Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesdays with a Twist #55

Good Morning and HAPPY EARTH DAY!
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Monday, April 21, 2014

BEE-FRIENDLY Garden Seeds GIVEAWAY

I am THRILLED to announce a HUGE GIVEAWAY and just in time for Earth Day!

I have been promising this giveaway opportunity once we reached 
 2,000 likes on our facebook page...And we made it!!!



 Welcome to Mary's Heirloom Seeds!
NEW Heirloom Varieties available in SPECIALTY Heirlooms
All of the seeds listed are
open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid,
non-patented,  untreated, heirloom garden seeds.

Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
Seed Orders placed Monday-Thursday are shipped within 24 hours, except for holidays.

Shipping on Heirloom Seeds is Free within the Continental US!

This "BEE-FRIENDLY" Seed Pack Giveaway includes 
1 full pack of EACH of the following organic varieties:
BACHELOR BUTTON
CALENDULA
FORGET-ME-NOT
LUPINE, ARROYO BLUE
AFRICAN CRACKERJACK MARIGOLD
YARROW
GIANT OF CALIFORNIA ZINNIA

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Grow Your Own Medicine: Chamomile

Beautiful small flowers, German Chamomile makes a relaxing tea with a sweet fruity fragrance.

Sow seeds indoors on surface of soil. Transplant outdoors in early spring just before last frost. Chamomile prefers well-drained sandy soil and self-sows freely.

Germination: 10-14 days
Days to Harvest:  60 days

What is Chamomile?
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Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure a number of health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
What are the Benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:
Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Muscle twitches
Wounds, burns, and scrapes
Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers
Uses of Chamomile
Stomach Cramps
Chamomile has been found to contain fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents. Therefore, it has been found to be effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps. Simply prepare a cup of Chamomile tea following the directions on the package and drink it twice a day until while symptoms are present (one cup first thing in the morning, and one in the evening).
Insomnia
Chamomile is wonderful remedy for sleep disorders such as insomnia. Simply make a chamomile tea 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed to treat sleeplessness.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Chamomile reduces cramping and pain in the bowels and also helps to relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestines. Therefore, a simple remedy is to drink a cup of chamomile tea to help relieve irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, and gastroenteritis or stomach flu.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Menstrual Cramps
Drinking chamomile tea has been found to be beneficial in treating PMS and Menstrual Cramps.
Treat Burns and Scrapes
Chamomile oil is very useful in treating bad burns. Simple rub a small amount of oil gently across the burned area once a day. For scrapes and burns you can also brew a strong concoction by adding 3 tea bags to one cup of boiling water. When the water cools, dip a cloth into it and use it as a compress on the wounded area.
Lightening Skin Using Chamomile
Chamomile has been found to be advantageous for lightening your skin tone. Simply bring two quarts of water to a boil with 2 chamomile tea bags in it. Then place your face above the steaming pot of chamomile tea. A bath in water mixed with chamomile tea works too.
Reducing Dark Circles Around Eyes
Chamomile tea has been found to help relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. A simple remedy is to dip 2 chamomile tea bags in warm water. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags from the water and let them cool to room temperature. Then place them on your eyes at night as a compress.
What are the Side Effects of Chamomile?
As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. Some of the potential side effects of chamomile include drowsiness, so use it with caution if you are driving or operating machinery. High doses of chamomile can also cause vomiting and/or skin reactions in some individuals. If you are allergic to ragweed pollen or have hayfever, you may have difficulty using chamomile.

Using chamomile during pregnancy is not recommended, since it is considered to be an abortifacient (a substance that induces abortion). Chamomile is also not recommended if you are currently taking blood thinners, since chamomile contains a substance called coumarin (which is also a blood thinner).
 
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About Heartbleed
There has been a lot of news in the past few days about a security vulnerability in a version of OpenSSL, commonly known as the "Heartbleed Bug". OpenSSL is a popular cryptographic software library used to help keep Internet communications private, so understandably you may have questions about how this might impact your private information.
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We hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We're getting ready for EARTH DAY!
Stay tuned!    -Mary


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Friday, April 18, 2014

SURPRISE!!! Happy Friday!!!

Just announced this morning!  What are your plans for the weekend?

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Includes 6 varieties of Wildflowers 
- Marigold 
-Bachelor Button
-Butterfly Garden
-Lupine Arroyo Blue
-Purple Coneflower 
-Yarrow







Make wonderful homemade salsa fresh from the garden!

 One packet of each.  Includes:
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-Jalapeno Pepper
-Anaheim Pepper
-Red Burgundy Onion
-Cilantro

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-German Giant Radish
-Anaheim Pepper
-Detroit Dark Red Beet
-Jalapeno Pepper
-Tom Thumb Lettuce
-Blue Lake Bush Bean
-Purple-Top Whiteglobe Turnip
-5-Color Silverbeet  
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Grow Your Own Medicine: Calendula

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Have you ever considered the "medicine" available to you, grown in your own backyard (or farm).
From Basil to Coneflower and even Thyme, there are so many reported health benefits of many common (and not so common) herbs and flowers.
We started with Basil as it is probably the most common herb and arguably the easiest to grow.

Calendula
Calendula can be direct-seeded outdoors in spring, or started indoors 4-6 weeks before warm spring weather. The small seeds should be planted ¼" deep, and kept well watered while awaiting germination. 

If starting indoors, allow plants to grow to a height of 3-4" and show first leaves. When transpanting, space plants 6" apart from each other in rows 18" apart. 

Calendula likes water, so be sure that the soil doesn’t dry out.  Grows well in partial shade and full sun.


**Great for natural pest control.  Keeps soil free of bad nematodes**


Germination: 7-14 days
Days to Harvest: 55-60 days

Health benefits of Calendula

Calendula flowers have been used on injuries to reduce inflammation and as an antiseptic against infection. It has also been used as a remedy for a variety of skin problems ranging from skin ulcerations to eczema. As a tea, it has been used for relieving conjunctivitis. The salve or dilute tincture of calendula has and continues to be used in connection with bruises, sprains, pulled muscles, sores, and more.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Grow Your Own Medicine: Anise Hyssop

Have you ever considered the "medicine" available to you, grown in your own backyard (or farm).
From Basil to Coneflower and even Thyme, there are so many reported health benefits of many common (and not so common) herbs and flowers.
We started with Basil as it is probably the most common herb and arguably the easiest to grow.

Anise Hyssop 
Anise Hyssop

Anise hyssop can be started indoors 4-6 weeks prior to the last frost of the spring. Transplant outdoors after the final frost of the season, once plants are approximately 3-4 inches tall and show their first true leaves. 
Anise will grow in partial shade as well as full sun.
The plant grows to 3 to 5 feet tall and 1 foot wide and reseeds freely.  Anise Hyssop is an excellent addition to your garden as it is bee-friendly and edible.  Attracts bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds

Germination: 10-14 days
Days to Harvest: 60

From The Herbal Resource,
"The infusion or decoction is being used to bring relief for the symptoms of lung and upper respiratory problems like the common coldbronchitis, catarrh, and asthma, as it is antispasmodic, sweat-inducing and an expectorant (helps with the coughing up of mucus). It can also bring relief in these conditions by preparing a poultice that is placed directly on the chest or through applying of Hyssop-oil containing ointment.
As a peripheral vasodilator, it is also diaphoretic (induces sweating) and has anti-inflammatory properties. The latter effect is used to naturally treat infections of the upper respiratory tract by inhaling vapors from hyssop decoctions.
Its sweat-inducing properties may relief the symptoms in patients with fever."

From Livestrong,
"When consumed in tea form, hyssop tea functions as an expectorant. Pregnant women should not drink hyssop tea."

"In addition, hyssop has antibiotic properties resulting from the plant's volatile oils. While the antibiotic properties of the volatile oils are generally strong, they only function on shallow wounds and fungus infections."
 
As an Anti-Inflammatory, "Hyssop contains several compounds that are also conducive to positive responses in the human body. Hyssop helps reduce the swelling of a wound or the effects of illness by constricting blood vessels. This constriction also slows excessive bleeding and causes the body to produce fewer wrinkles by tightening the skin. It is also helpful to joints affected by arthritis and improves circulation to the afflicted areas."

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Grow Your Own Medicine: Basil

Have you ever considered the "medicine" available to you, grown in your own backyard (or farm).
From Basil to Coneflower and even Thyme, there are so many reported health benefits of many common (and not so common) herbs and flowers.
We're starting with Basil as it is probably the most common herb and arguably the easiest to grow.

Basil
Dark Purple Opal Basil

Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and temperature does not drop below 65°F. Can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep plants from bolting. Prefers rich well-drained soil.

Basil has few pests, but occasionally pests such as aphids, flea beetles, and Japanese beetles will feast upon it. I use a spray bottle of water or water with neem oil to detach aphids.
Grow in full sun (6 hours or more).

Germination: 5-7 days
Fine Verde Basil

Days to Harvest: 45-75

"One of the primary medicinal uses for basil is for its anti-inflammatory properties. This effect stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis.
Basil, especially as an extract or oil, is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, age-related problems and even some types of cancer. The herb also contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that shield your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage.
Both fresh basil and basil oil have strong antibacterial capabilities. In fact, basil has been shown to stop the growth of many bacteria, even some that had grown resistant to other antibiotics. Basil can be applied to wounds to help prevent bacterial infections. Also, by adding basil oil to your salad dressings, you can help ensure your vegetables are safe to eat.
Basil oil can be used to treat constipation, stomach cramps and indigestion as well as the cold, flu, asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis and sinus infections. It is also a great source of magnesium, an essential mineral that helps the body’s blood vessels relax, which can improve blood flow."
Thai Holy Basil
Grow the same as you would any Basil.
Thai Holy Basil

In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is used as a tea or a tincture. Among its many medicinal uses are lowering cholesterol, as an immune booster, and lowering blood glucose levels NOTE: These claims have not been substantiated by the FDA and are not intended as medical advice

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