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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Medical Genealogy

Have you ever noticed that some branches of your family live longer than others? Do those who have succumbed have a common cause of death? Do certain diseases run in your family? What could this mean to you and your descendants? Family health history also known as...

Off Grid with Doug and Stacy

Meet a fascinating couple, who live off their land and cook with the sun. Doug and Stacy were typical city folks who after years of the same old same old decided they wanted to enjoy life and take more control of the food they ate. They realized how hard they had to...

Tips for Winter Wellness

Winter is often the most sickly time of the year with folks suffering from colds, coughs, sniffles, achy joints and cold sores. There are many reasons blamed: confinement with others, cold weather, depression, stress, weak immune system or lack of exercise. Depending...

19 Ways to Heat Your Greenhouse

The folks at Living the Good Life shared a video discussing 10 ways to heat your greenhouse. One big tip is to not plant right up next to the wall. Leave some space. [1] Use plastic bottles filled with water left sitting in the sun. Dark bottles hold heat longer and...

Winter Gardening

Want to extend your growing season for garden veggies? Consider these structures to protect vegetables and extend their growing season. For homesteaders who need to feed their family all year long, these are necessary to supplement canned and other stored food with...

Contentment

Near the end of a successful harvest, the end of a year, or the end of a good life, we often pause to be thankful. What does the word “thankful” mean and to whom should we address our thankfulness? Thankful is defined as the act of expressing or showing appreciation...

Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire

National Fire Protection Association Every year thousands of wildfires burn millions of acres across the United States. It is only a matter of time that a wildfire may threaten your community. Wildfire fighters concentrate on removing and containing forest fires. They...

Materia Medica – Rosemary

Botanical Name: Rosmarius officinalis (dew of the sea) Common Name: Rosemary Family: Labiate (Lamiacae) Ayurvedic/TCM Name: Rusmari/mi die xiang Parts Used: Herb leaves, stem and roots Native Region: Native to Portugal and Mediterranean areas 

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Volunteerism – We Can All Serve

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” Winston Churchill Volunteerism is defined as the policy or practice of giving one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or otherwise worthwhile activities, especially in one’s own...
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