Harvesting, Drying, Preserving and Storing Your Herbs.

Now for the heart of the medicinal herbs! Knowing how to properly harvest your medicinal herbs will increase the potency and efficacy of the preparations you create. Let's understand the terminology used to describe the parts of herbs {plant parts} when harvesting. Berries and Seeds: These are the fruits of the plant, harvested when they are … Continue reading Harvesting, Drying, Preserving and Storing Your Herbs.

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7 Cool Things We Never Knew Lavender Could Do

ADD THIS WONDER PLANT TO YOUR FARMERS’ MARKET SHOPPING LIST.   Maybe you’re thinking of planting lavender because it’s a beautiful addition to any flowerbed and because bees seem to love it. But its usefulness doesn’t stop there. Here are seven ways to put it to work at home outside or in an indoor herb garden. 1. … Continue reading 7 Cool Things We Never Knew Lavender Could Do

Harvesting Herbs

Whether you are collecting the flowers, leaves or stems, you should always harvest them on a sunlit day and only when the dew has dispersed from the plants and prior to the garden being filled with the day’s full heat. In case the plants contain volatile oils, for instance, lemon balm and mints, it is … Continue reading Harvesting Herbs

In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, a beautiful video visualization of ocean currents around the world.

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This visualization from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – called Perpetual Ocean – shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. The visualization doesn’t include a narration or annotations. NASA said:

… the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.

I think they did it! Do you? NASA also said:

This visualization was produced using NASA/JPL’s computational model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II or ECCO2. ECCO2 is high-resolution model of the global ocean and sea-ice. ECCO2 attempts to model the oceans and sea ice to increasingly accurate resolutions that begin to resolve ocean eddies and other narrow-current systems which transport heat and carbon in the oceans.

The ECCO2 model simulates ocean flows at all depths, but only surface flows are used in this visualization. The dark patterns under the ocean…

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Matcha: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Matcha is a form of powdered green tea. Matcha literally means "powdered tea." In traditional green tea, the tea leaves are steeped in hot water before being discarded. With matcha, the tea is ground into powder and mixed with hot water. As a result, the leaves are consumed. Traditionally, a teaspoon of matcha powder is … Continue reading Matcha: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Clary Sage Oil: The Gentler Sage Oil

A close relative of the common garden sage, the clary sage is a perennial herb that grows from May to September. When converted into an essential oil, clary sage provides outstanding benefits for your eyes, nervous system, digestion, and kidneys. Although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s still worth using due to its many positive health … Continue reading Clary Sage Oil: The Gentler Sage Oil