Archives for March 2016

13 Easy Ways To Reduce Home Allergens

As many as 50 million Americans have some sort of allergy, many of which are to substances found in their own homes. In fact, research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that at least six allergens were discovered in 51.5% of the homes tested. Common indoor allergens, which affect both the eyes and nasal passages, include dust mites, mold and mildew,… [read more]

Incompatible Plants: 20 Plants & What They Can’t Grow With

Companion planting has gained great momentum amongst novice and experienced gardeners alike; especially with those who aim to grow maximum food in minimum space. Some plants like marigolds and a few other aromatic herbs are grown exclusively for the protective effect they seem to have against many garden pests, but not all vegetables appreciate their presence. When space is premium, you should choose your bedfellows… [read more]

10 Adaptogenic Herbs To Ease Away Stress

Adaptogenic herbs are plants that have been used as rejuvenating and restorative tonics in the ancient herbal medicine systems of different cultures around the world. They are characterized by their relative safety as well as their generalized action on the whole body, rather than individual organs or disease conditions. Their use brings about both physical and mental wellbeing and equips the person to handle stress… [read more]

How Coconut Oil Works Wonders For Healing Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition where red, itchy and scaly rashes appear on the skin. People with asthma and other allergies are more prone to it. Seen more often in infants and young children, it usually affects the tender skin on the cheek, wrist, elbow, knees, hands and feet. If you suffer from eczema you know all too well how uncomfortable it can be. This… [read more]

17 Organic Secrets to Turbocharge Your Garden Harvest

All gardeners want to get the best out of their time and effort by maximizing food production. If space is the limiting factor in some gardens, inclement weather and short growing seasons could be the challenges elsewhere. Here are some practical ways to increase your garden output in spite of these problems.     1. Provide quality growing medium In outdoor gardens, regular soil is… [read more]

8 Things To Do With Grass Clippings You Probably Never Thought Of

Those with lawns big and small will know how much of a chore cutting the grass can be. But even worse – what do you do with all the grass clippings once you’ve finished mowing? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that yard waste accounts for 18% of the refuse that we dump into landfills – rising to 50% during the growing season! Approximately 75%… [read more]

25 Plants & Herbs You Can Propagate from Cuttings

Image Credit: Alex Bayley @ Flickr Growing new plants from cuttings is a great way to increase your stock in a relatively short time. Rooted cuttings are often sturdier than seedlings, and come to maturity faster, many of them bearing flowers and fruits much earlier than seedlings. For example, if you were to grow English Holly from seeds, it may take years to grow into… [read more]

How To EAT An Avocado Seed (& 6 Reasons Why You Should!)

You’re probably already aware that avocados are one of the most nutritious foods around – these creamy fruits are great for weight loss, healthy skin and hair, balanced blood sugar levels, increased nutrient absorption and digestive health. In fact, there are at least 20 reasons why you should be eating avocado daily! However, most avocado lovers aren’t aware that they are throwing away the most… [read more]

How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

Although most of us now celebrate Easter with chocolate, candy-filled eggs, many people still embrace an older and more simple custom – the tradition of dyeing chicken eggs. While there may be some uncertainty about the origins of this practice (the eggs are said to symbolize everything from Spring time fertility and re-birth to the empty tomb of Jesus), one thing is for sure –… [read more]

7 Sensational Benefits of Evening Primrose Oil

The evening primrose plant – so called because it only blooms at night – is native to both Europe and North America. Not only did the Native Americans use the seeds, leaves and roots of this wildflower for food, they also applied it topically to heal bruises, hemorrhoids, minor wounds and sore throats. The seeds of the flower were even cold pressed to make an… [read more]