3 Medicinal Fall Flower Suggestions For Breast Cancer

This fall use Echinacea, Lavender and Sage for your medicinal infusions to relieve anxiety and tension. These three medicinal garden flower suggestions are tailored to breast cancer health concerns. Our hope is that the information below inspires you, as jumping board of sorts, in creating your own unique dream medicinal healing garden. Each plant was picked based on its ease of cultivation and medicinal usefulness and versatility.

Echinacea
Purple coneflower is one of the most popular garden ornamentals with its showy purple flowers that attract all manner of butterflies and bees. Not only is it gorgeous, it is easy to grow—Echinacea is a decidedly unfussy plant, withstanding drought, disease and insect infestations. 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.

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Lavender
Lavender aromatherapy to help reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect. It can also have an uplifting, refreshing and rejuvenating effect on the psyche.

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Sage
Growing the medicinal herb sage can be fun and emotionally therapeutic. Learn how to grow, harvest and dry sage as a breast cancer gardening therapy. Another therapeutic benefit of sage is smudging. Sage smudging is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which herbs are burned for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification.

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Eco-friendly fertilizer for your garden – used coffee grounds

coffee-grinds-for-your-gardenUsed Coffee Grounds — Put Them to Use in Your Garden

If you’re looking for an organic, totally eco-friendly fertilizer for your garden plants, then give used coffee grounds a try. Used coffee grounds are slightly acidic and full of beneficial nitrogen, a mineral that aids vegetable and plant growth. Coffee grounds are especially good to use on your tomato plants and pepper plants, which really thrive on nitrogen.

In addition, coffee grounds, will create a natural acidic form of bacteria in your garden soil which boosts the growth of not just your tomatoes and pepper plants, but also other acid-loving plants like roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, blueberries and even evergreens.

For use as fertilizer, you can simply incorporate some of the grounds into the soil, gently working them in around and near the base of the plant. Just sprinkle the grounds around the plant’s base and work them into the soil a little — you can even use your hands to do this, or use a garden trowel.

Benefits of Using an Organic Fertilizer vs. a Synthetic One

  • Not only are you using something organic if you opt to give coffee grounds a try, you are recycling too! Instead of those grounds going down the garbage disposal or into your trash, you’re recycling them into your garden soil. But on top of this, you’re helping the environment in a number of ways:
  • Are you aware that synthetic fertilizers, such as Miracle-Gro®, contain ammonium phosphate and several other chemicals that can be toxic to your soil and plants? So, you’re not adding anything toxic into your soil.
  • Synthetic fertilizers are prohibited from use in certified-organic farming. So, you’re maintaining an organic growing environment.
  • Over application of a synthetic fertilizer will kill the friendly soil-microbes that need to exist in your garden soil. So, you’re encouraging healthy soil, not killing off the natural beneficial Mother nature intended to be in our soil.

Eco-conscious gardeners

And finally, you’re not contributing to environmental pollution. You’re not buying a product that had to be manufactured (possible air pollution issues), packaged (manufacturing of containers, outer packages, etc. which might mean more possible air pollution), and then transported (fuel use; even more possible air pollution) to the store. You get the idea.

If you’re not a coffee drinker

So, think about using coffee grounds as a wonderful organic fertilizer instead of a synthetic one. If you’re not a coffee drinker, just check out a local coffee shop — most are happy to give away their used grounds, and many (Starbuck’s being one) have a special can in their store where they place their used coffee grounds so eco-conscious gardeners can come and take them home.

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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Why Women Need To Be Surrounded By Greenery

breast-cancer-garden-therapyGrowing indoor and outdoor healing gardens may be pretty, but they’re also doing you more good than you might imagine. This is exactly what we need to hear as we start preparing our gardens for Fall! According to new research women who live in green areas, surrounded by vegetation, have lower mortality rates and live longer healthier lives.

Increasing greenery in your healing space may provide opportunities for:

  • physical activity
  • reduce harmful exposures
  • increase social engagement
  • improve mental health
  • improve health
  • lower stress

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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.

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 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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About 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 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!

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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.

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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