5 Tips on How to Grow a Fall Broccoli Container Garden for Breast Cancer Healing

growing-a-fall-broccoli-garden-for-breast-cancer-healingGrowing Broccoli in Pots – If the proper planning is done to maximize space, container gardening can be a sustainable means to providing yourself with edible cancer fighting fruits and vegetables throughout the season. Even broccoli can be easily tamed to grow successfully in a pot. This brings us to our topic of the day, How To Grow A Fall Broccoli Container Garden.

broccoli-3-gallon-container-garden-for-breast-cancerBasic Broccoli Necessities –

  1. 3 Gallon Containers – Use a container size of at least three gallons should be provided for every broccoli plant grown.
  2. Organic Aerated Potting Soil – Use an organic potting soil and a add a good amount of nutritious compost. Besides prefers the soil to be light, well aerated and have good drainage properties.
  3. Minimal Fertilizing – If you started off with a premium potting soil, there should only be a need to fertilize your broccoli plants once or twice during their life cycle. You may want to add micro-nutrients such as boron and magnesium.
  4. 8 Hours of Sunlight – Broccoli plants will thrive with a minimum of 8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  5. 75 Degrees or Lower – Broccoli tends to bolt (flower) when the temperatures rise above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. When broccoli bolts, there is no harvestable produce to be had. To keep your broccoli plants producing, grow only in the cooler temperatures of spring and autumn.

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5 Beautiful Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

Here are 5 Ways to Contemplate in a Breast Cancer Healing Garden
Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress. This is about creating a space within your garden to focus your thoughts, calm your mind, and revel in a little peaceful connecting.

Here are 5 Ideas for a Beautiful Healing Garden:

Garden Altars: You can easily create a very focused space outside to gain some peace. Gather items that you find inspiring or calming–a candle, some flowers in a vase, smooth river stones with meditative words etched onto them, a shallow bowl of water–and put them on a bench, a tree stump or a large boulder. Whatever it is that you find restful and meditative.Garden Alter For Breast Cancer Healing

Prayer Gardens: For those who prescribe to a more biblical perspective, try incorporating plants from the Bible into your garden spot. Lilies, cypress, hyssop, mint, roses (Rose of Sharon, actually, but feel free to take some liberties), olive trees–complete lists can be found easily online to create a more encompassing garden theme. The theme may not be immediately recognizable to visitors, but this spot is for you.Prayer Garden For Breast Cancer HealingYoga Deck: Yoga is a great exercise for flexibility and stretching, but it’s also very calming and meditative. With emphasis on movement and breathing, you can easily get into a contemplative mood. Tai Chi works much the same way. If you love these forms of exercise and contemplation, why not create a space in your garden so you can do these things outside? Construct a yoga deck low to the ground, add a possible side wall for more challenging poses and have a small water feature nearby.Yoga Deck For Breast Cancer Healing garden

Labyrinths: Labyrinths can be created in your yard on a large or smaller scale, and for a lot of money or for just a bit of cash, depending upon the materials you choose. Pave, plant or place rocks in between the pathways, and walk your worries away til you reach the center. Stay for a bit at that point, then turn around walk the same path out. The bilateral movement is known to promote a sense of peace, calmness and tranquility. Backyard Garden Labyrinth For Breast Cancer Healing

Meditation Garden: Meditation gardens have calming background sounds such as the breeze-driven rustling of ornamental grass, the delicate clatter of bamboo, and water gurgling from a fountain. Muted foliage works along with the scent of blooms or herbs. Backyard Breast Cancer Meditation Garden

Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress.

Photo Source: Garden Alter – KyleMillerYoga.com, Prayer Garden MiniGardener.wordpress.com,  Yoga Deck – CreativeLivingIdeas.com, Labyrinth – SallyHaleyMD.com, Meditation Garden – Basilbistrow.com,featured photo – GardenGeeksOnTour.com,  Article Source: jPetersonGardenDesign.com.

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How To Get Your Healing Garden Off Drugs With Natural Pesticides

Breast Cancer Pesticide Free GardenMany common pesticides (such as ant, roach and mice poisons) have been linked to breast cancer. It probably shouldn’t surprise us that these compounds can be dangerous; they are designed to kill insects with which we share many common biological systems!

Several pesticides are known endocrine disruptors (they disrupt natural hormone-signaling pathways), and through these mechanisms have been implicated in increased risk for breast cancer. In addition to effects by themselves, these chemicals have been shown to have additive effects with other kinds of endocrine disruptors. In other words, exposures to small doses of pesticides may have greater effects when people are also exposed to other chemicals to which we are all commonly exposed.

Unfortunately, when pesticides are applied in the home, they don’t just kill bugs and disappear. Rather they often stick around (for years or decades) and are found in the air and on the dust we touch and breathe, meaning that we all have sustained and multiple exposures to these toxic chemicals. And when we apply them outside, pesticides enter the air we breath, fall on the lawn on which we walk and our children play, and eventually seep into our water. The result can be devastating for the wildlife with which we share our world, and also may have significant impact on rates of human diseases, including breast cancer.

How to make an organic pesticide made from vegetables

This is a great recipe and I wanted to share this with you because gardening season is upon us. The materials used to make the pesticide should be easy to obtain.

You will need:

  • an empty & clean gallon jug (such as a milk jug)
  • a spray bottle with spray nozzle
  • a funnel
  • a piece of cloth such as a shirt or bandanna
  • a pot that can hold 1 gallon
  • 2 small onions
  • a jalapeno pepper
  • a clove of garlic
  • some dish soap

Take 1 gallon of warm water, dump it in a pot and you’re ready to begin making the pesticide.

The best way to minimize insects inside and outside the home is through careful and regular cleaning. Some good resources for learning more about pesticide alternatives for the home and garden are listed below.pesticide free yardPesticides and alternatives Information –  United States

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Tips To Decorate Your Healing Garden

breast cancer healing outdoor gardens

Decorating a garden is not as difficult as it sounds and should be included in all breast cancer healing outdoor gardens, small and large. Therapeutic healing art should encompass the widest possible amount of color with a variety of styles. Art can reflect many moods with texture, patterns and light. When looking at spaces that change through the seasons it is important to have art that can also be moved to change the mood of that space.

People think that an expert designer is required to decorate a garden which is very expensive. To save money, you can decorate your garden very well. All you need to do is to plan that how will you decorate your garden and then execute this plan. In this way, you can decorate your garden according to your taste and within your budget. Some garden decoration ideas and items are given below. By applying these ideas, you will be able to decorate your garden beautifully.

Stones

Using stones in garden is proved to be very good decoration idea. Stones are available in different sizes and shapes and can be used in different ways. For example, the stones of small size can be used to make circles around the trees or to make a boundary around flowerbeds. And the stones which are flat in shape can be used to make walkways.

Poetry Stepping Stones

Solar Flower Lights

Solar flower lights look very beautiful and give an elegant look to your garden. They provide light to your garden at night. There are different types of solar flower lights available in the market such as roses, tulips, lilies and others as well.Breast Cancer Healing Moon GardenWind Chimes

Wind chimes add to the beauty of a garden because they produce very sweet sound when mild wind blows and give a peace of mind. Wind chimes are available in different attractive colors. But people find it difficult to decide that where to hang them. The wind chimes can be hung from a plant pole or porch. Using wind chimes in your garden will make you relaxed with melodious sound produced by them.Breast Cancer Healing Garden Wind Chimes Fountains

Fountains are a common item that is used for garden decoration. They can be placed in the middle of the garden. They look even more beautiful when a stone walkway circles around them. They also give a pleasant and relaxing feeling by the sound of running water.Water Bowls For Breast Cancer Healing Garden Animals Figurines

You can also add animal figurines to enhance the beauty and decor of your garden. These include turtles, bunnies etc. These figurines can be moved anywhere according to your choice and needs.

Garden Ornaments Garden Flags

Another item that can be used to decorate the garden is garden flags. They look very beautiful and can be changed depending on the season.  Flags can be decorated with flowers, trees, birds and other designs. Most importantly, they are quite inexpensive and give a unique look to garden. Breast Cancer Awareness Garden ScarecrowBird Feeders

If you are a nature-loving person then you should include a bird feeder in your garden decorative items. But one thing that needs to be kept in mind is that the feeders should be placed at such a place from where you can see them eating food. Another factor which demands special care is that the feeders should be always filled with seeds and birdbath should be filled with water. When you will do this, you will see your garden full of color and life.Mosaic Bird Houses For Breast Cancer Hraling Garden

These were some of the items that can be used to decorate a garden within budget and resources. These tips and ideas are for those people who are a big fan of art and gardening. If you love creative designs, you can use these techniques to prepare garden ornaments for your garden and decorations in your home.

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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.

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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

Photo Slideshow Source:(Rochelle Buley/Demand Media)

5 Ways to Contemplate in a Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Here are 5 Ways to Contemplate in a Breast Cancer Healing GardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

If you’ve been looking for some space in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress, there are many ways you can go about it, from the simple to the much more complex. And no worries–this is not about religion, this is about creating a space within your garden to focus your thoughts, calm your mind, and revel in a little peaceful connecting.

Here are 5 Ways to Contemplate in the Garden:

Garden Altars: You can easily create a very focused space outside to gain some peace. Gather items that you find inspiring or calming–a candle, some flowers in a vase, smooth river stones with meditative words etched onto them, a shallow bowl of water–and put them on a bench, a tree stump or a large boulder. Whatever it is that you find restful and meditative.Garden Alter For Breast Cancer Healing

Prayer Gardens: For those who prescribe to a more biblical perspective, try incorporating plants from the Bible into your garden spot. Lilies, cypress, hyssop, mint, roses (Rose of Sharon, actually, but feel free to take some liberties), olive trees–complete lists can be found easily online to create a more encompassing garden theme. The theme may not be immediately recognizable to visitors, but this spot is for you.Prayer Garden For Breast Cancer HealingYoga Deck: Yoga is a great exercise for flexibility and stretching, but it’s also very calming and meditative. With emphasis on movement and breathing, you can easily get into a contemplative mood. Tai Chi works much the same way. If you love these forms of exercise and contemplation, why not create a space in your garden so you can do these things outside? Construct a yoga deck low to the ground, add a possible side wall for more challenging poses and have a small water feature nearby.Yoga Deck For Breast Cancer Healing garden

Labyrinths: Labyrinths can be created in your yard on a large or smaller scale, and for a lot of money or for just a bit of cash, depending upon the materials you choose. Pave, plant or place rocks in between the pathways, and walk your worries away til you reach the center. Stay for a bit at that point, then turn around walk the same path out. The bilateral movement is known to promote a sense of peace, calmness and tranquility. Backyard Garden Labyrinth For Breast Cancer Healing

Meditation Garden: Meditation gardens have calming background sounds such as the breeze-driven rustling of ornamental grass, the delicate clatter of bamboo, and water gurgling from a fountain. Muted foliage works along with the scent of blooms or herbs. Backyard Breast Cancer Meditation Garden

Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress.

Photo Source: Garden Alter – KyleMillerYoga.com, Prayer Garden MiniGardener.wordpress.com,  Yoga Deck – CreativeLivingIdeas.com, Labyrinth – SallyHaleyMD.com, Meditation Garden – Basilbistrow.com,featured photo – GardenGeeksOnTour.com,  Article Source: jPetersonGardenDesign.com.

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.

Healing Garden Ideas For The Senses

Healing Garden Ideas For The Senses

Many gardeners choose plants for their visual beauty, you may also want to concentrate on choosing plants that stimulate the other senses. The following suggestions will help you choose plants that cater to your sense of taste, smell, touch, and hearing.

A Garden You Can Taste
Herbs, fruits, and vegetables are perfect for stimulating your sense of taste. Vegetables that are brightly colored when ripe, such as gold zucchini squash, red leaf lettuce, and purple podded beans, stand out from the surrounding green foliage and make harvesting easier. Tomatoes and strawberries soften slightly and turn bright red when they are ripe. You may want to grow bush-type varieties, so you don’t have to search long, tangled vines for your produce.Gardening for the senses - TasteMint is very refreshing to chew, and there are dozens of types of mints: not only the spearmint and peppermint everyone is familiar with, but also apple mint, orange mint, and many others can be planted in your garden. Hundreds of herbs can be used for cooking. Be certain that you know what herbs you are eating: some very popular herbs and flowers are considered toxic!

A Garden You Can Smell
An area surrounded by the scents is a relaxing place to set up a lawn chair and read an adventurous novel. Every plant has its own scent. Different scents can subtly alter your mood, and your garden can help you take advantage of this. Try to create different “rooms”, or pockets in the garden. Some scents, like honeysuckle, jasmine and wisteria, can make you feel sleepy, while herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and lemon verbena energize and invigorate you. A stroll through a section of culinary herbs, like oregano, sage, and thyme, will often help with your appetite.Gardening for the senses - SmellTry not to use too many scented plants together, however, because their different scents tend to blend together and become confusing. If you garden with the different “mood rooms”, as described above, you can include many more scented plants, as they will be scattered in different parts of the garden.

A Garden You Can Feel
Our sense of touch can make the garden an exciting place to explore the different plant textures. Place plants with interesting textures in a small, enclosed garden with comfortable garden seats or mosses places to sit. Garden beds raised to a height of two feet and constructed with edges to sit on bring touchable plants within reach. Choose only nonpoisonous and non-prickly plants for the petting garden.Gardening for the senses - touchThere are many different textures that you can include in the garden. Some plants have soft, fuzzy leaves or flowers, like lamb’s ear, woolly thyme, and pussy willow. Many ornamental grasses, especially hare’s tail grass, have fluffy flower heads.

A Garden You Can Hear
The sounds that a garden makes can create subtle moods in visitors. The whisper of weeping plants, such as willows and birch, has a calming influence. The rustling of ornamental grasses and bamboo can create a sense of excitement and activity, and make excellent audio signals to help gardeners orient themselves. Gardening for the senses - hearThe garden is a magical place, and should be enjoyed by everyone! This is a brief introduction to the world of gardening for the senses.

Photo Source: The Hometown Tourist: Omaha

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5 Plants For A Breast Cancer Medicinal Flower Garden

Medicinal Flower Garden For Breast CancerBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

This year, while planning your breast cancer healing gardens, consider adding some plants that can also be used as medicine.  With the current health care issues, it is helpful to remember that winter and sickness always rolls around again.  Adding medicinal plants to your garden might be the best insurance.

Calendula for breast cancer healing gardenCalendula
Calendula is one of the most familiar and beloved herbs, earning our affection with its cheerful golden flowers. The “petals” are edible and the whole flower is an important medicinal herb in treating skin conditions. Calendula is found in topical ointments, salves and creams and has many benefits.

  • Calendula yellow-orange flowers are an edible garnish for salads, cakes, and soups.
  • Calendula flowers are also incorporated into oils and salves for healing wounds, rashes, burns, and dry skin.
  • Calendula flowers are used internally in teas and tinctures
  • Calendula can be used in broths as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and lymphagogue (stimulates the lymphatic system).
  • Calendula can be used as a digestive anti-inflammatory.

Calendula prefers full sun and average garden soil.  It is easily grown from seed—direct sow or start early in pots; the seedlings are somewhat cold tolerant. Calendula does well as a container plant, hence the common name “pot marigold.” Plant 10-14’’ apart; grows to 18’’ tall. Calendula’s sticky flowers must be picked every two to three days to ensure a longer flowering season.

Chamomile for breast cancer healing gardenChamomile
Chamomile is the quintessential herb for teas.  It has a pleasant, sunshine taste, it’s gentle enough for children and elders, and it has a host of benefits.

  • Chamomile tea drunk frequently can add peace to your body and your day.
  • Chamomile calms the body, particularly the nervous and digestive systems.
  • Chamomile is high in calcium and magnesium.
  • Chamomile is helpful for dealing with muscle tension, headaches, insomnia, and achiness.
  • Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties also aid in the treatment of wounds.
  • Chamomile tea can be made stronger for a more therapeutic tea.

Chamomile likes a sunny place in sandy soil.  The “Roman” variety, Anthemis nobilis is a perennial while the “German” variety, Matricaria, is an annual.  Both have similar uses but the German variety is sweeter, with an apple taste.  Chamomile is hardy and can withstand some foot traffic. Harvest the flowers on a dry morning after they have fully bloomed.

Dandelion For Breast Cancer GardenDandelion
Another beautiful present from Nature.  Yes, those weeds in your yard are incredibly effective herbal medicine.

  • Dandelion is very nutritive and acts as an overall tonic for the entire body.
  • Dandelion provides a good dose of vitamins A and C.
  • Dandelion is useful in supporting the digestive system.
  • Dandelion is a digestive bitter that induces bile flow, cleans the hepatic system.
  • Consider making dandelion “coffee” in order to feed the body, purify the blood and liver, and to feel more relaxed.

Dandelion is best harvested when it firsts appears in the spring; the entire plant can be used. You probably already know that dandelion likes open, sunny places.

Lavender For Breast Cancer Healing GardenLavender
Lavender is another herb that is very effective yet gentle enough for children and elders.  It has an affinity for the nervous system  It has a wide range of healing uses.

  • Lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
  • Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns.
  • Lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
  • Lavender can be used for sore throats, toothaches, diarrhea, cough, arthritis, menstrual pain, and lowering blood pressure.
  • Have lavender essential oil on hand  for use in the house and car.

Lavender likes sunny places with sandy soil.  Harvest the flowers and stems on a dry morning after the flowers have bloomed.

Echinacea for breast cancer healing gardenEchinacea
Echinacea is a prime support for the immune system.  As such, it should be widely used for any type of infection.  Purple coneflower (another name for Echinacea) roots, seeds, and fresh flowers are all medicinal, and can be made into a tingly tasting, immune-stimulating tea or tincture.

  • Echinacea tincture or decoction could be used for infections of the mouth, such as gingivitis, canker sores, toothaches, tonsilitis, and sore throats.
  • A lotion with Echinacea will help with sores, cuts, acne, hemorrhoids, and psoriasis.
  • Use an Echinacea tincture to help with internal infections as wide-ranging as urinary tract infections, herpes, influenza, respiratory infections, snake or spider bites, and swollen lymph glands.

Echinacea adores sunny places and is native to the Great Plains.  The soil should be dry and fertile and the roots should not sit in water for any great length of time.  Echinacea grows easily from seeds and also self seeds well once it is established.  Plant the seeds as soon as the soil can be worked and when one or two more frosts can still be expected.  Thin the seedlings to 18 inches apart and protect the young roots from rabbits and hedgehogs.  Water the young plants well and weed thoroughly since they are not competitive.  Once established, however, Echinacea is fairly low maintenance.  You can also plant two months before the last frost date but the plants won’t bloom for the first year.  The plants bloom between June and October; harvest the flowers when they fully bloom and harvest the roots in the fall.

Most of the plants we shared with you are easy to grow and harvest.  Not only are they beautiful in your garden but they can be added regularly to your food and drinks.  Enjoy your new garden knowing you have taken one more step to a healthy and happy lifestyle!

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.

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
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