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Making Comfrey Or Nettle Liquid Feeds

 

Liquid feeds or fertilizers are a great way to nourish your plants, providing nutrients in a readily available form, so they’re quickly absorbed.  Many plants benefit from liquid feeds to give them a boost during their growing period, particularly crops such as: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchinis, pumpkins and beans.

 

Instructions for Making Comfrey Liquid Feed (Ready to Use Undiluted)

 

  1. Wear gloves, cut comfrey down with shears or pruning clippers to about 2 inches (5 cm) above soil level. Start cutting from April, and ideally before plants flower.
  2. Collect leaves, chopping into small pieces if easier to handle. Let plants reach 24 inches (60 cm) tall before cutting again. This takes about six weeks.  Cut up to four times a year until September.
  3. Weigh about 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of leaves using scales.
  4. Add leaves to 4 gallons (15 liters) of water. Leave for about six weeks. Anaerobic bacteria will break down the comfrey leaves giving off a strong and unpleasant smell, so it’s best to use container with a cover or lid to contain the smell.
  5. Strain. Use liquid undiluted. This liquid will smell strongly.  Add residue of comfrey leaves to a compost heap. Don’t try to store this liquid as it will ferment and may explode (concentrated feed can be stored – see below).
  6. Use the comfrey solution as a potassium-rich liquid fertilizer to encourage flowers and fruit set. Use once a week for tomatoes after their first flowers set fruit.

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Living In The Eternal Now

 

Many spiritual teachers encourage us to live in the Now; it is a state of consciousness we should strive to experience in our life.  What exactly is the Now?  There are two different types of “Now”: the Present Now and the Eternal Now.

 

The Present Now is what exists in time.  It’s part of the continuum we know of as past-present-future.  To live in the Now is to live fully in the present moment.  Our awareness is completely centered on the here and now.  You are not worrying about the future or thinking about the past.  When you live in the present, you are living where life is happening.

 

The Eternal Now has nothing to do with time, nothing to do with past, present or future.  It is a state of awareness that is outside of time, altogether.

 

Time stops when our consciousness enters the Eternal Now.  There is a profound sense of stillness and peace that pervades everything.  There is Silence, Pure Being, Presence, Love, Joy, Peace, Creativity, Continuous Newness that is ever unfolding.  Everything feels fresh and exciting.  We are One with Everything.  This is Reality.  We are Home. Read more

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The Power Of Love

 

The Golden Age of Light or the Age of Aquarius refers to the transition to the fifth dimension where dreams become a reality, souls are unlimited, manifestations are instantaneous and experiences are perpetual freedom.  What is happening now, with the help of stabilizing forces, is the transformation of our planet—Earth’s rejuvenation and return to balance—reaching completion in the Golden Age.

 

Along the way there will be many profound changes, changes we can’t even imagine, that will transform life as we have known it into life in total harmony with all of Nature global wide and thusly flow out into the Universe.  The negativity that is the root of fear, greed, dishonor and violence will be gone in the Golden Age, and the vibrations of Earth’s entirety will be LOVE. Read more

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Natural Beauty Secrets And Tips

 

You don’t need harsh chemicals or tons of money to get beautiful skin and shiny, healthy hair.  Read on for easy, inexpensive ways to look gorgeous naturally.  They are simple, yet luxurious.  Enjoy. : )

 

Luminous Face

 

1. For a radiant complexion slice a few grapes in half and rub the cut sides over clean skin. “The fruit acids are natural exfoliators,” explains Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza in New York City.

 

2. Chilean women credit the antioxidant powers of red grapes for their luminous skin. They create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. “It wakes up the appearance of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow,” says Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty.

 

3. Actress Emma Stone revealed she uses grapeseed oil as facial moisturizer for her allergy-prone skin. Grapeseed oil is suitable for a wide range of skins types: those with acne-prone skin and those who are concerned about the appearance of aging. Apply about 3-4 drops of this antioxidant-packed oil with your fingers or using a cotton pad. Read more

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Back To The Garden: Rosemary Herbal Remedies

 

There is a bountiful garden in our backyard.  We grew many types of vegetables and herbs. Yesterday, while picking some lettuce in the garden to prepare for the evening’s dinner, I noticed that there’s an abundance of rosemary that is ready for harvesting.

 

I researched Jethro Kloss’ Back to Eden (a classic book on herbs, natural diet, and holistic health and lifestyle) for information about rosemary.  Besides using the leaves to flavor food, I want to find out what other uses it has.  According to the book, rosemary is a remedy for colds, colic and nervous conditions.  It’s very good in headaches caused by nervousness.  It is helpful in some cases of mental disturbance.  It aids digestion, cough, consumption and strengthens the eyes.  There are other uses but I would like to keep the list short. : )

 

Among many uses, rosemary is also an excellent ingredient for shampoos and is reported to prevent premature baldness or hair loss by stimulating the hair follicles.  Then, I researched the web and discovered that the herb may also relieve dandruff and dry, itchy scalp.  It stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth.  Additionally, rosemary leaves your hair soft and shiny. Read more

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Merging With Your Infinite Self Meditation

 

You can record the following meditation and play back for your personal use. Or you may click on the following link to listen to the video recording. Merging With Your Infinite Self Meditation

 

Background Information

 

In this meditation, your Infinite Self and your Soul are used interchangeably, and refers to the same Being.  However, for clarification, your Soul is a stepdown version and smaller aspect of your Infinite Self which is omnipotent and omniscient.

 

As you connect to the loving consciousness of your Infinite Self, life becomes more flowing.  Your priorities change.  You feel more confident because you know that you are one with the Source of all life and will always have all you need.  There is a rhythm of peace, joy and lightness in your life.

 

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56 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

 

In a previous post, Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint, I wrote about the 12 ways to reduce our food carbon footprint and the importance of switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet.  For this blog entry, I will list 56 more ways on how we can live a more eco-friendly life by being more conscious of our carbon footprint and taking further steps to reduce it.

 

56 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:

 

1. Only use your dryer, dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load; don’t do half loads. This reduces the number of loads and the electricity used.

 

2. Whenever possible, hang your washing out on the clothesline rather than using the dryer.

 

3. Clean the lint filter in your dryer. This will reduce your energy used, saving the environment and your electric bill.

 

4. Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop. This will reduce the usage of the paper cups, the energy used to produce them and save trees. Paper cups are usually not 100% recycled.

 

5. To save water, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Read more

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Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint

 

Carbon Footprint of Food

 

A carbon footprint is defined as the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an event, product, person or organization.  The carbon footprint of food is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food on your plate.  Food’s carbon footprint accounts for 25% of each household’s total carbon footprint, so your food choices do have a big impact on your overall contribution to global warming.

 

Ranking Food’s Carbon Footprint

 

The Environmental Working Group has released a guide which ranks proteins based on their environmental impact.  The chart above shows the lifecycle total of greenhouse gas emissions for common protein foods and vegetables, expressed as kilograms (kg) of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per kg of consumed product.  Lentils top the list of the most eco-friendly foods you can eat.  The worst choice is lamb, followed by beef and then cheese.  The production of meat, fish and dairy has much higher greenhouse gas emissions than fruits, legumes and vegetables.  So eat smart by switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet to lower your personal carbon footprint. Read more