Earth Day ~ April 22, 2016

Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was … Continue reading Earth Day ~ April 22, 2016

Food Tool Friday: Grow Fresh Herbs & Veggies Indoors with a Tabletop Greenhouse

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We’re very fond of finding ways to regrow food. That means taking things like carrot tops and leftover bits from garlic, onions, chives, and other herbs and aromatics to create mini reusable herb gardens.

However, for people who dwell in small spaces with limited outdoor areas or who have pets and children who tend to get in, well, everywhere, it can be tough to find a dedicated spot to do some urban farming. Thankfully, a tabletop greenhouse is a great way to really commit to growing your own food. These small enclosures, usually made of glass, steel, metal, and/or plastic, not only set aside space so your basil and cilantro can grow unhindered, they can also protect them from dust and the occasional random flying object (in my case, usually my dog’s favorite chew toy).

It doesn’t hurt that…

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Gardeners Can Improve Plight of the Honey Bees

Our local, and national newspapers and agricultural news journals have reported in recent years the plight of our beloved honeybees and their demise as a result of colony collapse disorder. Although the honeybee is not native to the North American continent and was originally brought over by European settlers, they have been successfully raised here … Continue reading Gardeners Can Improve Plight of the Honey Bees


A healthy mix and variety of bugs in your yard is a good thing, despite what my grandchildren say. And while we cherish the sight of our beloved honey bee, there are many, many other pollinators that do an excellent job of assisting with fertilization, as well. One basic way to encourage a variety of … Continue reading GET BUSY ATTRACTING BEES!

Safety When You Use Herbs.

Plants have the power to heal...but first, know these basics for safe and effective results. Humans, like most mammals, have turned to plants for food and medicine since our earliest times. No doubt some of our ancestors suffered the consequences of unfortunate choices along the way. Most of the herbs sold in the United States … Continue reading Safety When You Use Herbs.

Herbs As Primary Healthcare Tool.

Despite the advance of modern medicines as well as several other prevailing alternate streams of medicines, people in several countries across the globe still use herbs as the basic healthcare tool. In effect, plenty of the remedial features of modern or contemporary medicine have been adopted from the researches undertaken on herbal remedies in the … Continue reading Herbs As Primary Healthcare Tool.

EO Life Hack: Label Residue Remover

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Have you ever been frustrated while trying to remove label residue from something? Well, lemon essential oil is coming to the rescue! Easily remove unwanted label residue from glass (including your old EO bottles!) by placing a couple drops of lemon oil on the residue and rubbing it off with a finger. Wash with warm soapy water when finished. You’ll be surprised at how easy this is!

Note: Don’t try this on a plastic product; lemon oil can actually eat away at the plastic.


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A Better Nutritional Facts Panel

The ubiquitous nutrition facts panel has graced food packages for many years. But can it be improved? Results from a study led by Michigan State University and featured in a recent issue of the journal Food Policy indicates the answer is, "Yes." Obesity is a serious and growing global health crisis. According to the World … Continue reading A Better Nutritional Facts Panel

Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot | AromaTools™ Blog

Bergamot essential oil is solvent extracted or vacuum distilled from the Citrus bergamia fruit (Kaffir Lime) or pressed from the rind or peel. Bergamot was used in Italy to relieve fevers, protect … Source: Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot | AromaTools™ Blog