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What Is Bulbine?

Bulbine frutescens, B. latifolia (syn. B. natalensis), and B. narcissifolia Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae (syn. Asphodelaceae) INTRODUCTION Bulbine species are geophytic (plants that have a subterranean storage organ known as a corm), aloe-like succulent perennials with rosettes of fleshy leaves. The amount of water stored above ground (succulence) in Bulbine species, however, may be more important for survival than the amount stored in the corm (geophytism).1 The Bulbine genus includes approximately 78

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Food as Medicine: Moringa (Moringa oleifera, Moringaceae)

Moringa oleifera is one of the 12 known Moringa species in the horseradish tree family (Moringaceae) that flourish in drier parts of the world.1 Nine species occur in eastern Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and Somalia, of which eight are endemic to Africa, and three species occur in India.1,2 Belonging to the Brassicales order, this plant family is distantly related to cruciferous vegetables like arugula (Eruca vesicaria ssp. sativa,

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The Art of Gardening For Beginners – Urban Moonshine

Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry! There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science, pollinators, or the difference between the 50 tomatoes to choose from on the seed rack at your local gardening store. Here are

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Forest Botanicals Week – Sustainable Herbs Program

I’m thrilled to share with you the launch of Forest Botanicals Week (May 18–22, 2020). Forest Botanicals Week is a public awareness campaign supporting a sustainable, responsible, and equitable supply of Appalachian forest botanicals. Along with our partners, Katie Commender from the Appalachian Herb Hub and I have been hard at work creating an information-filled week to bring to life these forest botanicals and the

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Health Optimization and Adaptogens – An Effective Strategy Against Pathogens | DonnieYance.com

Now more than ever, we need more sunshine, fresh air, clean water, and to nourish our cells with powerful phytonutrients that strengthen our ability to adapt and thrive as we are exposed to stress, toxins, and virulent pathogens in our environment. Did you know that being outside, getting sunshine, and breathing fresh air (particularly humid air) is one of the best medicines

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The Sun; Overexposure to Sun, Sea, and Wind

Despite repeated warnings that skin cancer is caused at least in part by exposure to the sun, people still flock to the beach, where they lie prostrate, soaking in as much sunshine as they can. Hopefully, they are wearing a high factor sunscreen. But lying on the beach more than half-naked with nothing much to do does provide the perfect

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The Essence of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

HISTORY OF YLANG YLANG OIL Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, pronounced “Ee-lang Ee-lang,” receives its common name from the repetition of the Tagalog word “ilang,” meaning “wilderness,” which is where the tree is naturally found. The wilderness to which it is native or in which it is cultivated includes the tropical rainforests of the Philippines, Indonesia, Java, Sumatra, Comoro, and Polynesia. The

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