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Organic Gardening, The History

Organic Gardening, The History

images (9)You could say that the history of organic gardening started centuries ago when ancient civilizations would till the soil, plant the crops and then harvest them. As the demand for such goods increased, fertilizers or pesticides were used to help grow crops but because It was only later on that people realized these were also being eaten after they were washed thus there was a campaign to go back to organic gardening.

There was renewed interest in the 1980’s that people in the US began to switch back to organic gardening. The Department of Agriculture even gave the farmers incentives to this old approach and as the demand for such products grew, more and more people have shifted to this method. This has been the trend in many countries especially in Europe.

Organic Gardening, The History

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But what is organic gardening? Well, aside from no longer using pesticides and fertilizers, gardeners will have to rely on compost, crop residue, crop rotation, integrated pest management and mechanical cultivation in order to preserve soil productivity and combat pests.

Currently, such organic gardening methods are regulated by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements which helps farmers grow crops in 75 million acres of land across the globe.

Their goal can be summed up into two words and that is sustainable development so that the land that is used will be around for the next generation because there is a healthy ecosystem.

Is organic gardening effective? The answer is yes. Over a 22 year study that was released to the public in 2005, the results showed that going back to the basics produces the same amount of corn and soybean yields as conventional methods. However, it does so by consuming less energy and without any pesticide residue.

Organic Gardening, The History

foot1A study done by the University of Michigan shows developing countries that practice organic gardening could double or even triple their crops mainly because they do not have the financial resources to buy pesticides or fertilizer.

Because you too can make this happen in your own backyard, the nice thing about organic gardening is that farmers are not the only ones that can do it. You just have to learn how to till the soil and keep it in good condition, how to make your crops grow and how to fight against pests so you will be able to harvest them.

Organic Gardening, The History

You can even turn this into a hobby and see how fun it is to make grow your own vegetables instead of buying these from the grocery. So, go online or buy a few books to learn how easy it is to do.

Remember, the key to a successful harvest regardless of what you decide to plant is all in the planning. Take into account how much you are willing to spend, your limited space and how much time and effort is in your hands.

You will also need to get the right gardening tools like gloves and a tiller to break the soil because it makes the task much easier than doing this by hand so that in a few months, you will be able to see what you planted grow.

As you can see, the history of organic gardening isn’t really something new. We have been doing it for a very long time and we probably lost sight of it but we learned our mistakes and we are simply going back to the basics.

 

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How to Easily make your own Green Laundry Soap with Just 5 Ingredients

How to Easily make your own Green Laundry Soap with Just 5 Ingredients

GreenDid you know that our skin is the largest organ of our body and it can absorb things we touch or wear? This means that our clothes, sheets, blankets, towels and everything else we wash with most commercial laundry soaps are transferring the toxins from these products into our bodies. No good!

“I didn’t know laundry soaps include toxins,” you say. Yes, they do. A few of which are: phenols, phosphates and artificial fragrances. Yuck!

How to Easily make your own Green Laundry Soap with Just 5 Ingredients

Phenols are made from crude oil by an industrial process. The dangers of phenols are many, including heart, lung, liver and kidney damage. Since the skin very easily absorbs phenols you should avoid any laundry products with these toxic chemicals. If swallowed, phenols can cause circulatory collapse, coma and even death.

Green Laundry DetergentPhosphates are used to soften hard water so clothes absorb water and detergent to lift soil from the fibers of your clothes. The problem here is that phosphates can cause skin vomiting, irritation and nausea. Another issue is that phosphates released into the environment cause an imbalance in the ecosystem. This is why many states have regulated the amount of phosphates that can be used.

How to Easily make your own Green Laundry Soap with Just 5 Ingredients

Artificial fragrances are made from mostly petroleum products and various man-made chemicals that can be hazardous to your health. Man-made, or synthetic fragrances, contain phthalates. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors which means they interfere with the natural hormone processes of the human body. Phthalates are linked to birth defects, learning and developmental disabilities and cancer. It’s hard to find out exactly what other chemicals are in these synthetic fragrances because they are considered “trade secrets” and manufacturers do not have to disclose them. Pretty scary stuff.

Those are just three of the many toxic chemicals found in commercial laundry soap.

That is why making your own homemade laundry soap is preferable for you and your family’s health. Homemade laundry soap is easy to make and takes only a few ingredients, many of which you already have in your pantry.

Basic Recipe:

1 cup baking soda
1 1/4 cups white vinegar
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl one at a time in the order listed making sure to mix each one thoroughly before adding the next ingredient. Because if you wait it will get really tough and hard to stir, be sure when you add the liquid castile soap that you immediately blend it all together.

Store in a non-metal container with a lid. Use approximately 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

Tips:

Add the vinegar very slowly to the baking soda because it will bubble up and overflow if you’re not careful.
If you prefer fragrance in your laundry soap you can buy scented liquid castile soap or add 5-6 (or more to your liking) drops of essential oil to each batch.
Using a food processor to combine ingredients makes a quick job of it.

 

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Say NO to Chemicals in Your Life – 3 Reasons to Go GREEN and Be Chemical Free!

Say NO to Chemicals in Your Life – 3 Reasons to Go GREEN and Be Chemical Free!

Here are the three main reasons I’ve chosen to take all of the chemicals out of my house: Triclosan, Propylene Glycol, and Parabens. What language is this? English, I think, or maybe scientific names that originate from Latin, but we use them in English. Really, we do! Pick up any toothpaste, deodorant, cleaner, lotion, hair care, etc. in your house, and you will see these words, or variations of these words. The problem is, no one knows what they mean. If people knew what they meant, people would not be using the products! Here is the “Cliff’s Notes” version of each of these chemicals.

Triclosan

· Pesticide

· Used in almost every antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer

· Affects male and female hormones (thyroid)

· Contributes to antibiotic strains such as MRSA

ChemistryTRICLOSAN is in soap and hand sanitizer? Isn’t that in hospitals, every teacher’s classroom, purses of every mom in the amusement park, and hooked to your child’s binder in a easy to access little pocket-size bottle? Have you ever squirted that stuff into your hands at the store before grabbing a shopping cart, or use those lovely little wipe thingies at WalMart? By trying to kill bacteria, viruses, and the flu, we have actually been slowly poisoning ourselves. Not only that, but the Food and Drug Administration has done studies and actually says that trisclosan is no better than regular soap and water! The FDA states that, “At this time, FDA does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water. Consumers concerned about using hand and body soaps with triclosan should wash with regular soap and water.” On top of the fact that triclosan is no better than soap and water, the FDA has cited that in their research and experimentation, triclosan has serious side effects! For example, the FDA website states that, “Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. However, data showing effects in animals don’t always predict effects in humans. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.” In review, using this chemical alters animal hormones AND helps bacteria fight against the antibiotic we are using to try to kill it? Does anyone else see the irony here? In order to kill germs, we are actually poisoning ourselves and helping the germs to mutate enough to thrive!

Propylene Glycol

· Found in cleaners, deodorants, toothpastes, detergents

· Linked to kidney damage

· Used as commercial antifreeze

· Can damage cell membranes (rashes, dry skin, surface damage, premature aging effects)

chemistry2What do SMOKE MACHINES, ANTIFREEZE and YOUR TOOTHPASTE all have in common? You guessed it, PROPYLENE GLYCOL! As you clean your bathroom and kitchen counter (where you prepare food), you are smearing around a chemical that is effects many body systems including the skin, kidneys, and respiratory. Hopefully, you don’t have any pets or kids that crawl around on the floor you just mopped, because they are picking up that propylene glycol on their tiny hands, feet, and paws, and then putting them in their tiny mouths. Additionally, washing the dirt off your clothes with detergents is necessary, but should it be at the expense of your kidneys and skin?

Not only is propylene glycol in our cleaners and detergents, but it is also in products that we put IN and ON our bodies. That’s right, everyday, you are brushing your teeth with the same toxin found in antifreeze. Don’t forget that as you are putting deodorant under your arms, you are likely causing kidney damage and cell damage. The FDA states that, “Propylene glycol can be ingested over long periods of time and in substantial quantities (up to 5 percent of the total food intake) without causing frank toxic effects… At lethal or near lethal doses (6 g per kg or more), however, it has been reported to cause kidney damage in several species and toe deformities in chicks.” As a mother of young children, I have a problem with giving my children toothpaste (that they accidentally swallow most of the time) that may cause toe deformities in the future.

Parabens

· Endocrine disruptors

· Used as a preservative and germicide

· Found in most skin care products, lotions, creams, and deodorants

· Found in breast cancer tumors

· Banned in Japan, Sweden, and under review in the U.K

chemistry3How many men are looking for a bit more estrogen in their systems? Adding some parabens by way of deodorant to your body is the way to do it! Wash it down with some GMO soy, and you’re all set. Chemicals that lead to kidney damage, and chemicals that lead to higher amounts of estrogen and breast cancer? It makes you think about what else is in the deodorant you use on a daily basis, doesn’t it? Not only that, but all the lotions, creams, skin care products that women spend hundreds of dollars on are full of these toxins too? The FDA states that “A study published in 2004 (Darbre, in the Journal of Applied Toxicology) detected parabens in breast tumors. The study also discussed this information in the context of the weak estrogen-like properties of parabens and the influence of estrogen on breast cancer. However, the study left several questions unanswered… The FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens. However, the agency will continue to evaluate new data in this area.” The U.S. FDA says we shouldn’t be too concerned, but countries like Japan and Sweden have banned parabens, and the U.K is putting serious thought into doing the same.

Choose to Live Chemical Fee

I have thrown away all my hand sanitizer and antibacterial-marketed soaps, deodorants, cleaners, detergents, toothpaste, lotions, skin care, and cleaners! That’s right! I just threw them out! Does that mean that I’m now some unclean, unhygienic person, with stinky, dirty children? No! I have found “green”, organic, all-natural, chemical free products to use instead.

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Suzanne Tetrault is a wellness coach. Her focus on clean eating, exercise, and healthy living has helped all of her clients engage in happier and healthier lives full of purpose and abundance. Suzanne has discovered the most natural health substances in the world and how to use them to live a chemical-free life. Join Suzanne on her journey to enjoy a healthier lifestyle!

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The Many Uses Of Ginseng

The Many Uses Of Ginseng

Ginseng
Ginseng

Ginseng is the most famous Chinese herb. It is the most widely recognized plant used in traditional medicine. Various forms of ginseng have been used in medicine for more than 7000 years. Several species grow around the world, and though some are preferred for specific benefits, all are considered to have similar properties as an effective general rejuvenator.

Ginseng is a slow growing perennial herb (reaches about 2 feet tall) native to the mountainous area of north eastern China, Korea and far eastern regions of Russia. The older the root, the greater the concentration of ginsenosides, the active chemical compounds, thus the more potent the ginseng becomes. Ginseng roots can live longer than hundreds of years. Ginseng has been cultivated extensively in China, Korea, and Japan, and Russia. Ginseng starts flowering in fourth year, and the roots take 4-6 years to reach maturity. Ginseng is a protected herb in China and Russia: exporting ginseng seeds is banned in China, and harvesting wild ginseng is illegal in Russia. Natural white ginseng is often steam- processed to produce “red ginseng” with different, higher medicinal potency.

It is used to reduce the effects of stress, improve performance, boost energy levels, enhance memory, and stimulate the immune system. Oriental medicine has deemed ginseng a necessary element in all their best prescriptions, and regards it as prevention and a cure. It is said to remove both mental and bodily fatigue, cure pulmonary complaints, dissolve tumors and reduce the effects of age.

The Many Uses Of Ginseng

Ginseng is native to China, Russia, North Korea, Japan, and some areas of North America. It was first cultivated in the United States in the late 1800’s. It is difficult to grow and takes 4-6 years to become mature enough to harvest. The roots are called Jin-chen, meaning ‘like a man,’ in reference to their resemblance to the shape of the human body.

Native North Americans considered it one of their most sacred herbs and add it to many herbal formulas to make them more potent. The roots can live for over 100 years.

The Many Uses Of Ginseng

Siberian Ginseng
Siberian Ginseng

Ginseng contains vitamins A, B-6 and the mineral Zinc, which aids in the production of thymic hormones, necessary for the functioning of the defense system. The main active ingredients of ginseng are the more than 25 saponin triterpenoid glycosides called “ginsenosides”. These steroid-like ingredients provide the adaptogenic properties that enable ginseng to balance and counter the effects of stress. The glycosides appear to act on the adrenal glands, helping to prevent adrenal hypertrophy and excess corticosteroid production in response to physical, chemical or biological stress.

Studies done in China showed that ginsenosides also increase protein synthesis and activity of neurotransmitters in the brain. Ginseng is used to restore memory, and enhance concentration and cognitive abilities, which may be impaired by improper blood supply to the brain.

Ginseng helps to maintain excellent body functions. Siberian ginseng has been shown to increase energy, stamina, and help the body resist viral infections and environmental toxins. Research has shown specific effects that support the central nervous system, liver function, lung function and circulatory system.

The Many Uses Of Ginseng

Animal studies have shown that ginseng extracts stimulate the production of interferons, increase natural killer cell activity, lower cholesterol and decrease triglyceride levels. Men have used the herb to improve sexual function and remedy impotence. Ginseng is believed to increase estrogen levels in women and is used to treat menopausal symptoms.

It is also used for diabetes, radiation and chemotherapy protection, colds, chest problems, to aid in sleep, and to stimulate the appetite.

Korean Red Ginseng
Korean Red Ginseng

Korean Red Ginseng is also known by the names Asian Ginseng, Asiatic Ginger, and Chinese Ginseng. Korean Red Ginseng is a deciduous perennial shrub whose fleshy root requires 4-6 years of cultivation to reach maturity. Korean Red Ginseng is now used as a natural preventive, restorative remedy and valued for its adaptogenic properties. Korean Red Ginseng is considered most suitable for males and for older people. Used for centuries in China, Korean Red Ginseng was believed to be and anti-aging herb. By equalizing the system levels in the body, Korean Red Ginseng has been used to lower cholesterol, balance the metabolism, increase energy levels, and stimulate the immune system.

The Many Uses Of Ginseng

Korean White Ginseng is an adaptogen having yang properties and an arousing and stimulating metabolic effect on the central nervous system, brain, head, and blood vessels. It may benefit blood sugar levels, histamine levels, inflammation, stress levels, mental and physical abilities, impotency, anemia, artery hardening, depression, diabetes, ulcers, edema, immune and lung function, appetite, libido and may offer protection against radiation exposure and easement of cocaine withdrawal.

North American White Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) is believed to give a cooling effect to the body.This cooling, energy giving, endurance enhancing factor is believed to be the most beneficial for our fast paced, stressful world.

Siberian ginseng is a distinct plant with different active chemical components. Prized for its ability to restore vigor, increase longevity, enhance overall health, and stimulate both a healthy appetite and a good memory, it is widely used in Russia to help the body adapt to stressful conditions and to enhance productivity.

Benefits
• reduce the effects of stress
• boost energy levels
• assists with mental and body fatigue

 

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A Users Guide To Essential Oil

A Users Guide To Essential Oil

doTerra-Oils-for-intro-page-of-Essential-OilsThe uses of essential oils were known to ancient Egyptians long before research began on their medicinal and aromatic qualities in the early nineteenth century. The sweet fragrance emitted by essential oils has had people going crazy on it for ages.

An essential oil is the extract of plant derived from flowers, stem, leaves, bark and other parts of a plant. The process is often complex and requires distillation through steam or water of the plant. The result is the pure essence of the plant, often in a highly concentrated form. In the following article we will list some of the common uses that essential oils are put to.

A Users Guide To Essential Oil

Diffusion
Diffusion means breathing the fragrance of essential oil. The oil is evaporated using accessories such as electric diffusers, lamp rings, aromalamps, scentballs etc. These accessories are available in various assortments in the market. They operate by continuously shooting out microscopic particles of essential oils into the air. To facilitate easy assimilation through the sense of smell, the oil is broken into fine invisible mist. Diffusion helps create a relaxing atmosphere and loosens tight muscles.

A Users Guide To Essential Oil

Massage
Foot-Massage-OilThe therapeutic effects of essential oil when combined with the magical powers of touch, revives the anatomy and furthers overall well-being. When using essential oil for the purpose of massage, it is advisable that it be diluted with carrier oil. It is too concentrated to be used neat. Different proportions need to be devised for people of different ages, skin types, etc. For children, the advisable content of essential oils per ounce is 6 drops. When shopping for massage oil, a person will come across a large collection of readymade aromatherapy massage oils & lotions. These may be purchased only from reputable vendors after checking the contents well.

A Users Guide To Essential Oil

Baths
il_570xN.301795005An essential oil bath can be quite relaxing. Moreover, this will help in combining the benefits of hydrotherapy as well. Just add a few drops of your desired essential oil to your bathtub or spa, and get that rich and nourishing feeling. Alternatively, the essential oil mixed with good carrier oil be applied to ones skin after the morning shower for that all day long refreshing sensation. This keeps skin soft, smooth and youthful.

A Users Guide To Essential Oil

Steam inhalation
Steam inhalation is another prevalent method of using essential oils. 5 to 8 drops of essential oil of one variety or more is mixed in a pot of hot water, and the user sits with his face close to the pot, eyes closed and about 10-12 inches above the pot. As vapour rises, it gets absorbed by the minute pores on ones face and through the nostrils. A humidifier too can be used by adding a few drops of essential oil in it.

Household uses
You may not know but the essential oils can be put to several household uses as well. Like when one is doing laundry, a few drops of essential oil will give the clothes a lovable smell all day long. Lemon or tea tree oils are best used for ones garbage cans from giving that stinking smell. Lavender has long been associated with romantic evenings. So, use it in your bathroom along with essential oils of chamomile and marjoram.

The uses of essential oils are many. One can experiment on his own to find new uses of the oils and thereby contribute to the already spilling research works on the subject.

 

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