Flower Remedies to Harmonize the Body, Mind and Spirit

Originally published November 25 2011
Use flower remedies to harmonize the body, mind and spirit
by Fleur Hupston

(NaturalNews) Dr. Edward Bach noticed that people with similar attitudes often had similar complaints. He concluded that mood and a negative outlook on life predisposed people toward ill-health and that illness is a manifestation of a deeper mental or emotional health imbalance. Flower essences are said to contain the life forces of the flowers used to make them. They work by relieving negative feelings, and they encourage the healing process by balancing energy in the body.

Negative emotions tend to depress the mind and immune system, thereby contributing to poor health. Dr. Bach identified 7 main negative states: fear, uncertainty, insufficient interest in present circumstances (or detachment), loneliness, over-care for the welfare of others, despondency or despair, and over-sensitivity to influences and ideas. By addressing these negative emotions and learning the healing capacity of peace, hope, joy, faith, wisdom and love, it is possible to develop a positive outlook and a general sense of well-being.

Flower remedies can support one in a time of crises, treat negative emotions produced by an illness, address a recurring emotional or behavioral pattern and strengthen one during a temporary emotional setback. The remedies are gentle and may even be used as a preventative remedy when things start to get out of balance. It may take months, however, to change a long-standing negative pattern of thought.

Do flower remedies work?

Generally considered as nothing more than a placebo by many, others testify to the effectiveness of flower remedies. For example, a widely used flower remedy addresses sleeplessness, anxiety and shock. (Read more)

Stand by Adam Guerrero and Defend the Right to Garden! – YouTube

Stand by Adam Guerrero and Defend the Right to Garden! – YouTube.

Breaking News: Adam Gets to Keep His Front Yard Garden!

Readers of oknow that kitchen gardens and urban homesteading went on trial this week in Memphis when high school teacher, Adam Guerrero, was ordered to remove his garden or face legal action.  Thousands of petition signatures,  facebook likes and emails later, I’m thrilled to report that Adam gets to keep his front yard garden. And it gets even better because the city of Memphis was so impressed by the support Adam and his garden received that it’s going to help him locate a lot in his neighborhood for a new community garden.  I’m proud that the KGI community was able to play such an active role in this case. Thanks to all who supported this campaign. Your efforts combined with those from others from the food garden movement helped send a strong statement that kitchen gardens are not the problem, but are a key part of the solution to healthy and sustainable communities. Thanks and best wishes, Roger

PS: And please remember what your mom taught you: be sure to say thank you. After receiving so many emails from KGI members this week with “Save Adama’s Garden” in the subject header, Judge Potter would probably be quite happy to receive a few with “Thank You.”  You can send them here: larry.potter@shelbycountytn.gov

GMOs Killing Off Monarch Butterflies

GMOs killing off Monarch butterflies, report finds.

Originally published July 29 2011
GMOs killing off Monarch butterflies, report finds
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) You have likely seen them dancing through the air and gracing the petals and leaves of various plants and shrubs. But a new study published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity says that the popular Monarch butterfly, which is an absolute necessity for farmers, is on the decline. And the cause? Genetically-modified (GM) crops like corn, soy, and cotton, which today blanket millions of acres of American cropland.

Though not necessarily in the same vein as bees and bats, Monarch butterflies are still considered to be migrational pollinators. They travel very long distances and often inadvertently pollinate various flowers and plants. But Monarchs rely on milkweed plants to breed — milkweed is actually the only plant on which Monarch larvae can feed — and the use of pesticides in GM agriculture is contributing to the elimination of milkweed, and thus the elimination of Monarchs.

The study explains that during the 2009 – 2010 Monarch overwintering season, which represents the time during which eastern North American Monarch butterflies hold out through the winter in warmer Mexico, populations reached an all-time low. And while they increased slightly the following year, they still remained at dismally low levels.

Besides loss of forest in overwintering areas and continued land development, the report tacks the “expansion of GM herbicide-resistant crops, with consequent loss of milkweed host plants” as the culprit in declining Monarch butterfly populations. After all, Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide specifically targets milkweed for termination, and roughly 150 million pounds of the poison are applied to US cropland every year.

If GM crops continue to take over the whole of agriculture with great strides, as they continue to do, Monarch butterflies (as well as bees and bats), may eventually become extinct. And without these pollinators, of course, it will be no longer possible to grow food.

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Spring garden experiments for children on Shine

Spring garden experiments for children on Shine.

Try these experiments in the garden.

Try these experiments in the garden. Credit: istockphoto.com/sjlocke, sjlocke

Children always want to know the “why” of things. Why is the sky blue or why does the sun disappear at night? I remember one year my son asking me why I was covering my young tomato seedlings with milk jugs after I transplanted them to the garden. I told him that they were baby plants, and needed to be protected from the harsh weather. He asked me if I was sure. Experience had taught me they needed protection, but my son was too young to have had any such experience, so I could understand his questioning. One way for children to learn the “whys” of gardening is through experimenting in the garden with seeds and plants. (Read more)