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Natural Pest Control, Part 1: Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.)

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Natural Pest Control, Part 1: Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.)

Pest control doesn't have to mean dousing our gardens with synthetic chemicals that affect our health and well being. There are many safe and inexpensive alternatives that are widely available for all types of pests. In this blog series, we will be highlighting some of the most popular, and effective, natural pest control methods! We use many of these in our own home and gardens and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Diatomaceous Earth or "D.E." is a very simple, natural product that has many uses. From filtration media to hydroponic applications, D.E. can be found...

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Essential Oil Spotlight - Oregano

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Essential Oil Spotlight - Oregano

Oregano Oil - An Ancient Miracle in a bottle Oregano (Origanum vulgare) has been used for over 5,000 years by Assyrians, Greeks, Romans and many other nations that regarded it as the most important herb. They used it as food and also as medicine. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine used oregano oil to treat skin conditions, fever, and many other ailments. The oil can be used topically and internally, however only therapeutic grade oil that comes from reputable source should be used. Traditionally oil of oregano has been used for its antiseptic and antispasmodic benefits, but it’s also known as...

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Essential Oil Spotlight - Helichrysum Italicum

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Essential Oil Spotlight - Helichrysum Italicum

Helichrysum Italicum Also known as Immortelle and Everlasting; This small shrub with clusters of very aromatic yellow flowers grows on rocky shores washed by the sea, often beaten by harsh winds and bathed by the hot Mediterranean sun. These extraordinary plants thrive where not much else will grow and can be found growing wild on the shores of France, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Morocco.   The word Helichrysum is derived from the Greek word helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. This is a reference to the golden colour of many of the flowers from this botanical genus. Helichrysum has...

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PLANTAIN: Your go-to anti-itch remedy! (and how to make your own plantain oil)

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PLANTAIN: Your go-to anti-itch remedy! (and how to make your own plantain oil)

Do not be confused by the name, this is not the banana like plant you may be thinking of. This Plantain is a leafy plant that belongs to the Plantago Genus. As well as being edible and full of vitamins, this plant also has many medicinal uses. Plantain had been adopted as a natural medicine since prehistoric times and is especially well known for it's anti-itch properties. PLANTAIN (PLANTAGO MAJOR) There are many natural home remedies to help "relieve" itching, discomfort and in some cases even severe pain from insect bites and stings. Over the years we have personally tried...

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