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    636 360 Moringa Giveaway

    Moringa Seedling Giveaway

    Spring is the perfect time to Plant Moringa, it will love the heat that is about to come and take off… Moringa can grow up to 20 feet in one season if given enough heat, water and nutrients.

    2 Winners

    4 Moringa Oleifera Seedlings & Seeds each

    When

    May 17 – May 2oth – 12 am EST

    Value

    $37.50 each winner plus the cost of shipping

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    Blue Yonder Urban Farms
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    Anyone who is 18 years or older and resides in the continental US only… No Alaska or Hawaii shipping.

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    Disclaimer: I received this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

    The #yardiculture window bird feeder is a great way to get birds to perch right outside your window so you get a close-up view. It is ideal for homes, offices and schools but do expect people to get distracted watching the birds eat. It does take a while once you set it up for the birds to find it, but I filled mine with black oil sunflower seeds and within a week the birds were cleaning it out. It is very well constructed, durable and the entire feeder is easy to remove for cleaning. I can just leave the suction cups in place.

    I love the little rubber perches – and the fact that I can remove the tray without removing the entire feeder. All I have to do is lift it up and it comes right off. There is no distortion when you look through the acrylic and in my opinion the construction of this one definitely had some thought put into it because it is heads and tails above the rest.

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    Disclaimer: I received this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

    I love the Ramini Brands #GerminationTray 3 Seeder Pots and here is why. I have been planting from seed since 1998 and over the years have used a lot of different types of plastic seed starting trays. I have also worked in a nursery transplanting seedlings into plastic seed trays and I have to say these 3 Seeder Germination Trays are the best I have used.

    The seed trays are sturdy. I was able to hold them in my hand and fill them with moist seed starting soil without them bending and spilling. This is great! I can’t tell you the amount of mess this will save because I can fill the pots right over the soil container instead of moving the wet soil to the seed trays.

    The sturdiness of the seed trays makes me think saving them from year-to-year is going to be easier too. I always try to do this but often end up with damaged bottoms from removing the seedlings.
    I really like these and look forward to using them for years to come. If you are looking for sturdy seed starting trays, give these a try. I know you will love them as much as I do!

    Almost a month later, I am still impressed with the sturdiness of the #germinationtray seed starting pots. The pansy seeds I planted are slow to germinate but that has nothing to do with the #germiantiontray.

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    Disclaimer: I received the biodegradable #peatpots for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

    I’m a huge fan of #peatpots but these Ramini Brands Plant Germination Pots have made me an even bigger fan of them and here is why. First off I use these – and have for years – for planting seeds of plants such as Theobroma cacao that resent root disturbance. I grow a lot of tropical plants that are like that. When you invest in the seeds of these plants you don’t want to go to all the trouble of germinating the seed just to lose the plant during transplanting – and that is where these plant germination pots really shine.

    The first thing I noticed was how quickly these #peatpots absorb water. I always start with wet seed starting mix. Moisture is essential to seed germination. The pot absorbing water is also important as if the pot does not absorb water correctly, it will wick water away from the seed or seedling. This results in the seed either not germinating or the seed or seedling dying. So when it comes to water absorption these are the best I have come across.

    They are biodegradable – and of that I have no doubt. I had one issue with these and that is how easily the #peatpots tore when I put the seed marker in. Be careful as you want the plants roots to grow out of these pots and not have them biodegrade until they are in either a larger pot or the ground.

    They were sturdy when they were dry but be careful handling them wet – this is true of most #peatpots of this style. Even after a month of using them to start seeds they are doing quite well – and the seedlings are thriving. They have not fallen apart yet – and I am glad of this because I am not quite ready to plant. For those who have not started their garden seeds yet, it is not too late. Pick up some of these #peatpots, pick up some organic garden seeds and organic seed starting mix today. Plant your seeds tonight and I am sure by the time the last frost is over – at least her in Indiana – your seedlings are going to be ready to plant out.

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    Disclaimer: I received this product for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

    I had been wanted to try an LED Grow Light for some time – but after Jerry passed away and my greenhouse was destroyed with hail, I felt so depressed I started avoiding my plants altogether. I was lucky to water them once a month in the winter. In the summer I set them outside and let nature handle the situation. I lost a lot of plants too – and the ones that did survive looked real bad. After getting some help for my depression my enthusiastic attitude has started to return – and so when I saw the #Alite Advanced LED Grow Light I wanted to see if it could help the plants I still had.

    The first thing I did was pot up two of the three plants I wanted to try the #Alite LED Grow Light with. They were seriously root bound and were dying. I had to cut a lot of dead plant material off and even do some serious root trimming. I was a bit upset with myself for letting my plants get so neglected. I liked the #ALite Advanced LED Grow Light because this 12W plant light was optimized to produce the most efficient wavelengths of light to produce peak photosynthesis performance in your garden plants. Every gardener knows how important photosynthesis is. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, photosynthesis is the process in which plants use energy from the sun to turn water and carbon dioxide into sugars and starches. The by-product of this is the release of oxygen into the air. Plants grown indoors – or even in a greenhouse in a cold climate during the winter months often do not get enough natural sunlight thus using an LED Grow Light such as the one from #Alite to supplement this process really benefits your plants.

    The #Alite Advanced LED Grow Light was manufactured in a precise Heat Sink to generate the least amount of heat and therefore prevent any damage to your plants – and I do have to say I do not feel any extreme heat coming off this light nor do I see any damage to my plants even after I forgot and left it on 2 days straight in a row. The brochure explained that due to the consistent light production and refined light wavelength the #Alite Advanced LED Grow Light puts out, it would maximize my plant growth. I feel this is accurate. I can clearly see how much my plants have grown – and believe me they were in horrible shape. I see more color on my variegated Pink Princess Philodendron too.

    The 12 LED Lights – 3 blue, 9 red – are arranged in precise arrangement to improve growth across all plant types. I like the #Alite Advanced LED Grow Light and love the results I am getting from it. I can clearly see the changes in my plants. I also know because they are taking up more water that growth is going on – and some of that may be underneath the soil where I can’t see it, but this is good. This light is also ideal for use with hydroponics, aquaponics and all types of indoor or greenhouse gardening. The light is well-built and I expect it to last for some time. I am happy with it, I see better results than with any other type of grow light I have used and I do recommend it.

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    Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

    The 5th annual National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day will take place May 16th at local and national parks all over the U.S. All you have to do to participate is to gather up your family and head to a local or national park. No matter where you live there are a number of organized events you can find out about simply by visiting the Natural Park Trust Kids To Parks Day website. This would be a great day to have a family reunion as well since there are so many activities going on at parks all across the United States. For those who live or may be visiting Seattle Washington, it is probably quite impossible not to notice the beautiful scenery that surrounds this great town. I can think of few cities in America that are so strategically located to take advantage of the best of nature. Not only are the surroundings lovely, but the climate is also very mild for most of the year. The drawback for some is the rain as it rains about 50 percent of the time in this city.

    The first national park on my list is Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and was created for the purposes of research, education, and recreation. Within the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument the environment is left to its own devices in recovering from the disaster. The last time Mt. St. Helens erupted was in 1980. The next national park on my list is Mt. Rainier National Park and is only a short drive from Seattle. Mt. Rainier is an inactive volcano and the park was founded in 1899. This park receives visits from nearly two million people each year. There are many activities that can be enjoyed here from camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and fishing to taking simple nature walks in order to enjoy the beautiful scenery. This is one park that I really don’t recommend trying to conquer in a day, there is simply too much ground to cover and you might miss something really cool if you rush through. I understand that time is limited and you may not have the time to properly explore all the park has to offer on one vacation. If that is the case, I seriously recommend finding one or two things to do and see while there and concentrating all of your efforts on those things.

    Located about two hours outside of Seattle, Washington is the North Cascades National Park. Often referred to as the North American Alps, this mountain range is spectacularly beautiful. There are many activities available within the park such as camping, hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, and float trips along the Skagit and Stehekin rivers. This is a great way to spend a day, two days, or even an entire vacation. Everyone has certain things that appeal to him or her most about a prospective vacation location. For me, a great amount of appeal comes in the things I can see, touch, smell, and experience. Nature is one of the things that we can’t always experience at home or if we can, we simply take it for granted. While on vacation, the ability to experience the best that nature has to offer is a wonderful thing. I hope you will visit at least one of these parks during your visit to Seattle.

    Of course Seattle is not the only place that has a number of National Parks open to visitors – and for National Parks Trust Kids To Parks Day on May 16th you can visit any local or national park as long as you – and your kids – get outside and enjoy nature. Going to the park with your kids offers so many learning opportunities and it is a wonderful way to have fun for both adults and kids. Parks are a great place to spend quality family time. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day together. Here are some fun fast facts and two opportunities to win some great prizes!

    #KidstoParks Day Fast Facts

    Parents, teachers, caregivers and friends, are encouraged to pledge to bring a child to a park on May 16! When you register you’ll be entered to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera!

    Last year, there were more than 447,000 participants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This year, the goal is to have more than 500,000 people enjoy Kids to Parks Day.

    Kids to Parks Day has been endorsed by America’s State Parks, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Hiking Society, Boy Scouts of America, Children & Nature Network, Children’s National Medical Center, Department of Interior’s Youth in the Great Outdoors, National Education Association, National Environmental Education Foundation, National Geographic Kids, National Parks Hospitality Association, National Recreation and Parks Association, National Wildlife Federation, Ready Set Wear It!, US Play Coalition, US Army Corps of Engineers, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let Move Outside! Initiative, half the nation’s governors, and many more.

    Active Kids are healthy kids. At a time when the obesity epidemic touches nearly 1 in 3 children, cities across the nation are encouraging their residents to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

    Kids to Parks Day brings families together for important and irreplaceable outdoor and family time, to create lifelong memories, traditions and fun.

    National Park Trust is encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town. Their website can help jumpstart your adventure. Learn more at kidstoparks.org

    National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s public lands and parks. To learn more about their work visit parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

    Be sure to check out the Activity Guides, Buddy Bison Tips and More! Like National Park trust on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! Be sure to use the #kidstoparks and #buddybison on social media and share your photos of the fun things you do when you take your kids to the park Finally be sure to enter the Kids To Parks Giveaway Prize Package for a chance to win a “Buddy Bison” mascot stuffed animal, 2 National Geographic Books (National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks and National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.), a CamelBak BPA- and BPS-free reusable bottle, a T-shirt, and a NPT Park Activity Guide ($75 value).

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    Disclaimer: Today’s post is sponsored by Monrovia, but my love for their plants is all my own!

    Spring is finally here after what seemed like a never ending winter – and that means it is time for my #Monrovia #Plantlust to surface. I #LoveMonrovia plants because they truly flourish in my #garden. Every year #Monrovia breeds and introduces so many exciting new varieties of #flowers that I feel like a kid in a candy store when their annual calendar that they send to Garden Writers arrives! I am first in line at our local Lowe’s when I hear the Monrovia plants have arrived. You see Lowe’s only sells #Monrovia plants they don’t actually grow them – Monrovia does all that. This is why I don’t need to see the #blooms fully open to know the plants I choose are going to be outstanding! This year I choose a variety of bee, butterfly and bird attracting plants because I wanted to focus on expanding that area of my existing garden. Although it is still early here in Indiana, I know how to protect my plants from the last few frosts and the pollinators need as much nectar as they can find to survive until the plants in the ground start blooming.

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    Even if you live in a colder climate like I do that is still experiencing cold nights and possible frost, it is not too early to begin planning your spring and summer green spaces. Incorporating #GreenDesign into your yard, patio or balcony is a great way to connect with nature and experience the magic of #springtime. I love hearing the bees buzz or watching them fly from flower to flower sucking up as much nectar as possible and knowing they are cross-pollinating my plants for me. Once the butterflies arrive I delight in their colorful, wispy wings fluttering about bringing living color to the garden. I also love hummingbirds and encourage them to hang out in my garden by providing them with plants they love, a hummingbird mister and multiple hummingbird nests located in areas where they will feel safe enough to use them.

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    It is important to me to create a #garden that is healthy and beautiful but also beneficial to our local ecosystem. I know I can count on #Monrovia plants to help me do just that. When people visit my garden or view the photos online I really want to convey that you can create a positive environmental impact by choosing plants for your garden that support the needs of the pollinators in your area such as the butterflies, bees and birds. But creating a positive environmental impact and relationship with the local ecosystem is about so much more than just the plants you choose. The way you maintain your garden through watering and soil care plays an equally important role.

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    This spring I chose four plants to add to my garden that I knew would attract the pollinators I wanted – and even though I already had similar perennials in my garden the ones I chose were slightly different in leaf color or their flower #blooms were different than what I had. I chose two perennials – which are plants that come back by the roots year after year – and two annuals – which are plants that are started from seed, grow, flower, set seed and die in a single season. The two perennials I chose were primrose (Primula) and coral bells (Heuchera). The two annuals I chose were lobelia (Lobelia) and stream alyssum (Lobularia). In the video below I share the plants I chose and what pollinators they attract.

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    I recommend growing your garden organically. I feel this is better for the environment and the pollinators that visit your garden. Chemicals leech into the soil around your garden and even into drainage ditches from there they can get into our rivers, streams and lakes. Compost is a great fertilizer that is environmentally friendly – simply spread 3 inches on top of your garden yearly but be sure not to pile it around tender plant stems or too close to woody stems. Another option is to add 3 inches of mulch instead of compost – or create your own #DIY combination of both but keep the level right at 3 inches for the best results. Compost and mulch both conserve water. Another way to conserve water without sacrificing your garden is to set up a rain barrel and water your plants using rain water you harvest. Some gardeners even create a circular shallow ditch in the dirt around their plants to collect the morning dew.

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    I hope my story will encourage you to begin creating your dream garden by heading over to your local garden center or Lowes to buy #Monrovia plants. I know you will love them as much as I do once you give them a try! #LetsGarden! Isn’t it about time you started connecting to the Earth with #Monrovia plants!

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    Here is an extra special challenge for those of you who already grow #Monrovia plants – please share with me and your social media friends some unique reuses of Monrovia plant containers! Recycling them is a great way to be environmentally friendly!

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    Welcome to the first ever Grow Your Garden Giveaway event!

    We have many amazing sponsors and co-hosts who have teamed up to bring you an awesome gardening-related prize pack worth over $535! The prizes include a variety of gardening tools, planters, outdoor decor & more!

    Follow along with hashtag #GYG

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    The SimGar UNO Container Garden System is a new gardening idea that has redesigned the traditional gardening method of container and box gardens. The UNO is designed to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants of all kinds up to 2 times faster than traditional container boxes. The patent-pending design automatically provides water and nutrients to ensure healthy plants and high yields while allowing you more time to do the things you enjoy most! Dimensions: 38x26x13 inches. Plus, it’s currently on sale for only $79.99!

     

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    Pop it, plant it, hang it. Plantopia is the ultimate hanging basket. Grow from the sides and top with the unique snap in/out side panels. Create professional arrangements at home. With the Plantopia system create the largest display on the block. Grow flowers, herbs, tomatoes. Create a salsa basket with jalapenos and cilantro on the top and grow tomatoes from the sides or create a caprese salad basket with basil plants on the top with tomatoes out the sides. Plantopia includes simple visual instructions and a durable hanging chain, for use year after year. Made from 100% polypropylene. Endless possibilities, year after year.
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    The HERShovel is a shovel-spade hybrid designed scientifically and specifically for women. The HERgonomic {ergonomic for Her} design allows for maximum comfort, efficiency, safety, and ease of use. The HERShovel is available in three sizes based on the user’s height to ensure the perfect fit for Her!
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     NOVICA $50 Gift Card – ARV $50
    NOVICA unites talented artisans from India, Africa, Central America, Asia and so many other places all over the world, who create a wide variety of products ranging from fair trade jewelry to home décor and unique gifts. Not only do you purchase a product, but you can learn about the lives of each artisan who is creating your treasure and support their passion.You can learn more about our mission to support global artisans here.” However, if you have had first hand experience with NOVICA we always feel it’s most powerful for customers to talk about their own experiences with the brand.
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    Zulily has thousands of home & garden items, decor, apparel and a variety of other products featuring your favorite brands, themes and designs. With daily deals up to 70% off, you are sure to find your favorite home and garden decor, tools and more for your outdoor adventures.
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    Easily secure landscape fabrics, erosion control blankets, turf, sod and more with the Ecoduty 6 in. contractor grade stake and Ecostaker Installation Tool. kit contains 250 stakes and one Ecostaker headpiece. Made in the USA from 100% recycled materials, this degradable stake has superior holding power to metal staples, is safer for the consumer and better for the environment. Product will breakdown in approximately 36 months and then biodegrade into all-natural byproducts. Ecostaker headpiece fits into any standard broom handle. Insert stake into the tool, push into the ground and rock forward to release the stake.

     

    The Wedge Gutter Cleaning Kit contains four downspout Wedge screens and one Gutter Scoop to tackle any gutter cleaning job. Easily and safely remove debris from your gutters using the Gutter Scoop and then install the four Wedge downspout screens to prevent debris from building up, keeping gutters free flowing and preventing costly home repairs. {Each kit includes 4 wedges and 1 scoop. Prize is for 2 kits for a total of 8 wedges and 2 scoops.}

     

    After a long day of working in the garden and flowerbeds, relax on the front porch with a calming glow from the Frux Home & Yard LED Candles. This set includes 24 flameless candles and 3 different sets of decorative wrappers. Worry free in the home and ideal around children and pets. Perfect for tents, sleepovers, candle dinners, lighting under plants or heat sensitive items, weddings, parties, gardens, patios, decks, paper luminary bags and lanterns, kids projects, centerpieces, displays and more!

    Test out your green thumb with one of these beautiful, handcrafted aprons from the ApronsNBows Etsy Shop. Choose from a variety of colors, prints and styles. Aprons feature designer fabric and are treated with Scotchguard Protector to make clean-up a breeze! Who says you can’t look cute while getting dirty?

     

     

    LifeWell Technologies Gardening Tool Sets are not only made of quality materials to last a lifetime but, they also feature an ergonomical design for comfort. These gardening tools are made of cast-aluminum and are rust-resistant, easy to clean and durable enough for a lifetime of usage. The ergonomical design reduces hand and arm fatigue for added comfort and the ability to use for longer periods of time. The bright handles were also creatively designed to make them easy to spot in the yard and garden. Each set contains a garden trowel, transplanter with measurements stamped in the spade for planting and transplanting bulbs, seeds and similar plants, and a cultivator for weeding and breaking ground in pots, beds and small areas. {Each set retails for $25. Winner will receive two sets.}

     

     

     The GrowBox ARV $30

    The GrowBox is a cleverly designed container perfect for a variety of gardening fruits and veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, herbs, berries and even flowers. The GrowBox waters, weeds and feeds your plants to ensure beautiful, healthy-grown plants that create high yields and take up minimal space. Great for seniors and kids and, perfect for the backyard, porch, patio and other gardening areas, small or large. Measures 28″ long by 14″ wide and 12″ high.

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    One lucky winner will win each of the products listed above! 
    Total ARV $535+
    Giveaway Ends April 24th, 2015, at 11:59 pm CST. 
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    Disclaimer: I received this product for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

    Years ago the majority of people relied on natural remedies – eating or brewing common plants such as the dandelion – that is now considered a weed – into a delicious, healthy #dandeliontea. But that got pushed aside and modern medicine took over. There’s no doubt that modern medicine has done a lot of good, but it’s not without its downside. Sometimes people end up overmedicated for health issues that can be treated simply and effectively at home using old-fashion methods. A great way to treat some of common health problems that affect people is through the natural use of plants just like they did years ago before they had modern medicine.

    Plants don’t give you the same dangerous side effects that a lot of the medications prescribed today will cause – although they still have some side affects and can interact with prescription medications. But let’s face it, it’s easier and a lot more cost effective to turn to nature when you need healing than to pay a doctor or prescription bill.

    There are a lot of different plants that you can grow and use to treat your ailments naturally. Some can be applied topically and some are brewed into tea. You should make sure that you understand how much and what part of a plant to use, because just like medicines you get at the pharmacy, there are dosing guidelines you need to follow when using plants to treat ailments. When in doubt about what to use or how much to take, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

    Headaches

    A good natural treatment for headaches is the bark of a willow tree. You can grow a willow tree with a cutting from a mature tree. One of the reasons that this is effective is because willow contains salicin, which is comparable to what you’ll find in aspirin. It’s also a good treatment for anything that causes you to feel pain since it works like an aspirin does. One drawback is that people who experience a reaction to aspirin could also potentially have a reaction to willow bark. It should not be used by nursing mothers or given to ill children due to the potential same side effects that aspirin can cause.

    Lavender is a flowering plant that looks beautiful in a garden. But it’s also a natural treatment for headaches – even if those headaches are migraines. It’s the oil from the plant that gives a person relief from the pain and the smell helps with relaxation. Dilute lavender oil with a good carrier oil such as grape seed oil and rub it directly on the skin. Another option is to inhale the scent by boiling the plant and inhaling the oils as they’re released into the air.

    Another plant that you can grow to treat headaches is peppermint. This plant is used by crushing the leaves and applying the mixture to the area of the body where you feel the pain. The oils are absorbed through the skin.

    If you’ve ever had to deal with cluster headaches, you know how bad these can be to deal with. These headaches, which show up and then come back repeatedly over the course of several weeks can be difficult to treat with modern medicine because as soon as you stop the treatment, you can end up with rebound headaches. One of the best natural remedies that you can plant indoors or outdoors to help with these types of headaches is cayenne pepper. This plant contains capsaicin, which is used to relieve pain. It can be applied directly to the skin. However, you should be extremely careful to keep any of the plant from touching your face. If the plant comes in contact with your eyes, it can cause unpleasant burning. A side effect of this plant when applied topically is a burning sensation that does go away after a few minutes. If you’re prone to skin allergies, this may not be the right remedy for you to use.

    Thyme, when made into a tea can also be used to relieve the pain associated with headaches. Bay leaves are helpful in treating headaches as well.

    Insomnia

    Doctors recommend that you get between six to eight hours of sleep every night. This is what’s best for your body. When you have insomnia, it can really take a toll on your personal and professional life. Plus, prolonged bouts of insomnia can cause your health to suffer. It can lead to sleep deprivation behavior, which can be dangerous. Fortunately, there are plants that can treat this ailment. Many of these plants have a sedative quality to them, which helps relax your mind and body. As a result, you end up with a good night’s sleep.

    One of these helpful plants is the lemon balm plant. If you look closely at the leaves, you’ll see how they resemble the leaves if the mint plant. This is because lemon balm is in the same family of plants as the mint. It can be taken as a tea. Another way to use lemon balm to help induce sleep is to stuff a small pillow with leaves of both lemon balm and hop flowers. Place this herbal pillow inside the pillow case of your regular pillow before you go to bed.

    One flowering plant, that’s actually labeled as a weed is evening primrose – also commonly called primrose, is effective in treating insomnia. The flowers of the plant are colorful and quite beautiful. It’s best to grow this kind of plant with outdoor gardening rather than indoor gardening because it thrives outdoors.

    Another plant that’s well-known to aid in helping to treat insomnia is woodruff. This plant has small white flowers and is a perennial. It has a sweet scent and grows best in shade rather than direct sunlight.

    Passionflower is another plant that you can grow that’s used in the treatment of insomnia. The plant has medicinal properties that are used to produce calmness and a state of relaxation, which helps you get some sleep.

    There are some plants that you can grow that work toward helping you to get a good night’s sleep. Rosemary is a plant that you can use during your waking hours that won’t induce sleepiness so you’ll still be able to go about your day. What this plant does is help to relieve stress and tension which are the leading causes of insomnia other than reasons related to diseases. Rosemary can be grown indoors or outside but it can grow to some substantial height. So what you might want to do if you’re into indoor gardening is to start the plant inside and then transfer it outside once it begins to grow.

    Fevers, Colds and Coughs

    There can be many different reasons for your body to develop a fever. The same stands true for a cough. Unless a doctor finds that the fever has a direct cause, the only thing you can really do for it is to treat the symptom, which is the fever itself.

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    orchids

    It’s no wonder that people fall in love with the beautiful, exotic looking flowers of the orchid family. Orchid flowers come in a variety of colors and make great house plants. Unfortunately, caring for Orchids involves more than getting the plant, watering it and feeding it at regular intervals. These plants – especially the Blue Orchid – are very in-demand, and most growers create a booming business selling them but often fail to provide adequate care tips with the plants. Whether or not you’re new to this flowering plant, you can benefit from knowing how to get the healthiest flowers from your efforts.

    Step one – don’t start out behind. You want to make sure that the plant you select will give you beautiful blooms. Some people buy very small Orchid plants and then don’t understand why it doesn’t flower. It can take years for a new plant to flower, so what you want to select is one that already has flowers on it. It is ok to buy ones on sale with faded flowers because while they may not flower again for a while you know they are of blooming size.

    Step two – check out the health of the leaves. If the leaves are pale or look spotted, then the plant isn’t healthy. If you already have Orchids at home and the leaf color isn’t consistent, then something’s wrong with the plant. Spotted leaves often mean the orchid has a virus. It is best to separate orchid plants that are unhealthy from those that are.

    Step three – give your plant the water amount that’s suitable for the type of orchid that you have. Give it plenty of water, especially in the hot summer months. But keep an eye on the roots to make sure you’re maintaining a healthy moisture level. The roots should be plump and  green.  Shriveled roots that are white, brown or black are dead. It is best to carefully cut these roots away from the plant during re-potting.

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