 8 times. 1) Fuel 2) Batteries 3) Building Materials 8) Paper. 20 of the Best Antiviral and Antibacterial Herbs and Plants Ever! Photo credit: bigstock.com Depending on your age, your mother or grandmother most likely used some type of herb or plants to help heal you when you were sick without you realizing it, or perhaps you just didn’t appreciate it at the time.

For many of us, it’s not until we have our own children that we realize that we don’t want to put chemicals and other toxic things into those precious little bodies. Especially when it comes to antibiotics or antiviral medicines. You start to think that Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she made this planet, and that she must have put some type of healing plant on this earth to help us along. Before using these antiviral or antibacterial herbs, you would be wise to consult a herbalist for exact dosing instructions as everyone’s body, especially children’s, are unique and different herbs should be consumed in different quantities and in different ways, such as teas or tinctures. 1.

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