The Dandelion – A Medicinal Cornucopia {And Edible}

Never would I have thought I would come to appreciate, even admire, the common dandelion (i.e., “Taraxacum officinale”).

What I once called a stubborn, defiant, nuisance of a weed, I now describe as a timeless, medicinal cornucopia – a medicinal plant with no rival – with an impressive recipe repertoire of possibilities.

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Poison Ivy Natural Remedies

Most people have gotten into poison ivy at least once, and suffered the consequences. However, some have been blessed with a natural defense against poison ivy’s urushiol oil. They seem to experience no allergic reaction.

My grandpa is such a person. As a young boy, … I shudder to even say this … he ate poison ivy. I don’t know, or remember, why. Maybe it involved a group of little boys trying to outdo each other in double-dares. Who knows, but he learned he’s not allergic to poison ivy. (Do NOT eat poison ivy. Doing so is EXTREMELY dangerous.)

For those not like my grandpa, the constant itchy and burning sensation can be so intense they’ll go to extreme measures to find relief. I read how one person broke open their blisters, and then poured bleach on them. Someone I know poured gasoline on his poison ivy rash.

In this post, we’re going to stick to natural remedies. ;)

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Cranberries – Not Just A Thanksgiving Dish

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We have three canine children ranging from the ages of 4 to 10. They are our pride and joy. I hope to have goats or cows in a couple years, but, for the time-being, we have plenty of joy (and vet bills) with three dogs.

Cranberries… did she totally forget the title of her post? That’s what you’re thinking, right? Just hold on. I’m getting there.

After spending a lot of money in the last two weeks on vet bills for Bunker, our male Doberman, on a myriad of meds; an emergency ultrasound (that cost me my left

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Natural, Homemade Mosquito Repellent Spray

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Predacious, pesky insects that roam the cool evening hours, driven by their insatiable appetite, preying on vulnerable gardeners they can suck the life out of, mosquitoes leave behind their signature: ugly, itchy bumps.

Annoying as they are, mosquitoes do serve a vital role: dinner for bats. Bats are a very important part of agriculture, horticulture, and pest control. Bats provide organic fertilizer for crops and other plants, pollination, and pest control in our backyards. (For more on bats, check out one of my earlier

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