Green Gardening

March 2, 2018

Composting

    Kitchen composting returns valuable nutrients back to the garden and reduces garbage.  Save organic vegetarian food scraps.  Make a compost that is exposed to microbes, food, air, and water so that the material can decompose into a rich fertilizer.  There are three types of ingredients needed for a good compost pile: Dry filler […]
March 7, 2018
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Edible Flowers

Pictured: Edible Flowers in a Salad By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT As we head into Spring and Summer, edible flowers offer a gorgeous and delicious way to spruce up a salad, garnish a drink, and decorate cupcakes.  Make sure to use organically grown, […]
April 25, 2018

Carotol

Carotol is a sesquiterpene alcohol that makes up about 40% of carrot seed oil. Links to Plants Containing Carotol RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study.  This compilation of research articles does not […]
May 7, 2018
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Cinnamon (Cinnamom zeylanicum) Research

Latin Name: Cinnamom zeylanicum Family: Lauracae Cinnamon is a common spice, coming from the bark or leaves of the tropical Coppiced tree.  It is one of the most potent antimicrobial essential oils, tested against hundreds of bacteria and fungi.  It has also shown the ability to help lower blood sugar and […]
May 10, 2018

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) Research

Latin Name: Cupressus sempervirens Family: Cupressaceae Cypress has been used as a folk remedy to help with coughing and congestion.  It may also provide insecticidal and antimicrobial actions. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of each […]
May 23, 2018
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The Pest Repelling Actions of Peppermint

Did you know that certain essential oils and herbs can repel biting insects and other pests? By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT The Repelling Actions of Peppermint In recent years, research has demonstrated synthetic based insecticides and repellents can be toxic to humans and the environment.  People […]
May 29, 2018

Savory (Satureja hortensis) Research

Latin Name: Satureja hortensis Family: Lamiaceae The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. Research found is catalogued by therapeutic action. This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are […]
May 29, 2018

Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Research

Latin Name: Pinus sylvestris Family: Pinaceae Pine extracts have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of respiratory complaints including viral infections, cough, congestion, hoarseness, and fever.  It has also been used topically to reduce inflammation, wounds, and pain. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation […]
June 3, 2018

Red Ant Bites

The red ants have taken over gardens and lawns all over the Southern United States and ant bites are all too common.  At a moment’s notice, these aggressive pests can swarm onto your skin and administer multiple fierce bites!  What are some natural ways to treat a red ant bite? […]
June 18, 2018

Lemon (Citrus limonum) Research

Latin Name: Citrus limonum Family: Rutaceae A few dozen research articles were found on lemon. It is most researched for its antimicrobial actions, including antibacterial and antifungal possibilities. This gives it an antiseptic action good for cleaning surfaces and skin. Antioxidant and radical scavaging actions of the flavonoids of lemon […]
July 2, 2018
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Benefits of Growing Marigolds in Your Garden

Calendula officinalis, also known as marigold, makes for a great plant to include in your home garden.  First of all, it is very easy to grow, and offers brilliant orange and yellow flowers with a unique and pungent aroma.  There are many varieties of this beloved annual herb.  Besides just […]
July 9, 2018

Herbs and Essential Oils that Repel Insects

In the middle of Summer, the biting bugs are out in full force, such as mosquitos, ticks, and fleas.  We want to repel such pests, not just because of the resulting itch, but also to steer clear of the potential diseases such as Malaria and Lyme Disease that they may […]