How To Grow A Spring Feng Shui Healing Garden

breast cancer healing garden can be planed using the Feng Shui baguaSpring is the season to start planting seeds for the future. Your breast cancer healing garden can be planed using the Feng Shui bagua as a guideline to bring you health, wealth, peace, guidance, happiness and protection.

First, mark off your garden (or balcony full of pots) and determine the directions — north, south, east and west. Secondly, use the rough guideline below, taking into account your climate, seasons and health concerns to know what to plant.

The Southern corner of your garden governs recognition and fame.
The flowers you plant there should be predominantly red and pink in color such as

The Southwestern corner governs marriage prospects and marital happiness.
The predominant flower color should be yellow for emotional security.

The Western corner governs children and fertility.
The predominant flowers should be yellow and white.

  • Oak Tree
  • Morning Glory
  • catnip
  • carrots

The Northwestern corner governs helpful people or mentors.
The predominant flower color should be white yellow and orange.

  • Iris, carnation
  • Lemon tree
  • clover
  • lemon balm
  • squash

It is a good place to put table and chairs to invite the help into your life.

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The North corner governs career prospects.
The flowers here should be predominately dark purple or blue.

  • jasmine
  • Orange tree
  • ferns
  • goldenseal
  • onions

This direction represents water, so it is the ideal place to put a fountain or pool. Add fish to it and double your luck.

The Northeast corner governs education and wisdom.
The predominant flower color should be white yellow and orange.

  • Sunflower
  • clover
  • sage
  • pumpkins

The East corner governs family relationships and health.
The foliage here should mainly be green and filled with bush or trees.

  • daisies
  • pines and spruces
  • hemp
  • Lavender, skullcap, vervain, linden, sage
  • avocado

This area is called Big Wood which is why it is good to have at least one big tree there or a tree house.

The Southeast corner governs wealth and prosperity and should be as green and lush as possible with flowers that bring wealth.

  • honeysuckle
  • all fruit trees
  • mosses and ferns
  • dill
  • lettuce

This area is known as Small Wood and would be augmented by windmills, a swing or another structure made of wood (preferably one that moves to circulate energy.)

Your garden can be a perfect retreat in the stressful times we live in and with regards to Feng Shui it is the Yang that balances the Yin, you can have the perfect Feng Shui house, if it is not balanced with your garden your efforts will be wasted. The reason for this is because with an untidy garden you will not get free-flowing Ch’i and it will stagnate and this stagnant Chi will end up in your home.

Article Sources:
Feng Shui Store
Sam Steven a professional psychic.
Garden Feng Shui Map
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.

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.

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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5 Fire Element Ideas For Your Healing Garden

Fire Element Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing Garden

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Fire element is the spark from which all of life derives. The emotion associated with Fire is joy, which, when in balance, represents an overflowing enthusiasm for life. An excess of Fire, however, can create hyper-excitability and restlessness, while a deficiency of Fire can produce a lack of joy and a feeling of apathy.

The Fire element is felt most intensely in summer, summer may be the best time for you to concentrate on rebuilding the energy consumed during the winter and spring months. As summer activities can sometimes appropriate your relaxation and meditative time, make sure to find a balance between action and being, between social events and time to be in your garden, or relax in your hammock, and allow the earth to nourish you.

Fire Element Ideas For The Garden Include The Following:

1. Outdoor candles, fire pits and torches are a great way to bring the fire element to your garden. 

Add Candles & Torches As A Fire Element To A Healing Garden

Adding stylish candles and torches add a calm feel to any outdoor healing space. Try making your own mason jar candles with this beautiful DIY tutorial.

2. You can add cone, pyramid and triangle-shaped trellises and objects. Cone Shaped Trellis For Healing Garden

Trellis, topiary, tower, obelisk, describe what this yard art can do. Your garden patio or flower beds will benefit from this piece of garden decor. The hand painted finish with colors add a bit more pizzazz all year round. Try this trellis tutorial.

3. Even conical-shaped trees and plants add the fire element. Cone Shaped Bushes For Healing Garden Fire Element
When choosing your conical-shaped bushes, you have to take into consideration the potential size of plant, if it will be suitable for the area in which you plan to plant it. Learn about Box Wood and how to grow it here.

4. Not surprisingly, fire is also represented by the many shades of the color red. That includes pink, burgundy and orange.Red Color Ideas For Fire Element In Healing GardenTry adding red accents outdoors… it’s so attractive. Weathered wood and touches of red… flowers or shutters… a tractor…it doesn’t matter what the calling card is because red just goes totally eye candy. Try this red chair tutorial.

5. Try adding these cheerful orange lanterns. Garden Lantern Ideas For Garden Adorable yarn-ball-ish lantern project for a version of lantern loveliness. Fair warning, it’s a super-duper messy project Tutorial

Over time, you’ll see it’s easy to add natural elements to your garden. With a little practice, your naturaleye will determine how various objects can represent these elements, whether by their design, color or shape. The important thing is to select the items that you enjoy, and have fun while creating a sense of balance and harmony throughout your outdoor healing spaces.

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.

Therapeutic Swing Ideas For Healing Garden

Therapeutic Swing Ideas For Healing Garden By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Backyards even small in size can become your favorite relaxing for breast cancer healing spot if you design it in a creative way. For that take a look at the tips below and get inspired:

How To Make A Rope Swing
With a few supplies found at any hardware store: a pine disc (already cut into a circle), a carabiner, and a long piece of natural rope you can make your own rope swing. With some stain, a drilled hole, and a few tree-climbing knots, the swing can be finished and hanging in your tree in no time. Rope Swing For Healing Garden
A Pallet Porch Swing
Hung it and added some pillows and you have a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the pond, read a book and listen to the birds!
DIY Pallet Swing For Healing Garden
Up-Cycle Old Swing

With this up-cycled swing you will have two new seats that won’t stay wet after it rains. This swing turns out great and gives you another spot to sit in the garden.Up-Cycling Swing Idea For Healing GardenDIY – Old Fashioned Tire Swing
If you have a large tree in your yard and some kids who enjoy swinging, here is a fun and relatively inexpensive project for you. All you need is an old tire which you can probably get for free from the local service station and a few pieces of hardware you can pick up at your local hardware store Tire Swing For Healing Garden
Purchase a papasan chair. They cost a fraction of the price. Buy strong, medium sized rope and hang it! It can be hung outdoors from a tree branch.Cozy Reading Swing For Healing GardenDawn 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.

Health Benefits Of Bird Houses In A Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Breast Cancer Garden Bird HousesBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

There are many benefits to attracting birds to your yard and garden and when you set up a bird house or two and a couple of bird feeders, you will attract some very welcome, feathered visitors. Adding variety to your breast cancer healing garden can make you more energized and positive, giving you more to look forward to. And of course, in terms of variety, birds offer a dizzying array of colors, calls and behaviors.

The Benefits of Bird Houses
  1. Try Bird-Watching For Relaxation You can improve your health, relax, and take your mind off everyday worries by being outside for a few extra minutes a day to watch the birds.
  2. Create A New Learning Experience Watching a bird build a nest in the bird house you just hung in the back yard affords a great deal of learning experience and a great way to get interested in nature and the outdoors. Keeping our minds active and healthy is essential for our overall sense of well-being.
  3. Take Time To Enjoy Nature This is a pleasure that costs so little and gives so much satisfaction. There are some bird houses that fit a tight budget and others that are more elegant. Some of the bird feeders are less costly than others.
  4. Lift Your Spirits It’s possible to do a lot of birding just by looking out the window, sooner or later birds will lure us outdoors. While this alone can lift your spirits, there really is a scientific tie between your mood and being outside. When we’re outdoors moving around and breathing fresh air, we tend to take deeper breaths. With more oxygen transported to all the cells of our bodies, including our brains, we become more alert, and our mood is likely to be elevated.
  5. Attracting Birds For Flower Pollination  There are many birds who love to sip nectar from flowers and help to pollinate. With the bee population diminishing, attracting birds who do this is sure to benefit your garden.
  6. Learn How To Practice Conservation Birds love native plants.  If you grow these and then attract birds to your yard with bird friendly birdhouses, you will find that your gardening chores will diminish.
  7. Enjoy Bird Songs Well for one, there are some very beautiful bird songs that can delight your ear, not to mention some very colorful birds to please the eye.
  8. Eliminate Need For Toxic Insecticides Another benefit is that birds will eat harmful insects that plague your garden and yard. Inviting birds into your yard by setting up a bird house eliminates the need for toxic insecticides and give you a healthier life style.
Choosing The Right Bird House

Choosing the right bird house is a matter of personal taste. If you attract them to your yard by having bird friendly bird houses, and adding fresh clean water to the yard, they will visit often and bring many benefits to your yard.

A bird house can easily fit your outdoor garden theme. If you don’t want to buy a bird house, then get out your DIY supplies. You don’t have to think small! Try a large bird house will be the focal point of any garden!

The come in all shapes and sizes, to match any outdoor decor.  Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration.

Up-Cycle Bird House

This idea is too cute and in looking for instructions on how to make these I have seen so many different designs, that not one is the same! If you are looking for a cheap and simple way to make a bird house, give this recycled method a try.Recycled Bird House For Breast Cancer Healing GardenMosaic Bird Houses Tutorial

These colorful, flower-inspired mosaic birdhouses are attractive in all meanings of the word. The rainbow of hues attracts the eye and proves that flowers need not be the only way to add color to a garden. Their functional aspects provide nesting spots for a variety of colorful birds, which makes your yard even more attractive. Learn MoreMosaic Bird Houses For Breast Cancer Hraling Garden

Build A Bird House

This bird house uses twigs to create a cosy retreat for your little feathered friends. Learn How To Build This Cute Bird HouseLearn How To Build A Bird House For Breast Cancer Garden

Junk Store Bird House Tutorial

This Junk Store Birdhouse from the O’Neil Sisters is cheap garden decor you’ll be proud to show off!  This handmade bird house is made with various odds and ends, giving it a unique look and a whimsical feel.  Aren’t those little button flowers the cutest?  Learn How To Make Junk Store Bird HouseJunk Store Bird House Tutorial For Breast Cancer Healing Garden
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.

Creating Tree Garden Art For Therapeutic Healing, Inspiration And Good Humor

Breast Cancer Healing Garden Tree Art Ideas

Yarn Bombing

By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

During breast cancer recovery it is recommended that you sit and eat or have a cup of tea several times a day outside. Your healing garden is like an oasis with calming effects. This space does not have to be large to feel spacious. The trees, the fresh air, animals and openness helps enlighten your mood and forget about the time.

In creating a garden for therapeutic outcomes it would pay to design with care, but also to add a few select pieces for their inspiration and good humor.

Faces on trees with clay and materials gathered in the yard
Tree Face Art

Tree Face Art

It’s nice to invent the faces of the trees. Then the trees will be a place to surprise and enchant visitors. But get yourself a lot of clay.

Add an interesting touch that can be effective year-round. Realistic looking tree faces that come in small, medium, and large sizes — great for older, larger trees.

Tree faces are the simplest way to bring life to the trees on your property

Add an interesting touch that can be effective year-round.  Realistic looking tree faces that come in small, medium, and large sizes — great for older, larger trees.

Placing some tree art where they can be seen from your windows
Diffuse backyard tension between squirrels and wild birds with humor

The chair squirrel feeders cleverly convert pesky squirrels into welcomed backyard comedians. You can’t help but laugh the moment you witness a squirrel seated in his very own patio furniture eating corn. Place these stylish corncob feeders away from wild bird feeders to delight family and friends while soothing ruffled wild bird feathers.

Bird houses & feeders are a great way to enjoy wildlife at its best!

If you live in an area that has many birds, a couple of strategically placed feeders will allow you to view those pretty birds up close and personal. You don’t necessarily have to go out and buy an expensive bird feeder though. You can easily make one yourself. Most feeders take just a little time and very little money. Learn how to make up-cycled bird feeders.

Featured Photo: Yarn Bombing

Now it’s your turn! We invite you to go create your own tree art, and show off your style in your breast cancer healing garden.

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.


7 Easter Flower Pot Ideas For Your Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Breast Cancer Healing Garden Craft Idea From My Heart's Song

By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Why plant your beautiful flowers in plain flower pots?  Give even the most inexpensive flower pots a pretty makeover with craft supplies.  You can use anything from spray paint to Mod Podge to make your pots as lovely as the plants inside of them!  We have gathered different tutorials to inspire you.

Dress Up Your Garden With A Homemade Easter Themed Flower Pot

Start with a simple silhouette of a popular Easter object – maybe a bunny, basket, or simply an egg. Then cut or carve out a pretty design and add a level of sophistication to a festive holiday craft. Apply to garden pot. Try This Tutorial.Breast Cancer Authority Bunny Flower Pot Idea For Healing Garden

A Few Stencils To Try
Mod Podge The Perfect Media for Applying Graphics

Take advantage of the attached Easter stencils and make a treat bag, Easter basket or flower-pot with a twist. Learn How Here.Breast Cancer Authority Blog Garden Ideas For Easter

Bunny Stencil Flower Pot Ideas
Ready For Spring? Brightening Things Up Is Easy With Color

This project is super easy and inexpensive. In just a few minutes of work (and a few hours of drying time), you have a great touch of spring! Try This Project Here.

Idea From MomEndeavors

Idea From MomEndeavors

Easter Lily With Rope Covered Pot

Adding the rope to the wrapper was a simple and inexpensive update. I loved how the rope detail complemented the modern form and color of the white lily. If you didn’t have rope, a wide grosgrain ribbon could also be very cute attached to the pot. Learn How Here.Breast Cancer Authority Blog Rope Covered Flower Pot

Colorful Easter Tiered Flower Pot Idea

Love these tiered planters and you will too.  Decoration and painting is easy just fill them with flowers and you can give them as an Easter gift. Grab some terra cotta pots at the store and your on your way. Learn How To Make Here.

Breast Cancer Authority Flower Plant Tiered Idea For EasterDecorating Flower Pots With Mod Podge

Planting can be very therapeutic.We all love container gardens, and the nice thing about container gardens is that they are, well, contained. But sometimes the clay pots are boring, and the nicer looking pots can get pricey. So how do you remedy the situation? By decorating your clay pots with fabric and Mod Podge, of course! Get This Tutorial For Mod Podge Flower Pots.Breast Cancer Authority Mod Podge Flower Pot Idea For Healing Garden

Flower Pot Makeover With Chalk Paint And Hand Stamping

Jennifer Zuri from Town and Country Living sharing how to transform an ordinary flower-pot with chalk paint and hand stamping. Get Instructions HereFlower Pot Makeover

Now it’s your turn! We invite you to go create your own festive flower-pot, and show off your style in your breast cancer healing garden.

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.

Spring Garden Therapy For Breast Cancer: 6 Front Porch Ideas

Front Porch Ideas For Spring Breast Cancer HealingBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Spring is the time to put your creative energy into your front porch. Outside decorating in the Spring can bring a new therapeutic element for your outdoor healing space.  We have collected a few refreshing front porch ideas that will enhance your breast cancer healing.

Add color: No really good spring decorating idea guide would leave this out. Add floral and paler tones to your porch. Make or purchase cushions and covers with floral colors. See 2015 Spring color trends.

Add a new outdoor rug: Ever consider an outdoor rug for your porch? Arrange your furniture for conversation and use an outdoor rug to pull it all together. Take care in choosing just the right color or color combination.

Replace your welcome mat: Another Spring decorating idea is to replace your doormat. Your friends and family will notice the fresh look of a snappy looking mat.Front Door Mat For Spring

Decorate your front door: Decorate your front door with a decorative front door wreath like the one in the photo below. Make it colorful, fun, or both!

Add hanging planters: If the threat of frost is gone start putting out plants, hanging planters, and box arrangements on your porch. Plant a herb garden or some pansies in planters. Nothing is more welcoming than a beautiful flowering plant.

Create a focal point: An often overlooked decorating feature on porches is a “focal point”. Find an item that can easily be a conversation piece or something that catches the eye. It could be a piece of outdoor art, colorful cushions, or floral arrangements.

Try this old wooden chair planter idea as a focal point for your entrance way.

OLD WOODEN CHAIR
1. Cut center out of chair seat so pot can rest on the frame.
2. Spray paint chair and pot.
3. Plant large pot filled with Pansies and premium potting soil

 3 Tips For Beautiful Plants on Front Porch:

Photo Courtesy of Cecile’s Garden https://flic.kr/p/4dJNZx

Sun vs Shade Loving Plants
Most covered porches and patios are going to be shaded or at best partial sun. Make sure you pick plants that are shade tolerant for your porch. Flowering plants that are labeled full sun will quickly lose their flowers if placed in the shade.

Pick Plants That are Large Enough
When you are planting in a large garden bed you can cluster multiple plants together to get a large impact, but unless you have 20 pots on your front porch this technique isn’t going to work for you. You want your plants to  be visible from the street, yard, or house so that you can enjoy them when you are not sitting on your porch. You have limited space on a porch, so make sure to pick plants that are large and lush looking.

Make Sure to Water & Fertilize Enough
Pots have many benefits over gardens: no weeding, less space, can be placed on concrete. However, they do have one downfall: the suck up water and nutrients out of the soil since they can’t be replaced naturally through rain or organic decomposition. This means that your pots need to be watered and fertilized frequently. Once the summer heat hits pots need to be watered everyday.  Typically fertilizing once every 1-2 weeks is fine or use a slow release fertilizer.

Front porch gardens are living healing places, an environment that can feed body, mind and soul. Designing a front porch garden with purpose can be fun and beneficial to all. All spaces can be transformed into life-giving places, breathing rooms for wildlife, spaces that nurture our health and wellbeing.

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 Grow Ginger For Your Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Growing Ginger In A Breast Cancer Healing GardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Growing ginger in a breast cancer healing garden is not only therapeutic but also beneficial because of the anticancer potential of ginger. It is well documented that gingers functional ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols are valuable ingredients which can prevent various cancers. Have you ever grown ginger? Care to give it a go? Just pick up a root from your grocery store’s produce section and get growing!

How To Pick A Ginger Root To Plant:
You’ll want to choose a root that’s fresh and firm with as many “fingers” as possible. To get as many plants as you can, cut or break the fingers off the main root. Each section with a growing tip will become a plant. Be sure to allow any cut surfaces to dry before planting them in moist soil.

Planting Ginger Root In A Pot:

  1. Simply pick a pot that’s at least twice the diameter as the length of your root section.
  2. Fill pot ¾ full with standard potting soil.
  3. Place the small root sections on the soil surface.
  4. Simply lay the ginger root on the top of the potting soil to “plant” it.
  5. Because ginger root tubers grow right near the soil surface, don’t bury them.

Growing Tips For Ginger Root In A Pot:

  • Water it well.
  • Your plant will survive dry spells, but to get the most consistent growth, keep it damp at all times.
  • Place your ginger pot in a spot where it’ll stay warm.
  • There’s no need to find a sunny spot on your windowsill. At this stage, your ginger actually grows better without direct sunshine.
  • Before you know it, you’ll see sprouts.

Ginger Growing In Breast Cancer GardenTransplanting Ginger Root To Your Garden:

  1. Start the ginger inside in late winter, that one root can produce four times that amount by fall.
  2. Because ginger root tubers grow right near the soil surface, don’t bury them when you transplant them to your garden.
  3. Transplanting it in your garden in late spring, once the weather’s warmed.
  4. When moving your ginger to your garden, choose a spot with rich, loose soil, and be sure to water it regularly.

Harvesting Your Ginger Root:

With proper care, your ginger can reach 2-4 feet tall. It’ll have narrow, glossy, green leaves that can be up to a foot long. Ginger roots can be harvested at any time, but you should let the plant grow for at least three to four months before harvesting. You’ll be able to see the ginger roots growing near the surface of the soil.

  • Studies say ginger’s peak flavor arrives at 265 days.
  • Get this long growing season by starting your ginger indoors as a houseplant early in the year and then
  • Ginger plant may produce yellowish flowers at the base of each stem.
  • Pull the roots from the ground and allow them to dry in the open air before removing the stalks and harvesting.
  • To harvest them, just trim off small sections whenever you need them, while the rest of the plant continues to grow.
  • The new roots that grow from the starter root will have the best flavor and texture.
  • The old starter root should be tossed out at the end of the season.

Breast Cancer-Related Effects of Eating Ginger:
Ginger is recommended for breast cancer because it has been found to significantly inhibit mammary tumorigenesis and tumor growth in laboratory mice when fed in drinking water. Ginger components 6-Shogaol and [6]-gingerol have been shown to inhibit cell adhesion, invasion, and motility in both hormone receptor positive (ER+/PR+) and triple negative (ER-/PR-/HER2-) human breast cancer cells in the laboratory.

According to Natural News, researchers exposed breast cancer cells in the laboratory to a crude extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale). They found that ginger exhibited a highly prized anti-cancer trait known as selective cytotoxicity: it inhibited the reproduction of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected.

More specifically, ginger appeared to positively modulate a large number of molecular anti-cancer mechanisms, including induction of programmed cell death (apoptosis), up-regulation of the apoptosis gene Bax, down-regulation of numerous ancer-associated genes and proteins, increased expression of cancer-fighting proteins and inhibition of cancer-associated enzymes. Although the researchers were not able to explain these molecular effects, the evidence in their favor was striking.

“Ginger may be a promising candidate for the treatment of breast carcinomas,” the researchers concluded.

Cautions:
On the other hand, ginger should be avoided during radiation treatment since it has been shown to help protect cells against the cytotoxic effects of radiation.

Ginger has been found to be effective in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, although not all studies agree. The key appears to be to take the ginger before undergoing a chemotherapy treatment as well as afterwards. However, it has not been determined whether this reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms is accompanied by a reduction in the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Until more research establishes the safety of using ginger during chemotherapy, we do not recommend it.

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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