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Sharing the Special Joys of Gardening with Kids

In Environment, Wellness by Craig ScottLeave a Comment

It’s not uncommon to see people doing various therapeutic activities such as dancing, painting, listening to relaxing music, soaking in a warm bath, and even cooking to de-stress themselves after a hectic day. For some people, their therapy is gardening. Many folks admit that they find planting flowers very therapeutic, but has it ever crossed your mind that gardening can …

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5 Tips to Attract More Butterflies Into Your Yard

In Environment, Sustainability by Craig ScottLeave a Comment

Butterflies are beautiful insects. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They are wonderful to watch and admire. Unfortunately a lot of butterflies are dying off. Monarch butterflies have been slowly dying off because their main food source, milkweed, is not in full abundance anymore. Farmers that produce GMO crops, spray the milkweed with pesticides because it is considered …

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Meet Mugwort: The Womens’ Healing Plant

In Alternative Medicine by Olivia AmitranoLeave a Comment

MEET MUGWORT. An ancient herb regarded as a protector of WOMEN + TRAVELERS, renowned for its high value in treating feminine disorders (think menstrual cramps!) & prized as a strong warming tonic that stimulates the circulation of qi and blood. You may have heard about mugwort’s capacity to yield lucid or vivid dreams, which was highly valued in traditional cultures. …

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Adventures with a Botanical Explorer: Dominican Republic

In Environment by Anthony B. RodriguezLeave a Comment

This is the first of a series of short commentary documentaries of my expeditions with Botanical Explorer Joe Simcox. These expeditions take us all over the world in search of some of the worlds rarest plants, edible and ornamental. We get ourselves into some wild situations as well as some of the worlds most interesting places. With this short series …

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An Interview With The Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox

In Environment, Food Justice by Carlos Espinal, INHCLeave a Comment

We are grateful to share the incredible work of our friend and film maker Anthony Rodriguez who documents the fascinating aspects of permaculture, sustainability and food justice throughout the globe. This first video serves as an introduction to the Botanical Explorers series which follows ethnobotanist Joseph Simcox and friends on their journey to find and document rare and exotic plants …

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Nature Deficit Disorder

In Wellness by Joey Doherty, MA, LPC, CWCLeave a Comment

In 2005, Richard Louv coined the phrase “nature deficit disorder,” because he was worried about the direction our “civilized” species was headed. I’m worried, too. Nature deficit disorder is a condition that’s caused by spending little time outdoors, which has been linked to the rapid increase in health problems such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and obesity. The sad fact is …

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12 Psychological Benefits of Houseplants

In Mindfulness, Wellness by Joey Doherty, MA, LPC, CWC7 Comments

For thousands of years, humans have been bringing plants indoors to benefit their lives. Numerous studies have shown that people who have houseplants are more satisfied with life than those without plants in their homes. But why is this? We intuitively know that houseplants are good for our mental wellness, but may not know why. The following are 12 reasons …