Tulsi (Holy Basil) Type Comparisons

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How does one disambiguate a subject so complex?  Holy Basil, a plant that is gentle and healing to body, mind and spirit should bring happiness, not confusion! The commonality of all types (species/cultivars) is that the leaves may be eaten fresh, used in cooking, or best yet picked, dried, and made into tea. Taxonomy:  Vana Tulsi (a tree basil) is Ocimum gratissimum.  The …

Growing Wasabi from Seeds

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Wasabi is an evergreen perennial in the Mustard family, albeit one of the more sensitive and reclusive mustards on Earth.  The plant is native to Japan and cultivated there extensively, often grown in pure cold water of stream or spring. We find that the plant can readily be grown in good compost, as well.  If watered frequently and kept in …

Echinacea species comparisons

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Our 9 native American Echinacea species come from distinct habitats yet adapt readily to cultivation in the organic garden. Echinacea purpurea is often considered to be the prettiest, and is also most adaptable to a wide range of soils and temperatures.  Echinacea angustifolia is the most northerly ranging, the smallest and really the toughest, as well.  Echinacea paradoxa is the largest, with …

The Free Herbalism Project

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“SOWING SEEDS OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY” Richo Cech, Speaker Richo Cech takes you on a tour of world medicinal plants, the seeds that come from them, and practical techniques to cultivate healing herbs down home to bolster the medicine cabinet. Welcome one and all humans. (Please leave animal friends at home.) SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017 NOON- 5:00 PM MOUNT PISGAH ARBORETUM, WHITE …

Medicines From The Earth Herb Symposium 2017

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FRIDAY – MONDAY, JUNE 2 – 5 BLACK MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA This is a gathering of the cream of the herbal crop, not to be missed by those seeking guidance on the herbal path. Pleasant grounds and accommodations, good friends and groundbreaking herbalism within the context of the North Carolina woodlands. What an incredible learning opportunity! Theme: “Botanicals for the …