Southwest Gardening: Managing July Plants

What to Plant in July We recommend most plants be planted in the fall or spring.  However, if you must plant during the summer months watering may need to be more frequent and you must be diligent about observing your newly planted plants for signs of water stress. Many cacti and warm-season succulents can still … Continue reading Southwest Gardening: Managing July Plants

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Anti-Inflammatory Plants: Plants That Stimulate Cortisone Production

Natural Remedies Natural Remedies for Inflammation (Healing Arts Press, 2014), by Christopher Vasey contains valuable information about treating inflammation naturally. The book examines over 50 of the most common inflammation-related illnesses and explains which medicinal plant or food supplement is best suited to ease the symptoms and help the body heal. The following excerpt is from … Continue reading Anti-Inflammatory Plants: Plants That Stimulate Cortisone Production

Plant Profile: Pennyroyal

Mentha pulegium Also, Known As: Pennyroyal Pennyroyal (botanical name Mentha pulegium) belongs to the mint species and is a member of the Lamiaceae family. Although this herb is native to Europe and the western regions of Asia, pennyroyal has now been naturalized in North and South America. Several species and a wide variety of pennyroyal, such as … Continue reading Plant Profile: Pennyroyal

Plant Profile: Alkanet {Anchusa officinalis}

Also, Known As: Alkanet Bugloss Common Alkanet The plant known commonly as alkanet is a biennial herb familiar to all herbalists. The herb is characterized by coarse and hairy stems as well as leaves that arise out of a cluster of basal leaves. The plant is about 1- 3 feet tall when fully developed. The … Continue reading Plant Profile: Alkanet {Anchusa officinalis}

Create Some Breathing Space

Technology is great but being “plugged in” 24/7 will drive anyone a little crazy. I find myself craving some peace and quiet and more and more of us are seeking healthy and quiet places to unwind; hence the concept of the breathing room is born! These rooms allow people to connect with nature and take … Continue reading Create Some Breathing Space

Defining Tender and Hardy Plants

There are many ways that we classify plants but one of the most important for gardening or landscape purposes is how they respond to cool and cold temperatures. This applies to flowering plants and vegetables. In its simplest form plants are considered hardy, semi-hardy or tender. Some of these plants do well direct-seeded into the … Continue reading Defining Tender and Hardy Plants

HOW PLANTS ACQUIRE THEIR ENERGY

Plants must get food into their systems in order to acquire energy and continue living, similar to animals. Plants create energy for animals to use, so they must replenish their nutrients. And plants breathe, in a way. They take in the carbon dioxide that all the animals give off, and they give off oxygen for … Continue reading HOW PLANTS ACQUIRE THEIR ENERGY

Homeopathic Explanation of Phenols

Various compounds of phenols are common in plant tissues, each of which may enclose a number of grams per every kilogram. Phenol compounds present in plant tissues begin to blend as a result of stimulants on the outer surface like ultraviolet radiation, microbial infections or and chemical changes. Most phenol amalgams are phytochemicals that are … Continue reading Homeopathic Explanation of Phenols