The Survival Medicine Garden

Money doesn’t grow on trees but remedies do grow on plants, or in them, as it were.  Over the years I’ve grown quite a few different medicinal plants from all over the globe.  The diversity has been very interesting to study and has been a great diversion.  However in a pinch when I need a medicinal plant to treat traumatic injury …

Chia seed primer

Chia seed, that powerful little bundle originating from the American Southwest and Mesoamerica, is truly unrivalled in terms of its nutritional value and health benefits. Chia is the most concentrated source of alpha-linoleic acid (Omega-3 fatty acids) in the plant kindom, making it an ideal food for those suffering from inflammation of any sort, including maladies of the nerves, eyes or brain. …

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Type Comparisons

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 …