Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
A popular garden plant, Marigold has been valued for many centuries for its' exceptional healing powers and is particularly remarkable in the treatment of wounds. When used for medicinal purposes, it is commonly referred to as 'Calendula'.
I've read that a tea made of the flowers of this plant stimulates the liver and has anti-inflammatory properties,. Tincture of marigold is a powerful antiphlogistic for skin diseases. Poor healing wounds and mouth and throat infections can be helped by a compress with marigold tincture or a mouthwash.
Calendula officinalis is the main medicinal species used by herbalists but at last 100 wild species of Marigold can be found in Morocco, Portugal, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Algeria, Mexico, Africa, Australasia, Asia Minor and Palestine. It has been grown in Britain since Roman times and cultivated in temperate regions of the United States since the 18th century.
Marigold has a long history of medicinal use, stretching back to the Roman's and the ancient Greeks, who drank Marigold tea to relieve nervous tension and sleeplessness. It has also been used in cooking, dying cloth and skin care and was a well-known symbol of good luck.
And here I was just growing it cuz it's pretty....
Monday, July 14, 2008
Bastille day is the French national holiday and is celebrated on the 14 of July of each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration"). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. click for more info.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
What a blessing to be able to go into our garden and pick our own veggies! I roasted the bell peppers and added them to salsa along with the tomatoes and habanera peppers. We use basil in just about everything. Sauteed zucchini in olive oil with basil and garlic is my favorite.
Gardeners, Plant and Nature lovers can join in every Sunday, visit As the Garden Grows for more information.
My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and went through a lot. It was a shock. Her attitude and early diagnosis pulled her through. Interesting, like so many, she almost blew off her mammogram that year...Don't even think about it! It can happen to any of us - even men.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. (Now that's scary)
- The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is about 1 in 8 (12%). It is estimated that in 2008 about 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States.
- Women living in North America have the highest rate of breast cancer in the world. At this time there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
- The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 35 (about 3%).
- In 2008, about 40,480 women will die from breast cancer in the United States. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. (merci cancer.org)
So ladies - have you had your annual mammogram ??? If not schedule it right now!!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I waited too long to tie up the tomatoes. Some of the branches had fallen over. I also planted everything too close. Another lesson learned. As I lifted one branch this is what I found! It's a huge cluster of beauties but they are so close to the ground. Maybe I should thin them out.
My Early Girls have begun to ripen but the taste doesn't WOW me. At least they are healthy~organic. Do you know why the leaves are curly? It doesn't look very healthy.
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi