Hey everyone... gardening is getting underway again... a very busy time for us.
We are fortunate to have a few greenhouses to get things going especially in this unusually cold start for 2020. And, here we are in one of the greenhouses, with Duck Duck, and some cabbage seedlings.
Cabbage is a wonderful addition to any garden. The beauty of it's leaves when in full truly grace the gardens here. We put Marigolds in with them and they bloom all season giving the garden a beautiful variegation of color.
Cabbage doesn't mind the colder weather either and so it is a very hearty plant that can feed you with fresh cabbage in the summer... that is with the summer variety... and staggering new ones is good so you can have it go longer into the fall.
We grow a few different varieties here but always start with the Tiara variety. It comes up fast and has a nice firm head. Great for coleslaw and it the base for fermenting vegetables.
Did you know, when you ferment cabbage, you get a great source...
Healing Duck Duck
It was the summer of 2019 and we found this little Muscovy duckling almost dead in the nest. The mother did not want him... she had 2 ducklings that had hatched a few days prior.
After giving him water, he came alive and we tried to introduce him back to the mother duck. But, she wasn't interested. And so, Little Duck (or Houdini) as we called him then, came to live with us in the house for a while.
Ducks and other birds imprint to the first being they see when they are young and this duckling imprinted to us humans.
It was very cute to have him follow us about but we realized he was going to get big and since they poop a lot too... we knew we would have to somehow get him in with the other ducks. But he was too small to be out on his own. So the first few weeks of his life he spent indoors with us.
When a flock of Khaki Campbell ducklings came into the fold while he was still a duckling, we put him in with...
The physical body is the house that our life energy uses to move through this physical existence at this time, therefore, it is very important to maintain the body in a way that allows the full expression of the soul. What we eat, the company we keep and the conditioning of our culture and environment all have an impact on the health and shape of our bodies and how we express ourselves to the world.
It is through the chakras that our life energy is expressed, and it is therefore very important to understand how this system works.
Fear, anxiety, phobias and physical and health issues are all symptoms of over active or under active chakras. Many of the emotions we have are unconscious and may be firmly rooted from unresolved childhood experiences.
And chakras, as patterns of consciousness; reflect the belief systems that are made up of specific programming. The good news is they can be programmed by new thoughts and behaviors, diet, exercise in addition to a regular yoga practice. We...
As I sit to write this post about a very powerful yet gentle herb, I look down and there is a tincture bottle in front of me. I take a dropperful and put it under my tongue. The taste is strong and bitter…. Very bitter.
The herb is Orgeon Grape Root and the bitterness is due to the presence of alkaloids; berberine being the most notable. It is what gives the root the yellowish color. The herb grows in shady forest areas and was used as food and medicine by the pioneers who travelled the Oregon coast. It is the state flower of Oregon.
This post will be focusing on the use of Oregon Grape Root tincture. We, at Go For Wellness, harvest this wonderful herb on the farm. The roots are harvested carefully so as not to destroy the whole plant and then cut up and put into 40% alcohol for 6 weeks. After which time, it is strained a few times and then bottled into tincture dropper bottles. Tinctures generally have a long shelf life of up to 6 - 10 years. We do offer our surplus up for...
The Difference Between Herbal Infused Oils and Essential Oils
Herbal Infused Oils are not the same as Essential oils and it is very important to know the difference when looking to support wellness safely.
We produce a lot of Infused oils each year from the herbs that grow both wild and the ones that we have planted and nurtured over the years. The season begins when the herbs come out and so the days are met with that in mind. When the St. John’s Wort Flowers, Hypericum perforatum, come out it is usually a very hot time of the year. But we endure because the rich red oil this herb creates is amazing and a powerful healing support, especially for nerve pain. Other herbs will come and go over the summer months, and some root herbals more in the fall. The process is easy and takes some monitoring, but well worth it for wellness support by our Great Mother…. Nature’s goodness captured in a gentle manner… and that is the way the Herbal Infused Oils work…...
We believe there are three components to healing.Number one is good nutrition and high quality supplementation. Our bodies require essential minerals and vitamins to empower it to take care of imbalances that cause illness and disease. Healing is possible when we provide the body with what it needs on a daily basis. This along with clean, vibrant and balanced water, is the foundation of healing.
Number two for healing is paying attention to how you talk about yourself and the ailments that affect you. What you say has a great deal of power for manifestation. If we talk about your wounds and illness in a negative manner, it will feed the illness. What is needed for healing to take place is positive self talk. When we become conscious of how we talk about our illness we can empower ourselves toward a lasting healing. Indeed, there is room for acknowledging what is not going right in the body when illness comes. There is room for it because learning about an illness or life threatening...