Step by Step to Making Turmeric Powder

Pensacola, FL’s climate this year was agreeable with our turmeric plants. They grew so much that the pots were misshaped as the rhizomes forced their way horizontally, splitting some plastic pots. As colder weather approached, the leaves died back and it was time to...

Materia Medica – Black Pepper

Botanical Name: Piper nigrum

 Common Name: black pepper Family: Piperaceae Ayurvedic/TCM Name: Kali Mirch/Xin Xiu Ben Cao (Newly Revised Materia Medica) Parts Used: dried unripe fruit

Native Region: Indigenous to Malabar coast of India

Geographic Distribution:...

Getting Your House in Order

A new year, a new set of twelve months (52 weeks) and another opportunity to get your life organized – to set goals and devise plans on how to work toward succeeding with those goals. “Getting your house in order” is defined as arranging affairs and solving...

Tiny House Dwellers Discover SUN OVENS

Increasing numbers of tiny houses are emerging around the country as people look to downsize their lives. Thousands of homeowners have abandoned social climbing when they discovered a small house can lead to a simpler, fuller life. They are gaining time for family and...

Surviving a Nuclear Blast

A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave, and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water, and ground surfaces for miles around. A nuclear device can range from a weapon carried by an...

Gluten-Free Brownies

Stacy made flour-less brownies in the Sun Oven®. These can be solar baked at any temperature (or time of year) by simply modifying the time. Ingredients 6 TBS coconut oil
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 eggs (chicken or duck)
2 TBS vanilla extract
2/3 cup coconut...

Materia Medica – Aloe Vera

Botanical Name: Aloe vera Common Name: Aloe Family: Asphodelaceae (Lilliaceae subdivision) Ayurvedic/TCM Name: Kumari Parts Used: Leaves 

Native Region: Canary Islands

Geographic Distribution: Can be grown in any kitchen window around the world; 

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