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Outstanding Oregano

Oregano (Origanum vulgare), is an herb commonly thought of when making recipes such as pizza sauce, pasta sauce, and other robust recipes. There are many varieties of oregano, including sweet marjoram. Common varieties are Greek and Italian oregano. However, the uses and benefits extend beyond culinary preparations. 

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The Enchanting Summer Garden

The enchantment of a summer garden. Maybe it’s a community garden, a few potted plants on a front porch, or a vegetable garden worthy of a farmer’s market. Regardless of the size of the garden, there is a spark of magic in even the tiniest plot of soil. The unsurpassed beauty of the mystical dance that happens between flora and fauna. The garden beckons, in its own unique voice, for us to practice mindfulness.

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Could there be coffee growing in your yard?

Did you know that a plant that belongs to the same plant family as coffee may be growing in your yard? Galium aparine, also known as cleavers, is part of the Rubiaceae family. The fruit of this plant can be harvested, then dried and roasted. Brew as you would regular coffee. However, this is a tedious process. Thankfully, there are more useful benefits to growing and harvesting this plant.
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Thyme

 

Harvest Wellness

There are signs in front of the grocery store. They read- “Get your flu shot today!” As one of my children ponders aloud, why do I want a shot of the flu? I explain that the shot is supposed to prevent the flu. To which the reply is, “I like the tea you make for us much better, mommy.”

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Sweet Leaf

Butterfly enjoying the stevia flowers.

 

No, this isn’t Ozzy’s Sweet Leaf! It’s stevia, a plant often used as a sugar substitute. Most of you may think of a white powder when stevia is mentioned. It is sold in many supermarkets as a liquid or white powder. Stevia is actually green in its natural unprocessed state and tastes just as sweet as the white powder.

 

 

 

 

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