Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Plant and Mushroom Medicines for Cancer


Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are the main cancer treatments people turn to when diagnosed. These high-risk and chemical-heavy options aren’t the only ones—plants and mushrooms are on the rise as cancer treatments. They have great healing properties that combat cancer similar to how the plants and mushrooms grow. The following is an excerpt from Cancer…

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Recipe: Hibiscus and Rose Hip Soda

rose in drink

In today’s world of processed foods and too much sugar, it can seem impossible to find truly natural ingredients that taste good. Look no farther than your backyard. Hibiscus and roses are two common flowers that can be used to make natural soda that tastes fresh and have healing properties. The following is an excerpt…

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5 Creative Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off

fruit in jars for summer drinks

Now that we’re in the “dog days” of summer, the heat can feel a little unrelenting. When it all becomes too much to bear, there’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing, cold beverage – especially when it’s made with local, organic ingredients that can give you an added health boost! Our…

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Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living

apple orchard

“Loving apples or cider is not a prerequisite for loving this book. All that is needed is the willingness to follow a vibrant narrative voice driven by the pursuit of dreams.”—Alice Feiring Andy Brennan owns Aaron Burr Cider in New York’s Catskills region.  Since its founding in 2011, Aaron Burr Cider has become well known…

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The Seed Series: Become A Plant Breeder

Man sowing seeds in dirt

In this one-size-fits-all world of multinational seed companies, plant patents, and biotech monopolies, more and more gardeners and farmers are recognizing that they need to “take back their seeds.” They need to save more of their own seed, grow and maintain the best traditional and regional varieties, and develop more of their own unique new…

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Grow Your Own Veg—How to Start Plants from Seed

Mini plastic planters filled with soil and seedlings

Starting plants from seed does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. Sure, it will take you a season or two to get the hang of it, but after that, the process will seem simple. To get started, you’ll need a space indoors that has natural light from a window, or else a tabletop area…

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The Seed Series: Choosing the Right Seed Crop


While there are several dozen plant families that contain species of crop plants that are commonly used by different agricultural societies around the world, there are only nine families that house the great majority of seed-propagated vegetables that are the most important across most cultures worldwide. Through learning a bit about the characteristics of these…

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Project: Replace Your Soap with Soapy Plants

stack of colorful bar soap

The following project is from When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein. There is something inherently satisfying about making soap. Maybe it relates to the 4,500+ year history of human soap making; maybe it simply reflects a desire to keep the jungle at bay and put…

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