5 Reason To Have A Rain Barrel In Your Healing Garden

Rain Barrel For A Breast Cancer Healing GardenRainwater harvesting with a rain barrel, is an old-fashioned yet innovative approach to capturing water for you healing garden and backyard wildlife. Harvesting rain with a barrel involves directing rainwater from a roof into a storage container for later use. There are several benefits of using a rain barrel to nurture healing with a backyard sanctuary. We have listed a few reasons to add a rain barrel to your gardenbelow:

1.) Rainwater is better for your plants and soil. Rainwater is highly oxygenated, free of the salts, inorganic ions, and fluoride compounds contained in tap water that accumulate in the soil over time and potentially harm plant roots. Use of rainwater in your garden dilutes this impact, making plants more drought-tolerant, healthy, and strong.Rainwater is better for your plants

2.) Rainwater is the eco-friendly option to keep composts moist. Adding tap water to your compost doesn’t fit this sustainability practice; you’ll want to use rainwater instead.

3.) You’ll have your own water source in times of drought or watering restrictions. If you collect rainwater, you’ll be able to keep watering and nourishing your garden with your rain barrel reserves.

4.) Watering plants with drip irrigation for hands free water. When you hooked up a rain barrel near one of your gardens and run a soaker hose from the lower spigot on the barrel through the garden. Think of all the storm water that can be saved after a rainstorm (approximately 600 gallons from a 1000 square foot roof).Watering plants with drip irrigation for hands free water

5.) Filling bird baths or proving water to other wildlife.

Other suggestions for having healthy and colorful gardens are in the use of native plants and herbs. They typically use less water and are adapt at the environment so they stay hardy. This means that you do not need to use chemicals. They will also attract seasonal birds and butterflies. Who knows you may even attract humming birds. Growing native indigenous plants can save 50 percent of the water used to maintain other plants, and choosing drought tolerant natives is even better.

You could be the first in your neighborhood to show your rain barrel off. Encourage others to take charge and be inventive just like our grandparents and their parents. Water is such a valuable resource to waste.

You got to love it. Taking charge of your own gardens and lawn whereby you help the planet is a pretty cool thing to do.
Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

How To Make Your Own Fire Fragrance For Your Fireplace

Breast Cancer Healing Fireplace AromasDuring this winter make those warm fires even more enjoyable with herbs that you can burn in your fireplace. We have collected a variety of natural items that will give off wonderful aromas. And the best part is many of them are items you can find right in your home or grown in your backyard healing garden. Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

Benefits of natural aromas for your fireplace:

  • No chemicals that you really shouldn’t be breathing.
  • Herbal smoke purifies the air if you’re inside.
  • Herbal smoke keeps the mosquitoes away if you’re outside.
  • The smoke smells AMAZING!

Some wonderful natural items to burn in your fireplace

  1. Dry some apple and orange slices in the oven. Then burn them in your fireplace. This can make for a very sweet-smelling scent that fills the air.
  2. For a wonderful pine smell, burn pine cones in your fireplace.
  3. Try burning a cinnamon stick or two for a sweet scent.
  4. For a pleasant fragrance burn orange or lemon peels in your fireplace. The oils in the peels give off a citrus scent which is very clean, not sweet.
  5. Burn a braid of sweet grass in your fireplace. Sweet grass is a herb that is used to clear negative energy and has a wonderful sweet scent that lingers in the air.
  6. Burn dried sage in your fireplace for a more acerbic scent. Once it has burned, it clears any other odors from the air, and then a lighter scent tends to linger.
  7. Toss some rosemary in the fireplace on the outer edges of the burning wood and your space will come alive with a delightful, pine-scented aroma.
  8. Try adding essential oils such as lavender. Just put a few drops on your branches or logs, then allow it to dry and burn in your fireplace.

Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Article source: 10 DIY Fireplace fragrances,   Photo source: Homemade Scented Pine Cones

How to Create a Naturalized Healing Garden

Winter Yoga GardensBreast cancer survivors are always searching for ways to minimize toxins and pesticide in their lives. Create a naturalized garden that offers so many benefits on the level of health, environment, economy, efficiency, and time management.

Health: by minimizing lawn and adding shrubs, trees, and plants you are contributing to the air, allowing for more oxygen to be cleaned, allowing you to breathe fresher air.

Environment: With the mass of development arising every day, we have lost much of our biodiversity that makes the ecological world go around. A naturalized garden can promote life in the form of insects, butterflies, birds and small animals. (Keep in mind, they won’t bug you, they’ll just enjoy your garden)

Economy: Most plants recommended for a Naturalized garden will need little attention once they are established. You will save money by not having to water plants every day. A well planned naturalized garden will do well with the water nature provides. Most plants are also inexpensive, and can often be shared among other natural garden lovers.

Efficiency: Naturalized gardens, once established, become their own working engine. The insects are turning the soil and adding nutrients every day, the bees birds and butterflies are taking care of the pollination of plants. In time, this leaves little else for you to do except watch and enjoy!

Time management: No more weekly lawn cutting or water schedules. No worrying over water restrictions, or bad patches in the lawn. A naturalized garden flows and grows without much of your help. Mostly, you get to enjoy it!

Consider adding a patio centered in your naturalized space and allow yourself to be part of nature, while enjoying your own personal oasis!

Article Source: EcoScrapers

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5 Snowman Ideas for Breast Cancer Healing

Breast Cancer Healing Backyard SnowmanMaking a snowman in your backyard can reduce stress, improve moods and increase overall happiness. Many studies show that after stressful situations people recover faster and better in natural environments. Depression and the level of “stress hormones” decrease faster in natural settings. Exercising in your backyard can help promote a speedier recovery, improve the quality of your life and help you live longer with or after cancer. Have fun and exercise at the same time with these snowman ideas.

Make snow women!
Too long have men dominated this wintery art. Slap some boobs and some hips on your snowman and voila! — sex change.Snowman Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing GardenGet creative with body shape.
Just because you’re making a snowman doesn’t mean he has to be made up of three, boring balls. Give him a potbelly, or a hunchback, or something that’ll weird out the neighbors. Ooh, better yet, make him lean over and give him a cane.Fat Snowman For Backyard Breast Cancer HealingGive the snowman a hat.
It’s cold out there. Your snowman deserves some warm clothing. A coat might be a bit much, but with an adorable hat, scarf, and glove combination, you can never go wrong.Snowman Hat For Breast Cancer HealingUse vegetables for facial features.
Everyone knows the old standby of a carrot for a nose, but you can also get creative with baby carrots for eyebrows, cauliflower for ears, or an eggplant for a big old mouth. Now just cross your finger the squirrels won’t land on that mouth and eat it.Snowman With Vegetables for Breast Cancer HealingPut snowman in the shade.
Picking a shady spot for your snowman may mean he’s less visible for passing, admiring children, but he’ll also live a lot longer. There’s nothing sadder than coming out to check on your creation, only to find his face slowly melting away.Breast Cancer Healing Snowman in Shade

You wouldn’t think making a snowman as a way that you are actually getting exercise without knowing it, but it’s the perfect way to have fun outdoors during the coldest time of year. Try these snowman ideas and watch how the winter season becomes one of your favorite times of the year!

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

How To Make A Medicinal Mushroom Extract

How To Make Medicinal Mushroom Extract For Breast CancerModern research has confirmed the healing power within medicinal mushrooms is so extraordinary, it truly is magical. Taking a supplemental mushroom formula is an important aspect to maintaining good health. Whether you are currently in cancer treatment, or are simply interested in prevention, medicinal mushrooms can offer tremendous benefits.

Are you ready to start working with medicinal mushrooms in your home? Making a double extraction is actually very similar to making a tincture with plant material. The process is simple, and this easy step-by-step guide from Mountain Rose Herbs will help you create a mushroom double extraction of your own.

Double Extraction Method for Medicinal Mushrooms

Ingredients

Equipment

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Instructions

  1. Make an alcohol extract by filling a mason jar halfway full of dried mushrooms. Fill jar with the alcohol, making sure that it completely covers the mushrooms, but leave about a ½ inch of space at the top of the jar. Let it sit for a month. Shake daily.
  2. After a month, strain mushroom-infused alcohol into another mason jar and set aside.
  3. Next, make a water extract by bringing a half gallon of water to a simmer in a stock pot. Add the mushrooms from the alcohol extract to the simmering water.
  4. Simmer the mushrooms for about 2 hours, until the water has reduced to approximately 8-16 ounces. Make sure to keep an eye on the water level, as you don’t want it to completely evaporate. You may need to add water to the stock pot throughout the process.
  5. Let it cool. Strain and compost the mushrooms, reserving the mushroom-infused water.
  6. Combine the water extract with the alcohol extract.
  7. The final product is your mushroom double extract! The alcohol percentage should be somewhere between 25-35%, making it shelf-stable.

More Mushroom Recipes:
Red Reishi and Turkey Tail mushroom extracts (Featured Image)

DISCLAIMER: Please consult your physician before using any medicinal mushroom products for health purposes.

Holiday DIY Gifts For Organic Gardeners

Breast Cancer Healing Garden Holiday IdeasMaybe you have an organic gardener on your holiday list. These eco-champions use their big green thumbs to stand up against ecological destruction. Gardening without harmful chemicals is their motto. Raising environmental awareness and creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems are their mission. Try these DIY gifts for organic gardeners this holiday season.

Wrap It GreenWrap it green

Ditch the non-recyclable shiny foil wrapping paper. Plants make an ideal gift at this time of year, but foil wrappers can detract from their earthy beauty. Instead, cover plastic pots in a neutral-colored fabric such as muslin or burlap. Martha talks about how traditional wrapping of plants detracts from their “earthy beautyhere.

DIY Gardening BucketGarden Bucket Gift Idea

Organic gardeners are passionate about their small patches of earth and most likely haul around some basic tools for the home garden. Shovels, pruning sheers, trowels, spades, gloves, twine, plant labels and markers are just some of the implements that make it into the hands of healthy green gardeners. Carry those veggies and keep gardening tools organized in this handy, easy-to-make, repurposed gardener’s bucket. Make a Gardener’s Bucket

DIY Potted Herb Gift for the HolidaysDIY Potted Herb Gift for the Holidays

For the holidays, gift-giving can be daunting and costly. This year, opt to go for fresh herbs wrapped in tartan fabric and tied with rope or twine to give something practical, eco-friendly, and fun!  For a sweet added bonus, find a creative recipe that incorporates each herb, and attach it to the plant!

Give An Organic PlantChristmas Rose Gift Idea

Charlie Nardozzi of the The Organic Authority suggests you look beyond poinsettias and give an unusual organic plant. Give a Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger), it treats you to large white flowers from November to March, with a magnificent crown of stamens at their heart. The Christmas Rose is almost completely unaffected by snow or frost. Although the plant droops a bit, it will straighten up again as soon as the temperature starts to warm up.

The holidays is the perfect occasion (excuse) to deploy an eco-agenda. Give a satisfying gift, give something that gives a green nod to the planet.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Healthy Eucalyptus Holiday Wreaths and Garland

How To Make Eucalyptus Wreath and Garland For Breast Cancer HealingThe health benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging. Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol, is used medicinally in over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes.

The Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil Include the Following:

Room Freshener: The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals.

Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil is used as an antiseptic for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores.

Mental Exhaustion: Eucalyptus oil, a stimulant, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. Article Source: Organic Facts

Step By Step Instructions
Eucalyptus Holiday Wreath

Fragrant and textured, this wild eucalyptus and juniper wreath can be a pleasant addition to a front door or a wall above a fireplace mantel.  This pretty wreath will last for many weeks throughout the holiday season. Learn how to make HERE

How To Make A Eucalyptus Holiday Wreath
Step By Step Instructions
Eucalyptus Holiday Garland

Eucalyptus leaves, white blossoms and air plants combine in a gorgeous, long-lasting arrangement for your table or buffet. With just a few plants and florist supplies, you can make a long-lasting table garland that’s fresh, simple and the perfect accent to help you ring in the new year. Learn how to make HERE How To Make Eucalyptus GarlandAdd a red ribbon  for Christmas, a blue ribbon for Hanukkah or a few white or colorful flowers for spring.  The possibilities are endless.  For now, though, enjoying its health benefits and beauty this holiday season.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.
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December Healing Garden Ideas To Invite Reflection

Winter Healing Garden IdeasThe warm hearth at this beginning of the winter season invites us to look inward. We are contemplating how to keep cozy as we prepare for cold weather and the shortest days of winter solstice. We have a few winter healing garden ideas for you to try!

Winter Garden LoomGarden Loom For Winter Healing Garden

Create an outdoor loom during the winter months. This video shows how the loom was weaved and how people interact with it. Watch HERE

Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Create a Backyard Wildlife HabitatAn important element of a healing garden is wildlife. Environments that elicit “soft fascination,” which “occurs when there is interest in the surroundings sufficient to hold one’s attention while allowing room for reflection. The NWF has a certification program for creating wildlife habitats; they’ll even give you this cool sign to post in your garden once you’ve completed the four basic steps of providing food, water, cover, and places to raise young. Go to www.nwf.org/backyard for more information.

Meditation of the Four DirectionsFour Directions Pole

How often do you feel disoriented, even lost, when all you need to do is stop and open to healing love and wisdom, which is present and available north, south, east, and west.  The Four Directions Poles act as antennas for spiritual energy from Father Sky and the Heavens. Learn more HERE

Allow your garden to become a refuge from the hectic world, a haven of rest for the weary.  Find the time to protect this restful place, to see its value, to enhance it, and to make it a home for yourself and others.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Evergreen Ideas For A Winter Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Evergreen Ideas For A Breast Cancer Healing GardenIt’s easy to understand why evergreens have been cherished since ancient times. While many plants are dormant and dead-looking in the winter, evergreens stay green in freezing temperatures. There are many ways to introduce color and life to your outdoor space this winter. Featured below are a few suggestions.

Focal Point – add pyramid shapes or round balls, evergreens are ideal for creating focal points in your winter garden.

Energize – for your outdoor spaces add fragrant evergreens to doorways with matching planters.

Accent – for stagnant area add cypress topiary that sparks the Chi in pleasant ways.

Borders – try planting a protective border with conifers that block unpleasant sights and improve air quality.

Using the evergreens in your garden planning creates an outdoor space in harmony with nature where you can relax and enjoy the beneficial flow of energy you’ve helped to create.

How To Grow Jasmine For Your Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Jasmine Growing Tips For Breast Cancer Garden TherapyJasmine has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Jasmine is used to relieve all manner of symptoms and diseases, including even some forms of cancer, like breast cancer.

The largest usage of jasmine can be found in aromatherapy. Jasmine is said to have a calming, relaxing effect. In addition, the scent of the flower is said to help sufferers of depression find relief.

Jasmine plants love being out in the sun, this makes them great for decorating walkways and sidewalks and in gardens. Jasmine plants brighten up rooms and make the indoor environment seem friendlier.

Jasmine propagation is possible in two different ways: rooting jasmine cuttings and planting jasmine seeds. Both methods create healthy young jasmine plants that can later be transplanted into your garden.

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When and How to Propagate Jasmine Plants
Jasmine originated in the tropics, so it will grow best when transplanted outdoors once the weather approaches summer temperatures.

Jasmine seeds

  1. Start jasmine seeds indoors about three months before your outdoor planting date.
  2. Soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting.
  3. Fill six-pack cells with potting soil, and soak the soil completely.
  4. Allow it to drain before planting, then plant one seed in each cell.
  5. Cover the six-packs with plastic to help retain moisture and place them in direct sunlight.
  6. Keep the soil moist while the seedlings sprout.
  7. Repot seedlings when they get two pairs of true leaves, putting each seedling in a gallon-sized planter.
  8. Keep the plants indoors for at least one month.

Jasmine cuttings
If starting a jasmine plant by rooting jasmine cuttings is the way you’d rather propagate, start by:

  1. Making cuttings of the stem tips from a healthy jasmine plant.
  2. Make the cuttings about 6 inches long, and cut each one directly below a leaf.
  3. Strip the leaves from the bottom part of the cutting and dip it in rooting hormone powder.
  4. Place each cutting into a hole in damp sand in a planter, and place the planter in a plastic bag to hold moisture.
  5. Keep the planter in a 75-degree room (24 C.) out of direct sunlight.
  6. Roots should develop within a month, after which you can transplant the jasmine plants into potting soil to strengthen their root systems before putting them into the garden.

Tips for Propagating Jasmine
Jasmine is a tropical plant and loves to be kept moist at all times. If you can’t mist or water new seedlings multiple times a day, install automatic watering systems and plastic covers to help retain moisture.

Keeping soil moist doesn’t mean allowing the plant’s roots to soak in water. After a thorough watering, allow the planter to drain, and never leave a planter sitting in a tray of water.

Article Source: Starting A Jasmine Plant

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