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Herbal Activities With Kids

  Herbal Activities with Kids Many prescription medicines contain drugs derived from natural herbs. Many perfumes and fragrances are made from the oils in herbs. Herbs have been used for at least 5,000 years by all cultures for cooking, medicine, crafts, and...

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Resources

PROJECT LEARNING TREE EDUCATIONAL UNITS ON-LINE! Environmental Education Online Workshops by Project Learning Tree PLT ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Interesting Link: International School Grounds GREEN SCHOOL GROUNDS   The evidence is in: A...

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Herb and Spice Blends

Taco Seasoning 1/2 cup chili powder 1/4 cup onion powder 1/8 cup ground cumin 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon sea salt Directions: Mix all ingredients in a jar. Shake the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use. Store in a dry,...

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Edible Flowers

When you fix that healthy salad make add fresh herbs and colorful flowers! Edible Flowers: Violet, Nasturtium, Pansy, Calendula, French Marigold, Bee Balm, Squash blossoms, Day lilies, Borage, Thyme, Oregano, Honey suckle, Rose, Lavender, Jasmine, Sage, chamomile,...

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Passion Flower

                                            Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a perennial, climbing vine native to Southern and Central America and is cultivated in Europe. It reaches a height of 10-12 metres and climbs using thin tendrils to spiral around the...

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Herbs for Repelling Insects

Herbs for Repelling Insects Herbs were our original household cleaners, disinfectants, and bug repellents! andThey were used with good results before humans came up with toxic chemicals. Herbs are better for the environment and continue to work for you when you put...

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Talk About Teas

The Minimalism of Tea Tea is an act complete in its simplicity. When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea. The rest of the world dissolves. There are no worries about the future. No dwelling on past mistakes. Tea is simple loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup. I...

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Herbal Bath Blends

Bath Herb Blends: A fragrant herbal bath is a reliable refuge from the turmoil of everyday life. Gently mix the ingredients in a large bowl and store in a jar or basket. Add 1/4 cup oatmeal for dry skin or 1/4 cup cornmeal for oily skin before simmering for extra...

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Herbs for the Skin

  Herbs for the Skin Fresh and dried herbs used to make infusions with medical properties–applied externally or used with compresses–have been in use for thousands of years. Why would we choose to use chemicals on our skin when these lovely botanicals can be just...

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Herbs to Reduce Stress

Herbs to Reduce Stress Panax ginseng is perhaps one of the most studied medicinal herbs in the world -- and might be one of the most widely used. It's used to promote a sense of well-being and endurance, as an anti-depressant, for memory and calmness, for energy (it's...

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Cooking Healthy With Herbs

Cooking Healthy with Herbs If you’re not utilizing fresh herbs, you’re missing out. Herbs are nature’s real miracles, tiny taste-enhancers loaded with compounds that add antioxidants and vital minerals to every dish. Thyme - Two teaspoons of the herb pack in nearly 20...

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Herbs for the Lungs

Mullein flowers and leaves are favorite natural remedies. They have been used to combat colds, bronchitis, flu, emphysema and laryngitis among others. As a relaxing expectorant, mullein contains saponines that soothe bronchial spasm to clear out sticky phlegm and...

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Cinnamon OiL and Clove Oil

How To Make Cinnamon Oil Cinnamon oil is a widely used ingredient for making apple butter, candied apples, candied popcorn, and more. Used in chocolate icings, ice cream and baking, the intense cinnamon flavor adds a delicious, flavorful twist. While the stick and...

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Oil of Oregano Benefits

Oil of oregano is a well-known folk remedy used to kill bacteria, viruses, fungus and yeast. The oil derives much of its healing properties from carvacrol and thymol, two naturally occurring compounds. Carvacrol is a powerful antimicrobial that has been shown...

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Make Your Own Essential OIls

 Make your own essential oils from mint, lavender, thyme, rosemary or an herb you find especially delicious-smelling,follow this simple recipe: Chop your herbs. Pack herbs into an airtight container. Heat vegetable oil, olive oil, or a nut oil on the stove. Remove...

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Herbal Activities with Kids

Herbal Activities with Kids Many prescription medicines contain drugs derived from natural herbs. Many perfumes and fragrances are made from the oils in herbs. Herbs have been used for at least 5,000 years by all cultures for cooking, medicine, crafts, and cosmetics....

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Smudging and Blessing Herbs

Smudging and Blessing Herbs Sage is for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. Sage is used to 'wash off' the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space. Objects are likewise washed off with sage...

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Herbs

“The best 6 doctors anywhere,And no one can deny it, Are sunshine, water, rest, and air and exercise and diet. These 6 will gladly you attend, If only you are willing, Your ills they’ll mend, Your cares they’ll tend,     And charge you not a shilling.        Back to...

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The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary to maintain bone health. Few foods naturally contain significant levels of vitamin D. In order to get adequate vitamin D through diet alone, two servings of fatty fish would have to be consumed every day. Therefore it is important to increase...

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Brain Health

The brain is a three-pound supercomputer. It is the command and control center running your life. It is involved in absolutely everything you do. Your brain determines how you think, how you feel, how you act, and how well you get along with other people. Your brain...

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Uses for Tea Tree OIl

Uses for Tea Tree Oil     Acne - Tea tree oil contains very strong anti-microbial properties, which basically means it kills bacteria. It has been used to treat mild to moderate acne. Studies found that although initially it took a bit longer to see results with tea...

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Herbs for the Lungs

Top 10 Herbs For The Lungs: Mullein flowers and leaves are favorite natural remedies. They have been used to combat colds, bronchitis, flu, emphysema and laryngitis among others. As a relaxing expectorant, mullein contains saponines that soothe bronchial spasm to...

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Benefits of Frankenscense

Burning Frankincense, the resin from the Boswellia tree, has been a part of religious and cultural ceremonies for a millennium.  It is believed to be an aroma that will help your soul reach spiritual exaltation. Recently a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins...

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Environment

Nature isn't a place to visit, it is our home.  The most effective way to connect our children to nature is to connect ourselves.  "It is not half so important to know as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world."  Rachel...

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Recycling

  1) Styrofoam is not a marketable product. It costs lots of money to process into a usable product (the process is called densifying), and polystyrene has an extremely low market value, so our vendors cannot make money off the product (remember that recycling is...

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Green Cleaning

Basic Floor Cleaner Works well on all floor types – sealed wood, tile, laminate and linoleum – for regular cleaning. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and hot water, and mop. There’s no need to rinse, and the vinegar smell dissipates once the floors have dried. The...

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Wasteful Things We Can Do Without

Wasteful Things We Can Live Without: Everything Styrofoam! Stamp out styrofoamPlastic wrap -- Instead, use a container with a lid. Tin foil -- Use an oven-safe pot or dish with a lid.Disposable cleaning cloths, dusters, etc. -- Use a microfiber cloth that can be...

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The Health of Our Rivers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sampled around 2,000 rivers and streams in 2008-2009 and released a draft version of the National Rivers and Streams Assessment. What they found is pretty alarming: Only 21 percent of rivers and streams were deemed to be in...

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Environmental Toxins

"The physical pollution of the planet affects us mentally, psychologically, and even spiritually. Once we realize that all of life interrelates not only on a physical level, but across different levels of reality, we will have to embrace multidimensional awareness."  ...

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Controlling Mosquitos and Other Insects

Things That Make Mosquitoes Love You Mosquitoes crave the lactic acid, ammonia, and uric acid found in sweat. Bugs love the carbon dioxide that surrounds you if you are breathing heavy. Mosquitoes follow carbon dioxide trails to their source. Mosquitoes are more...

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Creative Uses for Pallets

Using pallets for building and growing You can’t build outside with untreated pallets. These treated pallets are lined so that there would be no contact between the plants and the treated pallet wood. You can build a worm bin using them too.      ...

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Turk’s Cap

Turk's Cap        A Deciduous Perennial Shrub            Malvaviscus arboreus    Malvaviscus is from a Greek word meaning "sticky mallow". mal-vah-VISS-kus  ar-BOR-ee-us      Turk’s cap was designated a 2011 Texas Superstar because when it comes to climate and soils,...

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Growing Blueberries

Packed with nutrients and cancer-fighting compounds, blueberries are tasty and so easy to grow. Blue Crop blueberries take frigid winters and produce huge crops in July. The healthiest and one of the tastiest fruits, the blueberry, is simple to grow. Chandler is the...

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Growing Tomatoes

                                         Tips for Growing Tomatoes  Remember that most tomatoes are vines!  Pass up overgrown transplants. Choose a bright, airy spot of rich soil. Put stakes in when transplanting to avoid damaging roots. Feed the soil washed dried...

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Seven Ways to Plant Potatoes

POTATOES    7 ways to plant potatoes 1. Hilled Rows 2. Straw Mulch 3. Raised Bed 4. Grow Bag 5. Garbage Bag 6. Wood Box 7. Wire Cylinder     If you don't have garden space for potatoes, don't worry -- you can grow them in towers! Potato towers are a productive and...

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Figs

FIGS  Figs provide more fiber than any other common fruit or vegetable.  The fiber is both soluble and insoluble and both types of fiber are important for good health. ¼ cup serving = 5 grams fiber, 6% iron, 6% of calcium, and 7% of the Daily Value for potassium. They...

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Asparagus

THE ASPARAGUS Asparagus are coming up now and they are delicious! I like to eat them raw right out of the garden. They are easy to care for and produce every year. It is a perennial vegetable rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Asparagus is one of the...

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Horseradish

     Horseradish has a clear, fresh taste and packs more zing than the store-bought variety, and it must rank in the top five easiest-to-grow food plants, because it thrives in almost any condition. Horseradish is a rugged, cold-hardy (to Plant Hardiness Zone 3)...

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Indoor Plants that Clean the Air

Nasa’a  Pick for Best Air Filtering  Houseplants     There are many benefits to having plants in our home and office environments. Transpiration from leaves normally raises the humidity in a room by 5-10%, which is particularly good when air is dry. Plants can act as...

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How to Have Super Yields from the Garden

HOW TO HAVE SUPER YIELDS FROM THE GARDEN Build up your soil. Building up the soil is the single most important factor in better yields. A deep, organically rich soil encourages the growth of healthy, extensive roots that are able to reach more nutrients and water. The...

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Five Most Mosquito Repelling Plants

Five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants 1. Citronella is a common natural ingredient in mosquito repellents. The aroma is a strong smell that masks other attractants to mosquitoes. It is used in scented candles and torches. The living plant is more...

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Herbs for Repelling Insects

Herbs for Repelling Insects Herbs were our original household cleaners, disinfectants, and bug repellents! andThey were used with good results before humans came up with toxic chemicals. Herbs are better for the environment and continue to work for you when you put...

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