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Uses for Fresh Herbs

By Kim Robson: At our home, we love to grow our own veggies whenever possible. Fresh herbs top the list for culinary and medicinal uses. Every spring, I start a container garden for the season. Invariably, I pick up a variety of herbs to grow. I usually get mint, basil, …

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Homemade Herbal Teas

By Fredrica Syren: My family, especially my kids and I, are huge tea drinkers. Besides enjoying the usual green, rooibos and chai teas, we also like drinking herbal teas; so this summer while in Sweden, I decided to start making my own teas from all kinds of flowers, leaves and …

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Healing Golden Milk

By Fredrica Syren: You might have heard of the new trend — golden milk. Suddenly, everyone is drinking it and raving about its benefits … including me! So, what exactly is it? Golden milk refers to a warm beverage made with turmeric (a spice) and some sort of milk and/or …

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The Benefits of Using Mint

By Larraine Roulston: Mint contains source vitamins A, B-6, C, E and K; and minerals, including copper, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, which makes it amazing for eating and/or drinking, skin application and therapy. Its history goes back to ancient times. Dried peppermint leaves have been discovered in several Egyptian pyramids. Greek and …

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The Benefits of Aloe Vera

By Kim Robson: Aloe Vera is the common name for dozens of plant species in the genus Aloe. It’s been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years in Greek, Egyptian and Roman cultures, and is cultivated around the world. It’s used in Ayurvedic medicine, and there are records of …

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DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

By Kim Robson: Come springtime, I always have a glut of empty mason jars that have been emptied gradually over the fall and winter. They clutter up our gardening shed, clinking around and getting in the way of things. It’s too early in the year to start canning — so …

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Life on an Urban Homestead

By Fredrica Syren: My family (my husband and our three children) and I live on an “urban homestead.” This term refers to a household that grows, through gardening and livestock, most of the food it consumes. The difference between an urban homestead and a farm is that an urban homestead …

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DIY Seed Pots from Common Household Items

By Fredrica Syren: It’s hard to imagine that soon prime planting season but believe it or not, it’s fast approaching. Now is the time to plant seeds and set them in a sunny window indoors until they grow into plants ready to transplant outside. I like to plant my seeds …

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Growing Food with a View–Roof Top Farm

By Fredrica Syren: We have gone from growing food at farms in the countryside to bringing it into the city and growing it in our gardens. Nowadays urban gardening is a way of life and, with creativity, people find ways to grow their own food in the middle of cities …

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