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Herbs In My Garden

Herbs In My Garden

This year I have planted quite a few different herbs in my garden areas, and this past week I have harvested and dried three of them.  I have comfrey, yarrow, and linden flowers.  The linden flowers are not really something that I planted myself, because it is a huge tree in the front of my yard, but every year at this time, the flowers come on strong on my tree and they are the most delightful smelling flowers ever.  Here is my process of harvesting and drying these three particular herbs for medicine value.

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Linden flowers

Linden flowers

My awesome Linden Tree

My awesome Linden Tree

Linden flowers or blossoms – great for the digestive system as a tea, commonly used in teas to soothe anxiety or panic, can be used in the bath water as a relaxing bath, and helps with insomnia when drank as a tea before bed time.  It is known to help lower blood pressure, and to help restore the liver.  Worth doing a little more research on this treasure! I like to use it in my salves that I make simply because it has the calming properties, and it makes them smell so delicious.  I think I am going to try making a perfume with it before too long.  I will post it when I do.

Here is a little blurb that someone wrote about the Linden tree, and I quote it here with the link to the original article.     “Imagine yourself sitting under a tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through it’s shiny heart shaped leaves.  High overhead you can hear honeybees lazily buzzing  in and out of it’s perfumed flowers.  The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect.  You feel relaxed and alive and aware of it’s healing energy.  This is the Linden tree.”  Love it!

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Comfrey

Comfrey

Comfrey is a well know plant for healing. I use it in my own miracle salve recipe that I make, as it has great properties for healing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even bones. It can be used as a poultice or compress to help heal broken bones and is known for this.  There is some controversy as to whether or not it should be taken internally.  Some herbalists use it, and others will tell you not to.  Do your research before taking it internally.  It can cause damage to the liver, especially if taken often.  It is a miracle herb in itself when it comes to healing and using in my salves.

Yarrow plant

Yarrow plant

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow is a great little plant, and grows wild in pretty much every prairie or empty lot, and often in lawns around here.  Yarrow is a great plant to know about.  By using its feathery leaves and crunching them up, they can be placed over a wound to stop bleeding.  It can also be drank as a tea to help stop bleeding internally and heal things like bleeding ulcers.  I also will use this in my miracle salve recipe because of its properties to speed up healing.  Yarrow also has some properties that act similar to aspirin and will help relieve pain.  It is a great herb that affects so many different parts of the body, in fact some scientists say that it affects every part of the body in some small way.  It is also known to promote sweating and is often given as a tea to help do this, to in turn break a fever.

Okay now for the drying part…….I dry the yarrow hanging upside down from my clothesline, and the comfrey and linden I just laid them flat on some trays.  Each of these were completely dry in 48 hours, but then we have been having some pretty extreme heat around here.

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

Linden flowers drying

Linden flowers drying

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

And the finished products………..

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Yay!  I love harvesting and drying the herbs, and then using them in the medicines that I make.  It is kind of a cool feeling to know that I actually understand what to know and use these things for.  I love it!

Today, I am heading over to a small  park that is not too far from my house and I will be harvesting some plantain. Plantain grows wild pretty much everywhere, but this one particular park it is thick and beautiful.  I will take pictures.

 

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Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning

I am a firm believer in Life Long Learning!  I don’t think learning should ever end.  Because of this, I have created a new site called “The Learning Trunk”, where I am going to compile learning opportunities from everywhere, that I feel are worthwhile.  There are some that I have compiled myself – two are already available on the site, and a few more should be there soon.  I also have many places that I have been searching out, that I feel are courses that are worth their money, so I will soon begin adding links to these as well.

A couple of my favorite quotes:

Education is what remains

Education is what remains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Involve Me!  How can you not involve this cute face?

Involve Me! How can you not involve this cute face?

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in education, Life, Living

 

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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Living

 

Write Your Personal History

Write Your Personal History

Have you ever thought about writing your personal history? There are so many different ways you could go about doing this.

Here is a great site (Family Search) that gives some input into how to go about getting started and writing  your history.  I have been helping a good friend write her personal history, and have really come to understand why this is important.  I have also been doing some looking into a bit of family history as of late and reading some of these stories, and I always find it fascinating to try and think of how they must have lived.  I know it isn’t a topic that everyone loves, but I sure do.  life-story1

So then I get to thinking that perhaps I should start writing my own history.  I have kept a sort of journal off and on through the years, which does reflect somewhat on some of the things that I went through, but there are many gaps.  And yes, some of those gaps, I think I would prefer to leave as gaps.  Not totally sure that I want my kids to know some of the dumb things I did!  However, having a close brush with the other side has got me to do some serious thinking about life.  I think about what I would want my kids to know about my life, my feelings and thoughts on different things, and the values I have.  What better way to do this, than to start writing about my history, and the present.  I need to keep a current journal as I go along right now, so that it is fresh in my mind and doesn’t soon become the history too!

So where the heck does one start?  You can decide to do it on your computer, or if you are a bit more old school, just go buy a simple coil bound notebook and start writing.  Maybe a binder might even be better than a notebook, because then you can go back and add in more pages as you remember experiences and stories.  You could add in some of the old pictures that your parents saved from way back, add in some of the old school report cards, some of the memorabilia that you have kicking around from forever ago, sitting in boxes under your stairs.  Just grab a binder of some sort and get started.

Think back to some of your earliest memories, or the earliest stories that people remember about you, and just start writing about them.  You could break it down into small chunks of time, like five year chunks of your life and write about everything that you can remember of that time frame.  You could break it down into places that you have lived, or schools that you have attended.  Before you know it, you will have your life stories down in print.

personal historyYou could write your history in stories instead of a journal.  Or add the two together.  You could write it down as memories through time, specific milestones that you have accomplished in life.  You could put together a history in pictures, if you were lucky enough to have parents who took and kept many pictures.  There are quite a few different places online that you can upload your pictures or even your text, and print off a really nice book.  Just think, that would be a really precious book to have to pass along to your kids and grandkids.  If you a good at scrapbooking, or good at using these kinds of computer programs, you can make some really nice looking scrapbooks and have them printed off as gifts.

So start today by gathering all of the information  you can get together about yourJohn H Groberg life.  You could even add in old newspaper clippings that show what was going on during certain events and times in your life.  Gather it all and sort into time periods.  Then break these down into smaller chunks and organize it all in order.

The whole thing boils down to just getting started.  It doesn’t really matter how you go about doing it, because what works for me, may not work for you.  It doesn’t really matter how it all looks or reads in the end, as long as the information is there.  What really matters is getting going.  Start writing and recording your history, before it is all of a sudden too late, and your family will wish you did it.

Any other ideas or creative ways that you have compiled your own personal history?  I would love to hear them.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Life, Living

 

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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Living, Writing

 

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I wonder……..

I wonder……..

I wonder if………….

How often do we say those words.  I wonder if I did this or that, what would happen?  How will we ever know if we don’t do what we wonder?  I must admit I have been thinking much on this over this past week.  I have been pondering life a bit more closely, and wondering if I should even write this, and tell what happened to me.  I decided today that I will share it because somewhere out there perhaps I will connect with someone else who needs to hear this.

Last week I had the closest brush with “death” so to speak, that I have ever experienced, and hope to never experience again for quite some time.  However scared I was, I was actually okay with whatever happened.  I didn’t at all feel it was my time to go, but all

Time to start doing, learning, and experiencing what I wonder!

Time to start doing, learning, and experiencing what I wonder!

of a sudden realized that it most certainly could be.  I have had a heart that likes to race as of late, and can usually get it calmed down and haven’t really thought it was super serious.  My doc has done all of the heart tests that she could think of to do, and told me that if it ever happened again that I should get into emerg and let’s capture what is really going on.  The tests results showed nothing wrong, so the next thing was to catch it in the act.

Well last Monday it happened again.  Bam!  My head started spinning, I started instantly sweating, and my heart was racing.  It’s the weirdest thing.  So I did the usual things to try and calm it down, but it wasn’t listening to me.  Off to emerg I go with Logan, and of course because it was my heart, I got to bypass the waiting room full of sick and injured patients.  Probably a good thing because I am sure it would have been a couple of hours waiting at least!  They whipped me into the room and had me hooked up to all kinds of monitors and IV within just a couple of minutes.  My heart was racing well over 200 bpm and a few times was up to 236 bpm.  Not fun.  I wasn’t worried, but they sure were.  They tried some breathing techniques with me to see if it would calm down, but it wasn’t being very obedient.

Next step was to give me a medication called Adenosine.  Wow that was some drug.  You can find out a few things about it here, which also describes briefly about what they called it that I have “supraventricular tachycardia.”  In short form they had to reset my heart, at least that is how the emerg doc had described it to me.  I can only say that it was the most bizarre thing I have experienced.  I felt for a very brief few seconds that I might just be dieing.  The craziest thing was that I was at peace with that.  But….I didn’t die!  And now I have a whack more of appointments to figure out what to do about it. I guess it isn’t life threatening, but they do need to treat it so that it stops happening.

Back to the point of my thoughts today, I wonder what would happen if I start acting on some of the I wonders that I think about.  I have come to understand that life is way too short to keep wondering, and we should actually start doing.  It is way too short to keep worrying over stuff that we have no control over.  It is way too short to keep getting upset over little things that tomorrow, won’t matter anyway.  It is way too short to not stop and smell the flowers, take a walk in the park, read a story to a little one, or take time to visit someone you haven’t seen in awhile.

I wonder what will happen when  I actually start doing,

and quit only wondering?

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Life, Life is Too Short, Living

 

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Coconut Coir In The Garden

Coconut Coir In The Garden

Yay, I got most of my garden in today!  The best part too was that I didn’t have to dig in peat moss to my raised beds, I used Coconut Coir that is free around here.  I live close to a ton of greenhouses that grow their vegetables in the coconut coir, and when they are done with it, and strip the greenhouse to ready it for the next planting, they just give away the old coconut coir.  If people don’t take it, they end up taking it to the dump.  It is a shame really, how much ends up in the dump.

Here is a great site that talks about the coconut coir.     Here is just one quote that explains a bit about it.  It is great stuff, and I can get all I need for free.  Even better!!

“Aside from not damaging your plants and soil, the use of coconut coir also yields a lot of positive results. Coconut coir is used most commonly as a soil additive. It provides both potted and garden plants with sufficient space for air circulation while maintaining excellent water retention capacity, which extends the lifespan of soil and slows down the decomposition process. Coir, like peat moss, tends to decompose slowly, creating air pockets that allow water to effectively drain. The fibrous nature of the coir also absorbs water and helps the soil remain moist and fertile. The aerating and hydrating properties of coconut coir make it perfect for every type of soil. If you are working with sandy soil, the coconut coir will help retain nutrients and keep moisture close to the roots. For soil that tends to be more clay-like, the coconut coir works to provide aeration in the hard-packed soil so that nutrients and moisture can be well dispersed. Coconut Coir eliminates the need for additional fertilizer and provides gardeners with a consistent supply of moisture and air for their soil, creating the perfect environment for planting and growing in any climate.”

This is what they look like when I pick them up from the greenhouses.

The coconut coir in the used bags from the greenhouse.

The coconut coir in the used bags from the greenhouse.

I love the way that it breaks down into my soil and works into it well, just like a good peat moss will do.  It has some of the roots still from the cucumbers or tomatoes that were growing in it, but they break up really well, and as you can see in the corner of the picture below, it breaks up and works into the soil so nicely.

I am going to get some more over the next couple of days, and work it into my flower beds.  I did some of the flower beds last year, but need to do the rest of them this year.  I love it when free stuff works for me!

So if you have any greenhouses close by, see if they use the coconut coir, and if they toss it when they are done.  It is just as good as peat moss, and wwway cheaper!!

The coir, some worked into the soil and some not.

The coir, some worked into the soil and some not.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in DIY, frugal, Gardening, Life, Living

 

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